I spotted this Portabello Road, London, home on photography location site Shoot Factory, and I was blown away by its fearless mélenge of vivid colors and patterns. I'm a color enthusiast at heart, but I tend to use color on the walls and more neutral furnishings. The homeowner of this coveted crib took the other route with mostly white walls and floors and colorful furniture, textiles, and accessories. Let's take a tour!
I have said many times that artwork is what makes a home. Despite furnishings purchases at showrooms and big-box retailers, original artwork will make your interiors remarkably unique. Of course, large-scale, sought-after pieces will make the boldest statement, but artwork comes in all forms and styles, and there are countless ways you can choose to display it. Let's take a look back at some of my favorite art-filled, coveted cribs for a little inspiration. If you see something you fancy, click through to see more of each home!
I discovered this Victorian house in Queens Park, London, on Light Locations, a photography location company, and it's convinced me that I must have an open-plan room! I couldn't go for an entirely open-plan home, like a loft, but having the kitchen and dining spaces in the same room just makes sense for my lifestyle. When the dinner party winds down, it would be nice to also have a living area in the room for drinking wine and chatting comfortably with friends. (Yes, all my design ideas relate to wine.) I love this one in particular because the open plan space has folding doors that open up to a big patio and a yard — even better. Come take the full tour!
Lexmond, Holland-based Ruud Visser Architects renovated a 1930 wooden church on a river in Rotterdam for a young family, and it's one of the most outstanding homes I've seen. The structure hadn't been in service since the '60s and had been used as a storage space, so it was transformed into a contemporary home. At almost 10,000 square feet, the building could have been divided to house six small families or divided into a bunch of smaller rooms, but instead the architects created wide open spaces underneath the beautiful wooden ceilings to keep that sacred feeling intact. A new glass façade at the rear of the house was built, opening it up to the river and the landscape behind it. The scale of the spaces and the combination of materials, including glass, steel, and wood, is absolutely stunning.
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Actor Jason Statham may be known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Revolver, and Snatch, but his claim to fame should be his killer architectural taste. Objection! Statham's modern, 2,281-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath Los Angeles home was recently listed on the market for $2.75 million, and it's nothing short of sexy. Reminiscent of the famed Phillip Johnson "Glass House," with floor to ceiling panes of glass and posts and beams throughout, the architecture provides a sleek and handsome base for minimal, midcentury furniture, expansive sectionals, and landscaping by acclaimed architect Jay Griffith.
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In Skona Hem magazine, I discovered — and went mad for — an artsy and eccentric home by the bay north of Helsingborg, Sweden. Living by the bay (of San Francisco) myself, I'm always intrigued to see how others decorate coastal city homes. This home in particular is quite minimally designed with very soft white and gray interiors and a mix of eye-catching artwork. While there are some pricy pieces, like large-scale paintings and Arne Jacobsen chairs, much of the decor seems attainable, and that's inspiring to those of us with small budgets. Come along and take the full tour!
Sometimes I think my most tragic flaw is that I'm American. No matter how hard I try, I'll never be as innately chic as our European friends, and I'm always reassured of that when I get a glimpse of a home on the other side of the pond. I've just discovered the most breathtaking Barcelona apartment, which has all the elements of a home that induces envy: killer architectural details, a stately art collection, remarkably unique décor, and plush, curl-up-in-a-ball sofas. Come along for the tour.
In general, I associate the word "collector" with "hoarder." I don't imagine people who stockpile their action figures or No. 2 pencils to have the most stylish or well-kept homes. But there's a couple in Malmö, Sweden, who are totally going against the grain of my imagined stereotype. Jenny Hedén and Martin Widén collect plastic hockey figures, vinyl records, kinderägg pieces (the little toys that come inside of German chocolate candy eggs), liquor bottles, and more. But there's no cringe-worthy closets or excess of kitsch in their apartment. The contradiction is that though they are collectors, their home is very organized, pared-down, and modern. Their décor is so restrained that they don't even have pillow shams on their bed. Take the full tour of their impressive pad below!
Tell me . . . are you a collector? How do you keep your collections from cluttering up your home? Do you have any tips for us?
New York-based designer Jennifer Post has been published in Architectural Digest nearly every year since 2001, along with a slew of other publications like the New York Times and Florida Design. And if all the good press weren't validation, she was given a formal honor in 2010 when she was named one of the AD 100. Her precision and elegant, modern style have made her one of the most sought-after designers.
As I always say, there's no place to get a more honest glimpse of a designer's aesthetic than in his or her own home. So I was ecstatic to come across a tour of Post's apartment in The Apthorp, a historic building on Manhattan's Upper West Side, on New York Social Diary. Her "no bullshit" approach, as she calls it, is seen in white, minimalist interiors, luxurious finishes, and statement-making artwork. Every piece, from a nearly invisible sconce to a diminutive side table to chartreuse box moulding, is purposeful.
She parallels this technique to the build of a Bentley: "Bentley is respected, it’s world-renowned. It’s never altered its reputation in the engineering. Bentley is Old World but it’s still wanted by the New World. Look at a Bentley’s steering wheel or its interior: they’re seamless, it’s like Hermès leather and there’s this beautiful lacquer."
Take a tour of Jennifer Post's Manhattan apartment below!
Head to NYSD to read an interview with Jennifer!
I just stumbled across photos of San Francisco- and Hawaii-based architect Craig Steely's home and office in San Fran's The Castro, and I'm absolutely floored. "Beaver Street Reprise," as he calls it, is an unequivocally modern house in a predominantly Victorian neighborhood. It's divided into a first-floor apartment, second-floor offices for Craig Steely Architecture, and a third-floor, split-level living area that opens to a deck with a sod roof and a hanging fireplace.
The minimalist interiors are outfitted with cush Ligne Roset sofas, Eames rocking chairs, vertical bookcases, an Arco floor lamp, a Saarinen dining table, and nearly every other design icon on a modernist's wish list. While it's hard to choose which element I love the most, I must say the wood herringbone pattern kitchen cabinetry definitely deserves a nomination for pièce de résistance.
Take the full tour below. Wouldn't you kill to call this your office? Tell me what room is your favorite in the comments!