Photo Gallery: Remodelista Favourites
"Deborah Berke & Partners' kitchen for interior designer Suzanne Shaker on Shelter Island, New York, features a wide swath of horizontal shelving, adding a pleasing sense of openness to the space," says Julie Carlson of Remodelista.
“Some of the most overlooked—yet important—spaces in a house can be the hallways and passageways,” notes Carlson. “We love Boston-based architect Sheila Narusawa’s meticulously detailed hallway in this house in Maine, along with the surprise element of the interior window.”
“San Francisco–based Feldman Architects added a kitchen-study to the rear of a historic 1860s cottage in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood,” Carlson explains. “The architects managed to create a light, airy modernist space that retains the rustic charm of the original cottage; we find the mix of reclaimed wood and stone mixed with clean glass and metal particularly appealing.”
“We love this modern interpretation of a vernacular farmhouse in North Ferrisburgh, Vermont, by Birdseye Design,” says Carlson. “Owner Keith Wagner, a landscape architect, collaborated closely with the designers. The geometry of the landscaping creates a harmonious setting for the simple forms of the buildings.”
“This galley kitchen in Brooklyn is smart and simple; the dark countertop and white walls create a crisp graphic look and there’s a place for everything (note the microwave tucked under the counter),” says Carlson.
“This house on a lake in Montauk, New York, by Murdock Young Architects, has a gallery-like austerity without being overly monastic,” Carlson says. “We love the loft-like main living space, perfectly suited to summer living.”
“Seattle-based architect and artist Roy McMakin has one of the most interesting sensibilities to come out of the Northwest,” Carlson exclaims. “We especially like his kitchens, which always contain a surprise element, such as this unexpected juxtaposition of gray cabinetry, a natural wood island, and dark crimson painted stools.”
“This deceptively simple kitchen in Manhattan by New York architect Annabelle Selldorf features a pleasing symmetry,” says Carlson. “The trio of Philippe Starck Romeo Moon glass pendant lights is mirrored by three Chris Lehrecke hard-turned wood stools, which function as sculpture in this setting.”
“We admire the artful simplicity of this spa-like bath by San Francisco–based architects Aidling Darling,” Carlson says. “The room subtly combines warm-wood paneling with cool stone surfaces; the horizontal shelve niche functions as a display area for a seashell collection.”
“My living room in Mill Valley is light and airy, thanks to the lofty ceilings and French doors opening to the garden,” says Carlson. “The simple white slipcovered furniture and natural color palette let the views take centre stage.”
“If you’re lucky enough to have a screened-in porch, you know how essential it is as a summer lounging spot,” says Carlson. “New York–based architects Platt Dana get it just right with this porch addition in Columbia County, New York. The classic painted grey floor contrasts nicely with the wood ceiling, and the screens are detailed to allow for maximum breeze and viewing of the expansive landscape.”
“San Francisco architect Malcolm Davis converted this 1870 carriage house into a café with offices on the upper floor, including his own,” explains Carlson. “We particularly like the private dining room at the rear of the café, which features a vast dining table made from reclaimed bowling aisle flooring. We also like the way the sliding barn door references the building’s original origins as a stable.”