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Escape from winter - an update

Back in 2012 I published this post that featured some outdoor spaces by Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture which included some photos of the Santa Barbara backyard of interior stylist Elizabeth Burns. Elizabeth had the plans from Jeffrey for the remainder of her yard and finally implemented them this year. The result is so freaking gorgeous! GAWD how I wish I lived WAY more south in order to be able to grow such beautiful plants and enjoy such a wonderful backyard all year round. Congrats Elizabeth - I bet Jeffrey is very pleased with what you have done. 

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Maximalism on a Sunday

Maximalism inside and out on a Sunday, British style in this Georgian townhouse in London via location agency SHOOTFACTORY. And featuring a couple of cats. :) 

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Margarida's outdoor oasis

You may recall this post of Margarida's weekend home in Portugal back in 2013. Well it seems Margarida has been hard at work on the exterior of her home, despite 45°C heat (which would explain the expanse of brown in the photo above). I detest winter, so this time of the year really gets me down as it is the end of warm weather for a very long time....which is why I really needed to feature this lovely outdoor space. Anything to transport me to warmer climates...

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Glebe House Tour 2015 - part 2

This little office is at the top of the landing is above the mudroom in the rebuilt addition. 

I saw a before photo of the bathroom. I recall a very narrow yellow tub and really awful tile on the wall. This bathroom is a dream come true in comparison. 

I LOVE this photograph by Maureen O'Connor from the H.H Richardson Complex Asylum for the Insane in Buffalo NY

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Modern design with traditional materials. Now this is how you do countryside living! From Spanish architects Anna & Eugeni Bach. The local building regulations are straightforward, specifying mere general characteristics for the new houses, such as stone cladding, or sloped roofs with “arab” tiles. The main aim of these regulations is to lead new buildings to look like old rural houses, the so called Catalan “masias”. Rather than portraying a traditional rural house, the project looks for another type of a relationship to the countryside, making a connection to the farm storages around this area. The spatial organisation of the house follows the logic of a warehouse, generating a large volume within which smaller units are placed, to offer intimacy. Bedrooms, kitchen and bathrooms are placed in “boxes” inside the “storage”. Between these, crossed views and circulations offer direct relationships to the landscape around the house.

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