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A Jerusalem Historian Requests a Home Renovation Inspired by Her Work

11.04.21 | By
A Jerusalem Historian Requests a Home Renovation Inspired by Her Work
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In Ramat Gan, Israel, a family tasked Israeli interior designer Chen Shadmi to renovate their 1980s house into a modern tri-level home that’s inspired by the wife’s work as a historian specializing in Old Jerusalem. The family requested that the home celebrate Armenian art in Jerusalem, as well as integrate a more contemporary floor plan that was adaptable to different needs.

modern home in Israel

modern home in Israel

Shadmi and the family began the design process with a tour to Old Jerusalem to visit the wife’s favorite places and reacquaint themselves with materials that are customary in Eastern European homes. They asked Armean Darian, an Armenian ceramic artist based in Jerusalem, to hand-paint the illustrations on the tiles seen on the pillar on the ground floor and the stairs leading to the first floor.

green kitchen

green kitchen

green kitchen

green kitchen

modern staircase

The entrance floor has an open floor plan that includes the kitchen, dining area, and living room with a dedicated library. On the upper floor lives a family space, three children’s room, a laundry room, two baths, and a main bedrooms. The bottom floor includes two study rooms (one for each parent), and a secondary living room from which there is access to the lower garden.

modern staircase

library shelf

library shelf

library shelf

secondary living room

secondary living room

hallway

Throughout the home, the walls are adorned with the client’s copies of manuscripts, murals, unique maps, and artwork.

kids room

kids room

kids room

modern bathroom

modern bathroom

modern bathroom

Common to all the bathrooms is the dark chest of drawers and the application of colorful tiles

modern bathroom

modern bathroom

study room

outdoor garden

The upper garden is used for entertaining, equipped with an outdoor kitchen, dining area, and pampering seating under a pergola. In the lower garden, a cooking area with a pizza oven and meat smoker, a seating area, a kitchenette, a bathroom, and a kid’s wooden house and climbing wall provide ample opportunities to spend outside.

outdoor garden

outdoor garden

children's playhouse

children's climbing wall

Photos by Shay Epstein.

Vy Yang enjoys contributing to Design Milk, playing fetch with her goldendoodle Conan, and occasionally writing on her blog It’s After Five, her creative outlet to let loose on after she has left her regular 9-to-5 for the day.