Interior Design 521.
(photo credit: Uriel Massa)
You can definitely fall in love with a house. Having seen hundreds in the course
of the last eight years, I can say that it doesn’t often happen.
Goldstein’s English cottage in Herzliya Pituah spoke to me as few houses
She is a home stylist who studied textiles at Shenkar College of
Engineering and Design, but is also a graduate of the Adler Institute in Tel
Aviv, where she eventually became a lecturer in parenting. Not wanting to give
up her design work, she decided to combine the two, and she has firm ideas about
how the space we live in affects the dynamics within a family.
“I grew up
one of four children, including my twin brother in a small house here in
Herzliya Pituah,” says Goldstein, who is one of the daughters of Paul Kohn, for
many years a sports writer for The Jerusalem Post.
“All my friends were
very rich and lived in huge houses like museums, but they loved coming to visit
me. It was cozy, and lively and fun. A home is like a piece of clothing – it
should not be too big and not too small, but fit snugly.”
In the course
of her work she still sees the phenomenon; massive show kitchens where the lady
of the house can’t boil an egg.
“My house has to serve me, not me serve
it,” she says with feeling.
Goldstein and her dentist husband Yarden rent
this home and they have rented several others in the last 10 years.
causes a dilemma every time she renovates a house.
“I invest as little as possible but I still make them
beautiful and every time the landlord sees what I’ve done, they want the house
back to live in or to sell,” she says. In this house, which she has had for
three years, she put a natural oak floor all over the house but it is not glued
down so she can move it, like a carpet.
The house is not just
extraordinarily pretty but is a showcase for her talents as a designer. For many
years she had her own business, creating baby linen because she couldn’t find
what she wanted in the shops, and she also designed her own very attractive
mezuza covers, made from glass beads encased in a rectangular vintage case. She
says she likes nothing better than to find some old chair or chest of drawers
and to restore it with a few touches of paint and new upholstery.
style of the house can be described as vintage, or shabby chic, with several
books on the coffee table in the lounge, including Perfect English Cottages and
Vintage Style giving a clue to the atmosphere she wanted to create. Rachel
Ashwell, creator of the shabby-chic look, is her inspiration.
and color are both very important to create the right energies,” she
“I also love to mix and match furnishings and
Walking into the small lounge, the first impression is of
airiness and an ethereal quality from the white blinds sifting the harsh light
outside to a gentler light within.
The low beamed ceiling is painted
white and the seating arrangements are white or cream, with a numerous
decorative cushions. The large glass-topped coffee table fits well in the space
and has room for plants, flowers and books. A white piano and piano stool
complete the picture.
The three children are usually kept out of this
room but have their own equally pretty den also furnished in white and with
several pieces of “distressed” furniture which are also practical for
Two white mirrors on the wall were originally black plastic from
Ikea – “super cheap” says Goldstein – but now look very effective and soften the
harsh rectangle of the room. A huge plaster bowl on the table stores papers and
books. “I painted it white,” she says. “I paint everything.”
Ikea kitchen and a dining area furnished with an old mahogany table matched with
modern white chairs complete the downstairs. At the top of the steep staircase
the landing is used as a playroom for the children, full of toys and games,
while the three bedrooms all have distinctive characters.
bedroom is prettily decorated with a dainty blue-and-white counterpane, while
the children’s rooms are quite different – bunk beds for the two younger
children in one, and a very boyish blueand- cream room for the 10-year-old
“If someone takes me to style their home, they should know I have
eclectic tastes, love to mix and match and I love flea-market finds I can
transform into something beautiful,” she says. “I like things that have a story
attached to them.”