Photo Gallery: International Homes
Discover jet-set style.
In the holiday home of Joergen, of the Danish housewares brand Bodum, modern form and function work side-by-side with ancient timberwork. From the water carriage to the colourful egg spoons, each of the dozens of items in this kitchen is a genuine Bodum. Prior to renovations, Giorgio Armani owned the home.
Six large tables were pushed together to form a single long dining table which can seat 24 guests. The leather chairs are by Italian designer Mario Bellini; the pendant lamps are by Danish designer Louis Poulsen. The painting over the fireplace is by Joergen’s daughter, Catrine.
In this circa 1350 farmhouse, the original oak floor is a modern counterpoint to the floating wooden staircase in the main hallway. An elevator connects the different floors in the main living quarters. A glass door leads to the gallery, which contains the library.
The bathroom fittings were designed by the German design studio Sieger Design for Dornbracht, while the tubs and sink units are by Philippe Stark. The stone floors here (and on the entire main floor) are made of Italian granite and equipped with radiant heating.
With a staggering twelve guest suites, Joergen’s Swiss farmhouse is a breathtaking holiday home for family and friends. The guest rooms — each with their own ensuite bathroom — are minimally furnished to give visitors the impression they’re staying in a comfortable, intimate hotel.
Frey, of the legendary textile and furnishing design house, and his wife Lorraine, have an abundance of collectibles that make this apartment feel homey, not austere. In the dining room, toile fabric–covered walls are padded with swan’s down to improve acoustics. Two square tables can be brought together for larger gatherings, and the opposite walls house bookshelves for a multipurpose library. The couple use the modern Ingo Maurer chandelier as a guestbook, asking friends to add notes or sketches.
A vintage 1940s carpet provided a starting point for the unique bottle green and aubergine colour scheme. Floor-to-ceiling silk drapes feature turquoise pleats inset at each end. Postcard-like views and the building’s architecture charmed Frey and Lorraine into moving into this apartment.
While prevailing North American wisdom suggests that small spaces should be white-walled and clutter-free, Patrick and Lorraine embrace warm tones and vignettes that show off their collections of art, books and curios. “We have memories, souvenirs — the home is not a gallery,” says Lorraine.
In the French apartment of Patrick and Lorraine Frey, faux suede covers the office walls. A traditional painted portrait hangs above the desk in an ornate frame, while a library lamp feels right at home on the inlaid desk.
A carefully curated set of objets rest on a classic wood dresser. The suzani-inspired throw adds a burst of strong colour to Patrick and Lorraine Frey’s bedroom.
When entering CEO Piero’s home in Northern Italy, you’re greeted by high style. Framed strips of wallpaper, based on early-19th-century French paintings, adorn the walls of the foyer. The traditional panels contrast with a polycarbonate EroS chair by French designer Philippe Starck, a shiny chrome sphere and a mid-’50s Sarfatti chandelier.
A symmetrical shelving arrangement, vibrant red rug and animal print runner give this room punch. With minimal furniture, the space exudes a posh, gallery-like vibe. Glam covers break up large expanses of book spines.
Piero showcases his collection of vintage and antique pieces. In the living room, two leather Barcelona chairs by Mies van der Rohe came from Piero’s mother’s estate. The tile-topped tables look like they could be Bisazza originals but are, in fact, ’60s-era collectibles.
Located in the historic city centre of Alte Vicenza, Italy, Piero’s home features a private gallery that showcases a collection of photographs by legendary talents such as Helmut Newton and Robert Mapplethorpe. A hide rug and Wassily chairs by Marcel Breuer balance the chandelier from Bisazza’s home collection.
Add rich texture to any space by transforming mundane walls into works of art. Intricate details such as these Blue Bisazza glass mosaic tiles create sparkle in this stunning modern bathroom.
Located near the Shlei fiord, this romantic home’s main entrance is sheltered under the balcony off the principal bedroom. Monique planted the boxwood-edged garden with poppies, carnations, succulents, peonies and Siberian iris.
Side-hung windows that open onto a thriving garden add to this cottage’s storybook feel. In a stoney area like this, add colour with portable planters which can be switched up every few months with seasonal flowers.
Pretty canisters and open shelving keep everyday items neatly on display. Monique is fond of rag rugs — a traditional Swedish element — and uses them here to highlight the green and white colour scheme.
Monique enjoys using her kitchen-side patio all summer for meals and drinks. Beyond the garden, open wheat fields seem to roll on forever.
To complement the region’s northern light, Monique decided to decorate with pale colours evocative of Danish style. Check fabrics in a mix of colours and scales are used as the home’s primary pattern. Monique furnished rooms minimally, buying many items at auctions in Denmark or Germany. Much of it is Scandinavian or French, and small in scale to suit the cosy dimensions.
The bed’s aubergine and cream coverlet from France complements the room’s dainty chandelier.
Around the time the homeowners were fixing up their 1830s Georgian-style terrace house in Islington, North London, the downtrodden street underwent a renaissance, and now it’s one of the most sought-after corners of London.
Original herringbone flooring and glass walls and roof endow this conservatory with unique period character. A big turn-of-the-century Chinese wedding cabinet offers a home for family clutter.
In the drawing room, a crisp floral on two Spanish Art Deco chairs is a single pristine touch amidst a roomful of pleasingly patinated vintage and antique treasures. The 17th-century clock was found at a big antique barn in Stockholm. The French coffee table and chandelier are from London antique dealers.
A reclaimed teak dining table, purchased at a London furniture shop, is paired with an antique French sideboard. The Chinese dining chairs, circa 1900, are from a shop in Notting Hill. High mouldings and shuttered windows are enviable period features.
Lit by handsome tall original sash windows, the spare bedroom is home to an early-1800s teak village bed that was shipped back from Rajasthan, India. En route, it lost its tiles and broke to bits. It was reassembled in London by a master joiner, and Alistair scoured the city to find the new tiles.
Homeowner and designer Colette’s home is a reflection of her signature style: edgy, witty and utterly fearless. In her living room, the walls are striated with charcoal grey and lacquered a dramatic peacock blue to create a glamorous look. Rich green accents enhance the saturated look, while touches of warm white and brushed gold add a fresh and luxe touch to the space.
A custom-made amoeba-shaped table with a dragged gesso finish complements the sofa and chairs, and accommodates the seating arrangement. “I’m a devotee to organic shapes. They can be more forgiving in space planning,” says Colette, creative director of NH Design.
A blue lacquered wall and ceiling fresco are just two of the rich details that give this room personality. The striped tablecloth and green velvet chair adds contrast. Gold shell-shaped lights shine on book spines for easy searching.
Though Colette wouldn’t have chosen black granite for the countertops, she admits the kitchen is highly functional.
This family room, in the home’s conservatory, can be an extension of the house or the garden, depending on the weather.
The Edwardian home features this sun-drenched conservatory. With cream paint, ticking upholstery and a pretty green table, this serene family space extends the house, or the garden, depending on the weather.
The wall-to-wall windows and roof at the back of the house lend a greenhouse feel, and swathe the back rooms of the home in natural light. Having this many windows makes for a seamless transition from the conservatory to the garden, making the family room seem like a patio, and the patio seem like a dining room.
The hallway is a study in neutrals with wall-to-wall seagrass and patterned wallpaper. Colette accessorized the foyer with gilded antlers, a unique art piece with a plaster frame and warm white furnishings, including an 18th-century Russian side chair. The console works to conceal a radiator underneath.
Upstairs, Colette’s bedroom serves as her own lab. All fabric is by NH Design, used here before debuting in the collection. “Nobody has these yet. I couldn’t wait to see them in 3-D,” she says.
Colette’s daughters, Ava, 9, and Hannah, 11, love to curl up in their pretty bedroom. Each bed is framed by a chintz canopy for a soft and romantic look.
An armoire functions as a privacy screen between the principal bedroom and its ensuite bath. The tub’s unique standing faucet lends a dramatic edge to the space.
Australian decorator and design blogger Anna Spiro celebrates colour in her Brisbane bungalow. “Pink is just the best colour. It’s an absolute favourite,” she says. In her brightly-hued living room, she custom-painted her Lloyd Loom wicker sofa fuchsia. Throw pillows in a range of colours and prints add vibrance and texture.
Anna, who blogs at Absolutely Beautiful Things, had this antique gilded chair custom upholstered in a vibrant striped fabric. The contemporary print creates an interesting effect when paired with the formal frame of a bergere chair.
This vintage Italian toleware chandelier was purchased on eBay and punched up with black and white gingham shades with pink bobble trim. Hot pink stools provide an upbeat contrast to the kitchen’s white Carrara marble island.
Simple white cotton upholstery creates an interesting contrast with the formal gold frame of this settee. Dressed up with a mix of brightly patterned throw pillows, this antique piece is at home in a modern living room.
Trellis-print wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler in blogger Anna’s office makes it cosy. A flea-market lamp was updated with a custom shade.
Anna had an old wooden table converted into this fresh-looking double vanity. She purchased the two mirrors from a local salvage store. The white subway wall tiles and hexagonal floor tiles are in keeping with the Art Deco era of the bungalow.
An oversized galvanized pendant strikes an unexpected modern note in Anna’s son’s room. The mouldings and ceiling medallion are original to the home.
Carved wood bird lamps were an inexpensive find. Their shades are pink and white gingham fabric with black bobble trim. The bedspread is a French matelassé from the homeowner’s firm, Black & Spiro Interior Design.