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Decor Voyeur: peek inside a bachelor pad that has depth and elegance


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Welcome to the first post in the Decor Voyeur series, where you’ll be able to have a sneak peek into surprising, beautiful and inspiring homes around the world. Today we are glimpsing the ultra-modern and glamourous ‘bachelor pad’ home of a San Francisco investment banker. Although there is a zebra-print rug involved (the quintessential bachelor pad touch), this one has a surprisingly cultured, elegant and warm feel to it. Read on for details…

{Design by Nicole Hollis, photograph from houzz.com}

Designer Nicole Hollis was given a clear vision by the client for a home that was to be minimalist and modern with a distinct European feel, however from that point on, she was largely free to shape the space as she pleased. Hollis’ creativity and attention to detail really shine in the dining area (part of the great room), where she custom-designed the table, benches and gorgeous inky black wing chairs herself.

I absolutely love the way the black chairs and pendants contrast with the pale white oak wood of the furniture and flooring. The expansive mirror which reflects the fireplace on the other side of the room is also a gorgeous touch. The light fixtures are by Piet Boon.

{Design by Nicole Hollis, photograph from houzz.com}

Adjacent to the dining area is a simplistic yet very inviting seating space with deep,broad surfaces which encourage one to stretch out and get comfortable. The sofa is from Minotti, with cushions in wool and cashmere from Ivano Redaelli.

{Design by Nicole Hollis, photograph from houzz.com}

Standing next to the dining table, the great room has an impressive yet not intimidating expanse, with a bespoke 8-foot fireplace, which had to be craned into place, dominating one wall. Hollis custom-designed this piece as well, incorporating a sensor which switches off the flame when necessary for safety, as there is no glass in front. Ornate and worn pieces such as Indonesian rain drums and the detailed console table add interest and personality to the space.

{Design by Nicole Hollis, photograph from houzz.com}

The warm patina developed in the tabletop suggests lots of love built in by its previous owners.

{Design by Nicole Hollis, photograph from houzz.com}

A detail view of the Indonesian rain drums which have been used as side tables. An innovative and very appropriate choice, in my opinion! The scale is perfect for the room and the slight variation in colour and texture adds intrigue.

{Design by Nicole Hollis, photograph from houzz.com}

The minimalistic kitchen is perfectly seamless with white matte lacquer cabinetry from Boffi concealing stainless steel appliances from Gaggenau. The refrigerator and freezer are in a side-by-side configuration, located behind smooth white panels on the left-hand wall.

{Design by Nicole Hollis, photograph from houzz.com}

The kitchen has an extra work station near the dining area with a sink, an under-counter refrigerator and a wine refrigerator to allow for convenient entertaining. I think the bronzey shade chosen for the countertops does a great job of complementing yet providing variation in the largely black and white colour scheme.

{Design by Nicole Hollis, photograph from houzz.com}

The stunning chandelier over the kitchen island was custom-made by South African artisans out of steel beads. Hollis explained that she wanted to add something ‘over-scaled and whimsical’ to break up the stark lines of the kitchen. I absolutely adore this piece! It is original and forward-thinking but not trendy, so I think it will definitely have staying power.

{Design by Nicole Hollis, photograph from houzz.com}

Moving on to the media room, we find subtle textured touches such as a Buddha-style sculpture and a vintage zebra rug (sad! but at least it’s vintage – better for someone to enjoy it than for the animal to have died in vain!). The silky smooth leather armchair is from B&B Italia.

{Design by Nicole Hollis, photograph from houzz.com}

 The matte dark finishes and skin rug provide an ideal ‘man cave’ setting, but the large bright window and pale oak floor keep the atmosphere from feeling too stereotypical.

{Design by Nicole Hollis, photograph from houzz.com}

A gander into the bedroom reveals a fresh and bright space with a white oak bed with a sumptuous suede headboard with streamlined storage, again designed by Hollis. A cow-hide rug provides a cozy landing pad for one’s toes in the morning, and large doors open onto the garden, inspiring a sunshiney wake-up.

I really like the seamless surface of the headboard, and the way the glimpse of the garden sneaks some colour into the neutral scheme.

{Design by Nicole Hollis, photograph from houzz.com}
And, last but not least, the bathroom. Austere and almost utilitarian in the simplicity of its shapes and finishes, but for the slight daring sparkle from the hanging light fixtures. I am aching to add a plant or a textured frame around the mirror, as I feel like this is the only space in the home that doesn’t have any subtle warmth or variation layered in. I love the matte black countertop though!
 
Let me finish by saying that I am not generally a fan of minimalism, but I really like Hollis’ approach in that she maintained a masculine, modern feel without cutting out all detail and texture. I think she was very successful in tastefully adding in subtle colours and materials which add personality and imagination to the home. What do you think, and which pieces or areas are your favourite? My vote goes to the dining room!
 
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