This is a project built on contrast, carefully created by Cartelle Design. The young married homeowners in Milan, Italy, presented two very different tastes in interiors. The taste clash between the couple resulted in the design team having to seek a way to combine cool minimalism with cosy country house chic. It was important to the owners that the interior maintained that special summer house on the lake kind of feel, so it was decided that warm natural wood and soft texturing would be teamed with cold technological functionality. The result is bright space that is crisp with practicality, yet seasoned with charming beach house touches and character.
Gallery for Beach House Minimalism
Moving into the kids’ bedroom, the kids’ beds have been stacked in a bespoke bunk design that has storage in its base. To accommodate the different ideas of two children, fishy decorations jostle with elephant decor. | 29 |.
Another bathroom decorated with a sky blue wall and a wooden vanity – though this time the vanity is of a much more modern and minimal nature. A rattan laundry basket slots below the bathroom sink to bring in more natural texture. | 26 |.
Pillowy bedclothes look dreamily inviting in the master bed. Bedroom pendant lights have been suspended on different lengths of electrical wire, to play on the different heights of the bedside tables. | 14 |.
Stunning mountain views await beyond a set of patio doors that lead out onto a balcony. A white dining room pendant light extends out from the wall; this is an original fixture that was installed in this house at the end of the 1960s by previous owners. The light was preserved as a linking element between the past and present. | 9 |.
Dark treads on white risers give the staircase a crisp and clean aesthetic. The house is almost completely free of ceiling light fittings – instead, illumination is provided by wall sconces and lamps to evoke a more intimate atmosphere. | 7 |.
Flames crackle inside a modern fireplace, situated right by the arm of the sofa to make it the hot spot of the home on a chilly afternoon. A compartment stores firewood beside the stove. Open shelves around the fireplace bring life and decoration to the room, giving the place a welcoming and friendly ambiance. | 4 |.
A black square coffee table stands by the nautical sofa ensemble, pushing the style into the field of minimalism. A cosy knitted floor pouf adds texture and swings the balance back to cosy again. | 3 |.
The home has an area of 112 square metres, with the biggest single chunk of it allocated to an airy open plan family room. This common area is divided into two floor levels, with a change in flooring materials accentuating the zoning. Natural wood defines the raised floor level of the warm lounge zone, whilst cool grey large format tiles cover the kitchen diner floor. | 1 |.
A blue modern sofa plus a blue striped and tasselled throw brings out a modern maritime feel. Behind and above the sofa, some fun ropework continues the theme, and lightly screens off the stairwell. Died pampas grass complements the natural golden tone. | 2 |.