This magical stone clad residence was designed as a new home for a young family by McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, located in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Built in 2011, the exterior of the home showcases gabled roofs that echo the neighborhoods 1920s English style houses and cottages. Upon entrance to the H-shaped plan home, one is welcomed with views straight through to the back garden. The interiors boast a soft color palette and cozy atmosphere, inviting you to get comfortable. “I wanted it to be atmospheric, soft and a little bit foggy, a house is not just visual, it should be sensual,” states the designer. The living area offers double height ceiling and a variety of seating arrangements which gives the space a nice scale and the illusion of intimacy. Spans of handmade leaded windows allows natural light to penetrate throughout the spaces. Wire-brushed oak floors offer a tactile finish, along with wood-hewn beams in the living area.
A cozy fireplace accented by a plush chair greets guest upon arrival into the concrete tiled front entryway. The soft and fluffy goatskin rug, although seemingly decadent and possibly inappropriate for someone walking in with muddy boots, is actually a great selection since the rug is full of lanolin and stays clean. What do you think of this home, do you feel that is has a great design aesthetic? Please let us know in the comments section below!
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Oak beams in the breakfast nook makes the space feel rustic yet sophisticated.
Luxurious fabrics such as velvet and silk cocoon the master bedroom retreat, making it feel grand and opulent in scale.
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Interior DI is a wonderful small apartment design with open and functional interior living spaces by INT2 Architecture, located in Saint-Petesburg, Russia. This 1,130 square foot (105 square meters) renovation project encompassed adding additional space to the home by incorporating the balcony into the interior of the apartment, transforming it into a plywood box. The addition gave space next to the kitchen for a breakfast/dining area right next to a bright window. Another part of the remodel was space created for a work zone. This included room for a desktop and office equipment, separated from the common areas by a bilateral bookshelf. The open kitchen was given an unconventional new layout with storage space and appliances located in cabinets along the far wall and in the kitchen island. The wall cabinet also plays host to book shelves for cookbooks and reading books for the living room. The back of the kitchen wall features floor to ceiling exposed brick that has been painted white, reflecting light from the nearby windows. The style of the interiors is a beautiful mix of Scandinavian tradition and modern interior design. The white washed walls and neutral wood planked flooring act as a backdrop to the pastel hues of coral, pale blue and pearl gray, creating an atmosphere of warmth and comfort. The most important characteristics of the interior ambiance is the simplicity of design and great attention to detail. At 1 Kindesign we love to feature unique and well designed apartments for inspiration, and this sensational apartment is no exception.
The graphic print from the area rug and pillows adds texture and detail in this otherwise simple design. Small coffee tables are simple to move around when guests come to visit to create more space or to use for placing food and beverages. The easy flow between the living room and kitchen makes entertaining easy. We here at 1 Kindesign love hearing our readers thoughts on the homes we feature. So, what do you think, do you like enjoy the simplicity of this design?
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OVD 919 is spectacular residential project completed in 2014 by SAOTA architects, located on a mountain ridge below Lions Heads, in Cape Town, South Africa. The home is nestled on a steep site, featuring unparallel 360 degree views of Robben Island to the North and Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles to the South. Although attaining these views was paramount to the project, they also had to be carefully balanced to achieve the necessary privacy that the homeowners required for their lifestyle. The living spaces were designed as an open concept, with a seamless indoor-outdoor connection to enhance everyday living. “The architecture needed focus on creating a contemporary, uncluttered and sculptural building,” said Tamaryn Fourie, senior associate and project team member. Building the residence on a steep slope, the architects considered a sensitive design approach, limiting excavation. Secondary spaces are situated on lower levels and two stories are positioned above the ridge, which hosts the main living spaces, pool terrace and garden and the private spaces (bedrooms) on the upper level. The carefully considered interiors portion of the project was carried out by Studio Parkington Design Consult.
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“On arrival at a mid-level one is lured through the main garage with its double volume and graffiti walls towards the shaft of light and splash of landscaping emanating from the glazed Entrance Area beyond. Sculptural timber clad stairs wrap themselves around a centrally positioned glass lift and take one to the upper levels of the house,” says Philip Olmesdahl, SAOTA director and project team member. The spaces take on a gallery feel, emphasizing the draw to this fascinating property with its jaw-dropping backdrop of mountains and sea.
“Throughout this level boundaries are blurred and there’s a wonderful continuity between internal and external living – it’s a house for all seasons and plays off the mood of the climate and surrounding landscape,” said Tamaryn Fourie.
With polished concrete flooring running throughout the home and extending to the outdoors, there is the sense of a seamless flow. The bedrooms showcase timeless oak flooring for warmth and character. The master bedroom retreat is located on the top level and set back from the southern boundary to which the home shares with a national park for enhanced privacy. “An expansive planter off the main bedroom reiterates the importance of the natural surroundings and their connection with the sea views beyond,” noted Philip Olmesdahl.
Photos: Adam Letch / This project was submitted to 1 Kindesign courtesy of SAOTA
The private contemporary property showcases a seamless indoor / outdoor living experience, nestled in the beautiful canyons of Bel Air, California. The imposing home offers 13,565 square feet of relaxed living space offering modern and organic design, displaying materials throughout that are both deliberate and consistent. The interiors of the home enjoys impressive city views all the way to the Pacific Ocean through an array of glass pocket doors. Interior spaces includes seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and three half baths, there is also a library and study, a lounge and an elevator. Upon entrance into the foyer, skylights diffuses natural light while a custom chandelier injects elegance into the space. There are several features to the home that have a commanding presence, such as the open plan living room with a double sided fireplace and the floating glass stairs with leather wrapped hand rails. The staircase is situated on both sides of the home, leading up to the spacious second level which houses four en-suite bedrooms, all with access to a terrace with unparalleled views. Both interior and exterior spaces were luxuriously designed with entertaining in mind.
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Almost every room on the ground floor spills out onto the extensive deck and meticulous landscape, featuring a negative edge swimming pool. The outdoor living spaces encompasses 2,820 square feet, perfect for entertaining and enjoying the outside environment. Additional outdoor amenities includes a BBQ, outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and outdoor television for dining alfresco. There is a beautiful canopy to keep guests shaded from the sun while a bar keeps guests thirst quenched. Illuminated water features scattered throughout the property creates a heavenly oasis.
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This chefs kitchen showcases white oak cabinets, Gaggenau appliances and a pantry space offering temperature controlled wine storage. Sliding glass doors from the kitchen leads out to a cozy outdoor seating space, perfect for breakfast dining with a view. A wine cellar for 300 bottles is situated below the main staircase. There is also a sound and light-proofed media room providing special entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
This Lubelso built residence is a contemporary home infused with natural light, designed by Canny Architecture, located in Malvern, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Ideally positioned near a primary school and beautiful park, the homeowners wanted the house to match the area. The 5,920 square foot (550 square meters) four bedroom home features an easy flow between living areas and a dissolved separation of the interior and exterior. The backyard of the property offers a cantilevered roof that overlooks a meticulous landscaping and a swimming pool as well as an outdoor entertaining space. The design of the home features distinctive elegant lines and a strong modern facade, adapted and refined to fit into the neighborhood. The homeowner’s top priority was to have a home they could entertain in, “with adaptable living spaces, generous transitions and a natural synergy between indoor and outdoor spaces.” This two story residence is luxury family living at its finest, with a clean, minimalist design aesthetic and close attention to detail.
This spectacular residence was winner of the 2012 HIA Victorian Project Home of the Year and 2013 HIA Australian Project Home of the Year.
The interiors of the spacious home is brimming with natural light and elegant lines, with high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass walls and doors that adds to the sense of space, light and luxurious feel of the home. The lower level offers three spacious living zones with an open plan concept and great flow. The living areas also spill out onto the sumptous outdoor spaces, which includes a beautiful pond oasis draped in lush greenery and outdoor entertaining spaces that leads to the sparkling pool. “Creating a sense of space and tranquillity was an important factor in this home and one that influenced the design direction.”
“Contrasting black and white in simple linear styles, with timber tones for warmth, adds to the calm, elegant atmosphere.” The fabulous gas fireplace is the main focal point to the open plan living room. With a concrete hearth extended across the room, it is the perfect spot for entertaining guests to kick back, relax and enjoy the warmth with a glass of wine.
” The American oak flooring’s rich tones warm the home and in the main bathroom, the Basaltina slabs lining the walls are full height, crisply contrasting with the white bathtub.”
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Golden View Residence is the modern redesign and completion of a semi-constructed home by Workshop AD, located on the Upper Hillside in Anchorage, Alaska. The 5,000 square foot home had begun construction of the underlying steel structure five years prior, but in order to finish the design process there had to be technical and organizational issues that needed to be worked out. Emanating an extended tree house, the platform of this fascinating pad is perched high above the landscape via a steel structural system. With walls of windows, the interior atmosphere gets drenched in natural lighting. Inspiration for the interior design scheme was drawn from the surrounding environment, making the house “become part of that landscape and to feel at home in its surroundings.” Surfaces throughout the home showcase sophisticated living with walnut panels, concrete and stone. The culmination of these refined details results in the blurring of boundaries between indoors and out.
The structure is raised high up on a hillside taking full advantage of the surrounding rugged landscape, soaking up the phenominal views. The surrounding terrace wraps itself around the home so the owners can spend time outdoors enjoying the natural environment and enjoy life high above the trees.
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The Lahaye Residence is a mid-century inspired home designed for family living by Nakhshab Development and Design, sited in Encinitas, San Diego County, California. Newly built for a family of four from Belgium, the single story home was required to have open and spacious entertaining areas and sight lines directed towards desirable views. Comprised of 3,000 square feet of living space, there are four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, a family room and spacious great room that encompasses a gourmet chef’s kitchen. With an L shape design, public and private spaces are easily delineated, with bedrooms and family room on one end of the home and guest suite and entertaining areas situated on the opposing end. The residence showcases surprising design features, including a cozy sunken family room, interior atrium, and a “spine wall” comprised of stone that runs along the length of the house. The project is working on getting its LEED certification, with sustainable features of solar energy, materials that have been locally derived, energy-star appliances and lighting.
The interior entertaining spaces are connected with the outdoor living spaces by way of twenty feet of retractable glass. The outdoor entertaining spaces are comprised of a lounge area, outdoor kitchen and bar as well as a sparkling pool. The interior atrium creates a beautiful focal point from just about every area of the home, bringing the outdoors in. Natural materials of warm woods, stone and native plantings were used in the design scheme to seamlessly blend with the natural typography of the land.
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