What can you add to a simple home to make it unique? Italian architects Francesco Librizzi and Matilde Cassani came up with a minimalist staircase design to enrich the overall look of an old dwelling: “An original 1900 house where windows, doors and tiled floors survived to modernity. The only possible intervention was an almost-2D frame, able to double the space in height and create new possibilities on other layers.” This unconventional staircase project is part of Casa C, a recently renovated house in Milan.
This thin metallic ladder was the perfect option for connecting two spaces in a tall and narrow house, thus linking the bottom level with a sleeping area above. The stairway was the main intervention of the project: “We thought it was only necessary to reveal the hidden potential of the space, leaving the rest of the house almost untouched. Nothing gloomy and nothing obsessed with the contemporary”, explained the architects. We are certain lovers of minimalism will enjoy this fresh approach; as usual, we would love to hear you comments regarding this unconventional renovation in Milan!
Don’t worry about making your shelf picture-perfect. Displaying a collection of toys is a simple, eye-catching solution, and the resulting vignette just might double as wall art! Below we see the Radial Wall Shelf from The Land of Nod. To cut down on the cluttered look, try grouping items by color! These Color Bar Ledges from The Land of Nod make the job easy. Use the shelves themselves to create an artful wall vignette, especially if you purchase intriguing pieces like these Shape Shifter Wall Shelves. This Land of Nod hinged metal shelving allows for a range of configurations, from rectangles to arrows. And don’t forget about creative ideas such as placing patterned paper at the back of your shelving to create a vibrant backdrop. These Honeycomb Wall Shelves are styled with shades of turquoise. Do you have any shelf styling tips to share? Leave a comment below.
Create height with items such as plants, artwork and books. Alternate taller pieces with shorter items such as peite vases, as shown below in the A Beautiful Mess studio living room. Not sure where to start? Choose a cohesive look and go for it! The next shelf vignette featured at Emily Henderson showcases a “Desert New Age” style, which welcomes earthy tones, tribal patterns, succulents and mineral specimens, among other pieces. In fact, in the next image we see the exact same shelf, this time styled to create a Playful Scholar look featuring neutral, masculine colors. Note special touches such as a globe and a bust displayed in a cloche. Incorporate a few unique conversation pieces into your shelving display for added interest.