I always love a converted space. And this garage conversion in Amsterdam is one of my favourites. As I mentioned before the decor in this converted garage has changed a little bit, it’s now a little bit lighter and more family friendly. But I couldn’t only post one version of this loft apartment because it’s simply too cool! If you’re curious what the apartment looked like before, just click here. Oh! and the industrial loft is now up for sale so I’d say take your chance if you want to live in one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Amsterdam!
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.
Airbnb is a great source to find interesting and original places to stay for your next travel destination. I have posted quite a few cool places and this London pub is definitely one of them. This former Victorian pub from the 1850s is carefully restored to a comfortable and cozy home. The owners restored the apartment with a careful eye to the history of the building. The shutters are original and the kitchen resembles a bar that you can find in an old pub. The apartment is decorated with antique items and furniture from the owner’s own brand Loaf. The historic feeling is enhanced with the charcoal, blue-greys and soft white paint choices which also gives the place a calming atmosphere. This is such a beautiful apartment and you can feel the love towards to old Victorian building, don’t you agree?
A former milk factory in The Hague has been transformed into a unique family home. The home belongs to Mary Hessing, editor of Dutch magazine Eigen Huis & Interieur, and her husband Toon Lauwen, curator, journalist and design books editor. The couple bought the former milk factory 12 years ago and together – without the use of an architect – they created a family home over three levels. The large open plan living space can be reached through the converted garage. The black and white tiles can be seen through the entire ground floor including the kitchen where it is combined with sea green Moroccan tiles. The living space has an industrial vibe with the concrete floor and steel frames. To soften this they used pink and green in the decorations. Upstairs, under the exposed beams, there is a large open plan space that serves as the bedroom and playroom of 2 of the children. This converted milk factory In The Netherlands certainly is one of the most unique homes I’ve ever seen.
La Granja Ibiza is a rustic members-only retreat situated on a farmstead in the Ibizan countryside. The old stone farmhouse is converted by designer Armin Fischer into a beautiful serene design hotel. The hotel only has 9 guest rooms and a freestanding guesthouse that has a private garden overlooking the farm. Each room has a luxury bed and materials of burn wood, burshed and oiled ash, wood, stone and slate. A stay in La Granja Ibiza feels like going back to basics with the beautiful dark colored walls and natural materials but with all the necessary comforts of a present hotel stay.
Carl-Johan Bauhn first saw this 19th-century former mission house while attending an air show in Vallentuna, Sweden. The place was in dire need of repair but he saw the potential in the building and together with his partner Sara Fjelkman did they decide to save this former place of worship and renovate it into a modern home with a historic feeling. Everything in this building needed to be repaired which had to be done carefully to preserve the facade, windows and other details that were typical of the building. It took the couple 2 years to complete the renovation but the result is stunning. They gave a 19th-century mission house a new function in making it a beautiful light home. I particularly love the pastel blue, green and pink that bring some color in this Scandinavian home giving the old mission house a calm and serene feeling with a pop of color.
A former brewery in Melbourne was converted into a loft-style industrial apartment by Brett Murray, Stuart McKenzie and Simon Carver. The three men (and a dog) live in this apartment together and that is visible in the masculine style of this loft-style home. Exposed brick walls, dark colours and industrial elements give the spaces a moody atmosphere, which is enhanced by the little natural light that comes into the apartment. This Melbourne apartment might have a masculine feel about it but I would definitely want to live here, gosh I love everything about it.
This former factory building in Copenhagen was conversed into a home for photographer Peter Krasilnikoff by Studio David Thulstrup. The architecture firm wanted to keep the original exposed brick walls of the former warehouse and therefore they created the glass atrium in the center of the building to flood the surrounding spaces with natural light. Peter Krasilnikoff wanted to have a garden within the house, so the atrium became the green heart of his home.
The country home of Italian couple Ludovica and Roberto Palomba of the Milan-based architecture firm Palomba Serafini Associati is everyhting you hope for in an Italian country home. It’s hard to imagine this light home any different but the property experienced a big transformation since it was originally built in the 17th-century as an oil mill. The couple wanted to keep the space as original as possible so no new walls were added giving this home large open spaces and the floors are made of local stones. The only problem was the lack of natural light, which they created by putting in skylights. As you perhaps know I’m a big fan of renovating old buildings and this country home in Italy shows that even a dark old oil mill can be transformed into a beautiful light & minimalistic home with many architectural details (just look at those amazing arches all through this home). This 17th-century Italian country home is a dream come true.
The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn is located in a former textile factory from 1901 near the Williamsburg waterfront. The history and character of the building is still very visible in the interior of the Wythe Hotel, through the entire building you will find exposed brick, wooden beams, steel columns and arched windows. The hotel fits perfectly in the surrounding neighbourhood with its laid back attitude and respect for the local history. Not only the bedrooms in The Wythe Hotel are stunning, the Reynards restaurant and the Ides bar are beautifully designed and with the tiled floor, exposed brick and vintage furniture it’s almost as if you step back in time. The bar and restaurant are managed by renowned Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow of Marlow & Sons so you’re guaranteed a wonderful food experience. The Wythe hotel is a stunning raw, industrial hotel where you can truly experience the local Brooklyn vibe.