Italy is known for effortless style, and this urban retreat in Milan by architectural design firm Quincoces-Dragò & Partners is an exercise in absolutely beautiful design that all at once feels casual, lived in and very chic. In this gorgeous space it is the bones that first catch the eye. Gorgeous herringbone floors are in keen condition. Moulding along the ceiling and doorways frame each room. For a fresh approach, the furnishings in the space are thoroughly modern, a juxtaposition to the classic architecture. Tables and chairs in the dining room sport unique legs. A clean and modern bookshelf has been mounted to the dining room wall, showcasing just a few books and accessories. Modern pieces are met with vintage ones as well. A chest of drawers used to catalog cards or files is a bridge between the open plan living and dining area. Atop it, a glimmering collection of glass and metallic objects. The kitchen is old and new all at once. You can imagine meals being prepared there over a century ago, and yet the navy blue line of paint adds an up-to-date feel to the space. In the bedroom it’s all about the light. The way it displays shade and shapes on the simple white bedding. Our favorite touch, boxes upon boxes of Italian shoes marked by polaroid photos of what’s inside. This is absolutely a perfect urban retreat by a design firm that gets every detail just right.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_slide” interval=”0″ images=”5012,5014,5013,5010″ img_size=”full” onclick=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The word contemporary is not often used in interior design today. We talk about modern spaces, classic and traditional rooms, but contemporary design can be difficult to wrap your finger around until you see it. The work of Nashville-based interior designer, Benjamin Vandiver, defines what we mean when we say contemporary interiors. Spaces by this designer are up-to-the-minute and fashionable. You can see that a little bit of southern charm and urban sophistication are married into each space, a reflection of Vandiver himself who has southern roots, but an affinity for the cosmopolitan style usually reserved for Manhattan penthouse apartments. Yet, Vandiver has a way of fusing the two styles to create warmth is his polished spaces with layers of cozy textiles, warm wood accents and intriguing art. One of our favorite spaces in his portfolio is a living room filled with clean-line furnishings and an oversized boombox piece overhead, the JVC logo jumping out at you. In other rooms sculpture and photography are used to add an artsy note in each space. The designer, who works on the coasts as well with projects in New York and Los Angeles, has an aesthetic that defines contemporary and sophisticated interior design. Vandiver’s portfolio leave us wanting to see more from this up-and-coming interior designer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Dark, wood-paneled walls in the dining room, heavy leather furnishings, collections of hand-carved masks and sculptures – this Belgian home is among one of our favorites. The classic, masculine style has a timeless appeal, and it’s filled with a host of amazing treasures. You can imagine the homeowners as a worldy couple that travels often, searching to collect the most unique things to display in their home. The collection of wood carvings hung on the living room wall gives us a peek into their well-traveled world. It’s possibly a collection of hand-carved surf boards, maybe from Australia or New Zealand. In other parts of the home, pieces picked up from far-off destinations are prominently displayed on mantels and in frames. We spy a framed cowrie shell necklace among a collection of hats hung on the wall. Even the bookshelf is an area of interest, featuring sculptures of lions and cheetahs in a unique display. Modern pieces are also displayed throughout this home. From streamlined furnishings to the abstract art in the dining room, and the lighting throughout. Everything in this home is evocative, leaving us wanting to see what’s around every corner and in every nook of this worldly space located in Belgium.
Some designers can make a neutral space sing, and interior designer Katie Martinez has mastered the art in this St. Helena home in Northern California.
Located in Australia is a sophisticated beachside house by interior design firm Arent & Pyke.
Glamorous, elegant, tailored – all three words come to mind when looking at this beautiful Melbourne interior designed by Travis Walton Architecture. An Australian-based architect, Travis Walton is known for his blend of contemporary and creative design with a luxurious feel. This space truly reads that way. Once a traditional heritage home in South Yarra, Walton has transformed this interior into a 3-bedroom home filled to the brim with modern touches. The inspiration for the architect? Manhattan.
“As a home, this space needs to balance elegance and comfort. The bold, minimalist furniture and architecture brings a sense of refinement and masculinity, complimented by rich textiles, strong patterns and warm natural light filtering through from the skylight and courtyard to give a sense of comfort and cultivated charm.” – Travis Walton
In addition to bold, masculine style, art and color are also used to great effect in Walton’s design. Jewel-toned shades are used to add vivid color to each room – a bright blue, geometric rug in the home office, an upholstered chair in the living room, a deep aubergine seating nook in the bedroom. And walls have been painted in perfect shades of gray and black to allow the home’s collection of artwork to stand out. The end result is a sophisticated home that brings together the beautiful design of two striking cities, New York and Melbourne.
In Norway’s capital sits a beautiful Oslo apartment designed by Haptic Architects in the United Kingdom. It’s the architecture that draws you in. Built-in wood seating is a focal point in the home’s dining room. A railroad kitchen in charcoal has been built to create a cool contrast against the interior’s white walls. And a powdercoated white staircase is set up as the main attraction, carrying guests from the living area upstairs to a beautiful outdoor lounge. Beyond the architectural elements, the design is filled with a mix of natural elements and striking modern decor. Chairs in pastel shades of pink and light blue surround the dining table – a colorful display that adds a very modern feel to the space. In the living room a cozy gray sofa is accented by a bright and bold purple kilim and oversized art in black and white. Up the stairs and you’re met with more unique art at the top of the staircase. For a pop of color on the wood-paneled rooftop, chairs in shades of baby blue and yellow add a nice touch. The entire aesthetic is modern Norwegian – warm, sophisticated, bright, yet with unexpected touches of color that make this home one-of-a-kind.