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.
This vibrant and colorful 1800s Victorian three story home is situated in the gorgeous Uptown area of New Orleans, designed by architectural designer Marie Palumbo. Anything but ordinary, a couple with their three young kids, a dog, cat and a bird take up residence here. The 6,000 square foot, four bedroom, four full bathroom plus two half bath residence features walls with colorful artwork and original classic pocket doors, eclectic furniture and timeless heirlooms in each room. With the help of the local designer, Marie Palumbo, the couple was able to completely renovate the kitchen, re-purposed some rooms and transformed their backyard into an outdoor oasis to better equip the unique structure for their family’s needs, without losing the home’s original charm. “You never know how you are going to live in a house until you are actually in it,” says the homeowner.
For extra storage, Palumbo designed a full pullout pantry with baskets — visible behind Crystal, the family’s bird.
The kitchen leads into a colorful living room, connected to a sunroom through original French doors. The family considers their sunroom a bonus room, where built-ins and a plush sofa allow for reading and relaxing.
Traditional pocket doors on the right open up into the family’s formal dining room.
The dining room is enclosed by original pocket doors and dressed in more traditional furniture and artwork.
This second living room, between the dining room and foyer, has bold art and furniture that’s mostly from local artists and designers.
Artwork, creative accessories and large Victorian-style windows all face the foyer, giving the more formal living room a warm and inviting feel.
The first-floor guest bathroom off the foyer displays wallpaper inspired from calling cards passed down through generations of the designer Angèle Parlange’s family.
The original staircase, accessorized with two traditional portraits, leads to the second-floor bedrooms.
The original master bedroom and study were re-purposed into two bedrooms for the kids.
Palumbo designed this custom built-in closet and dresser in one room, and then drew up a bathroom plan for the space where the original master closet was.
Once the study, this room now features cowboy-print fabrics, a vintage rocking horse and timeworn furniture for the youngest.
Timeless heirlooms, like this desk from the homeowner’s mother, add subtle charm to the son’s room. To freshen up traditional things, contemporary items are mixed in.
The beige penny tile in the guest bathroom adds warmth to the bathroom’s clean lines. The console table, originally from Mexico, was purchased in Mississippi. The vintage red chair traveled with the family from Minnesota.
Down the hall from the kids’ rooms, the master bedroom showcases the homeowner’s eclectic style. As in other parts of the house, the white linens and calming paint color create a platform for the artwork and bright pillows to stand out against.
Palumbo reconfigured the entire layout of the new master bath to make it seem like a natural extension of the bedroom.
Traditional art, a new layout and modern hardware gave the master bathroom an update while preserving the traditional details. Vertical marble walls enclose the shower. A custom vanity was made to look like a piece of furniture.
A wrought iron gate, with the look of a French balcony, protects the original bathroom windows.
The third story features built-in twin beds, bookshelves and finished bathroom. The homeowner’s added a drum set, a small puppet stand, colorful bedding, a television and a video game setup to create the perfect entertainment area for family and guests.
Clean lines and modern hardware give this small bathroom a fresh look. A narrow staircase in the back of the house connects all three floors.
The guesthouse connects to the main house; it has an outdoor living space and dining area.
Palumbo reconstructed a once-outdoor kitchen into a one-bedroom suite pool house with a bathroom.
The porch has a small circular tower and wraps around the front of the home. Large floor-to-ceiling windows face the neighborhood.
Much like the city of New Orleans itself, this 1800s Victorian home has a historic and traditional exterior, but a vibrant charm radiates behind the doors.
Photos: Corynne Pless
This year’s Kips Bay Show House in New York City, New York, spotted on Sotheby’s, was the most magnificent ever – and the townhouse can be yours! It is located on one of Manhattan’s loveliest townhouse blocks, one filled with single family homes. 19 of the most prominent designers transformed this 20 foot wide, 5 story house with elevator, originally built in 1899, into a truly spectacular residence. Outstanding features include a state-of-the-art professional kitchen and lavish powder room on the ground floor which has not only a gorgeous planted garden, but a one-of-a-kind 2-story glass enclosed atrium. The expansive living room has soaring ceilings and the adjacent formal dining room overlooks the garden and atrium. There is a wine tasting room adjacent to the dining room. The master bedroom suite on the 3rd floor is exquisite, plus there are additional bedrooms on the 4th floor. The 5th floor has front and rear terraces, one with a gold fish pond, and a modern lounge/media room second to none. In the picture above, Andrew Suvalsky draped the front hall with a sheer black floral curtain.
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Mr. Suvalsky designed these cabinets himself. Above, a pair of photographs by Adrien Broom.
Mr. Suvalsky, who also colonized the foyer, said he is “equal opportunity” when it comes to color. The ’50s Italian sofa is from Gaspare Asaro. The painting is by Rainer Gross.
James Huniford designed this sofa in the atrium. The Josef Hoffmann chair came from Kimcherova; the fabric is from Maharam.
Bone and brass coffee tables by Enrique Garcel from Mondo Cane.
In Mr. Huniford’s room, a waterfall painting by Pat Steir from Cheim & Read. On the floor, a coyote skin rug and flooring made of recycled leather in a crocodile print.
In Mr. Suvalsky’s powder room, three shades of blue lacquer. It took three weeks, he said, to get the finish this liquid-looking. He designed the rug with Kyle Bunting. The “Chainon Mirror” is from Lorin Marsh.
Mariette Himes Gomez and Brooke Gomez made a monochromatic, mostly English sitting room. With the four-by-four-foot ottoman, it seats 14.
On a leathered drum table from Yale R. Burge Antiques, a wire sculpture from Maison Gerard.
Garcia/Maldonado Inc turned a bedroom into a stylish lounge. The Kate Moss photograph is by Russell Young. The Italian mid-century chandelier is from Bernd Goeckler. The walls are paneled in sueded buffalo.
Sara Story designed her living room to recall the shifting planes of a Cubist painting. The stylized bamboo wallpaper is from her own line; the sofas were custom-made, and the coffee table is 1940s French.
Ms. Story’s bathroom is an homage both to Andree Putman and to her own anxieties, she said. The bathtub is filled with crumpled paper, scrawled with words like, “Bamboo: Love or Hate?”
Eve Robinson’s family room is designed in lavender and gray. The vintage lounge chair is from Lorin Marsh.
In Ms. Robinson’s room, a table for Scrabble and lots of marshmallows. The hand-blown pendant lamps are by David Wiseman; the pair of photographs, from a series called “Tethered,” are by Randy West.
Ms. Robinson filled her stainless steel fireplace with silvery blown-glass logs by Suzan Etkin.
In Kristen McGinnis’s dining room, a neon, wood and string sculpture by Elliott Hundley. The painting is by Al Held, from Cheim & Read. The table and chairs are by Joaquim Tenreiro, from R 20th Century.
The Japanese bowls are from Sara Japanese Pottery. The Mepra flatware is from Barneys.
Above a leather bar by Dineen Architecture + Design PC, a photograph by Margaux Walter. The shell mask by Thomas Boog is from Maison Gerard.
In their sitting room, slipper chairs from Duane Modern. The huge Regency wine cooler is from Kentshire.
The mohair throw is by Susan Chalom.
Jack Levy designed this sitting room around the Fornasetti wallpaper. At the last minute, he sliced up a length of the brocade fabric he used for his pillows and stitched it to the back of the gray wool club chair.
Mr. Levy wanted the curtains “to look like water,” he said.
The Anglo-Indian bed in Kathryn Ireland’s bedroom is draped in her fabric collection from Scalamandre.
Stephen Mooney’s peaceful lady’s “writing room” has no computer. The wallpaper is from Scalamandre.
In the back yard, a balloon bench and balls of boxwood by Nievera Williams Design.
There’s a fish pond, and a bathtub from AFNY.
West Chin turned this outdoor fireplace into a terrarium.
He designed this white Corian birdhouse to look like a house he designed for a family in Long Island.
Mr. Chin draped moss over the back terrace wall (he said it reminded him of the “Lord of the Rings” movies); the knitted poufs are from Karkula.
This beautiful rustic modern coastal city home is situated in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, designed by Patty Kennedy Interiors. The fun and cheerful interiors features plenty of unique design elements such as chalk board wall paint and colorful art displays throughout. The outside of the home offers patio spaces with several seating arrangements, perfect for entertaining family and friends. Enjoy the home tour and let us know if you like the home and why!
Photos: Rob Karosis Photography
This new custom riverfront townhouse retreat was designed by Olson Group Architects in collaboration with interior design firm Jenni Leasia Design in Portland, Oregon. This property was a once a two unit condo that was merged into a beautiful three level townhouse with an ambiance of resort living yet with all the comforts of home. The interiors blend clean contemporary elements with traditional cottage architecture for a clean inviting design that lets the breathtaking views take center stage. It is luxurious, yet very relaxed.
The Weiland sliding door is fully recessed in the wall that leads out to the balcony. The fireplace stone is called Hudson Ledgestone by NSVI. The cabinets are custom. The cabinet on the left has articulated doors that slide out and around the back to reveal the television. It is a beautiful solution to the hide/show television dilemma that goes on in many households! The wall paint is a custom mix of a Benjamin Moore color, Glacial Till, AF-390. The trim paint is Benjamin Moore, Floral White, OC-29.
The Kohler trough sink is in the center of the island. During parties the home owners fill it with ice and let guests help themselves to beer and wine.
The interior designer designed this craft space on one side of the laundry room.
The designer took stock of everything the homeowner wanted to store here—from wrapping paper to knitting yarn—and designed the cabinets accordingly.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
Bywood Street Residence is an incredibly stunning transitional style home that has been designed by architecture studio Sharratt Design, in conjunction with interior design firm Martha O’Hara Interiors in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Transitional style is a marriage of traditional and modern furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics. The result is an elegant, enduring design that is both comfortable and classic, as is displayed in this aesthetically pleasing residence.
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Photos: Troy Thies Photography
Compound in the Dunes is a stunning beach house located on a rolling site overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in New England, Boston. Designed by Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects, this beach house brings together two contrasting ideas – nineteenth century Shingle Style design, and a contemporary preference for material and textural expression over architectural detail. While the exterior captures the local design aesthetic, the interior treats light, space and surface in a distinctly modern fashion.
Photos: Peter Aaron
Spotted on Skeppsholmen, this charming small apartment is cozy and welcoming, featuring a fabulous rooftop terrace with stunning city views in Östermalm, Sweden. Comprised of 602 square feet (56 square meters) with a living room, kitchen, one bedroom and one bathroom. The home was built with the highest standards with designed lighting and several site-built features. The kitchen has white countertops of Carrera marble and a dining area which can accommodate 4-6 diners. The living room offers plenty of natural light and access to the private terrace. The living room is flanked by a very cozy bedroom with separate walk-in closet. Lavish bathroom with underfloor heating, shower and wall mounted toilet. There is plenty of integrated storage solutions, as well as two closets, perfect for a small space!
This former auto garage has been converted into an industrial chic pad for first time homeowner’s Spencer Steed and his fiancé, Alex Toveyin in Salt Lake City, Utah. The couple wanted to make this gritty-cool space into a comfortable home. Comprised of 2,000 square feet of living space, the one bedroom, one bathroom home is in keeping with the existing raw style, where mechanic shop-inspired décor, rustic salvaged pieces and unfinished surfaces create an industrial vibe that still feels like home. In the picture above, two school bus seats were welded together to form a bench in the mudroom, given to Steed from his grandfather. Steed and Tovey give the previous owner credit for a big portion of the space’s incredibly unique design aesthetic.
The shoe rack is a re-purposed set of utility shelves the previous owner left behind.
A large dining table given to the couple dominates the former garage area. Slide-up doors open to a patio. Steed works on his motorcycles in this space, a great distraction from college homework.
Most of the design elements and furnishings have been salvaged, refinished and re-purposed from military surplus stores and scrap yards.
Steed made the coffee table from reclaimed wood, which he then painted.
This metal Tanker desk came from an online local classifieds site for only $17.
The bedroom maintains a gritty appeal, with gray cinderblock walls, concrete floors and exposed fixtures. The American Oil sign had been left outside the apartment when the couple moved in.
Corrugated fiberglass panels attached to plywood on steel framing make up the bedroom walls. The closet door is weathered steel and slides on a track attached to the ceiling.
The couple sanded old military boxes found at Smith and Edwards, coated them with polyurethane, stacked them up and added simple baskets to create a dresser.
The commercial sink and prep counter came from a restaurant supply store next door.
The previous owner installed the dentist’s lights above the kitchen island.
Raw and unfinished surface’s define the style of this apartment, walls were patched and primed and left exposed.
A steel surgical sink is the main focal point in the bathroom.
Photos: Lucy Call
French photographer Jean–Marc Lederman purchased this fabulous villa near the town of Llandudno at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. The original home was a boring two-storey brick box, but the view were spectacular and captured the spirit of the area. Lederman renovated the home, giving it scale and magnitude, he had long dreamed of living in a house that would have resembled the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. Before beginning renovations, Lederman wanted to get a feel for the space, so he lived in the house for a year, studying how the light moved during the day and depending on the season. The first step of the architectural transformation was the basement, which was turned into a photo studio, then he created a spacious terrace with a swimming pool and an attached garage. The results of the design experiments seem to have been a success, the owner enjoys his photography studio and his daughter loves spending time on the terrace by the pool, and friends have found that the house is the best barbeque in the area of Cape Town
A few years after moving into the home, a fire on the top floor significantly damaged the roof and the ceiling. Instead of repairing the damage, Lederman decided to use fire in their favor and left the living room ceiling charred and the walls shabby.
Addressing the interior decor, Lederman first acquired modernist furniture and a few legendary items-chaise longue LC4 by Le Corbusier’s design, Pierre Jeanneret couch and Charlotte Perrian, Cassina, the Barcelona bench by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll, and several vintage chairs 1960 ‘s.
The stairs are Bali teak and the railing is beached sea trunks and boughs.
He chose wooden tables from the island of Bali and ethnic cushions.
“I also don’t want to forget that my house is located in Africa, so I added in the interior several tribal sculptures placed on the walls and paintings by contemporary South African artists”.
Photos: AD Magazine