Casa ideală la plajă
Pentru că suntem în sezon și pentru că nu am mai scris de mult, vă propun câteva fotografii menite să vă destindă (cel puțin acesta este efectul pe care îl au asupra mea). Cum arată “the perfect beach house”?
Ei bine, pentru mine, cam așa:
Simplă, rustică, răcoroasă, casa aparține unui fost director JP Morgan, Tierry Moriceau, care și-a schimbat complet stilul de viață după ce a renunțat la jobul solicitant pe care îl avea la Paris.
Casa este localizată în Trancoso, un oraș din statul Bahia, în Brazilia și a fost renovată de arhitecta Daniela Oliveira, care a folosit elemente naturale și produse artizanale pentru a păstra un stil autentic de chic vintage hippie.
Ei bine, vouă cum vi se pare?
Lots of light, a comfortable sofa, breakfast at noon.
Enjoy the weekend!
This is such a nice living area, especially for moody, rainy days like this.
A couple built this house in the forest for their retirement, after years of visiting the area – outside Greenwater, Washington – and I think it’s fabulous.
I love the modern shape of the house and the cedar siding.
Fireplace and panoramic view – definitely my cup of tea.
Everything looks simple, modern and well organized.
Photos via Dwell.
I like the idea of an open space like this a lot. It makes me feel comfortable and it could be easily be transformed into a work space, in case you work from home. You can also read in one of the three different armchairs on the left side or have a business meeting in the area on the right. And there is a fireplace. Right in the middle of the room. Plus some sort of storage upstairs.
This is a very good example of mixing the old with the new. It has the feeling of a Parisian apartment (and I am almost certain it is one). The hand carved fireplace and the golden mirror frame as well as the carvings on the walls and doors go very nicely with the modern pieces such as the white armchairs and the kaki sofa. There are three different glass tables and I find this combination of shapes very interesting. And I love the symmetry from this point of view. The lamp adds up to the contemporary feeling and the diffused light contributes to the intimate atmosphere. It’s the city of love after all.
Intimate and cozy. I have been thinking about going skiing lately and this looks like the perfect retreat at the end of a long day on the slopes. Throw a wood in the fireplace, sit back in one of the chairs and drink some tea with a drop of Rum in it.
It is quite incredible how small this cabin looks on the outside and the space it actually offers. There is a bedroom upstairs, a living room and probably a small bathroom and a kitchenette we cannot see downstairs. The windows on the front side are almost as big as the door and we can notice more windows on the right side of the house (the ones visible in the second photo) which means plenty of natural light. Ideal for a single man or a couple.
To me, this attic has it all. Very good natural light, a built-in library on the back wall, a leather armchair and a sofa in case you want to take a nap if you get tired during reading. Plus some other little details that make an attic, well, an attic.
It wouldn’t really matter how the weather is, it could snow, it could rain, it could be sunny, this would be the perfect getaway from the mundane.
A record player is definitely needed and some Arctic Monkeys tunes you can hum to.
This looks like an attic and even though it’s more of an improvised bedroom, I love everything about it. The big windows which allow enough light to get in, the concrete chimney in the middle of the room, the fireplace right next to the bed, the fire wood on the floor, the cozy mess of the bed. The lazy dog resting on the bed is the cutest thing. The space is inviting you to wear woolen socks and old large sweaters, to read and to drink tea with a splash of rum in it. Don’t you think?
I love the shape of the shadows. It certainly is a good place to take photos, besides a cool bedroom. The concrete wall that separates it from the bathroom is a nice modern touch.
This apartment was decorated by Susanna Cots for two book lovers in Barcelona. I love how the wood panels combine with the white elements. The place looks comfortable and cozy, big enough to host a party for friends and yet small enough to have some intimacy when the two are alone. Also, there is a lot of natural light coming in through the large windows, which I think is one of the key elements when designing interiors.
There are rainy days like this when I would sit on an armchair and listen to the woods burning in the fireplace, while reading short stories and drinking coffee and eating toasted bread with butter and peach jam.
A little less light and this setting would be perfect for that.
When I see a beautiful house like this, my mind places it almost immediately in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, North California) or Australia. Planchonella House was built in the latter by architect Jesse Bennett as a joyful space to inspire and enrich daily life for him and his family.
As Mr Bennett puts it himself: “The design is inspired by the surrounding world heritage rainforest and tropical climate. We wanted to create a dwelling that enabled the occupants to live simply in the landscape.”
Built on a hill surrounded by a rainforest, the challenge was to connect to the environment without obstruction and hence the high concrete ceilings and light-filled, ventilated spaces.
Following the idea of “simple living”, the materials used are not many and help to create a practical and minimalist design: in order to add warmth and coziness, one type of hardwood was applied to the predominantly concrete and glass structure.
As the Team Yellowtrace perfectly puts it, the “L” shape arrangement “allows flexibility for a growing family, promoting visual connection and activity through the house, whilst allowing privacy.”
One of the earliest examples of modernism, this Portland house was designed by John Yeon for a lumber magnate in 1937 and it has inspired Rejuvenation to create a new line of lighting and furniture.
I can easily picture this house in Portland, Oregon. As I’ve seen more and more lately, I really came to like these modern, cube structures. The windows are huge, allowing the natural light to come in and bringing the nature of your backyard closer. They are usually very efficient space wise so you can see that the living and dining areas are not too big. The books and the artificial lighting give the interior a cozy feeling and I can see a young family of four living happily in this house.
More to come.
As much as I like the idea of large, open spaces, these columns add a little bit more privacy to what’s happening between the kitchen/dining area and the living room. I love how the blue velvet sofa stands out on the neutral tones of the floor and the rug. The green armchair and the lamp make it a perfect reading spot. A great example of a bold and powerful approach on decorating the house.
Very simple and clean, this bedroom in the attic is really an escape from the mundane. It looks like a place where you let go of your everyday problems and just rest and take time for yourself. The ceilings are high enough for you not to hit your head (I love the wood accent on the white), there is a closet nicely hidden behind the bed and the armchair next to the window – where you can enjoy a cup of tea while reading a book – is lovely.
Even though this looks more like a work space, it can easily be a home and an office. Imagine how you would spend this rainy Saturday in this amazing warehouse. Having friends over for lunch, making cocktails, eating sandwiches and dancing to Dean Martin’s tunes. Volare, oh oh, cantare, oh oh oooh!
Enjoy the weekend!
IOTD 28 – an amazing studio
If you live in a big city, like New York, or London, or Tokyo, or pretty much any European capital, especially in your younger years, when you just got out of University and got your first job and you’re making your way up the social ladder, you might need to find yourself a studio to live in. Also called a bachelor flat, consisting of a living room (which is also a bedroom), a bathroom and a kitchen only, a studio can be a good chance to show your designing skills, but beware, it can also be a total fiasco.
Here is an amazing one in Stockholm:
As you can see, even though there are only three small windows, the lighting is great. The trick is to use a lot of white, as white reflects a lot of light.
Don’t be afraid of plants. They show you are an organised person with responsibilities and next to the white walls, they create an impression of cleanliness. Also I think the chair can be a comfortable reading nook and it looks just right there.
There is not much of a kitchen in the apartment, and this is basically the only counter you have. But who eats at home nowadays anyway? It is enough to make a light breakfast before going to work. And another reason to go out to brunch with friends on weekend days.
This is the entrance door, a very petite desk and the dressing room next to the window. Bear in mind that this is one of the smallest studios but the way it’s decorated makes it a perfect living space for a single adult in his/her twenties. It is true, it would be difficult to have a party over at your house, but don’t forget, this is only the beginning. It is up to you how quickly you’ll decorate a bigger apartment. Take it as an aesthetic exercise.
Photos found here – but I think it’s sold already, in case you wanted to buy it :).
This is almost too perfect, I feel like there should be an open magazine on the table or some breakfast leftovers to mess it up a little. Other than that, I love the super high ceilings, the minimalism of the interior, the modern bar cart, the lighting. And the plants are on point.
Since it’s August and most people are still on holiday, this interior makes me think of the perfect summer house in Tuscany. The white walls and the brick arcades can make it seem a little dull and cold (and that’s not necessarily bad for this heat), but I think that if you throw a few of your friends in there, a nice tableware and play some Italian music, you’re good to go. You’re next to the wine cellar, after all.
This makes an ideal summer residence décor. I can imagine the windows open and the wind blowing through the white curtains.
It’s almost time for holidays!
A great example of an open space kitchen-dining area. Love the industrial touch, the high ceilings and the tall windows that let the natural light in. This would be a perfect house in Upstate New York.
Even though I usually don’t like shiny or that mirror effect, it’s very nicely done in this apartment with high ceilings. The kitchen and dining area look industrial but you feel you’re in a home and not in a restaurant. Maybe it’s because of the beautiful Knoll Warren Platner Armchair.
Of course the Eames chair will fit in almost everywhere. Love the desk and the red typewriter and the yellow coffee mug and the green trash bin.
White, cool and unpretentious.
The perfect corner in the living room: black wall, white curtains, fire woods for the amazing Ergofocus suspended fireplace by Dominique Imbert and another piece de resistance, the Madmoiselle lounge chair by Artek.
This is a perfect small kitchen. For a bachelor I would say if I didn’t know it was Jospeh Dirand’s kitchen in his Parisian apartment – where he lives with his girlfriend and their two daughters.
Well, there you go, minimalism at its finest.
Just the right amount of nonchalance.
You’re almost there.
Get a bucket for the wine bottles. You don’t have to leave the shopping bags there. She will know that YOU made her favorite dessert, because it won’t taste better than the one at the bakery. But there’s nothing to worry about. She’ll love it anyway.
Oh, and make sure the kitchen counter is empty. You never now where Valentine’s Day will take you…
P.S. For those who don’t have a girlfriend, cut the bullshit. Leave the bags there, cook some pasta, and put as many bottles of wine in the cooler as you can before telling your buddies to come over.
So… I guess you can read a book, play your favorite tunes and go to bed early…
Or you can pretend it’s not Tuesday and go meet your friends for dinner & drinks.
What I’m saying is… you don’t have to wait for Friday to feel good, whether you are in the quietness of your home, or out and about with your amigos.
Just feel good.
Surfing on numerous websites and blogs the other day I found myself pleasantly surprise to arrive to this interior featured on Vosgesparis.
I used to think of concrete as a very cold and impersonal structural material but the way Bjarne Mastenbroek and Christian Müller used it when they designed Villa Vals located in the Swiss Alps made me change my mind.
With the proper heating system, needless to say the fireplace included, it looks like the concrete can hold the heat between the walls successfully and it can make an interior warm and cozy.
The access to the Villa is possible only through a shed located in the vicinity, the construction being incorporated in a hill and solely the slanted façade facing a beautiful landscape opposite the house.
The house was built and furnished in cooperation with a large number of Dutch designers and companies that produce Dutch design. It is very modern & eclectic and the wooden objects give it a very homey feeling.
For more info & photos check out Villa Vals’ website.
Photography by Iwan Baan.
We are in the middle of winter and that’s why when I stumbled upon these photographs I decided I should share them with you (also secretly wishing it would snow more).
The interior is very welcoming making you wanna cuddle next to the fireplace and it inspires me a feeling of serenity.
The firewood contrasts perfectly on the white wall in the background and the neutral tones of the sofa, the rug, the bed and other small details blend in effortlessly creating this peaceful atmosphere that somehow asks for still activities like reading a book, listening to your favorite record or even meditation.