Since the pandemic started and we were forced to stay indoors more often than not, I have become more aware of open spaces, green space and natural light. In Montreal we are now back in lockdown, so naturally today’s featured project has many areas that I am currently missing in my life right now. It also checks off all of the boxes of projects that I am currently loving!
Located in Bangkok Thailand, The Mid Chit house by Looklen Architects features four different courtyards that extend beyond the double height interiors of the home.
The Mid Chit house is a new residence the is connected to an existing family home that is connected by an upped level enclosed bridge. Mid Chit means “close together” and it a beautiful example on the balance between private spaces and more public ones that invite the outdoors inside via courtyards.
Strategically placed skylights and windows allow daylight into the heart of the home, while natural materials and light colours give the home a natural airy feel.
The home is three levels entered around an open living and dining area that encourages interaction and openness within this family home.
The private level on the third floor houses the bedrooms that allow the residents privacy within their own personal space.
Light, airy and open while still allowing it’s residents privacy, Looklen Architects has done a wonderful job renovating a preexisting home to suit modern day. What are your thoughts on this stunning home? Let me know in the comments below.
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I hope that your 2022 is off to a great start! Today’s featured project first captured my attention by showcasing one of my favourite colours throughout the home. Located in Moscow, this apartment is intelligently designed by Natalia Vologdina-Anikina to suit the lifestyle needs of both adults and children. As requested by her clients, Ms. Vologdina-Anikina used an emerald jewel tone colour throughout the home, helping to elevate the apartments luxe factor. From the dining room chairs to cladding in the master bedroom and a geometric art feature in the living room, the colour was seamlessly integrated throughout the home.
With large windows that flood the apartment with natural light, this apartment is both sophisticated yet welcoming. While the kitchen is small, it is designed to encourage socializing when in use which is perfect for both entertaining and family bonding.
The children’s bedrooms are both playful and chic, and the design will work even as the kids grow into teenagers and beyond. I especially love the suede grey panelling and wire star pendents in the room below.
And of course the bathrooms are just as gorgeous as the rest of the home. The textured ceramic tile in the guest bathroom adds a artful and dramatic touch to the space. Love it!
Last but not least (and what initially captured my attention about this project), I love the master bedroom. The captivating mix of emerald green paired with a customized bed with a taupe suede headboard and sleek white pendent lights is memorable and elegant. Love it!
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It has been a really interesting almost year and a half since the world first shut down due to the pandemic. Here in Montreal, we have spent the better part of it in lockdown and with a curfew – a completely new way of life for most of us. While there have obviously been challenges there has also been opportunities for self discovery. I learned to enjoy the peacefulness of parts of my life and to lean into the slow down. The idea of rushing back into large and rowdy crowds hold little appeal to me at the moment. One thing that I am looking forward to is travelling and once I am able to do so, I plan to take a trip where I can breath, relax and enjoy my surroundings without feeling rushed or anxious…my current idea of heaven.
Until then though, I am dreaming about destinations that would fit the bill and today’s Dream Destination feature has been at the top of my list for months. Images of Casa Aviv by Co-Lab have made it’s way around social media these past few months. Surrounded by lush greenery, this minimalistic structure that leans towards austere simplicity offers both calm and privacy.
The 330 square metre home is located on the Yucatan Peninsula along the Caribbean coastline. Oriented east to west to take advantage of the prevailing winds and cross ventilation, this rental home was built with low maintanence durability in mind. I love the simple design choices such as hand polish cement covering the concrete walls and the double height ceiling in the living and dining area along with the black terrazzo flooring. My absolute favourite part of this home are the pivoting glass doors that open to create flow from the living area to small but gorgeous swimming pool and garden.
The home also has a rooftop terrace that can be enjoyed by guests. Many of the furniture and light fixtures throughout Casa Aviv were also designed and fabricated by Co-Lab. Both the styling and the colours used throughout the home help it to further connect with its natural surroundings. Love it!
What do you think of this vacation home? Would you like to experience it for yourself? Let me know in the comments below. All images via http://www.dezeen.com
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Now that the warmer weather has finally arrived and measures are starting to loosen as more and more people get vaccinated, it is time to start exploring and enjoy commercial spaces again (finally!). Today’s Commercial Crush feature had me captivated from the get go. A Beer Spa?!?! Why have I never heard of such a divine place before? Where can I experience one? These were just some of the questions that quickly came to mind.
Bath & Barley is Belgium’s first ever beer spa. Located in Brussels and designed by the interior design studio WeWantMore (who also designed the branding), this spa has the ultimate cool vibe woven throughout its gorgeous design.
Located in the old city centre of Brussels, it’s clear that WeWantMore kept Belgiums’s medieval beer brewing culture in mind while designing this space. With a soothing and glamorous colour palette, gorgeous vaulted ceiling and using materials like copper, stained glass and straw along with other grains the spa feels authentic towards it’s beer brewing roots while keeping things luxe and feeling elevated.
I am captivated by the dried barley and hops hanging from the ceiling and I love the novel pairing of straw benches next to the infrared saunas along with the stained glass screens featuring church like images of monks and priests brewing beer. WeWantMore thought of everything including images of beer barrels and kettles in the steel frame of the stair case. Love it!
For spa lovers and beer lovers alike, this spa looks like a luxe and memorable wellness destination that I have certainly added to my list of places of visit. What do you think of this design? Let me know in the comments below.
There are many things that I love about travelling. Like many people bitten by the travel bug, I relish the opportunity to immerse myself in a new culture, attempt to communicate in a new language, meet new people, try new food and learn more about this beautiful and diverse planet we call home. Another thing that I love about travelling is staying in a hotel. Now I realize that not everyone who travels enjoys this part of it (or even does it given the growing popularity of AirBnB), but I love it and spend an enormous amount of time researching hotels while making my travel plans. This may seem odd to some but I love the luxury of a good hotel, the thought that has gone into the design and the effort that is made for the guest to have an enjoyable experience. I have such great memories of my hotels throughout my travels: crawling into a dreamy bed with a pastel de nata and watching Chicago PD after a long day of sightseeing in Lisbon, trying my first Nepresso coffee thanks to the courtesy machine in my room in Barcelona or unwinding with a chilled glass of wine on my hotel room balcony in Madrid are just some of my favourites. So while travel has been put on hold for me at the moment I am still dreaming of the day that I will get back to enjoying my hotel experiences. The most recent hotel that I am dreaming about is The Stratford in London. This room was designed by the multi talented design team Space Copenhagen.
Like all of Space Copenhagen’s projects this room is elevated elegance while staying true to their Scandinavian roots. The colour palette is both welcoming and relaxing and the various textures and materials used add just the perfect amount of interest without being overwhelming.
The bathroom is a marble oasis with a lust worthy tub to relax in after a busy day. The veining in marble adds interest and helps the eye to softly move throughout the space. Black fixtures and natural accents elevate this space to dreamy.
The countertop sink further elevates the slight Eastern influence, and coupled with the balance of fixtures successfully gives guests a subtle zen vibe throughout the space.
The colour palette and textures in the bedroom is my favourite thing about this space. From the natural wood floors to the softly coloured walls elegantly contrasting and elevating the hardware and colour of the furniture throughout the room. The gorgeous green of the bench and headboard of the bed has completely grabbed my attention and I will be looking of ways to incorporate it into my own space. Love it!
Overall, this dreamy refuge by Space Copenhagen has captured my attention and has me looking forward to dreamy future hotel visits.
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