Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We have been having beautiful sunny weather here so you can expect some summer inspired posts this week. Let’s start with this beautiful home in Umbria, Italy, is featured in the latest ELLE Decoration (April) issue. These images put me straight in holiday mood! The decor is a mixture of rustic charm and classic Danish design, which to me is perfect. You can see the entire article in ELLE.
Maison Estate is a beautiful vineyard and restaurant located in Franschhoek, South Africa. It is dedicated to three simple pursuits: the production of beautiful wines, the making of delicious food and the appreciation of great design. The wine-producing vineyard includes a stunning new tasting room and restaurant where you can relax in a space that engages all the senses. Owner Chris Weylandt is also the owner of well-known South African furniture and homeware store Weylandts. He has seen the world, and as an avid wine connoisseur the decision to produce his own collection of wines from his Franschhoek farm is one of his long-time dreams. Renowned for his attention to detail and organic design philosophy, Weylandt’s wine production is an eco-conscious labour of love. The restaurant is beautifully decorated (simple yet elegant with lots of wood) and there is also a venue that can be rented for weddings and events. Have you seen that wine bottle chandelier in the first picture? Isn’t that stunning?!
This beautiful renovated beach home in Australia is decorated with a Nordic touch. This coastal home has an abundance of natural light which creates a spacious effect. I love the beautiful kitchen counters which are made of recycled messmate timber. In the living room a loom rug brings a sense of warmth and comfort. A lovely mix of old and new can be found in for example the dining area and kitchen where modern bar stools and vintage chairs are paired together.
This narrow house in a cul-de-sac in Itami, Japan, was a challenge for architecture firm Tato Architects but they managed to build a very clever home. Characteristic for this minimalistic home is the implementation of walls and staircases that resemble furniture. The decor is a bit too minimalistic for my taste but I like the practical solutions found to make the most of the limited space.
Under the shade of a giant Sequoia tree, nestled in a beautiful established garden surrounded by neighboring vineyards and orchards you will find a beautiful rustic chic home. Orchard Keepers was originally three separate old cottages but is has now been lovingly restored and transformed into a beautiful four bedroom home and a separate workers cottage providing country chic accommodation for 10 people on 10 acres in the heart of Red Hill in Victoria, Australia. Inside there are wood burning fireplaces, lovely linen sofas and beautiful vintage and antique furniture. This is the ultimate country getaway for a group of family or friends!
Villa Piedad in San Sebastián, Spain, was originally a two-family house built in 1950. The house has now been divided into eight small flats. When architect Marta Badiola first moved in to her apartment it had very low ceilings and it was divided into five tiny spaces. The solution was “total demolition” says Badiola, who was not afraid of this challenging project. She redesigned the apartment by arranging all its spaces around a central partition. The house is still not large, measuring a mere 57 square meters, but now space has been used in the most effective way.
The owners of this cottage live and work in Singapore but when the school holidays start they pack up their bags and travel to Denmark to spend summer in their holiday home in Hornbæk. The family of five have being living abroad for years now but their Danish home on the north coast of the Danish island of Zealand is their base.