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A small house of character in contemporary style

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A small house of character in contemporary style

Delphine Constantini

This house, close to the city of Caen and the sea, is like an invitation to calm. Materials that are both contemporary and authentic combine to create an interior of character where you feel good.

This small house, located in Caen, has been restored and enlarged. These 55 m2, furnished in a current way, however keep all the stamp of the old. The small building is part of the project "Chez Laurence du Tillly", which offers apartments in a mansion in the city of Caen. With this house, Laurence du Tilly wants to go further and offer quality accommodation in the countryside, to the guests of passage.

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Delphine Constantini

Delphine Constantini

The life project in brief

The idea : transform an old building into an authentic and contemporary accommodation in the countryside.

The surface : 55 m2.

The place : Caen.

The duration of the work : 8 months.

The costs of the work : 90 000 euros HT.

A modern extension on a stone structure

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Previously, only 40 m2 stood between these four ancient walls. To enlarge this space and bring a modern touch, an extension of 15 m2 was created. Thanks to it, a first terrace, in the extension of the living room on the ground floor was installed. Due to the slightly leaning ground, this terrace seems embedded. This allows you to be safe and create a cozy corner outside.

Black metal plates come to confront the old stones of the house. It was essential that this contrast, between rustic and modern, be visible from the outside. The house then takes a contemporary look, while remaining sober.

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The choice of black is also one of the major decorative advantages of the small house. The metal extension creates a link with the frame of black aluminum windows. It is found by keys throughout the house, either through the window frames, the handles in the kitchen, bedside tables bent steel waxed in the room or in the living room with the stove. It was arranged in place of the old condemned chimney. The cast iron stove retains an authentic appearance, while its black color modernizes it. It offers a cozy and warm side to the room.

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Wood as the main theme of the house

Laurence du Tilly had the chance to discover beautiful wooden beams, in very good condition. No sanding or varnish, the owner preferred to keep their "washed wood" look, clear and authentic. On the floor she opted for a solid oak flooring nailed, which has all the cachet of the old.

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Delphine Constantini

Delphine Constantini

On the walls, to avoid the total rustic look in this small space, she opted for a plywood interior, much more contemporary. He creates as a path from the "kitchen area" to the stairs. It is found throughout the house, as a common thread. It's important to keep a common base, especially in small spaces like this one.

Delphine Constantini

Delphine Constantini

It is also found as estrade, serving as first step to the stairs. Previously stone and located outside, this staircase was created from scratch. Constructed of concrete, it contrasts with the warmth of the wood, but retains an authentic look.

An interior decoration between authenticity and modernity

In a small area, it is better to favor sober and clear shades. Laurence du Tilly chose a warm white on the wall. It is opposed to contemporary wood and reflects natural light.

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On the decoration side, Laurence du Tilly likes to mix styles. It is not confined to a particular genre, but rather lets talk about its taste for objects. That's why there is a skin on the floor, a Tulip design table signed Eero Saarinen, with chairs of the 70s, or a Scandinavian buffet. She mixes objects that are close to her heart, and creates a harmonious decoration.

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Fan of old and unique furniture, Laurence du Tilly has found many of its furniture by hiding. The white and stainless steel lamp from the 70s comes from Germany, the wall lamp, frosted glass and wood, which illuminates the dining room, the website Catawiki, for example.

Delphine Constantini

Delphine Constantini

Delphine Constantini

Fixtures have an important part in the decoration of the house. She played on old glass globes, which she modernized with black and white cotton thread. They are found in the kitchen and above the sofa. These suspensions also give an impression of height in this house where the ceilings are slightly lower than normal: 2.40 m. In the bedroom, we discover wall lamps in the shape of flowers dating from the 60s. They too have been found. They bring a touch of originality, and remain sober.

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An open kitchen that blends into the decor of the living room

Laurence du Tilly did not want the kitchen to look like a kitchen, since it's open to the rest of the living room. She wanted to blend it into the decor, and create the feeling of a unique piece.

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This is why she did not choose elements in height, with the exception of the hood. This one was hidden in a niche, always in plywood. The work plan, meanwhile, with its 3.6 m length is extended and naturally creates the link to the living room and the rest of the living room.

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The doors of the kitchen units (Ikea), in white lacquered relief bring originality and brightness to the room. She chose black but discreet Castorama handles, which make contemporary cuisine.

An authentic bathroom that opens to the outside

Attached to the room is the bathroom. A canopy height stands between the two spaces. The latter, placed on the upper part of the wall offers the bathroom more privacy. It lets through the light and offers a breathtaking view of the outdoor landscape from the shower. Indeed, on the other side of the room is a terrace, arranged above the extension on the ground floor.

Delphine Constantini

Delphine Constantini

Delphine Constantini

The walls of the shower stop only at 3 m height. Nothing is partitioned, so that the vision goes directly to the tip of the roof. Despite this very airy space, the bathroom remains a cozy corner. Between these walls in polished matt varnished cement tiles, a log of wood invites itself into the decor, to create a totally natural atmosphere and cocooning.

Delphine Constantini

Delphine Constantini

Delphine Constantini

Laurence du Tilly

//chez-laurence.dutilly.fr/

from 150 euros per night

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