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DETAILS | White outdoor staircase

DETAILS | White outdoor staircase

I’m starting a new Thursday feature called DETAILS dedicated to Interior Details. I don’t know about you but quite often, when I spend time on Pinterest, it’s very much one specific detail in an image that inspires me and leads me to click and discover a pretty cool home, a new Architecture Studio or a Designer. This gorgeous patio painted in pink did exactly that last year. So today, my first share is this white outdoor staircase which is part of a house in Hammamet, Tunisia renovated by SEPTEMBRE, a collective of French Architects from different backgrounds with complementary skills in architecture, urban planning, urban programming and interior design. This alone makes me want to go to Tunisia… // Photography: Sophia Baraket

HOUSE TOUR: A beautiful, architectural house with black cladding

Beautiful, architectural home with black cladding

Having fitted cladding to the back of our home in London (one more photo too), painted the front of the house and Steve’s home office/tree house in black, the Ridge Road residence with its beautiful black cladding and its Butterfly chairs with my name on it, really stroke a chord with me. Check it out and tell me what you think..

Would you paint your housefront in dark colour?

Most of us wouldn’t think twice about buying a piece of dark clothing.Personally I love wearing black during the winter. My new Winter coat IS black and I’ve just treated myself with this B&W jumper but would you paint your whole housefront in black? We did… and I can’t tell you how happy I am we took the jump. I think it’s an easy call to paint a modern building standing in the middle of nowhere in dark colours or in the middle of nature (we did it for our tree house in France) – a black cube will always stand out and looks beautifully striking.Painting a traditional British Victorian house was a little bit more challenging. First, there aren’t many residential homes painted totally in dark colours so it was hard to see an example of what it could look like. Second, we were very keen to modernise our home while respecting the character and period features of the building. In the end, we painted everything in Railings by Farrow & Ball except the inside of the …

House M by Jun Igarashi Architects

I hadn’t posted about an architectural project for a long time but this one caught my attention. House M in a multi-level house designed by Japanese practice jun igarashi architects in the heart of hokkaido, Japan. The building is composed of a series of white boxes to provide a quiet and detached living atmosphere away from the hectic pace from the street. You can read more hereOne day I would love to go to JapanHave you ever been? // Via Designboom | Images Sergio Pirrone

A Costa Brava home with a view & an amazing bathroom!

I had to show you this home near Caraques in Costa Brava because there were too many things that caught my eye… First the view… How wonderful it must be to wake up every morning to see that kind of scenery – I’m definitively not living in the right country!  I also love the sight of the iconic AA Butterfly chair – which will be very soon available from BODIE and FOU.  I’m loving the concrete kitchen worktop although I’m not much of a fan of the heavy wooden counter with the lights above. You either keep the heavy wooden counter and contrast it with white, contemporary lights like these simple pendant lights by Kathleen Hills I used in our kitchen in France or change the counter for something lighter. However, massive thumb up for the blue tiled bathroom. It is simply beautiful and perfect for the location and I love how they’ve created outdoor corner around each side of the house – perfect! (C) Marie-Claire Maison Il fallait que je vous montre cette maison près de Caraques sur …

Industrial home with a pool

The first thing that caught my attention was the lap pool. I’ve always found long, narrow pools visually attractive and as, at some point, we will move to Australia or head back to France, it is the kind of design I would like to have for our pool. I also love the inside, made of concrete walls and steel beams. It’s simple, pared down and filled with natural light…just perfect You can see the whole article on Dwell (photos by Daniel Hennessy)

I wouldn’t mind being there….

I love architecture, even more when it’s a simple, functional architectural project that bring my favourite materials together. To top it up, this gorgeous hut is on the shores of New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula – a region I love and only a couple of hours away from Steve’s family. We went fishing there last Christmas and while I didn’t catch anything, Steve’s nieces & nephews caught enough fishes to feed 10 of us in the evening. Pure bliss… Designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan, this kiwi batch is only a mere 40 square metres and rests on two thick wooden ‘sleds’ that allow it to be shifted around the beach front section. Apparently it is made of the same wood, Steve used for our tree house in France. Besides the fact that it sits right on the beach (my dream!), I love how ingenious it is. Every available space has been used, right down to the secret individual cubby holes hidden in the children’s bunk room and this ingenious building comes to life when the enormous shutter on the northeast façade winches …

NA3 stool by Norm Architects for &Tradition. Available from BODIE and FOU. Buy online now

♥ NORM Architects for & Tradition

I have already mentioned my love for the work of Kasper Rønn and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen from NORM Architects when I posted about the Fredensborg home, this gorgeous Copenhagen penthouse and recently about the beautiful Milk table lamp they designed for &Tradition. Here is a sneak peek of the NA collection they also designed for &Tradition.