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Located in Lafayette, Calif., on the outskirts of San Francisco, this renovated residence fell victim to an electrical fire that took more than half the house, destroying family photos and heirlooms, and leaving much of it smoke damaged. When the owners embarked on restoring it, the family of five asked interior designer Sherry Hope-Kennedy, Studio SHK,  to create a place that would maintain the quaint 1939-architecture of the house while honoring the distant past.Sophisticated and relaxed, this house withstands the test of time with its classic meets vintage design. Varying natural tones, wood elements and ample windows amplify the daylight and reinforce a connection to the outdoors. Exposed ceiling beams, repurposed from barn wood, warm white walls, and French oak wide plank hardwood flooring, create an inviting backdrop. To help create zones, floors were laid in a chevron pattern in the more formal living, dining and master bed rooms, and…

After residing in their Lake Austin condo for over 10 years, the homeowners were ready for a dramatic departure from what they had – a traditional, segregated and enclosed plan with French country furniture and lots of color. Being prominent figures in the Austin community, they enlisted Dick Clark + Associates’ help in creating a contemporary setting for their entertaining lifestyle, celebrating the gorgeous lakefront views at every turn. By reorganizing the floor plan and replacing solid walls with glass, the designers created an interior experience that is connected to the outdoors. With exception to the art, everything in the home was hand-selected by their Interior Design team; from the rugs, to the millwork, to the furniture and the Venetian plaster fireplace. The final result is a sleek and restrained palette that perfectly compliments their unique collection of traditional artwork (Published with Bowerbird). Photography : Dror Baldinger See also :…

This apartment is located in a building allocated for conservation in Tel Aviv, and is home to a talented pianist who loves to entertain friends and host music nights in his home. The challenge for XS Studio for Compact Design was to create a flexible space, suitable for entertaining, that lends itself to a variety of hospitality scenarios and collaborative musical activities. When they first saw the floor-plan, they were taken aback by the lack of flexibility in the flat, stemming from the shelter room (Obligatory in Israel), impossibly located in the center of the flat. After a few attempts, they found potential in the apartment, through the creation of an organizing cube ( Published with Bowerbird). Photography: Amit Gosher See also : https://house-diaries.com/perfect-contrast-overlooking-an-urban-landscape-in-tel-aviv-israel/

In recent years, the home extension has become an art to master in London. A difficult housing market where building is preferential to buying is creating space for stunning home conversions where old meets new. Enter the architect’s stomping ground. On a quiet residential street in Hackney, what was once a typical compartmentalised Victorian terrace has now been transformed into a spacious, modern family home by architecture firm Studio 8Fold. The brief was to create a generous home of blended spaces and textures, drawing inspiration from the rich experiences and mixed heritage of their clients. Completed in just six months on site, the Hackney home now features a new kitchen/dining area, reinstated fireplace and new guest WC on the ground floor, a generous family bathroom and enlarged bedroom on the first floor, and an additional study, bathroom and bedroom in the loft. Studio 8Fold summed up that “The new Hackney…

At the foot of the Sciliar, in the picturesque area of Alpe di Siusi (Bolzano), the spirit of a barn is reborn as a home. The project, realised by noa* (network of architecture), has at its core, the South Tyrolean tradition combined with surprising features internally, resulting from design of visionary and unexpected spaces. An almost magical ambience is created, inspired by childhood memories. The outcome of the project is a dwelling, having two aspects which confront each other in their style. The exterior represents the traditional alpine location, splendidly immersed in the local topography, whilst the interior boasts the visionary impulse, the surprise of a space freed from the general scheme of things, almost permeable, osmotic, and certainly innovative. Photography : Alex Filz See also ;https://house-diaries.com/vogele-restaurant-an-inspiring-tribute-to-karl-kamaun/

Nestled at the foot of the iconic Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and flanked by a verdant landscape of ponds and meadowlands, this modern home, designed by Berlin Architects along with Lisa Kanning Interior Design, combines rustic flair with contemporary craftsmanship. Designed to convey a sense of immersion into the surrounding environment, this 7,976 square foot home uses recycled materials to ground itself in the setting. Large floor-to-ceiling window treatments, and walls that open to the outside compliment the massive 2-story vaulted ceilings. In the grand room, the large custom-designed wood burning fireplace invites family members to relinquish the day’s activities in uninterrupted peace. Built by Rendezvous Custom Homes this fabulous residence is composed of material elements of timber and stone. The use of these materials helps the home to blend in with its natural environment. A rugged mountainous backdrop creates a tranquil setting for this vacation retreat, while a large pond adds to the…

Once a grand family home, this cliff-side heritage property had long since lost its shine. Character features and original charm had been forgotten amidst an 80s renovation, and this once-majestic home had become tired, beige and dreary. Working alongside Liskowski Architects, SJS Interior Design Studio were able to recapture the warmth and character at the heart of this property, and transform it into a stylish, livable and eminently welcoming family home in one of Sydney’s most stunning locations. Determined to create the perfect family home, they took inspiration from the contrasting light and shade of the old, original part of the home. Using practical materials in well-resolved spaces, they designed a home perfectly suited to a family settling back into Australia after living the ex-pat life in Asia for many years. The heritage details and proportions of the original architecture were carefully retained and restored, with small moments of magic…

Perched high on a prominent escarpment in the highest level of bushfire attack; Flame Zone, Eagle’s Nest by Ian Bennett Design Studio aspires to balance and curate the experience of outlook and expansiveness of site, with privacy and seclusion. The restrained material palette heightens this experience of site, landscape and built form along with the changing dynamic of light and shade. Influenced by contemporary Brazilian Modernism, the ground floor’s “public program” (living, dining, kitchen) is enclosed by large glass sliding doors to the north and east, enabling uninhibited 135-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Pittwater, Narrabeen lake and Bilgola Plateau. Retracting the doors provides the coveted internal / external living that Sydney’s climate enjoys year-round. In contrast to the ground floor’s open and expansive view, the first floor (housing the private program of bedrooms) seeks to frame select views from each space in a more intimate approach, subconsciously inviting one…

A bold colour approach resulted in a winning combination for the refurbishment of this house by Chelsea Hing Interior Design Studio in Australia. Established by Chelsea Hing in 2007, the studio is now oneof the foremost residential interiors practices in Australia. Celebrated for its fearless use of colour, her work is marked by soulful, expressive spaces, with a distinctly charismatic style. Photography : Eve Wilson See also :https://house-diaries.com/the-brighton-colour-interior-project/

The brief for this iconic Foy & Gibson warehouse conversion was to create a dark-toned kitchen which would throw hints to the industrial aesthetic of the building. Working within the restrictions of the existing angles of the space, Design + Diplomacy Studio designed the kitchen to maximise on functionality while remaining sleek and minimal. By sticking to a monochrome palette, they were able to layer different textures to create depth. They were conscious to use as many raw materials as possible, bluestone, brass and steel, including natural elements which will beautifully wear and patina over time. The original floorplan did not utilise the vast space, resulting in functionality issues and unused areas. By extending the kitchen cabinetry to the window with a return, they were able to more than double the original storage space. Their play on the linear motif from the bluestone Turkish tiles and security glass under the…

The scope of this project by Tumu Studio included a full renovation of an existing home in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood along with interior design, styling, and procurement. The design language for the home combined transitional style with a more modern flair. Classic and timeless furniture and furnishings were used to reflect the client’s lifestyle. Different zones such as the entryway, the lounging area, the living space, the formal dining space, the kitchen, the mini bar, and the breakfast area were created in the open-planned living space. Unique art pieces were introduced to each space (Published with Bowerbird). Photography : Cynthia Lynn See also :https://house-diaries.com/michigan-loft-an-artistic-construction-in-chicago-illinois/