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My favourite kind of farmhouse

My favourite kind of farmhouse is one with a modern twist. This farmhouse in Washington is just that, with a colour palette mostly of black and white, this home is comfortable and casual, with modern and rustic melding together in blissful harmony. My love for a traditional farmhouse table paired with Starck's Louis Ghost chair (or Panton S chairs) has never wavered. Kudos to H2 Design + Build for killin' this project. (Photos: Dorothée Brand)

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Polo House

Loving this fun and eccentric Spanish getaway in Sotogrande, Cádiz by interior design firm Melián Randolph. Part Mediterranean, part country, part modern, it is a beautiful home with an even more beautiful landscape. I can see huge family gatherings here. 

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Another British country retreat

How about this for a summer country getaway? The original and reclaimed features in this home are just to die for. From the portfolio of interior designer Caroline Holdaway (in case you missed last week's feature of hers here). This property, originally two keepers cottages in West Sussex, is a cherished second home for my clients who wanted to enlarge to create space for entertaining, provision for guests and ancillary accommodation. Two extensions were added and a glass link to capitalise on the views of the glorious Sussex Downs. Reclaimed oak and elm timber was sourced and laid for flooring and reclaimed York stone slabs were selected for interface areas with the outside. The newly constructed rooms were all given character by the use of reclaimed timber wall muntin. Oak beams were found and mechanically hollowed out to conceal the necessary modern steel supports marrying new construction with the original part of the building. Lime plaster was used to soften edges and a harmony of new and old sit peacefully together.


A rustic country retreat

I thought I would follow up the last rustic home with another because WHY NOT. This is an 18th century stone country retreat in Cotswold, U.K decorated by interior designer Caroline Holdaway. It is such a beautiful structure, you could pretty much fill it with anything and I would still be totally smitten. Old floorboards, stone walls, beamed ceilings and some vintage furnishings makes this the coziest little getaway. 

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A barn conversion in Washington

I am always up for a good conversion, and this one is GOOD. The work of SHED Architecture & Design, this barn located in Whidbey Island, WA was outfitted with a workroom/kitchen, an apartment, a bunkroom and bathrooms. Some skylights., dormers and bay windows were added, and re-use of existing barn materials - original barn siding for interior paneling, re-milling of salvaged floor joists for stair material, trim and countertops. The exterior was then wrapped in new cedar board and batten. The result is the coziest, rustic getaway. 

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