Solana Beach house is a tantalizing modern beach bungalow situated along the ocean in the small seaside village of Solana Beach, California, designed by Solomon Interior Design. The home’s interior has been designed to be bright and cheerful, with a neutral color palette with splashes of blue to bring in the hues of the surrounding environment. A sliding glass door blurs the boundaries between indoors and out and allow the homeowner’s to take in the ocean views and breezes.
The fireplace surround is made out of Haisa Marble.
The wall paint in the bedroom is Benjamin Moore, color Chantilly Lace – OC65, in a flat finish. The door and ceiling lining is comprised of 1″ x 4″ tongue in groove sanded poplar that was also lacquered.
Photos: Chipper Hatter
This modern City Retreat encompasses the sensational interior design by Jessica Lagrange Interiors of a condominium on North Michigan Avenue for a suburban Chicago family. The interior decor features a neutral color palette with bursts of color scattered throughout. Light colored wooden flooring can be found all through the interior with area rugs to separate and add warmth to spaces. There are three bedrooms in the home, a master retreat and bedrooms for the owner’s two daughters, decorated with bright colors.
Eldest Daughter’s Bedroom
Photos: Werner Straube
This incredible two storey industrial style loft apartment is situated in New York’s NoHo district, designed by Wettling Architects. The owner is Bradley Darryl Wong, who is best known for his role as Dr. George Huang in the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. His 12-year-old son lives with him on weekends. The bedroom with en-suite and dressing room and a laundry room are at basement level. On the ground floor, there is a large living space, kitchen, guest bedroom/office, and another bedroom and bathroom. It was important for the homeowner to show the history of the former commercial building, so plaster was removed to reveal brick walls and the air-conditioning pipes were exposed.
The architect added a wall of windows and a massive steel skylight to replace the original wooden one and brighten the back of the buildings. Layers of plaster were chipped away to reveal vaulted brick ceilings. Then reclaimed wooden flooring and salvaged pieces were brought in, including a pair of century-old bronze doors for the entrance. Complementing the polished wood and warm brick are walls painted in rich green and purple, with furnishings in acid yellow and fuchsia. The downstairs space is oxblood red to match a lacquered box that belonged to the homeowner’s grandfather.
The stainless-steel kitchen is a mix of existing units and new cabinetry. Bright-shaped tiles echo the original exposed brick in the rest of the apartment and contrast with the cool steel units.
The view down the wide hallway showcases the theatrical elements of the homeowner’s apartment, with stage lights spotlighting the kitchen and living room ‘sets.’ The layout is adaptable, so the space can be divided into intimate areas or opened up when friends come to visit.
The glazed doors were sourced from the basement of the historic Puck Building. They conceal shallow cupboards where the homeowner hangs his favorite hats.
Photos: Courtesy of Wettling Architects
The restoration of a 150 year old post and beam barn into a stunning pool house with its wide-open kitchenette in New Vernon, New Jersey has been designed by Arturo Palombo Architecture in conjunction with interior design studio Papyrus Home Design. The entire structure was relocated in order to provide ‘at-grade’ access to an existing pool terrace at the rear, while introducing a new garage underneath. “We rebuilt the structure, poured a new foundation and set out to give it a summer house vibe that was light, airy and indestructible to the elements—mainly parties and kids dripping in wet bathing suits,” states the interior designer. The new pool house features a two-story family room with summer kitchen, direct access to a pool and pool terrace, changing rooms, powder room with shower, and a sleeping loft above.
The kitchenette’s warm palette, is different from the main house’s black-and-white kitchen, emphasizing the prominent beams that were salvaged from the original structure and floorboards reclaimed from a nearby barn. The walls are Super White by Benjamin Moore to set off the shaker inset cabinets’ subtle pewter hue and steel pulls. The cabinet wall sets the stage for the rest of the room’s gray gradations that simultaneously contrast with the wood’s browns and draw out its grays.
What the kitchenette lacks in an oven and stove, the adjacent outdoor kitchen makes up for with its barbeque and pizza oven. The stools at the island, pedestal breakfast table with chicken wire chairs, cowhide rug, and dining table matched with Lucite chairs were sourced from a variety of Van der Loo’s favorite shops. “When creating a space that needs to be a combination of modern and rustic, it’s important to choose furnishings that aren’t too much of either extreme, especially on the rustic side because it can look too kitsch,” notes the interior designer. “I was careful to pick items that could ride that line and be fun conversation pieces.”
There is no lack of dining areas inside thanks to the three seating configurations that accommodate 18-plus people.
View from the summer kitchen to the living area of the family room. The original barn beam structure was re-introduced and is well defined through the use of light colored wall and ceiling elements. Our collaboration with Papyrus Home Design was a big part of the success of this project.
Detail of the Summer Kitchen. Bischoff Cabinetry, Kitchen fabricator. The pearlescent mosaic backsplash from Mediterranean Tile & Marble provides the opportunity to glam things up amidst the simple, neutral tones.
The color scheme continues with countertops made up of concrete colored Silestone and a walnut inlay that serves as a cutting board across from the sink. The faucet and appliances are stainless steel to add a modern, industrial touch to the space. Appliances include a dishwasher and beverage fridge tucked within the island, a microwave inside the appliance garage, and a Liebherr refrigerator to create the perfect party pad.
View of the Entry Hall toward the Living area beyond.
Photos: Katrina Mojzesz
This contemporary home renovation project designed by Beauparlant Design is located in Cabbagetown, a neighborhood of Toronto known to be the largest continuous area of Victorian housing in North America. Part of the planning phase of the project included the possibility of moving to a new home. The client knew that their 120 year old residence would need a substantial renovation in order to bring it up to date and answer the needs of their family. The prevailing focus for this whole home renovation was centered on the kitchen area. Basic needs for added storage and functionality were challenged by narrow passages points and a disconnected access to the rear yard.
One of the pivotal decisions made during the space planning was to relocate the basement stairs towards the rear of the house. This enabled the designers to create a lowered landing at grade with the yard and create a dramatic 1 ½ storey glass wall. The resulting storage under the 2nd floor stairs also widens the hallway to the kitchen improving the access through the house.
The project included improvements to the residence as a whole and addressed structural and mechanical concerns while simultaneously improving spatial divisions, programming and functionality. The 3rd floor was re-configured into two bedrooms and an existing attic space was expanded to create a bathroom. The basement was underpinned and lowered to create a bright family room and guest bedroom. Every decision made on layout, materials and finishes were made for the long term enjoyment of the clients.
Photos: Courtesy of Beauparlant Design
Gorski Residence is a gorgeous contemporary home showcasing grandeur and drama in Warsaw, Poland, designed by Los Angeles based FJ Interior Design. The designer has played around with scale in the use of furnishings and lighting adding instant intrigue. Drama runs full force with the use of black and white hues throughout most of the home. Living areas are separated with the use of different flooring materials. The kitchen seems to be its own entity encased in glass and steel, compartmentalized from the rest of the spaces. When the homeowner is entertaining guests, the doors can be closed for noise but they can still feel like a part of the group since the walls are see through.
FJ Interior Design is an international high-end design studio, founded 2006 by Joanna Freudenreich-Kubicek. She is known for her enchanting take on interiors. Each project is carefully designed, crafted and executed to reflect the clients individual and very personal style.
A love of the ornate characterizes this stunning NeoBaroque Chandelier from Abigail Ahern.
The beautiful floor tiles are from a Spanish manufacturer called Mosaic Del Sur. The hardware was purchased in London. The steel doors are custom made by a metalworker based on the designer’s drawings.
Contemporary home office.
The lighting in the bedroom is from Deltalight.
The floor cement floor tiles in this lovely bathroom are from Replicata. The faucet is from Dornbracht.
Photos: Sara Niedzwiecka
This cozy and comfortable remodeled home in Madrid, Spain is that of interior designer Sofía Calleja, owner of the firm SCV. The home gives off a fresh and fun ambiance, a credit to the designer’s personal style. Built some thirty years ago and renovated on several occasions according to the needs of each moment, today the distribution is divided into a ground floor, where there is an open plan living area comprised of the kitchen and living room, while above are the bedrooms, with a terrace. To bring the garden inside, large windows were used throughout as well as plenty of mirrors that multiply the views and clarity.
Capturing the light precisely, was another of the priorities of Sofía Calleja. Using chromatic range is quiet and bright, “I tried to use colors that are not tired to look at and transmit serenity. Only the bedrooms have included red, energy permeating the relaxed atmosphere.” Extraordinarily white surfaces — such as the entryway or staircase — and the dominance of toasted tones in the lounge and the dining room achieves this objective.
As for the furniture, the designer created a balanced mix of contemporary design in the combination and use of materials and finishes, as well as in the shape of the pieces: some refined and others classic. Many of these furnishings and accessories are original designs and can be found in SCV, the designer’s studio and showroom in Madrid. There is also space for antiques, such as the Biedermeier desk lounge, Louis XV armchairs or small details found in auction markets and fairs. Findings that add warmth, beauty and uniqueness to the comfort and relaxation that the whole family enjoys here. This was one of the dreams of Sofía Calleja, which she has more than fulfilled.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
This Central Park West penthouse apartment, designed by Foley Fiore Architecture and interior design firm Kathryn Scott Design Studio, is hidden beneath the curved copper mansard roof of a Manhattan, New York landmark building. It was artfully created by the former owner out of storage rooms, a one bedroom apartment, and unused space in the building’s decorative turret. The goals for this renovation were to provide ample communal living spaces with private retreats for a young family with two teenage children; to maximize the views to Central Park and the interior garden; to create a great working kitchen with a connection to the living spaces; and to shake the eighties feeling out of the design. The unique steel structure supporting the mansard roof was exposed to create a loft-like feeling.
Working with metal fabricator Jake Ducharme, Foley Fiore Architecture designed a sculptural curved zinc wall which houses a dining banquette; a zinc kitchen bar; and hanging steel benches at the park-facing windows. Large scale metal sliding doors provide a gateway to the garden beyond and steel and glass doors create privacy for the master bedroom and second level loft bedroom while maintaining the view. Kathryn Scott Design Studio provided elegant yet comfortable furnishings in a neutral palette to provide balance to the steel and glass. Gunn Landscape Architecture worked with the owners and Foley Fiore Architecture to create an internal oasis at the center of the apartment with a sense of light and beauty at all times of the year.
Photos: Ellen McDermott Photography
This striking modern designed residence in Ancram, Upstate New York has been designed by HHF Architects and interior design firm Kathryn Scott Design Studio Ltd. The home is comprised of 4,000 square feet of living space, designed as a country house for two young art collectors as a retreat from life in the city. The architectural design reflects their desire for a simple, sculptural residence standing in contrast to its natural surrounding landscape. The four equal sized boxes covered with corrugated metal panels on the outside create a striking and unexpected home. The interior was kept minimally furnished with the focus remaining on the owners’ contemporary Chinese art collection. Access to the view of the countryside is carefully orchestrated and subtly present without dominating the interior, creating an introspective intimacy and highlighting the art within. Natural light pours though the openings in between the outer boxes creating a changing sculptural display of its own inside each room. The simplicity and careful selection of the furnishings are a reflection of the owners clear vision of their personal style.
Photos: Ellen McDermott
Situated between the city of Stockholm and the island of Kungsholmen, Sweden is this tasteful duplex loft apartment, spotted on Per Jansson. The home is comprised of 1,916 square feet (178 square meters) of living space with an open-plan living room, a large lavish kitchen with dining area for many guests, and a door that leads out to a spacious sunlit terrace. A white-washed chimney forms a natural demarcation between living room and kitchen. Additional features includes, built-in cabinetry, exposed wood-beam ceilings, smoked oak wood flooring throughout, floor heating, skylights, a fireplace and built-in sound system. There are two lofts which can be used as an office and guest room. Two great bedrooms with great storage, one with dressing room with built-in fixtures in walnut from Craft Design. There are two bathrooms, with original brick floor and separate laundry area.