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
Big Rock is a fabulous family retreat whose design is inspired by the great camps in upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains, designed by architects Shope Reno Wharton. The home is nestled on the tree-lined shores of Upper Saranac Lake, which showcases a beautiful boathouse that has been accented with traditional Adirondack twig work. The compounds impeccable interiors were decorated by celebrated interior designer Thom Filicia. In the past, this area played host to vacation homes that were called “great camps”, a place where family could spend the summer and have everything they need on the compound without ever having to leave. They would have all activities at their disposal, hiking, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing and playing tennis. This home was designed for a busy West Coast family from California with two young children as a summer getaway. The home sits on a peninsula where the Wawbeek Resort once sat, a modest lodge that housed several cabins. Each of the home’s building has their own site orientation and views out to the water. The three car garage offers a beautifully designed guesthouse above. The main home is spread out over two levels, offering what the architects describes as “simple, honest materials.” The exterior facade draws on the local vernacular, with cedar shingles and for the interiors, fieldstone fireplaces and balusters comprised of birch logs. The homeowners requested the design aesthetic to be “authentic but with a twist”. Filicia wanted the architecture to stand out, so he applied color to some of the walls and ceilings, such as dark brown, green and blue.
We just love this house, the indoor-outdoor connection and all of the on-site activities the property has to offer so you never have to leave. It is the perfect summer family getaway that we all dream about. What do you think, could you spend your summer vacationing here?
We have featured a couple of other homes designed by the talented designer Thom Filicia, have a look at his incredible work: Woodsy lake front cabin in upstate New York and Thom Filicia’s Skaneateles Lake House Exudes Rustic Simplicity.
The master bedroom retreat is filled with natural light from windows on all three sides, giving it a tree house feel. The walls have shingling applied to them to create an indoor-outdoor ambiance.
The bunk room of the guesthouse and en-suite bath feature wainscoting in a fire engine red, creating a bright pop to the spaces.
The daughter’s room features an enchanting woodland theme with patterned wallpaper of trees and birds.
The seven year old boy’s room features a wall mural of the billboard from the Wawbeek Lodge that was originally on the property.
The sleeping porch features shingled walls, bringing the outdoors in. The room features deep set, hanging twin sofa beds.
Taking cue from “great camp” design, the property features outbuildings used for family recreation. Down the beach, this existing structure has been renovated into a games room. Painted all white, the designer selected furnishings with a color pop. A ping pong table and Foosball make this a fun spot for family play.
The boathouse features the estate’s name, which can be seen from the water side, spelled out in branches. In addition to a boat launch, there is a roomy elevated terrace perfect for sunbathing and enjoying evening cocktails over the water.
Photos: Architectural Digest
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
Valhalla Residence is a modern rustic dwelling that has been recently completed by RKD Architects, nestled on a forest site high in the Sierra Mountains, Truckee, California. The design of the home encourages drawing the outdoors in by using transparent window walls amidst stone forms. The metal roof form is barrel vaulted and reinforced by a steel and timber exposed structure. An entryway into this sensational home features a beautiful wood and glass door that pivots between two stone wedges which travels from the front porch all the way out to the back porch.
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Entering into the rooms of the home is through these beautiful stone forms.
The living room features steel beams that supports an arched wood structure. A wall of stacked stone creates a beautiful focal point to the space, encompassing a stunning fireplace.
The master bedroom retreat features steel supports to form an arched arched wood structure. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows brings in natural light and forested views. A sliding glass doors leads out to a private deck.
Photos: Vance Fox
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
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
Rocky Point South is a stunning hybrid log home that has been designed by Olson-Olson Architects, situated on beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The exterior of this rustic home was crafted through a mix of “cedar logs, poplar bark shingles, grizzly granite veneer, and copper with a combination asphalt shingle and living roof.” The residence offers unparalleled views of Lake Tahoe from the great room, kitchen and two of its bedrooms. Comprised of 8,600 square feet of living space, there are six bedrooms, six full bathrooms, two half bathroom and a two car garage. On the lower level, there is a cozy home theater that offers seating for up to twenty four people. Adjacent to this space is a billiard room that comes complete with a wet bar, dual large screen televisions and a shuffleboard table, perfect for entertaining adult family and friends. There is also a built-in climbing wall as well as a playroom to help with keep the kids busy. On the back property of the home, there is a comfortable patio area offering a pizza oven and barbecue, to bring the entertainment outside. On the corner of the property facing the lake is a gas fire pit, nestled in a boulder outcrop. The home has everything you could possibly imagine, including a caretaker’s quarters and an additional home on the property for guests, Cedar Flat.
What do you think of this sensational mountain home? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. We have featured plenty of fabulous mountain homes here on 1 Kindesign, in case you missed them, here are a couple of inspiring ones: Contemporary mountain home in Aspen by Poss Architecture and Breathtaking rustic mountain home in Big Sky: Ansel Haus.
Photos: Vance Fox
Old Tahoe House is a three-story residence that has been designed to take advantage of its privileged location by Olson-Olson Architects, on the shores of Lake Tahoe, California. The 6,800 square foot modern home displays a charming exterior with poplar bark siding and black locust log trim, railings and fencing. The expansive interior encompasses an open plan main level, showcasing a great room, open kitchen, spacious dining room, sitting area and mudroom. The interiors offer unobstructed views of Lake Tahoe, with a wraparound deck, outdoor fireplace and lakeside lounging next to the shoreline. The lower level offers four guest suites, all featuring lake views, a custom designed cedar sauna, pewter bar, billiard table, games room, home theater, double sided fireplace, and a cozy library with a hidden entrance to a wine and corking room. The upper level is dedicated to the master suite, with a private balcony, sitting area positioned around a fireplace and a luxurious bathroom. The master bath features a solid granite bathtub enveloped by paneled walls of stone and custom his and hers vanities with warming drawers for towels. Additional special features of this residence includes custom designed chandeliers and sconces throughout the interiors which was beautifully completed by Michael Brian Interior Design.
If you are looking for more Lake Tahoe inspiration, we have featured several homes here on 1 Kindesign from the region, have a look: New York loft meets mountain modern living in Lake Tahoe and Modern vacation retreat in the woods near Lake Tahoe.
Photos: Vance Fox
This fantastic holiday home has been designed like a stylish loft by Kotablue, located in Miño, a municipality in the Spanish province of A Coruña. The open plan interiors were to be simple and modern with materials of recovered wood, stone and iron. The designer team infused the home with warmth, creating a scheme where the home would be connected to nature. Upon entrance, you are welcoming by high ceilings, immaculate walls and an abundance of natural light thanks to large windows that achieves a fluid communication with the garden. The flooring is comprised of XXL greenish gray polished stone tiles imported from Rajasthan (India). The interior decor was given a cosmopolitan aesthetic by designer Mercedes de las Heras. She used iron in the furnishings, doors and moldings, all custom made by the company Baf7, mixed with reclaimed wood put together by a local carpenter. Between the furnishings and objects, there are vintage pieces of the 50, 60 and 70s from the Netherlands, Denmark and France to Galicia. The goal for the design team was to create a harmonious environment between the different styles and backgrounds. To mix fine craftsmanship and modern design with finishes providing an industrial air. To complete the design scheme, the homeowners wanted to integrate their personal art collection to infuse character into the space.
What do think, does the design of vacation retreat appeal to you, let us know why or why not in the comments section of the photo tour. Need more inspiration? Have a look at some cool Spanish homes that 1 Kindesign has featured that you may have missed: Spanish stone cottage evoking a warm rustic feel and Renovated farm compound in the Spanish Pyrenees.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
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