I love the New Zealand bach. The beach side cottage, the seaside shack, often painted black, pared back, perhaps even a little rough. Somewhere to escape, to interact with nature, to relax, to retreat. The Storm Cottage by architectural firm Fearon Hay with interiors by Penny Hay displays a robust exterior to the world but once inside it is warm, cocooning with a simple luxury. A stylish shelter in the wilds.
Surf’s up and so is my pulse. Beautiful white boxes punctuated by large expanses of glass, the house is by Sweden’s Arkitektstudio Widejdal Racki (work completed while the firm was Arkitektstudio WRB). Open it up to the beautiful site or close it up and shelter inside when wild weather rolls in. Casual, stylish and perfect for a surfing weekend. What am I saying? Just surfing? You would find me just sitting on the patio being hypnotised by the ever changing sea.
A simple family holiday home at Shoal Bay on the rugged coastline that is New Zealand’s southern Hawkes Bay. An unpretentious bach, the beach side shelter that the kiwis do so well. This is a holiday home where sand is trekked in and wet swim suits are the norm. Sliding screens provide shelter from the changing winds and decks between pavilions allow the sun to shine in and cosy spots to be in yet out. A house that has a sense of place, of past, of person, of purpose. A house by Wellington-based Parsonson Architects.
Does anyone else out there need a warm, beachy vacation as much as I do? Luckily I am heading WAY south to Puerto Valllarta (my fav hot spot) in a few weeks and I am counting down the minutes until I leave this dreary, cold, grey hell that is winter. Perhaps you’d like to give Bondi Beach a go if you’re on that side of the world. The following photos are of 2 vacation homes in Bondi (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) that are designed by William Dangar of Robert Plumb. They are cool, modern but casually simple homes that would be ideal beach houses for a vacay. Details here.
I couldn’t resist. I’ve featured this home before but when I found it again on the Koskela website with even more pictures I had to share. It’s Dickebusch, a 2 bedroom holiday home, with separate cottage in the fishing village of Patonga north of Sydney. Renovated by the duo behind Koskela furniture – Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky – it is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Relaxed and stylish. Warm and fashionably laid back. Imagine your perfect holiday shack full of Koskela furniture, lighting and objects. Throw in some vintage pieces and collectables and it is just about heaven. Sleeps 8. Now there will be two from DTI… that leaves 6 more. Just leave your name if you want to join us 😉