This distinctive house, located in the Melbourne neighborhood of St. Kilda, was purchased for its Spanish mission qualities, heavy masonry arches, and timber and wrought iron detailing. The new owner, a passionate builder and craftsman, engaged Meme to re-plan and update the interior for a more relaxed family lifestyle. Meme is an Interior Design & Architecture Practice based in Melbourne, Australia. The insertion of new steel-framed windows and doors help to connect, open up rooms and also function to framing views through to the garden. When shut, they enclose the rooms to create warm, intimate spaces. The warmth of the house is amplified through the use of inherent materials; a selection of fine black steel detailing, polished plaster walls, handmade Sicilian clay hexagonal floor and wall tiles. The floor, internal doors and joinery are custom designed and manufactured from solid American oak. Robust and enduring details define the tactile elements of the design and maintain the essence and original character of the house. My favorite feature of this house is the wooden kitchen which is very well made and absolutely beautiful!
You might have seen a tile stove in one of the Swedish houses featured on this blog. These traditional stoves, which are called kakelugn stoves, date back to the eighteenth century. The Kakelugn stove’s was invented when a shortage of wood became a crisis. The winters were colder than normal, and the people at this time needed to get as much heat out of the wood as possible. The problem was that too much wood was being consumed, and the government needed to intervene before the forestry was used up. Carl Johan Cronstedt and Fabian Wrede, had received a government mandate to try to find more fuel efficient solutions, and ended up inventing a fuel efficient tiled stove which burned the wood slower, and retained the heat for hours. Modernized version of the Kakelugnar stoves are being produced by Swedish Camina. Lindholm Kakelugnar also sells stoves in their original design and they have a selection of stoves manufactured from the 1860s to the 1920s.
Of all the 35 residences featured in The Kinfolk Home book this stunning house in Los Angeles must be my favorite. The natural light and neutral but warm color pallet creates a beautiful atmosphere. I love the use of natural materials (such as rustic wood, sheep skin rugs & natural textiles) and the blue art work gives just the right amount of color to the living room. Similar mud cloth pillow cases can be found on Etsy.
This stylish, industrial style studio in the heart of Fitzroy (in Melbourne, Australia) is decorated by Lynda Gardener (which you might know from the White House in Daylesford). The White Room, which can be rented for short stays, is furnished with unique vintage furniture, industrial lighting and layers of pure French linen and handmade sheets. French open doors open to a small open leafy courtyard. This is a perfect place for a stay in Melbourne. Which is a great city to visit by the way: there are so many great restaurants and coffee places!
I am in love with these beautiful handmade tiles from Tine K. The cement tiles are made by talented craftsmen in Morocco with many years of experience with traditional craft & passion and inherited family skills. They can be used as flooring, as decoration objects on a table or up against the wall (e.g. below the hand soap in the bathroom or behind the stove in the kitchen). The tiles are available in various colors and patterns from the Tine K website. Love, love, love!
This lovely summer home is located on a dune in Comporta, Portugal. This village lies on the Tróia peninsula, a 13-mile long sandy spit in the north of Portugal’s Alentejo region. The location is ideal as there is a dense forest on one side and on the other there is the Atlantic. The decor of the house is simple with white walls and floors and basic, local made, furniture pieces. To me, the best feature of the house is that gorgeous outdoor area (top image).
This beautiful house is ideally located in the heart of the souk in Taroudant, Morocco. It belongs to landscape architects Arnaud and Eric Maurières Ossart who divide their time between Mexico and Taroudant. When they discovered the building it was completely neglected but they transformed it into a beautiful home. All decorative objects are made by local craftsmen. Arnaud and Eric also own Dar Al Hossoun which is the first and only eco-garden lodge and restaurant in Morocco, on the outskirts of Taroudant. It is a fully licenced luxury boutique hotel. This modern estate was entirely built by local artisans using natural materials and ancestral techniques such as rammed earth. It is surrounded by hundreds of acres of olive groves and agricultural fields.