Winter would be way more bearable if I could spend it here. Mountain House in Manigod, France by Studio Razavi Architecture. In this highly preserved Alpine valley, stringent architectural guidelines allow for very little freedom of architectural expression. Everything from building height/width ratio to roof slope, via building material and window sizes are strictly controlled to enforce what is locally perceived as patrimony protection but de facto creating camp architecture, endlessly mimicking traditional mountain homes.
The 1850s timber house from had seen better days, its original features long stripped away. “The new addition is concealed using the same form/angle/dimension of the existing cottage, but where that is clad in traditional horizontal timber weatherboards, the new addition is clad in vertical ironbark shiplap. The 2 timber species are further contrasted by their treatment – traditional painted finish for the cottage whereas the ironbark will be left to weather off and soften in appearance. “ Inside large sliding walls of glass let in the light and provide easy access to the outside while the materials palette is of plywood, oak, steel, bluestone, brass and cement. Modern living in a strict heritage preservation area. Crisp House in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood by Robert Nichol & Sons.
My sister and I shared a bedroom for many years as children. There would have been far fewer fights if our parents had divided our room like this. Beds above, desks below and pull out dividing walls. Hang on. There better be another reading cubby on the other wall or it won’t end well 😉 Together Apart by Melbourne-based Architecture Architecture.
Photography by Tom Ross
I spotted this home on Architectural Digest Spain yesterday and had to share because I am looking for bolder colour ideas for my dining room and THIS IS IT!!! Designed by Maximiliano Crovato, this 60 m2 home in São Paulo uses pinks throughout and they are absolutely stunning shades of a sort of dusty coral pink and a brighter fuschia shade. Paired with purple and red accents, it’s bold and unexpected and super fabulous!
Whenever I’ve been asked what to do with ugly orange-stained knotty pine walls or ceilings I have always had one answer… paint them, paint it all! Sometimes you can’t. You could be renting, you might not have the money or the time to invest in such a big job. Then I came across this log cabin styled by Susan Burns and it was an epiphany. The knotty pine walls and ceilings are the perfect foil for the white furniture and soft furnishings. OK the brick fireplace and some of the floors have been painted but the often overpowering orange wood has definitely been softened by what I’m calling the “white within”. A pretty solution don’t you think?