Honestly, my dream house consists of a bathroom, a kitchen, a bedroom and like 18 balconies, porches, conservatories, pergolas, decks etc. etc. This house isn’t really my style but lawd half mursey there are sooooo many spaces to enjoy the outdoors! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it. And I LIKE IT! This weekend residence embodies the warmth and charm of historical shingle-style architecture. The three-story home typifies the popular American vernacular with its numerous covered porches and balconies, curved conservatory and teal-green trim. Its design optimizes views of the lakeside setting. The interior design blends rustic and refined, with personal touches throughout, such as the custom de Gournay wallpaper hand-painted with area iconography, and an intricately hand-carved mantel in the master bedroom. In the conservatory, the latticed wood in an ornamental wall panel is painted soft green with a decorative border. Antique, carved panels purchased by the couple were integrated into the doors and paneling of the study. Interior and landscape design: Harrison Design; photos: Gordon Beall.
Let me sum up this lovely restoration in Sydney’s Paddington by Jillian Dinkel in just a few well chosen words. A lacy old lady has her heritage features restored, her storage amped up and her new life with a new family begins. Timeless.
“An existing heritage building is transformed through the introduction of a modern, two-storey addition that playfully re-interprets the distinctive geometry of the original dwelling through a contemporary lens. Capturing abundant natural light and garden aspects, the new addition employs a refined and subtle palette of brick, steel and timber.”
Adding more space to a heritage home isn’t always about replicating the existing style. Sometimes it’s better to clearly delineate between old and new. This contemporary extension with its umbilical cord of glass and brick connecting it to the mother house shares similar materials such as brick while referencing the existing hips and gables in its form. York Street Residence by Melbourne-based Jackson Clements Burrows Architects.
“Simplicity was at the core of what we wanted to create. Our mantra throughout the design process was always: what is the most simple solution? When we started the project we had the vision to create a living space that would look humble but feel extremely vast and open. We really wanted the volumes and proportions to play with the surrounding nature as this is such an important element of why its owners chose this exact spot.”
Nestled in the dunes, sitting in harmony with its surrounds The Dunes is the epitome of beautiful simplicity and seemingly simple beauty. Can we just acknowledge how perfect that last image is? By Amsterdam-based The Loft.
Photography by Wouter van der Krol
Rising like a rocky outcrop on the sandy dunes this stylishly designed guesthouse at Yzerfontein, South Africa is an oasis of calm, a dark cave providing protection from the glare of the sunlight and howl of the wind while opening to the stunning sea views. Understated luxury perfect for a beach getaway. Olive Tree Villa by Gavin Maddock.