After two apartments were combined into one, London-based interior designer Susan Knof of
KNOF Design was asked to create a luxurious look for this penthouse with 360-degree views of Sofia, Bulgaria's capital city. Knof used custom furnishings, a soft color palette and rich details to create a light-filled home that feels intimate and private. Her careful use of bold accents, especially in the children's rooms, imparts a sense of personality. 91
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The kitchen has a sleek, contemporary look with a matte white lacquer finish on the cabinetry and greige quartzite countertops. A custom designed glazed panel with shelving, seen on the left, allows light to warm the space.
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The home's entry flows effortless into the living and dining areas. Connecting the spaces are contemporary light fixtures by Vibia—above the dining table hangs the subtle yet dynamic Match light while the living space is illuminated by the minimalist Link ceiling light. Recessed and wave headed voile drapery by Weitzner lines the home's many windows and delicately filters light into the open space. Custom-designed storage elegantly conceals AV and mechanical equipment.
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The main living area has two sofas from B&B Italia that were custom upholstered and feature a dark gray velvet piping detail. The seating area is grounded with two large-scale cocktail tables with integrated ottomans that are covered in a metallic embossed leather from Moore & Giles.
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The master bedroom design continues the same soothing grey and natural cream tones and soft textural details of the open living space with an added bright coral accent. Knof custom designed the soft gray suede headboard with an abstract criss-cross deep nail pattern that echoes the crossed metal legs of the Poliform side tables that are finished in a white matte lacquer.
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The backdrop to the vanity in the master bedroom is a textured ikat print wall covering. The large scale mirror is from Porta Romana and features a bronze embossed frame. The bright plush velvet coral fabric of the chair offsets the softer tones in the space.
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The wife’s ensuite bathroom has a glamorous look with soft pink Rosa Egeo marble walls and bright white Thassos marble stone flooring. The inset storage space features opal white marble stone shelves, and the hanging vanity is uniquely detailed with a white quilted lacquered front.
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In the husband’s ensuite bathroom, the walls are clad in custom-cut natural limestone tiles that bring a textured yet sophisticated look. The custom vanity features a honed quartzite top, dyed timber drawer front and open stone shelf below.
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For the children’s rooms, Knof created bright, colorful youthful interiors with a variety of specialty details. This bedroom, which is along the home’s south façade, uses a medley of greens, yellows, and purple tones with small-scale patterning for a creative and individual feel.
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In another bedroom, an upholstered bed by Designer’s Guild with soft colored buttoning provides a nice backdrop to the colorful bedding and cushions by
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The bedroom’s adjoining bathroom is a brightly colored space with glass mosaic tiled walls and a custom back-etched mirror.
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Another bedroom features soft pinks and peaches with a pearlized floral wall covering and built-in shelving.
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The walls of the ensuite bathroom are covered in glass mosaic tiles that transition from dark to soft pink in a gradient manner. Like its sister bathroom, it features a custom vanity mirror which is back-etched with a playful, painterly design.
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The children’s TV lounge area features a custom full-height media and storage unit by Molteni and C. At the end of the unit is an integrated acid-etched glass panel, which connects back to the adjacent kitchen. The soft gray sofa is the Tufty Time sofa from B&B Italia, and it sits on a brightly colored wool rug that was custom designed by
KNOF to add a relaxed, playful vibe to the room.
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The guest bathroom continues the soft gray, cream, and pink color palette of the home while sleek Boffi fixtures add a clean, modern accent. The main wall is fully clad in a subtle patchwork of varying tonal porcelain patterned tiles by Patricia Urquiola. A textured, round bronzed mirror and decorative branch shaped wall sconce add to the gently organic feel of the room.
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The study has a contemporary look with a combination of open and closed storage and a full-height charcoal glass sliding wardrobe door. The open TV and an integrated desk can be easily closed off when not in use. The dark wood is offset by the two-tone gray textured wall covering.
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The ensuite bathroom features a full-height, acid-etched glass fixed panel that allows light into the internal space. The walls are clad in metallic copper penny round mosaic tiles by Ann Sacks, and the vanity features a Carrara marble countertop and mitered drawer front with a dark gray timber veneer shelf below.