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.
When I was in Australia years ago I was surprised by the amount of coffee bars and great restaurants. And this was in 2001/2002, at that time it was very hard to get a descent coffee here in Amsterdam and there I was in cities such as Melbourne and Sydney where I could get a perfect espresso on almost every corner. I was in coffee heaven! Now the coffee culture is probably even more thriving and I can not wait to visit this wonderful country again some day. Another thing that I remember was the decor; most coffee places and restaurants were beautifully decorated in a modern yet cozy style. The two coffee bars featured in this post are designed by Melbourne based studio Larritt-Evans. The first four images show ESPL in Surfers Paradise. Coffee bar Market Lane (Therry St) in Melbourne is pictured in the botton four images.
Green isn’t perhaps your first color of choice when it comes to decorating a kids room (at least it isn’t mine) but this room designed by Maaike Koster proves that green is very suitable to give a room a fresh and bright look. Maaike, who is a designer and owner of My Deer, has used old and new furniture for her son’s bedroom. The main eye-catcher is the old cabinet which is painted in a bright green shade. The walls and floor have been kept white, green is only used as an accent color. You can achieve this look by adding green accessories and/or painting a wall or a furniture piece in a bright green color. You can find some suggestions at the end of this post. More about Maaike’s beautiful home can be found on &SUUS.