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As a modern renaissance home, the St Vincents Place Residence by B.E Architecture is a new archetype developed through a reinterpretation of classical references with a modern sensibility. The client, as a patron, put his belief in architecture, artists and artisans to create a nourishing environment that goes beyond surface treatments by inscribing contemplative experiences into the physical form. The new extension is a cultural bridge between historical significance and modern progress positioned behind a heritage façade. By embracing the consideration of time, the design response examines the pinnacles of architecture and design throughout history. Details typical of older architecture were reworked in the front section of the original building. These details included curved cornices, arched doors, and custom steel fireplaces, none of which are typical in modern construction methodologies but feel at ease within the Victorian frontage. Integral to the details is an authentic demonstration of an exceptional level…

This lovely apartment is located with a quiet and peaceful courtyard in a beautiful turn of the century property. Here, tranquility reigns just minutes from restaurants and entertainment life. Through beautiful windows the light flows in and the silence is total. The open and peaceful environment of the turn of the century fills the entire floor. The considerable ceiling height gives air to the tanks and a strong feeling of large room volumes. All details are in place; stucco, ceiling rosettes, double mirrored doors, beautiful door frames and a tiled stove. Simply an outstanding home for you who want to live in an exclusive and culturally preserved environment with unique qualities in the middle of central Gothenburg. See also :https://house-diaries.com/the-beauty-of-a-beige-interior/

The aptly named Utopia house by Aucoot is a unique 1832 square foot haven in one of south east London’s liveliest spots, Deptford. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom detached property has all the charm you would expect from an ex-Mission hall dating back to the turn of the last century: vaulted ceilings, exposed timber trusses and an abundance of space and light. With a generous roof terrace offering a private, low-maintenance garden and a stunning workspace, it is a perfect urban hideaway with great links to the City and the beautiful green spaces of south London. The original building was constructed in 1906 as a memorial to philanthropist Joseph Mead. But in 2018 it underwent a sympathetic renovation with architect Alex Nikjoo in collaboration with its current owners – renowned artists – carefully stripping away years of modifications to reveal the original features in all their glory. Photography : Aucoot See also…

With one of Stockholm’s most sought-after locations, this spectacular and state-of-the-art attic, designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune, is not only located on the top floor of a luxurious 19th century house right on the cozy Karlaplan Square in Stockholm, but it is also an interesting object in terms of design. With exciting angles and solutions, the floor has a unique feel. It is characterized by stripped-down minimalism with high quality, modern materials and neutral color choices. The living room is very spacious with high ceilings, about five meters up to the ridge, a fireplace and breathtaking views of the city. Stairs go up to another bedroom / sleeping loft and to astudy. Ther is also an elegantly decorated spa in the tower room. The south-west facing terrace with a view of Östermalm’s roof ridges and a number of large skylights gives the floor a wonderfully bright impression. See also :https://house-diaries.com/a-scandinavian-apartment-under-the-roof/

My Sister & The Sea is a 1950’s weatherboard cottage transported from Sweden. The cottage is run by two sisters, Sarah and Emma, who have turned their childhood cottage into a beautiful rental home overlooking the sea. They, along with their families, have spent endless summers there, sandy feet , long meals, naps on daybeds, swimming, fishing, exploring, jigsaw puzzles, dreaming, laughing and loving. Winters, are so happily spent by the fire reading, drinking wine and sleeping in….. The cottage has that typical holiday feel, with calm colors, daybeds to lounge on and a nice nautical theme running thoughout the home. It is located a short walk to many beautiful beaches. Each are distinct, unique and magical. You can also book this dreamy house in Airbnb!!!! See also :https://house-diaries.com/captains-rest-a-waterfront-heritage-cabin-on-tasmanias-west-coast/

 With a free and very attractive location, a stone’s throw from Östermalmstorg Square in the centre of Stockholm, this well-planned and fantastic Art Nouveau apartment is located on its own floor. Here we see a consistently high standard in combination with tasteful and lavish material choices!  This representative and well-maintained Art Nouveau property from 1908 has many fine original details such as herringbone patterned oak parquet, stucco, roof rosettes and window sills in marble, optimal floor plan and lovely space. A turn of the century apartment with modern elements, yes that style knows as a faithful follower that I often fall for. See also :https://house-diaries.com/apartment-o-a-beautiful-art-nouveau-apartment-by-joanna-laven/

The Doss House, Sydney’s newest whisky bar, showcases bespoke, crafted spaces paying homage to the building’s past as an opium den, gambling house, bootmaker and boarding house dating back to the 1840s.The design by buck&simple: doers of stuff, draws upon the rich, bustling commercial and maritime development of The Rocks precinct, capturing the contradictions of refinement and larrikinism so prevalent in Sydney’s history. Comprising four underground rooms and two light filled courtyards, the boutique basement bar showcases custom designed whisky cabinets with wall-to-wall, rich American oak joinery. The history remains with exposed sandstone, original fireplaces and hardwood ceilings forming the back drop to the space, complimented with tanned antique leather furniture.Maintaining the integrity of the Heritage listed building forged a path for the design with no wall fixings, protective floor layers and all detailing preserving the original fabric of the site. Working with such a significant building structure, the palette…

A synthesis of Edwardian and Persian inspired design interventions – Inglis Badrashi Loddo Studio has reworked a previously confused house into a rich and authentic whole for a young family in north London. This Edwardian house had undergone various alterations during its life and had most recently been subdivided into 3 flats. In a series of high-impact moves, IBLA reconfigured and extended it to create a large family house and a separate self-contained flat on the top floor. The new rear extension unites the previously separate living, kitchen and dining areas into large and open, yet clearly-defined spaces. A diamond-shaped lantern – inspired by traditional cupolas – crowns the dining space, giving a sense of height and grandeur, and bringing light deep into the plan. Three glazed sliding patio doors punctuate the rooms, and allow the family to flow out onto two connected terraces, conceived of as exterior rooms. Vaults…

A unique and beautiful blend of heritage and refined luxury, apartment 16 designed by Shelley Roberts Architects, aligns perfectly the old and the new. Working with heritage buildings such as this former Carlton United Brewery, provide a dramatic canvas of exposed brickwork some one hundred years old. Restoring and preserving was at times a brick by brick task. A grey colour palette and matte finishes give each room depth, texture and warmth. A bespoke copper bathtub adds to the overall theatre of the design, while solid French oak flooring and deep grey painted timber panels adorn the walls. The Clients wanted to retain the warmth and feel of the original building but maximize the liveable square metreage.  The key material really was the existing brick work which was brought back to life via chemical stripping and re-pointing where necessary. Other key materials used were copper, used in the kitchen and bathroom areas. ​Solid French oak (flooring) and painted timber…

With the skillful hand of Scandinavian designers, a simple studio apartment with a total area of 37 sqm was converted into a very nice one-bedroom dwelling. More precisely, the bedroom here is not entirely a room; it is rather a dedicated sleeping corner which arose thanks to a glass partition. The living room area is quite aesthetic thanks to cool wall posters, a plush sofa and beautiful textiles. Such a great little home!!!!! See also :https://house-diaries.com/a-playful-tiny-scandinavian-apartment/

This beautifully designed three-bedroom house combines generous Victorian proportions with exceptional modern details. Extended and completely renovated by the current owner, an interior designer, internal accommodation measures just under 2,050 sq ft across three floors. The large open-plan living area on the ground floor includes two seating areas and a large pink and black kitchen in the new extension. Large windows and skywindows have been added to flood this room with light and with wonderful views over the garden. The hand-crafted kitchen has been finished with exceptional attention to detail, with Carrara marble worktops paired with brass fixtures and bespoke light fittings. The master bedroom upstairs has floor to ceiling cabinets painted in a blue shade. A self-contained studio is set in the beautifully landscaped rear garden, providing a private workspace independent to the house. Photography : The Modern House See also :https://house-diaries.com/woodland-pavilion-an-extension-between-a-grand-victorian-villa-and-a-woodland-nature-reserve/