The extreme beauty of rustic living. Bright white against rough texture, flashes of bright colour, aged wood and mid century touches all amongst ancient olive trees. Making do has never been so chic. Can Canana by Barcelona-based Cobalto Studio.
Photography by Pablo Zamoro
This country house in Extremadura in western Spain is a sophisticated marriage of old and new, rustic and elegant, modern photograph and heirloom art. Rural living with a surprisingly urbane touch and through it all a calm, unaffected beauty. What else would you expect from Isabel López-Quesada?
Photography by Montse Garriga
Sunday dinners are typically help at my parents’ house as an excuse to get the family together. And I welcome the one day a week (aside from pizza night) where I don’t have to cook. But if I didn’t have my mom’s cooking to look forward to, dinner out would be a sweet alternative. And maybe in Seattle at Samara – a wood-fueled bistro designed by Mutuus Studio. Inside, rich earth tones dominate, bringing to mind a tranquil wooded understory. Dark-stained oak paneling and wainscoting wrap a portion of the space and the bar front, while the balance of the space features a section of the building’s original firewall that was revealed during construction. The firewall is composed of framing timber turned on its side, and now provides a subtle homage to the cooking method of choice. Seating for 30 is handled through a mix of seating groups featuring anti-tip tables topped with wood recycled from old piers, and a leather banquette. A chef’s counter, finished in soapstone, seats an additional six guests. Copper cladding wraps the area above the grill features a rich patina, and hand-made Danish brick, embedded with fused glass, surrounds the grill to create a delicate dance of firelight.
Photos: Kevin Scott
I had to share another country home with you by Leanne Ford because lawd half mursey she does country so very VERY well. Rustic, chic and always a bit of an edge that you would expect from Leanne – throwing some black in there for drama and contrast.
Photos: Reid Rolls
This farmhouse in the country is so beautiful I just want to melt into each photo. Designed by the great Leanne Ford, it’s simple in all white and caramel colours – very much neutral and soothing.
Photos: Reid Rolls