F-5 Residence is a beautiful modern vacation retreat designed for a Canadian family by Studio AR+D Architects, located on a valley site in Indian Wells, California. Comprised of 5,300 square feet, this one-story, four-bedroom, four bathroom home with adjacent guesthouse maximizes the site and takes advantage of expansive mountain views. The home offers a continuous connection between the interior and exterior landscape. The material palette is comprised of cast-in place concrete and masonry, corten steel, glass, and Ipe wood siding. Upon entrance into the home, a dramatic mountain view is framed by a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass doors that denotes the end of an open concept living, dining and kitchen area. In the outdoor living spaces, a covered patio encompasses a fire pit and bar, adjacent to a 60-foot sparkling pool. An Ipe deck breaks up the green landscaping, which is covered with drought-tolerant and and native plantings. The palms, cactus, yucca, fruit trees, desert grasses and boulders visually connects to the outdoor living spaces with the 460 square foot guesthouse and outdoor shower.
The interiors of the L-shaped home feel very spacious due to a well organized plan and organic palette. In the kitchen, a neutral travertine wall compliments wells with the light hued sofa and natural walnut dining table and chairs. In the great room is a double-sided fireplace, which is a lounge on the opposite side of the wall. The private spaces are situated down a long corridor just beyond the social spaces, with sliding glass walls that opens onto the swimming pool and outdoor living spaces. The terrazzo-style polished flooring (composed of glass, marble and black river rock encased in cement) helps create a harmonious flow through the home and provides a durable, maintenance-free upkeep.
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This light and airy beach glam bungalow is a relaxing family vacation home by interior designer Lauren Christine Henno, located in Santa Barbara, California. The homeowners live in Arizona with their three young children and wanted a casual beach house that they could vacation in with their family. They were looking for a home that has a California coastal vibe feel and this home fit the bill perfectly! The home was in major need of a renovation, being originally dark and very closed off. The designers key objective was to lighten the space and create an airy appeal. The color palette was the jumping off point, selecting fabrics and hues with a be achy aesthetic, with splashes of modern glam. The walls were painted white with a hint of gray to keep the home feeling light. The baseboards and cabinetry where painted a vibrant white, a stark contrast from the original dark hues. The living room area is only 200 square feet, with low ceilings, having a light color palette helped to open the space up and make it more inviting. With airy fabrics and white tones on the walls, it helps create the illusion of spaciousness. With young children, the homeowners needed a space that would be functional and durable. Fitted slipcovers were used on the living room furniture so they could be easily cleaned if anything was spilled.
The homeowners spend most of their time in the living area when they are visiting, with a cozy sectional, it is perfect for family gatherings. The welcoming backyard can be seen from this vantage point, which is perfect if the children are outside playing. The designer’s secret for this small space was using lucite for the coffee table and repeating it for the kitchen island stools. Since the material is see-through, it creates the illusion of openness when space is at a premium. Almost everything was custom designed to fit the home, from the sofas and pillows to the striped rug. In case you were wondering where the white Mongolian pouf on the living room floor comes from, its one of our personal favorite stores, West Elm! We love how it can be moved around anywhere in the space for extra seating. What do you think, do you love this beach style home as much as we do?
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Healdsburg Ranch is a beautifully designed light-filled farmhouse by Arc Design and Jute Interior Design, located in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California. The stone clad vacation home is full of rustic yet refined luxury interiors with a muted palette and comfortable furnishings. With a wonderful mix of textures and textiles, the open plan interiors is delineated by cozy area rugs and perfect furniture arrangements. There are large expanses of metal factory windows to soak in the gorgeous views of rolling hills and vineyards. With high ceilings clad with wood, the home exudes warmth and comfort. Blurring the boundaries between indoors and out, this is the perfect home for entertaining family and friends Spacious outdoor living areas and a tantalizing swimming pool invite you to spend plenty of time outdoors.
This cozy living space offers a warm wood stove for cool evenings. The wood coffee table infuses warmth into the space. Comfy furnishings and pillows invites guests to sit and share great conversation. A wood door allows access to the meticulous outdoor landscaping. Have a look through the rest of the images and let us know what you think of this picture perfect getaway!
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Off the dining room are large French doors that open on three sides, making the interiors feel like spacious covered porch. It also allows fresh air to circulate throughout the inside of the home on a warm, sunny day.
Designed as an open concept with the kitchen, the family room is where the owners spend most of their time. This space also offers convenient access through arched french doors to the exterior living spaces and the swimming pool.
This main hallway in the house is used often by the homeowners, who use the entry door from outside into the mudroom which also houses a doggie shower on the left.
This cozy library space with a built-in nook is situated conveniently just off the master bedroom retreat.
The outdoor kitchen offers plenty of seating for entertaining, a wood burning oven, perfect for cooking pizza! String lights illuminate the covered space, casting a magical glow.
The beautiful topography was designed by landscape architects Lucas & Lucas, who planted these stunning ancient olive trees, on the property.
Photos: Lisa Romerein
Villa Kinara is a thatched roof luxury home that is available as a vacation rental, surrounded by lush vegetation and cozy outdoor living spaces in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia. The property offers a variety of amenities and plenty of indoor/outdoor living space with six bedrooms and six bathrooms, all en-suite. This is the perfect place to travel to with family or friends, Seminayk is a top destination with top notch restaurants, plenty of shopping, spas, interesting culture and gorgeous beaches and landscape. The spacious open-sided living area offers plenty of room for entertaining, to relax and watch a movie, enjoy a glass of wine or play a game of pool. This space is decorated with modern furnishings, a neutral color palette with pops of color and teakwood throughout. The open concept space flows into the dining area, with a custom teak table, then into the open kitchen, one of two situated on the property.
To stay at this luscious retreat, rates run from $1,050 – $1,895 per night, with a maximum of 12 guests, from here.
The back terrace offers multiple sun loungers and a sumptuous swimming pool to enjoy a refreshing dip and the surrounding tropical environment. There are also terraces that offer shade with stylish outdoor furnishings to kick back and enjoy your tropical vacation. There are additional amenities to help you enjoy your stay, such as a chef, housekeeper and even a security guard. We think this would be an incredible place to stay, what do you think?
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
Amazing Grace is a stunning vacation rental designed with classic elegance of a West Indies plantation manor, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean. Situated on Providenciales, a small island as part of one of Turks and Caicos Islands, this five bedroom home has access to a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach. This is the perfect retreat for either a romantic getaway or a fun family escape from the daily grind.
This picturesque retreat offers meticulously landscaped gardens and a wonderful 50 foot swimming pool to spend the day splashing around in. If the pool is not your thing, this heavenly escape also offers a 100 foot dock to hop on a kayak. At dusk, memorable sunsets are a treat to enjoy every evening, while lounging on the pool terrace on designer furnishings. The property features a custom lighting system with a magical glow that casts on the gardens, making evening entertaining thorougly enjoyable. An al fresco dining table will help you enjoy starlight dinners with a glass of wine.
To stay at this fabulous five bedroom, five-and-a-half bath retreat, rates run from $4,000 – $8,500 per night, from here.
With arched French doors throughout this plantation home, natural light and fresh coastal breezes meander into the interiors. Plush contemporary furnishings grace the interiors, with natural infusions of dark wood and exposed beams reminiscint of a tropical setting. An open and airy living room with an adjacent elegant dining room offer view out to the ocean. A media room will allow you to curl up and relax with your favorite movies with a high-end home theater system. The chef’s kitchens offers natural stone surfaces and custom hardwood cabinets, making it very enjoyable to cook and entertain in. There is also a private chef, butler and even a housekeeper that can make your stay even more relaxing and stress free.
Each of the five sensational bedrooms seems to encapsulate the warmth and spirit of Turks and Caicos. A spacious master suite opens on both sides to the upper level veranda. There are his and hers en-suites with double vanities and luxurious showers that opens up to the outdoors. The additional guest bedrooms also showcase their own heavenly en-suites and jaw-dropping views.
Blue Dog Beach House is a luxury pet friendly holiday house designed by Aboda Design Group, overlooking the sand and waves of Castaways Beach, Noosa, Australia. This holiday retreat is described as, “relaxed Nantucket meets Noosa in style.” This is a pet friendly holiday house inspired by the relaxed feel of summer homes of New England mixed with the best of contemporary Queensland beach house design. Surround yourself with 180 degree ocean views, watching the waves crash from the negative edge pool.
Rates from $700 per night. Accommodation is available for up to ten guests (maximum 6 adults). Minimum stay 5 nights – shorter stays considered when calendar gaps exist, from here.
Blue Dog Luxury Beach House overlooks beautiful Castaways Beach, which is a dog friendly beach. Just step out of the back gate and you are on your way to the tranquil beach minus the crowds. You are just moments away from the action of Hastings Street, Noosa. This fabulous home was in a feature spread in Queensland Homes Magazine 2015.
Features of this beach home includes: a crisp coastal palette of white, soft grey, turquoise and aqua, expanses of glass and glass louvres overlooking the ocean, wide board limewashed French Oak and limestone floors and Newport stone interior and external feature walls.
Four bedrooms and three bathrooms comprise the private spaces of this modern beach house. The master suite and two additonal bedrooms with queen size beds occupy the upper level, while the fourth “sleepover bedroom” is set on the lower level. A soft and balanced palette of white, soft grey, aqua and turquoise mimic the surrounding landscape, integrating the interiors with the mesmerizing outdoors.
Photos: Paul Smith
The Ark is the renovation, renewal and third interpretation of a holiday home by Bower Architecture, located in Point Lonsdale , a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. The residence has been enjoyed by the same family for 60 years. The original 1950’s beach shack was renovated in the early 1980’s and designed by architect and former National President of the AIA John Castles.
Description from the architect:
The Ark is the latest evolution of the dwelling, necessitated by a growing extended family and constant wear of the tough coastal environment. The existing house included a striking two storey curved wall, second storey raking roof and timber cladding oriented at 45 degrees. The challenging brief asked to retain and celebrate these elements whilst enlarging the living spaces to create a light filled, relaxed and playful family beach house.
The refurbishment of the original building included a complete recladding in spotted gum shiplap angled at 45 degrees. Notions of a continuous timber skin wrapping a sculptural form are evident and are further emphasised by the addition of a timber rain screen over the raking roof.
The new addition, added to the northern side of the existing building, increases the size of the kitchen and living spaces as well as providing an attached bedroom/bathroom pavilion. Whist the refurbished original building appears sculpted and smoothed over time, the new building is bolder and sharply rectilinear in form.
Clad in a rougher, radially-cut pine board and batten system, sections are carved away to reveal warm timbers and living space beneath. Demarcation of old and new is critical to The Ark and culminates in a slice (appearing as windows and skylight) between the original building and new. Internally, the language of the original design is reinterpreted with tiling and kitchen timber ceiling often oriented at 45 degrees and the curved island kitchen bench reminiscent of the curved external wall. Externally the sloping topography of the site encourages a stepped outdoor living area that traces the site downwards.
Photos: Shannon McGrath
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