When I hear the word ‘modern’ in the interior design world, I tend to cringe a bit. I guess there’s a part of me that still associates the term with cold chrome fixtures, bad leather sofas, and sterile rooms. But, the truth is, we’ve moved far far away from that in the past few years. So, when trying to figure out how to describe this house tour it struck me that this home really defines modern sophistication to me.
Clean, sculptural lines are balanced by more relaxed textiles. And while the furnishings may be a bit sparse, there is a warmth to the spaces. Part of why this works, as usual, is the architecture. Imagine this furniture in a totally new condo devoid of any character and maybe… it’s not quite the same. Regardless, the curated layers and use of materials is really doing it for me…
One of my favorite little features in this thoughtful renovation is the wet bar closet that you can see behind the dining table here. It houses a stunning little sink and quite possibly the most gorgeous wine storage I’ve ever seen! We have a random storage closet between the kitchen and dining room that I’m now truly wishing we could convert to something like this!
I know this might sound crazy, but I love that these rooms aren’t massive. The way the small sitting room leads into the dining area actually feels authentic, and for good reason. This historical home is actually very historical and the owners – architect Emma Templeton and her partner – had to work within the confines of the home’s untouchable legacy. Even updates made to it in the 50’s! That said, the galley kitchen is still pretty amazing… that’s where those tall historic ceilings come in quite handy.
Official patio envy! I have never in my life seen such a chic hose hook.
Upstairs the bedrooms have been kept quite sparse, and that’s probably the only area I don’t totally love in this home, but I do like the fact that they decided to use on of the bedrooms as a cozy study!
When going minimal, I think each piece suddenly becomes a bit more important and also worth the investment. In this case, combining vintage mid-century finds with new modern stylings really does the trick! If you’re lucky, you can find some of these types of pieces at vintage stores, while splurging on others. Here’s how we’d get the look:
1. sculptural table lamp | 2. tufted velvet chair | 3. ‘baise blanc’ framed print | 4. marble & brass pedestal side table | 5. mid-century dining chair | 6. mod deco mirror | 7. marbleized vase | 8. modern wood bookcase
This home doesn’t have a ton of color, but what little it does have is key! Soft neutrals and golden tones along with warm walnut wood keep things cozy! You can also bring it in through the drapes, rugs and other accents, rather than larger furniture pieces. Adding some sculptural elements – like that mirror or lamp – elevates the mood.