English Translation: A Compact Victorian Gets an Eclectic

When it comes to architectural and interior styles, we’re pretty omnivorous: we can admire a dressed-to-the-nines formal home (like this one) and, in the same breadth, applaud a rustic DIY cabin with no running water (like this one). Sometimes, though, we happen upon projects that make us want to pack up and move right in. Paul West’s duplex, in a compact London Victorian, falls into this category.

It helps that the space itself is blessed with good bones. “There was so much to love,” says Paul about why he chose to buy it five years ago. “At first glance, lots of space, mature garden, quiet street, original character, and the large, well-proportioned rooms. The whole space felt like a perfect canvas to create a home for living in.”

Paul studied interior architecture and used to work for various design and architecture studios (he is now a strategy director at a

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Current Obsessions: Shopkeeper Season – Remodelista

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Beautiful and Useful: A Creative Couple’s ‘Beautility’ Room

Having recently taken a tour of Seb and Brogan Cox’s handsome, handmade kitchen in the coastal town of Margate, we were naturally keen to see how they’ve transformed the adjoining utility room, which Brogan has cannily rebranded the “beautility room.”

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Above: The light-filled room is sparsely furnished with a bench from Seb’s Underwood collection, made from hand-coppiced Kentish hazel and ash.

“Looking back at the images, I’m reminded of how much structural work we actually did in that small space,” says Brogan. Seb opened up what was a “sad, pokey little window”, creating a floor-to-ceiling aperture that overlooks the garden. While removing the render on the outside of the house, he also uncovered the original arched brickwork of the second window above the bench, which prompted the decision to reinstate the original proportions here, too. A new skylight ensures this transitional space is flooded with natural light.

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Above: The green
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Chef Frederik Bille Brahe and Model-Designer Caroline Brasch

This bright kitchen belongs to two leaders of the style pack in Denmark: Frederik Bille Brahe is the chef-owner of Atelier September and Apollo Bar and Kantine, all of which we’ve spotlighted. Caroline Brasch Nielsen (who also goes by Bille Brahe) is one of the world’s leading fashion models and has her own clothing line, Caro Editions. Their wedding was chronicled in American Vogue—Helena Christensen was a bridesmaid—and the couple now have two young kids.

They live with an easy flair, as evidenced by every inch of their quarters on the top floor of a 17th-century house in the heart of Copenhagen. Come have a look at their center of action.

Photography courtesy of Reform.

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Above: The couple describe the kitchen as “Donald Judd meets Ellsworth Kelly—living in a
centuries-old house made us hunger for something contemporary and efficient.” The cabinets are composed of Ikea components fronted with vibrant
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Low-Impact Giveaway: Enter to Win Stylish, Sustainable

While researching and writing our new book, Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home: A Sourcebook for Stylish, Eco-Conscious Living, over the past few years, we searched high and low for housewares that are as earth-friendly as they are design-forward. To celebrate the book’s release next month, we’re joining with Armadillo Rugs, Rough Linen, Heath Ceramics, and Goodee to give away favorite eco-conscious finds worthy of keeping around for years (and years).

One grand-prize winner will receive a linen tablecloth and napkins, a handwoven (and hardwearing) jute rug, a made-to-last ceramic serving bowl, a natural, hypoallergenic bedroll, and a copy of Remodelista: The Low Impact Home ($35), courtesy of Artisan Books. Three runner-ups will win a Goodee Hoodie and a copy of The Low Impact Home ($35).

Enter here before midnight EST on Sunday, October 2, for a chance to win, and take a look at the prizes below:

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Remodeling 101: Kitchen Appliance Packages for Every Budget

Whether you’re ready to splurge or hoping to remodel on a dime, a kitchen renovation always begins the same way: figuring out an overall budget. But then what?

A good place to start any kitchen renovation (that isn’t reusing existing fixtures) is with your appliances. Set aside a portion of your total budget for appliances, which will make up between 15 and 20 percent of your total spending, according to nationwide appliance retailer Appliances Connection. From there, start by looking for a range, which likely will account for the biggest chunk of this appliance budget (see Remodeling 101: Gas vs. Electric vs. Induction Cooktops for advice in that department), and then build your appliance package around it.

Before building your appliance package, it helps to decide first on your “must-haves” vs. “nice-to-haves,” so that you know what’s important to you going in. And no matter your budget, consider

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Kvadrat Presents a Shaker Home Collection by Raf Simons of

It’s been nearly 10 years since we ran Christine Chang Hanway’s How Shaker Peg Rails Saved My Sanity, our first of many posts on Shaker utility. Back then, peg rails were hard to come by—Christine sourced hers from a small speciality company in Michigan (link in post). We’ve since seen Shaker pegs appear in shops and interiors far and wide, including on the cover of our book, The Organized Home.

Now, high fashion has a peg rail of its own courtesy of Raf Simons. Esteemed Danish textile house Kvadrat has just presented its latest collaboration with Simons, the “Shaker System,” a collection of accessories for “resetting how we live and creating beauty from order.”

Simons is the co-creative director of Prada (a position he shares with Miuccia Prada). And though he has one of the world’s most impressive fashion resumes—his past roles include artistic director at Jil Sander and

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10 Summer Entertaining Tips from a Hostess Extraordinaire

One of the first foodie people I began religiously following online was Karen Mordechai of Sunday Suppers. A stylist and photographer, Karen manages to creatively bring together all the essential elements of a good dinner: food, decor, and ambience, without ever losing sight that it’s all about connecting with the people around the table. We asked Karen to share her insights on entertaining with friends.

Read on:

Photography by Karen Mordechai, except where noted.

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Above: No need for vases: Sprigs of summer flowers become part of the tablescape.

Remodelista: What is the first thing you think about when you are having people over for dinner?

Karen Mordechai: I think about the season and an overall feeling that a great meal can create. The starting point can be a location, a time of day, or a particular ingredient that is beautiful at the market.

RM: How do you plan out a

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Current Obsessions: Savoring Summer – Remodelista

This weekend, we here on the Remodelista team are savoring every last drop of August (with summer sales and impromtu outdoor gatherings) and looking ahead to what’s next, like exhibits and showrooms to visit in California, London, and Kyoto and more.

Take a look:

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Above: Styling by Hilary Robertson and photograph by Dana Gallagher from a Remodelista summer favorite: An Antiques Dealer’s Clean and Simple Family Retreat on Shelter Island.
  • Spotted: Everlane favorites, curated by none other than Gardenista contributor Sophia Moreno-Bunge.
  • Browsing the offerings from Reclassic, Skagerak’s collection of pre-loved finds (now including accessories).
  • And Julie is admiring the Rugosa collection, the work of Kalon and Reath Design, “a love letter to the living room” that takes its cues from a Rhode Island summerhouse.
  • This weekend’s virtual travel? To the newly opened atelier of POJ (Pieces of Japan) Studio in Kyoto, housed in three connected traditional machiya houses.
  • Upcoming
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Seating That Doubles as Art

It’s no coincidence that these patterned chairs are strikingly regal—they were originally made as thrones by the Yoruba people of Nigeria and other parts of West Africa. Each is beaded over every inch of its surface, front, back, and sides—tiny seed beads are hand sewn onto fabric stretched over wooden frames.

The work has spiritual meaning and decorative impact, and reflects both longstanding traditions and European influences. Needless to say, each chair takes months to complete and no two are exactly alike.

Of late, Yoruba beaded seating is coveted the world over. We were introduced to our first example in Paris concept store Merci’s showcase apartment (shown above and below). Since then, we’ve been collecting sightings, and have yet to encounter an example that isn’t spectacular. Come see.

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Above: A Beaded Yoruba Chair via From the Tribe; a wildlife documentary filmmaker’s online shop in Bristol, England, that delivers worldwide. Prices
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