A little vacation to a cottage as beautiful and soothing and easy on the eye as this one would be a dream. This neutral stone & thatched roof cottage in The Cotswolds is all wood and white and sisal and stone and wicker and linen/cotton….it’s heaven. Available as a location home via Shoot Factory. (Photographer: Richard Oxford)
It’s like I say week in week out. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s super stylish. One Maples Lane, a co-working space for hairdressers and colourists, by Melbourne-based Studio Ami.
The minute I spotted this house I had to show my husband. I imagine us building something like this – simple architecture that blurs the lines between indoors and outdoors – one day on a lake and living our best geriatric lives 🙂 Designed by Berman Horn Studio. Little Peek, a small home fifteen miles from Maine’s mid-coast on the island of Vinalhaven, is both an escape and a refuge from today’s urban existence. The house is a contemporary reinterpretation of the New England connected farmhouse. Organized as a long bar that faces the water to the west, the Camden Hills to the north and untouched ledges to the east, it includes a main house, a small guest cottage, and a custom designed fully screened porch that links the two. This porch, which creates a shared exterior room and frames views to the landscape, extends the profile of the roofline to tie the two houses together. Along its length the house transforms from cape to saltbox to create the traditional “Ell” found in historic buildings in the area. Within the whitewashed interior, the decision was made to limit the visual presence of wood to give nature the chance to enter uncontested through the large industrial windows and bring focus onto the textures and colors of the stone, huckleberry, bay and lichen that surround the house. Details are both modest and spare, recalling the cleanliness of the Shaker aesthetic. The interiors are inspired by a casual but edited mix of American and French antiques and textiles juxtaposed with the clean lines and playful finishes of late 20th century contemporary design. The vibrant colors and painted surfaces create a warm counterpoint to the ever-changing vista of the outdoors. (Photos: Greta Rybus)
On a hill in an orange grove in southern Portugal is a guesthouse built as a series of white boxes based on traditional farmhouse buildings. Minmimalist interiors provide a simple escape from the heat of the sun while connecting effortlessly with the exterior. Spread over two floors the original shepherd’s hut contains the living room and kitchen opening to roof terraces including a pool. Casa Um by Lisbon-based Atelier Rua.
This Los Angeles Tudor home has a dramatic light and dark situation going on, with most of the spaces having a nordic/scandi pale wood and lots of white and neutrals going on, and then the kitchen takes a 180 degree turn and has several black elements. I love that unexpected pairing, especially when most people would go white in a kitchen (BORING!). Another fab space designed by Freudenberger Design Studio.