Refined yet rustic. Elegant and extraordinary. Let’s throw in the words luxe, historical revival, desert oasis and South West style. Stone and terracotta tile, timber beams and whitest of white render, lush green gardens and stylish outdoor living. A piece of paradise in Arizona’s Paradise Valley by Scottsdale-based Oz Architects.
What I would do to be able to hire an architecture firm as talented as Dan Gayfer Design to design me a dream house. Like this one. Somewhat inspired by American Ranch style architecture with its picture windows, gabled rooflines and far-reaching single storey floor plan, the buildings careful orientation encompasses 180 degrees of views whilst protecting the exterior living spaces from prevailing winds that can sweep across the property. The views are part of the design and its aesthetic; they are not borrowed but practically stolen from the surrounding landscape to become part of the interior. This is Ceres House. (Photos: Dean Bradley Photography)
Built in 1830 in the Mexican town of Xucu, Yucatán, this somewhat derelict structure became abandoned in the 1970s and was brought back to life by French designer Emmanuel Picault. Becoming one with the surrounded landscape, it has a story to tell and a new lifetime of memories to make. Via MilK Decoration, photos by Michael DePasquale + Martina Maffini
I’m almost at a loss for words. This home in Wentworth-Nord, Québec designed by Montréal architect Alain Carle is so incredibly beautiful from the outside in. Most of the wood and stone throughout the house are reclaimed and are what really make this home special. Alongside the concrete floors, plaster walls and crittall windows, it is a winning combination. Bonus points for the dark stained wood adding in some moody drama. This is everything I love. (Photos: James Brittain)
People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. They can, though, place beautiful slabs of it throughout its interior for us to “oooh” and “aaah” over. Dark and moody meets sophisticated and chic, tailored, polished and precise. The Glasshouse by Sydney-based Nina Maya Interiors.