Why is it that once the weather starts to warm up my mind automatically turns to gardening? Yes I’m addicted to all things interior design but I can’t help loving a house’s exterior and it’s immediate surrounds just as much. Lush and green, stimulating, relaxing and cocooning, alive and inspiring. Give me a gorgeous house but make sure it has a lovely garden. Oh and if it has a space for entertaining family and friends as well as a killer fireplace even better. Northcote garden by Melbourne-based landscape designers Peachy Green (cool name).
Photography by Tom Blachford
Wander along a curving path. Pass through a shuttered gateway. Enter a dreamy garden, beautiful but watch the spikes. Dry as a bone but full of life. Continue if you must into beckoning interiors or linger if you can. Yes linger in this Mornington Dream Garden by Melbourne-based Phillip Withers Landscape Design.
This is pretty much my dream home right here. Funky vintage mash-ups on the interior with modern artwork and a black exterior with coloured stone and decking and A RIVER in your backyard AND multiple outbuildings to have your own personal space along with a space to shoo partner/children to keep them out of your hair. Sounds absolutely perfect to me. For sale via The Modern House.
Conjuring the American bayou with its black cladding and superb situation on the banks of the River Rother, Chandlers Reach occupies the longest private river frontage in Rye. Consisting of a main house and a series of converted outbuildings, accommodation extends to almost 4,000 sq ft, with parking for several cars, a garage, substantial 200 ft garden, and uninterrupted views across the diverse natural habitat of Romney Marshes, to the sea beyond. The main house is arranged over two levels, with five bedrooms in all. Painted-timber floors and internal cladding of timber and corrugated steel contribute to the wonderful tapestry of materials within, resulting in playful and uplifting aesthetic throughout. Spanning the considerable length of the property are three outbuildings. Two of these have been converted into self-contained studios, with one currently earning significant income through holiday rental (the house is also a popular choice for location shoots). The third is used as a creative studio and office but is plumbed for use as accommodation.
It’s rustic yet sophisticated. It’s steeped in history yet modern. It’s an island house in a farmhouse. A modern extension to an early 1900s house on Shelter Island provided the space and level of luxury the owners desired while preserving the heart and soul of the old home. Think living room barn and bedroom in a shed, connecting glass walkways and a fabulous outdoor entertaining area. Shelter Island Farmhouse by SchappacherWhite Architects DPC.
Rupert emailed us recently about his holiday homes in Dordogne, France that are available for holiday rental. It consists of 2 separate homes, Le Mas and Le Mazet that he renovated and designed with interior designer Joris van Grinsven. Le Mas is a 16th century farmhouse consisting of 5 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, 2 fireplaces, a summer kitchen, outdoor pool, sun terrace and more. Le Mazet is a detached cottage that has one bedroom with ensuite on the lower ground floor, and open kitchen and sitting room on the upper ground floor. The views across the valley are breathtaking. A vacation here would be magical!
There is a tunnel from Le Mas to Le Mazet