A design-savvy family in Copenhagen crafted their dream home, this 2,000-square-foot Copenhagen townhouse. On the upper floors, bright white walls and plenty of natural light make the bedrooms and living rooms feel large and spacious. In the master bedroom, built-in cabinetry hides clutter. The art photography against the wall is by Anders Hviid, the bed is Hästens, the laundry basket is Vipp, and the lamp is Fontana Arte.
Young architects often design homes for their parents. But for Toronto's Julia Knezic, it was an especially intimate job: her mom Susan Farkas's new house is next to her own. When the property became available, she lured her parents into moving from their suburban neighborhood. "My mom said, 'Fine, but I want a new house.' " It was a deal: Julia designed a new 2,100-square-foot open-plan house, with generous public rooms and only one bedroom, for the site. The process became more intense when her father passed away—and more so as Julia gave birth to her two kids. But Julia's mother moved in, and welcomed Julia's clan to live in the basement as they remodeled their own place. "This was conceived as a house for one person," Julia explains,"but the idea was to make the spaces as comfortable as possible for the whole family."\
The galley kitchen, in classic white, is the one splurge within the interior: it was custom made by Bulthaup from their B1 series. A narrow window, with a frosted bottom panel, balances views and privacy.
For this tiny house in the Belgian forest, a little extra square footage comes in the form of a glassed-in addition with a stellar view. In the living area, a Tufty-Time sofa by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia, a Soft Grid blanket by Established & Sons, and a wood-burning stove by Stûv keep her comfortable.
In this Polish home, white paint with just a hint of gray dominates the farmhouse, reflecting the architects love of bright spaces. The pine wooden floors were also enameled in a white oil imported from Denmark.
After a young couple purchased an apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village, they turned to Matthew Miller of local firm StudioLAB to rescue its dark, closed-off interiors. The 800-square-foot apartment was divided into two 400-square-foot levels. The ground floor originally had a closed-off kitchen and a living-dining room, and the basement level housed the bedroom and bathroom. Miller opted to open up the plan and brighten all of the surfaces—flooring, walls, countertops—to breathe some life into the space. Though the changes are dramatic, Miller faced challenges due to the fact that this wasn't a total gut-renovation. "New York City apartments are very much like a puzzle," he says. "The plumbing doesn't move, you have to consider the HVAC, and there is a certain number of doors and windows you have to work with. It's not like a house where you have more leeway..."