Last time I showed you our bathroom and I promised that the next ‘tour’ would show the living room but as we are having beautiful sunny weather in this part of the world I think it is more suitable to show our garden first. Above you see the back of our home where we have a wooden terrace overlooking water and meadow land with grazing cows. The house is about 100 years old and it used to be a small farm. We don’t have any animals except for three lovely chicken who give us fresh eggs every morning. In the garden, which measures about 900m2, we have planted flowers in purple, pink and white. We also have some fruit trees such as an apple, pear, cherry and a prune tree. Very recently we built a playhouse (last image) for our son which of course he is very happy with! I hope you are enjoying the tour around our home so far. All images are taken by Paulina Arcklin.
A few years ago I blogged about a beautiful house in Melbourne designed by Whiting Architects. This Australian architecture firm recently finished another stunning project in Melbourne, Australia. They redesigned a barn house and created an expansion to make it a suitable home for a family. The result is a mix of rustic charm and modern industrial touches. The color palette of white, black and grey has a Scandinavian vibe to it.
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This whitewashed hillside country cottage on the Costa Brava in Spain belongs to Catalan artist and color forecaster Pepa Poch. Rather than focus on style or era, Pepa describes her dwelling in terms of its elements: wood, stone, ceramic, brass. It’s a perspective that comes naturally, considering that the artist designed almost every understated surface, fitting, and fixture. In her studio, whitewashed walls and rustic floors of reclaimed barn wood and concrete allow her paintings to take center stage beneath expansive skylights. The series of blue-green canvases served as inspiration for Poch’s spring/summer 2015 palettes. You can read more about this beautiful home here on Lonny.
This beautiful beachfront home in Cronulla (a beachside suburb in southern Sydney) has been designed by Amber Road which is a Sydney based landscape design and interior architecture studio owned by sisters Yasmine Ghoniem (interiors) and Katy Svalbe (landscaping). The brief was to introduce sculptural & artisinal beauty and an existing three bedroom waterfront property for a family of four. Amber Studio about the project: “Although set in an incredible seaside location in Cronulla, the timber weatherboard cottage was in dire need of some internal modifications. Over the course of eight months, our brief expanded from just sourcing furniture to building works, customizing joinery, selecting artwork as well as hand selecting the perfect pieces to enhance the property’s location”. Inspiration was sourced from from Japanese design principles and their minimalist clients plea to keep things as unpretentious and simple as possible.
Two years ago Rikke and Jens Storm moved, together with their two children, from Denmark to New York. Now they live in Tribeca, in the heart of Manhattan. Their 110m2 rental apartment, which has breathtaking views, is decorated in a Scandinavian style with Danish design pieces such as the Arne Jacobsen dining chairs.
Today we visit the Greek island of Lesvos, where Australian born photographer Carla Coulson (who now lives in France by the way) stayed in a lovely guest house owned by Australian author Claire Lloyd and her British partner, artist Matthew Usmar Lauder. In 2007 this couple left behind the busy, glamorous London arts scene to explore a new, more simple way of life on the island of Lesvos. They bought a small house in a village far from the usual tourist haunts and then another house on the edge of the same village. Here they have discovered the joys of a close community, the rhythms of the days, weeks and seasons bound up with the natural world around them. In the spirit of hospitality that is so much a part of the Greek island culture, Claire and Matthew offer holidays in the second of their village houses, Ken’s Spiti. A gorgeously simple retreat named after Claire’s father. With white walls, exposed beams, and a roof terrace looking out towards the Aegean sea and the incomparable Greek sunsets. Visit the guest house’s website for more information and to make reservations. If you want to learn more about the beauty of the island and Claire’s life here, you can read Claire’s book ‘My Greek Island Home’. Illustrated by Claire’s stunning photographs of faces and flowers, countryside and beaches, details and impressions, colour and light, it tells the story of how she and Matthew have settled here and found friendship and renewed creativity.