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Friday
Nov182016

Host Unusual

Friday and the working day drags on and on and on. When will I be free? When will the weekend finally be here? You know by now that my solution to the working day's drudgery is to escape on a virtual getaway ... except today is lots of getaways. Everything from architect designed homes to country cottages, towers to windmills, gypsy caravans to treehouses all via Host Unusual, a hand-picked directory featuring the most unusual and exciting holiday accommodation in the UK. I've only featured a few here. (Clicking on the picture will take you to the listing.) I guarantee you'll get lost for ages checking out all the properties they have to offer. And remember we may be daydreaming today but these are actual real holiday homes. A dream can become a reality.

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Thursday
Nov172016

A modern tale

The exterior may be storybook style but the interiors are definitely a modern tale. Cotswold Style Residence by Connecticut architects Brooks & Falotico.

Thursday
Nov172016

Solid as a rock

"A beautiful home is the result of considering the environment and the project as one, along with the interface between interior design and architecture."

Perched like a rocky outcrop above the valley this house by Vitale Design with views forever through its walls of glass feels like it should be there, that it is part of the landscape. Monumental and cave like yet open to the surrounding bush with the slide of a wall panel or window.

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Wednesday
Nov162016

Classic and modern by Betsy Brown

Classic spaces with modern touches that are unique, thoughtful and absolutely beautiful. This is Betsy Brown. A well suited home is a portrait of those who live within. The palette colored by life's experiences, a graceful segue from solitude to public life. It is a place where one feels effortless alone or in the company of friends. Such a home is our aim. Its creation begins with inquiry into the patterns of daily living, understanding what is nurturing, stimulating, calming—what feels like home. It requires inspection of cherished objects, and introspection into cherished experiences. We observe and absorb what is abundant and appropriate, and attend to what is lacking. We expand upon the authentic and delete the superfluous. Modernist sensibilities form the foundation while antiquities inform and balance, providing a delicate tension and subtle energy. The result is a home that genuinely reflects one's true nature. A home that feels like home. 

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Wednesday
Nov162016

Kitchen envy

Why am I so attracted to old fashioned English kitchens? No bells, no whistles, appropriate to the age of the building and beautiful. I'm sure someone will ask where is the fridge and the oven and what about more storage. Perhaps they are on the other side of the room out of camera shot, perhaps not. Perhaps I'm just in love with the romance of these types of kitchens and am ignoring the practicality of everyday life with a family to feed but I don't seem to need a steam oven and a dishwasher, a cappuccino machine or a freezer drawer and drawers and drawers of gadgets. Kitchen in a Grade 1 listed almshouse in Whitechapel by Chris Dyson Architects.

Photography by Alex Jones.