This residence has been exciting the fans all last week and it’s time we posted it ourselves. It is also a good exercise in reflecting on the fallibility of trends. The present ‘renovation state’ we live in prescribes unchallenged alterations to homes which assume a betterment, but really do they? And for whom? We know that a move away from the dank, smokey carpets of yesteryear’s houses has seen acres of wall to wall carpet ripped away, but the comfort, warmth and sheer delight of the dusk-ruby floors seen here would suggest to keep it. We have seen so many mid-century houses, Modernist or otherwise, slathered in render and painted stormy greys as an ‘improvement’, when the flawless walls of cream brick hold their integrity, beauty and place of time, for the most part, which much greater success. We are witnessing a slow mainstream adoption of varied forms of lighting, second guessing (finally) the instant plague of down-lights which has beset interiors for years and we are encouraged when we spot preserved (or newly built) forays in colour and personality such as speckled lino, colored tiles, cork and picture wallpaper – as seen here in such high charm levels we’d second guess any suggestion of change.
In taking over a new residence architects always suggest living it it for a time to work out what is best personally and lifestyle wise and we’d suggest the same with other elements as well; the exteriors, the interiors and furnishings always remembering what is claimed to ‘sell well’ and have ‘mass appeal’ isn’t always what makes you actually happy and comfortable and really in the end, who wants to live in a bland hotel room anyway?