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Magical Home Tours and Stuff

House Tours: Decor for Anyone Who Loves Extraordinary Unapologetic Style. Also Art, Alternative Homes, Upcycling, Interesting Places & Roadside Attractions.

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    Have you noticed that the gold taps that look so dated, are making an updated comeback? So, I think it’s time to drop in on Lara, The Gold Leaf Queen, for some ideas. Check out her fireplace. 

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    She has a very creative home, and loves to use gold leaf. She even has a gold  disco ball- look at it shine in the living room/dining combo.

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    Lara had no money to decorate, so she took a crash course in YouTube DIY. Look at the interesting wall hanging she created.

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    Getting creative is one way to not only decorate a home on a budget but more importantly, create a home that is unique and as individual as the people that live there.

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    Rather than shopping mainstream retailers, Lara has sourced most pieces for her home from reclamation yards, second-hand shops and eBay. It’s also a much more sustainable approach to updating your home.

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    Lara has added her own personal stamp by up-cycling, painting and gold leafing/gilding. In this guest room, she gold leafed the headboard trim.

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    Lara’s love of using gold leaf started a few years ago. One of the first projects she used copper leaf on, was an old roll-top tub that she bought from eBay. It shows the level of her skill and eye for detail.

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    Lara has experimented with gold leaf murals and even the ceiling has undergone her creative touch. Metal leafing/gilding is definitely something to consider if you want to add a luxe look on a tight budget. And the possibilities are endless!

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    Lara’s become known as the Gold Leaf Queen and has started here own workshops so you can learn too! Check out her website for more details. (https://www.larabezzina.co.uk/)

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    Lara says paint is definitely your friend when it comes to freshening up your homes on a budget. And it’s not just for your walls either.

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    Displaying your clothes instead of hiding them adds a more relaxed look. And if you dress how you decorate, your clothes can become a part of your decor. She also has a free gold leaf tutorial on her instagram page.

    https://www.instagram.com/lara.bezzina/

    Artist Clara bought a squarish warehouse and told her architect friend that she wanted it to look like Ron Weasley’s house in the Harry Potter movie.

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    Hmmmm. Kind of a tall order.

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    He began by placing a wall perpendicular to the steel frame to install the kitchen on one side and conceal the bathroom on the other.

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    For the bedroom, he considered several options: Making a bed on casters, a cabin, or a box with windows.

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    He decided to detach it from the ground and connect it to the outside. 

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    It’s a suspended platform that supports a small elevation of the roof overlooking a terrace, and is accessed by rolling stairs. It can support the weight of up to five people.

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    The window created above the mezzanine brings a lot of light to the bedroom.

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    From the bedroom, Clara has access to the terrace.

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    Behind the kitchen wall, is the bathroom, the only closed room in the loft. The faucets are the simplest copper pipes assembled with gate valves.

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    Levels leading to the terrace kinda resemble the Weasley house.

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    Maybe I’m difficult, but if I asked for a Ron Weasley house and got this, I’d be pissed.

    https://www.notreloft.com/loft-clara/

    Here’s the sweetest old English house done in flea market style. 

    The entrance hall looks kind of Georgian, but the exterior looks like a farmhouse.

    The large fireplace has a presence- it goes right up to the top of the door molding. 

    Very nice dining corner in the living room- nothing I like better than mismatched chairs. 

    Lovely country kitchen with iced tea on tap. Blissful. 

    Well-worn stairs.

    Pretty master bedroom.

    Cute little girl’s room.

    Comfy, chill, sewing room.

    Outside, a very handsome rooster stands guard over a cozy guest trailer.

    So cute inside. Beautiful, idyllic property.

    http://keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2017-05-06T13:46:00%2B03:00&max-results=2&start=157&by-date=false

    A loft for the purists- in the middle of London, no remodel, no improvements, no modern apt. conversion. Just a vintage industrial loft space.

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    And, here we are. The walls aren’t bad and the brick is beautiful, but look at the floors- you can tell they’re super-durable, hard wood warehouse floors.

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    The occupants are world class collectors and there’s so much to see. Even though it’s not perfectly arranged, you can discern the various zones. This is the living room and there’s a library behind the stairs.

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    You rarely see a fireplace in an industrial loft. Bonus!

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    Here is the kitchen area in the corner. 

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    In the bedroom is a collection of vintage clothing on display. Love the frilly slips.

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    Even the bathroom has quite a collection, and shiny new fixtures. 

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    A disco ball hangs from a skylight to reflect the sun. 

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    We’re headed up the stairs to the best part.

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    Isn’t this wonderful? And there’s even a little shed up here. 

    http://itascalocations.com/location-12831/

    Today, I keep coming across converted barns that look nothing like rustic barns. This is Sally’s eclectic, dark, glam barn home. It’s amazing.

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    This certainly doesn’t look like a barn, it’s so glamorous. 

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    Cute little bar by the window.

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    Dining room. Even though it’s black, the house gets a lot of natural light.

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    The kitchen is beautiful and, surprisingly, the cabinets are white.

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    2nd floor landing. You have to be daring to paint your whole house black, don’t you think?

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    Very pretty home office.

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    Beautiful master bedroom.

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    Sleek black & gold marble bath. This is like no converted barn I’ve ever seen.

    https://theinterioreditor.com/real-homes-tour/eclectic-dark-glamorous-home-tour-sally-worts/

    Have you ever seen a 150 yr. old Bohemian barn? Ginny’s barn conversion is unique, as far as barns go. It looks nothing a one, and is certainly not decorated in farmhouse style. Not even close.

    Located just outside of New York City, Ginny & her husband’s home is open concept and carefully curated.

    The former horse barn has been in the family for years.She found an architect that embraced her style and installed large modern windows to give a clear view of the countryside. 

    Look at the huge windows. 

    The 2nd fl. is very open and airy.

    Sitting area in the loft. Each zone in this open floor plan home is carefully decorated in colors and patterns that make each zone cohesively flow.

    Love the master bedroom- especially the wicker motorcycle. In decorating, adding plants livens up the equation.

    Look at the art on the wall in this bathroom. That’s unique. I like it. Beautiful BoHo home.

    https://www.instagram.com/aupetitsalondesign/

    Everyone in the town knows the Tower House. It’s a beautiful Georgian home with a tower on the side, built in 1904 by the former owner, for his wife who was homesick for France, so she could see France from the tower. Pippa and her husband have turned it into a B&B.

    The beautiful kitchen is the hub of this home. 

    The dove gray dining room has a bay window with a lovely window seat with a view to the garden. 

    Lovely, relaxing drawing room that Pippa, the owner, says is a great place to sew.

    The drawing room has deep, dramatic mocha walls. 

    The master bedroom and a private sitting room are downstairs.

    Guest bedrooms are on the 2nd level and there’s a cart of fresh linens. 

    The beautiful ‘Chambre Jolie’ has a French 18th century style sofa bay. White painted furniture maintains the feeling of light and the iron bed is dressed with a hand stitched silk quilt. 

    Across the hall are a few stairs and a little foyer connecting the tower to the house.

    ‘La Salle des Roses’ overlooks the garden.

    There’s another kitchen in the back of the house, with a terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens and gazebo.

    Gorgeous gazebo where guests can take tea. 

    Isn’t this pretty? Pippa grows most of the vegetables she cooks for the guests.

    Adorable little garden shed.

    Even the broken, overgrown greenhouse is pretty. Is that a grapevine? This is such a gorgeous home.

    https://priceless-magazines.com/interiors/a-towering-achievement/

    Welcome to The Cube, which is the name of this most unusually beautiful home. Enter the home thru a tunnel. 

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    Enter thru the double doors into a modern living room kitchen combination.

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    The kitchen has an industrial flare with a cement island that provides seating and a cook top.

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    The master bedroom has a view of the private yard.

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    Lovely guestroom.

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    And, a boy’s room that is fantastic- look at that bed.

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    Large, modern bath with frosted glass on the 2nd level. The house is lovely, but why do they call it “The Cube?” 

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    Glass walls in the living room provide a magnificent view of the enclosed private yard and The Cube.

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    Isn’t this fabulous? The Cube is a clear, outdoor, glass-enclosed living room. I’ve never seen anything like it, have you? From the The Cube, you can also see into the house. It’s so pretty! Look, there’s even a disco ball. 

    https://www.1st-option.com/photoshoot-locations

    Converted industrial building has a very unusual feature. What do you think of this?

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    The kitchen is ultra modern.

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    But, in the middle of the space is this giant aluminum structure that separates the living room from the bedroom. 

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    In the side of the aluminum structure is a TV. 

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    Inside are 2 bathrooms, and that’s basically what it’s function is.

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    On the other side of it is the bedroom. 

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    The bathrooms are very sleek and modern. I don’t know, I don’t like that big aluminum thing. 

    Look at how much space it takes up in the floor plan.

    https://www.homedsgn.com/2013/05/29/kempart-loft-by-dethier-architectures/#more-82863

    When Molly & her husband bought this stone cottage it was dismal and dark. It took 8 mos. for contractors to fix it, and then Molly, w/her bright handmade textiles, made it into a colorful, happy family home. 

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    The rooms were so tiny, that the couple instructed the builders to knock down all the walls and leave just 2 interconnected rooms that became the living room & kitchen.

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    After the renovation was complete, Molly noticed that the stone fireplace was too heavy for the style of the home, so she lightened it up. Looks so pretty, now.

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    The tile inset over the stove is Molly’s design. 

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    You can see Molly’s designs all over her lovely home- she made the valances on the windows above the sink.

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    Molly & her husband are tall and the cottage had low-beamed ceilings. How did they heighten the ceiling w/o touching the beams? They dug out the floors. 

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    To further brighten the home, they chose light colors for the walls and tore out the old leaded glass windows, replacing them with new casement ones. The headboard is upholstered with one of Molly’s fabrics.

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    In the living room, leading to the workshop, Molly has pieces of her work and a chair upholstered in one of her designs. 

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    Molly’s light, bright workshop. Designing textiles for her own home turned into a business. 

    https://www.countryliving.com/uk/homes-interiors/property/a796/molly-mahons-sussex-cottage/

    By now you’re familiar with my obsession with industrial lofts and that I can’t stand bastardized versions turned into modern apt’s. This one is kind of a hybrid and although it’s been made into an apt., it does have decor that I like. The raw brick wall in the dining room is not throughout the space, which is unfortunate.

    The owners made the living room softer to make it warm and cozy- I do like the factory-like black wall. It’s a nice room, but you don’t need to live in an old factory to achieve this look.

    They wanted to mix industrial with a mixture of vintage and natural elements. 

    Bedrooms are on a 2nd level and they left a strip of exposed brick, but the railing is a modern farmhouse style.

    The khaki & green colors of the master bedroom, with the metal army boxes on the wall, remind me of vintage military style. 

    In the child’s bedroom is a cool mashup- Antique bed, eclectic wall hangings and a disco ball. 

    This bath is too tight- you really can’t enjoy the full impact of the tub. Maybe if the sink wasn’t such a large tile structure. It’s an interesting conversion, attractive, and they achieved the look they wanted, which is all that matters.

    Michelle and Antonio live in a 590 sq. ft. apt. in her mom’s older home. Luckily, her mom’s an architect and they worked together on plans to convert & remodel the apt. They have an adorable terrace that enters into the kitchen.

    Antonio grew up in an Italian family, so cooking and hosting are essential. He wanted an open kitchen that invited guests to make themselves at home. I love how they incorporated the original post and bookshelf.

    The 1926 original architectural feature wall is so beautifully incorporated into the design. 

    Behind the glass doors is a cozy bedroom nook that reminds them of when they met in college. They chose a calming green bureau and a platform bed with storage.

    They love the clean, bright white of their bathroom and it’s their favorite room. What a successful redo- their apt. couldn’t be nicer.

    https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/contests/2020-small-cool/smaller-501-750-square-feet/604121319

    Wow, this small former 19th century forge has been converted to an extraordinary home. 

    It certainly has been modernized. This is the sunny combination living room/kitchen. 

    A master bedroom.

    2nd bedroom.

    Upstairs is a bedroom with the round window that’s seen in the front. 

    I don’t know where this room is, unless it’s got the same window in the back, but this room was redone in ceramic brick for a bath. Isn’t this different?

    http://itascalocations.com/location-16844/

    Benito has a British heritage home in Spain and he’s decorated it in a very unique style. And, you know how I like uncommon decor.

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    On the stairs in the entrance hall two large antique anatomy posters grace the landing. 

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    The rustic-beamed ceiling in the living room is a mashup of styles- there’re 70′s panels, mid-century sleeper sofas, and a 19th cent. chaise. In the corner, he has a punching bag, bike and a cool vintage car. 

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    He has an industrial glass table, stool and a little science setup. 

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    Scandinavian style in the dining room and reissued Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe posters.

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    In the dining area, a mid-century Formica table and tulip chairs, and a lovely collection in a china cabinet. 

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    Cute little artsy touch against the pretty vintage tile..

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    Bright blue backsplash and tile with funky mosaic tile. 

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    I have to say that this is a most interesting home. The kitchen alone is a blend of styles.

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    The large bathroom is also a mashup and has distressed walls that make it look a bit like an old public restroom. What a fascinating home.

    https://www.revistaad.es/decoracion/casas-ad/galerias/una-casona-con-herencia-en-mahon/9227/image/639529

    I just learned that Apartment Therapy has a contest for small/cool spaces. The categories are Small, Smaller, Tiny, & Teeny/Tiny. Lowry’s small, modern/industrial space was a winner.

    It’s a converted factory apt. and I must say, I like it better than a garden apt.

    This is lovely- rainbow books in a small office space behind the bedroom wall.

    Very cool space. 

    http://olaalhaeezuvim.blogspot.com/2015/05/blog-post_84.html

    Annie & Idris, 2 artists, bought a dilapidated, 244 yr. old house in London. It had no elec. and barely working running water. The lived for months on the 2nd fl., freezing in the cold, but it is awesome.

    Now, the living room is light, bright, full of art and original patina. Notice the stitchery on the sofa slipcovers. I love that idea. 

    Colorful family room/home office. As far as used furniture goes, the couple says they buy what they like. 

    The hall has bright, fresh wallpaper, but the floors are original and so is the old plaster on the bottom walls. 

    The 1st. fl. sitting room is painted a glossy chartreuse, as is the center entrance hall, a plant room, and kitchen/dining room. Chartreuse is a happy, bright, color that perk up setting when skillfully done.

    They kept the original wood walls in part the kitchen, and it got a brand new Aga stove and cabinets. The dining part with the fireplace was painted in the glossy chartreuse. 

    Check out this wonderful pantry.

    The upper part of the stairs was left original. 

    The master bedroom is so delightful. Notice more hand stitching on the bedspread.

    The guest room has an air of grandeur. 

    Even the bathroom’s got it goin’ on. This amazing home was totally worth the work. I love it.

    http://olaalhaeezuvim.blogspot.com/2015/05/blog-post_26.html

    Thomas’s apt. in Berlin, Germany definitely has a soul. It’s an atmospheric home inspired by Wes Anderson. 

    Thomas says his roots are in Southern Germany and so is his decorating style. He admires German traditions and crafts- The sofa belonged to his grandparents.

    There’s something about that wallpaper with blue leaves. The sofa is French and the painting is by Harald Erath, his favorite German artist. What an interesting vignette.

    A Louis XIV chair & bookshelf in a corner serves as a library, like in a Versailles palace.

    An original tile stove tells the history of the city and the building.

    The wallpaper is Swedish and Thomas’s antiques represent German history.

    Thomas extensively remodeled the kitchen and chose German tiles that closely resembled the originals. LOVE the pink!

    The antique cuckoo clock in the kitchen was a gift from his great-grandparents.

    No kitchen is complete without a fabulous antique display cabinet. This room was originally part of the kitchen, but Thomas liked the light it gets.

    The antique headboard was reupholstered and Thomas found a French wardrobe for the bedroom. 

    The bedroom also features art by his favorite artist and another beautiful original stove.

    The bath was done in pastels to give it a distinguished look, but Thomas says the tub is definitely masculine. I love this apt. It’s truly one-of-a-kind.

    https://www.revistaad.es/decoracion/casas-ad/galerias/un-piso-versallesco-en-berlin/9184/image/638384

    An old warehouse in Tribeca, New York City was turned into a luxurious loft with a glass interior court.

    It’s so roomy, too. Huge living room, kitchen and dining area, with room to spare.

    You can actually fit a banquet size dining room table in here.

    Orange subway tile backsplash. 

    Doesn’t it look like this cabinet is floating?

    Bedrooms seen thru glass walls.

    I like the windows. 

    There’s also a sitting room and fabulous black tile bath. Isn’t that an interesting vanity? 

    The beautiful glassed in area overlooks the main floor.

    In addition to the glass room, there’s an open rooftop terrace with great views. What luxury.

    https://www.homedit.com/old-warehouse-turned-into-a-loft/old-warehouse-turned-into-a-loft-rooftop/

    Tiina & Marko’s pink home is not only a fabulous color, but it’s their dream house. “ “This is the house of our dreams, an old lady that we will take good care of forever,” Tiina and Marko say.

    Tiina found the framed art of fine women on the entrance hall wall by searching yard sales and flea markets.

    Some of the furniture in the living room are from Tiina’s grandparents.

    Marko chose the floral wallpaper in the dining room. 

    Tiina used a trick I’ve used many times, myself. She framed cards of her favorite artist’s paintings, b/c real paintings would only be a dream come true.

    The kitchen table was bought from from a friend, and painted white. The benches are from IKEA. Tiina says the selected wallpapers & other patterns that suit them. 

    This is interesting- they use this wood burning stove during severe winter weather.

    Their son likes graffiti and picked this wallpaper for his room.

    The ceiling lamp was Tiina’s grandparents’ and she selects a dress according to her mood in the morning.

    They enlarged the bathroom and put in a sauna. What a happy home.

    https://www.meillakotona.fi/artikkelit/lapsiperheen-pastellinen-hirsitalo

    This building is an actual artist’s residence with a glass-enclosed studio and rooftop terrace. 

    Behind these arches is the kitchen.

    The kitchen also has a home library.

    A tile island full of art. Isn’t this fascinating?

    A 1st fl. powder room with broken mirror walls.

    The stairs at the back of the kitchen lead to the art studio under the glass room.

    There are tables and chairs placed in and around the art. 

    Can you imagine having a living room like this?

     Red powder room for the studio. 

    Stairs leading to balconies and the bedroom above the studio.

    The bedroom, filled with wall art.

    Master bath off the bedroom.

    Rooftop outdoor space next to the glass ceiling of the studio, opens out from the bedroom.

    Private patio off the first floor level. What a dazzling home.

    http://itascalocations.com/location-7245/nggallery/page/1