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 Tuscan Farmhouse in Malibu

I love the out-of-the-ordinary cool taking place over at interior designer Vanessa Alexander's renovated Malibu farmhouse. The home underwent a dramatic renovation in order to bring in more light and greenery from the outside. The wood floors are downright amazing and work well across the varied furniture and fixture styles mixed and remixed throughout the home. Overall, Vanessa expertly rides the line between modern and Bohemian rustic, mixing new and vintage pieces to breathe color and soul into crisp white spaces.

This story originally ran on Domaine.
Interior Design: Vanessa Alexander
Photography: Tessa Neustadt

Ostermalm Apartment

This apartment renovation in the Ostermalm district of Stockholm, Sweden is a great example of blending vintage architectural features with modern updates. I love the curved wall in the living room and the original millwork, herringbone flooring, and iron fireplace. The kitchen has been renovated to perfection with a gorgeous brass chandelier and crisp white wall tiles. We love the poured concrete floors and Carrara marble countertops. Leather pulls have become a popular hardware alternative lately, and they pair beautifully with the grey cabinetry and oak dining set.

This story originally ran on Per Jansson.

A Vintage San Francisco Apartment Renovation

If glamour is your thing, then you are going to love this 1920s apartment in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Funky pendant lighting and high-gloss finishes abound in a full-floor residence overlooking the Bay Area. I am in love with the restored millwork and dramatic black-and-white contrasting color palette. The completed space is a work of art layered in works of art.

This story originally ran on luxe.
Interior Design: Nicole Hollis
Architect: Brooks Walker
Photography: Laure Joliet

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 Mid-Century Country Kitchen

When I spotted Mandi Johnson's gorgeous and no doubt laborious kitchen makeover, I found so much to love. Not only did she successfully convert a dark and dated kitchen into a bright and welcoming space, but she did so while still re-using many of the original components. From her built-in oven and stove top to her adorable mug collection and clever utensil rack, we are in eye-candy heaven. This amazingly talented woman even cut her own countertops!

I am only showing the after photos on my site, but you should check out her article to get the full effect. She also offers many helpful DIY tips for those of you looking to complete you own kitchen makeover.

This story originally ran on A Beautiful Mess.
Design and Photography: Mandi Johnson

Design Inspiration | A Victorian Modern Kitchen

I am loving this re-vamp of a Portland Victorian kitchen. Designer Jessica Helgerson took on the task of overhauling the work of a previous remodel completed circa 1970/80, which left the kitchen a dark, cramped space. By re-opening the room to let in natural light and restoring finishes and cabinetry to fit the original era of the home, Helgerson has made this kitchen into the focal point and primary social hub for the busy family who lives here.

Especially lovely points of interest for me are the concealed refrigerator, that mint green scale, the canary yellow sofa, and those lovely light fixtures. Well done indeed!

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 | Garage Turned Studio Apartment

Originally a Merchant Builder garage, this small studio quarters has been thoughtfully designed such that every space is accounted for: dining room, living room, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. The original brick walls and beams were preserved and gave a good baseline to design from. The majority of the windows and doors were either salvaged or sourced second hand, as well as the bathroom fixtures, counter tops, lighting, and sinks. The end result is a living space packed with delightful features, plenty of storage and work space, and lovely views. The kitchen and bath area are especially covetable. Who doesn't love a clawfoot bathtub?

Interior Architecture: Hearth Studio
Photography: Lauren Bamford

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.

Design Inspiration | Ross and Lindsay's Home Renovation

Location: Normal Heights | San Diego, CA
Size: 2 bed & 1 bath | 780 SF
Year Built: 1972

Ross and his wife Lindsay have only been in their condo for a few short months, but in that time, they have gotten busy making some seriously awesome changes.

A real estate agent by trade, Ross is always around people selling their furniture. Some of the coolest pieces in their home have come from moving sales and estate sales, including their vintage ottoman made by Allen Industries in Detroit, MI.

Aside from the flooring installation, Ross seized the opportunity to tackle most of the renovation work himself, which involved blasting away at the existing popcorn ceiling and giving the original kitchen cabinetry a revamp. He attributes much of his handiness to YouTube videos and plan old common sense. “Seriously, everything you want to learn is filmed 17 times with step-by-step tutorials. Don't let the "daunting-ness" of it deter you -- almost everything can be figured out with common sense (except electrical...not somewhere you want to experiment with trial & error).”

I am certainly impressed with this dramatic transformation and have included a few before and after photos below. Enjoy!

living room/entry before

living room/entry after
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living room before

living room after
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bookshelf before

bookshelf after
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kitchen before

kitchen after
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kitchen before

kitchen after
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