Normally when I dream of an island getaway it involves palm trees, white sands and a Bali style pavilion or two. Today’s island dream is an old shipbuilder’s cabin on Vashon Island in Washington’s Puget Sound. Designers Hoedemaker Pfeiffer wove their magic over a year, gut-renovating and reinstating the history and personality of the house. An island dream indeed!
Photography by Thomas J. Story
Everyone could use a little Hamptons getaway. Even in Moscow.
Living in megapolis, a family with two children wanted to build a house in picturesque Moscow suburbs to become a perfect escape from busy life in the city. It had to be comfortable equilibrium between simplicity and sophistication, functionality and sustainability. The typical Finnish log Honka house was thoroughly adapted to the client’s needs with utmost attention to architectural details. The interior of the house is mature, well-balanced and holistic, as we adhered the concept of well-known Hamptons style encapsulating the relaxation of a beach house, but dolled up with luxury finishes. The home has comforting palette of stone and handsomely stained wood which reflects calm and relax vibe in harmony with the surroundings, while strong graphic accents bring in the modern chic. Designed by Olga Malyeva, photos by Alexander Volodin.
I couldn’t just share one project from Barracuda Interiors. This stylish cabana is home to a French family, their coastal getaway. Once again the eclectic mix of “20th-century furniture, Portuguese decorative objects – particularly ceramics – and pieces Alexandre Neimann designs himself that act as a bridge between the architecture and the 20th-century pieces” appears so simple yet so chic.
“The project consisted of a long process of research to create a harmonious arrangement of colours, materials and forms while adhering to the budget. Neimann was inspired by the place and by the person. Above all, he wanted to give the house an identity through eclectic decor and handpicked objects, mixing 20th-century furniture in general – with pieces ranging from the late 19th-century all the way up to the 1980s …”
Paraíso. It’s Portuguese for heaven. Not just the location but this beautifully rustic but oh so chic Comporta cabana by Lisbon-based Barracuda Interiors. Be still my beating heart!
I remember seeing this house many many years ago. It’s a beach cabin in East Sussex by Bartlett Coote. It was the standard bearer for the pale and interesting vintage movement. Granny chic meets shabby chic meets reuse and recycle. Flashy and trashy were an anathema. It was all about slow living and a down to earth aesthetic. Fast forward a decade if not a bit more and it’s as interesting and inspiring today as it was back then AND it seems it’s more than survived the test of time. Australians LOVE a beach shack and it seems the Brits do too. This one is rich with the promise of easy summer days filled with family and friends. For sale here via The Modern House.