Architect Sven Matt mixed basic shapes with rich details in this Austrian home. Plaster walls mixed with gray marble powder dominate the interior of the bottom floor, including this nook, complementing the ubiquitous spruce wood carpentry.
This airy addition on the back of a historic house in Boise is a model of sensitive renovation, seamlessly melding new and old. A former closet was transformed into a double-height library, complete with a reading nook and a rolling ladder from Spiral Stairs of America. “That’s my favorite part of the house,” says the resident and father Dan Zuckerman. “When I see Stella reaching for a book, there’s nothing better.”
On a tight budget, designer Jared Frank of Topsy Design helped an indie film director maximize his small space in this L.A. home. borrowed space from the closet on the other side of the living room wall for a seating nook. He found what he calls "a bunch of clay mushrooms made by an unknown hippie," and placed them around a vintage lamp. The coffee table is by Roger Capron and the midcentury swivel chair is by de Sede. Throughout, milking stools serve as plant stands. The sofa is from Midcentury LA. "Every single decorative object is vintage," says Frank.
A young family built this Wyoming retreat filled with playful details from top to bottom. It took a craftsman two weeks to shape the fiberglass gelcoat material into the shape of the slide, which connects a hallway off of the kitchen to the first-floor media room.
Visiting a Manahttan apartment designed by Tim Seggerman is like sitting inside one of Nakashima’s cabinets, a metaphor realized most fully in an ingenious “library”—really just a glorified cubby with a banded maple ceiling, conjured from a free space adjacent to the loft bed.
Austin architect J.C. Schmeil converted his family's 1935 bungalow into a spacious modern family home on a modest budget and with tons of ingenuity. A dormer on the south side of the house contains two bedrooms. One of the bedrooms features a reading loft carved out of the attic space above the dining room. The intersection of the gabled roof and the shed dormers allowed us to wrap large windows around each corner, taking advantage of the “borrowed landscape”—treetop views that root the house to its site. Photo by J.C. Schmiel.