When I spied today’s stunning home tour, I was struck by two things; how totally out of the typical Apt34 atheistic the modern cabin look is and how much I absolutely love it! The design is incredibly detailed and thoughtful. It feels like the perfect fall retreat. But here’s the kicker – this home is not tucked on a mountain side somewhere. It resides right in downtown London.
This home dates from the early 18th century, and had been many things, from a Tavern to a traditional weaver’s home, but it was completely reimagined by the (extremely talented!) husband and wife architecture team behind Chan + Eayrs. They describe their style as “Arts and Crafts, Japanese Modernism and Moroccan earthiness, all expressed through a natural palette of materials.” I call it elegant wabi-sabi executed to perfection.
The entire house, from the kitchen to the living, dining and bedrooms features specially smoked and limed oak cabinetry and wainscoting. Wide planked wood floors abut sections of handmade tile and ground traditional lime washed plaster walls. All of the warm, highly textured wood is juxtaposed with slabs of cool, smooth Arabescato marble and is grounded by deep green trim. Beautiful antique lighting and accessories mix with design classics. But nothing feels overwrought. Or overstuffed. This home offers plenty of room to breathe. Greenery dots almost every room offer an additional layer of softness and life.
The master bedroom, atop the home’s highest floor, was reimagined to be like an open-plan hotel room. The oak cabinetry continues as a built-in headboard and gorgeous antiques accessorize the space. I would gladly call this room home.
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