Isabelle Juy is the creative brain behind , an interior architecture firm based in Paris. She has designed several hotels, but I am really taken with the homes and apartments she has created. Regardless of the style of the spaces, there is an underlying rustic touch to the architecture that is so appealing. I could totally live in any of these spaces.
Just outside Arraiolos in Portugal sits a contemporary building that rises from its grassy base like a minimalist monolith. Inside the high white walls is a welcoming patio and within a wonderful small hotel filled with 50s furniture with a Parisian twist. Want to run away and play in Portugal with me? Fine food, fine hosts, fine house. Very cool in more ways than one. .
It’s no trick. Definitely a treat. Christmas has come early. is having a family and friends special for readers in Australia. 15% off November 1-4. Yes 4 days only. Rush instore. Dare I say start the Christmas shopping early. Yes only 54 days till the big day. Or better still if you don’t really “do Christmas” (that would be me) it’s a good time to spruce up for summer entertaing.
Stone and concrete are warmed with wood accents. Walls slide back blurring boundaries. Multiple living areas welcome social interactions whether cosy conversations or large parties. The hub is the kitchen with family life spreading out to greet the outdoor spaces. Yes we all know we want to call up our friends, mix the drinks and have plenty of towels on hand for when we climb out of the pool. A sense of casual sophistication. Easy going but stylish. A trophy house? Yes but you deserve it. The latest home by – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects and in Higgovale, Cape Town.
Here’s a little peek into the portfolio of Norwegian interior stylists (while I listen to the crazy winds that seem to be trying to uproot my 12′ wide house thanks to Hurricane Sandy).