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Entries in Portugal (15)

Thursday
Sep112014

Baixa House

A home away from home. Perhaps I should say an apartment. Baixa House in Lisbon, Portugal is a boutique hotel of individual self-catering apartments over several floors, each with its own stylish interior. Bright white walls, scrubbed floors, vintage finds and beautiful light flooding in. Forget the holiday. I'd want to live there permanently. Via Welcome Beyond.

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Friday
May302014

Casa no Tempo

It's been in the family for years. It was their grandfather's house. Now with the help of architect Manuel Aires Mateus, João and Andreia Rodrigues have created a simple and stylish get away in Montemor-o-Novo, Alentejo, Portugal. Casa no Tempo, minimalism meets rural idyll. Rolling fields, wildflowers, cork grove, horses, pool. I can see the perfect weekend far from the madding crowd. If only I could runaway.

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Wednesday
May282014

The staircase

Returning from Brazil in the late 19th century Portuguese migrants brought not only new wealth but architectural influences from their adopted country. Who would have known that a chi chi alpine chalet design would have been popular in Brazil at the time? Fast forward to the 21st century and the"Chalé das Três Esquinas" (Three Cusps Chalet) in Braga, Portugal was in desperate need of repair. Tiago do Vale Arquitectos have breathed new life into the crumbling building with a lightness, a transparency that is defined by the sinuous original staircase that rises through the newly opened spaces. A modern work and live space in a reborn historic building.

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Monday
Apr072014

Cabanas no Rio

Perched on the tidal waters of Comporta south of Lisbon, Portugal are two small cabins. Crafted from recycled timber they reference the local fishermen's huts. The first cabin contains a bedroom and bathroom. The second a living space with basic kitchen. Simple and beautiful, romantic and at one with the wetlands. Cabanas no Rio by architect Manuel Aires Mateus. In my dreams I am there already.

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Monday
Dec022013

Wake me up

Wake me up when Monday is over. No go away. I'm serious. I want to stay under the covers and slip back into my dream. The one where I live in a small but perfectly formed beach house in Portugal. Simple and stylish, layers of texture and colours of the sea. A wonderful dream where there are never any Mondays, never any Mondayitis. A dream designed by Vera Iachia of course.

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