Located on Föhr, a small island in the North Sea, architects Francesco Di Gregorio and Karin Matz have converted the hayloft of an old thatched farmhouse into a beautiful and modern apartment. The spotty tiles, pale pine boards and nest-like wooden beds, make the space feel both minimal and cosy. The bold use of colour is inspiring too, yet it appears subtle when surrounded by a sea of white.
The interior is inspired by tradition, as the architects were keen to incorporate the Friesian heritage of the island into the interior. “The space is very much influenced by the place – its history, traditions and nature,” says Matz. “In the traditional houses at least one wall in the dining rooms would be covered in patterned tiles, as a way of showing wealth. Since we wanted to bring light into the house, we thought that tiles would be a great reflective material and at the same time something so present in all Friesan houses.” They have also embraced the classic Friesian colour palette of moody blues and greens, highlighting these North Sea inspired colours on the tiles, beds and ropes that are suspended from the ceiling.
The polka dot grid pattern of the tiles is unusually created by drilling into the centre of each tile and revealing the bright blue grout behind it. I love this idea of creating pattern through space, however I’m not sure how great it will be to keep clean!
You may remember that we are renting out our house as a holiday cottage for the summer and now that we have a few bookings, we are starting to think seriously about moving on. There are quite a few things that we would ideally like from a new home – a large living space with lots of light, a kitchen with room for us all to sit down in and eat together and of course, some outdoor space for the kids to run around, but the thing that we really need is decent workspace. Andrew and I both work from home and while he is lucky enough to have a neat little studio here in the form of our garden shed, I have not been so lucky! My workroom gradually became Wren’s bedroom then, when I moved to a corner of a different room, Fred came along to take that over too!
Now I am craving some space of my own. My dream workplace would be an attic studio, tucked away from the rest of the house and flooded with natural light from a row of VELUX windows. The space above looks pretty perfect to me, with its wooden paneling, wide floorboards, shafts of light coming in through the VELUX window and that pretty patterned rug. I like to imagine that great things could be achieved in a room like this and I would be extremely happy if I could find anywhere half as good!
In the meantime, we will keep looking and thinking, and I’ll be sure to let you know if we find anywhere worth moving to…
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Here is the latest house tour that I have posted on Apartment Therapy. It’s a beautiful Victorian townhouse in Oxford belonging to Anna and Ed Chipperfield. Anna is an interior designer and one of my favourite things about her house is the detached barn at the bottom of the garden. It is boarded from floor to ceiling in plywood. I also love her kitchen. It’s light, bright and has just the right balance of function and fun. To see the full tour please click here.
The Jersey Ice Cream Company are Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, designers and builders of beautiful things. The couple named themselves after a long-forgotten ice cream company whose embossing stamp they found at their first flea market together. This fittingly lighthearted name both connects the company to the past and sets the tone for their delicately sweet work.
Together the pair transform spaces with a wonderful lightness of touch, using reclaimed materials and vintage pieces. I love their use of texture with a restrained colour palette and splashes of black. I also particularly like the fact that together, Tara and Percy offer a complete range of skills – design, sourcing, carpentry and styling, meaning that they can personally complete a whole project themselves, with little need for outside help.
If you are interested in seeing more of the wonderful work of the Jersey Ice Cream Company, visit their website. They also have an online vintage shop here.