This luxurious home oasis is situated on the exclusive Indian Creek Island, Florida, designed by Miami-based Bart Reines Construction. The transitional style home features cozy and warm furnishings and light fixtures that are predominately from Restoration Hardware. The sprawling exterior facade beckons visitors to come inside and enjoy all that the home has to offer. The exterior landscape features a courtyard at the front of the home and a circular driveway with a well-manicured lawn. At the exterior of the home there is a spacious swimming pool and plenty of chaise lounges to soak up the sun, with umbrellas is you prefer a little shade. What do you think, do you love the details of this beautiful home?
Photos: Courtesy of Bart Reines Construction
Nestled in the cliff-top estate “The Cove at Pezula Estate” outside Knysna, on the west coast of South Africa, this home was designed by SAOTA Architects. The residence was integrated into the topography and natural color of the fynbos, maintaining a seamless connection with landscape and ocean. The contemporary interiors of this incredible family home was designed by Antoni Associates, featuring sea views from large expanses of windows to the East and South.
The idea was to create a living space with a single roof element floating over it that responded to the slope of the site. The roof is set at a high level so that it is hidden from the living space, creating the illusion that one is surrounded by the landscape. A triangular cut-out in the roof connects one with the sky. A solar analysis was done to eliminate direct sun from the building. A skylight hangs into the space to mitigate the scale of the double volume. Care was taken in selecting performance-glass that would minimize the impact of direct sun.
The choice of materials, off-shutter concrete, Rheinzink roofing, timber cladding, stone and exposed aggregate, allows the building to fade into the landscape as the materials age. One enters at the upper level of the double volume, looking towards the ocean. A grand stair draws one onto the living level which holds the kitchen, dining room and living room.
A spiral stair connects the living level to a private lounge and the master bedroom on a mezzanine level. This spiral staircase drops through the floor to a lower level which houses a guest bedroom, home theatre and a living room. An L-shaped wing houses the two children’s bedrooms.
In-keeping with a sustainable design approach, a huge underground cistern was created under the garden terrace to harvest rainwater, while a heat pump and water-based under floor heating system conserve energy.
Photos: Micky Hoyle Courtesy of VISI
Le Petit Chateau is one of the finest luxury ski chalets situated in an amazing location, Courchevel 1850, in the French Alps. The sumptuous contemporary interiors provide the ultimate in comfort and style, which makes the perfect mountain escape, both for those looking for a ski adventure or those simply wanting a relaxing break. The living area consists of two different areas, the living room and dining room with a warm atmosphere created by a central feature fireplace. There is a terrace that runs the length of the living area which overlooks le Bellecôte piste. The chalet has seven comfortable bedrooms all en suite, including a master bedroom with its own sitting room and desk area.
Ski straight to the door of your snow Château, leave your skis in the ski room and take the elevator up to the top floor. Here in the spacious living and dining area, a tempting array of cakes and treats are laid out for afternoon tea. Later you may want to descend to the lower floors for a little rest and relaxation. Chill out at the bar and watch a movie in the cinema room on the lower ground floor. Go down another level to discover the magnificent swimming pool, Jacuzzi, hammam and therapy room. Everything you would expect from a world class boutique hotel is here at Chalet Le Petit Château, but this is all just for you.
To book your stay at this fabulous chalet, rates start at $60,745 per week, sleeping 14, from here.
This cozy vacation home designed for a family, to relax in an amazing setting was created by Breese Architects, situated in Mink Meadows, Massachusetts. The interiors of this warm transitional retreat were designed byInteriors Studio Martha’s Vineyard. Having the Interiors and Architecture studios working closely together on this project created a sense of connectedness for this home. Working together meant every detail was thought of by the talented design teams.
Interior’s Studio Martha’s Vineyard (ISMV) is a full service Interior Design studio and a furniture and accessories showroom. Recognizing the importance of offering comprehensive design services ISMV also offers clients the services of our Architecture partner, Breese Architects, helping us fill the need for a full range of high-end design, sourcing and purchasing. ISMV is located in the village of Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard and is an elegant, warm, and beautiful space that was designed and created by Breese Architects. The high energy, tasteful sensibilities and talent of the studio and architecture teams has made possible an on-island company with off island connections.
Photos: Brian VandenBrink
Baan Moom is a modern minimalist home constructed for a family of five in Bangkok, Thailand by design studio Integrated Field. The residence was built next to their old house where they had been living since long time ago. According to the scale of the site and owner’s love of nature, open space, and gardening give an initial idea for this house design. All functions are packed and stacked into 3-storeys to provide the most open space possible on the ground level. Functional usages are one master bedroom with master bathroom for parents, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms for sons, a living/dining space, a working room, an open kitchen, a Thai kitchen and a lap pool.
The house was positioned on the southwest part of the site. All bathrooms are on the west part on each floor of the house to protect all other functions from the sunlight during daylight hours, and for the hygienic reason of the bathroom as well. With the bathroom on the west, each bedroom can face either north or east for the proper quality of natural light, and left the court on the ground level in L-shaped.
Two main characters those most likely to be found in this house are the ‘stairs hall’ and ‘corners’ on each floor.
This stairs hall consists of the triangular staircase, the triangular skylight on the rooftop and internal voids for every room. The skylight provides the natural light throughout stairs hall and even for the living space on the first floor, internal voids provides the ventilation for each room and also the visual connection for family members, and of course, this stairs hall acts as the main vertical circulation for this house.
Another thing mentioned earlier is the ‘Corner’. This later became a name of this house, ‘บ้านมุม’ (มุม [Moom] means ‘Corner’ in English). There’re 2 types of corners in this house, ‘individual’ and ‘shared’. Individual ones became bedrooms those reflect the character of each family member, and shared ones became open spaces connected to stairs hall on each floor for different family usage, such as living space on the first floor that connect to the deck and lap pool outside, the multipurpose family space on the second floor and the terrace that leads to the rooftop of the house.
Materials to be mentioned are steel frame, insulated glass and fishnet from the ocean liner. Steel window/door frames are mostly used to create smaller profile and make door sets look the most disappeared, especially for the set of sliding doors at the corner of the living room that can be slid all the way into walls on the both side and give the continuity of space from living room to the open space outside. Insulated glass helps skylight not to let the heat into the house too much. Fishnet used in the ocean liner was selected to be used as a hammock in the double space between working room(2nd floor) and the bedroom (3rd floor).
Photos: Wison Tungthunya & Integrated Field
Tel Aviv Town House 1 is an incredible modern pad with a fabulous roof deck with a swimming pool designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects, located in Tel Aviv, Israel. The home was designed vertically to accomodate the small 270 square meter plot that it was built on, which consists of a basement and an additional six floors. The owners wanted to create the experience of life in a private residence but within the city. The architect designed an urban style courtyard on the roof and, as a result, reversed the usually, permanent, order of things. The authentic, urban skyline reveals to those in the courtyard, Tel Aviv’s rooftops and thus realizes the urban experience that the owners wanted to achieve.
The architectural design was based on a cross section of the structure whilst creating a physical and visual relationship between all the floors. Each floor encompasses an area of some 100 square meters with every floor being used for a different purpose. This enables the house’s residents to create common meeting spaces alongside separated spaces that, together, maximize the usage off the space and maximize the privacy that day to day life in a home requires.
Thus, the design incorporates a separate floor for the parents living area which includes a large library, a floor devoted to children’s rooms, a common living floor and the upper floor for the pool. Wooden paneling is used around openings on the ground floor and is also used to disguise the entrance hall and a separate living unit.
The home’s internal stairwell is designed as a dramatic, vertical line. In contrast to the stairwell common in most apartment buildings which is usually designed to be hidden from view, in this design the stairwell is open and runs along a wall covered grey. Silicate blocks.
Photos: Amit Geron
Residencia Vaz 478 is a stunning modern beach retreat designed by Patricia Bergantin Arquiterura, surrounded by native bush in Iporanga, São Paulo, Brazil. Two elements of the design stand out from the client request: a cleaner and modern house and creating a gourmet space, integrated into the external pool. The linear volume house was emphasized by a big box on the porch. In addition to unifying the design of the house the porch also had the role of serving as a large balcony to the master suites and to also protect the large opening of the living room from the sun, especially when it is fully opened. The interior showcases the combination of elegant furniture without ostentation and a palette of neutral colors with light wood paneling and Brazilian ethnic art pieces, creating pure and simple indoor environments.
Photos: Courtesy of Patricia Bergantin Arquiterura
Spanish Oaks Residence is a stunning coastal contemporary home designed by Cornerstone Architects to evoke a coastal design feeling while maintaining a Hill Country style native to its environment in Austin, Texas. The final design resulted in a beautifully minimalistic, transparent, and very inviting home. The light exterior stucco paired with geometric forms and contemporary details such as galvanized brackets, frameless windows and linear railings achieved the exact coastal contemporary look the clients desired. The open floor plan visually connects multiple rooms to each other, creating a seamless flow from the formal living, kitchen and family rooms and ties the upper floor to the lower. This transparent theme even begins at the front door and extends all the way through to the exterior porches and views beyond through large frameless windows. The overall design is kept basic in form, allowing the architecture to shine through in the detailing. The sensational interior design was carried out by Joy Kling Interior Design, offering warm and welcoming textures and materials.
Photos: Merrick Ales
Daniel’s Lane Residence is a contemporary oceanfront property located on a narrow one acre lot in the Village of Sagaponack, on the Eastern Shore of Long Island, New York, designed by Blaze Makoid Architecture. The two-storey residence was designed for a father and his three children, inspired by the iconic architect Norman Jaffe’s Perlbinder House(1970) and Tod Williams’ Tarlo House (1979) and infused with the architect’s signature of designing property’s with quiet elegance, uniquely suited to each client. The home has a great flow that fuses the architecture with its interiors and the site. The lines between indoor and out are blurred, creating a welcoming and cozy environment for the homeowners. The design needed to have clean and contemporary lines and devoid of anything not pertinent to the design.
From the architects: Sited on a narrow, one-acre, oceanfront lot, the design of this house was one of the first projects in the Village of Sagaponack to be affected by the 2010 revision to FEMA flood elevations, requiring a first floor elevation of approximately 17 feet above sea level with a maximum height allowance of 40’. All construction was required to be located landward of the Coastal Erosion Hazard Line. The location within a high velocity (VE) wind zone added to the planning and structural challenges.
Makoid wanted the structure to appear simple and clean upon arrival. The two story travertine entry façade is highlighted with a single opening accentuated by a cantilevered afromosia stair landing that hovers off the ground. A ‘cut and fold’ in the wall plane bends to allow for one large glass opening, from which an over scaled wood aperture containing the main stair landing cantilevers.
A layer of service spaces run parallel to the wall plane creating a threshold prior to reaching the horizontal expanse of the open plan living room, dining area and kitchen that stretches along the ocean side of the house. Fifteen-foot wide floor to ceiling glass sliding panels maximize the ocean view and create easy access to the patio and pool beyond.
The second floor is imagined as a travertine and glass ‘drawer’ floating above the glass floor below. Three identical children’s bedrooms run from west to east, setting a rhythm that is punctuated by a master bedroom with balcony that projects from the wall plane. It is clad in the same afromosia wood as the stair landing.
The quiet elegance and clean lines of the house are accentuated by the materials that also include poured-in-place concrete floors, Calcutta marble cladding and afromosia millwork.
Photos: Marc Bryan-Brown
This vibrant and colorful 1800s Victorian three story home is situated in the gorgeous Uptown area of New Orleans, designed by architectural designer Marie Palumbo. Anything but ordinary, a couple with their three young kids, a dog, cat and a bird take up residence here. The 6,000 square foot, four bedroom, four full bathroom plus two half bath residence features walls with colorful artwork and original classic pocket doors, eclectic furniture and timeless heirlooms in each room. With the help of the local designer, Marie Palumbo, the couple was able to completely renovate the kitchen, re-purposed some rooms and transformed their backyard into an outdoor oasis to better equip the unique structure for their family’s needs, without losing the home’s original charm. “You never know how you are going to live in a house until you are actually in it,” says the homeowner.
For extra storage, Palumbo designed a full pullout pantry with baskets — visible behind Crystal, the family’s bird.
The kitchen leads into a colorful living room, connected to a sunroom through original French doors. The family considers their sunroom a bonus room, where built-ins and a plush sofa allow for reading and relaxing.
Traditional pocket doors on the right open up into the family’s formal dining room.
The dining room is enclosed by original pocket doors and dressed in more traditional furniture and artwork.
This second living room, between the dining room and foyer, has bold art and furniture that’s mostly from local artists and designers.
Artwork, creative accessories and large Victorian-style windows all face the foyer, giving the more formal living room a warm and inviting feel.
The first-floor guest bathroom off the foyer displays wallpaper inspired from calling cards passed down through generations of the designer Angèle Parlange’s family.
The original staircase, accessorized with two traditional portraits, leads to the second-floor bedrooms.
The original master bedroom and study were re-purposed into two bedrooms for the kids.
Palumbo designed this custom built-in closet and dresser in one room, and then drew up a bathroom plan for the space where the original master closet was.
Once the study, this room now features cowboy-print fabrics, a vintage rocking horse and timeworn furniture for the youngest.
Timeless heirlooms, like this desk from the homeowner’s mother, add subtle charm to the son’s room. To freshen up traditional things, contemporary items are mixed in.
The beige penny tile in the guest bathroom adds warmth to the bathroom’s clean lines. The console table, originally from Mexico, was purchased in Mississippi. The vintage red chair traveled with the family from Minnesota.
Down the hall from the kids’ rooms, the master bedroom showcases the homeowner’s eclectic style. As in other parts of the house, the white linens and calming paint color create a platform for the artwork and bright pillows to stand out against.
Palumbo reconfigured the entire layout of the new master bath to make it seem like a natural extension of the bedroom.
Traditional art, a new layout and modern hardware gave the master bathroom an update while preserving the traditional details. Vertical marble walls enclose the shower. A custom vanity was made to look like a piece of furniture.
A wrought iron gate, with the look of a French balcony, protects the original bathroom windows.
The third story features built-in twin beds, bookshelves and finished bathroom. The homeowner’s added a drum set, a small puppet stand, colorful bedding, a television and a video game setup to create the perfect entertainment area for family and guests.
Clean lines and modern hardware give this small bathroom a fresh look. A narrow staircase in the back of the house connects all three floors.
The guesthouse connects to the main house; it has an outdoor living space and dining area.
Palumbo reconstructed a once-outdoor kitchen into a one-bedroom suite pool house with a bathroom.
The porch has a small circular tower and wraps around the front of the home. Large floor-to-ceiling windows face the neighborhood.
Much like the city of New Orleans itself, this 1800s Victorian home has a historic and traditional exterior, but a vibrant charm radiates behind the doors.
Photos: Corynne Pless