This summer dream house is infused with rustic and modern styling by Greek architects Block722, located on Syros, a Greek island in the Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea. Immersed in the rugged landscape, the properties exterior facade of white and wood matches with the island vernacular. An inviting home that is clean and simple, the homeowners are a couple who entertain guests often during each season. Designed into two blocks, one features the social areas, encompassing the living room, kitchen and guest rooms, and the other hosts the master bedroom of the couple. Each area has its own separate entrance. A holiday home whose design is inspired for relaxation and peace.
The main request by the owners was to maximize the privileged views of the Aegean Sea throughout all spaces of the home. Outside, an infinity pool seems to merge with the sea, with sun loungers on the terrace to enjoy the peaceful views. The architects main objective was to unify all of the spaces under one roof, with continuous views of the ocean without creating a massive volume. This resulted in a rectangle in separate pieces with opening on all sides. Guests have private spaces, yet have continuous access to the pool and all other outdoor spaces. The interiors reflect the magnificent landscape that surrounds, featuring natural materials, stone and wood.
The topography of the landscape defines the garden and outdoor spaces, respecting the varying levels and location of the dwelling. Despite this being a summer retreat, the homeowners still like to enjoy it during the winter months. The living room features a warm and inviting fireplace. Enjoy the tour of this beautiful summer retreat, and be sure to let us know your favorite architectural feature in the comments section below.
We have featured another unique summer retreat designed by the architects of Block722 here on 1 Kindesign that will be sure to inspire you, House Tour: Tantalizing summer house on the island of Syros.
Photos: Courtesy of Block722
Completed in 2012, this villa is a prefabricated holiday home for a couple and their five active children, designed by PlusArchitects Ltd, located on Lake Päijänne, Finland. The homeowners wanted a design that reflected a modern Scandinavian lifestyle and Nordic aesthetics. The best thing about this location is that it can be used for all seasons, with plenty of natural light and beautiful views throughout the 3,304 square feet (307 square meters) home. The dwelling consists of two parts, which are connected by a corridor and an outdoor terrace featuring a summer kitchen. When the architects designed the home, they focused on its use for business and training events. The villa encompasses six bedrooms, two living rooms and a sauna area. The sauna is situated by the water, housing a traditional Finnish wood-heated sauna and living area. Nordic design pervades the entire home, encompassing beautiful materials such as plank hardwood flooring and shelving by Dinesen. Along with the bright natural wood, there are additional materials of felt, linen and wool. As a whole, the space feels very light and airy, with clean lines and functional spaces. A beautiful retreat with stunning lake views throughout. What do you think, do you love Scandinavian design?
We have featured several inspiring homes in the beautiful area of Finland. If you are looking for some more home tours of this sensational area, sit back and enjoy the eye candy: Conversion of bank into contemporary apartment in Finland and Rustic and uber stylish Finnish country home.
The view from the dining table is spectacular. The table is also constructed by Dinesen wood, blending with the flooring.
This open kitchen was designed and constructed by Finnish company Saari. The end of the kitchen island is clad with Dinesen wood.
The dining room is situated between the kitchen and living room, a perfect spot for family gatherings.
The home is full of smart, hidden solutions. Both glassware and the television are concealed by cabinet doors, blending in with the wall.
This beautiful master bedroom offers floor to ceiling glass walls, offering amazing sea views. There is no need to be worried about transparency in this home since the sea is the closest neighbor.
The sauna is situated just 12 meters from the water, with the main house nestled just behind. One can escape out of the warm and toasty sauna and take a cool dip into the sea!
Photos: Photographs: Jasper Carlberg
This stunning triplex home hovers over the Barcelona, Spain skyline, renovated by interior designer Bruno Reymond, owner of the shop La Maison de l’Elephant. The designer’s shop is situated in Ibiza, and he designed this striking vacation home to live off season. When he purchased the home, it was uninhabited and had not been renovated for the past twenty years. The interiors were very compartmentalized and in need of being open up and letting natural light penetrate the spaces. Spread out over three levels, the designer let his imagination run wild, creating bold and stylish interiors that are an eclectic mix of styles. Over the course of the renovation, walls were torn down to create generous living surfaces with four bedrooms.
The elephant head at the entrance to the home is a lacquered bronze with automotive paint, symbolizing the identity of the store La Maison de l’Elephant. Welcoming you into the home is a Swedish chair and a console table from 1971. We love the glossy wood flooring against the monochromatic color scheme of black and white with pops of yellow and red used sparsely. A very cool pad, perfect for a bachelor, what do you think?
Do you love the look of this monochromatic home? Have a look at some others we have showcased here on 1 Kindesign with a similar color scheme of black and white: Shophouse inspires drama in black and white and Black and white interiors with wood accents in Poland: D24 House.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
This stylish weekend getaway for a young family showcases transitional interiors by designer Thom Filicia, located in Greenwich, a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The family is based on the Upper East Side in New York and wanted their retreat to be somewhere where they did not have to stress about weekend holiday traffic. Greenwich was the perfect location, a beautiful countryside suburb for city commuters. Their dream retreat was a neo-Georgian Colonial home that was built in the 1980s, nestled on a sprawling 12 acres property. With lots of space for their children to play and to entertain guests both inside and outside; the spacious 10,000 square foot home boasts seven bedroom and nine bathrooms. The only downside to the home is that it felt very dated and this is where they turned to designer Thom Filicia for help. He turned this charming getaway into a warm but modern aesthetic, with a casual elegance and a beautiful New England vibe. The design of the home followed suit with the couple’s tastes, luxurious yet understated materials, a preference that is influenced through their business as part owners of tailored clothing line Douglas Hayward in London. The rooms needed to be comfortable enough for the family to relax and spend time by the fireplace reading a book, but also needed to represent the same styling as Douglas Hayward, “sumptuous textiles, perfectly executed details, not too many frills.” The expansive home also includes a full spa with a sauna and a yoga room.
The homeowners selected a color palette that was reflective of New England style, shades of blues and toned-down reds and rusts. With neutral fabrics and tactile wall treatments such as grass cloth, these beautiful hues really popped. The end result are interiors that are elegant yet fresh, being a young couple, the home reflects their character. The spaces are set perfectly for entertaining, especially the dining area, nicely laid out for dinner parties with friends. It is an unfussy home that is very on trend, American with an edge.
Designer Thom Filicia is known for his relaxed take on American style, which is reflected in this stunning home and others that he has created. We have showcased several examples of his work here on 1 Kindesign, you can have a look at his wonderful design sense here: Woodsy lake front cabin in upstate New York and Thom Filicia’s Skaneateles Lake House Exudes Rustic Simplicity.
Source: Elle Decor
This wonderful countryside holiday home is a refuge for its owners, located next to a nature reserve on the banks of the Cega River in the province of Segovia, Spain. The home is that of photographer Clara Tassara and her husband, who fell in love with this old home which was originally owned by a priest. After purchasing the timeworn home, they had it rebuilt from scratch, preserving the original stone walls. This home is the perfect escape for the couple and their young children who enjoying being in touch with nature when they visit for weekends and holidays. The home offers a large, open plan living room and dining area and spacious bedrooms. The double height ceiling helps to enhance the feeling of spaciousness, keeping the home bright and airy. There is also a kitchen and playroom. The spaces were designed with comfort in mind, yet without losing sight of creating a pleasing aesthetic. Limestone walls in a pinkish hue creates a welcoming appearance. An eclectic mix of styles is seen throughout, with vintage antique furnishings meshed with current and modern pieces, creating a nice dynamic.
Turn of the century pieces inherited from family are amongst the homeowners favorite pieces, but also collected pieces from local antique dealers and Madrid auction houses adds personality to the spaces. A mix of colors in calming hues creates a harmonious atmosphere that draws inspiration form the surrounding landscape. The polished concrete flooring adds charm, while the walls of concrete mixed with limestone adds a traditional finish.
Have a look at some other fabulous inspiration we have collected for you from our archives here on 1 Kindesign: Renovated farm compound in the Spanish Pyrenees and Catalan farmhouse restored in Spain: Villa CP.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
Maison Amour is a charming Ibiza style holiday home built in the 60s by famous architect Manuel Jorge, located in the quiet area of Puchol, Jávea, Alicante, Spain. Spread out over three levels, the villa offers terraces with sweeping views over the Bay of Jávea. The home is used by the owner as a second home, but when it is not use, it is a self catering accommodation. Even though the home was in fairly good condition, the homeowner decided to make some updates, commissioning interior designer Jessica Bataille for the task. Inside, original materials have been retained with natural stone flooring and walls of iroko wood. The interior aesthetic is infused with Mediterranean style flair, bright rooms that are fresh and cozy. There is a very natural style with a mixture of vintage influences and chic reclaimed country pieces. The snow white walls and natural stone flooring are the perfect backdrop to highlight the recovered pieces that have been painted by the designer in trendy hues such as the pink desk in the living area, the blue rocking chair found on the terrace and the green tables found in the bedroom.
If you are interested in staying at Maison Amour, you are in luck, as it is used as a private vacation rental that sleeps up to ten people, with a minimum stay of seven days. The pricing is approximately $5,548/per week, from here.
We love the playful colors found in the furnishings and textures throughout the home, this would make a great vacation retreat in an ideal location! We have featured a couple of other homes here on 1 Kindesign from the fabulous designer Jessica Bataille, so if you are inspired by her decorating style, have a look: Rustic-chic country estate in Spain: Maison Toscana and Breathtaking Mediterranean coastal retreat in Valencia, Spain.
Photos: Mi Casa
A beautiful weekend retreat nods to mid-century modern architecture, recently completed by Foz Design along the banks of the Hudson River in Saugerties, New York. This modern yet warm dwelling was designed for a couple who were looking to have a weekend getaway where they could host friends and family. Melding seamlessly into its natural environment, this custom property has a rustic cabin-like feel with clean lines, natural wood, locally sourced stone, expansive windows and an open layout. With spacious interiors encompassing 6,780 square feet and soaring ceilings of 20 feet high, the atmosphere feels very bright and airy. Cantilevered exterior decks feature spectacular river and landscape views and invites patrons to relax and unwind in a very tranquil environment. Furnishings throughout the home are very cozy and welcoming, the perfect aesthetic for a holiday home. The entire third level is dedicated to the homeowners living quarters, a suite comprising of a home office and a deck that evokes a tree house feel.
The home also offers a guest wing which plays host to the remainder of the four bedrooms, which is accessed by way of a glass enclosed hallway, which is also referenced as “the bridge”, since it is positioned amongst the trees and water. The finishing touches that completes this beautiful home are the exterior living spaces. Designed by landscape architect, Julia Storek Oberhoff, the meticulous landscaping and swimming pool makes the property feel welcoming, especially when its lit up at night… the perfect retreat to enjoy! What are your thoughts, would this be your idea of a perfect vacation home?
We have featured other beautiful homes here on 1 Kindesign in the Hudson River Valley, have a look and be prepared to be inspired! Beautiful fall garden along the Hudson River Valley and Hudson Woods: Sustainable dwelling in Hudson River Valley.
Photos: Garrett Rowland
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