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This apartment by tsn.space , is located in the historical center of St. Petersburg on the Vasilievsky Island, in a house built by architect A.F. Baranovsky in 1911-1912. This is a remarkable housing complex of the Art Nouveau era, which is listed for its facades. The apartment has a authentic original decor: gypsum stucco molding, two typical fireplaces and a furnace of the Rakkolanioki pottery factory. Right before the reconstruction, the flat was a classic neglected communal apartment in the old St. Petersburg. The studio’s main challenge was the removing of late Soviet layers, partitions and decoration and manifesting the traditional “grand apartment”, including the preservation and restoration of historical details. In the process of clearing, they discovered obscured doors between adjacent rooms, which were also uncovered (this solution was typical for pre-revolutionary apartments: neighboring rooms were often connected by openings, which made it possible to go around the apartment…

Set within a stunning CBD heritage listed building, a mid-80’s modern style, modest apartment was entrusted to In Design International Studio with the clients’ clear brief to return a “practical weekender” for personal use to accommodate family including 2 young grandchildren.Their layout and design encompassed a holistic approach to the entire apartment. They relocated partition walls while working around structural elements and rises to improve spatial planning of this tiny weekender. Working meticulously to avoid unnecessary slab core drilling, they maintained the position of the WC but negotiated variations to other plumbing fixtures with ease. The end result is a 2 way ensuite/bathroom with a mezzanine storage room above, accessible only by a hidden electronic drop down stair case via a broom closet! (AKA ‘the secret room’ as the grandchildren now call it!). Enjoy it!!!! ( Published with BowerBird ). Photography : Isamu Sawa See also :https://house-diaries.com/janine-allis-residence-an-apartment-with-strong-contemporary-lines/

Jing’an district in Shanghai, China is rooted in tradition and culture because of its namesake temple. Built over two-thousand years ago, it remains the physical and symbolic center of the community. In the heart of the historical district, the design of these townhome interiors by Mason Studio, is a pure and minimal expression of extravagance. These family-oriented environments prioritize natural light, personal outdoor space, and the use of the highest quality finishes. The refined construction detailing and minimal use of finishes express how essentialism redefines traditional notions of luxury. Each townhome is created to be a lasting home for generations; one that values quality and craftsmanship over ostentation.Throughout the development, the interior material selections for the townhomes is reduced to the use of only three main materials; wood, marble and hand-trowelled plaster. By reducing the materials to a select few, an emphasis is maintained on the quality and execution of refined…

Well located in the city of Amsterdam, on the corner of the famous ‘nine streets’ the Nieuw apartment creates a nice and peaceful space to disconnect from the busy city. The design of the apartment by Ibiza Interiors expresses itself through a mix out of nordic archetypal simplicity and Parisian elegance. A thought through concept of a quiet place to disconnect, with natural tones and materials, creates a very peaceful residence in the buzzing city. The warm grey painted walls contribute together with the dark treated wooden floor to the unique ambiance of the space. Bringing together natural materials, design classics combined with matching furniture, fine finishes and well chosen colors the apartment turns into a contemporary and at the same time timeless residence.

Villa Sjölyckan, which was on the market by Fantastic Frank, manages to combine the open social living areas with all the function today’s residents demand of surface efficiency without sacrificing the sense of representation which becomes an obvious part and the extension with balconies and patios to the water, the gazebo and the very own bathing area. The garden with its more than 10,000 square meters provides the perfect privacy. The open, social social areas with a bright and beautiful location towards the lake are made for mingling and well-being during all seasons.The upper floor consists of three spacious and restful bedrooms, one of which facing the sea side has access to the terrace with a panoramic view of both the garden and the lake. Upstairs is a smaller living area, perhaps the perfect TV room and one of the newly renovated bathrooms.

Santa Maria House by Studio Gum, is located, together with the church from which it takes its name, on top of the 340 steps that connect the historical centre of Ragusa Ibla with Upper Ragusa, built after the 1693 earthquake. The building plan is longitudinal; the main elevation is southeast facing and all the rooms of the house are very bright because they overlook it.The building is the result of splits and overlays, occurred over time, that prevent to read it as a unitary building from the outside.A couple from Turin bought the nineteenth-century house with its caves in the lowest floor, with the intention of transforming it into a private residence for two people plus four guests.The client’s program also includes the construction of a terrace overlooking the ancient city and the Hyblean Mountains.The intervention is conservative, but also aims at solving the functional, distributional and environmental comfort problems.The…

Exploring Swamp Rock and Cajun music the other day, I came across these wonderful photos of Cajun houses by photographer Don Freeman. Early Cajun style homes were designed to suit the watery, humid, and prone to flooding landscape of Southwest Louisiana. The raised cottages were built of cypress timbers pegged together into rigid frames, placed on above ground piers. The open web of timbers was filled with bousillage, a thick mixture of clay and moss coated with lime plaster (boussillage entre poteaux: infill between the studs). Under pavilion roofs—tent like forms developed in the Caribbean—deep porches surrounded the houses on all four sides, offering a respite from the sun and capturing the cool breezes. Louisiana architect A. Hays Town (1903-2005) reinterpreted the Acadian home taking the climate of southern Louisiana into account using large roof overhangs, an abundance of breezeways, and cross ventilation to provide air circulation. Enjoy the trip!!!! ( Source:…

David Cafiero is an interior designer with a strong sense for eclectic vintage and contemporary materials.  Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, David has been many things: forester in his family’s lumber business; commercial fisherman on New England’s coast; private yacht chef throughout the Caribbean; event planner, café owner, and decorator in New York City. His style is eclectic, pragmatic, quietly sensual, like a Yankee just returned from early 20th century Paris. A longtime resident of Provincetown, he has also been deeply influenced by its salt-air worn woods, shifting, elemental light, and its long relationship with abstract expressionism.Enjoy this virtual tour of his home!!!! Photographed by Don Freeman for The World of Interiors Magazine.

We talk about a house with history. This farmhouse comprises two towers dating back to the 16th century and the main house was added in the 17th century. Fun fact: the towers once served as watchtowers for a nearby castle to look out for pirates coming in from the sea.With such a long, rich history, these towers were placed under national protection, requiring designer Ana Engelhorn to focus her attention on the main house. Even this main building required careful consideration, using specialist builders and architects to restore this gem to its former glory. The studio focused on creating a three-bedroom house using original materials and highlighting historic features, like the stone floors on the ground floor and antique oak boards upstairs. They accentuated the property’s high ceilings to create large, airy rooms that bring the sweeping Spanish countryside indoors.For the decor, they sourced antique furniture from the UK and…

This beautiful and carefully renovated 1770’s house with sea views was on the market by Fantastic Frank. The house has a genuine and classic Gotland feel with well thought out material choices. Gotland is the biggest island of the Baltic sea, situated roughly 60 miles off the coast of southern mainland Sweden.Almost 60 000 people live year round on the island, a number that changes dramatically during the summer as Gotland is one of Sweden’s most popular summer destinations. Beautiful beaches, rich history and a welcoming climate (Gotland is usually one of the sunniest places in Sweden) contribute to the island’s popularity. Enjoy the virtual tour!!!!

Perched on the cliff edge in Plaka, the main town on the Greek island of Milos, this 19th century house has been carefully restored by K-Studio to provide a London-based family with an authentically traditional yet practical summer retreat. Originally built in 1813, the house is effectively a 200-year-old stone organism. Unlike more recent building styles, it is not made up of separate elements, almost every part has been constructed in stone. The architects were keen to respect this organism, leaving the 60cm thick walls untouched and performing a very precise and deliberate surgery on the building with minimal intervention. They removed more recent structural additions to revive the original intention of the design and all new elements have been constructed with traditional techniques using locally sourced materials. Originally used as a storage and utility space, the basement (quite literally carved into the mountain rock) has been restored to a…