Home tour: Architect Dan Troim’s Apartment

Welcome to a place of elegance and simplicity on Dubnov Street. Architect, Dan Troim, bought a 2 and a half room apartment two years ago and transformed it into an elegant bachelor pad by tearing down most of the walls and creating one lovely large rectangular space. Dan is known for the stylish restaurant interiors that he does, though he also designs apartments and other projects.

His own apartment is airy and gives one a wonderful sense of space. There is a lot of white and he uses different textures on the walls for some variation on the white theme. Dan added many large windows which means that there is a lot of natural light streaming into the apartment. Unfortunately you don’t see these types of windows often in Israel. This apartment really appeals to my Zen side.

Here is the entrance hall and workspace:

Interior design - Entrance
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Heritage homes become Inns


Recently I had an opportunity to take a road trip up the coast of Maine to Atlantic Canada. I saw some incredible views and sites that I hope to share with you in the coming weeks. Staying in B and B’s is always so much nicer than hotels.  Nothing compares to the hospitality you receive from innkeepers.  It’s interesting that such a large number historical homes in the Northeast part of the U.S. have been converted to heritage inns.  This one in Kennebunkport caught my eye. Continue reading

Home Tour: Smart Home: Green + Wired


Photos by JB Spector, Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago is no stranger to amazing architecture and fabulous design, and the Smart Home: Green + Wired, Powered by ComEd exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry marries these elements in a stylish, eco-friendly way. Designed by Michelle Kaufmann Designs and built by All American Homes, this 2,500-square-foot modular home features three levels of sustainable living, from reclaimed and recycled materials to a home automation system and occupancy sensors that turn off lights, television and music when no one is in the room.

I toured the Smart Home a couple of weeks ago, and while I really could have done a better job with the tour than our guide, I was impressed at how well the home showcases a green life that is accessible to almost anyone. (I was also impressed at how eco-smart the little kids in my tour group were, it gives me hope!)

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Home tour: Mission Loft designed by Susan Diana Harris

This color filled, light and happy loft was designed by Susan Diana Harris whom I know from Twitter. The Mission Loft is featured on her website, and when I saw it I immediately asked for copies of the photos for a home tour.

Below is the entryway – if you think that’s colorful, just wait till you see the rest of the place.


All photos by: Frankie Norstad Photograhy

Bright fuschia walls with a cobalt blue ceiling – but it isn’t Morocco – it’s San Francisco.

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Urban Gardens


My neighbor’s antique tin (she told me she bought it at the jaffa flea market) with a plant in it inspired me to walk around our neighborhood a shoot some of the adorable urban gardens and entryways. It’s one of my favorite things about this area—the Kerem Hateimanim and Nachalat Binyamin neighborhoods of Tel Aviv (surrounding shuq hakarmel), which have narrow streets and a lot of low-roofed houses that give it a really charming and village-like feel. It’s nice to see how people incorporate plant-life into private and shared spaces around the neighborhood. Enough words—now for some pictures.

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What’s with this sink?


This sink has everything that a kitchen sink should have, right?  Soap dispenser, utensil holder, knife block and a place for a bit of greenery.  My question to Julien, the designer of this “Tchochke Sink” is “What were they thinking”?  Who needs all that stuff on the sink?  All I can think of is trying to clean those nasty nooks and crannies that eventually would mold over due to moisture.  And then there is the price tag, this “Work Top Kitchen Sink” can be yours for only $3,473.00. 

I would love to know what you think… 

Home Tour: Adi Pecket’s Arnon Street Apartment

Adi is a friend of mine whom I followed on flickr for at least two years and then met in real life by chance earlier this year. Turns out she is an architect and interior designer with major talent (of course all my friends are talented).

The apartment is on Arnon Street, off Ibn Gvirol in the “old north” of Tel Aviv. The place was a simple old Tel Aviv apartment, nothing special. Within 4 months she transformed it into what you are about to see (unfortunately there are no “before” shots, so the “after” ones will have to do).

What can I say? The wooden floors are fantastic, the windows enlightening, the feel is Tel Aviv with a little Europe mixed in. Most of the furniture is from the flea market in Jaffa and there are tasteful bits from Ikea as well. FYI, Adi is open to doing projects in Israel and abroad.

As you walk into the apartment you see this amazing transformed bathroom cabinet from the Flea market in Jaffa with a rotating exhibition of pictures, babushkas and more fun stuff. The grey-green wall off sets the cabinet really well.

Entrance with transformed medicine cabinet
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