Come with me. Take my hand and runaway to a holiday home just metres from the beach in Comporta, Portugal. Casa Do Pego sits lightly on the sand, its face turned to nearby agricultural land. Sliding shuttersprovide shelter from the setting sun while a roof top terrace and pool let you chill out in privacy. Clean, minimal lines are perfect for a beachside retreat while the suspended fireplace provides the wow factor. Go on. I know you want to come with me. It’s the perfect cure for Mondayitis.
Thankfully it’s Friday and I thought since I’m sure many of us could use a little decompressing right about now, that featuring a retreat would be quite fitting. This is the Yingst Retreat, 4000 sq ft on a peaceful 16 acres in Michigan, designed by Salmela Architects. What a dream! It’s heaven in the middle of a forest. Modern yet fairly simple construction that is not at all harsh, and quite organic with the help of lots basic materials like wood, ceramic tile and brick. Complete with sauna and bocce court, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy life.
Every cloud has a silver lining… unless it’s the Cloud House in Fitzroy North in Melbourne by McBride Charles Ryan. The Edwardian era facade is left relatively untouched out of respect to the existing streetscape. The old house’s original interior has been painted white with a carpet of flowers providing the surprise. Linking the old and the new is a red box, the heart of the home, the kitchen. What opens beyond is a fantastical cloud shaped living area. No silver lining though. Warm timbers cocoon the space. Unexpected, child like but meticulously crafted.
Perhaps I’ve been living under a rock lately, but I only just discovered (thanks to some random googling) the blog The Socialite Family, created by Constance Gennari. Formerly a children’s fashion journalist and then Art buyer for an advertising agency, I recently decided to immerse myself in the world of blogging to share with you my true passion: observing interior design through the eyes of a family, whether in Paris, New York or anywhere else in the world. I am particularly inspired and passionate about these contemporary, urban families and through this blog, wish to inspire you with my interpretation of these unique environments and people. I LOVE this blog – it’s essentially MilK magazine in blog form. And speaking of MilK magazine, check out this stunning vacation home of Isis-Colombe Combréas, editor at MilK, her husband and their 2 children (aged 9 & 15). It is located on l’Ile de Ré, an island off the west cost of France. It’s pretty much my dream home – a rustic structure with a black and white colour scheme with some designer pieces mixed in with vintage finds. GORG!!!