Oh, how I love a well-executed remodel. I live in the next valley over from Napa, the lesser-known Sonoma Valley. What our valleys have in common are multitudes of wineries that peacefully co-exist with dairy farms, vineyards and boutique restaurants.
One of the interesting things about the Northern California wine country is the mix of “old school” inhabitants and the hipper and more modern demographic finding these valleys a great place to settle and raise a family or San Francisco hipsters looking for a weekend pied-a-terre. Continue reading →
I have extremely high expectations for the apartment of a lifestyle stylist and this fresh faced charmer in Stockholm does not disappoint. Johanna Laskey has created a home that oozes comfort and style without a single drop of pretension. Continue reading →
After spending many summers on Hood Canal with her grandparents, the owner of this lovely retreat returned to her roots and purchased a plot of land in a private cove named Holly. Holly House was built with a specific goal in mind, to continue this well-loved tradition of summers on the canal with family and friends. Continue reading →
The great thing about gutting a home and completely renovating it is that you can change more than just the floor plan; you can alter the way natural light affects the spaces and create a whole new ambiance with tone, tints and shades of color.
The Brooklyn Home Company celebrates the spirit of natural light with this stunning four-story townhouse located in the center Park Slope, NY. Continue reading →
I never tire of loft design when the original spirit of the building is left intact. And there’s something so romantic about reviving a potentially lost soul. This bright loft in New York City is the ideal collection of quirky, funky, bohemian carefree living with flair. Continue reading →
Good – no, great interior design comes in all shapes and sizes. Two enterprising architects, Michael Chen and Kari Anderson of Michael Chen Architecture PLLC, have created this small New York City apartment, a lively twist on the old saying “great things come in small packages”…
The team’s goal was to design a space for a single man living in Manhattan who loves to entertain and occasionally works at home. The challenge was to make this possible in a tiny 400 square foot studio, without feeling cramped or claustrophobic. Continue reading →
This white-washed open plan apartment acts as a living gallery for some of the world’s mid-century modern design icons. Yet the compact space is bright with day light and a hands-on warmth and comfort. All pretension has been left outside the frosted glass-paned front door. You’re greeted by the orange Kangaroo coat hook and a bright lemon yellow molded plywood chair to assist you in removing your shoes. Continue reading →
A close partnership between the architectural firm of Roderick James Architects and Carpenter Oak Builders resulted in this stunning home built with heavy timber framing. This type of structure blends in with its surrounding landscape and allows more freedom with respect to window placement and cladding materials. Continue reading →
Day light is a magical and powerful design element and in this home it is artfully used to ground the rooms. Double height windows framed in black with crisp square and rectangular divisions fill the main living and lounging area with light. The long living area’s best feature is the window wall and the central black iron wood burning fireplace that rests on a burnished concrete hearth. The fireplace is flanked on both sides by a window sill high black steel framed wood storage unit. It acts more like a work of art and a window seat than practical storage. Continue reading →
I think we all agree that home ownership is a dream we all share and with that typically comes an enormous responsibility to maintain our investment. That’s why I love this house in Sweden that minimizes maintenance by design. Continue reading →