I would imagine that many of you have by now seen these images out there in the design blog-isphere, but I was SO blown away by the design…truly one of my favorites to date, so I thought it warranted re-posting. I absolutely LOVE the palette, mix of materials – both classic and modern, and the overall sense of the space…just gorgeous. The cabinets are amazing. The marble vanity / trough incredible. Simple. Uber elegant. Gives me a whole new thought process as I begin concepts on our upcoming bathroom remodel. Now if I only had about 100 more square feet and a Parisian balcony play with…
images via pinterest
Most of the time, I believe less is more. I love simple, bold statements, whether it be with a large signature furniture piece in a room, or one shot of a strong color in an otherwise neutral palette, or something like this project…the VERY confident use of only 2 – 3 materials and /or colors (or lack of!). You may have already seen this rental vacation home in Treia Italy – Casa Olive, by Swiss Architects Wespi De Meuron, but I felt it was SO well done – just phenomenal in my opinion, that it was worth sharing again. I just LOVE the smooth white walls, floors and ceilings with the natural, textural stone…it’s so serene. The juxtaposition of the stark modern pool with the historical architecture…Perfection. I think that a 3+ week stay there would be just about perfect!! Enjoy!
Here is another incredible project that my husband found for me. I love the openness of the space…and look at that – another sunken living room!! I love the use of commercial glazing with wings to keep the glazing free of any hardware so there is little obstruction to the amazing views…just beautiful. And such an interesting way to do the roofing…using tension cables to attach the roofs to the ground. There is a peek of a raised pool in the background and solar panels…Very nicely done. Someday….
I have a love affair with Greece. It could be the people, it could be the food, it could be the clear blue waters, warm dry breezes and happy relaxed lifestyle…but my best guess is because its (mostly) a country washed in white. Check out this retail boutique on Mykonos…I am in love with those lighting fixtures – so carefully done and subtly placed – the one at the entry is just gorgeous! I love the iron detailing on the display pieces, the material choices & of course, the palette. The white washed exposed stone is amazing…This project was done with such restraint. The cultural architectural touches mixed with the modern edge is just beautiful. Απολαύστε!
Remember how I mentioned that my adorable husband often finds me inspirational swipe that he knows I will just love – especially a great modern or industrial farmhouse or barn? Well he has done it again ( apparently I have trained him well! ) …Look at this amazing ‘modern barn’ from Architect Judith Benzer. It does not require much description, instead it suggests total praise for such beautiful and subtle restraint. The perfectly clean and simple structural lines, the limited use of material(s), ever-so-slight and absolutely brilliant detailing, and of course – spectacular environment…Just incredible.
Images via ilikearchitecture.
I get dozens of great design magazines each month – I’m kind of a junkie that way. I have piles of them that I am just waiting to go through…In particular, waiting for the perfect warm afternoon to sit on the patio, under the grapevines with a glass of wine with time to slowly read though every one – or at least 2 or 3! When my Sunset Magazine showed up the other day – low and behold…there was an amazing destination hotel profiled that really caught my eye. Not Architectural Digest, not Cote Est, or Elle Decor or Interior Design Magazine…but Sunset Magazine. Check this out…what wonderfully clean, simple architecture – with a little nod to Neutra, that subtly ( the best part! ) tucks into the landscape…the interiors are wonderfully clean ( white! ) and simple as well. What more do you need when you are floating above the incredible valley and landscape below? What a view! So, so cool! And with further exploration, I find that they are part of Groupo Habita ( of course they are! ) – who also own a few other favorite hotels of mine…one favorite is Distrito Capito in San Diego. I have been a huge fan of their hotel design for so long…I love the minimal, industrial, sort of raw feeling of the spaces. How fun it would be to design for a group that does not hold back, or seem to have rules…Just love.
I LOVE gabion walls.
I don’t think you need to say much about a gabion wall because the simplicity, structure, power and just the essence of it speaks for itself. The nature of the material IS the color and texture and pattern…it is what it is…and in my opinion – just perfect. I have been wanting to go visit the Dominus Winery forever! The winery is an incredible gabion building (!) by Herzog & De Meuron. It was built to integrate into the landscape, almost disappearing, allowing the winery to be what it should be – most important. Using basalt rocks as the buildings’ skin allows natural light to filter in the entire building (beautifully!), while keeping it naturally insulated, and especially cool in the extreme summer heat of the Napa Valley.
We had friends visiting us this weekend, one who also happens to be a landscape designer and fan of gabions, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to go visit the winery up in Yountville. It was a beautiful Spring day so we headed up to the Napa Valley for lunch and some architectural inspiration… We pulled into the winery and low and behold – a (very) small sign posted just to the side of the large white entrance gate said…’No Tastings. No Tours”…What?? A winery that does not do tastings or tours?? A building SO incredible that does not allow tours?? Needless to say we were devastated. I have been doing some research since then, determined to get in to see the building, and have found that they do allow occasional private architectural tours, so I will be on a personal mission to get in to see it some day!! I will of course keep you posted on that, but in the mean time, here are some wonderful found images of the winery. Enjoy…
Images via Architectural Week, Dezeen, Arch|MYC Studio, Dominus Estate
My husband is great about sending me wonderful things he finds on-line: beautiful interior swipe, interesting architecture, great product or package design, interesting or thought-provoking videos… (and of course, great animal images!)
This is one near and dear to my heart…I just loved it so I had to re-post it. I hope you enjoy the beautiful simplicity of it.
Standing in line at the grocery store on a rainy Sunday, my husband hands me the Elle Decor Special Edition and says’ Do you have this one?… My answer? ‘ oh my god – I love that!…look at that room!! ‘ – Apparently I do not have that one yet. Just a little day dream…I am imagining my feet digging through the warm sand (yes, heated floors below the sand!) in that simple spare room, relaxing on those deep, crisp ever-so-white sofas (those look an awful lot like the Gervasoni Ghost sofas I am so in love with!) with my morning coffee or afternoon cocktail, on a quick trip to Portugal…sure, why not! I thought I’d share this one in case you haven’t seen it yet, and need a little get-away too!…Mmmmm...Enjoy!