This 17th century country residence was renovated and historically preserved for a family with a passion for art and design by Visionnaire, located in Bologna, Italy. Rolling hills covered with cypress trees surrounds the ancient villa, an imposing structure that features classical lines. The three-story home had been abandoned and neglected for years and was in need of new life being infused back into it. The home is that is designer Eleonora Cavalli, creative director of Visionnaire, the Bologna-based company that since 1959 creates furnishings and beautiful design. Generous outdoor spaces offers plenty of area for entertaining family and friends, with a garden sofa and chairs designed by Visionnaire. Inside, an open plan living room and kitchen features darker wood beams on the ceiling that contrasts nicely with the lighter wood plank flooring that travels throughout the interiors. All furnishings are the exclusive design of Visionnaire. The walls are hunts with works of famous artists, decor features sculptures and artists’ proofs. A bevelled edge glass bookcase houses the homeowner’s extensive book collection, which is overflowed into the basement. The basement is an inmate space that not only offers bookcases but more of the owner’s art collection and the perfect space to accommodate overnight guests.
A staircase leads to the upper levels, which showcases a preserved wall of brick to emphasize the structure’s past. The sunlit bedrooms on the upper level are filled with Visionnaire furnishings. Bathrooms feature colorful mosaic tiles. The finished result is a perfect blend of rustic and luxurious, classic and modern… simply fantastic! What do you think?
We have featured many Italian countryside villas here on 1 Kindesign, take a peek: Italian dream villa reminiscent of a knight’s castle and Picturesque dwelling in the Italian countryside.
Photos: Courtesy of Visionnaire
Whitewashed stone walls and wood beams are characteristic of this 400 year old cave-like home in Ibiza, one of the Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Two New Yorkers call this place home, where they happily live off the beaten path, surrounded by almond trees, cactus and olive trees. The interior was barely touched since the building is historically protected. The only changes the new homeowners made was installing a new kitchen by adding modern amenities and scraping the stone walls. They kept the beautiful ceilings that are supported by seaweed twisted juniper beams. The owners wanted bare space, exposing a simplistic aesthetic. The main house encompasses a kitchen, living room, bathroom and three bedrooms, there are also two guest houses on the property. The home is wide but not showy, and although the home is historical, it has a nice contemporary energy. The decor took time and careful planning, the homeowners wanted to bring personality and a sense of place to the cottage. They opted for traditional Ibizan decor, mixing urban sophistication with rustic and ethnic elements. The result is a purist yet authentically styled home, capturing the essence of the home’s past while infusing it with present day sophistication. We love this home it is super cozy and very serene, a great place to enjoy a long and relaxing vacation! What do you think?
Have a look at some other super inspiring Ibizan homes that we have presented to you in the past here on 1 Kindesign: Modern Ibiza dream home with Spanish elements and Stunning Mediterranean style home in Ibiza.
Photos: Casas AD
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 wonderful countryside holiday home is a refuge for its owners, located next to a nature reserve on the banks of the Cega River in the province of Segovia, Spain. The home is that of photographer Clara Tassara and her husband, who fell in love with this old home which was originally owned by a priest. After purchasing the timeworn home, they had it rebuilt from scratch, preserving the original stone walls. This home is the perfect escape for the couple and their young children who enjoying being in touch with nature when they visit for weekends and holidays. The home offers a large, open plan living room and dining area and spacious bedrooms. The double height ceiling helps to enhance the feeling of spaciousness, keeping the home bright and airy. There is also a kitchen and playroom. The spaces were designed with comfort in mind, yet without losing sight of creating a pleasing aesthetic. Limestone walls in a pinkish hue creates a welcoming appearance. An eclectic mix of styles is seen throughout, with vintage antique furnishings meshed with current and modern pieces, creating a nice dynamic.
Turn of the century pieces inherited from family are amongst the homeowners favorite pieces, but also collected pieces from local antique dealers and Madrid auction houses adds personality to the spaces. A mix of colors in calming hues creates a harmonious atmosphere that draws inspiration form the surrounding landscape. The polished concrete flooring adds charm, while the walls of concrete mixed with limestone adds a traditional finish.
Have a look at some other fabulous inspiration we have collected for you from our archives here on 1 Kindesign: Renovated farm compound in the Spanish Pyrenees and Catalan farmhouse restored in Spain: Villa CP.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
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 beautiful four bedroom converted church showcases unique preserved features, situated in the heart of Kenmont Gardens, North Kensington, London, England. The 6,167 square foot residence is distinguished by jaw-dropping open plan interiors with soaring ceilings that encompasses a kitchen, dining area and living spaces. Arched windows flood the home with light, imposing white walls helps to reflect light, and original structural columns helps to add character into the home. There is also a private patio with a waterfall, original stained glass windows and parquet flooring throughout all the public spaces. The fabulous chefs kitchen offers a beautiful island with bar style seating and New York and Corian Concrete work surfaces. All of the four sumptuous bedrooms include en-suite bathrooms, three of them have wonderful walk-in closets.
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Once inside this architectural wonder, you are amazed by its volume and meticulous transformation into a modern home. The ceiling height over the living room is lowered, which makes this space feel cozy and comfortable, with the addition of an area rug for not only division of space but to add texture and color. Furniture arrangements help to keep spaces separate, yet the open interiors helps to keep a nice flow throughout the lower level. This is an incredible transformation with some spiritual enlightenment preserved in the structural details. What are your thoughts on this conversion project, could you find yourself living here?
Love church conversions, have a look at some others we have written about here.
Clink Wharf is a fabulous vacation home with open plan living to your hearts content, located in London Bridge, South-East London, London, England, United Kingdom. Your host is a theater designer, helping to lend some intriguing visual effects throughout the interiors of the home. The building was once a pineapple warehouse, whose historic effects have been beautifully preserved. The home offers a spacious living area with a welcoming white linen sofa, perfect for hanging out. The living area is visually separated from the rest of the spaces by a checkerboard rug. Off the living room are double doors leading out to a cozy balcony with views over the Thames River. The kitchen is perfect for entertaining, open and airy with a spacious island, perfect for cooking. There is also an office space with book-lined shelves and a sofa bed, which can be closed off from the rest of the home with rotating glass panels. There are two bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom. This is the perfect place to stay if you are visiting London, it offers plenty of amenities and is found in an ideal location on the South Bank.
To stay here, rates range from $300 – $600 per night with a minimum two night stay, from here.
Wood floors and exposed brick walls, with the exception of the private areas, which offers raw concrete and stone flooring, define this historic home.
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