I catch myself frequently looking longingly into the backyard wondering when I can enjoy the outdoors again. Especially after getting a dumping of snow this past weekend when we only had a few inches on the ground before that. Winter has officially arrived! I spotted this backyard project recently by Growsgreen and was immediately smitten. This is my dream – no grass and tons of usable space with minimal gardens. The continuous flow from the house to the deck allows for more space at the same level. The dining area outside the kitchen has restaurant-style heaters in the overhang. Vertical beam screens lead one’s eye to the living room of the garden with concrete planters and floating benches large enough to lay on or seat friends around the fire. This area has a barbecue so the chef can join the party, along with a concrete plinth designed for trays of food or for sitting near the barbecue. When styled with planters it acts as a screen for the lower hot tub area. Light-colored materials make the garden feel open while the darker fence grounds the space and creates a backdrop for lush plantings. The translucent green house material designed in Shoji style is something we were most excited about, having seen it used in industrial applications on larger buildings. It becomes an art piece as it reveals shadows that emerge in the morning and change throughout the day.
Photos: Caitlin Atkinson and Growsgreen
What a serene, earthy, charming home this is! Located in Mallorca, this 250m2 residence is so relaxing and comfortable, and would be so pleasant to come home to after a long day at work (or as things have gone over the past year, to work from home in). Designed by Meritxell Ribé and Josep Puigdomènech of The Room Studio.
What do I love about this London townhouse? The custom library shelves and the cosy wood-burning fire. The moody rooms and the conservatory with its traditional English greenhouse feel. The bespoke dressing room (look at that clever shoe storage) and the marble bathrooms. And the shutters in the bedroom and the secret rooftop terrace and the backyard and the … and the … Chelsea Townhouse by AND.
Bright, warm, neutral and an organic vibe in this Barcelona home leaves me smitten. Putxet House designed by The Room Studio. We expanded the upper floors and reconfigured the spaces. This house measuring 700 m2 house in the upper area of Barcelona is large, bright, and functional. Both facades of the house were kept intact, respecting the structure’s original state and paying homage to its history. The large staircase was made on site and functions as the heart of the house. Next to it is located the courtyard, which extends vertically through the house. An industrial style was achieved without losing warmth by using natural woods combined with metals, hydraulic tiles, and microcement.
Or so James Herriot said. Ever since I saw this sun porch by Jane Hallworth I have been daydreaming, or should I say scheming, of achieving a similar space at my home. A fabulous, eclectic mix of furniture, texture and plants. An oasis in a time of chaos and crisis.