Lovingly coined ‘the Shack,” this rustic modern cottage designed by Feldman Architecture is an escape from City life for a busy San Francisco couple in Ross, California. The existing home was composed of low ceilings and partition walls creating dark spaces. However, the home held the potential for beautiful mountain views and if one looked carefully, hints of character and charm emerged. Rare old growth redwood siding of the original home and a Sonoma stone fireplace were both maintained as prominent features of the renovation.
During phase one, the original Douglas Fir ceilings were revealed as the sloped roof was opened up and inspired the use of reclaimed, local woods for the mantel, floors and interior doors. These woods warm the interiors and compliment the views to the gardens and Mount Baldy beyond. The kitchen and living room were opened up to an outdoor seating and dining area. Given the limited space and the open views from the living room, the kitchen cabinets were planned down to the details, much like a ship’s galley. The bathroom was brightened with a large translucent window and light porcelain tiles.
SIZE OF HOME: Phase 1 – 706sf / Phase 2 addition – 657sf + 260sf garage
Shortly after the first phase finished, design and construction began on phase two, including a two story addition, garage with green roof and stepped terraces with a swimming pool. The addition extends the area of living room and adds a second floor master suite with sweeping views of Mount Baldy. The addition and garage are primarily made of materials similar to the original house with board and batten siding in a natural stain.
Photos: Phil Bond
Warmth and texture unite in this gorgeous Bridgehampton Estate designed by David Scott Interiors in Bridgehampton, a hamlet in the South Fork of Suffolk County, New York. The traditional style home encompasses the layering of various textures – rich leathers, woven textiles, rustic metals, and earthy woods – creating a warm and masculine residence. This large home in the heart of horse country is the ideal setting for relaxed summers. The rich brown coloration and earth tones used throughout the rooms were derived from the dark chestnut floors, the beams in the double-height living room, and the stone hearth. Unique rugs in variations of geometric patterns, give the rooms a subtle added dimension.
The walls are a Wattle and Daub natural plaster treatment and the beams are exposed timbers.
The walls are done in a custom hand-painted stencil by Applied Aesthetics Painting Studio.
The candle holders on the dining room table are from West Elm.
Photos: Antoine Bootz & George Ross
Chalet Brickell enjoys the luxury of a stunning setting at the heart of Megève, a commune in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Developed by Pure Concept, a Swiss designer-creator firm specialized in luxury properties, this exceptional 12,900 square foot Chalet, with its guest house, blends in perfectly with the small town. Situated at the foot of the mountain, surrounded by nature and unforgettable mountain views, it seems to have found its natural place. Designed to precise specifications, down to the tiniest detail, it offers the rich sobriety of noble materials, the subtlety of elegant combinations, and a superbly functional space. Nothing is left to chance. Every accessory has its role to play: a breath of color, a glow of light, bespoke rugs, unique motifs. Behind this chic modernity lies a truly authentic simplicity.
Chalet Brickell and its guest house sleeps up to 18 guests within seven bedrooms and can be booked all year round from $33,877 to $182,938/per week, depending on the season, from here.
The staircase, like a modern drawbridge, allows access to the large living room. The transparent blend of metal, glass and steel elegantly complements the warm harmonies of antique woods. Pure lines create a comfort that is absolute simplicity. The overall effect is one of a neutral, modest, welcoming refinement that makes the perfect setting for works of art or original shots by renowned photographers.
Golden bedroom. Antique wood and a Fortuny-inspired pleated headboard set the tone in the room with gold-colored quilted curtains. Like a plush bedspread, a large fur blanket covers the bed, which is fitted with sheets with touches of gold for a gold room.
White bedroom. Leather-paneled walls match the headboard, in shades of taupe that accentuate the whiteness of the bed linens and accessories. Fur adds a touch of warmth.
Master bedroom. Meticulously executed finishing touches and exquisite attention to detail make this space a true haven of well-being. The master bedroom owes its beauty to the skills of Italian craftsmen, specialised in the construction of yachts. Walls made of wood meet an oak floor covered with thick rugs, while shagreen leather frames the doorway. Cut-velvet panels line the wall and ceiling, like a «canopy» above the bed, which is covered with a fur bedspread. Heavy drapes and an enveloping easy chair create a cozy reading corner. Here, you feel cocooned. Taupe leathers adorn the easy chair and leather-covered sliding doors open onto the marble bathroom, where two identical Japanese-style shower rooms face each other.
The night club, as well as the home cinema and its large screen, have been installed to the highest professional standards and make use of the very latest technical developments. Dancers can enjoy an LED lighting system created by a specialist who provides the lighting solutions for discotheques throughout the world. The «dark» room puts the emphasis on comfort, with luxurious couches and individual service.
The indoor pool looks onto the garden and benefits from the natural light. To protect privacy, specially designed curtains can be drawn across the large windows – a little like the Hollywood of the fifties. Bed loungers, along with a teak floor like the deck of a yacht, give the feel of a relaxing cruise.
The huge garage in the basement links the main chalet and the guest house. From here, the leisure rooms can be accessed. A showcase for car collectors or enthusiasts, it has been designed to house 4x4s, racing cars and also elegant limousines, with a focus on aesthetics and rigor. The floor has a «granular» surface, the central axis features the colors of Brickell, while the walls display the fastest and most famous racing drivers, with Steve McQueen in top position.
The teak terrace, against a backdrop of snow, is the perfect place to relax in the sun. White sets the inside-outside tone and gives a warm comfort to an open-air relaxation area. Custom-made sun loungers, for moments of leisure, adopt a deck-chair look with high-quality yacht-style details.
The chalets, situated in two of the best French ski resorts (Megève and Courchevel 1850) are equipped with services worthy of grand palaces: transfer by helicopter, housekeeper, private chef, chauffeur, concierge, massage and beauty care etc. In the style of a hotel for the private individual, with exceptional services, it is pure made-to-measure.
Harmoniously blending rustic elements with modern technology, this waterfront estate is nestled on 3 acres of private property in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The 10,649 square foot home just underwent a multi-million dollar restoration reviving the 1914 estate to the epitome of elegance. Each room is a vision come to life with intricate detailing contrasted with bold elements. Whimsical romance blends with medieval and Victorian era inspired design work engaging the senses. There is also a 1,096 square foot guest house which allows privacy for all. The striking beauty of the interior can only be rivalled by the stunning landscape encompassing the home. Positioned in a secluded cove with over 700 feet of beachfront, 3 islets and a dock extending into the ocean ensures endless possibilities of enjoyment.
This sensational property is listed for sale at $11,312,862 USD, from here.
Yellowstone Club Andesite Residence is a spectacular rustic mountain retreat that has been designed by Locati Architects along with Tolstedt Architects, situated in Big Sky, Montana. The custom timber frame home is surrounded by the gentle sounds of falling water, comprised of 10,000 square feet of living space the home showcases stunning interiors around every turn. The use of reclaimed heavy timber and local stone was carried throughout the home and used as a backdrop for an eclectic mix of interior design form rustic western to modern simplicity to playful craftsmanship. The homeowners took great pride and care in choosing materials, amenities and special features that make friends and family feel welcome. Entertaining is made easy in the impressive kitchen with features like stainless steel countertops along the perimeter and an extra large granite countertop with a built in steamer. The kitchen is stocked with restaurant grade appliances and the pantry door has a chalkboard panel to leave notes or write the day’s menu. The hallmark of this room is the gently curved wine cabinet with bent glass and mahogany molding with a built in chilling unit.
The living area features reclaimed timbers for trusses and perlins and western red cedar log posts. The mantel is made from Juniper wood which is native to the Montana mountains. Just as impressive is the one piece hearth stone.
This hallway bridge leads to the guest suite. The hallway has a stone and pebble path with inlaid twinkling fiber optic lights. This, in combination with the gently flowing water underneath makes for a magical experience.
The homeowner’s family room features a wet bar made of reclaimed tin and old license plates. They even encouraged the craftsman to put carvings into the bar for a personal touch.
A unique feature to this fabulous home is this custom designed staircase and mural to give the feeling of walking in the forest woodlands.
Photos: Roger Wade Studio
The restoration of a 150 year old post and beam barn into a stunning pool house with its wide-open kitchenette in New Vernon, New Jersey has been designed by Arturo Palombo Architecture in conjunction with interior design studio Papyrus Home Design. The entire structure was relocated in order to provide ‘at-grade’ access to an existing pool terrace at the rear, while introducing a new garage underneath. “We rebuilt the structure, poured a new foundation and set out to give it a summer house vibe that was light, airy and indestructible to the elements—mainly parties and kids dripping in wet bathing suits,” states the interior designer. The new pool house features a two-story family room with summer kitchen, direct access to a pool and pool terrace, changing rooms, powder room with shower, and a sleeping loft above.
The kitchenette’s warm palette, is different from the main house’s black-and-white kitchen, emphasizing the prominent beams that were salvaged from the original structure and floorboards reclaimed from a nearby barn. The walls are Super White by Benjamin Moore to set off the shaker inset cabinets’ subtle pewter hue and steel pulls. The cabinet wall sets the stage for the rest of the room’s gray gradations that simultaneously contrast with the wood’s browns and draw out its grays.
What the kitchenette lacks in an oven and stove, the adjacent outdoor kitchen makes up for with its barbeque and pizza oven. The stools at the island, pedestal breakfast table with chicken wire chairs, cowhide rug, and dining table matched with Lucite chairs were sourced from a variety of Van der Loo’s favorite shops. “When creating a space that needs to be a combination of modern and rustic, it’s important to choose furnishings that aren’t too much of either extreme, especially on the rustic side because it can look too kitsch,” notes the interior designer. “I was careful to pick items that could ride that line and be fun conversation pieces.”
There is no lack of dining areas inside thanks to the three seating configurations that accommodate 18-plus people.
View from the summer kitchen to the living area of the family room. The original barn beam structure was re-introduced and is well defined through the use of light colored wall and ceiling elements. Our collaboration with Papyrus Home Design was a big part of the success of this project.
Detail of the Summer Kitchen. Bischoff Cabinetry, Kitchen fabricator. The pearlescent mosaic backsplash from Mediterranean Tile & Marble provides the opportunity to glam things up amidst the simple, neutral tones.
The color scheme continues with countertops made up of concrete colored Silestone and a walnut inlay that serves as a cutting board across from the sink. The faucet and appliances are stainless steel to add a modern, industrial touch to the space. Appliances include a dishwasher and beverage fridge tucked within the island, a microwave inside the appliance garage, and a Liebherr refrigerator to create the perfect party pad.
View of the Entry Hall toward the Living area beyond.
Photos: Katrina Mojzesz
This striking old timber frame rustic-modern barn is built from the reclaimed wood of older structures by RMT Architecture near the Swan Mountain Range in Montana. The barn was only built a year and a half ago and incorporates state-of-the-art mechanical features, but it was built almost entirely out of reclaimed wood from barns, sawmills and other buildings in rural Montana, all of it decades old. The family was building a primary residence nearby, but wished to build a separate structure for entertaining and recreational activities down by the spring-fed lake. It’s only 850 square feet inside and has no bedrooms, but the simple design has room for a small kitchen, a bar, a gathering area centered around a majestic fireplace, a pool and foosball table, and, in the loft, a long shuffleboard table. The finishing result of the project was a family friendly modern barn that’s true to Montana’s history and heritage.
The sliding doors on both sides of Roger Martin’s 850-square-foot “rec barn” allow a view through the entire structure, adding to the illusion it was once a working barn.
The architects designed the building with the classic proportions of an old barn, a screened-in porch cleverly substituting for one of the wings.
Photos: Courtesy of RMT Architects
This rustic barn inspired ski cabin is situated in the old world Tahoe village of Sugar Bowl, California and designed by Kelly and Abramson Architecture. The exterior siding, interior floors, railings and massive beams all came from reclaimed barn wood. Hoping to make the 5,200 square foot building as green as possible, the owners also used Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified framing lumber, formaldehyde-free plywood, and soy-based foam insulation.
But the barn is also a fun vacation home, with six bedrooms in total, two of which are kids’ rooms with built-in bunk beds, a loft, and a massive fireplace in the living room for cozy entertaining. Other details include industrial light fixtures from Europe, a farmhouse sink bought off Craigslist, and decorator touches courtesy of eBay. For aprè-ski, a large outdoor deck features a built-in fire pit and helical stairs that wind around a water tower hot tub. Sally Ward was the interior designer on the project who demonstrates a playful, warm and sophisticated style.
This is a new house. The concept was that it should look like it was there before the ski resort was built.
The owner really got into the barn theme and purchased many items from e-bay.
The spacious kitchen has a great layout, nice and open. Functional but friendly. Open cabinets are great when there are a lot of guests. There are two dishwashers, two refrigerators, five foot long range and walk in pantry.
This is the loft overlooking the living room. All ceiling beams are ornamental. The middle post has a steel post in the middle.
The wood beam ceiing in this bedroom mimics the structure of the house, gambrel barn. The wood with plaster walls has more texture than seen in the photos.
The guest room. There is radiant heat floors throughout, the ceiling register is for a back up forced air system.
The fire pit is not really warm enough to keep you warm on cold days. The deck has a snowmelt system. No shoveling
Helical metal stairs around the water tank.
Photos: Courtesy of Kelly and Abramson Architecture
This beautiful rustic modern coastal city home is situated in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, designed by Patty Kennedy Interiors. The fun and cheerful interiors features plenty of unique design elements such as chalk board wall paint and colorful art displays throughout. The outside of the home offers patio spaces with several seating arrangements, perfect for entertaining family and friends. Enjoy the home tour and let us know if you like the home and why!
Photos: Rob Karosis Photography
This sprawling pre-war condo loft spotted on Elliman is rustic and chic, situated in Soho, New York. This incredible home is comprised of more than 4,100 square feet of architecturally-handsome space. Accessed directly via private elevator, enter through an intimate foyer into an expansive living room, beautifully illuminated from the east by a shimmering wall of industrial-style, over-sized windows. Outfitted with exposed brick walls, original wooden columns, and a gas fireplace, the loft features high ceilings, hardwood floors, and authentic structural details. The open chef’s kitchen, overlooking the living and dining areas, is outfitted with top of line stainless steel appliances, including dual Sub-Zero refrigerators, separate wine cooler, double ovens and a vented cooktop. The baths are newly renovated and spacious. The master is a retreat unto itself with an enormous dressing room and spa-like bathroom, complete with double sinks, separate shower, soaking tub, and water closet. A separate laundry room and abundant storage space complete the package. 30 Crosby is a 7 story 13 unit Condo built in 1890. The building features a 24-hour doorman, elevator, and an exquisite wine-room on the lower level.
Impressive yet cozy, and irresistibly charming, this luxury loft is located on one of Soho’s most enchanting and conveniently located streets, listed for sale at $8,950,000, from here.