Category Archives: DREAM HOMES

WEEKEND ESCAPE: A COASTAL RETREAT IN AUSTRALIA

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This beautiful weekend retreat belongs to and is designed by Melbourne interior architect and designer Shareen Joel. The beach house, which was recently featured in Real Living magazine, is located on the coast of Sorrento in Australia. The brief was to design a home that was casual and had plenty of room for entertaining family and friends. Conscious of the relatively small block of land and concern for sustainability, SJD (Shareen Joel Design) cleverly integrated the design into the coastal surroundings with little disruption to the landscape. The innovative L-shaped floor plan, which was built around a beautiful existing Moonah tree, feels spacious and easy to live in, even with a full house of family and friends. Natural light and cross ventilation were a must, as was the use of recycled materials. SJD incorporated beautiful Larch floorboards throughout, as well as timber window frames and external cladding. Inside, SJD layered textures and tones heavily with vintage furniture, mixed with new design pieces including the September Chair, Safari Chairs and Spanish Chair. The result is a home that captures the essence of everything that a coastal retreat should be; relaxed, easy living and enjoyable.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A VILLA ON THE SPANISH ISLAND OF MENORCA

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Today we visit an eclectic home on Menorca, one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to Spain. This lovely villa is home to Ursula Mascaro. The Spanish shoe designer created a hippy chic atmosphere which is warm and inviting. There are some design objects but most of the furniture pieces and accessories are market finds. The white washed walls and the architecture of the house are traditional island features.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A RUSTIC HOME ON FORMENTERA

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Today’s weekend escape brings us to Formentera, a small island part of the Spanish Balearic Islands. I have been to this island a few timeS and it is beautiful. Its quiet and relaxed ambience make Formentera the perfect destination for beach lovers and for those seeking peace and quietness. This rustic house has an earthy feel and its architecture is typical for the Balearics. Life here is simple yet beautiful!

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: NATURAL STYLE COTTAGES IN PORTUGAL

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This weekend’s ‘escape’ takes us to Portugal to visit these beautiful cottages decorated by Vera Iachi. This Portuguese interior designer is known for mainly using furniture and accessories made from natural materials. Unfortunately I don’t have much additional information but these images speak for themselves I guess. You can see other projects by this designers here and here

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A STUNNING HOME ON PANTELLERIA ISLAND

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Today’s weekend escape takes us to Pantelleria, an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea, 100 km southwest of Sicily. This dream home has been designed by Studio Albanese, an architecture firm from Italy. The project involved renovating a partially ruined traditional Mediterranean dammuso house as well as creating new spaces using the original construction techniques. The result is stunning, the combination of old building techniques and modern style furniture gives an exciting and unique atmosphere to the entire estate.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A STUNNIG BEACH HOUSE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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This stunning beach house is located in Dwarskersbos in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Casa Sanchia, as the house is called, is designed by architect Marco Bezzoli of archilab. The whitewashed holiday home has a modern African interior that looks almost loft-like. The outside is connected to a 16km-long beach by a wooden walkway. The raw wood, stone, white walls and muted colours work very well with the blue of the sea and the sky. No wonder that this beautiful home has already been featured in many magazines!

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A BEAUTIFUL HOME IN THE TROPICS

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This lovely beach house is situated in the quiet village of Icaraizinho Amontada, which is around 200km from the well known beach resort Fortaleza in Brazil. The architecture, and also the interior, is very simple. But that does not make this summer home, which is surrounded by palm trees, less stunning. I would not mind spending a week or two (or three, or four..) in this lovely retreat.

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