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Steal This Look: A Vintage-Feeling Kitchen in France

When design/restauranteur couple Gesa Hansen and Charles Compagnon updated their French country kitchen, they left the original stoneware checked floor and added oak cabinetry, new appliances, and their own personal lot of antique furniture. Elegant, simple, and distinctly vintage-feeling, the kitchen has many attributes of note. Here, we’ve detailed the key sources that make up the look.Above: The small kitchen is equipped with an antique drop leaf table and chair, acting as additional counter space or a spot for a small meal. Photograph by Stephanie Füssenich and Nathalie Mohadjer from Coming Home to Nature.Above: The solid oak cabinets are designed…


Object of Desire: Towels Inspired by Ancient Textile Techniques

These caught our eye: a just-launched range of towels inspired by historical prints and patterns. The towels form the debut collection of Autumn Sonata, an evolving destination for interior objects that strike a balance between utility, comfort and artful beauty.Photography courtesy of Autumn Sonata.Above: The reversible Alma bath towel. All towels measure 70cm x 100cm and are priced at €78; the bathmats measure 50cm x 80cm and are priced at €82. Each towel is sustainably woven in Portugal using 100% cotton fibre. The bathmats are 950 GSM for richness and durability, while the towels are 600 GSM, optimised for quick…


Current Obsessions: Unplugged

We’re soaking up every last bit of summer with attic sales, pretty birdhouses, weekend getaways, and more. Read on:Above: Photograph by Jim Stephenson from this week’s house tour: A Historic English Countryside Cottage Gets a Contemporary Extension.Our next weekend escape? Summery cottages, a bagel shop, and a Marni pop-up on Shelter Island.Today, August 20, stop by 109 Thompson Street in NYC for a summer sample sale by Makié, Alder and Co., and Atsuyo et Akiko, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.And tomorrow, August 21, stop by Manka’s attic sale at 95 Balmoral in Inverness, CA, going on from noon. Get more…


Remodelista Reconnaissance: A Minimalist Hanging Light that Looks Like a UFO

Our recent feature on creative director Sandy Suffield’s paper quilts introduced many to The Engine House, her romantic ruin in Suffolk, England, that she turned into a modernist’s dream vacation rental. Specifically, many were transfixed by the pair of circular metal lights hovering spacecraft-style over the dining table. Where did they come from and what is the story behind them?The SightingAbove: The lights hang in the double-height kitchen/dining room at The Engine House (@theenginehousesuffolk). The structure originally housed the electrical machinery for a nearby estate.As an environmental best practice, Sandy set out to furnish the rooms entirely with vintage and…


A Historic English Countryside Cottage Gets a Contemporary Extension

When creatives Tom Baker and Natalie Silk purchased a centuries-old stone cottage in Devon, United Kingdom, as a weekend home, they knew the historic structure would need a new extension. The existing garage and workshop were in a state of disrepair, so the two Londoners appointed Hackney-based architecture practice Studio Weave to replace them with a two-story timber artist’s retreat that wraps around the side and back of the original building.Sandwiched between the stone house and a restored staircase built into the grassy hillside, the contemporary addition is designed to blend in with its natural surroundings. Studio Weave accomplished this by…


Kitchen of the Week: A Japanophile’s Handcrafted Kitchen on the Sussex Coast

Brothers Hugh and Howard Miller trained as architects before turning their attention, as the duo H Miller Bros, to kitchens, furniture, products and sometimes even gardens (they won a silver gilt medal for their Urban Foraging Station design for at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year). Their work is people-centered and their latest kitchen, made for a family of keen cooks in Hove on the south coast of England, is typical of their pragmatic and deeply considered approach. Let’s take a closer look.Photography by Robert Holmes.Above: The vast elm island dominates the space with plenty of room for prepping…

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