Casa Bahia is nestled in an attractive setting of lush gardens, designed by architect Daniela Oliveira, the property is sited in Trancoso, a district in Southern Bahia, Brazil. The story of this home began with former journalist André Lattari who managed a hotel project in the charming inland state of Minas Gerais. It was there that he met architect Daniela Oliveira, who he had replace the interior of the hotel. The two worked together on many projects and eventually open an architectural studio in the region called “Village Life”. After living together for six years and spending plenty of time building for others, they decided it was time for them to build their own space in a gated community that André owned property in. It took them almost two years to finalize the construction documents and get the contract. During such time, the couple had made some sophisticated design solutions and made a financial reserve fund for the construction of this 4,725 square foot (439 square meters) home. The couple mixed their origins, with inherited family pieces that you would see in old mining farms to modern references and sustainable solutions. After taking a course in permaculture, André brought in inspiration with a mud wall in the living room. Wooden molds that were used in the preparation of the feature wall then served as the structure to the bathroom that is adjacent to the swimming pool.
Half of the shingles were re-purposed from demolitions of other properties. An aluminized blanket was used on the overlapping tiles to keep the water from penetrating through and causing a leak in the home. Inspired by local architecture, bay doors were incorporated into the design of the guest houses. The finished result is timeless architecture, mixing of design styles and salvaged materials applied where possible.
We presented another home some time ago here on 1 Kindesign from this same architect and in the same region, take a tour of this rustic home. We love the openness of the home, the indoor-outdoor connection, beautiful wooden floors and that mud feature wall in the living room was a super cool idea! … and the floating stairs adds a nice modern touch. What is your favorite feature of this home? Let us know in the comments section below!
An outdoor lounge and gourmet kitchen on this spacious deck and a beautiful sparkling pool are just some of the incredible features that this outdoor landscape has to offer.
Photos: Casa Abril
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
Arcadia Residence is a beautiful Mediterranean style vacation home for a couple with university aged kids, designed by Wiseman & Gale Interiors in Scottsdale, Arizona. This spacious home is comprised of 5,600 square feet (520 square meters) of living space with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The designers wanted the home to personify a Northern California Mediterranean home, with lots of light and bright hues throughout. Most of the interiors were gutted to achieve a harmonious flow from one space to the next. The living room was originally a breakfast room prior to the remodel, now its a place for the homeowners to relax and unwind first thing in the morning to read a newspaper or hang out with a laptop or even enjoy a bowl of cereal. Bright and airy, this is the homeowner’s favorite room in the house to enjoy a cup of coffee. The color palette displayed in this room is a concurrent theme that travels through the entire home, with hues of blue, orange, red and white. The whites have more of a gray base and the blues are more of an indigo. Through the furnishings, finishes and materials, the designers wanted to make the interiors feel like the house had evolved over time, even though it was collected all at once. By mixing prints, it creates the illusion that that’s how it all came together.
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Another design trick that was used to create a timeless appeal involved layering details, such as the decorative corbels affixed the the island countertop, the sumptuous hood over the range and the lantern-like pendant lights hanging over the island. The blue and orange tiles on the backsplash compliment the deep blue of the island and inviting bar stools of orange and coral.
Several of the doors and windows throughout the home were replaced with metal, factory-like panes to create a more dramatic statement. The other windows had their frames painted black in keeping with the style and mood the designer’s were aiming to create. Even the chandeliers were re-painted to pick up the vibrant hues from the fabrics.
The dining room is part of the open concept living room, with a beautiful wood table that ends with a small bench style seat to allow for more people to sit at the table.
Walking through the master bedroom and into the en-suite bathroom allows the homeowners to be welcomed by a showstopping focal point, a gorgeous pewter bathtub featuring an elegant tile wall as a backdrop.
This guest room is also the couple’s son’s room when he is visiting from college.
The daughter’s bedroom is full of vibrance to match her personality and sliding barn style doors in a beautiful shade of blue that leads into a private bathroom.
Prior to the remodel, the home was very neutral and beige, now it is brimming with colorful accents both inside and out, giving off a playful, vibrant personality…a perfect vacation getaway! What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Photos: Courtesy of Wiseman & Gale Interiors
La Jolla Canyon Residence is a contemporary property featuring sculptural art forms, designed by Matrix Design, nestled in a private canyon in La Jolla, California. This fascinating residence is surrounded by lush landscaping, seamlessly blending interior spaces into outdoor spaces and pool terraces, taking advantage of the cool breezes. The homeowners have a unique outdoor sculpture collection that traverses through the numerous paths on the property that can be spotted from the balconies and terraces. Nestled in the natural contours of the land are pools, patios, and planted areas. The interior living spaces are comprised of 10,200 square feet spread out over one level, showcasing a spacious kitchen, family room and dining area, art studio, master bedroom and en-suite bathroom. The main house is adjoined to a four bedroom, two story structure by a 50 foot long art gallery, which is the main entryway to the residence. The entrance to the home is accessed by a pathway which runs parallel to a dry creek, ending in a solid granite bridge that leads to a pivot glass entryway door, framing an art wall of the gallery.
Exterior steps leads to an expansive open air rooftop terrace offering ocean view seating, an outdoor barbecue space and a vegetable garden that is large enough to fulfill the household needs.
What do you think of this unique home, anything you would have done differently to the design? La Jolla is an extremely beautiful place (beach community) to live, have a look at another inspiring home we featured here on 1 Kindesign from the area: Ultra-modern beach house in La Jolla.
In the dining room, a custom 24 foot table has been crafted from a single slab of live edge Indonesian Suar, 6 inches thick and separated into the individual pieces that acts as one long table during large dinner parties, separating into game table on wheels, an outdoor table table under a large overhand and separates the interior and exterior tables with a pocketed sliding glass door to offer several dining experiences. .The outdoor kitchen provides a natural extension of the long dining buffet, expanding the entire length from the kitchen, along the length of the dining table and out to the patio area.
This master bathroom features a steam shower comprised of mica schist stone.
The bedroom wing features a vertical garden, allowing natural light to penetrate through. Along a glass wall, bamboo has been planted, open to all the bedrooms and bathroom to allow both light and views at all ends. The bathrooms are completely clad in a rainforest limestone, mimicking the bamboo grove. A very rare bleached koa is the veneer on all the built-ins seen throughout the interiors of the home.
The exterior property showcases sculptural outdoor pool terraces, including a seventy foot lap pool that begins flush with the upper terrace yet emerges to form a ten foot high cube of dark reflecting water at its outermost length. “The vanishing edges waterfall into a spa at the middle mezzanine, and then into a lower level children’s pool that is surrounded by trees, art and landscape.” The outdoor living spaces were designed to be sculptural art forms to cater to the homeowners love affair with art.
Photos: Courtesy of Matrix Design
Black Mountain Residence is a desert mountain villa designed by H&S International in collaboration with Wiseman & Gale Interiors, located in Carefree, Arizona. This Mediterranean style home is nestled on 2.5 acres of desert mountain property, offering sweeping views of the valley below. The homeowner purchased the land back in 1978 and then got married, had a family and lived 2o miles away, waiting for the day when she would build her dream home. The couple would travel on trips to Italy and get inspired by the rustic architectural qualities and furnishings they wanted to incorporate. The goal of the homeowners was to create a design that appears to have been around for generations, with rooms that appear to be added on by way of varying building techniques. The design team spent some time analyzing the property in order to maximize its climbing topography and sight lines. The size and placement of each room was integral to the design, as was the allocation of the windows, in order to optimize the enchanting views. As for the interior furnishings, the couple realized that the Provincial style was too ornate for their taste, yet they wished to have a similar styling but much more pared down. The designer sourced furnishings and fixtures that not only honored the homeowner’s desire for warmth and comfort, but also with a very timeless yet clean lined aesthetic. There is a harmonious mix of designer pieces with a sprinkling of antiques, yet all the fabrics have a heavy texture to capture the mood.
The builder and designer incorporated authentic materials into the design scheme, ranging from American barn wood and burnished European timber beams to reclaimed French firebrick and limestone, wide plank oak flooring that was milled in Belgium and oxidized scrap steel, all of which creates an aged appeal. The interior walls consist of layers thick plastered concrete, and the exterior masonry creatively blends varying timeworn stones and bricks with hand-tinted grouting in varying colors. The architecture seems to meld into the mountainside and the mix of beautiful plantings helps to further enhance this connection.
We have featured several breathtaking homes in the Arizona desert here on 1 Kindesign. If you enjoyed this property, have a look at some further inspiration from this beautiful state: Whisper Rock Residence by Tate Studio Architects and Spectacular modern home embraces the desert landscape.
Photos: Laura Moss & Luxe Source
Can Eu is the private stylishly designed home of model Eugenia Silva, blending perfectly into the surrounding countryside of the village of La Mola, Formentera. The model called on the help of her architect friend Luis Galliussi to help design her vacation retreat. The house was designed from the classical architecture of its locale, comprised of square shapes that follow each other in harmony. The home is surrounded by gardens filled with Mediterranean plants that emphasizes the feeling of peace and tranquility, beckoning its inhabitants to stay awhile. The outdoor areas are very spacious and enjoyable, on the back property is a private pool surrounded by a charming relaxation area that is in typical island style. The spaces are very chic, with cozy cushions placed directly on the wall and a lovely pergola offers shade for enjoyable dining el fresco. The table and chairs are rustic and unpretentious, perfectly integrated into its environment. An additional outdoor living space under a pergola further adds comfort and enjoyability to the home, with comfortable seating. A wide sliding door leads directly into the living environment creating a bright and airy space thanks to the opening of the same size and a mirror on the adjacent wall.
The interior is furnished with wonderful taste and an authentic atmosphere and views to the beautiful outdoor environment. Artifacts and works of local artists are interspersed with bold colors as opposed to the more muted tones of the walls and ceilings as well as the bleached wooden beams. The use of natural materials gives the home its charm, along with natural ventilation ensures comfortable interior temperatures. The spacious living room is the focal point of the property, with a functional kitchen and three guest rooms with a beautiful master bedroom with direct access onto a charming patio. Two of the bedrooms are next to the master, equipped with their own bathrooms. The other bedrooms is independent of the others, assessable only by an outside staircase. Can Eu is the perfect summer retreat for those looking for peace and tranquility with an authentic and refined architectural style that blends with its environment.
Photos: Casa AD
Mangwana Villa is a private oasis with heavenly ocean views designed by Edgley Design, perched on a steep forested hillside on the island of Bequia in the Caribbean. The design of this six bedroom house is inspired by traditional Moroccan courtyard houses. A series intimate spaces are surrounded by water, which offers shelter from the elements during the day and refreshing breezes off the pool. The clients requested a home with an extreme “wow” factor, a comfortable living environment with plenty of natural ventilation. The home now serves as a luxury vacation rental, offering guests a unique getaway of barefoot sophistication. Each bedroom tower offers living space below with private stairway access. ” To the north of the courtyard a large hall provides eating and dining areas, and creates a sequence of spaces from a delicate balcony entrance suspended high over the treetops, through the public hall to the private towers beyond.” From the balcony, breathtaking views awaits of the southern Grenadines and a sparkling infinity swimming pool.
If you are looking to stay at this beyond fabulous Caribbean retreat, rates start at $1,429/night, from here.
Entrance to the villa is through the mezzanine level, into a grand living area with vaulted ceilings, open plan kitchen and dramatic 16 foot high Brazilian hardwood doors, which opens to the pool area and frame one of the villa’s fabulous views. There is a tranquil garden area with a spacious terrace for outdoor dining, BBQ’s and dancing. The villa was designed as a family home, with endless opportunities for play and relaxation. Amenities encompasses table tennis, table football, a rowing machine and massage table, as well as an area for petanque (boules) in the grounds below. There is a also a private guest wing on the property which has its own kitchen, laundry and two spacious balconies with jaw-dropping views.
If you are fascinated by beautiful architecture of the Caribbean, we have showcased plenty here on 1 Kindesign, have a look at a couple of past features: Atelier House: Stunning Caribbean retreat in Barbados and Fabulous modern island home in Bonaire.
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