Friday Fun: Amazing Courtyards and Patios

Still here, still pretty much housebound, and no plans to travel too far afield. But who needs to, if they’ve got such wonderful courtyards in their own home? I hope they come complete with a gardener who knows what they are doing, because they can’t count on me to keep anything alive and pretty.

I’ve always craved a place to gather with friends outside on balmy summer evenings and tell stories. From simplybestwoman.com
Courtyard in Mexico from Contemporist.com. Photo credit: Lorena Darquea.
Water features are so soothing, and I like the idea of having a swing as well. From arielbrazil.ga
Another inside outside room from Arch Daily. Photo credit Denilson Machado.
Tunisian feel in this simple to replicate courtyard, from simplybestwoman.com

 

Friday Fun: And Breathe… in New Zealand

This Friday Fun post is pure escapism, nothing political about it at all… but for some reason all of today’s houses seem to be located in New Zealand. A country I very much hope to visit some day. Most if not all of these pictures are taken from the wonderful website ArchitectureNow.co.nz

Villa in Wairarapa, photo: Simon Devitt.
House designed by Strachan Architects, photo Patrick Reynolds.
House on Lake Wakatipu, photo Paul McCredie.
Kawau Island bach, photo Alex Wallace.
This house is not about the view, but about the rather lovely inner courtyard. Photo: Samuel Hartnett
The perfect beach house? Sorry, not sure of photo credit, but I couldn’t resist sharing it.

 

Friday and Easter Fun

We need more escapism than ever before, so here are some recent favourite houses that set me (and hopefully you) dreaming.

Little house in Aix en Provence, from TripAdvisor. I believe it is Marcel Pagnol’s?
I can never resist a patio and those lovely French shutters, from houzz.fr
Another beauty in the Provence. Do you know that shutter colours on traditional houses are monitored in France? From Maisons Travaux.
Flowers in the garden are always a bonus, of course. Also from Maison Travaux.
This is how I imagined the Secret Garden house when I was a child – wrong country, of course, but isn’t it gorgeous, from stylemepretty.com

Happy Easter to all who are celebrating this weekend. I will be celebrating Greek Orthodox Easter next weekend as well, so double the chocolate for me! And please join us this long weekend rewatching Kieslowski’s Three Colours trilogy. Hashtag on Twitter: #threecolours (British spelling).

Friday Fun: Contemporary and Futuristic Homes

Glass seems to be the building element of choice for futuristic homes. Let’s just hope there’s no one waiting to cast any stones!

The mountain chalet updated in Colorado, from onekindesign.com
It’s all about the views in this Brazilian home, from Casa Claudia.
High ceilings seem to be compulsory in modern houses, as in this Spanish house. From Casa Luxo.
Inverted clifftop house (bedrooms downstairs, living room upstairs) from habitusliving.com.
Another American extravaganza, from houses-design.info
Now we move onto futurism, from luxuryhomedecor.org
More modest and sustainable: a container home. From mycontainer-house.blogspot.com.

Friday Fun: When Money Is No Object…

Of course, if money were no object for me (and you, dear readers), I suspect we would just have simple but cosy living quarters above a huge and famous library. However, most wealthy people in the world seem to prefer the flashily obvious displays of wealth. So this is what money can buy you… And I have to admit some of them are not too shabby! (All pictures taken from the glorious Home Adore website).

So now you understand why they want their tax cuts…

Fairview residence at night, designed by Leslie Minervini.
Terrace of the same Fairview Residence – Bellevue, right?
Banyan Tree Residence designed by Choeff Levy Fischman. Multiple pools and lakeside mooring.
More modest house designed by Mercurio Design Lab, but it’s only for the weekend…
Front of the Mercurio house is surprisingly low key.
And if you want your private ski cabin, this one by Skli will do it for me.

 

 

Friday Fun: Houses with a Quirky Touch

It’s all very well to buy traditional cottages or restore abandoned mansions, but what about these mainly newly-built houses with an extra touch of quirkiness?

Barn in Pennsylvania, from Unusualhouse.com
How’s this for a swimming pool? From fabuloushomeideas.com
Straight out of a Grimm fairytale, not surprising since it’s located in Germany. From Pinlovely.com
The blueness of this terrace just dazzles me, from Revista Living.
Hideaway cottage in Lake George, from Pinterest.
Updated farmhouse, by Truexcullings Architecture.

Friday Fun: Summery Dream Homes

Summertime… and the reading and writing would be easy in any of these houses … and glamorous. Whether permanent fixtures, or perhaps holiday homes, who could resist any of these?

Garden glory, from Zsazsa Bellagio on Tumblr.
Typical French villa with garden, from Pinterest.
Breakfast on the balcony, anyone? From Pinterest.
Another french beauty, in Grasse, from Ladresse.com
For those in desperate need of additional space, here is a conservatory to consider. From Pinterest.
Meanwhile, for those happy with a smaller conservatory, from satisfyingplace.blog.net

 

Friday Fun: Not Only Chateau in France

There are other countries that have beautiful chateaux, you know, even though they may call them Schloss, vár, palat, hrad and so on. Here are a few lesser-known favourites, some of which may even be for sale.

Austrian Schloss in Kärnten for sale, from immowelt.at
Austrian Schloss in Kärnten for sale, from immowelt.at
Or this Baroque splendour in Bavaria, from Schlossburgverkauf.de
Or you might prefer to fork out for this Baroque splendour in Bavaria, from Schlossburgverkauf.de
This Schloss near Dresden has been largely renovated already. Ready to move into! From schlossburgverkauf.de
This Schloss near Dresden has been largely renovated already. Ready to move into! From schlossburgverkauf.de
This Hungarian property is a bit of a doer-upper - you can really put your mark on it! From casa-mia.at
This Hungarian property is a bit of a doer-upper – you can really put your mark on it! From casa-mia.at
This beauty in Slovakia is not for sale - perhaps because it is rumoured to have ghosts? From allwomenstalk.com
This beauty in Slovakia is not for sale – perhaps because it is rumoured to have ghosts? From allwomenstalk.com
You may want to go further back in history and get a medieval Tuscan tower in Pienza, from romoliniimobiliare.com
You may want to go further back in history and get a medieval Tuscan tower in Pienza, from romoliniimobiliare.com
Although, if you like towers, this Thuringian castle is also worth considering. From Schlossburgverkauf.de
Although, if you like towers, this Thuringian castle is also worth considering. From Schlossburgverkauf.de
Palatul Mogosoaia- a more modest affair just outside Bucharest - you can only have your wedding here, not buy it. From zambetsisanatate.ro
Palatul Mogosoaia- a more modest affair just outside Bucharest – you can only have your wedding here, not buy it. From zambetsisanatate.ro
Pakatul Cotroceni is the White House I prefer - official residence of the Romanian president, formerly a royal palace (and a monastery before that). From presidency.ro
Pakatul Cotroceni is the White House I prefer – official residence of the Romanian president, formerly a royal palace (and a monastery before that). From presidency.ro