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Something Old, Something New

Ever since I first saw glimpses of photographer Victor Skrebneski's house in those Seventies and Eighties-era Estée Lauder ads (Skrebneski often used his Chicago home as a backdrop for the stylish ad campaign), I became intrigued by its pitch-perfect blend of minimalist architecture and formal, traditional furniture, a mix you still don't often see in America. Decorated with the assistance of interior designer Bruce Gregga (Gregga was once Skrebneski's assistant and, incidentally, happens to be one of the featured designers in my new book), the photographer's home is a Victorian-era coach house. But based on its interiors, you would never know it. Stripped of anything ornamental, the home's interior architecture is very modern and spare. Travertine floors, a concrete entry hall and staircase (see above), and glossy ceilings are as far removed from the Victorian style as they could possibly be.
But ensconced among the home's sleek walls is Skrebneski's carefully selected collection of twentieth-century art and eighteenth-century French antiques. In fact, the living room is almost entirely furnished with eighteenth-century pieces, including a Gobelins tapestry, a coromandel commode, Louis XVI gueridon, and a Louis XV giltwood sofa. Also prominent is modern art by Man Ray, the Giacomettis, Max Ernst, and Oskar Schlemmer. It's the best of both worlds--and the best of two centuries--together in one room.

Elsewhere in the house, there are not one, but two sitting rooms that,...


A Touch Of Green

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Small Guest Cabin in Manhattan / Breitner Ciaccia ? Office of Architecture

For the design of a small guest cabin with all the fixings on an existing foundation, BC?OA treated this 12\' x 15\' footprint - well smaller than a single car garage - as a little jewel box, packed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...
22-01-2019 19:25 - ( general decoration )
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Tea, Cake and Conversation....... The ultimate stress buster!

Tea, Cake and good consersation... the ultimate stress buster!Oh how i love tea. I swear it helps keep me sane(ish). The last couple of months have been a little tough. Back to work after 15 months of maternity, then changing jobs, my LO starting...
19-09-2015 19:00 - ( interior decoration )
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Horse Stables in Finca Ganadera / OOIIO Arquitectura

OOIIO Architecture developed a deep refurbishment in a cattle farm, located in a privileged enclave of the fields of Castilla, to adapt it to sports facilities for the training and care of jumping competition horses
29-04-2018 19:36 - ( architecture )
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Mod Mix Monday #177

viaI adore the paint finish on the walls in this obviously old house.The simplicity of the tree is refreshing. Speaking of a simple tree....mine is very simple. Right now it only has lights on it and that may be as far as it gets this year.Or I...
23-12-2014 00:16 - ( interior decoration )