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.
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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
A stone farmhouse, Villa Noci, part of the Castello di Reschio estate, is a charming display of rustic architecture, located in the rolling hills of Umbria, Italy. Originally constructed in the 17th century, the property is nestled in a lush field of olive and cypress groves with a stunning infinity pool. A luxury retreat, the home was jut recently renovated with three bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms. Featuring all the amenities you could possibly want in a home away from home, but with the added perk of the estate’s staff waiting to pamper you. Outdoors there are two covered pergola terraces and one loggia, a perfect spot to relax, dine and enjoy the fresh smells of the gardens and panoramic views.
To stay at this fabulous retreat, rates range from $1,210 – $1,906 per night, from here.
Inside, an open concept living, dining and kitchen area creates a spacious and breezy atmosphere that is very inviting. Nods to the buildings heritage includes old world porcelain tiling throughout, vaulted ceilings and a grand fireplace in the living room, mixed with modern additions of arched windows and doors. The design aesthetic is cozy and modern, with all the comforts of home. In the main house there are two en-suite bedrooms, one with a beautiful fireplace, study and private loggia with access to the gardens. There is also a guest annex with its own living area and kitchen as well as bedroom and bathroom.
We have featured other sensational Italian vacation villas here on 1 Kindesign, in case you missed them, have a look at a couple of our past favorites: Restoration of a historic castle in Tuscany and Converted farmhouse into a luxury villa in Tuscany.
Port Streets residence is farmhouse style with rustic details designed by Eric Olsen Design, located in the Harbor View Homes area of Newport Beach, California. Designed for a young couple with two kids, this lovely home is nestled in a neighborhood with beautiful back years and streets lined with trees. The designer wanted to build a home that still fit into the neighborhood but was more unique, with a modern farmhouse style, as if it belonged in Napa Valley. The inspiration for the design palette was clean modern lines harmoniously blended with natural rustic materials. The clients wanted a stylish and fresh design approach, yet be family friendly to stand the test of time. Upon entry into this lovely home, you immediately sense an air of openness, with an open hallway and clerestory windows above, plenty of light penetrates the space. The main, open concept living spaces are arranged on the first floor, with the private zones of the bedrooms dispersed on the second level. From the entry you can also see straight through to the dining area out the outdoor living area with a dramatic fireplace. Eye-catching details can be seen throughout the interiors, with rustic reclaimed wood and a sliding barn door that closes off a wing of the upstairs hallway. Adding to the farmhouse feel is the staircase, a focal point in of itself, with the railing comprised of wood and stainless steel cables. The interiors showcase inviting materials and plenty of warmth, everything from reclaimed wood to built-in bookshelves, wood paneling and moldings, all adding texture to the spaces. Built-ins add a personal touch to the home, displaying the owner’s collection of old books and other decorative items.
You will find a neutral color palette with the odd pop of color, creating harmony and a sense of calmness. The furnishings are a mix of the owner’s own pieces from their previous home, some of which are antiques collected from a warehouse scouted in Los Angeles., Big Daddy’s Antiques. What do you think of this wonderful home we have featured here on 1 Kindesign, is there anything in particular you like or do not like about it? Please let us know in the comments section below, we would love your feedback! Are you in need of further inspiration?
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Eastbluff residence is a modern farmhouse style property full of natural materials and light, designed by Eric Olsen Design, located in Newport Beach, California. The exterior of the home is painted white with a charcoal hue on the roof and gray garage door for contrast. Upon entry into the interior of the home, you will notice that the white walls makes the space feel light and airy. The interiors feature warm wooden flooring throughout, a very natural color palette and artificial foliage decorates every room, infusing life and brightening the spaces. Pops of yellow seems to be a common element that carries through the dwelling.
The entryway features a small bench for taking off your shoes, with a narrow strip of wood cladding the wall and ceiling, adding a nice accent to the space. A decorative plant in a natural wood planter adds a zen-like feeling to the space, making you feel like you are entering into a calm oasis that is very welcoming and intimate. Tell us your thoughts on this home, do find the interiors to invoke a sense of relaxation?
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A warm and cozy open plan kitchen and dining space is perfect for entertaining guests, especially with a well designed wet bar. Natural wood is a common element running throughout the home, with a wood top dining table, wood ceiling beams and wood framing on the kitchen island. Slip covered dining chairs creates an casual feel to an elegantly designed space.
When open, the sliding glass door creates a seamless feeling between indoors and out. With a natural color palette in this living space, the bright pops of yellow creates a sunny, uplifting feeling.
Photos: Courtesy of Eric Olsen Design
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