The design of this fascinating modern eclectic home focused on traffic flow and natural illumination, completed by Ganna Design, located in Taipei, Taiwan. The residence, which is entitled “At Will”, was designed for a family and centers on creating spaces where family members can effortlessly interact with each other. Setting this project apart from others, the starting point of the design was a sofa and everything else just fell into place from there. According to the designer, “the main concept of this project is the living attitude: live at will, change at will.” The sofa is like Lego, where the homeowners have to piece them together at will. The furnishings can be easily changed or moved around according to the emotion of the inhabitants. The main living area is quite unique, mixing the beauty of rough and delicate finishes. Preserving the original cement ceiling and also making use of a delicate sofa, elegant chandelier and custom bookcase to create a nicely designed aesthetic. Large windows allow light to penetrate the spaces while at the same time giving the owners broad views of the city’s breathtaking skyline. As a result, this 2,066 square foot (192 square meters) project creates a different concept, with no specific style and no set relationship between spaces.
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This wonderful home along the Mediterranean was designed by Norwegian decorator Mette Eilen Johansen and artist Jim Allister, located in Marbella, a city in southern Spain. Built in 1962, the new homeowners purchased the property in 2011, with the intent of giving the two story home a facelift. Accustomed to buying and renovating homes, the owners main intent was to infuse the home with natural light and to update the electrical and renew finishes; all without changing the original spirit of the 60s. As an artist, Jim used his knowledge to paint the interiors of the home applying various techniques to develop textured surfaces. This helps spaces to gain depth and character. Mette used her experience to create comfortable living environments in both the interior and exterior. Nordic style furnishings are mixed with recovered pieces to create a beautiful design style. The upholstery and furnishings are dressed in light colors which reflects the natural light and spreads out through every corner of the home. All spaces have glass doors that leads out to the terraces, helping to bring the outside in.
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A cool studio apartment was carved out of an old Merchant Builder garage by Hearth Studio, located in Carlton North, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This conversion project incorporates several beautiful materials into the structure, including deep Oregon beams and bagged brick walls. The designers had a very small space to deal with, so they had to be clever about layout and furniture arrangements as well as the views and dealing with an existing level change and privacy. The finished result is an amazingly spacious pad with just one bedroom which is raised up on a platform, offering views out towards overhead gum trees. The majority of the windows and doors were salvaged or scavenged from second hand stores, in addition to light fixtures, benchtops, sinks and even the water closet. With concrete flooring and exposed brick walls and framing, this home has been left very raw, yet there are plenty of small details that add charm and character. Our favorite feature is the bathroom, with the green claw foot tub with a wrap around curtain and exposed brick wall, it just adds personality and a touch of playfulness! What do you think, what is your favorite feature of this renovation?
We have featured other unique garage conversions here on 1 Kindesign, so in case you missed them, we have a couple listed here for you to check out: Auto garage converted into industrial chic pad and Garage converted into an eclectically designed loft in Amsterdam.
Photos: Lauren Bamford
A derelict 250-year-old stone farmhouse has been transformed by a couple who gets enjoyment out of fixing up abandoned spaces, located in the Gers region of southwest France. No one had lived in this home, which includes a few outbuildings on the property, for 50 years prior to the homeowners purchasing it in 1998 for $125,000. Now, 16 years later, the home is now complete, after spending an additional $400,000 in improvements to the interior and exteriors of the home. Historically, the home was preserved as much as possible. The owners lived in Paris during the restoration process, as two professionals, they visited the property as time allowed. The home is surrounded by a beautiful landscape, including mature olive and fig trees; the outskirts is all farmland. When friends and family come to visit, the homeowners move into what they term “the pigeon house”, which is a simple three-story tower on the property.
The above image is the three-story tower which the homeowners have aptly named the “pigeon house.” A guest home on the property which has a brand new swimming pool gracing the front of it.
The tiles on the kitchen flooring are original to the home. A steel and concrete dining table was crafted by a friend of the family.
This makeshift bookshelf was creatively put together by the homeowner.
The master bedroom features an antique sofa passed down from the homeowner’s grandmother, with a history of traveling with her from Hungary to Canada during WWII.
The kitchen is a stunning mix of old and new, crafted with just enough space for one of the owner’s who loves to cook. The tile backsplash was picked up from Tunisia.
The ground floor of the tower features a beautiful antique bathtub, a colorful Tunisian area rug and a pretty pendant light fixture the couple picked up from a bazaar in Turkey.
The homeowner’s enjoy their lunches under this magnolia tree, offering panoramic vistas.
Photos: NY Times
This fabulous old apartment showcases eclectic decor and a unique character, given a brilliant reform by the design team at Bonba Studio, located in Barcelona, Spain. Preserving the original structure of the home was the main goal of this renovation project. The home originally had many rooms, so the top priority was to create large spaces that are connected and have a good flow. The result was brighter living environments that still retained their beautiful original structure. A single common area was designed for the homeowners to gather, for relaxation and great conversation. The space is directly connected to the kitchen and dining room. To help visually connect the spaces, the same unique flooring pattern of restored hydraulic tiles travels throughout, as well as identical paint on the walls. The fusion of vintage art pieces and some recycled furniture, along with some pieces designed by Bonba Studio, and others of pure design, creates a unique environment with a wonderful personality.
After the renovation, the two bedrooms are very spacious, having their own bathroom. These private zones are separated from the rest of the home, accessed down a long hallway. Another brilliant design solution that helped to solve the complicated distribution, is in the master bathroom. It is a long and narrow space with a wall of windows, so the designer selected opaque window treatments to allow natural light to filter through the space while at the same time enabling complete privacy.
We have featured many intriguing apartments in Barcelona here on 1 Kindesign, if you are interested in seeing more, have a look at these inspiring properties: Small apartment in Barcelona with charming design and New York style loft in the heart of Barcelona.
Photos: Mi Casa
This beautiful Spanish Colonial style home was built in 1926, just recently transformed by DISC Interiors, nestled hillside in Los Feliz, California. The entryway to this Los Angeles neighborhood residence is accessed from the second level, opening into the public spaces. In the living room, the designers focused on making the floor plan take advantage of the views from the spacious patio. Furnishings have been arranged around the fireplace to create a cozy living environment and to help facilitate a great conversational space. A vintage Moroccan area rug covers the warm hardwood flooring, which not only helps to delineate the space, it also adds texture and creates a neutral base to the earthy hues that decorates the room.
The designers have infused the home with lovely midcentury pieces throughout. Every space have something vintage in it to create a sense of history. The end result is a beautifully balanced home layered with textures, color, varying shapes and materials that are cozy, inviting and ultimately timeless.
What do you think of this home? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below the photo tour. We have featured several Spanish Colonial style homes here on 1 Kindesign, have a look in case you missed them: Extravagant island dream home and Absolutely beautiful Spanish Colonial Estate.
The kitchen cabinets were designed to create a sense of timelessness, painted with milk paint in a matte finish. The hue of the paint was mixed to custom match that of Pratt & Lambert 2212 Olive Bark. The hardware is an oil-rubbed bronze, creating a beautiful contrast.
Photos: Courtesy of DISC Interiors
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