This small reconstructed attic apartment has been designed by architect Dimitar Karanikolov and interior designer Veneta Nikolova, located in Sofia, Bulgaria. The architect and designer had been working and living in London for severals years before deciding to move back to their roots in Sofia. The discovered a small yet intriguing loft space that was situated in a newly constructed development. After spending two years reconstructing the crib, the finished result was nothing short of spectacular. The loft showcases custom designed furniture by the duo, which ended up inspiring a new boutique furnishings company called ‘Loftcase‘. The pair also experiments with details and finishes throughout the space, creating a one-of-a-kind space. According to the designers, the interior concept was to create a “well-balanced hipster modernity garnished with pieces of vintage furniture and accessories.” The development of the property was set too close to existing buildings, so the owners found that privacy was large concern. To address this issue, the entire apartment was surrounded by high, cantilevered aluminum planters, making the terrace feel like a tranquil outdoor courtyard that is entirely sheltered from prying eyes.
An enormous dark colored “cube” was designed in the heart of the living area, which conceals the bathroom of the loft space (which sits above the elevator shaft of the building). The cube was custom designed with thin concrete panels cladding the exterior and interior of the structure. We love all of the custom design features in this unique pad and the staircase that leads up to the cool little loft space. An overall beautiful design aesthetic that makes living in an apartment feel like a custom experience that anyone could enjoy. What do you think, could you live here?
The wardrobe in the bedroom has been designed to look like an old suitcase. It helps to conceal a custom bathtub built into the floor above, which is a a guest suite.
A bespoke designed wooden drawer helps to make the air conditioning unit. The ventilation system is encapsulated in black metal panels. Above the dining table are magnet-held Edison light bulbs strung at varying lengths.
Photos: Minko Minev | Georgi Petev | Dimitar Karanikolov
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
This stunning transitional style small residence has been designed by Lovejoy Designs, located in Cambridge, a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. This 450 square foot condo is owned by the designer, who lives here with her husband and young son. The designer had a dysfunctional home that was not working well for her family, so she remodeled the dining and kitchen area to make is open and airy with a fresh chinoiserie style. She was inspired by some hand painted silk wallpaper panels that she had on hand and was incorporated into the design scheme. From there, the rest of the interior design palette through the small home was formed. Wanting a clean-lined and crisp white kitchen, all appliances were tucked away behind matching cabinetry. The dining/breakfast area is open to the kitchen, offering convenience and a beautiful design aesthetic. A new eight foot long kitchen island separates the kitchen from the dining spaces, which hosts a dishwasher, microwave drawer and storage space for kitchen and other household items.
This lovely living room is a great example of symmetry bringing some grandeur to a small space. Floor sweeping window treatments and a matching pair of framed artworks dresses up the window. A couple of matching armchairs and decorative pillows creates a visually pleasing design aesthetic, while the area rug grounds the space.
If you dig the design aesthetic of transitional style interiors, we have showcased several here on 1 Kindesign, have a look: Cape Cod style home with eclectic details in Malibu and Classic and modern country house in Rye, New York.
The kitchen backsplash is comprised of Anne Sacks antiqued mirror tiles, making a beautiful statement in this crisp white kitchen. The countertops are comprised of Rhino marble with a leathered finish.
An interesting design element is the built-in bar featured in the image above, which matches the cabinetry in the kitchen. The center panels slide open to reveal a view through to the built-in cabinets in the living room. The original idea was to pass food through, but most of the time to homeowners just enjoy leaving the panels open to have the view between the spaces.
Photos: Michael J. Lee Photography
Interior RDD is a small apartment showcasing a stylish mix of Scandinavian, French and Italian, completed in 2013 by INT2 Architecture in Moscow, Russia. The interior living space of this suburban home is comprised of 914 square feet (85 square meters). The open living spaces of the kitchen, dining and living area are in a nice spatial layout. The zones are situated on the same plane, which creates a functional pass-through perspective to create an open and airy sense of space. A light colored flooring runs throughout the interiors, with an area rug warming up the living area and runners in the other space to add texture, pattern and color. Soft pastel hues can be found on everything from decorative pillows to window treatments to some of the cabinetry in the kitchen. White washed walls adds to the brightness of the space, reflecting the light from the windows. Each of the spaces seems to have a center and a feature. In the kitchen, the center focal point is wide island with a small breakfast bar for two, with a range and hood above. The kitchen has a Scandi feeling, while the small dining area takes on more of a French style with the chairs and linen covered folding table. A narrow, open-shelved cabinet and small bar at the bottom is located next to the dining table, perfect for storing cookbooks and decorative items.
The living room has been designed with cozy, comfortable furnishings in an arrangement that is very fluid for conversation. Although small, the living room feels very spacious with the right sizing of furnishings that do not overwhelm the space. Accent chairs can easily to moved around for when guests come to visit. Between the living room and the kitchen is a sliding barn door that reveals a small laundry area. The bathroom is off of the kitchen, there is also a master bedroom, small sitting room with an office desk on one side and a larger home office area with a closet and a sleeper sofa for overnight guests.
We have featured several projects from this designer here on 1 Kindesign, a couple of favorites being Duplex features minimalist lines with Scandinavian aesthetics and Delightful 45 square meters studio apartment in Moscow.
Photos: Courtesy of INT2 Architecture
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?
Love the style of architecture in this beautiful apartment? Have a look at other articles we have featured from this same architect, INT2 Architects, right here.
Photos: Courtesy of INT2 Architecture
This charming turn of the century apartment discovered on Alvhem invites a social lifestyle with its bright and airy interiors, located in Linnéstaden, Gothenburg, Sweden. With a total surface area of 570 square feet (53 square meters), this home showcases plenty of preserved details from the late 1800s. All rooms having been renovated to offer current trend amenities while at the same time incorporating lovely details from the past. As you enter, you are greeted by a bright kitchen and beautiful living room. The open floor plan provides a lovely space, with stylish furnishings, white painted walls and original white painted oak planks that runs throughout the apartment. The cozy kitchen is very spacious and open to the front hallway, hosting a small dining table, perfect for entertaining guests. The living room has clean lined and functional furnishings, with one corner adorned by a beautiful white tile stove that is purely for decoration. Two large windows welcomes light into the space, make it bright and airy and a great place for being social. The walls, with crown molding framing the ceiling, are painted in a light gray hue, which helps to highlight the preserved original details.
The back of the apartment is where the bedroom can be found, in a peaceful location looking out onto a quiet courtyard. The bathroom is situated my the main entryway, adjacent to the kitchen. This allows for great access from all areas of the home and makes it easier when guests are over to not have to enter the bathroom through the bedroom, which is the usual setup in homes of this size. We enjoyed sharing with you this small, yet functional and stylish apartment. Have a look through the rest of the images and let us know what you think!
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This cozy and tastefully renovated 32 square meters Scandinavian studio apartment we just spotted on Alvhem is located in Linnéstaden, Gothenburg, Sweden. Upon entrance to this welcoming Scandinavian style home, you are greeted by original brightly painted gray plank flooring and white washed walls. The kitchen is very spacious and comfortable, recently being given a complete transformation. The classic Ikea kitchen in gray occupies one wall, very tastefully designed with a Carrara marble countertop and classic bevelled white subway tile backsplash. Dimmable spotlights in the ceiling creates great ambient lighting for cooking. The kitchen has enough space for a small, cozy dining table next to a large window offering views across the yard and out to the private balcony.
The spacious living room is stylishly designed in a delightful color palette that is cheery and warm. The space plays double duty as a living and sleeping area, large enough to accommodate furniture arrangements of a sofa, small bed and clever storage solutions. A large window and glazed balcony doors allows plenty of natural light to penetrate the interiors, making it feel bright and airy. The cozy balcony with views out to a private courtyard offers plenty of space for seating and plants. With a wrought iron railing giving a period setting and flooring make of cast concrete with a wood decking overlay to add style and warmth.
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The bathroom is designed in a timeless style with white tiled walls and tile flooring in a gray-brown hue. The ceiling casts a glow with recessed spotlights and underfloor heating ensures that feet stay toasty warm after getting out of the shower.
Interior IG is a small bachelor apartment designed to create a cozy yet highly functional interior atmosphere by INT2 Architecture, located in Minsk, Belarus. With a total surface area of 742 square feet (69 square meters), this home is a transition point for a young programmer for the next couple of years. Structured on one level, all spaces are kept open, with the only isolated areas being the bedroom and bathrooms. The bedroom is limited by a glass partition, helping to make the space feel larger and to bring sunlight into the room. A drapery curtain inside the bedroom can be pulled across for privacy. Metal has been a consistent element seen throughout the interior scheme, such as the living room cabinet, bar shelf, dining and coffee table. This is not the only industrial elements within this project, you see open air ducts, the light fixtures, old boards on the bedroom wall with graffiti and the brick partition bedroom the living room and hallway. The interior colors are based on the contrast between white and shades of gray with pops of brightly colored accents.
Features of this home includes an open plan living, dining and kitchen with an island, a small office space, bedroom, water closet and shower room with a laundry and sink and cozy balcony. Its amazing how this apartment is so small yet so well designed, with everything a person could possibly need. What do you think, was this small project successfully designed?
Photos: Courtesy of INT2 Architecture
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