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)
The Glass Farmhouse Loft is an open loft space in former factory building situated in Manhattan’s Midtown West neighborhood, New York, designed and owned by Charoonkit Thahong of Studio Recreation Inc. Thahong spent months searching for just the right raw, industrial space to remodel for his own home. The loft is in a former 13-story school building called The Glass Farmhouse, that was converted into residential apartments in 1982. With 52 sun-filled loft-style apartments, occupied mostly by photographers and artists, this loft was exactly what he was looking for: open space, hardwood floors and plenty of sunlight.
“It was almost as raw as I expected,” Thahong says. “It was actually livable, but it just wasn’t my taste.” In seven months Thahong transformed this 1,340 square foot one bedroom and one bath eclectic showcase for his individual style. Collections of ceramics, tropical plants, mid-century alarm clocks and other quirky knickknacks occupy almost every surface, but the space still manages to feel clean and modern. Most of Thahong’s decor consists of vintage pieces and classics in a neutral palette.
The ceiling lamp in the living room started as an iconic Lyndon outdoor floor lamp by designer Vico Magistretti, but Thahong had it adjusted and rewired for a statement-making ceiling fixture.
Thahong’s background in product design and ceramics has fostered a deep love for simple white vases. Most of his collection hails from Germany, particularly from Rosenthal and the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin.
He also loves the Danish Holmegaard Gulvase in white, red and amber glass. “I like the concept of ‘simple is best,’” says Thahong of the vase’s classic shape.
The stainless steel and walnut-stained plywood island was preexisting, but Thahong had a custom stainless steel top made for the back counter out of a single piece of steel with integrated sinks. Open industrial shelving extends all the way to the top of the wall, helping Thahong get maximum storage out of limited square footage. He keeps a ladder and step stool on hand for when he has to reach the party platters and other little-used items up top.
Although the original kitchen was dark and dated, Thahong lucked out with Viking appliances left over from the previous owner. The restaurant-quality range hood was already in place when Thahong bought the space. Unlike many city kitchen hoods, this one vents out the window. “It’s almost impossible to get a permit now to do that in a New York apartment,” says Thahong.
Thahong sleeps in a lofted bedroom located atop a small closet. A classic Vitra wall organizer keeps must-have items on hand near the door.
The lofted sleeping space has room for little more than a cozy bed, but Thahong still managed to sneak his collection of 1960s and ’70s alarm clocks onto the half wall behind his bed.
The mirror on this side of the room reflects the slate tile on the shower’s back wall. The walnut-stained plywood console displays more of Thahong’s Holmegaard Gulvase collection. “The bathroom is a really important part of all my designs,” he says. “I like it to surprise and have an exotic feeling.”
The bathroom sits toward the front of the apartment, away from the windows on the other side of the unit. To keep the space from feeling like a cave, Thahong opened it up with a large, clear sliding glass door supplemented with a curtain for privacy.
On the side of the bathroom shown here, floor-to-ceiling subway tiles cover the wall behind a 60-inch round bathtub. The vessel sink’s location was determined by plumbing lines; Thahong usually sits cross-legged on the plywood tub deck when using it.
Photos: Andrea Ferrari
Hilltop Retreat is a stunning Mediterranean style home designed by high-end interior design firm Tucker & Marks, situated high on a ridge above the central coast in Tehama County, California. The home features a flowing series of vaulted interior spaces and broad exterior terraces that capture both the morning and evening sun. The design firm took a playful approach t0 finishes and textiles by mixing textured indigenous stone, hand-hewn and sandblasted woods, antiques, new pieces, and fabrics – linen prints, cushy chenilles, and soft cottons – that had both a modern and casual feel.
On the floor is a custom wool and mohair area rug was manufactured by Sloan Miyasato. The coffee table base was purchased from Formations, and the limestone inset top is from Fox Marble. The painting is by Paul Balmer, the title is “Summer Abstracted”.
The side table next to the club chair is made from a section of an old, reclaimed ironwood tree, purchased from JRM International. The console table below the painting is a French 19th century elm desk, purchased from Ralf’s Antiques. The beautiful painting is called “Red Smoke” by Jennifer Brook-Kothlow. If the wall color appeals to you, try Benjamin Moore #957 Papaya.
The lantern above is a Large Cubic Lantern with three lights in an aged bronze finish, from Formations.
The kitchen island bar stools are three “Laced Rawhide Back Bar Stool” in a tobacco finish, purchased from The McGuire Company. The kitchen countertops are a “Tiberius Gold” stone countertop, while the cabinets were custom-built and painted in Benjamin Moore OC-103 Antique Yellow. On the ceiling you will notice a skylight with 2 pendant lights (mounted to skylight frame) in a steel-dark patina finish with a rectangular linen shade in a cream color (from Holly Hunt). The paint finish is hand-troweled plaster walls with a custom-mixed warm straw color. This floor is made from oak wooden planks with a clear stain.
These rattan dining chairs are from McGuire. The hand-troweled plaster walls have a custom-mixed warm straw color, inspired by the colors of the indigenous stone and earth of the central california coast area. The floor is made of wooden oak planks.
The ten side chairs with scrolled legs and antique brass nailhead along the base of the seat, are upholstered in a saddle colored leather, purchased from A. Rudin Furniture (the item # is SC 560, the finish is Chestnut #35, with antique brass nailheads). The cast stone bases of this dining table are from Michael Taylor Designs. The lantern is an iron Giacometti style four-light lantern with leaves, an owl, and a bird in a bronze finish was purchased from Carole Gratale. The wall finish is comprised of stone indigenous to the California location of this house.
The light fixture above the dining table is a Giacometti-style lantern, purchased from Carol Gratale. The metal-framed windows and doors were custom-designed and custom-manufactured for this project.
The window treatments are made with a leopard print linen from Raoul Textiles at De Sousa Hughes, called “Leopard” in the Olivine colorway. The Roman Shades, in a pale raffia-like material, are from Conrad.
The plantation shutter doors were custom-manufactured for this project.
The flooring material is Sweetwater Cherokee stone. The ceiling light fixture is a Large Cubic Lantern with three lights in an aged bronze finish, from Formations. The ceiling wood is oak with just a clear finish.
Photos: Matthew Millman
Crane Building Penthouse has been designed by Giulietti Schouten Architects, located within the urban core of Portland, Oregon, nestled atop the historic 1909 Crane Building, an old brick plumbing warehouse. This seventh floor 2,500 square foot penthouse has established views of the city, bridges and west hills but its historic status restricted any changes to the exterior or window and door locations. Further limitations included maintaining all existing plumbing locations and staying within the existing ceiling framing.
With their three kids leaving for college, this husband and wife wanted to shed their life of their large suburban house and start anew in the heart of the active Pearl District. Even though their current house was close to their high-pressure work in the High-Tech field they desired to distance themselves and create a sort of “urban refuge above the city”, a personal retreat where they both could entertain and work on occasion as well as provide a home for their grown-up children.
Key Plan Concepts:
Reclaimed Australian Chestnut flooring was chosen for its warmth, while Dark Sapele at the built-ins, entry and sliding gallery door provides a sharp contrast to the white stone counters. The clients requested the mudroom/pantry to be hidden yet accessible to reduce clutter and noise within the open living areas.
The design needed to create a functional open living/dining/kitchen and media area for both entertaining and working. The dining and kitchen area especially needed to be expandable for family gatherings and contracting for daily use. Recessed automated roller-shades screen the afternoon west light, and help maintain clean lines.
The various vaulted ceilings were retained to maximize daylight and wrapped in clear cedar to give warmth and further define the many unusual ceiling angles. A custom welded steel fireplace with an oil-rubbed finish was designed to be the visual anchor of the living room. The intent was to contrast it with the concrete walls while connecting it to the notion of exposed steel in the original building.
A custom sliding sapele screen at the entry provides immediate privacy for the bedrooms when entertaining yet also invites guests to “discover” the gallery on the other side where the original steel and concrete structure were left exposed.
Photos: David Papazian
Falmouth Residence is a cape cod summer house designed by Hecht and Associates Architects, with interiors by Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design, situated in the town of Falmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. The interiors reflect beautiful water views and the client’s love of color, creating a stylish family retreat for the whole family to enjoy.
The rug is also from the interior designer’s store on Martha’s Vineyard called Bespoke Abode. It is a jute but a very soft wide braid. It can be made to any size and comes in 3 color ways.
Photos: Eric Roth Photography
West Vancouver Residence is a private modern home that is located in British Columbia, Canada, whose interiors have been designed by Claudia Leccacorvi of Raven Inside Interior Design. The home features warm and welcoming interiors throughout, with high ceilings and large expanses of glass to allow natural light to penetrate the home. The flooring throughout the public spaces is an engineered white oak hardwood. The residence opens up to spectacular ocean views towards the back of the home, where sliding glass doors helps to blur the boundaries between indoors and out. There is plenty of outdoor living space to enjoy the wonderful weather the area has to offer and to soak in the stunning water views. With spacious and open interiors and plenty of outdoor living spaces, this home is the perfect place to entertain family and friends.
British born and educated, Claudia Leccacorvi received her degree in Interior Design in London, England. With 15 years experience as an Interior designer Claudia has both worked and lived in Australia, Italy and Canada in addition to London, England. Claudia has worked for some of the world’s leading design companies and has been involved in projects internationally as far reached as Europe, Australia, North America and the Middle East.
Palmer Point Road Residence is a soothing lakeside home situated in Minnetrista, Minnesota, built by Stonewood, LLC with interior design by Martha O’Hara Interiors. The shared aim for the design team on this specification home was to create a space that felt residential, while also encompassing a lakeside living lifestyle. The goal for the project, through planning, building and the staging processes, was to make selections that would highlight the home’s incredible lake views, while also focusing on functionality for daily, residential living while appealing to potential home buyers. We love how the designers were able to pull the color scheme throughout the entire home without it being overwhelming, what do you think?
Notice that there are two different sofa styles and colors in the same room. According to Martha O’Hara Interiors, “You can use two different sofa as long as they are in the same style family. The goes for fabric choices as well. There is no hard and fast rule, but this is a good recommendation.” For furniture placement in the family room, their rule of thumb is to leave 3 feet of space around furniture for traffic.
In this transitional style living room, the walls have been painted in Sherwin-Williams Rice Paddy paint.
In this open and airy master bedroom retreat, the wall color is Silver Lake (#1598) Benjamin Moore.
The pool table room is 16′ x 18′ and the media room is 23′ x 18′. The rooms together are 39′ x 36′. The coffee table his table is actually four separate tables grouped together to make one! The color on the walls is Sandy Hook Gray HC-108 Benjamin Moore paint.
Photos: Troy Theis
This beautifully updated farmhouse was built in 1935, located on 17 acres of land including a small stream, an old apple orchard and horse stables in Nordsjælland, Denmark. Designer Lotte Minch and her husband Pedro Heyman live in this wonderful home that has been decorated for the holidays. The designer likes to decorate the home with spruce, pine branches and pine cones, all found objects from around her property. Six years ago, the couple acquired the 5,920 square feet (550 square meters) large property on two floors with white windows, black woodwork in the gables and red tile roofs. The original building was built in 1935 but expanded by the original owner with large picture windows facing the woods in 1970.
The public spaces of the kitchen, dining room and living room are on the ground floor, while the master bedroom, bathroom, office and guest room is located up under the charming sloping walls on the first floor. Lotte Minch, who besides being designer also holds the kitchen and interior design company Vivre, was responsible for the extensive interior renovation of the house. “We are a big family who often gather around large or small parties, so I have put the focus on having a spacious kitchen and a large dining room with seating for at least 14 people”, explains the designer.
The overall color scheme throughout the home is black and white, complemented with natural and brown. Walls, ceilings, doors and windows are kept white, while the parquet floors in the living rooms are stained brown to black. In the kitchen and the bathrooms, the floor is made of black glossy concrete.
The black and white contrasts are reflected in the choice of furniture and other accessories for the home space where Lotte Minch among other things designed and then had specially made a series of furniture in solid African teak, as demonstrated in the wooden shelves , bookshelves, small tables and an impressive large dining table.
Photos: BO BEDRE
The stately and quiet elegance of this Christmas decorated home with a beautiful restored structure in Barcelona, Spain, supports the warmly festive halo that surrounds it. The home features fun and cheerful Christmas details of natural finishes that will blends in with the decor.
Subtle Christmas Decorations: Simplicity lovers choose outside colors mixed with traditional festive decor. Natural wood and neutral tones decorate the living room.
A Versatile Lounge: This beautiful living space seems to be in constant movement and above all functional. With several auxiliary elements, with tables that can also be used as seats.
There are a mixture of coordinated styles of diversity and eclecticism, combining parts of different origin. Here a classical rug and an Alpine stool form a single corner.
Fir branches are used as a substitute for the traditional Christmas tree. Placed on a base, or even in a glass vase, decorate on their own. Aged gold and silver ornaments work great.
A Dining Room for a Special Event: For dress up party tables there are tablecloths of natural fabrics, fall to the ground. Combined with ornaments of fiber or wood and chairs that offer a very successful soft aesthetic.
Pure Simplicity in the Dining Room: Decoration based on clean and lightweight elements enrich the table. Here, a few cups of glass are used as candle holders as dim lighting for a party table. Placed on heart-shaped coasters, the result is perfect.
The kitchen highlights the successful combination of materials: wood, steel and marble.
The dining room and kitchen are open to each other for convenience when entertaining.
The bedroom, a private retreat: The master bedroom was installed in one of the most beautiful rooms of the house. Independent by an impressive wooden and glass door, it boasts beautiful wood, a wonderful mosaic floor and unique moldings.
A desk in the gazebo: As well as showing off a surprising structure, this room has a warm annex by way of a vantage point, ideal to locate the work area.
Advent wreath: A heart as an advent wreath decorates the bedroom door.
Bathroom with pieces of the past: The old spirit of the house is reflected with intensity in the bathroom where, without forgetting modern conveniences, opted for a retro deco look with vintage, painting the walls with cobalt blue and using an old style curtain rod.
Photos: Mi Casa