TAYLOR BORSARI

Truman Capote once wrote of islands:

“To set foot on one is like starting up a gangplank. One is seized by the same feeling of charmed suspension: It seems nothing unkind or vulgar can happen to you» That sentiment still holds today on Coronado Island, off the southern tip of California.

“It’s like stepping into another time,” says California native and Las Vegas-based designer Taylor of the isle where she transformed the interior of an unusual 1890s Cape Cod-style green-shingled residence into a playful beach house befitting its funky architecture and the young family that spends time there.

“My clients

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SMALL-SPACE SOLUTION

SIZE 400SQF

CREATING SPACES AND FEATURES THAT DOUBLE-UP IN FUNCTIONALITY ALLOWED THIS YOUNG COUPLE TO PURSUE THE LIFESTYLE THEY WANTED IN THEIR PINT-SIZED HOME.

Faced with a space that is only 400sqf large (or small, in this case), Annie Tan of The Interarch Design had to make the footprint work for her clients’ Wendy Lee and Leonard Sim’s lifestyle. The sociable couple wanted a place they could cook and entertain their friends in; and also had an extensive wardrobe which used to fill up one room alone in their previous place.

This apartment in Balestier might be short on floor

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SMALL-SPACE SOLUTION SIZE 644SQF

BY SHIFTING THE BEDROOM TO A SPLIT-LEVEL AND RE-LOOKING THE ENTIRE LAYOUT, THIS 550SQF APARTMENT GAINED MORE SPACE IN EVERY.

Try doesn’t have to mean cramped. This top-floor apartment only had a footprint of 550sqf but the 4.5m-high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling bank of windows visually compensated for the lack of space. «Still, the configuration was tight, with a wall cutting the space into two: on one side was the bedroom and bathroom and on the other, the kitchen and living and dining space,» says Kelly Choong of Project File.

Said wall had to be taken down to open up the

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SHAPE SHIFTER

It was the high ceilings and large rooms that attracted Charlie King to a run-down property round the corner from her flat in southwest London 18 months ago. ‘My partner Andrew and I saw past the dated decor and the strange layout,’ says Charlie, ‘and immediately had ideas about how we could change things around. We wanted to be able to put our own stamp on things.’

PLENTY OF POTENTIAL

Keen to gain an extra bedroom and a proper garden, the couple got down to planning and decided on a layout that would suit them and daughter Honor, 11. ‘We

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NATURAL WONDER

Amid the lively, contemporary ramble of Los Angeles, landscape designer Scott Shrader has built a house that defines timeless comfort and calm. A small jewel box in West Hollywood’s decorating district that he shares with Mark Hemphill, it captures Southern California’s bright light and balmy air in rooms that overlook gardens, each as detailed as the interiors they adjoin. High ceilings, tall French doors, and walls painted a single creamy white evoke expansiveness in a home that’s only 1,500 square feet, an illusion bolstered by the flow from inside to out. Such seamless connectedness is a trademark for Shrader, whose

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KIDS ROOMS

READY TO GROW WITH YOUR KIDS

Favourite colours and styles change often as our kids grow from toddlers to teens. Children want to infuse their own personalities into their bedrooms. And they should; after all, it is their space. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this harmoniously with the rest of a home without succumbing to Elmo overload.

Giving kids room to grow in their bedrooms begins with choosing the right furniture when they are newborns. Jordana Jacobson, Owner of Cravings Maternity & Baby Boutique and Cravings KIDS Lifestyle Boutique, recommends choosing convertible furniture that can be adaptable as

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IN THE BEDROOM

1 POLIFORM

The best storage is the type that you didn’t even know was there. A system of sliding doors on rails, the Close system is specifically designed to close the units of Poliform walk-in closets. poliform.com.au

2 HAFELE

Hafele’s Elite pull-out storage system is an organisation solution to any messy wardrobe because it can flexibly be adapted to fit different wardrobes. Thanks to an extensive range of trays, hampers and racks that effortlessly fit into the system, everything has a place. hafele.com.au

3 GREAT DANE FURNITURE

The elegant Vodder tallboy was designed in 1959 and features Arne Vodder’s trademark

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Personal space

The name of the architect Pichin Ambergris (Ambra Piccin) became popular over 20 years ago. Her work in the field of architecture and interior design of urban and country houses are known in Italy and other countries, but they are especially loved in Cortina dAmpetstso, where the author lives and works in his office. In the Create a project is always combined innovation and interest in the history, as well as the desire to preserve the valuable heritage of the motherland. In an interview given to our publication, Ambergris Pichin spoke about her own home.

— How did you

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CONTEMPORARY COOL

DECORATING TiP

‘Getting the colour on the walls right is essential as this is the foundation for everything else you do in your home. I tried 13 paint samples for the hall, stairs and landing before finding the perfect shade’ garden so we decided to make the house bigger.’

The idea was to add a bedroom in the loft and a large room at rear of the property with plenty of glass to make the most of the sunny aspect. ‘Downstairs we wanted an open-plan design with a kitchen and dining area and utility room,’ recalls Ellie. The planning and

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Bed and bedrooms.

Modern take on tradition.

Skills developed over the decades are used in Velda’s latest collection.

For more than 50 years Velda has produced beds using traditional skills, and still continues to recruit apprentices to maintain these skills. The combination of this and modern technology is seen in its latest Multisense mattress collection, says Adrian Eyre, Velda UK sales agent.

All six mattresses in the range have an Aegis anti-microbe or Aegis Premium anti-microbe and moisture regulation treatment.

Single or double layers of multi-low springs act like a second layer of fillings providing high levels of support while reducing pressure points.

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