Turning a cramped, high-rise condo into a cat-friendly oasis (on a budget) isn't a job for everyone, but for interior designer Courtney Lake, it's a dream gig. Armed with an arsenal of impressive painting techniques and a skill for bargain shopping, Courtney transformed this downtown San Francisco space into something his client (and cat) could happily call home. Keep reading for the design tips that made us do a double take!
Entryway POPSUGAR Home: What were your goals for the space? Caitlin + Caitlin Interior Design: Our goal was to totally gut and rework Caitlin's loft to turn it into something sophisticated and chic. You should see the before photos – the kitchen and bathroom had been done in total bargain-basement cabinetry, tile, and appliances. The brown thin-set concrete concealed beautiful 100-year-old original tile beneath. We could go on and on about how much we needed to revamp this space, but the ultimate plan was to create a beautiful, functional flow and evoke a refined, cosmopolitan aesthetic.
Living room PS: What was the biggest challenge that you faced? C+C: The layout of the space was tricky because the unit actually wraps around the building's stairwell, so the floor plan is shaped like a U. One of the benefits, though, is that this creates separate areas in the loft even without having doors between "rooms." You walk into a proper entry because we extended the kitchen wall and also created an alcove to the right of the front door for dropping bags, hats, and keys. The living room and bedroom are separated by the narrow kitchen and dining room, which almost double as a long hallway. By making each part of the loft multifunctional, we were able to really maximize space.
Kitchen PS: Despite some of the loft's industrial characteristics, the space still feels chic and inviting. What are some of your favorite ways to soften these types of buildings? C+C: We're all about mixing and balancing each of our designs, so this was no exception. Because we exposed the brick and original tile (which packs that industrial punch!), we added a lot of luxe elements to pump up the glamour and warmth. Infusing the space with hues of mint green, teal, and navy created a soothing effect while textures like linen, leather, and wool softened the space both in a visual and tactile sense.
Living room bar PS: The black doors in the bedroom are so beautiful! Are they original? Is that a Murphy bed? C+C: The charcoal gray doors are indeed concealing a Murphy bed! They're not original — we built the recessed alcove for the Murphy bed by relocating ducting and adding drywall. The doors are actually Ikea cabinetry painted in a high gloss and embellished with lacquered brass knockers from Restoration Hardware. We think the contrast of dark gray and gold is really striking.
Murphy bed in living room PS: The kitchen and dining space might stump the average person because of the narrow dimensions. Do you have any tips for decorating in tight spaces? C+C:When it comes to tight living quarters, you have to be strategic with each square foot. There are hundreds of ways to do this effectively, depending on the room, but some of the general tips would be this:
- Keep clear of clutter — only have things out and visible if they are beautiful and add to the design.
- Leave three feet of space between pieces of furniture and the wall whenever possible. You can have a few inches of wiggle room with this, but it's a great general rule for making sure spaces don't feel cramped.
- Choose furniture and patterns that are scaled appropriately to the space. Small calls for small!
Get ready to pin another property to your Dream Home board, because this New York townhouse will leave you breathless. Listed at $28 million, this 8,300-square-foot West Village stunner has more than just size to offer. Built in 1860, the home was transformed by AD100 architect/designer Steven Harris, packing in plenty of stylish pedigree! Aside from having oodles of charming period details, modern perks like a hydraulic elevator that runs from the basement to the fifth floor, built-in surround sound, a humidification system, and a Japanese soaking tub on the roof terrace make it oh-so livable. Sure, there's the private outdoor space and the five terraces, but let's be real — it's the interiors that really make us swoon. See the spaces in this townhouse we'll be dreaming about tonight!
Let's pretend for a quick second that this ski chalet is ours. Located in Megeve, France, this jaw-dropper of a home looks more like a movie set than reality. Sure, it costs about $86,000 a week to rent, but this ski-in, ski-out home is luxury at its finest. Designed with contemporary elegance, Chalet Jaguar has six bedrooms, a cinema, indoor swimming pool, and even a private club. From the cascading floor to ceiling windows down to the Hermès throw, there is no detail left undone. The après-ski amenities include a champagne welcome, professional staff, and even a Land Rover to cruise around in. Before you realize this isn't a dream, tour the chalet that has us embracing the cold (for good)!
If you were crushed about the Jonas Brothers breakup, get your fix by peeking into Nick Jonas's new life! According to Zillow, he recently spent $3.2 million to purchase a breathtaking home in the Hollywood Hills, and we must admit: we're totally jealous!
Before switching coasts, the New Jersey native rented an apartment in New York City while starring in the Broadway play How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, but with Broadway and his boy-band years behind him, Tinseltown seemed like a natural next step.
Nestled in the hills just above the Sunset Strip, Nick's new home includes views of the ocean and the city. The Spanish-style home, built in 1938, includes four bedrooms and five bathrooms and is renovated to perfection.
Luxury details like a gourmet kitchen, steam shower in the master bathroom, and state-of-the-art security are just some of the home's A-list perks. Warning: if you had a thing for him before, these home pictures will give you a whole new reason to daydream!
When celebrity sweethearts Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen decided to redecorate their contemporary, ranch-style home in the LA hills, they knew just who to call. Interior designer Kishani Perera came to the rescue, seamlessly combining Rachel's girlie, bohemian aesthetic with Hayden's affinity for understated design. Featured in the November issue of Lonny Magazine, the result is a design match made in heaven! Kishani's style-meshing skills pop up everywhere in the space, from the clean and cool midcentury moments to the layers of nouveau-hippie textiles. Check out the styling ideas that stole our hearts!
Rachel's antique piano is so much more than just an instrument. Topped with a collection of art Hayden and she selected, a mermaid sculpture, and a vase of fresh blooms, it becomes an installation of sorts.
Seating For Days
A massive blue velvet sectional not only adds a pop of color, but can also accommodate a crowd — the perfect find for these habitual entertainers!
A Reclaimed Touch
A big sofa calls for an equally grand coffee table. Kishani commissioned HeirloomReclaimed to create this four-by-eight table using wood salvaged from an old barn.
For more photos of Rachel and Hayden's home, check out the full feature on Lonny.com!
You don't have to own a lake house to steal inspiration from interior designer Thom Filicia's cozy retreat in Finger Lakes, NY. Featured on Domaine Home, Thom's country home captures an aesthetic that feels polished but not precious, proving that it's possible to relax in style. Take a look at three spaces brimming with design ideas you'll want to try ASAP!
Who says you need an area rug to anchor a room? We're tempted to follow Thom's lead by placing a few sheepskin throws on the floor instead. Brilliant!
Then again, you could go in the opposite direction by doubling the fun! Yup, we're talking about the layered rug-on-rug action in this room. Bonus points for incorporating rustic elements like outdoor lights used as indoor sconces, rope-hung mirrors, and potted trees.
The ebony paint and eagle sink base have a strong masculine vibe — it isn't until you look up at the butterfly and bird ceiling that you truly appreciate Thom's ability to sneak in a surprise element. Bravo, Thom!
While we're head over heels for Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson's freshly listed LA home, it looks as though Diane's heart belongs to Paris. In a recent interview, the actress admitted that the City of Light, where she owns an apartment next to Karl Lagerfeld, would always be home. With the couple's beautifully decorated LA home now on the market, we're anxious to see if they settle in Europe or the US! With a listing price of $1.519 million, we'd be surprised if this home sits on the market for very long. While we can appreciate the allure of the three-bedroom, three-bathroom space — which comes complete with a killer outdoor space, media room, and a downstairs guest bedroom — it's the design details that really get us. Take a look at the rooms that make us want to place a bid and pack our bags!
Sure, paying $26,541 a night for lodging seems crazy, but we'd happily lose our minds for the chance to spend a weekend in this luxurious ski chalet. Nestled in the French Alps, the home is just a five-minute drive from the ski lifts, but the surrounding pastures and uninterrupted views of Mont Blanc make it feel completely remote. After spending a day on the slopes, decadent perks like a full staff (yup, there's a chef, butler, housekeeper, and concierge included), outdoor jacuzzi, and private garden could turn any ski enthusiast into a homebody. Though its 12-person sleeping capacity does lower the price a smidge, we think we'll keep this in our fantasy escapes file! See the dazzling spaces that won our hearts.
Modern Family star and newlywed Jesse Tyler Ferguson has another reason to celebrate. According to Trulia, the actor — who plays Mitchell Pritchett on the hit Emmy award-winning show — and his husband, Justin Mikita, just plunked down $4.495 million for a mansion in LA's Los Feliz neighborhood. The stunning Spanish colonial revival is filled with craftsmanship charm that dates back to the 1920s. If design details like the 25-foot cathedral ceilings, beautiful tiling, and intricately carved doors don't get you, then the home's library, eat-in chef's kitchen, high-tech media room, and pool/spa might. See the spaces in their new home that are making us swoon!