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The design of this home by Searl Lamaster Howe Architects was directly shaped by the challenges and opportunities afforded by the combination of two separate apartments in a high-rise near the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, each with exceptional lake and city views and generous outdoor spaces. The living/dining areas, kitchen, bar, and study all open directly to the 900 square foot terrace. New openings were cut for sets of French doors that maximize the openness between inside and out. The grandiose scale of the terrace is broken down into three distinct zones. A circle of low lounge chairs sits outside the study. Opening off of the bar and kitchen are a collection of tables and chairs that can be spread out for large scale entertaining or clustered together for family style meals. The living/dining area extends outside at the south end of the terrace with a stunning view of…

Nestled amidst a neighbourhood of vibrant markets, apartments and commercial buildings, is an urban oasis that’s a world removed from the outside hustle and bustle. Home to a couple and their pooch that lead a busy social lifestyle, the home’s interiors are designed to reflect calm and liveable sophistication. Beyond its unassuming façade, occupants are transported from a lively metropolis to a place where classical European design meets contemporary living which circulates around a central courtyard that can be viewed from the public zones along the ground and first floor. Originally built in 2009 the Georgian style town residence with its symmetry and generous proportions was in need of a rigorous update and lent it self to being the perfect foundation to create a transcontinental home layered with ubiquitous Italian, Parisian and Turkish references which establish the character of the home. Stylesmiths Patricia Davila and David Puckering collaborated on this…

This Mumbai home designed by ZERO9 Architects makes a powerful statement using colors that energize the space with a cache of bright and cheery hues. Owing to the clients’ fascination with color and their desire to have it throughout their homes, the architects used striking colors in all elements. These include wall colors, wallpapers, accent furniture, doors, furnishings, and decor. From vivid blues to juicy oranges, and happy pinks to striking greens, a tour of this house will gradually reveal many favorites from your crayon box. The playfulness of these colors reflects the very spirit of the residents. Photography : Yadnyesh Joshi See also : https://house-diaries.com/long-house-a-harmonic-composition-of-personality-and-creativity/

See a 100-meter apartment in Gdańsk, a wonderful combination of a loft style with the elegance of a metropolitan chic. The brick wall in combination with the gray, beautiful wooden furniture perfectly harmonizes with the light wooden floor. The open kitchen to the living room is conducive to family moments together. Although there is not a single real loft in the Tri-City, investors have opted for an interior inspired by post-industrial style. The investors turned out to be people full of passion, and their interests and lifestyle became an additional inspiration for the architect.The interior arrangement had to start with the modification of the functional layout proposed by the developer and adapting it to the needs of future hosts. The architect proposed several solutions, eliminating the disadvantages of the original division of the space. A narrow, underexposed corridor and a kitchen with an uncomfortable working space turned out to be unsatisfactory…

The owner, female entrepreneur, and mum of 2, rented this beautiful Berlin Altbau in Kreuzberg and wanted to furnish it with original and fun furniture. The challenge was to create an interesting space, but without changing the structure of the apartment- the designer couldn’t change the bathrooms nor the kitchen. Agi Kuczynska chose colourful and strong in form furniture to bring attention to what has been added rather than existing furniture. Agi designed custom lighting especially for those spaces. As a multi-disciplinary designer she believes in the holistic approach to making spaces. She likes to combine interior design, architecture, and product design with the philosophy of putting the user of the space at the center of the process. She is interested in making and shaping new realities through interiors, how important it is for us to feel good in a space, to have a feeling of well-being. Being in a…

Avant Garde New York family seeking a slower pace on sprawling acreage in Cherry Hills village. Top – to – bottom overhaul designed by Ashley Campbell. Interior Design is in Ashley’s blood. Born into a family-owned design firm and furniture showroom consistently named in the “Top 100” nationwide, Ashley grew up in the industry. A lifetime in the design world has taught Ashley that a successful business comes from an inherent love of what you do, and a commitment to doing it well. Ashley embodies this philosophy. With her finger on the pulse of the interiors industry, she favors designs that are current, yet timeless. The art of merging unexpected textures, materials, patterns and styles, comes effortlessly to Ashley. As a result, her work possesses a grace that feels natural, not calculated. Ashley has earned the reputation of an intuitive designer, intrinsically understanding her clients’ desires and inclinations. Photography :…

This is a story about a family with 3 boys that wanted to stay in the city but have a large outdoor space. They bought a spacious garden apartment in an eclectic building from the 1920s. During the renovation process Ma / Deux Studio integrated the preservation elements with  the family’s wish for a modern and updated design. The eclectic 20th century building was designed by architect Alexander Levy, who created some of the most recognizable buildings of the city that decade. The design of the building shows influences of Art Nouveau alongside Neoclassical motifs. The eclectic design of the structure penetrates inside. The design combined traditional materials with new ones, custom-made and clean carpentry items with new and old furniture from around the world. We believe that the apartment is a meeting place of conservation and the contemporary. The floor is raw oak in a fish-bone pattern (a childhood…

This client hired Dick Clark + Associates wanting to make a change from the larger, more spread-out family home to a more compact, urban abode. The house is located in the historic Castle Hill neighborhood and is situated directly next to the castle itself, so designers’ goal became to design a home that fits into the constantly evolving building fabric of this very sought-after area in Austin. Responding to the existing historic homes, the materials of warm limestone, light stucco, and wrought-iron-inspired metal accents echoed the color palette of the surrounding structures. The house’s footprint is compact, with three stories of spaces stacked up to maximize yard and open space below, but also captures downtown views above with the open-air decks situated on every level. Designers carefully edited to integrate previous collections and pieces, incorporating color and fun with a backdrop of timeless neutrals. The result is a thoughtful, modern…

The idea for this project came from a question: What would it look like to merge the city of Gdańsk’s historic heritage and style, with the character of a modern sea resort? This small project – 100m2, was designed personally by Jan Sikora, expressign fully his artistic concept, having fully the execution and building process. Gdańsk may be expressed through a selection of materials and structures beaming with historic meaning: red brick, old oak wood, heavy, richly detailed furniture. This mature disposition was contrasted with light-weight, blue-sky-coloured style of seaside architecture. World-class furniture and design made the interior complete, chosen materials created a modern Gdańsk style. Gdańsk’s personality, extracted for the purpose of this project, is perceived here from the perspective of a resident. Spichrzów island, where the Blue Apartment is located, creates the view observed by Jan Sikora, the main creator and the owner of Sikora Interiors, on the…

Called The Dairy House, this English cottage is located in the Hampshire countryside and is part of the Beegreen Locations portfolio, which specializes in renting beautiful houses for photography in England. Its rustic brown decor creates a soft world, matching perfectly with its old walls and wooden beams. Its blue wooden shingle facade hides a bright interior where vintage and country spirits dominate. The kitchen is exemplary, with a bucolic yet contemporary style combined with shaker-style furniture, an Aga cooker and a grand piano. Bleached parquet flooring, patinated wood, limestone floors, all contribute to the success of this rustic brown decor, bringing light and softness to the country style with its noble characters. The beautiful attic bedrooms are decorated with the same quest for peace and tranquility and offer beautiful relaxation areas. Photography : Rachel Whiting See also : https://house-diaries.com/100-year-old-balinese-house-turned-into-a-zen-retreat/