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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 (see other picture here) to the back of our home in London, painted the front of the house and Steve’s tree house in black, the Ridge Road residence with its beautiful black cladding and its Butterfly chairs really stroke a chord with me. This beautiful, architectural home is on the Mornington Peninsula (south of Melbourne) and has been designed by Studio Four. Located within the Moonah Links golf course, the house is surrounded by nature and according to the Architect: “It is difficult to gain more than a glimpse of the dwelling through the surrounding vegetation. Where the house is visible, it blends within the landscape, the black timber cladding and dark reflective glass selected to help dematerialise the building form from its natural surrounds.”This is a grant building and project, which considering the size of the large windows fitted on steel frames, must have been quite pricey but I thought it was a great inspiring building to have in mind, should you consider adding black cladding to your home. The Ochre Barn in Norfolk is another good example of building with black cladding.The large front deck …

10 striking & inspiring black houses

Most of us wouldn’t think twice about filling up our wardrobes with black clothing but would you dare painting your housefront in black? It’s a major statement when most surrounding houses have white or pale yellow facades but we went ahead with our home in London and painted the whole housefront in Railings from Farrow & Ball (see picture here) and should we, one day, own a piece of land with an amazing view, I would definitively do the whole black thing again. I find black houses in the middle of nowhere very alluring, like somethi I was also taken by this beautiful architectural house built on the Mornington Peninsula in Australia. You can see the house tour here. Its really large wall-to-wall window with view on an amazing landscape fascinates me and I could see, how a good armchair and the view would just be enough… A striking house on the The initial design brief for this house located at Camusdarach Sands, was to create a home that would enable the Owners to view …

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) http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

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.

Casa Hemeroscopium, Spain

A concrete home may not be for everyone (although it would work for me) but I’m sure you’ll agree when you see the swimming pool, that a lot of us could make do with this concrete home called Casa Hemeroscopium that belongs to two architects:Anton Garcia Abril and Debora Mesa from d’Ensamble Studio.This brilliant piece of architecture is located 20 kms from Madrid and has been built on an association of concrete and iron beams with glass walls. It is an impressive building that breaks the barriers between indoors and outdoors. For the Greek, Hemeroscopium is the place where the sun sets. An allusion to a place that exists only in our mind, in our senses, that is ever-changing and mutable, but is nonetheless real. It is delimited by the references of the horizon, by the physical limits, defined by light, and it happens in time.You can see more images of the house here and the building process there. Via here Une maison en béton n’est peut etre pas pour tout le monde (bien que …