When designer Anja Michal‘s clients – a single mother and her pre-teen daughter – approached her they had already begun construction on their new home: an annex to the client’s parent’s craftsman-style home. They had hired OXBStudio as the architects for their home, whose task was to make the new addition feel cohesive with the original house, connected by a vestibule. After deliberating on how to do that, they decided to maintain a similar exterior but create a modern interior with smart design.
Anja and her client knew straight away what the interior design scheme would look like: “We both had the same vision which was a feminine bohemian space with a slight edge,” she said. Using global textiles and patterns, furniture with a modern profile and a couple of strategic standout pieces, Anja was able to achieve that bohemian and edgy look. In fact, the kitchen is the perfect example of how the designer mixed high and low: the cabinets are IKEA’s Häggeby collection, while the island was custom made and the light fixture hanging over it is designed by Apparatus Studio.
Anja used various natural materials for the home’s interior. “The main materials throughout the house are walnut and white oak with black accents in the windows and lighting,” she explained. She also used worn herringbone brick for the fireplace surround, that had been originally ordered for the entryway. “It took roughly one year to complete this project,” the designer shared. “There were challenges along the way, but my client and her daughter are very close so they were excited to have a space to call their own to be able to invite each of their friends over to hang and be comfortable.”