This romantic seaside cottage was designed by Pattersons Associates Architects, located on the Banks Peninsula, on the South Island of New Zealand. Nestled in a rock escarpment, the the three room shelter was created as a honeymoon retreat for paying guests. The interiors are comprised of a lobby, living and sleeping quarters an a bathroom. The retreat was constructed using locally sourced materials, comprised mainly of rock that was quarried close to the site, in conjunction with flooring of poured concrete and a green roof. The structure is immersed into the bluffs to shelter its tenants from falling debris. The cottage was designed to be self-sustainable, offering rainwater harvesting and wastewater treatment. According to the architects, “the project involved an extensive reforestation and re-vegetation sub project.” With floor to ceiling windows that capture the privileged views of the nearby Bay and distant vistas of the Rocky Spires. The windows consist of double glazed, low e-glass, which is pretty indestructible to storms and earthquakes. The interior ceiling structure is lined with horizontal macrocarpa wood.
A relaxing private retreat, this would be an amazing retreat for anyone looking for a romantic honeymoon getaway. What do you think, would this be your ideal retreat? Want more great getaway spots in New Zealand? Have a look at some past features here on 1 Kindesign: Rahimoana Villa retreat in the Bay of Islands and Luxury retreat overlooking Lake Wakatipu.
Photos: Courtesy of Pattersons Associates Architects
This cozy turn of the century homestead was transformed into a coastal cool cottage by Tom Stringer Design, located in Harbor Springs, on the shores of Lake Michigan. When the designer approached this project, he wanted to preserve the ‘cottageness’ feel of the home, resisting the urge to completely renovate and ruin the current vibe. Instead, the design team did necessary updates, including a fresh coat of crisp white paint. With the structural integrity of the cottage preserved, the next thing on the agenda was to fill the all-white interiors with color furnishings and decor to breathe life into this playful retreat. Bright pops of color are seen throughout the interiors, including yellows, blues, and greens, which are striking against the white beadboard backdrop and the naturalness of the neutral area rugs. Simple off-white wool needlepoint and sisal flat-weave carpets can be seen decorating the floors throughout the spacious interiors. The goal was to allow the floor plane to reflect light rather than absorb it. The result is a timeless cottage that feels like a breath of fresh air, reflecting the simple character of its retreat destination, a classic summer resort town.
White on white interiors invites the warm coastal light into the home. Bold pops of blue and yellow hues creates a cheerful vibe from space to space. What do you think of this timeless cottage? Is it what you would envision for your dream retreat?
We have featured several fabulous coastal cottages here on 1 Kindesign, we would like to share with you a couple that you may have missed: Coastal cottage home a modern twist in British Columbia and Captivating wooden coastal cottage retreat.
In the breakfast room, a built-in bench allows for plenty of seating during mealtime. Its the perfect spot for the homeowner’s to enjoy a cup of coffee and read the newspaper.
The guest room features a mixture of patterns such as navy strips and modern paisley, infusing a fresh take on nautical style.
The master bedroom showcases exposed beams and shiplap on the walls, creating an architectural interest that is visually pleasing.
Photos: Werner Straube
This modern rustic home was designed by Antonio Martins Interior Design for a bachelor who wished for a playful and hip ski retreat, located in Tahoe, California. The open concept great room features a stunning focal point, a floor-to-ceiling fireplace comprised of cold-rolled steel. A bright yellow Pixel Deer sculpture designed by artist Jihoon Choi creates a nice showpiece affixed to the front facade of the fireplace. Tightly stacked wood next the the fireplace is displayed from floor-to-ceiling, creating a nice design feature that conceals the entertainment center. The comfortable seating area has been casually decorated with a large leather sectional paired with 1960s swivel chairs by designer Thonet that the homeowner had picked up in Miami. Adding an air of whimsy to the space, artwork displayed around the room consists of photography and a mixed-media collage on a wood door. The dining area is defined by a sizable recycled wood table encircled by armchairs that have been designed by Cassina Cab, seating up to 16 guests. Moving on to the powder room, exquisite custom features includes a live-edge floating shelf and custom wallpaper by Crezana. A long hallway that leads to the bedroom quarters is decorated by 19th century albumen photographic prints of the Tahoe area.
There are five bedrooms in the home, each having their own unique character: “the burlap bedroom; the log bedroom; the gray bedroom; the antler bedroom; and the master, with a circular metal hanging chair overlooking the unobstructed view of the mountains.” In the master bathroom, vintage signage in neon spells the word “hotel”, injecting nostalgia into the space. The finished result is the ultimate mountain retreat that is casual and welcoming, inviting the homeowner’s guests to be entertained in its the lavish interiors. What do you think of this chic bachelor pad? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below!
What to see some more inspirational rustic mountain retreats in the Tahoe region? We have plenty to share with you here on 1 Kindesign, have a look at some past great features: Rustic mountain retreat with sweeping views of Lake Tahoe and Rustic wooded retreat in Martis Camp: Lifeguard Shack.
Photos: Courtesy of Antonio Martins Interior Design
This stylish weekend getaway for a young family showcases transitional interiors by designer Thom Filicia, located in Greenwich, a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The family is based on the Upper East Side in New York and wanted their retreat to be somewhere where they did not have to stress about weekend holiday traffic. Greenwich was the perfect location, a beautiful countryside suburb for city commuters. Their dream retreat was a neo-Georgian Colonial home that was built in the 1980s, nestled on a sprawling 12 acres property. With lots of space for their children to play and to entertain guests both inside and outside; the spacious 10,000 square foot home boasts seven bedroom and nine bathrooms. The only downside to the home is that it felt very dated and this is where they turned to designer Thom Filicia for help. He turned this charming getaway into a warm but modern aesthetic, with a casual elegance and a beautiful New England vibe. The design of the home followed suit with the couple’s tastes, luxurious yet understated materials, a preference that is influenced through their business as part owners of tailored clothing line Douglas Hayward in London. The rooms needed to be comfortable enough for the family to relax and spend time by the fireplace reading a book, but also needed to represent the same styling as Douglas Hayward, “sumptuous textiles, perfectly executed details, not too many frills.” The expansive home also includes a full spa with a sauna and a yoga room.
The homeowners selected a color palette that was reflective of New England style, shades of blues and toned-down reds and rusts. With neutral fabrics and tactile wall treatments such as grass cloth, these beautiful hues really popped. The end result are interiors that are elegant yet fresh, being a young couple, the home reflects their character. The spaces are set perfectly for entertaining, especially the dining area, nicely laid out for dinner parties with friends. It is an unfussy home that is very on trend, American with an edge.
Designer Thom Filicia is known for his relaxed take on American style, which is reflected in this stunning home and others that he has created. We have showcased several examples of his work here on 1 Kindesign, you can have a look at his wonderful design sense here: Woodsy lake front cabin in upstate New York and Thom Filicia’s Skaneateles Lake House Exudes Rustic Simplicity.
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A log cabin was recently turned into a beautifully styled lake house retreat for family gatherings, located on Pleasant Hill Lake in the rural area of Perrysville, Ohio. Owned by a couple whose main house is conveniently just 80 miles away in Columbus, the home was just recently purchased as a family getaway. Notable features includes an open plan layout, soaring 20 foot high ceilings and a spacious front porch for sitting and enjoying the beautiful lake views. Even though there were only a couple of bedrooms, there were other attractive features that made this home appealing; such as a roomy basement and loft, offering extra sleeping quarters for overnight guests. The house was not in need of any major renovations, but seemed to lack personality and warmth. One of the homeowners has three beautiful home decor stores called Bungalow Home, which allowed her to not only show off her great decorating skills but to source items from her store into her home. In the living room, slipcovered furnishings makes the space casual and welcoming. Decor items were a mix of antique market finds and the homeowners own shop. One of the main updates to the structure was to capture the views of the lake by adding half a dozen windows.
In the kitchen, vintage nickel door knobs were added, upper cabinets were removed and pendant light fixtures replaced outdated ones to re-fresh the space. We think this cabin is absolutely charming, the spaces are open and welcoming, the furnishings are cozy and the cabin itself is the perfect size with every space being utilized. What do you think, would this be your ideal cottage retreat? Do you have a neat vacation cabin you would like to showcase here on 1 Kindesign? We would love to feature it, please contact us here so that we may be in touch.
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The walls were given a fresh coat of white paint (Simply White by Benjamin Moore), the homeowners go to color. The hickory wood flooring, banister and ceilings adds visual contrast to the white.
A cowhide area rug adds warmth to the wood floors in the master bedroom. The bed was purchased from Crate & Barrel.
The second floor encompasses a guest sleeping loft offering convenient pull-out sofas, keeping the small space tidy when not in use. It also plays double duty as a quiet little nook to read a book.
A back hallway was revamped into a mudroom with salvaged door frames affixed to the wall to hang items on. Little rope balls have been used as hooks. Even the bench has been re-purposed from old barn wood.
String lights accent the cozy porch space, picked up from Target. The wicker furnishings were selected from Pottery Barn, the family likes to gather here for conversation and entertainment.
Photos: Country Living
This timber frame mountain home has been designed as a year-round family vacation retreat by architects Shope Reno Wharton, located in Aspen, Colorado. Surrounded by 1.6 acres of property, the residence is nestled on a wooded slope with views over Aspen and the ski slopes. With plenty of activities, of skiing in the winter and hiking and biking in the summer, this is the perfect holiday pad for the outdoor enthusiast. There is a nicely flowing stream that flows along the edge of the property which feeds a clear pond offering beautiful views from the home. The exterior facade of the home draws on the Western architecture of the infamous national park lodges. The homeowners wanted their home to represent the character of the Rocky Mountains. The interiors had a semi-formal layout, so the architects added some rusticity to it through the use of stone masonry and massive log walls, typifying vernacular architecture. The interior design of the property was carried out by Victoria Hagan Interiors who created cozy and warm living spaces throughout the home that are very timeless. There are several outdoor spaces for the owners to enjoy the beautiful natural environment that surrounds them. There is a stone deck on one side of the structure and stone stairs that leads to a hot tub patio on another side. A boat dock in the pond area allows the perfect spot to go trout fishing. Off the kitchen and towards the stream is a more private porch area which features a striking outdoor fireplace.
We just adore this mountain home retreat, it has been beautifully designed and offers everything one could possibly wish for, its an outdoor lovers paradise. What do you think, could you vacation here? If you love looking at mountain homes as much as we do, we have plenty of past features here on 1 Kindesign to share with you, have a look: Contemporary mountain home in Aspen by Poss Architecture and Bavarian-style luxury mountain retreat in Aspen.
Photos: Custom Home Online
A one-of-a-kind experience, this treehouse in the forest was built by a couple in a secluded town of Buckhead, a district of Atlanta, wishing to fulfill a childhood dream. The couple own a glass facaded modern dwelling next door, purchasing the vacant site next to them to construct the tree houses on. The owners, Katie and Peter, built a series of three connected treehouse rooms, joined by rope suspension bridges. One of them is a living room, spacious enough to seat six, another is a bedroom which has a platform bed which slides out to feel like you are immersed in the tree canopy. The third treehouse hosts a deck which encompasses a hammock and enough space to seat ten people. Peter is an environmentalist, so his love of nature and childhood forts inspired the design, which took seven months to complete. Set amongst lush greenery, the houses are comprised mainly of spare lumber and old windows picked up from antique stores. Each room has been nicely furnished with antiques, natural artifacts and of course, the peaceful sounds of nature that surround you. Could you image a more relaxing retreat than falling asleep in the trees and waking up to the chirping of birds?
This treehouse dream getaway awaits you for an unforgettable experience, available for rent at $350 USD/night from here.
Canyon Point residence is a contemporary mountain retreat that melds modern architecture with rustic materials, designed by RKD Architects in Telluride, Colorado. Sculpted of masonry walls, this dramatic property seems to meld into the landscape. With simple, low pitch roof forms, the wood and glass structure draws the mountainous landscape into the interior of the home. Sweeping and curved copper roof forms cantilever over a jaw-dropping canyon which drops 1,500 feet below to the San Miguel River. Built for a couple, the home encompasses 9,770 square feet of living space with six bedrooms and seven-and-a-half bathrooms. There seems to be a perfect balance of clean, modern lines infused with high-country textures, surrounded by an outdoor oasis. The outdoor living spaces includes patios, a fire pit, ponds and rambling meadows, surrounded by 900-acres of wilderness preserve and 360 degree vistas of 14,000 foot snowy peaks. “Douglass fir trusses, Arkansas tumbled stone, reclaimed oak barn wood, and copper siding provide an organic feel to the house”, states the architects.
We have featured many stunning mountain retreats here on 1 Kindesign, have a look at a couple of fabulous ones in case you missed them: Contemporary mountain home in Aspen by Poss Architecture and Breathtaking rustic mountain home in Big Sky: Ansel Haus.
This award-winning kitchen features expansive windows to encapsulate the expansive views and bring the outdoors in. The countertops and cabinetry were custom designed to be curved, emphasizing the sweeping arc of the astounding view.
Photos: Gibeon Photography
Base Camp is a mountain retreat designed for family living by Johnston Architects, nestled high above Lake Cle Elum in the Cascade Mountains near Roslyn, Washington. The home was designed as a retreat and eventually a primary home for an active family of seven. The remote lake offers the perfect getaway, enjoying warm summer days and snowfalls in the winter. The home caters to entertaining family, friends and colleagues, sleeping over 2o people, yet most importantly it is the recreational base to enjoy the surrounding rugged mountains. The design of the home caters to the clients outdoor lifestyle, which includes snowmobiling, dirt biking, kayaking and baseball. To house all this equipment, the architects created a spacious gear room constructed with industrial/fire station grade open shelving. Each of the family members have their favorite spaces, the wife enjoys the library while the kids chill out in the theater/game room. A Geochron illuminated world map is situated close to the front entryway, which helps the kids to learn geography. The theme throughout the home is an emphasis on outdoor living, whether it be the astounding views of the lake and surrounding mountains through sliding walls, or stepping outside and enjoying the swimming pool, hot tub, water courses and sauna. The architecture is open and expansive, with large glass walls spilling natural light into the home and engaging it with nature throughout the year.
Sustainable features includes “solar thermal, photo voltaics, radiant heat, heat recovery ventilation, super insulation and passive solar design to minimize energy costs.” Most significantly, the design of the home maximizes a diversity of interior and exterior spaces for the enjoyment of work, live and play.
We have featured other beautiful homes here on 1 Kindesign in the mountains of Washington state, have a look at a couple of popular ones: Modern lake house blurring indoor/outdoor boundaries and Breathtaking home set on a bluff overlooking Lake Washington.
The interior palette consists of durable natural materials with an exposed structure, soaring ceilings and large expanses of windows. The home not only had to function as a family cabin, but as an offsite workspace for the homeowners, who co-run political consulting firm Mercury Group.
The library features a cozy sofa, Eames chair, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves filled with reading materials and endless lake views
The common areas are very fluid, with the kitchen able to accommodate up to ten diners. There is a dining room just below the kitchen that can also double as a conference room.
Although rustic, this home has all the technologies of a smart home. The homeowners can control the systems of their home through three apps on their smartphones. These features includes lighting, heating, fans and even the entertainment system. When they are not at the home, they can keep tabs on their property through security camera monitoring. There are motion sensors in the majority of the room, with programmed light levels that operate according to the time of day. For example, a glowing light will come on in the master bathroom at nighttime.
A massive bunkroom sleeps up to 17 people and includes an outdoor sleeping porch.
Ninety percent of the property’s hot water is attained from this 1,000 square foot solar array, which will heat the water that is stored in insulated underground tanks.
Photos: Courtesy of Johnston Architects
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