This loft condo renovation designed by Besch Design is situated in a building that once housed National Biscuit Company, now known as “Nabisco” and is located in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. The loft style condo unit is located on the upper floor and is a multi-level unit. One of the main features is the kitchen, which is located in one of the old ovens used for baking. The steel parts for the oven doors are still embedded into the exposed brick. The master bedroom has an opening that overlooks into the living spaces on the first floor. Reclaimed barn wood was used on an accent wall that is has become a feature in the unit and is used to display some of the Owners guitars from his collection.
This living space in the multi-story loft unit is flooded with light from two levels of windows. The exposed brick is the old exterior of the National Biscuit Companies (now Nabisco) oven used to bake the biscuits.
The main family room area of this loft condo features a two story wall that was clad with reclaimed barn wood. The master bedroom over looks onto this space from the bi-fold door opening above.
This office loft was renovated to accommodate the owners eclectic collection of movie and TV memorabilia.
The massive exposed brick wall still has the steel plates and parts that once were the sliding doors to the massive oven that once baked the biscuits for the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco). The old oven now houses the kitchen for the unit.
Arched brick ceiling with a custom made light fixture. The owners found the parts for this light fixture over the island and had a local artist create this one of a kind fixture. The table with the seating is made from an old bowling alley lane. The pin placement marks can still be seen on the table top. The table is free standing so it can be moved off the island if desired. A reclaimed scupper box is the transition piece from the range hood to the duct work with red accent paint.
This accent wall is clad in reclaimed barn wood and is used to display the owners guitar collection.
This small opening creates a view to the family room below as one proceeds up to the upper levels on the stairs.
The second bedroom looks out over the family room two story space, with views out the large double hung windows.
The exposed steel truss cuts through the entire unit. The ceiling was lightened by painting it white which allowed for the truss to be more of a focal element along with the exposed duct work and sprinkler pipes.
The bi-fold door opens up in the master bedroom to overlook the living spaces below. It is clad with the reclaimed barn wood.
The original master bathroom was cramped and the truss was enclosed by drywall. We opened it up and reconfigured the entry to the bathroom and in turn exposed the great truss passing through the space.
When the steel truss was exposed in this hallway, the owners were glad to find “Carnegie” stamped on the truss. It was fabricated by Carnegie Steel Co.
Given the interesting history of the building in which this condo was built, the Owners have tried to preserve some of that history. They have found small pieces or accessories that were once used by the National Biscuit Company, and they proudly display them throughout the unit.
Photos: Peter Nilson Photography
This industrial style renovation has been carried out by designer Paola Navone, who transformed a 200-year-old factory into an inviting home in the ancient town of Spello, in east central Umbria, Italy. The designer was given a brief to turn an abandoned tobacco-drying plant that started life almost two centuries ago as a silkworm farm into a cosseting, appealing home.
This stylish London mews house has undergone a complete interior overhaul by Turner Pocock to create the feeling of a spacious New York loft apartment in London, England, United Kingdom. Use of neutral colors and finished accented with splashes of color for interest. Finishes flow through the 1,500 square foot house seamlessly from room to room and floor to floor avoiding any division of spaces. Doorways have been lifted to generate height and the balustrades installed in glass open up the central staircase. Turner Poock were responsible for interior architecture throughout as well as converting the garage into a living space and the roof terrace into a large external garden.
Turner Pocock is a leading interior design company providing the highest quality design services for both private residential and commercial projects in the United Kingdom and abroad. The company designs inspiring traditional and contemporary spaces – taking the lead from the client’s brief and the building to create environments that work perfectly in both form and function. They provide a comprehensive service that is tailored and scaled to meet the precise requirements of individual projects.
Photos: Courtesy of Turner Pocock
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