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 once a dilapidated summer cottage was transformed into a beautiful home by VIF Studio, located along the rocky shores of Boston Harbor in Massachusetts. The exterior facade has been re-clad in hand-cut fieldstone which helps create a natural extension of the rocky shores that the home is nestled against. The two-story structure takes advantage of its priveledged hillside location, soaking in dramatic 180-degree views of the harbor and skyline. The home takes on the form of a lighthouse with a tower that has high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows. With contemporary roof forms, historic New England heritage is “balanced with modern massing, yet recalled.” Blurring the lines between indoors and out, one feels apart of the rugged terrain. The interiors showcases modern, clean lines, wooden flooring and unparalleled views. The spaces feel very intimate, creating the perfect guest house retreat. In the great room, the fieldstone from the exterior is wrapped into the interior, and a beautiful window wall spills out onto the exterior deck beyond. A powder room showcases a private accessible outdoor shower, creating a relaxed atmosphere. On this same estate is another guest cottage that shares an intimate garden tucked behind a retaining wall and a Manor House farther up the hill.
“The cottage was configured to provide complete networkability and remote monitoring and control of all home systems. Additionally, materials and fixtures were selected to balance luxury, usability, and durability for visiting families and their young children.”
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A beautiful summer house, Residence on Syros II was designed by Block722, hosting a family of four and guests to stay at this incredible villa on the island of Syros, Greece. The steep and somewhat intense geography of the land was a dominating factor in the design process. An expansive staircase leads from the top of the hills towards the house, which helps to intensify the experience of the rugged landscape. Entryway to the home is surrounded by the volumetric main areas of the villa, which culminates ultimately to a large opening that welcomes its inhabitants to expansive views of the Aegean Sea. The home is comprised of 2,163 square feet (201 square meters), divided into clean and square volumes for the public areas, living room and kitchen. The private bedroom areas are segregated into a partially buried rectangular volume.
Buried into a slope is a guesthouse, which is defined by a stone wall, seen commonly in local architecture. The main volume features an open floor plan, with a continuous view to the outdoors and cozy living spaces adjacent to a fireplace. Outside, there are two open courtyards protected from the sun, while a central area of the court is open to lounging in the sun and a children’s play area.
Photos: Erieta Attali, Ioanna Roufopoulou
Maison Toscana is a rustic country estate with a Mediterranean lifestyle transformed by designer Jessica Bataille, found in the coastal town of Jávea, in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. The owners discovered this dream retreat nestled in the middle of a pine forest near the beach. A 19th century villa built in traditional architecture, resulting in a comfortable home with simple and chic touches, designed to delight the senses with a slow life philosophy. Unique characteristics are featured throughout the home, such as thick stone walls, stone arches, a mediterranean garden and romantic arabic pool.
Despite the rustic building strength, the rooms exude a sophisticated romantic charm. Decorating styles and cultures with traditional Mediterranean architecture seem to intermingle; such as mixing Oriental and European antique pieces. In turn, the pursuit of warmth has been a constant. The selected textiles with rich textures of silk, velvets and lines to create an atmosphere that brings in the glamor of environments. An example of this is in the living room, where pink raw silk curtains and colorful cushions on the blue couch show a simple yet gorgeous appeal.
All lights are on dimmer switches, including the outdoors. The interior was considered essential to igniting ‘magic’ into the environment. Warmth was infused throughout with three fireplaces, with the fire and candles being basic to creating a cozy atmosphere and soul.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
Can Frit is a modern property developed by BOX3 Interiores for an English family from an existing finch, located on the Spanish island of Ibiza. It had an unusual layout and strange proportions due to the topography of the land.
We used natural materials to complement the existing period elements in some areas, while the retro-modern cement tile flooring strikes a balance with the sandblasted juniper ceiling and central pillar of the main room. The full width opening of the sliding doors allows for a complete inside-outside experience.
The reception space of the house was a decorative challenge; it was unusually large and seemed not to have a definite function in the house’s original design. The remodelled result is a wide entrance hall with high ceilings from which hangs a large cast iron fireplace. Together with a golden console, they give the room a welcoming warmth.
The kitchen’s central island becomes, both visually and functionally, the focal point around which life takes place. The rear kitchen, with sink and a working counter, can be easily hidden behind sliding doors to turn the dining and living room area into a reception area.
Photos: Courtesy of BOX3 Interiores
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