house envy: an Italian dream

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I’m not sure that there are adequate words to sufficiently describe how I feel about this home. It isn’t often, but every once in a while a space comes along that makes me question my city-girl ways. While I generally shy away from such minimalistic decor, in this case it works perfectly; I blame it on the warm brick walls and wooden rafters that demand such attention that no other adornments are deemed necessary. I, for one, am in love.

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cool spaces: the accordion cabin.

found here 

How cool is this cabin? Located deep in the woods in Sweden (of course!) it almost doesn’t even look real.

 

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house envy: elding oscarson.

all images found via Elding Oscarson (via totonko)

I can’t deny that I’m regularly attracted to crisp white spaces with subtle pops of colour, but the attraction may be getting out of hand. I’m not sure if it’s the promise of spring sneaking up on us (although it certainly does not feel like it here in Toronto)  which often brings the urge to begin anew with a crisp, clean slate, but this modern townhouse tucked between two old Swedish homes is keeping me calm and centred on this otherwise busy Tuesday morning.

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house envy: an italian vacation home.

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Found in a small village in southern Italy, this castle (dating as early as the 1400′s) converted into a vacation home is the perfect getaway from a busy lifestyle. Morten Angelo and his wife Tina Horstedt, who own their own advertising agency in Copenhagen, worked closely with their contractor to create this beautiful space that is equally parts old and new, seamlessly blended together.

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a cavernous hotel.

found via here

A few weeks back I stumbled upon this hotel tucked into the nooks and crannies of a Turkish cave. Dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries, guests have the pleasure of sleeping, living and dining in what was once a series of ancient caves and passageways! It’s like real live Flintstones you guys. I’m simply blown away.

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house envy: soaring ceilings.

found via Milk Magazine

There are no words to sufficiently describe how I feel about this church-turned loft. Look at that arched detail. Those windows. And don’t get me started on the ceiling. With soaring-high ceilings such as these it’s often difficult to maintain a feeling of warmth and comfort. But this place? Well, it did just that with the use of raw, natural materials and caramel hues. Incredible.

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guilherme torres.

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found via Alexandra Campbell via The Contemporist

It’s taken Brazilian architect Guilherme Torres no less than 10 years to complete his personal loft (something I worry about when having to decorate my future home. Being faced with so many amazing choices on a daily basis, how are you ever supposed to decide?!) During the process, he was faced with a plethora of issues that one must deal with when working with an older building; one such issue being wiring and cabling. With the use of strategically placed surface mounted electrical conduit he was able to deal with the additional necessary electrical affairs needed for a modern day lifestyle, while maintaining a certain aesthetic and a modest budget. I’m personally loving the idea of letting it all hang out. It could almost be said that the perfectly placed conduit eliminates the need for any artwork! I mean really, it could very well be considered a work of art in itself.

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house hotel.


found via The House Hotel

In my few years of life, I’ve been fortunate enough to have done a small amount of travelling. While I absolutely love it and would never turn down the opportunity to go anywhere, the thought of going to Istanbul was never really one that crossed my mind. Not until now, that is. Designed by Autoban, this four storey mansion (originally built in 1890) has recently been transformed into this incredible hotel, fit for a queen, if I do say so myself. The walls. The ceiling. Omygod the floor! Please excuse me a moment, I’m drooling.

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a transitional space.

found via Design Therapy via Boutique Homes

Boutique Homes is a website I happened to stumble upon recently, and I’m so glad that I did. Their aim is to provide incredible vacation home rentals; many of which are created by some pretty notable and talented architects. This home in particular is designed as the perfect transitional space for the days that linger between summer and fall. I wouldn’t mind curling up with a book and a blanket in any of the rich, charcoal gray and chocolate-brown spaces, wrapped up to protect myself from the coolness of the morning. Yet, when the sun makes an appearance and the temperature rises, I could just as easily sit outside to enjoy a light lunch and take in the expansive views. 

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technical difficulties.

found via My Ideal Home

We’re off to a rough start this morning here on lark + linen. The majority of my photos were mistakenly deleted from this weekend (womps). My brilliant friend is helping me in their recovery, so for now, please accept this pretty view as a place holder.

update: alas, my photos could not be recovered without spending a silly amount on some downloadable program. Does anyone know any other way? I’d love to hear it.

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rowden.

And for your Tuesday morning, I present to you another McLean Quinlan. Great. Big. Sigh.

images found via McLean Quinlan

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the belly house.

 

Japanese architect, Tomohiro Hata, built his house in Kyoto, Japan, and it’s no ordinary house. No. He constructed a three story wooden (plywood) house within the framework of his stark white home. I love projects that push the limits just a bit and challenge standard notions. Take a look!  

all images found via Dezeen

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sleek & sexy.

Munge Leung, a Toronto based interior design firm, has successfully made their mark on many, many incredible projects. This 7,300 square foot ravine house in particular really caught my eye. Is it just me, or does it kind of make you want to become some sort of bachelor (bachelorette) and host a bunch of parties with tall models. No? Just me? Well then…

all images found via Munge Leung

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stow-on-the-wold

This may be my favourite house to date (and that’s a tall order to fill!) I stumbled across the portfolio of McLean Quinlan not too long ago and quickly got in touch with the architect. The work is beyond incredible, and I just had to share it. (As an aside, if you’d like to repost their work, shoot Kate Quilan a quick e-mail for permission. She’s very sweet and gracious!)

As a UK-based architectural firm, they seem to have a knack for blending old and new seamlessly into a space that is both incredibly beautiful and functional.

Stow-on-the-wold is an old barn converted into an amazing countryside house. With four kids and many friends occupying this home, the spaces had to be usable, abusable and still aesthetically pleasing. The juxtaposition of the worn wood, rustic stone facade, and comfortable furniture allow the rooms to feel lived in and unstuffy, while the oversized chandeliers, huge glass doors and glossy white floors maintain that sleek and sexy, contemporary feel. Take a look for yourself! 

 found via McClean Quinlan

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luxury resort.

With my vacation approaching in just a few short weeks, I can’t help but be drawn to a few incredibly beautiful, perfectly designed, immaculate retreats.

Amangiri in particular has really caught my eye. Located in Utah, practically in the middle of the desert, it isn’t the type of location you would think you’d typically want to get away to, until you check out these views.  

The hotel and spa have been designed to blend into their landscape with colour, materials, texture and scale, as to not disturb their surroundings. It’s incredible! Where do I sign up?

 

found via Alexandra Campbell via Amangiri

CATEGORIES | architecture, art & design, exteriors, interiors, vacation
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beach house.

Keeping in tune with all things summer (this seems fitting with this heat wave that doesn’t seem to want to let up), take a look at this incredible beach house designed by Murdock Young Architects. I wouldn’t mind getting away and spending the summer here, would you?!

The crisp white spaces, the sizable cathedral ceilings and the natural light pouring into each room are like a breath of fresh air.

 

all images found via Mudock Young

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allandale house.

There isn’t much else to say about this A-frame house designed by William O’Brien Jr. Perfection.

found via William O’Brien Jr.

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oh my.

This rendering of a library in Stockholm gives me a little bit of acrophobia… But what an interesting concept!

 found via Stumble Upon

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recess.

Take a look at the Recess Yogurt Bar & Café in New York. Designed by Scalar Architecture, the LED ceiling changes colour, there are little yogurt holders that come out of the wall, and you get to enjoy your treat while lounging on vintage Eames chairs! The entire space is seamless in its design where the walls turn into the floor, and the floor transforms into a bar. I love that it isn’t what you would typically expect from a Yogurt store. Well played, Scalar.


all images found via The Contemporary Design via Interior Design

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pretty pink things.

Take a look at this fantastically girly Palm Springs home designed by New York based designer Moises Esquenazi.

all images found via Moises Esquenazi

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lemaymichaud.

Take a look at Quebec based Architectural firm Lemaymichaud’s office. The seamless blend of old and new makes the space feel modern, but not museum-like. The firm is a well established Canadian company that currently has two spaces. One is situated in an old restored bank in Quebec City, and the other in a historic building in Montreal. Both of them are incredible!






all images found via The Contemporist via Lemaymichaud

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la trufa.

Have you seen this yet? Architect Antón García-Abril designed this getaway in Spain by piling hay bales and pouring concrete overtop. Once the concrete set they had a cow (whom, I should note, is named Paulina) eat all the hay within. The results?



found via Man Make Home via Arbitare

Check-out the video here

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stair crush.

I’ve always had a crush on stairs. For real. I know that sounds totally weird, but I’m a designer, and sometimes we’re strange like that. I started drawing floor plans for fun when I was 7 or 8 (read: strange), and the common thread throughout all of them was crazy, multiple, winding staircases. That and cool bridges, secret doors and hangout-nooks, naturally. Seriously though, stairs are sexy. That is all.


found via David Mikhail, Marcus O’Reilly & unknown

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a little bit of architecture.

Whenever possible, I like to give credit to Canadian artists and designers. Hariri Pontarini is an incredibly talented Toronto based architecture firm that does everything from residential to commercial to corporate and back again. Take a look at this ravine house!

 found via Hariri Pontarini

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