House Peek: Jens Risom Prefab on Block Island

Sometimes keeping it super simple can be the best design idea. If something transcends time for almost 50 years and looks just as good as it did in year 1, that’s a serious accomplishment. And that is what Jens Risom’s prefab home is all about. Located on Block Island near Rhode Island, the wooden prefab was constructed in the 1960s and has only 1 change…


A photo of the Block Island home in LIFE 1965

A warm fireplace in the heart of the home.

Windows from floor to ceiling allow for amazing natural light.

The gray shingled facade is adorned by a bright R that was from of one of Jens delivery truck.
He had owned a furniture design company.

…the windows were updated just a few years ago. (can you believe that’s the only change?!) The gorgeous and understated A-frame style prefab was picked out of a catalog and has stayed in the family for all these years. I feel you can tell there’s tons of love poured into this simple space. What do you think of this home?

(Images via Fast Co Design)

Just for Fun: Fantasy Floorplans

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Blueprint-inspired art and TV shows together as one? Artist Brandi Roberts designs fantasy floor plans recreated after fan-favorite television series that have aired over the past seven decades. Think I Love Lucy, Friends, Mad Men and even The Simpsons. Painstakingly accurate and inventive, each blueprint is sure to delight the TV-obsessed architect in your life. What a fantastic gift idea!

Tell me, what is your favorite TV house? I loved The Cosby Show’s brownstone growing up, as I lived on a ranch and always dreamed of taking my ubiquitous prom photo on that perfect white staircase. And isn’t it fascinating to see how family homes have grown and changed throughout history?

Image Credit: Brandi Roberts

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House Tour: A Gorgeous Stockholm Loft

Many of us love the look and feel of Scandianvian design and Sweden certainly houses this gorgeous look. Many of the homes and apartments in this island country are full of beautiful Scandinavian design ideals. One special Stockholm loft is full of design moments and one of the best open space living areas that I have seen. Let’s take a look at a few images of this stunning space.

The open space is perfect for showcasing a long row of wooden beams that perfectly contrast against the white palette. Another neat detail – the colored accent walls that provide a very cool design accent in the loft. The open space concept is truly highlighted in this pretty home and the furniture and accents anchored in the home. Click here to see the full house tour. What do you think of this pretty open concept loft in Stockholm?

(Images via Freshome)

Paul Rudolph House

In New York City, relatively few buildings have been designed and built by architects for their own use. Paul Rudolph, one of the most celebrated and innovative American architects of the 20th century purchased 23 Beekman Place in 1976. He subsequently added the remarkable, multi-story penthouse that earned two awards from the American Institute of Architecture. According to Chairman Tierney of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, Ruldoph’s innovative design makes this building one of the most provocative landmarks in the city. In 2010the building was landmarked as a testament to Rudolph’s body of work.

New York Times architecture critic Paul Goldberger praised the steel-and-concrete design, calling it a handsome composition, a neat arrangement of geometric forms that is visually pleasing in itself and a welcome addition to Beekman Place’s already long list of architectural styles.

The Apartments:
The building consists of four private residences all individually designed with Mr. Rudolph’s iconic flair. Each residence features its own private terrace that runs the entire width of the building, framing spectacular, unobstructed river views. The lower unit is a large one bedroom, two bathroom apartment. The second and third units are multi-level two bedroom, two bathroom apartments. All four units are currently leased at market rates, with the penthouse lease expiring in April.

The Penthouse:
The crown jewel of this property is the multi-level penthouse; a true work of art. Architectural critic Michael Sorkin described the pent house as one of the most amazing pieces of modern urban domestic architecture produced in this country. At 4,000 square feet, the penthouse is comprised of three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Expansive multi-level entertaining spaces are wrapped in floor to ceiling glass walls to the East and South. The open exposures provide exceptional waterfront views of the East River, from the Queensboro bridge to the Williamsburg bridge. There are five private outdoor spaces on four staggered levels.

It could all be yours. 23 Beekman place is for sale for $27,500,000, represented by Christies.
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Rihanna’s Digs

Trulia Reports that Rihanna is selling her Los Angeles home. “With seven bedrooms, and nine bathrooms in Beverly Hills”, the singer reportedly never moved in. “This 8,520 square foot property offers canyon views and urban glamour”. The rooms throughout the house are light and bright, with crisp lines and a primarily black and white palette. There is a consistency to the design approach, with walls and built elements receding in black, and furniture and upholstered pieces seeming to float and pop in the high contrast environment. Seems move in ready, and welcoming.

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