The San Miguel de Allende home of Casa Gusto

Posted on Mon, 27 May 2024 by KiM

I fell in love with San Miguel de Allende years ago (virtually – still have yet to visit in person) and I am even more smitten now that I have seen this 7 bedroom home that Cris Briger and her family (of Casa Gusto) built there in 1999. In their typical antique-filled style with some Italian/Swedish farmhouse vibes added in for good measure, it is so welcoming and warm. And now I need more baskets. Photos: Miguel Flores Vianna & Charles Peed.

This home and the lifestyle it embodies are all about embracing the natural essence of this sybaritic island through an authentic celebration of indoor-outdoor living. Through a series of interconnected pavilions, a collected, art-forward home came together, revealing a deeply rich and intense color palette full of playfulness, elegance, and luxury. A mixture of ebonized gray French Oak and limestone flooring, paired with warm plaster walls adds to the relaxing and inviting interior.
What a heavenly place this would be to escape to in the winter months (or any months for that matter). A slice of Caribbean heaven. By Alexander Design.

1h20 from Paris, manor of 500m2 on a wooded park of 2 hectares. Manor built in the 16th century. then partly remodeled in a neo-Gothic style, spread over 4 levels on the foundations of an 11th century dwelling. On the ground floor: large living room, office, kitchen with back kitchen, dining room to renovate, 2nd living room, shower room. On the 1st floor: 5 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms and a shower room. On the 2nd floor: 2 bedrooms and a large attic space. Vaulted cellars. Many remarkable architectural elements: fleur-de-lys fireplaces, monumental carved stone staircase, ribbed vaults, stained glass windows and coats of arms, old chapel, old Le Notre garden. On the back of the manor, large outbuildings around the swimming pool, orchard, and landscaped park.
This castle/manor is so incredibly beautiful on the outside and has such wonderful features inside, it’s shame that once again the current homeowners haven’t done it justice whatsoever. I’ll take it off their hands 🙂 For sale for €780,000 via Kretz.

A tonal terrace

Posted on Thu, 23 May 2024 by KiM

A four-storey townhouse in Dalston re-imagined and transformed into a bold, colourful and bohemian sanctuary. The existing house was divided into two dwellings, a small flat with fronts steps leading down on the lower ground floor and a family maisonette on the upper three floors, accessed up a flight of external stairs. The brief was to combine the two separate dwellings into one home and restore the grand townhouse to its former glory. Zoe and Benedict wanted to change the basement flat into the main kitchen and living space, so that it could open onto the generous garden. They also wanted to keep the original through-lounge on the upper floor as well as providing a main bedroom with en-suite, a family bathroom, and further rooms to be used as bedrooms and study space but able to adapt over time. Early discussions for the new construction elements of the project kept returning to mid-century Los Angeles style and we liked the idea of entering the house on a Brooklyn feel and switching from East Coast to West Coast to discover a brightly lit, mid-century Californian style living space inside.
This renovated home (another one by Bradley Van Der Straeten) is packed with really moody colours and really has such a wonderful energy about it. A very happy place to be.

An earthy Austin ranch house

Posted on Thu, 23 May 2024 by KiM

This Austin ranch designed by Light and Dwell is “mountain ranch” style and I am loving every inch of it. Stone walls and fireplaces (mostly painted white…..ugh but does lighten things up), exposed wood ceiling beams in almost every room, the warmed wood kitchen, lots of furry chairs I want to sink into, and everything bathed in soothing neutrals. Timeless and classic but make it a bit rustic but also a bit sophisticated. Photos: Harry Crowder.