This charming and cozy Scandinavian style apartment is a private home that has been designed by Soma Architekci, situated in Warsaw, Poland. This modern apartment offers 1,400 square feet of living space, located in a housing facility nearby the Szczęśliwicki Park. An initial projection of the apartment design was met with challenges due to an inconvenient C-letter passageway with a long corridor leading into the bedroom section, as well as the request for an additional, fifth room. However, the architects managed to rearrange the existing structure efficiently and establish a comfortable, functional plan that responds to the needs of future dwellers.
The interior includes a cozy daytime area with a living room and kitchenette, a corridor with a large number of wardrobes and compartments, and four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The design is based upon a light flooring of wide, whitened oak panels and the ubiquitous whiteness of the walls.
This background is accompanied by custom furniture and lamps characteristic of design from the North, featuring substantial amounts of wood, simple brick tiles, and minimalist bulbs. The interior is softened by some dark, graphic elements, including picture frames, mirrors, and the steel lines of the furniture.
The look is complete through the abundant light that enters the apartment from three sides, which the residents did not want to obscure, except for basic nighttime shades in the bedrooms. Despite its stark white style, the living area has a comfortable feel and reflects a warm, inviting ambiance.
Photos: Courtesy of Soma Architekci
This rural mid-century modern home was originally built by local architect James Cowan in 1957 for the Devney family, located in the Craig Hill neighborhood of Ellensburg, Washington. The home is a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian style, with its L-shaped plan, native materials, flat roof, clerestory windows, and large cantilevered overhang for passive solar heating and cooling. The homeowner is an architect and furniture maker, who hand-made most of the plywood furniture seen throughout the home. Although the previous owners had renovated the home in 2006, most of the home’s original character remains untouched. The homeowner’s were fortunate enough to obtain a complete set of the original construction drawings of the house, and they plan to honor and reflect Cowan’s design. The home is comprised of 3,200 square feet of living space with five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The L-shaped house mixes wood, glass and cement. A large wall of glass lets light flood into the living room and connects the space to the outdoors, but a wood-screened courtyard in front prevents it from feeling exposed to the street.
The homeowners created their own version of a screen door — a 3/4-inch board of fir plywood painted and dotted with circular cutouts.
This entry console made of plywood and cherry, with cutout slots was designed by the homeowner to make sorting incoming mail easy. The slate flooring is original to the home.
Most of the materials transfer between the indoors and out. A bed of river rock inside near the entryway continues outside, as does the concrete masonry unit wall.
The homeowner also built the long, low-slung console, coffee table and armchair in this living room.
The bamboo floors, installed by the home’s second owners, reflect the abundant light that pours through floor-to-ceiling windows. Small groupings of furniture anchored by no-frills carpets in dark browns and gray keep the attention on the home’s lines and the play of light and shadow.
An original teak and glass light fixture hangs over a table and bench that Scott built. The low-slung round table and console are both vintage.
One of many original pocket doors in the home connects the dining room to the kitchen, which retains its original layout and birch cabinets. The previous homeowners had installed new flooring, a tile backsplash and updated appliances.
From the homeowner: Where the dog bed is now, there used to be a swing-out desk that you could place up against the [picture] wall, to work at. I’d like to rebuild that one of these days..
The kitchen connects to a family room, creating an open concept that’s common today, “but when this home was designed, this was forward thinking,” states the homeowner. The original fireplace wasn’t drafting correctly, so the homeowners installed a woodstove in its place.
Sliding doors off the family room hide a large storage and utility room with floor-to-ceiling shelves. The homeowner built the sawhorse table, coffee table and couch; the latter converts into a guest bed.
When the Faulkners, shown here, entered the home for the first time after purchasing it, Scott presented Emily with a midcentury style clock that now hangs on the clear, vertical-grain Douglas fir paneling in the living room.
Clerestory windows are the hallmark of the upstairs rooms. In this home office, a Murphy bed that folds down to reveal a full headboard and shelves.
When the Murphy bed folds up, there is plenty of space to work in this home office.
Lined with sliding doors, the hallway has ample storage made even more functional through another creative original element: slide-out shelves.
Though another bedroom has larger windows, the homeowner’s made this their main bedroom because they love the way light pours in through the clerestory windows. The platform bed was built with underbed storage.
One of the couple’s greatest challenges was expanding storage in the carport for their motorcycles while still staying true to the home’s design. The couple increased a storage area by 6 feet, built doors to match the home’s front “screen” door and repurposed the home’s siding to create a wall.
Photos: Kimberley Bryan
Designer Thom Filicia brought a derelict 1917 Skaneateles lake house back to life, transforming it into a gathering place for friends with rustic, but sophisticated decor in Onondaga County, New York. The rooms are filled with his designs rooms filled with his designs, with most of the furniture, fabrics, rugs, and curtain hardware are from his home collections for Vanguard, Kravet, Safavieh, and Classical Elements.
The living room’s Skaneateles sofa by Vanguard has a low back, so it doesn’t block views of its namesake upstate New York lake.
Restoration Hardware‘s Iron and Rope mirror leans on the living room mantel.
In the dining room, Buckley Royal linen upholstery softens both the walls and the Greek Peak chairs, named after a local ski resort. Restoration Hardware’s Burlap Dome pendant canopies the Bordino dining table from Vanguard Furniture, whose finish echoes paint-rubbed floorboards sealed with tung oil. Ceiling and trim, Dogwood Blossom by Pittsburgh Paints.
Filicia hung a vintage papier-mâché ram’s head over the kitchen’s movable island: “I wanted this to look like a room that just happened to become a kitchen.”
Inspired by existing plank doors, Filicia applied battens to the walls and ceiling of the den, “our cozy retreat where we can hide from the world.” Here and throughout the house, he banished recessed downlights from a 1960s renovation, because they were antithetical to an intimate mood and period provenance. Circa 1900 Collection Train Station Swing-Arm Sconces by Restoration Hardware, illuminate his Lincoln Hill sofa and an unknown artist’s faux-bois resin painting.
Stout rope provides the stairway’s nautical handrail. Filicia removed the stair railing to open up the view from the entrance to the water. Madagascar Glacier runner, Sacco Carpet.
Having admired diamond-shaped windows in stately old Syracuse houses, Filicia introduced several here as a repeating motif: “I like how they float in a wall.” This one punctuates a screen wall between master bedroom and shower. On the bed, an orange duvet from Serena & Lily warms up a blue one from John Robshaw. The adjoining bathroom has twin Kohler vanities and Arhaus mirrors.
Architectonics tiles from Waterworks line the shower. Flooded with sunlight, it is “the next best thing to an outdoor shower.”
In contrast to the “more buttoned-up” guest room upstairs, a downstairs counterpart is “fun and flirty.” A Hudson’s Bay blanket from Woolrich on the updated four-poster picks up the pillow colors.
“In summertime, the boathouse is our waterfront home base,” Filicia says. Besides storing towels, water skis, and life preservers, it shelters a touch pad for controlling music from dockside speakers. Inside, vintage chairs are grouped beneath a papier-mâché chandelier. Come winter, the pavilion doubles as weatherproof storage for the folding dock, paddleboards, and other gear.
The fire pit, the dock, and a Gerald DiGiusto 1960s steel sculpture in designer Thom Filicia’s yard.
Photos: Eric Piasecki
Cliffside Drive Residence is a family home designed by Natasha Barrault Design, offering an easy-living vibe and a strong connection to the outdoors in Point Dume, Malibu, California. This partial remodel, interior and exterior design is a joint project collaboration with architect-designer Hervé Daridan. The property 7,500 square foot (including guesthouse) belongs to a couple in the fitness industry and their 4-year-old son who had two main interests throughout the project: To get the property off the grid and do the entire project as sustainably as possible, and to create a truly comfortable home in which warmth and a peaceful atmosphere mattered most and the result would not be “overdecorated”.
From the designer: We achieved this in part by designing a lot of built in cabinetry which helped define spaces clearly whilst “melting” into the fabric of the house and contributing to the airy feel of the rooms. We choose organic materials in a definite but soft color palette and textiles are an important element throughout. We also assembled a selection of Art and objects for the house and collaborated on the exterior with Armfield Design & Construction.
Barrault strove for an easy-living, laid-back spirit in the furnishings. Slipcovered sofas and throw pillows in neutral hues, along with the option of floor seating, give the living room an informal feel.
One way that Daridan (the architect) let more light in was to replace all the railings on the decks and balconies with less obscuring materials. Today the living room feels bright because light easily enters the home.
The taupe tones in the Farrow & Ball wallpaper are brought out by the concrete countertop and sink in the guest bath. The combination of colors and the lotus pattern of the wall treatment enliven the entire space.
The multidirectional sofa allows the family to use and orient it according to their needs.
The living room is designed to shape shift into a language arts room for the clients’ home school. “We added specially designed furniture and elegantly protected the Paola Lenti ottomans and other pieces. When school is in session, the clients cover the Hans Wegner coffee table so that it can withstand the wear and tear of the school day,” states the designer.
Bolsters and cushions can be moved around for play or for guest seating, or even cleared to transform the sofa into a daybed.
The credenza was custom designed for the family; it houses books, toys and recycled plastic storage tubs by Plastica.
Instead of a gallery wall of framed photos, the clients opted for a magnetic wall that showcases artwork, family photos and love notes. “The wall is constantly evolving and keeps the space from feeling static,” states the designer.
Animal-shaped, whimsical throw pillows are scattered on the bed. Storage space and ample drawers give toys and other articles a place of their own.
The boy’s room has a table and Knoll chair for endless hours of reading, drawing and daydreaming. Balcony doors connect the space to the outside.
This bath was designed both for safety and fun. The tub floor is covered with an anti-slip mat; the shower can be filled as a shallow bath or used as a wading pool while an adult sits on the ledge to supervise.
Photos: Courtesy of Natasha Barrault Design
Fisher Street Residence is a modern beach house designed by Chris Barrett Design, exuding a casual sophistication, drawing influence from Frank Sinatra to the surf culture of Manhattan Beach, California. The open architecture seamlessly integrates the exterior elements with the vibrant color palette of the interior.
Named for its owner – interior designer and Southern California native Chris Barrett – the firm is renowned for its breathtaking residential interiors and chic commercial spaces. Alchemists with color, light, pattern and scale, Barrett and her team execute bold visions for their fast-growing portfolio of clients, consistently revealing functionally creative living spaces with a balanced look that is both dramatic yet restrained.
Photos: Courtesy of Chris Barrett Design
Classic and modern describes the interiors of this countryside family home designed by S. B. Long Interiors, situated in Rye, Westchester County, New York. A variety of colors, patterns and textures were used to add depth and interest to each space and finished it off with a mixture of contemporary painting and fine art photography. The light fixtures are fun and modern and compliment the distinctive color palettes. This home features exciting ceiling and floor details such as crocodile porcelain tiles in the Sunroom. Metallic croc ceilings in the Butler’s Pantry, chevron patterned floors and ceilings in Her Office and Bath, and a boldly striped floor in the Mudroom. Each room in this vibrant family home has its own unique personality.
Photos: Neil Landino
This Tribeca penthouse is a complete modern renovation by Turett Collaborative Architects of a two floor penthouse apartment in TriBeCa, New York. Located on 41 Warren Street, the penthouse makes best use of every angle and every view. The architecture firm’s signature design brings the outside in with over-sized windows and glass doors, multiple skylights, three large terraces, and a massive private roof deck with expansive views.
It’s easy to imagine the cozy night at home with a wood burning fireplace. The dining terrace with a built-in gas grill could kindle thoughts of summer entertaining. With Terra Mai Teak 6″ wood floor planks, Novelda Crème limestone walls, a teak tub deck and separate sauna and steam rooms, the master bathroom offers the prospects of personal indulgence after a stressful day at work. The elements flow together, delivering a contemporary design that connects with NYC aesthetic sensibilities.
Creating Your Signature Tribeca Penthouse
Turett Collaborative Architects is known for a signature design that blends contemporary aesthetics, natural and industrial materials and creative use of every square foot of urban space. We collaborate closely with our clients to create the home that fits their lifestyles. Knowing what you want may be difﬁcult to define. You may only have a loose understanding of what it is that you want. The design process also may inspire some anxiety. The most important thing is to not worry and take a deep breath. Every project starts with a fair number of unknowns. We are here to listen to your needs, distill and translate our award-winning design into a home that works for you and your family.
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This stunning 1950s ranch house remodel project has been designed by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, situated in the southwest Portland hills, Oregon. The house sits on a steep lot, with the front door on the upper level and the lower level opening out to a beautiful south-facing garden. In the first phase of the remodel, the designer conducted space planning for the entire project, but only completed a remodel of the upper floor. The lower floor, which will include a new master suite, will be remodeled in a few years. The upper floor remodel included the kitchen, dining room, living room and hall.
After worrying about how to address a back hall that felt like a dark narrow tunnel, we decided to just accept it and painted it a dark charcoal grey. We embellished the walls with abstract modern flowers in various shades of grey and black, and added a big mirror as well as a mirrored cabinet at the end of the hall, to add sparkle and light.
The original kitchen and dining room had dark wood panelling, and only a few small windows despite the beautiful south facing views. We added windows and french doors along the whole south wall, and removed a wall separating the kitchen and dining room. We designed a new bright and functional kitchen with lots of storage in white lacquer and bamboo cabinets.
The new kitchen has a generous island as well as an inviting breakfast nook, with a custom table of our design, built by our friend Kari at merkled. The living room painting is by one of our favorite Portland artists, Kelly Neidig. We freshened the dining set, which was a family heirloom that the clients wanted to keep, by lacquering the chairs in a fresh pale blue-green and reupholstering the seats in a bright red.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
House N is a contemporary property completed in 2001 by Dana Gordon + Roy Gordon Architecture Studio, situated in Hadar Yosef, Tel Aviv, Israel. After years of living in Jerusalem, the client moved to Tel Aviv, seeking to renovate the new home, illuminating it with natural light, color and space. The two-story home is comprised of 1,614 square feet (150 square meters) of living space. The main emphasis in planning was the creation of continuous space between floors and the structure of the collection, in order to create a sense of space and take advantage of the natural light. On the first floor is where the public spaces are most concentrated – living room, dining area, kitchen, living room and bathroom. The second level functions as a private space for the tenant-sleeping and bathing.
One of the most important tasks in renovating the House was choosing the finishing materials and combinations of materials with each other, selected materials for the home are mainly natural. The furniture, accessories and selected images are also out of a desire to create an atmosphere that is similar to the atmosphere in the Jerusalem apartment, with a strong emphasis on color and textures.
On the ground floor of selected flooring is a natural stone and oak parquet floor sleeping porch tree Tabebuia was between the two levels, the staircase was designed from oak footholds on steel profiles. The rail steel shafts designed for concrete anchors.
The kitchen is designed to be functional ingredients that are selected for the kitchen are made of wood; The cabinets are made of three fold oak, bamboo work surface, coating the island. The kitchen is open to the living room and a dining area.
This level is also the workshop functions as a guest room when needed, its front door is made of iron and glass of milk there is eye contact between this room and the rest of the House through a window that opens to a library that is unique, designed for the dining area, which is across the living room wall. This directory, in the Act of a Carpenter, was designed to accommodate the collections and books of the tenant. White sliding doors that fit with Oak veneer and variable composition generator library.
The seating in the spacious and bright living room with the windows in this area.
Guest bathroom in natural stone, covered with stucco decor heart in dark blue. Iron sink cabinet is designed with natural bamboo sink.
The private bathroom area selected materials such as concrete, tiles floors, painted wall plaster, decorative blocks are shaded in gray and sink unit specifically painted iron and bamboo.
Bedroom wall cabinet-level space designed in a way that integrates in the room and caught a white wall. Roof Windows were added to bring light to this level and staircase.
Using special natural raw materials has become home to a living space, open, colorful, functional and stylish that suits the character and way of life of the tenant.
Photos: Galit Deutch
This penthouse condo project was completed by Design Milieu, who joined two adjacent units to create a beautiful two bedroom, three bathroom home, situated in Rosslyn, Virginia. Design Milieu is a Washington DC-based firm who believes that “place–milieu–deeply influences the psyche. The spatial qualities of a place as defined by the architectural elements (floor, wall, ceiling, roof, door, window, and stair) combined with the material expression of those elements and of all the interior elements contained within affect our emotions and activities.”
Designing these architectural and interior elements is a great responsibility because we all have relationships with them. We touch them every day and are immersed in the aesthetic: sensual characteristics, functionality and craftsmanship. I believe that my role as a designer is to develop the relationship between people and milieu, to develop the beauty of the places in which we live our lives.
Photos: Stacy Zarin Goldberg