The home of Buffy Birrittella might be the perfect example of a true ‘winter home’. Buffy Birrittella – who works with Ralph Lauren – fell in love with Utah in the 70s while working on The Great Gatsby. She bought a small cottage and she started embracing the country lifestyle. After 20 years she had to move to a bigger home due to her growing collection of old objects rugs, baskets and pottery made by the Navajo people. Buffy’s wooden home breathes coziness. The wooden home is decorated with beautiful colorful fabrics and interesting artistic objects. I would love to walk from room to room and explore everything this house has to offer.
I don’t know if you remember the amazing New York pied-à-terre of Kelly Framel that I posted back in october. Well, much to my excitement the apartment has been given a new look. Because the couple travel a lot they wanted to create their own ‘hotel suite’ apartment. A place where they can easily travel in and out from. They moved their bedroom to the living space and thereby created a new room that is being used as a walk in closet. Which comes in handy for (un)packing when they go travelling. I was in love with the old apartment, but I must say this walk in closet gives the new apartment just that little bit extra!
A few years ago I came across the most amazing converted garage I’ve ever seen, which I posted back then on my tumblr. The garage is located in one of the most charming neighbourhoods in Amsterdam called ‘De Jordaan’. The garage is converted into an eclectic loft by the Dutch firm Bricks Amsterdam. The loft has amazing skylights that bring in tons of light and the industrial glass walls keep the space open and light. This garage conversion for me is the perfect example of a cool apartment. While browsing the Dutch real estate site Funda I saw that the garage conversion is now up for sale. Between then and now the decor has changed a bit so I will post both versions of this garage conversion in two seperate blog posts so if you’re curious what the converted garage in Amsterdam looks like now just click here.
You really don’t have to keep it light if you live in a small apartment, this tiny Swedish home shows that dark can be great as well. Mattias Vural decided that he wanted something different and painted his entire apartment dark blue. The apartment is only 34 square meter but it feels like more due to the consistent use of color. By putting the kitchen in the hallway and the bedroom where the kitchen used to be, Mattias created some extra space. The home is decorated with a lot of wicker, wood and plants which gives this home the right balance between dark and light. I love this apartment, I posted about it before on tumblr here and here where you can see some additional pictures.
If it’s one thing Scandinavians can do it’s making a home appear very bright and spacious without losing it’s charm. This apartment in Gothenburg is only 57 square meter but it looks very spacious and so crisp! I love how the light flows through the window in the living room and the white floor makes it even brighter. They gave the walls a very soft grey color so it isn’t entirely white but the brightness remains. I love this, the only downside for me is the bedroom which doesn’t really fit with the rest of the home. But it only needs a few changes to make that bright and crisp as well.
Christmas is approaching fast, which means that a lot of home tours in Christmas spirits are appearing on the internet. This beautiful Christmas home in a 1960s bungalow is located in The Netherlands. The bungalow was extremely boring when Kim and Tjimme bought it, but together with architecture firm RoosRos did they create a warm family home. I love how they difined the spaces with color. The living room is painted in dark and warm colors while the kitchen is very light. Upstairs there’s a nice blend of grey-tones to create a warm bedroom and bathroom. It’s abolutely a stunning home and there a quite a few great Christmas decor ideas here!
This former warehouse in Delft is completely transformed to a white and green oasis. Three years ago this warehouse was just two dilapidated floors where doves were flying in and out. Pauline en Björnd complettely stripped the space and transformed this old building into a beautiful fresh living space. The home consists of two big rooms, each on a floor, that are completely painted white. The old beams and the occasional exposed brick wall show the history of this building and give the spaces some character. With the use of palets they created sitting spaces all over the house. To complete the home they decorated it with many, many plants which makes this home really come alive.
The home of Piet and Otti in The Netherlands was completely in ruins when they bought it. The building dates from the 1920s but all the charateristic elements were removed and instead the space looked completely soulless. The couple decided to drastically renovate the apartment and only the façade remained in tact. After hard work the end result is absolutely stunning. They managed to give the home character again, and the industrial elements give the space a very cool and cozy look.
I love the colors in this Scandinavian home. Not the walls, but the ceiling is painted in a light grey color which is an original way to add color to a room. The apartment has a very luxurious atmosphere with the gorgeous furniture pieces in green and purple velvet. In the bedroom they went even bolder by painting it entirely black. I think a black bedroom looks so cool, but no way I have the guts to do it in my own home!
If you’re on Instagram a lot I’m sure you’ve come across Patrick Janelle a.k.a @aguynamedpatrick. That Patrick has a great sense of style is obvious if you take one quick glance at his Instagram account. It’s filled with beautiful images of the places he travels to and his (fashion)style is always on point. When he moved to this 1-bedroom SoHo apartment, he asked Homepolish to design a home that reflects his stylish lifestyle. The apartment shows perfectly that the size of your home doesn’t matter, as long as it’s styled well.