AT HOME IN HELSINKI
A couple of these images have been doing the rounds on Tumblr - I’ve reblogged them myself on my other photo blog - but when I spotted the whole interior featured in Residence it felt very worthy of a share. This 1920s apartment is located in Helsinki and is the home of interior architect and designer Joanna Laajisto and her photographer husband Mikko Ryhänen along with their two young children. The interior combines classic pieces of furniture and lighting with the light-drenched and restrained aesthetic that feels instantly recognizable as Scandi-style.
I must admit, I’ve been wondering about introducing grey-toned walls into my own all-white interior (see this post on The Property Files to appreciate why) but considering this apartment and the quality of the light here inspires me to stick with white walls for a little longer. After all the mood is so serene, yet uplifting.
KARRI LOOP HOUSE
Located just south of Perth in the town of Margaret River in Western Australia, Karri Loop House is a wonderful example of a building that’s been designed and constructed in harmony with its setting. And I mean that literally as this house was built around three existing trees. The building was designed by MORQ and has an H-shaped plan that wraps around the tree trunks while framing a pair of courtyards.
Karri Loop House was featured on Dezeen where the architects said of the project: “These trees, their root systems and their unstable large branches presented a challenge to the build-ability of the house. We like to think of this project as a mutually beneficial development; the building is designed to retain the trees, while the trees visually contribute to the quality of the inner space.”
A STYLIST’S HOME
Seeing these images (which I spotted on this post from Desire to Inspire) simply reminds me why I need to renew my subscription to Inside Out magazine. I’ve always loved this publication - I have a stack of back issues sitting in my office. Sure, every issue features great looking homes, as you would expect, but also the styling and photography always has that special something, and then there’s the magical natural light that seems to infuse every interiors shoot.
And this home in Daylesford in Victoria in Australia is no different. Beautifully photographed for the magazine by Armelle Habib and styled by Julia Green, it also helps that this is the weekend home of interior designer and stylist Kali Cavanagh, who has designed, decorated, renovated and styled various properties in Melbourne, Sydney, and London.
Open plan living with volume and light, natural finishes, contemporary design, indoor-outdoor flow, underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove - and all wrapped within the characterful shell of a converted barn: what’s not to love about The Cob? Situated on a 7-acre farm in Devon and nestled between two nature reserves 4 miles from Bude, this is the kind of holiday let that I’d love to escape to for a week, both for the area (Bude has some of the best beaches in the region) and for the opportunity to experience this building in the flesh.
The conversion of this cob barn by the award-winning architectural practice Feilden Fowles has, as the architects’ say, added ‘another layer of history to a building that has been expanded and stitched together over the last 200 years. The project celebrates the rich material patchwork of cob, stone, concrete and brick, keeping much of the existing fabric while inserting a new load-bearing timber frame inside.’
THE NEW WALLPAPER COLLECTION FROM BOLD & NOBLE
I feel that I should start this post with a confession: I’ve been a big fan of Bold & Noble’s prints since the first time I spotted one a few years ago during an interiors shoot. A few clicks on the website later and Trees Around Britain was winging its way to my home. That was the beginning, and now, as I write this sitting at my desk, the British Isles Type Map is propped on the shelving unit opposite – at eye level so I can look up and have something engaging to gaze at while searching for the right words. The sharply graphic Stronger print is similarly propped on the mantelpiece in my office – in the Monochrome colourway, although I love the Canary Yellow too. These are pieces that I simply never tire of looking at.
So imagine my excitement when I discovered that Bold & Noble were branching into wallpaper design. The Hertfordshire-based company – which is run by the creative partnership of Jane Tobitt and David Wardle – has launched four designs: Autumn, Northeasterly, Province and South Downs. Although a new direction for the company, this also feels like a natural evolution and each design has that distinct Bold & Noble style – not least in the colour palette, from the gorgeously subtle grey hues that run through the collection to the warm blaze of orange in the Sunrise colourway of the Northeasterly print, or the gentle blue-toned Sea Grey colourway in South Downs.
Here, creative director Jane Tobitt discusses the influences and design concepts that shaped this latest venture.
CAT HILL BARN
This is one of those houses that falls into the ‘must share’ category as it incorporates so many features that I love, from architectural rebirth - in this case a dilapidated agricultural building being granted new life as a home - to the space itself, which combines its inherently rustic character with a sympathetic new palette of materials and a voluminous light-filled interior.
Cat Hill Barn dates from the late 1700s when the building was used as agricultural storage for the neighbouring Cat Hill Hall. The Grade II listed barn is located in South Yorkshire and had stood empty for years by the time the current owners came to it, by which point the building had reached a ruinous state with its roof on the verge of collapse.
You know when you see an image popping up on Pinterest or Tumblr and you’ve no idea where it came from but it grabs you? Well, the photo above of the kitchen, with the geometric black and white tiling, is one of those images. There’s just something about the simplicity of the materials and the palette, and indeed the styling, that caught my eye when I first saw it, so needless to say I was delighted to happen across the rest of the house. Wouldn’t it be a shame if the interior didn’t match up to the promise of that one photo? Oh but it does, and some.
Personally, I love the combination of contemporary furniture and artworks set against the grandeur of a finely detailed period property. The moments of contrast always feel exciting. Period buildings are meant to evolve - respectfully, of course - and streamlined contemporary design can often be the perfect compliment for historic architectural detailing.
This pied-à-terre located in the Saint-Germain-des-Près district of Paris is a prime example of this aesthetic. The apartment was restored and designed by Joseph Dirand, whose commercial projects include the Chloé flagship store and Monsieur Bleu, both in Paris, along with stores for Pucci (in New York), Alexander Wang (in Beijing) and Rick Owens (in London). As design pedigrees go, they don’t come much better than this.
STONE CREEK CAMP
It occurs to me that I’ve started a few posts now with the words: ‘This has been one of my favourite houses for a long time…’ If not exactly those words, then something similar. But it’s true: I’ve been bookmarking houses for over a year in the run up to launching this blog. And yes, many of them are favourites.
It’s time to share another with Stone Creek Camp. Situated along a sloping hill at Bigfork, Montana, this isn’t one house but rather a series of buildings starting with a pair of gatehouses and progressing to the main house, the main lodge and the guesthouse. The project is the work of the architects Andersson Wise and was completed in 2008.