This colorful Captiva Island, Florida beach house has been designed by Stofft Cooney Architects in conjunction with interior design firm Diamond Baratta. A blend of post-modernism and tropical decor, the home includes a 6,700 square-foot main house, with a 2,400 square-foot two story guest house with two full living/bedroom suites and a gazebo that was constructed on the property. The home is a grand-scaled Florida beach home cottage, with the traditional cedar clapboard siding and large expanses of glass to reveal the panoramic views of the ocean. Outdoor pavilions have been built to sit outside and relax with shade from the sun. The home’s main color scheme is turquoise, white and chartreuse, with punches of other bold colors splashed throughout the home to add vibrancy and give the home character.
The property includes seven bedrooms, seven and a half baths, two family rooms, a study, a master suite with spa retreat, a media room, an expansive fitness room, a private elevator, a two-story guest house with two fully-equipped studio suites, a freestanding garage with two bays and room for lifts (in addition to the parking bays available to the main house), a gazebo for seaside meditation or contemplation of the koi pond, and a saltwater pool and spa surrounded by a multilevel, coquina-stone lanai. The use of Tischler und Sohn windows, doors and hardware throughout assures the use of the very finest materials and guarantees the ultimate in storm protection. A whole-estate generator serves all structures.
Relax on the multiple outdoor loggia and covered balconies serving both the main house and the guest house. Grand, sweeping views, as well as privacy, were both considered in the design of the estate.
The beach house is situated on over two acres, with over 200 feet of water frontage and soft sand beaches. The lushly landscaped grounds draw the residents and their guests to the natural beauty and serenity of island life. The soothing sounds of the waves from the Gulf of Mexico are heard from nearly every room.
In the family room, custom-made wicker sofas and club chairs are paired with custom-colored portieres.
The family room has a custom-made sofa and rug by firm Diamond Baratta Design.
The kitchen overlooks the gazebo, the koi pond, and the Gulf beyond to the south through immense picture windows; views of an inviting loggia with fireplace to the west connect you to the many moods of the sea. The kitchen island countertop consists of lavastone.
Circles and curves define custom-made pieces in the breakfast room. The table sits on a Pucci-inspired rug by Tai Ping. The steel chandelier has lacquered wooden balls.
Trellised walls and ceilings, designed by Diamond, Barratta and handcrafted by Connecticut artist, Paul Flammang, provide a magical backdrop for more formal evenings; views from this room to the formal, beautifully planted and luminously lit allow guests a vista of a different sort.
Vintage Italian Pagoda tulipières sit atop a custom trellis credenza in the dining room.
The home’s exuberant turquoise, white, sun yellow and chartreuse interior color scheme is set against a backdrop of classic white millwork, jewel and silver-toned lighting fixtures and reflective surfaces. Inspired by leading artists and craftsman like Ron Seff, Dorothy Draper, Murano, Scalamandre, Beauvaix, Stark and Charles Edwards, and executed by renowned designers William Diamond and Anthony Baratta, the home’s interiors and finishes allow lovers of light and nature to experience those things inside and out.
The entry hall’s palette is pared to white and turquoise. The runner and portieres are custom made.
For the master bedroom, designers William Diamond and Anthony Baratta used a lamp originally designed for the Eden Roc Hotel lobby in Miami. A niche wall and headboard in custom-colored velvet anchor the bed.
Seating in the master bedroom of a Florida beach house takes advantage of the Gulf view.
The magnificent mahogany and limestone staircase ascends through the core of the main house and is wrapped in Eric Beare murals that conjure up whimsical, tropical images of Gaugin’s South Sea islands.
The designers chose a bright turquoise for the entry to the home, evoking the color of the Gulf of Mexico.
Royal palms lead to a Florida beach house built by Stofft Cooney Architects. Inspired by the sea, the interiors boast invigorating colors and distinctive design.
Each house, with its standing-seam metal roofs, references Old Florida, while outdoor pavilions, loggias, siding details and architectural features executed in “high tech” materials mimic that style’s authentic appeal.
Photos: Jason Schmidt
This unique basement transformation into a home pub with a wine cellar was designed by Crisp Architects in New York City, New York. Here is a description of the renovation project from the architects, “Seldom have we been asked to collaborate with a client who has had such a fully realized vision of the final outcome as this basement pub. I believe he could see himself drinking a pint of stout with friends, throwing darts and playing pool in this space before we measured the existing conditions. We had a great time helping make our client’s vision a reality, working on the details, and throwing in our two cents worth.”
Bench and Fireplace
Bar With Stained Glass Window
Detail of Wood and Sconce
Entry to the Pub With Pool Table. The dark color you are seeing here is from Benjamin Moore called Bittersweet Chocolate in high gloss. The floor was the same color, but in matte. The color for the upper half of the wall is Benjamin Moore White Dove. The light over top of the pool table has been custom designed by the pool table company called Blatt Billiards out of Manhattan.
Entry to Wine Cellar With Table. The stone on the wall is an artificial stone veneer called Owens Corning Cultured Stone. The floor boards are comprised oak, the process a thick vapor barrier, rigid insulation, oak furring strips glue and screws.
Benches and Tables With View to Bar. The ceiling light fixtures are from Restoration Hardware.
Photos: Rob Karosis Photographer
Axis Mundi was in charge of a complete gut renovation of a small one-bedroom light filled duplex in the Meat-Packing district, New York. One of the outstanding features of the 675 square foot space is the dramatic arched window which fills the space with light. The space was reconfigured, a new kitchen and powder room was designed, new zebrano plank flooring was installed on both levels. The architects designed a custom folded and cantilevered steel staircase which leads to the upper level. A sandblasted glass railing preserves privacy yet allows light to filter into the upper bedroom level. On the upper level the entire facade of the master bathroom is sandblasted glass.
Photos: Mikiko Kikuyama
This beautiful home renovation project has been carried out by interior stylist Tahani Aiesh, situated in the midst of a steep hill in Ljan, a residential neighborhood of Oslo, Norway. The stylist lives here with her husband and their son in this two story family home purchased in 2012, and proceeded with an extensive renovation and furnishing to their own taste. After many interior design jobs have executed for clients, Tahani was very eager to finally get her home address. Of course, the whole house became quite beautiful, but her cooking is very unique and special, hence the special attention to detail in the kitchen.
The frame bed in the picture above is from Ikea. Tahani attached curtains using a wire of steel hooks. The side table from Anouska she can use both indoors and out.
The entrance hall features the entryway door painted with llackboard paint, and next to it a sweet encouragement written with chalk, hanging large pinches of cards from family and friends. On the ceiling hangs a lamp Tahani has made especially for the sloping ceiling in the hallway.
The open kitchen is located along with the living room on the ground floor. The only distinction between these two areas is the big thick pillar where the stove is connected to it. The round table in the kitchen is actually an old cable drum. They were found on a farm and knew immediately what they could do. The base is smaller than the tabletop, around it are five adorable country chairs, all in different colors. Above the dining table Tahani has hung an industrial pendant.
Asymmetric kitchen cabinets. The modern kitchen decor comes from IKEA. But that was not enough for the interior decorator. For her, it was important to create a balance, but not symmetry. Tahani had lots of great ideas for this, but the best chose. Above the white sleek modern IKEA kitchen she has a kind of collage, consisting of vintage tables, shelves and racks. All storage options for such glasses, utensils, spices, coffee etc. The wine rack and the cabinet with numbers, Tahani purchased from House Doctor.
This homemade lamp was sewn together, which is easy to customize for a sloping roof.
Niches were built for storing wood.
This vintage chandelier purchased from Country Chic, does not have electric lights, so some were attached to it.
This unique organizer gives all tools their own pockets so you can quickly see what you need. The solution was purchased at the kitchen department at Ikea.
Tahani and her husband made this bed shelf from residual planks from the floor. The budget for the bedroom went up in smoke when Tahani had to have the lights from Bestlite, as she had wanted for a long time.
A large mirror creates the illusion of being in a larger room. This massive mirror of old wood is a charming touch in the bedroom and is great to try on clothes in front of.
The handles of this dresser were handmade. Tahani used small parts of a belt, simple, decorative and a great idea! She cut the pieces and sanded them with fine sandpaper, then secured with small nails.
For Tahani, decor was as much a part of the renovation project as the renovations. Walls were demolished and new ones were set up again. She gathered the furniture she wanted and placed them in the garage. There they stood, waiting to get their very special space when the renovation was completed. “For us, the furniture was just as important as what materials we would use. They constitute the part of the whole”, says Tahani, who selected the furniture for the floor plan.
The bathroom has got a rustic touch with old wood as a nice contrast to the clean, white and turquoise tiles.
To create a more spacious family bathroom, the bedroom wardrobe was taken away and the wall was moved.
S-T Residence is an incredible contemporary home design with a beautiful sunroom addition in Portland, Oregon, designed by Emerick Architects. The sunroom was added onto the kitchen to create a strong connection between the interior and the beautiful large garden area. The bi-fold doors open to a covered porch to expand the living area.
The bi-fold doors to the back and the French doors to the side give this newly added sun room the feeling of being an outdoor space. The wrap around porch makes this a perfect area for entertaining.
The new sun room is open to the newly remodeled kitchen which makes a perfect space for casual entertaining.
The kitchen and sun room open out to the lovely garden space making it a perfect place for summer entertaining.
The newly remodeled kitchen is both beautiful and functional with large appliances and open shelves to display the owner’s pottery collection. The space is expanded by a renovated butler’s pantry through the cased opening.
This eating area and built-in desk was added off of the kitchen and new sun room providing an open, light-filled space.
A pair of large windows are framed by a built-in wood desk flanked by open shelves. The desk area is conveniently located off the kitchen and provides a lovely view to the garden.
This light-filled butler’s pantry with custom built-in cabinets provides a functional transition between the kitchen and dining room in this lovely 1920′s home.
The wall color in this contemporary living room is Benjamin Moore Mustard Field #377.
Photos: Courtesy of Emerick Architects
Vuelta a Empezar is an en-suite bedroom design by architecture firm Egue y Seta for Futurcret, part of the Casa Decor 2010 which was held in Barcelona, Spain. The 516 square feet (48 square meters) suite is based on the idea of the Garden of Eden, where biting the apple will open the gates of paradise. A furnished garden where temptation is shown through glass transparencies, between lattices of natural wood and palm fronds, proposing a return to a hedonistic paradise where, every day, is a sin not to start again!
The ethnic hand-crafted wooden bedside stands sit beside a contemporary metal floor lamp and a smart black shelving unit holding a selection of bright red apples, reminding us of the symbol of original sin. The entire space is assembled with a sense of the dramatic, transporting us to an exotic location where time stands still.
Primitive luxury abounds at every turn, mysterious dark mottled walls form a backdrop for a jungle scene of plants and vines at the head of the bed, a prominent object which is understandably covered in the sensuous fabrics of velvet and fur.
Fixtures of reclaimed wood and floors of stone contrast with the transparency of the enclosed waterfall shower, a unique space adorned with semi-tropical plants and ferns.
Photos: Aires Photography
This cozy cottage is nestled in an idyllic spot among olive trees, with stunning views to the Sierra de Gredos mountains, Cáceres, Spain. The successful transformation of the home has been carried out by architect Alfonso Monteagudo, where the original structure was maintained and recovered materials resulted in a warm country home with discreet traditional details. The owners have opened their doors to turning this home into a vacation refuge called ‘Vaquería CantaElGallo.’
The home feature a discrete range of neutral paints, stucco walls, concrete ceilings with exposed wood and concrete floors that extends environments. This skillful handling of infallible tools such as color, light and coatings, transmits tranquility and order. The furniture, masonry and wood mostly define the country style but with a dose of tradition, and even notes through stately pieces brought from different parts of the world and rescued from antique shops.
The main entrance to the house is surrounded by nature, which seeps into the interior through the glass door and fixed window. That feeling of openness and blending with the environment is found in the continuity in the decoration through the materials.
Another special feature of this home is its distribution: a large central room where shared-use is the living room, dining room and kitchen — are attached two rooms designed as small apartments with living area and integrated en-suite bathroom. Each room worships comfort with simple and functional furniture, with complements of antique mirrors, earthenware containers or glass jars) that blend compositions full of charm. The luxury: space and simplicity.
Photos: Mi Casa
Casa F/H is a stunning apartment designed by Studiomobile, situated on the upper floor of a construction built in the 60s in San Donà di Piave, near Venice, Italy. The penthouse flat faces a huge south oriented terrace which offers a beautiful view of the river Piave beyond the tree-tops. The refurbishment completely upgraded the technological systems in terms of energy efficiency and thermal comfort, as well as completely redesigned the spaces.
The living was designed as an open space facing directly the outside terrace, which in summer becomes an extension of the sitting room. Here the different environments are marked by the furniture dividing functional areas without creating any boundaries. The huge wardrobe encloses the living room and it is both a closet, a technical piece of furniture, a fireplace and a bookshelf, also embracing the large sliding door.
The uniformity of the element, in hardwood lacquered white, is interrupted by the free form doors, by the colored niches and by the natural iron inserts creating graphic details. The huge wardrobe, as well as the couch and the kitchen, were custom designed and produced by local handcrafts. This allows the furniture to merge with architecture and to become one. The coach is enclosed by two columns of raw concrete producing two different ways of living the space. The kitchen furniture acts as a screen concealing the cooking area through two glass houses, filtering out the light and the gaze with flowers and aromatic plants.
The penthouse flat was entirely cobbled with oak wood boards which acts as a trait d’union, linking the living with the sleeping area. The same cladding was used in the main bathroom where wood boards face the tub, and in the master bedroom where it becomes the structure of the bad, of the night table and of the walk-in closet.
Photos: Giulio Boem
This beautiful modern apartment is situated in the coastal town of San Sebastián in northern Spain, owned and designed by Mikel Irastorza Interiors. The area is extremely close to the French border, so many of the houses in this part of the country have a profound French, turn-of-the-century influence. When the designer spotted the space he wanted, he gutted it. The most important thing for the renovation was to stay true to the early 20th century structure of the surrounding area, while still incorporating his signature style and furnishings. There are only two people living in the small apartment, so the designer decided to indulge in high-end modern goods, while still creating a livable and functional space. The pieces he selected are warm and welcoming, “I don’t think I have a particular style, to be honest,” says Irastorza. “I always try to adapt my work to the places, houses, and clients I work with. This house was my own, so it’s a bit of everything. I just knew that I wanted it to be clean and open, but also very warm.” The finished result is a home that feels harmonious and balanced — a fusion of a structure inspired by the past, and design that lives in the present.
Although the floor plan of his home is fairly open, Irastorza was able to divide the living space into multiple seating areas that serve different functions. This lengthy living area is divided into a TV viewing space at one end with a couch, and a reading space at the other end with two chaises. The couch was made in Irastorza’s workshop, while the coffee and side tables are from FLEXFORM. Both consoles are mid-century Danish pieces.
A variety of mid-century German pottery sits on top of the Danish console, accented by a vintage lamp. The primary light fixtures are Pipe, by Tom Dixon. The chaise lounges are from FLEXFORM.
“White, white, and white! I really only added pale colors — a very light mint and peach — in the bedrooms to add to the fabrics,” said Irastorza. The white pottery still manages to stand out against the home’s molded white walls, as do the vintage white wall lights from Holland. The hanging pendant is another vintage find of Irastorza’s.
The furniture and accessories Irastorza opted to use in his home are a unique mix of products that he loves, and products that he has bought all over the world. “I look mostly for things with a past —things that tell a story — and also for items from my favorite designers.”
The living room, dining room, and kitchen all remain relatively open to each other — the iron bookcase is really the only thing dividing this common living space. A clean and open space was particularly important to Irastorza, who wanted to incorporate this contemporary update into the structure of this turn-of-the-century apartment.
The combination of the bold artwork and classic furniture made the dining room Irastorza’s favorite room in his home. He found an antique French country table, which melds beautifully with the home’s golden wood floors. Chinese wooden side chairs accent the table, along with six classic Bertoia white chairs.
The amazing artwork on the wall was was a light fixture Irastorza had reworked into a sculpture to hang on the wall. The piece, found in a villa in Berlin, is covered in gold leaf. The hanging fixtures above the table are from FLOS.
A great example of Irastorza’s design style, the kitchen is extremely functional. All of the appliances are very high-end, but the space is nothing extravagant — just what is needed. All of the kitchen tiles are from the Italian tile experts at Bisazza.
Irastorza chose sink fixtures from Grohe for the kitchen, and a durable countertop material from Silestone for his sleek, white counters. The unique photograph is called “1592-4,” and is by the Korean artist Kyungwoo Chun. (How fantastic is the staging in these shots by the way? It looks like the leftovers from a late night binge.)
The open hallway lends to the light, airy, and clean feeling of the entire home. Light from a beautifully made stained-glass window fills the space. A vintage leather German chair from the ’50s and a quirky floor lamp from Spanish company Santa & Cole adds warmth.
Irastorza had a iron bookshelf installed to work as a innovative and multi-functional room divider. The different sized nooks and crannies are perfect for his wide collection of knick-knacks.
The architectural details in the main bedroom are great examples of Irastorza’s attempts to maintain 20th-century elements in the home’s structure. A understated and delicate molding at the ceiling accents the über light peach walls. Although the color is subtle, it significantly warms up what might otherwise feel like a stark room. A luxurious fur throw adds to this feel, and a chic Mies van de Rohe Barcelona chair in the corner pulls the look and color scheme together.
An authentic Moroccan rug contributes to the sense of texture in this neutrally-toned room. The chic side table is a vintage French design from the ’50s, and is highlighted by Basque, German, and Peruvian pottery. The pendant lamps — which are great alternatives to more traditional bedside lamps — are vintage German.
Irastorza chose a pale mint to highlight the walls and molding in the second bedroom of the home. A custom blue headboard complements the Ralph Lauren Home bedspread. Vintage jade-colored pendant lights, which hang daintily over a set of Danish side tables. The mirror on the wall, which is from Maxalto, is a clever way to give the illusion of a larger space.
A vintage Danish brown leather chair sits next to a French side table and old Phillips floor lamp to create a cozy window-side reading corner. The teak desk — another Danish design from the ’60s — sits away from the Moroccan rug, creating a tidy little desk area. The mint walls coincide with the green marble fireplace, adding to the room’s faint yet distinct green hue — a far cry from the stark white walls of the home’s common space.
Photos: Courtesy of Mikel Irastorza
Nordquist Residence is a mid-century modern home that has been designed by John Lum Architecture, located in San Francisco, California. By rebuilding the existing rotten decks, this 1890’s two-flat Edwardian building was expanded to create great rooms for each unit along with newly remodeled kitchens. The result is a delightfully sunlit-space that relates to the existing Edwardian architectural detailing while providing an appropriate backdrop for the client’s mid-century Scandinavian furniture collection. The wall clad in bead-board, and fir on the ceilings, lend warmth to the sitting area while contrasting with the steel-clad fireplace. The new kitchen features an eclectic mix of aluminum grating, white quartzite, hi-gloss plastic laminate over Finn-ply cabinet doors, stained ash veneer, and matte-white brick tiles; a traditional nod to an otherwise modern composition. Corner windows recall Edwardian proportion and detailing, affording views of the surrounding Eureka Valley while shielding views of neighboring properties. The project also included a new bathroom in the front fainting room in a neo-Edwardian style.
Photos: Sharon Risedorph & Michelle Wilson (Sunset Books)