The parade of new year design inspiration continues today. After looking at what felt like so much of the same, same, same in 2018 (sorry Scandi design, but maybe I can quit you), I’m eager to get past homes that are nothing more than furnished boxes. I’m craving truly thoughtful, elevated design. Not that I necessarily know how to achieve it myself. This takes major skill people. But I certainly can appreciate it. And I can take major inspiration to push myself outside of my design comfort zone.
Case in point, this exquisitely refurbished loft in East London’s Shoreditch neighborhood is a master class in incredible design. Yes – this space used to be an industrial factory, but there isn’t a single remnant of industrial chic in the final look. And I love it.
If this design feels a tad familiar, it may be because you caught our tour of this British cottage here. The designers of both spaces, Zoe Chan Eayrs and Merlin Eayrs, have a few choice design techniques and remain loyal to a handful of preferred materials, but the effect is truly unique to this space.
What was once a shoe factory is now a truly bespoke retreat, ensconced in cross-sawn oak used for all the custom cabinetry and wall panels, traditional lime plaster tinted a pistachio green and handmade traditional Moroccan terra cotta tile laid in herringbone and basketweave patterns across the floors to mimic rugs. Every room is bathed in light as there are large windows on all sides.
There are no large white spaces here. Instead the color palette is a mix of earthy greens, teals and soft grey-browns and is 100% consistent throughout the entire home. Even the tubs are tinted in gentle blue and green.
As in yesterday’s home tour, there’s more use of built-in niches and benches, recessed cabinets, and hidden storage that create a beautifully clean, but highly functional look. A mix of choice antique pendants and sconces, refurbished vintage furniture (I spy a stunning Mario Bellini sofa) and new, but traditionally crafted pieces from local British artisans furnish the living room, reading nook, and three bedrooms.
The bedrooms continue the same look and feel, offering beautiful built-in, honed marble sinks and more thoughtful storage niches.
This home is a great reminder to make bold choices – maybe bolder than you’re initially comfortable with, but the risk most often pays off. Ditch your fear of color. Pieces made with true craftsmanship add elegance and will last a lifetime, not just until you next visit to Target.
While I probably won’t be dashing around painting This Old Victorian pistachio green anytime soon, I am excited to look around and find places where I can really make a statement this year. Both in my house. And in life.
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images via chan & eayrs and T magazine
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