Nestled in the beautiful Golden Valley, the Round House and its idyllic setting evokes an overwhelming sense of magic, intrigue and romance in Stroud, Gloucestershire, a county in South West England. It is one of five such Round Houses, built in the 1790’s, along the now disused Thames and Severn Canal. Originally, a Linesman’s cottage, the horses were stabled on the ground ﬂoor, and the family lived on the two ﬂoors above. The 861 square foot (80 square meters) house retains a wealth of period features such as Oak beamed ceilings, a beautiful Georgian range, striking Gothic style windows, as well as unique stained glass windows, surrounded by gardens on all sides. An 18th Century child’s silk shoe, left hidden in the house since it was built, was rediscovered when the house was modernized. This remains in place and is to be passed on through generations for good fortune.
There is a spacious reception room with original Georgian range, with views overlooking the duck pond, church and across the front garden. A delightful light kitchen features a window overlooking an ancient magnolia tree in the side garden. A garden room with exposed washed beams is currently being used as a studio / bedroom. French doors leads directly into small patio, overlooking the main garden. A stone spiral staircase from the ground floor leads to a beautiful light and airy master bedroom with exposed beams and stunning views from both sides of the house. An attractive wooden staircase leads to the second floor where there is a second bedroom with views of the Golden Valley, currently used as a music room/bedroom.
The garden is idyllic, with huge willow and lime trees, sweeping lawn, a newly planted tapestry hedge, and the most unique water feature; a mill race ﬂowing through the center of the garden, surrounded by lavender hedging. Following the path to the left of the house is a private cottage garden; with a thriving raised vegetable patch and herb garden; and a wooden garden shed.
This unique property is listed for sale at $482,100, from here.
The Round House in 1901.
Reformed from the top down, this beautiful house in Barcelona, Spain, spotted on Mi Casa, maintains its noble essence with dazzling interior design and architecture and great distribution of spaces. Interior designers Daniel Pérez & Felipe Araujo, from the studio Egue y Seta were in charge of the project, transforming the home completely while still preserving some of the historical features. They maintained the height of the ceiling, restored the wooden beams and chose a vintage flooring pattern. The decoration style of the home was a retro-modern and industrial infused together to create a perfect blend.
The original design of the home was articulated through a corridor, which now revolves around a large kitchen, occupying one third of the area on the ground floor. The new distribution contributes to creating more spaciousness and blurs the boundary between public and private spaces. The living room and bedrooms remain open to filter natural light throughout the home. Even the master bathroom, which is inside the bedroom, has a glass partition with plants inside to add privacy but enables light to penetrate the space.
The turquoise painted room adds visual depth to the space.
The living room occasionally becomes a guest room, with a fold out bed behind the white cabinet doors.
A large glass, with plants in the interior, as a greenhouse, creates a separation between spaces, which leads to one of the bedrooms.
Wood beams and exposed air conditioning ducts give an industrial air to the kitchen with a king-sized table in the middle.
A high shelving, industrial aesthetic, replaces a traditional dresser.
Bed linen colors and vintage pieces adds personality to the bedroom, where the extraordinary luminosity of the walls highlights, by contrast, with the light and dark of the flooring.
Tiling with a hexagonal mosaic of small format, the bathroom becomes an exclusive space.
This fabulous two-story beach house on Tybee Island in Savannah, Georgia was designed from the ground up by designer Joel Snayd of Rethink Design Studio. The first floor living space was designed as an open concept, which allows ample space for large family gatherings. Old recycled beams were incorporated into the design scheme to add visual interest and create natural divisions between the living, kitchen and dining room spaces. The crisp white butt joint paneling was offset using the cool gray slate tile below foot. The stairs and cabinets were painted a soft gray, roughly two shades lighter than the floor, and then topped off with a Carerra honed marble. Apple red stools, corky art, and fun colored bowls add a bit of whimsy and fun.
The second story features a sleeping loft, separated from the rest of the upstairs by white flowing curtains. Built in beds are adorned with a nautical reading light and built-in hideaway niches. The space is light and airy with painted gray floors, all white walls, old rustic beams and headers, wood paneling, tongue and groove ceilings, dormers, vintage rattan furniture, mid-century painted pieces, and a cool hangout spot for the kids. The rest of the bedroom and bathroom spaces are punctuated with bright bursts of color that gives an extra punch to the otherwise white interiors.
Franklin Street Loft was designed by interior architecture studio Jane Kim Design in TriBeCa, New York. This 3,000 square foot loft features two guest bedrooms and a 900 square foot master suite. The early 20th-century building was once an industrial warehouse that had been previously renovated but had original industrial details covered by paint and gypsum board. The client wished to have the loft returned to its original industrial feel, stripping materials to its original state. Layers of paint were removed from the brick, gypsum board was removed from the columns and the cast iron was cleaned, which had originally been hidden. Wood joists were stripped of paint and sealed, and new random width antique oak flooring was installed.
Ceiling beams were stained and salvaged materials such as reclaimed barn wood for the counters and reclaimed marble slabs in the master bathroom were used to enhance the industrial feel of the space. The trapezoid shaped plan creates an exaggerated perspective as one looks through the main living space to the kitchen. The ceilings and columns are stripped to bring the industrial space back to its most elemental state. The blackened steel canopy and blackened steel doors were designed to complement the raw wood and wrought iron columns of the stripped space.
The canopy over the kitchen was designed to reference the existing steel awnings found in the neighborhood, defining the kitchen space in the open floor plan.
The dining table is a reclaimed piece of industrial machinery with a piece of glass on it, from here.
The stools are vintage Toledo stools.
The brick wall is part of the original industrial building; the reclaimed wood shelving is left open to highlight the brick.
The theme of using outdoor street architecture inside the loft carries through to the master bedroom, where the hanging globe pendants recall vintage street lamp design.
The frosted wire glass is used as a privacy screen for the master bedroom and to give an interesting shadow and texture, as well as to filter in natural light.
The bed was made from the same reclaimed wood used in the kitchen.
The doors to the bathroom are custom designed and the Mercer Bathtub and the sink is available from here.
The master bath shower is lined with reclaimed marble slabs found here.
The mirror was found at an architectural salvage store. Custom copper panels were added to match on top and bottom so it would look like the whole wall was made of copper.
Photos: Eduard Hueber/archphoto
This rustic barn was refurbished into a home full of energy and unique style in Burgundy, France by Josephine Interior Design. With concrete flooring, whitewashed walls, high ceilings and exposed beams, punctuated by contemporary art, bold colors, a layering of textures and rustic-modern mixed with vintage and whimsical detailing exudes charm. A large built-in concrete island in the kitchen features open shelving for dishes to be easily accessible. The 4,305 square foot (400 square meters) open floor plan is airy and spacious with beautiful chandeliers hanging over the kitchen, dining and living areas. A metal grated catwalk resting on the aged wooden beams links the upstairs mezzanine levels on either side of the house, with bedrooms on one side and a lounge on the other. This is a wonderful home for entertaining family and friends on a beautifully landscaped property.
This awesome penthouse is situated in the historic Corktown in Detroit, Michigan. This top floor, open plan unit features gorgeous views of the city skyline, high end kitchen appliances, hardwood floors throughout, two bedrooms and two bathrooms including a huge master bath with Jacuzzi tub and unique details that are very eye-catching. With only a close walk to downtown, this 6,000 square foot pad built in 1920 is the ultimate living quarters. Perfect for entertaining friends and a fantastic space for those who desire the raw edgy look. This fabulous penthouse has been featured in numerous design publications including HGTV!
This incredible pad is listed for $475,000, from here.
This stunning attic apartment spotted on Nuevo Estilo is located in the old city of Bilbao, Spain, rehabilitated by interior designer Mikel Larrinaga. The home is situated in a neoclassical building with an incredible terrace oasis with views, a luxury in the center of the city. Although the interior left much to be desired, with its compartmentalized spaces, obsolete finishes and old installations, Mikel had a great vision of the future that the home offered. One of the fundamental objectives was to orient the home out towards the terrace, creating a nice aesthetic. After applying an in-depth rehabilitation, the old floor has become an apartment filled with light, updated interiors and plenty of comfort.
During the reformation, the designer discovered an element of surprise while demolishing the false ceiling and revealing a double height, taking advantage of the space and turning it into a loft. He retained part of the structure and created a network of iron and wood on which rests the bedroom. Some of the constructive elements were left exposed, such as a brick wall and wood beams. The interiors were painted white to create brightness and oak flooring was used throughout except for the bathroom. The home is a mix of flea market and vintage finds merging with chairs of industrial origin and hints of design, with the dressing of personal details, souvenirs and artworks.
This beautiful country style villa with French influence is located in Victoria, Australia. The residence is set on the crest of a hill and occupies a prime secluded location with stunning sea views. Built incorporating magnificent 19th century heritage timbers gathered from iconic Australian locations, grand scale ceiling trusses combined with deep timber window surrounds, lintels and entrance portico, the home of approximately 4,843 square feet (450 square meters) is surrounded by volcanic rockery terraces and is landscaped for low maintenance.
The home encompasses a gorgeous entrance portico through antique wrought iron and timber doors through a hallway into the enormous living room, generous farm-style kitchen, children’s wing of three bedrooms, second living area and mezzanine, family bathroom, laundry and full guest suite. Upstairs is a master bedroom suite with parents retreat and balcony with panoramic views. Via
Today we bring you to this incredible loft space we came across that is situated in Gothenburg, Sweden. The loft is located in a building that dates back to 1878, but this high-quality 1,603 square foot (149 square meters) top floor apartment has been fully refurbished in 2006 which details original details mixed with contemporary and robust materials. The entire dwelling offers extraordinary details such as the grand roof support beams that can be found in all the rooms, high ceilings, two beautiful functioning tile stoves and two bathrooms of which one has a Jacuzzi and steam room.
The home offers a rare combination of rustic, generous yet functional spaces. Plenty of light fills the dwelling with nine skylights. A brick wall gives character to the entryway where there is granite flooring which then turns to a solid oak wood floor that continues into the home. The well equipped kitchen is modern and friendly, having an open plan with the living and dining area. The living area offers two beautiful porcelain kilns. Through the living room is allows you access into two separate attic spaces. There are two spacious bedrooms with skylights. Via
This beautiful restoration began in 2004 with a passing glance of a shop window of an estate agent. Silvio spotted something for sale that resembled that of an old flour mill in the area of San Bartolomeo di Breda di Piave near Treviso, Italy. Although it seemed to be in a complete ruin, there was something that made Silvio want to go and see the place for himself. He took his wife Elisabetta with him and what they saw was beyond ruins. The roof was completely open, the ceilings had fallen through and there were even trees inside that had begun to make a home for themselves. Yet, within the trees, foliage and rubble, there was something intriguing about the place that didn’t make them walk away. Silvio isn’t short of experience when it comes to discovering potential. As an architect himself, he knew that he could restore this mill back to its former glory days.
“This ancient mill dates back to 1570. When we discovered it, we soon felt in love with it. Even if it was simply a ruin, it kept a magic energy and unique soul. We immediately realized that it had to be saved and most of all it had to be brought back to its ancient beauty and charm. We started this “amazing” adventure, a real challenge. It took four years of hard sacrifice, work and research but, at the same time, it was also very stimulating and exciting. My husband Silvio is the real creator of this miracle. He is a “crazy”, creative architect with an extraordinary sense of beauty, harmony and originality. Silvio transformed this old mill into a beautiful Locanda, while maintaining the authenticity of the building.
We restored everything keeping well in mind the mill’s history and austere character of the building. We used old and recycled materials, left walls bare to the brick, and preserved the floor and the beams untreated. The interior decoration is also very austere, sparse and minimal, although with a strong character, especially in the evening when it’s all lit by candles.
Our dream was to share the peace, beauty and charm of this place with our guests, giving them a way to have their own emotions and inspirations staying here. For this reason, we created the Locanda Rosa Rosae. Here, we hope, every guest can feel and touch the philosophy of beauty, harmony and familiarity of our Locanda…”
For a double bedroom with breakfast, rates start from $150 per night from here.
Photos: Stefano Scata