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This large Chelsea loft by Kimberly Peck Architect, formally a commercial space, was renovated to create a welcoming home and backdrop to our client’s collection of rugs, art and objects. Having previously owned a home decor shop our client had a lot of experience in helping others furnish their interior environments. For her own home she had a very distinct vision; “to let the space be what it is, a former commercial loft, and fill it with things, art and rugs, that make it feel like a home.” To this end the architectural goal for the space was to keep and in some cases to emphasize the industrial feel in order to contrast with the owners life collection of rugs and furnishings which would serve to create the warmth in the space. All finishes were removed from the floor and ceilings to expose the existing concrete structure. The concrete floors…

Now you have a completely unique opportunity to live in a fantastic Townhouse in the middle of Mariefred’s picturesque and idyllic city center. A home that is rarely for sale and that everyone has the right to a quality life in the middle of the city idyll. Here you live in a solidly built house spread over three floors with a very own green oasis to the rear. A unique atmosphere permeates the home thanks to all calm and harmonious material choices. There is not an inch in the house that there is not a thought behind. Everything is designed, site-built, created with love and interior design knowledge and adapted to fit right here on Nygatan 8B, a townhouse that can become your home to love as much as the Wikner family does.The house is for sale here!!! Interior Design : Marianne Wikner Photography : Malin Poppy Darcy Mörner See also :https://house-diaries.com/a-spectacular-apartment-in-black-and-white-in-goteborg/

Boasting an auspicious location and carrying an aura of grandeur, villa Arthur is the modern-day equivalent of a nautical mansion of times past. The emotional feel of this home is one of authentic splendor and originality. The main gate of the house opens to a charming yard that leads to the ground floor, which is given entirely to the old-style but fully equipped kitchen and the spacious living and dining room areas. Whitewashed walls combine harmoniously with wooden floors and ceilings but the showstoppers here are the antique and carefully restored pieces of furniture and decorative elements that emanate a warm artisanal feel and are scattered throughout all living quarters. The mid level features the en-suite master and its adjacent en-suite twin bedroom, a small independent kitchen, an office and a living room with access to the outdoor yard. Two more bedrooms, a twin and single, can accommodate guests on…

This story begins with an old rose building on the riverside avenue of Vila Real de Santo António, a city located in the south of Portugal. The rose-house had a nice and rational facade, but the real treasure was inside. An exotic interior with details such as a mermaid painting in the ceiling of a bathroom, a multitude of patterned mosaics, detailed wooden doors and a big stone sink.It was obvious from the beginning that Aurora Arquitectos should keep and emphasize the exotic interior. The program asked for the transformation of the layout from a single house to a five apartments building and gave the studio the perfect reason to create five different environments that play with site-specific idiosyncrasies of each space. A selection of colors and materials, combined with extensive architecture details preservation and the introduction of new contemporary elements, allowed them to create five flats with distinctive personalities,…

Located on a former farmland site in Balwyn, the Kenny Street House is a unique project in that the site is a relatively large, flat site surrounded by much smaller houses in the middle of suburban Melbourne. The new house makes reference to its agricultural origins via its’ barn-like external form and its’ location towards the centre of the site, similar to the location of the original homestead. Chan Architecture Pty Ltd client’s brief was for a light-filled family home that allowed all four members of the family to interact in the one main living space but to also offer various opportunities to have spaces that allowed for activities with varying levels of privacy. There was also a strong emphasis on sustainability in that the house had to be comfortable all year round with very low energy use and to encompass passive solar principles. Photography : Tatjana Plitt See also…

This beautiful three-bedroom maisonette is located on Brondesbury Road, close to the green spaces of Queens Park and the enclave of independent shops on Salusbury Road. Bookended by its own front and back gardens, the light-filled apartment is incredibly private and enjoys verdant views from every window. It has recently undergone a thoughtful renovation, celebrating its abundant period features whilst incorporating new elements such as a contemporary kitchen. The apartment reaches a crescendo in its voluminous main living space, where incredibly high ceilings allow the tall, curved, orangery-style windows to take centre stage.This lovely maisonette in London is now for sale at Inigo. Photography : Inigo

Bankside Lofts, opposite the iconic Tate Modern building, was one of the first projects developed by the Manhattan Loft Corporation. They pioneered an unusual model, selling flats as ‘shells’ for owners to fit out themselves. YARD Architects were asked to reconfigure and update one of the apartments in the Victorian section of the building, for a couple who wanted more privacy and better entertaining space. The existing apartment had lots of character and architectural features, including three huge arched windows with steel frames overlooking Tate Modern, exposed brick, timber beams and concrete columns. Their design reinforces the architectural qualities of the space and uses robust materials that are in keeping with the industrial aesthetic of the building. They wanted to create a project which felt like it fitted with the building and would last for many years, without looking out of date. The new structure for the mezzanine is completely…

Kyneton House by MRTN Architects, is an addition to a seventies brick home located on an elevated acre site with established gardens and mature exotic trees. Simply described the addition is a main bedroom suite with associated deck for entertaining with a cover carport and workshop under. The ambition for the design however was more complex than merely the usable spaces created. The owners were looking to adapt the existing home so that they could age in place, a strategy that would provide peace of mind as they continue their stewardship of the house and significant gardens for years to come. They are deeply appreciative of the spatial and material characteristics of the original seventies house and sought to compliment rather than imitate the existing home. As keen art collectors and artists in their own right they were also interested in approaching the design as an opportunity for a sculptural…

Narborough Hall, an ancient, wisteria-covered, Grade II-listed country house, is set in the valley of the River Nar in Norfolk and surrounded by 79 acres of its own parkland, woodland and lakes. The hall has been the subject of a careful restoration by the current owners, who have stripped it back to celebrate its scale and its countless original features. Decorative period details are abundant throughout, from 18th-century fireplaces to Rococo ceilings and linenfold panelling. The reception rooms and main bedrooms are all south-facing so are bathed in light throughout the day and enjoy beautiful views over the gardens. Narborough Hall has now been put up for sale at Inigo. Photography : Inigo See also :https://house-diaries.com/the-pink-house-a-wonderful-18th-century-house-with-expansive-views/

A bold contemporary form and celebration of materiality by Mckimm, showcasing bricks, bluestone and porcelain – embodying the mass of a boulder, delicately floating within the shallows of a deep blue body of pool water, the weighted walls are softened by warm timbers and curves, all perceived through a biophilic line-of-sight.For a family of 6, and large extended family, zones and spaces were designed around interactive family life, large gatherings and entertaining. Bold contemporary form and materiality, bricks and bluestone softened by curves. Celebrating textures through use of natural and raw materials; concrete, stone, timber cladding, with consideration of textural surfaces. The journey of surrounding water symbolizes the journey home at the end of a day with entry shallows for informal family reconnection leading to deeper water and connection at dinner gathering and finally cascading to lower secluded space at the end of the day, before the whole process is…

The yellow terraced house with the characteristic green windows in the Fuglebakke district in Frederiksberg looks like pure idyll. The atmosphere is warm, and the living rooms are bright and filled with carefully matched pastels.The couple decorated it with classic design in gentle colors, vintage finds and homemade furniture, such as the display cabinet, which is made of an old extension window and birch veneer. Photography :Anitta Behrendt See also :https://house-diaries.com/a-swedish-old-tower-house-in-soft-pastel-tones/