What is it about the mix of rustic simplicity and elegant living that is so appealing? Think stone, white washed walls and old wooden beams as the stage for an enviable collection of art and furniture, objet d’art and curiosities. Pops of bright colour energise the scheme and though everything is beautiful nothing is “precious”. Casa Mallorca by Spanish interior designer Ramón García Jurado.
This beautiful stone home perched above Austin was remodelled by local firm Mark Ashby Design working with clients who “were inspired by a European mid-century modern aesthetic, while still acknowledging their love for old world New England style”. The result is not only beautiful and functional but the attention to detail and fine finishes were paramount.
Perched high on the hill above the harbour in Gaeta in the Lazio region of Italy is a neutral nirvana. A monochromatic palette with the attention on textural contrast and natural finishes is cool and chic. Smooth sophistication by Rome-based architect and designer Stefano Dorata.
A 19th century sandstone farmhouse a few hours outside Sydney undergoes a renovation but it’s not a cheesy, chintzy Victorian time capsule that emerges from the builder’s dust. No. It’s a modern farmhouse, honest, sympathetic, a calm respite from the city rat race. Sophisticated in its simplicity yet true to its roots. Capertee Valley Cottage by Studio Esteta.