Big Rock is a fabulous family retreat whose design is inspired by the great camps in upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains, designed by architects Shope Reno Wharton. The home is nestled on the tree-lined shores of Upper Saranac Lake, which showcases a beautiful boathouse that has been accented with traditional Adirondack twig work. The compounds impeccable interiors were decorated by celebrated interior designer Thom Filicia. In the past, this area played host to vacation homes that were called “great camps”, a place where family could spend the summer and have everything they need on the compound without ever having to leave. They would have all activities at their disposal, hiking, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing and playing tennis. This home was designed for a busy West Coast family from California with two young children as a summer getaway. The home sits on a peninsula where the Wawbeek Resort once sat, a modest lodge that housed several cabins. Each of the home’s building has their own site orientation and views out to the water. The three car garage offers a beautifully designed guesthouse above. The main home is spread out over two levels, offering what the architects describes as “simple, honest materials.” The exterior facade draws on the local vernacular, with cedar shingles and for the interiors, fieldstone fireplaces and balusters comprised of birch logs. The homeowners requested the design aesthetic to be “authentic but with a twist”. Filicia wanted the architecture to stand out, so he applied color to some of the walls and ceilings, such as dark brown, green and blue.
We just love this house, the indoor-outdoor connection and all of the on-site activities the property has to offer so you never have to leave. It is the perfect summer family getaway that we all dream about. What do you think, could you spend your summer vacationing here?
We have featured a couple of other homes designed by the talented designer Thom Filicia, have a look at his incredible work: Woodsy lake front cabin in upstate New York and Thom Filicia’s Skaneateles Lake House Exudes Rustic Simplicity.
The master bedroom retreat is filled with natural light from windows on all three sides, giving it a tree house feel. The walls have shingling applied to them to create an indoor-outdoor ambiance.
The bunk room of the guesthouse and en-suite bath feature wainscoting in a fire engine red, creating a bright pop to the spaces.
The daughter’s room features an enchanting woodland theme with patterned wallpaper of trees and birds.
The seven year old boy’s room features a wall mural of the billboard from the Wawbeek Lodge that was originally on the property.
The sleeping porch features shingled walls, bringing the outdoors in. The room features deep set, hanging twin sofa beds.
Taking cue from “great camp” design, the property features outbuildings used for family recreation. Down the beach, this existing structure has been renovated into a games room. Painted all white, the designer selected furnishings with a color pop. A ping pong table and Foosball make this a fun spot for family play.
The boathouse features the estate’s name, which can be seen from the water side, spelled out in branches. In addition to a boat launch, there is a roomy elevated terrace perfect for sunbathing and enjoying evening cocktails over the water.
Photos: Architectural Digest
This prewar loft was designed by Raad Studio, located in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. The interiors of this warm loft is a compilation of materials, which encompasses steel, wood, Corian and plaster, which adds an astounding character to the spaces. The entryway, the material elements are shown as raw and as you travel through the loft they become increasingly more sophisticated and meticulous. An interesting design element in the loft is a ladder on a rail system which travel throughout the whole length of the structure. Another beautiful element is the custom designed shelf under the television in the living room. It is a live edge shelf comprised of walnut, designed and built by Wishbone Woodworking.
An exposed brick wall adds to the lofty feel of the space. The wall has a unique visual interest with linear custom cabinetry running the full length of the room. The shelving and cabinets are comprised of blackened steel and walnut, a stunning combination. This also creates lots of space to showcase the homeowner’s collection of books and add some personality with some decorative items.
We have featured a few prewar homes here on 1 Kindesign, so in case you missed them, take a peek: Spectacular $25 million Manhattan penthouse and Industrial-Eclectic West Village Townhouse by BWArchitects.
Photos: Courtesy of Raad Studio
White Street Loft is a beautiful 19th century loft designed by owner and principal James Ramsey of Raad Studio, located in Tribeca, an area in Lower Manhattan, New York. The home does not offer a lot of natural light, but makes up for it in the well placed light fixtures. Originally details have been carefully preserved, such as old windows, tin ceilings and exposed brick walls. New finishes were added such as light oak flooring, refreshing the walls with a coat of white paint and modern stainless appliances. Three windows were added to the center of the loft where the apartment was the darkest to allow some natural light to filter into the space. Some custom designed pieces by the designer includes a walnut storage/stereo cabinet, a 300 bottle wine rack crafted from terra cotta drainage pipes and a Beluga whale skeleton designed from a plaster mold that floats over the dining table. The custom kitchen showcases black granite countertops, white subway tile backsplash, and an island covered in white marble and walnut. The end result is a super stylish pad with plenty of tactile materials and stunning decorative accents, enjoy the photo tour!
Are you looking for more industrial loft inspiration here on 1 Kindesign? Have a look at a couple of our past popular features: Building transformed into industrial home in Portland and Incredible industrial style loft apartment in NoHo.
Photos: Courtesy of Raad Studio
This gorgeous five story brownstone has been recently renovated by Chango & Co., located in Park Slope a trendy neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City. Originally built in the early 1900s, the townhouse has been newly rejuvenated for a couple and their three-year-old girl. Comprised of 3,200 square feet of living space, the home has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The home had been sold to the family after being renovated by a builder who was looking to sell quickly. So the home was neatly packaged together, but was not efficiently designed to meet the family’s lifestyle needs. It lacked storage, built-ins, personality and style. Once you step inside this traditional style entryway, you will find that the designer has put a lot of effort into bringing back the charming character of the historic property. Because brownstones are so narrow, the home had to be carefully space planned to feel less so. Finely detailed furnishings were carefully selected to make the home still feel spacious, and natural light was drawn in from the front and back of the home where the windows are. Warm light fixtures and bold artwork decorates throughout the home, with high ceilings, detailed molding and broad archways, these special touches makes the home feel beautiful and inviting, a place any family could call home.
If you find yourself loving or just being inspired by brownstones, have a look at some past features that we have presented to you here on 1 Kindesign: Bold colors defining playful Brooklyn Brownstone and Brownstone renovation in Texas: Southampton Residence.
The front living room features two large floor-to-ceiling mirrors on either side of the fireplace to not only make the area feel more spacious, but to reflect light into the space. Textural layering was applied to the console tables in front of the mirrors to make the space feel more elegant and cast a warm glow in the evening time.
Built-ins for storage were created in the narrow dining room. Between the upper and lower cabinets is a glass backsplash to reflect light and create the illusion of space. The chairs are covered with outdoor fabrics for durable wear.
The master bedroom retreat has been designed with more mirrors to help with the illusion of space and reflection of light. Built-ins were designed on either side of the fireplace for much needed clothing storage. Mirrors have been inset into the cabinets and drawer fronts.
A trick to make this small bedroom feel more spacious was to layer the space with details to create interest and keep the eye busy. Narrow moldings were added to what was originally flat drywall to create a panel effect and make the space feel more glamorous.
This upper level sitting room acts as the family media room, with a television that can be adjusted and blue armchairs that swivel to accommodate both conversation and television viewing.
This space at the top of the stair landing is situated near the nursery, so the couple decided to make the space be useful when they needed to be close to their child. The area was outfitted with chairs for reading and a small home office space.
The designer always makes sure to set up a space for adults to sit inside the nursery. The space is playful and fun, designed with character.
Photos: Ball & Albanese
A peaceful yet playful summer getaway, this elegant and cozy beach cottage has been re-designed by Chango & Co., located in East Hampton, New York. The project encompasses the complete renovation of a drab interior and exterior old beach home that was in desperate need of being revitalized. The palette inspiration began with a traditional navy and white sailor stripe shirt mixed with the gradients of the beach, from the sand to the ocean. These stripes helped to breathe new life and intertwine the spaces of the home and giving it a new sense of personality and purpose. The exterior facade of the home is clad in natural cedar shingles and the entryway is pronounced with a royal blue painted door. Upon entryway into the home, you can see the dining room in the distance. The ambiance is very serene with shimmering grasscloth wallpaper and bleached oak flooring running throughout the main living spaces. Every element seems to represent something reminiscent of the sea, such as the wide loom sisal rugs taking on a sandy beach-like quality. The layering of sheer fabrics diffusing sunlight like an umbrella and picking up breezes like a sail from a boat. A harmonious use of various shades of blue, sand and white can be witnesses throughout the home. Playful decor items such as the vintage surfboard displayed in the stairwell, mixed with a soothing palette, reads as a peaceful oasis for summer enjoyment. So kick back, relax, and enjoy the home tour!
Intrigued and inspired by beach style homes? Have a look at some past features from here on 1 Kindesign: Modern beach house in Manhattan Beach by Chris Barrett Design and Contemporary oceanfront property in Sagaponack.
The dining room has been designed to be very inviting with white slip covered chairs, wallcovering in a blue and white graphic, and silky window treatments that softens the windows.
The cozy living room welcomes conversation with several seating options such as the slipcovered linen sofa and wood and rattan accent chairs. A tufted blue ottoman centers the space, while a striped area rug adds color and texture. The limed fireplace is the focal point of the space, with a custom designed reclaimed wood mantel. French doors leads out to the gardens in the rear of the home and also floods the space with natural light.
The powder room offers some lovely details such as the custom designed blue wallpaper with a metallic lobster print, reclaimed wood mirror and rope toilet paper holder.
The kitchen is open to the family room to facilitate easy entertaining and conversation. The kitchen countertops consists of honed soapstone and wainscoting is clad on the walls. Casual furnishings makes this space very low maintenance and beach friendly.
The master bedroom retreat features large scale furnishings such as the iron canopy bed, large bedside lamps that are sitting on chests instead or regular night tables. Silky white bed linens and drapery treatments creates a dreamy atmosphere.
Photos: Ball & Albanese
This incredibly charming beach house is a fabulous family getaway destination that was designed by Wettling Architects, located on Shelter Island in New York. The interior palette is comprised of soft organic materials of stone, wood beams and wooden flooring mixed with beautiful furnishings. The residence opens in the direction of the water to provide the inhabitants sensational seaside views from every room. The residents are an active young family who enjoys entertaining frequent guests, so the interiors needed to be functional and withstand wear and tear. Both interior and exterior spaces are very bright, spacious, inviting, cozy and super beach friendly.
This cozy living room is very bright with all of the windows, offering slip covered sofas for easy cleaning and a cozy seating arrangement for great conversation. Furnishings are centrally situated around a stunning stone fireplace with a wood beamed mantel, grounded by a textured area rug that separates the space from the kitchen and living areas.
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Photos: Courtesy of Wettling Architects
Designed as sophisticated luxury, this two story, 6,000 square foot apartment showcases stunning views of Central Park in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York. The spacious residence offers the scale and elegant feel of a townhouse with high ceilings, beautiful custom millwork detailing and plenty of natural light. An additional wonderful feature to the home is that each of the floors offers 80 feet of treetop park view frontage. The interiors showcase a sanctuary for both living and entertaining with an excellent layout and proportion. The spacious living area offers both south and west facing picture windows, with views out to the park. Adjacent to the living room is a formal style dining area to entertain at least twelve guests. The stylish eat-in kitchen has many designer finishes which includes, “Uba Tuba honed granite countertops and breakfast bar, custom cabinetry with metallic chrome accent plating, two full-size Sub-Zero refrigerators, a 6-burner Viking stove, and Meile dishwasher.” On the lower level are five very spacious bedrooms with large walk-in closets. In the master suite, there are his and hers walk-in closets as well as an additional dressing room with a built-in mirrored vanity. The light-filled en-suite master bath has a soaking tub and separate shower, all lined with Bianco Antico stone. The apartment also has an additional bedroom that can be used for guests or as staff quarters, a library filled with bookshelves and a fully equipped laundry room.
Located in a discreet pre-war co-op building, this spectacular home was listed for sale at $16,995 and was just recently purchased by Bruce Willis as a new family home. What do you think, is this pad worth the price of admission?
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East Village Duplex is the renovation of an inefficient and outdated apartment for a young west coast couple by General Assembly, located in New York City, New York. Although lacking in character, the designers employed some clever design techniques, making the space much brighter and more habitable. The first step in the renovation project was to open the kitchen up to the living area and re-organize the layout to make it more conducive for cooking and entertaining. On the upper level, there were originally two bedrooms, so they were combined into a master bedroom retreat. The bathroom space was increased and a laundry area was incorporated into the design scheme, in addition to functional storage space and more closets. To improve the circulation flow on the upstairs level, full height sliding pocket doors were added, which also helped to brighten the hallway. Modern details were fused with richer materials such as dark flooring and a wall clad in reclaimed wood, which made the spaces feel cozy yet with clean lines, bringing some “West Coast vibe into a new East Coast home.”
A modern update and improved efficiency was given to this clean lined, budget-minded kitchen, which includes Pebble Caesarstone countertops and pendant lighting from Potterybarn. With an open plan concept for the kitchen, living and dining areas, and floor to ceiling windows, this is a perfect place for entertaining. Your thoughts, could you entertain here?
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A reclaimed wood wall infuses warmth into this open stairwell.
The master bath mixes warm tones from the mosaic tiles and large porcelain wall tiles. A Jacuzzi tub with a custom glass enclosure gives off an ambiance of a luxurious spa bath retreat.
Photos: Devon Banks
This Williamsburg townhouse is an extension and renovation project by architecture firm Agencie Group, located near the Domino Sugar refinery in Brooklyn, New York. The interior of the 1860’s masonry townhouse was extensively gutted and refurbished after suffering severe fire damage. Together with the client, the architects worked to actively recreate some of the historic features that were original to the structure while at the same time modernizing a two story addition in the backyard. The architects main objective was to pay homage to the history of the building, whilst infusing modern ideas of living. With the mix of old and new injected into the architecture, the outcome was a stylish home that offers both functionality and usability.
The interiors involves an open concept plan with the kitchen, dining room and living room visually connected and pleasantly designed with contemporary furnishings. The living room is delineated from the space with a step up and features a wall of floor to ceiling windows that drenches the space with sunlight. From here, one can exit to the rear yard and enjoy the green landscaped back property perfect for overflow entertaining. Wooden flooring helps to add warmth to the space while area rugs adds color and texture.
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An exposed brick wall breaks up the monotony of white walls and adds to the historical character of the home.
White subway tile backsplash is a beautiful contrast with the warm wood. Low hanging Tom Dixon pendant lights creates wonderful task lighting for food prep.
Exposed brick gets repeated in this master bedroom retreat. An old fireplace gets repurposed into bookshelves, a novel idea!
Photos: Dwell and James Ransom
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