Maison Toscana is a rustic country estate with a Mediterranean lifestyle transformed by designer Jessica Bataille, found in the coastal town of Jávea, in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. The owners discovered this dream retreat nestled in the middle of a pine forest near the beach. A 19th century villa built in traditional architecture, resulting in a comfortable home with simple and chic touches, designed to delight the senses with a slow life philosophy. Unique characteristics are featured throughout the home, such as thick stone walls, stone arches, a mediterranean garden and romantic arabic pool.
Despite the rustic building strength, the rooms exude a sophisticated romantic charm. Decorating styles and cultures with traditional Mediterranean architecture seem to intermingle; such as mixing Oriental and European antique pieces. In turn, the pursuit of warmth has been a constant. The selected textiles with rich textures of silk, velvets and lines to create an atmosphere that brings in the glamor of environments. An example of this is in the living room, where pink raw silk curtains and colorful cushions on the blue couch show a simple yet gorgeous appeal.
All lights are on dimmer switches, including the outdoors. The interior was considered essential to igniting ‘magic’ into the environment. Warmth was infused throughout with three fireplaces, with the fire and candles being basic to creating a cozy atmosphere and soul.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
In Plein Air project is a modern country home designed by Ken Linsteadt Architects, located in the the Sonoma wine country landscape, California. Turning an eye to the outdoors, this metamorphosis of a traditional Tuscan villa into a modern country home frames the oak-studded beauty of the surrounding landscape from every window.
The owner’s reclaimed timber business set the earthy natural palette: recycled oak, steel windows, hand-troweled plaster walls, and concrete floors and counters.
The reconfigured floor plan of the main house includes a rough-hewn timber catwalk around the double height living room, juxtaposed with steel supports and glass railings.
The kitchen, which was moved to the north side of the house, opens onto the pool terrace with a large steel and glass tilt-up window that does double duty as a canopy over the outdoor bar.
Photos: Courtesy of Ken Linsteadt Architects
Today we are bringing to you some wonderful ideas on how to create a cozy and welcoming country cottage living room interior in your home. Interior design this season has seen a shunning of all that is modern in favor of the traditional and the classic. The cold metals, sharp shapes and sterile feel of contemporary furniture is one to be avoided, especially in the winter when you want to make your house look and feel as cozy as possible.
Instead, people have been embracing much more traditional trends. For example, many people are choosing to warm up their house by creating a cozy cottage look. Here’s how to create an authentic look in your living room:
A lot of the cozy cottage look can be created with the right furniture. A sofa is the main focal point of any living room, so it is vital that you get it right if you are to carry the look off correctly.
Instead of modern shapes and wild patterns, you should go for a traditional style of sofa in a muted yet warm color. A mid or deep brown is one of the best shades to go for – this Panama sofa from ScS would be perfect, as it is both comfortable and classic.
Leather sofas can be more durable than fabric sofas but they can also be cold, contesting with the overall look you are trying to achieve. If you do go for a leather sofa, make sure you invest in a few throws to make it look more homely and welcoming.
Sleek, flat-packed furniture that fills budget furniture stores may be perfect for creating a modern look on a budget, but it will fail to create a homely feel. Instead, you should ditch the MDF and go for solid, wooden furniture for your coffee tables, sideboards and TV stands. You should check out Oak Furniture Land, as all of their furniture is made from 100 per cent hardwood.
Painted walls are a no-no when it comes to creating the cottage look as they will leave the room looking bare. Wallpaper is the best option, so go for an understated design that will not overpower the room. A floral or leafy print, like this one from Wallpaper Direct, will help to bring the outside in – a defining feature of the cottage look.
The thing we love about cottages is that there are lots of interesting things to look at. You should place a few framed photos, art and wall hangings around the room to really bring the space to life. A great design feature is to group your artwork together, such as the examples below.
Don’t forget to dress up your space with some window treatments!
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This beautiful newly built country house designed by AP Design is located in Santa Maria del Cami, Mallorca, Spain. The home was built in traditional style with modern features, comprised of 4,843 square feet (450 square meters) of living space. The residence features a stunning kitchen, sitting room, five bedrooms, wine cellar, pool room, cinema, pool house, gymnasium and a separate guest house. The landscaping is just as gorgeous and wit as much attention to detail as the interior of the home.
Photos: Courtesy of AP Design
This incredible project is an historical preservation and extension of a small Saracen trullo, a typical rural building found in the Ostuni region of Italy, with an adjacent structure, a lamia, which remained only part of the perimeter walls. The renovation was undertaken by Luca Zanaroli Architetto with the intention to not only recover the existing buildings, but also take advantage of the possibility of creating an extension so as to triple the existing surface (originally less than 40 square meters) to establish at least four bedrooms.
Slightly recessed and lowered, the new volumes hinge the nearby structures while voids and large windows open the interior to daylight and the outdoors. Continuity between the materials and colors of surfaces smooth the transitions between the old and new. Inside, mortar coats floors and walls to unify the interior and reflect the southern daylight that enters. Minimal furniture and locally crafted objects compliment the qualities of the rustic atmosphere.
Photos: Max Zambelli
This gorgeous rustic country house in Cáceres, Spain was designed by Madrid based architect, painter and sculptor Kico Camacho, completed in 2010. Casa Cañadas Molino Guadalupe is an architectural restoration with concrete flooring, preserved stonework, steel staircases and railings, high ceilings and windows, open spaces and unique artwork. Enjoy this interesting dwelling and please leave us a comment and let us know what you think!
Photos: Courtesy of Kico Camacho
The Brick Kiln House is located in a small village Munavali, proximal to Alibaug, a favorite getaway, for affluent Bombay citizens as a place to build their dream country home. Designed by SPASM Design Architects, the house was built on three acres covered partly by a grove of Tamarind and Mango trees, with the odd, Champa, Vad tree. Part of the plot was four feet lower and was an unkempt paddy field. The front of the property is a not so busy asphalt road. When driving around the Raigad district, one often chances to see local brick stacks being baked on the green lots that surround them – some remain and are also abandoned. These form a peculiar feature of the landscape in Maharashtra. The architects wondered what it would be like to hollow out and inhabit this almost primitive mastaba like forms.
Their interest lay in using this image as a genesis of the house. Further conception, was informed by site features like prominent Tamarind trees and orientation, aspect, wind and rain direction. Long stretches of the two main wings of the 8,934 (830 square meters) house, sit at right-angles to each other and about a curious tree which has grown at a leaning angle. Every room is cut on two sides with openings ,supporting easy cross ventilation and ingress of just the right about of light…..DESI (country) houses have peculiarly dark interiors offering respite from the sun, scorched outdoors.
Attached facilities, allow for an intimate interface with the outdoors, in marked opposition to urban life, here you wouldn’t need a book when you sit on the pot. The sequencing of the rooms is frugal, and in series as a farm building, you must walk outdoors to change rooms. The living space has a curious shed-like volume, where the materials of the house come together rather loosely. Insinuating incompleteness and creating a sense of being immersed in the vegetation around.
The body of the house hides under tree canopies like a gator, at the edge of a river bank. The choice of BRICK was based on color, strength, finish–blemishes of a hand-made unit were key to the overall expression. The red earth brick does not attempt to be precise, neither does it try to create patterns or jaalis as commonly seen in Indian architecture, the brick is what it is, at rest–a STACK, its mass concealing and revealing life within it. The sheer thickness–mass of the brick, keeps the interior spaces comfortably cool.
Experience of occupation takes precedence over formal gestures. Sun, rain and wind freely enter the house and will mark it over the years, the stacks will gradually get covered with luminescent moss, and nature will fight its way back. Living in a country home is about witnessing this war. The pool, takes form from the shadow of the trees on the earth below, a pattern noticed on an especially hot afternoon. In such regions water automatically becomes a source of life, getting engulfed by foliage.
Photos: Sebastian Zachariah
This stunning renovated farmhouse is located in Utrecht, Netherlands, designed by interior design firm VIVA VIDA. The farmhouse was quite spacious and the clients wanted it to be designed with salvaged furnishings and materials. They wanted the original atmosphere and function but with any corny interiors. The designers found the perfect match between the original character of the house and contemporary, craft customization, fitting the atmosphere that the clients wanted in the areas and in the way they wanted to live in the house.
“You can spend your time relaxing yourself and you keep surprised and puzzled. All of the spaces are intimate and with its own character. They form entirely original details like the crochet stair parts and (re) use of old materials. The functional design of the kitchen and the special box beds make it personal. Even the wallpaper in our son’s bedroom is made from a photograph of my grandfather as a child around here plays. “
Photos: Courtesy of VIVA VIDA
Sundial House has been designed by Eugene Stoltzfus Architect as a beautiful country home situated in Harrisonburg, Virginia that has been developed from the urban concept of two houses unified by the street between them. The integration of the site positioning, the floor plans, the 3 dimensional form, the massing of masonry and the orientation toward the view and the sun, give this passive solar house its distinctive character.
The South House, comprised of 3,660 square feet of living space includes the kitchen, dining room, and living room. It is open to the street, with no interior walls. The North House, comprised of 2,340 square feet with a full basement, including garage, is divided into private rooms: bedrooms, office, laundry, and bathrooms.
The street acts as an Atrium and contains circulation in 3 dimensions: across between the two houses, lengthwise from entrance to back door, and vertically by stair from the basement to the ground floor and on up to the second floor. The Atrium roof holds the skylight with the center rod whose shadow allows the inhabitants of this house to tell time on the walls and floors of this perfectly oriented house.
Photos: Courtesy of Eugene Stoltzfus Architect
Sun and earth are the essence of this remarkable home called ‘Solterra’, which enjoys a privileged position in the spectacular high country of Victoria, Australia. Rammed earth and ironbark create a striking form, and huge expanses of glass capture the sun’s warmth and light along with panoramic views across bucolic fields to snow-capped mountains and never-ending skies. The property provides an incredibly private and peaceful sanctuary from the constant noise of modern life with opportunity to pursue rural interests on a manageable holding of around 40 hectares (100 acres) of undulating pasture.
The home is naturally warm in winter and cool in summer with zones designed to provide both an intimate couples retreat and the facility to host family and friends in grand style. The four bedroom, three bath residence offers just over 4,305 square feet (400 meters square) of understated luxury accommodation, complemented by extensive ironbark decking, a spectacular infinity edge salt water pool with Italian travertine terraces and striking landscaped gardens all designed by Jack Merlo.
This spectacular property is listed for sale from here.
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