A charming old barn was recovered and turned into a holiday retreat by studio AP Interiorisme, located in the Empordà, an historical region of Catalonia, Spain. The new homeowners were looking for a spacious and bright house when they came upon an old abounded barn. It formed part of an old farmhouse situated at the edge of a quiet village, surrounded by meadows and fields. The essence of the old farmhouse is still intact, preserving the stone walls and large arched doorway to let the natural light flood into the interiors. The doorway was originally used for vehicles to pass through to unload straw, so it was very high and wide. It is now used as a beautiful window in the living room and a great source of light. Adjacent to the living room is the kitchen, the perfect atmosphere for cooking and entertaining friends, as well as having great access to the garden. The bedrooms are situated at the back of the house, which originally had solid walls that needed windows added to every room. Internal shutters were added for privacy. The master bathroom features a unique detail by the designers; the toilet is an old wooden cabinet, revered from a textile factory. The finished result of this home is a beautiful blend of old and new, a cozy escape that offers wonderful living spaces both indoors and out. We love it, a haven of tranquility and relaxation! How about you, does this home fit into your vision of a dream holiday retreat? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
Are you inspired by recovered old barn houses? We have featured several here on 1 Kindesign that are breathtaking and worth taking a second look, that is if you haven’t already seen them: Rustic barn inspired vacation retreat on Spring Island and Four Barns weekend retreat in the rolling hills of Hudson Valley.
Photos: El Mueble
This 1970’s home underwent a complete overhaul, into a calm cozy cottage farmhouse cabin by Jenna Sue Design Co., located in the California foothills. Jenna is a designer and a print maker, creating graphic prints that are ready for framing and decorating your walls, which she sells on her website as well as Etsy. The designer and her husband found this home perched on a hill with sweeping views of the valley below. The 2,500 square foot diamond in the rough went through some major renovations, starting with the kitchen from the moment they received the key. From there, the dwelling got updated one room at a time, including the living room, kitchen, home office, guest bathroom, master bedroom, laundry room, a downstairs movie room, and the outside terrace. The designer still has more work underway, with bathrooms and her husband’s home office, always a work in progress. Her beautiful decorating style is consistent with the home’s surroundings, infusing an eclecticism of each style, which seems to be the mainstay no matter what the season. The designer has fun changing up her home seasonally, with springtime showcasing a romantic shabby chic cottage vibe, with soft, pastel hues. Jenna’s home is full of budget finds and DIY’ing, creating a lovely home surrounded by rugged mountains and a relaxing California lifestyle. We are absolutely crushing on this home renovation! Jenna has done an amazing job with the finishes, fixtures, furnishings and all of the decorations, really pulling the home together to be very homey and downright cozy! What do you think, do you love Jenna’s decorating style?
Want more of this farmhouse chic style? We have featured plenty of cozy spaces here on 1 Kindesign wrapped up in this style that will be sure to tempt your creative juices, have a look: Fabulous light-filled farmhouse retreat in Sonoma County and Modern farmhouse style tastefully decorated in Newport Beach.
Photos: Courtesy of Jenna Sue Design Co.
This stunning traditionally styled farmhouse has been designed by decorator Gemma Mateos, located in the Alt Empordà a region in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. When renewing this home for a young family, the decorator focused on creating open spaces, unifying color and connecting them to the lush gardens, one of the jewels of this lovely home. The property has a slight slope, so the lower level has a spacious veranda in the garden. The veranda was designed to be an outdoor living area to enjoy throughout the year, with furnishings that mesh with its traditional architecture. The porch features stone walls, wooden beams and iron railings, creating a perfect outdoor oasis. Inside, you see comfortable furnishings, a mix of vintage and other rural and traditional pieces. Spaciousness and comfort were the keys to success for the design of this home. The decorator opened the kitchen to the dining area by taking down a wall and delineating spaces with an island. The island is not only used for food prep, but also for the children to sit on stools and draw or do homework, a great way for family to interact with each other. Two elliptical arches help to open the spaces. The hood in the kitchen was also redesigned in the Provencal style. The main living space was once a narrow room, which after tearing down a wall, a cozy seating area was created in front of the fireplace.
In the master bedroom, a wall was removed to connect the bathroom and dressing room. A new flat arch that has been decorated with two ancient columns adds spaciousness to a room dressed in white linen upholstery. Light and fresh air filters through the small windows, helping keep the atmosphere fresh and bright. The finished result is a beautifully comfortable farmhouse that is very timeless, built about 20 years ago, it appears as “a farmhouse as before”. What do you think, was this farmhouse renovation a success or do you feel the design could have been further improved?
We have featured plenty of beautiful farmhouses in the Spanish region here on 1 Kindesign. If you would like some more inspiration, look no further than here: Restored 18th century farmhouse in the Empordà and Rustic chic farmhouse in Baix Empordà.
Photos: El Mueble
This natural and serene home by interior designer Ana Genero is inspired by farmhouses in the region, integrating well with its surroundings in Empordà, an historical region of Catalonia, Spain. With a sober interior and a wild garden, the property is a haven of calm. The homeowner wished to have a natural home that conveys tranquility, where the whole family can relax and enjoy. The interiors have an air of zen, with a combination of vaulted ceilings, concrete floorings and lime plastered walls, all very open to the gardens. The designer created essential spaces without sacrificing either warmth or functionality. Reclaimed materials have been used in elements throughout the home. Natural textures such as pine adds character to the interior spaces and will age well. Rustic furnishings and vintage pieces helps to make the home feel like it has been here for centuries. An open plan living, kitchen and dining area is very much the center of family life. The home was built by architect Lluís Auquer with the principles of bio-architecture. The home is south facing with solid walls and large opening to allow sunlight to warm up the spaces in the winter. In the summer, windows and the lush gardens ventilate and filter the light, cooling the home. Outside there are two porches that offer shady spaces, one to dine el fresco and the other a wonderful living space to relax.
There are so many things we love about this home: from the rustic details to the barrel vaulted ceiling in the kitchen; the indoor-outdoor connection to the stunning gardens and outdoor living spaces and the location of the home isn’t too shabby either. What do you think? What features of this home are your favorite? Please share with us your thoughts in the comments below!
We have more to share with you here on 1 Kindesign, have a look at some other beautiful features we have put together of homes in the Spanish Empordà: Charming Spanish villa breathes new life and Restored 18th century farmhouse in the Empordà.
Photos: El Mueble
A derelict 250-year-old stone farmhouse has been transformed by a couple who gets enjoyment out of fixing up abandoned spaces, located in the Gers region of southwest France. No one had lived in this home, which includes a few outbuildings on the property, for 50 years prior to the homeowners purchasing it in 1998 for $125,000. Now, 16 years later, the home is now complete, after spending an additional $400,000 in improvements to the interior and exteriors of the home. Historically, the home was preserved as much as possible. The owners lived in Paris during the restoration process, as two professionals, they visited the property as time allowed. The home is surrounded by a beautiful landscape, including mature olive and fig trees; the outskirts is all farmland. When friends and family come to visit, the homeowners move into what they term “the pigeon house”, which is a simple three-story tower on the property.
The above image is the three-story tower which the homeowners have aptly named the “pigeon house.” A guest home on the property which has a brand new swimming pool gracing the front of it.
The tiles on the kitchen flooring are original to the home. A steel and concrete dining table was crafted by a friend of the family.
This makeshift bookshelf was creatively put together by the homeowner.
The master bedroom features an antique sofa passed down from the homeowner’s grandmother, with a history of traveling with her from Hungary to Canada during WWII.
The kitchen is a stunning mix of old and new, crafted with just enough space for one of the owner’s who loves to cook. The tile backsplash was picked up from Tunisia.
The ground floor of the tower features a beautiful antique bathtub, a colorful Tunisian area rug and a pretty pendant light fixture the couple picked up from a bazaar in Turkey.
The homeowner’s enjoy their lunches under this magnolia tree, offering panoramic vistas.
Photos: NY Times
This Texas hill country retreat is a bright and open family getaway designed by Shiflet Group Architects, located in the Frio cañon community along the Frio River. The area was designed as a legacy community, with 100 acres of wildlife preserve, its a wonderful area to bring up your family. With other families nearby, the object is for kids to grow up together with cookouts and movies under the stars. Then the children grow up, have their own kids and take over the property. The home was built as a vacation home for a family of five, conceived to connect to the scenic outdoors that surrounds it. As for the construction of the home, the homeowners did not want one large house that would be too showy, so instead they opted to have three individual, smaller buildings. With a more cottage-like feel the design allows for space for guests and keeps the property feeling more quaint. The main building houses a living room, dining and kitchen area. A separate cottage houses three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a kitchenette. The third structure houses a garage with guest quarters above. In total, there is 4,650 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
The main structure has free flowing spaces with open alcoves. Deep set porches help to protect from the hot Texas sun, while still keeping the interiors bright and airy. In the center of the gathering area, a skylight was incorporated to diffuse light into the space. Designing with rustic building materials adds a camp-like aesthetic to the home. The wood hewn beams are re-purposed from an old Vermont barn. Some of the flooring material comes from locally sourced quarried stone, while the bedroom flooring is comprised of reclaimed oak that is almost 100 years old, sourced from Kentucky and Tennessee.
Have a look at some other Texas Hill Country homes featured here on 1 Kindesign: Modern compound in Texas hill country: Trahan Ranch and Beautiful Hill Country Residence in Austin.
With farmhouse style interiors designed by Blair Burton Interiors, the palette is very peaceful, with a continuous rustic theme running throughout. To bring in colors from the surrounding natural environment, shades of gray-blues and gray-greens were incorporated into the design scheme. The interior was conceived to be not only breathtaking, but also very durable, needing to withstand the wear and tear of kids living on a river environment. All the upholstery has been custom designed and easy maintenance. One of a kind pieces are strewn throughout the home, with some pieces hand picked from trips to places such as The Original Round Top Antiques Fair.
Builder David Dalgleish helped conceive the stonework that surrounds the living room fireplace. Custom doors conceals a television.
‘Photos: Nick Johnson
W. Creekside Residence is a beautiful farmhouse style family home that has been designed by Dillon Kyle Architecture, located in Houston, Texas. The home was originally a spec house that was built in the mid 1990s, surrounded by single story homes that were constructed in the 1950s. The architects updated and reconfigured the interiors to meet the needs of the homeowner’s lifestyle. The kitchen was renovated with much more simple, clean lines with a spacious center island, butcher block countertop and plenty of custom built-in cabinetry. The newly designed kitchen was integral to family living, as the hub of the home. So the space was made to be bright and airy, with its new proportions and clearly defined shape echoing the rest of the transformed interiors. “A curved ceiling demarcates this space relative to the living space, creating definition without separation.” A three-car garage was converted into a two-car garage to make room for a mudroom and the power room was relocated to another area of the home. In the living room, the position of the fireplace made the room difficult to furnish, so the design team had it removed from the space.
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The Butler’s Pantry features white cabinetry, marble countertops and a convenient swinging door with porthole.
The powder room features a custom concrete sink that designed by the architects and produced by a local craftsman.
Photos: Casey Dunn Photography
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