A Mid-Century Eclectic Seattle Abode

I had a completely different post in mind for today, but then I saw this Victorian show-stopper on the Design Sponge Instagram feed, and just had to do some gushing. Childhood memories have given me a soft spot for cedar shingles, so it was love at first sight with this Seattle abode. Michele and Ryan Tansey own the fabulous vintage furniture shop Homestead Seattle and have parlayed their great taste in all things interior design into their first home (and Airbnb!). I love their prolific and diverse collection of vintage wall art and furniture pieces and their no-fear approach to deep green wall paint. The pair have deftly employed function and style into every nook and cranny of their home. I am so ready to book my trip to The Emerald City!

This story originally ran on Design Sponge.
Interior Design: Homestead Seattle
Photography: Ryan Tansey

A Rustic Scandinavian-Style Farmhouse

Matt and Lentil Purbrick of Grown and Gathered have re-built a once crumbling farmhouse cottage in Tabilk, central Victoria into crisp, clean perfection. Best of all, they did it with their own two hands and the aid of skilled friends and family. I love that everything in their home, from the décor to the building materials, was obtained through re-use, salvage, DIY, and trade. This home exemplifies the possibilities achievable through creative resourcing and hard work. No cookie-cutter designs or from-a-kit short-cuts here! And we love it that way.

This story originally ran on The Design Files.
Styling: Stefanie Stamatis
Photography: Eve Wilson

Design Inspiration | Church Turned Private Residence

Never have I ever had such a case of flooring envy as when I first spied this gorgeous church-to-home renovation. From the ceiling beams to the light fixtures to the arched doorways, this home in rural New South Wales is utter perfection. While a few alterations were needed in order to convert the church into a private residence, many of the original features were kept intact such as the church bell, various signage, and the exterior chalkboard that announced mass. The need for a kitchen was executed marvelously and successfully compliments the home's original architectural details. I even love the unexpectedness of the hidden bathtub -- how delightfully unconventional!

This story originally ran on The Design Files.
Photography: Sean Fennessey

Design Inspiration | A Prospect Park Victorian

There is so much to love about this Victorian beauty located in Brooklyn, New York. From the architectural woodwork to the owners’ own furnishings, the home is a feast for the eyes. I am brimming with envy over the flooring pattern that carries throughout the entire home. And that kitchen! The ornate wood details are perfectly paired with a simple color palate and clean lines to create a sense of balance and sophistication. Très magnifique!

This story originally ran on Milk Decoration.
Photography: Andrea Chu

 

Design Inspiration | A Turn of the Century Flat

For as much of a woe as it is to see beautiful architecture fall to the wrecking ball or suffer a gut renovation, it is equally joyous to see it preserved and adapted into the present era. There is no modern replacement for vintage ornamentation such as crown molding and ceiling medallions. Certainly no replacement for original hardwood flooring. These elements add both monetary and aesthetic value to a home more so than a granite counter top or a stainless steel appliance ever could.

The six-story apartment building at Upper Husargatan 23 in Linnéstaden was built in 1899 by Swedish architects R. Hansson and KA Löfmark. The home still contains many of its original features, but did undergo a kitchen renovation in 2012. It is a beautiful example of layering eras to create a home that is fresh, elegant, and completely unique.

This story originally ran on Stadshem.