In Ramat Gan, Israel, a family of Israeli interior designers Chen Shadi to renovate their 1980s home into a modern three-story home inspired by the wife’s work as a historian specializing in Old Jerusalem. The family requested that the house celebrate Armenian art in Jerusalem and incorporate a more contemporary floor plan that accommodates different needs.
Shadmi and the family began the design process with a tour of Old Jerusalem to visit the woman’s favorite places and learn about materials common to homes in Eastern Europe. They asked Armean Darian, an Armenian ceramist based in Jerusalem, to hand paint the illustrations on the tiles seen on the ground floor pillar and the stairs leading to the first floor.
The entry floor has an open floor plan that includes the kitchen, dining room, and living room with a dedicated library. On the upper floor lives a family space, three children’s bedrooms, a laundry room, two bathrooms, and a master bedroom. The lower floor has two study rooms (one for each parent) and a secondary living room from which one accesses the lower garden.
Throughout the house, the walls are adorned with copies of the client’s manuscripts, murals, unique maps, and artwork.
Common to all bathrooms is the dark dresser and the application of colored tiles
The upper garden is used for entertaining, equipped with an outdoor kitchen, a dining area and seating for pampering under a pergola. In the lower garden, a kitchen area with pizza oven and meat smoker, sitting area, kitchenette, bathroom and children’s wooden house and climbing wall provide plenty of opportunities to spend time in outside.
Photos by Shay Epstein.