When it came time to save this neglected stone barn in Adelaide, South Australia from tumbling down the owners decided to celebrate the space by making it part of their family life. It became an entertainment area, a family room, a retreat. Oh to have something so special at the end of my garden! A beautiful conservation and repurposing by Williams Burton Leopardi.
You all know I like a Victorian era house. Brick or stone is even better. Gritty, old suburb perfect. Add a modern extension and I’m weak at the knees. Well this beauty in Melbourne’s Cremorne has one more thing that has turned me into a salvering mess … a fabulous Papua New Guinea tribal art collection. How much for the house and contents? When can I move in? Link here while it lasts.
Let’s start the week by running away from the everyday drudge. We’re off to Lisbon to a 6 bedroom hotel in an 18th century house with interiors that pay homage to the 21st century. Minimalist and chic with the bright Portuguese light filtering in through sheer drapes onto the old limestone walls.
“All of our houses started as our family’s homes, and they’re now open to whoever wants to experience them. They are part of our story and echo the importance of feeling at home. Along the way, we realized that we are not alone in the search for happiness and fulfillment, and thus it felt right to share our values and visions with everyone else – one house at a time. We named this search & sharing process Silent Living.”
Santa Clara 1728 from Silent Living.
This lakeside home in Austin, Texas is the perfect family home with lots of entertaining spaces, a to-die-for 2 story screened in porch, and lots of colours and textures. Just the right amount of personality and comfort. Designed by Fern Santini (architecture: Paul Lamb + Inge Hendley, photos: Douglas Friedman)
Like your Umbrian getaway house a little more contemporary, a little less vintage? This stone farmhouse (the owner’s grandparents home) has been sensitively renovated into a modern home without losing any of its charm. Now you are faced with a difficult choice, house 1 or house 2? Perhaps we could do both. San Pellegrino via Special Umbria.