I have loved this apartment ever since I stumbled across it in Design Sponge over a year ago. It is the home of interior designer, Sarah Davidson and embodies what I love about great design: beautiful evocative aesthetics filled with the personality of the occupant mixed with functionality and ease. It is a relaxed home which invites you to sit down and take it easy. The location in an iconic 1920s Spanish Mission-style building overlooking Tamarama beach in Sydney isn’t too bad either.
Some highlights for me is its size (small) with an eclectic mix of furniture and furnishings including art such as a piece by the Australian photographer Bill Henson famed his chiaroscuro paintly atmospheric work. I can spot Ikea mixed with vintage (such as the bamboo chair) and iconic 20th pieces such as Harry Bertoia “Large Diamond” armchair and platinum-glazed “Bishop” side table by India Mahdavi.
Bathrooms are so often neglected and can appear to be a bland after-thought. But the Moroccan tiled bathroom here is breath-taking. No wonder it is Sarah’s favourite room in the house.
It makes you wonder why apartment living is not that popular in Australia.
via Design Sponge
Just adore this bathroom vignette: the white painted wall, the vintage mirror, the rustic wooden stand painted in gloss black, the deep pie dish sink, the black and white tiles and the low hanging off-centre light bulbs. Designer Paola Navone has nailed it.
Elle Decor Italia via Yellow Trace
I don’t know much about this amazing home except that it belongs to Anne Geistdorfer, it was designed by Double G, it’s located in the St Honore district in Paris, it’s 150sqm and . . . that it is gorgeous.
My favourite elements are those incredible blue and white tiles in the bathroom and the living room with its worn kilm, beautifully arranged bookshelves and wire chairs which logic dictates should be uncomfortable, but are really inviting. What do you like the most about this home?
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The newly opened Grand Central Stockholm, part of the Scandic super hotel chain, is not just a nice place to stay, but a hotel that’s at the forefront of design.
Certainly this is not what we think of as traditional Scandinavian design: white wood, off-white wood with a bit more white. This has an edgy, funky, dare I say it, eccentric feeling, with its Moroccan tiled floors, manhole cover-inspired carpets, cheeky motivational phrases screen painted onto walls and tactile sculpted bathroom tiling. The designers, Koncept, call it “a love affair between the grand Vienna-style city palace and street life of Stockholm.”
Transforming the 1885 building into a hip social hangout, Koncept have made “the hotel interact with the street life outside its windows and invite everyone walking or driving by inside, a living room in the middle of the street.” There are many superb and inviting touches throughout the 391 room hotel: the plum velvet armchairs in the foyer, in the restaurant, Teaterbrasseriet, with its gold topped dining tables and aqua glass lights.
Rarely have I seen such a triumph of the eclectic and unusual that succeeds in also being so calm and inviting.