An old Jewish school in New York has been converted into a single family townhouse with an art gallery on the ground floor. Labo Design Studio has used as much of the old structure as possible in the design of the new building. The existing three floors were enlarged with the addition of a volume in the rear of the building connected to the main body through three symmetrical openings and a partial floor on the top projecting onto the two story high living area of the third floor. The spatial arrangement is reminiscent of a loft, where the living area is organized in the front and the bedrooms and technical spaces in the back. The vibrant color of the furnishing contrast with the monochromatic palette of the building materials.
This very large home (it measures 16500 sq ft!) is located in Primrose Hill in London, United Kingdom. The house has a private event space, a pool, gym, a music room and cinema. I like the use of natural materials which softens the industrial look. It is available for rent as location through JJ Locations.
Hotel Dwars is a small boutique hotel in a cool area of Amsterdam, just a few steps away from the vibrant Utrechtsestraat which is known for great shopping and food. There are only 9 rooms and it is wise to book well in advance as this hotel is quite popular. Rooms are cozy and have comfortable beds, the location right in the centre of Amsterdam is just perfect. For more information and bookings, you can vist Hotel Dwars’ website here.
Summer seems far away but it is never too soon for some summer inspiration! IKEA will be launching their new outdoor furniture and accessories in February and March. There is lots of blue, combined with grey and beige. If you don’t have a garden or balcony, IKEA encourages people to go out and enjoy the outdoor (by taking foldable chairs, cooling bags etc). IKEA: “This year, we think summer should be all about expanding the home and seeing your surroundings through new eyes, regardless if you live in the city or in the countryside. So instead of just focusing on the balcony or the patio, how about uncovering new kinds of outdoor rooms?” You can see more of their summer collection here in this catalog.
This beautiful house is located in the lovely French village of Lalanne-Arque, which is situated within Midi-Pyrénées region in the South of France. The building, which has been renovated with respect for original features, is divided into two holiday houses (which can be connected). The first one (originally the stable) is suitable for a group of 2 to 6 people and the second house can be rented for up to 2 people. Both houses are decorated in a warm, natural style with lots of character. You can find more information here on Maison Vire’s website (you can use Google translator for a translation).
I have posted about this eighteenth century apartment in the heart of the Marais in Paris before but as I love the mix of old and new and because I found some new images, here it is again.. This home was renovated recently but designer Margaux Beja managed to retain the charm of the original features while mixing in modern elements. A glass wall separates the living space from the bedroom to let light spread throughout the apartment.
These images of model Caroline Murphy (41!) are shot in the neighborhood of her Chelsea (New York) townhouse. That gorgeous winter sweater she is wearing is from Industry of All Nations and is hand-knit in La Paz, Boliva, from Alpaca wool. About Industry of All Nations (IOAN): “We are inspired by how things are done. We are not creating a new brand just to fill up shelves. In this modern time it is so easy and in everybody’s hands to do most anything, so the most important thing should be how we do these things.
We aim to not negatively affect those around us and to provide opportunities to anyone who is out there working locally and well. We work together to develop clean and more sustainable industries around the world. We use all this to create products with the most simple and desirable aesthetic. This is the industry of the people, the Industry of All Nation”.