Friday Fun: Chateaux and Manor Houses

Can we ever have too many chateaux? In France they have a term for those houses that are not too extravagant but aspire to be chateaux or manor houses: Maison de maitre. The Master’s House. Let’s leave aside any classist (and gendered) connotations for a moment and dream of letting everyone have access to them!

Boath House, Nairn, Scotland. From Boath-House.com
Nearly a chateau in France, from thisisglamorous.com
Villa near Paris, from cote-maison.fr
American version of European style, from dsdixonarchitects.com
Simple and slightly windswept beauty, from lobsterandswan.com
I wouldn’t mind even this really tiny house, from feld-architecture.eu

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Friday Fun: Romanian Villas and Traditional Houses

Just back from a holiday in Romania, where I am always stunned by the diversity of traditional architecture (and the often disappointing standardisation of modern architecture). Here are a few of my favourites.

Traditional Romanian house for mountain area in Transylvania, from adevarul.ro
Modern villas seem to be painted in garish colours, from cleartrip.com
In the northernmost tip of Romania, Bucovina, you get the painted traditional houses (and wells). From PlatFerma.
This would be my dream traditional house, from the region my parents are from (for the well-to-do, of course). Conacul Bellu, from casoteca.ro
Late 19th century villa from the ski resort Predeal, from Romania Libera. 
Two different architectural styles, now part of the same hotel complex, in Sinaia, a mountain resort very close to Predeal. From Booking.com
Finally, something a little bit more adventurous in contemporary architecture, from arhipura.ro

Friday Fun: Cosy Bookishness

As we start to retreat into our cocoons, here are some rooms where all our bookish goodness (and greed) can come to the fore.

Backlighting and ladders – what’s not to look about this? From theurbaninterior.co
Perfect reading nook, although I still prefer the Brasilia chaise. From homedit.com
More of a lived-in look, from vintagenook.com
For those of us who have high ceilings, from Pinterest.
Even if you have long, narrow rooms, you can still create a welcoming library. From kwnyc.com
I could be so organised if only I had those millions of little drawers, from Pinterest.
All that’s missing is the whisky, from the Mayflower Inn.
Perfect for book clubs, from Pinterest.

Friday Fun: Beautiful Misc

I love the word ‘miscellaneous’ and I love what it represents, so here is a beautiful mix of interior design elements that I hope will inspire you as much as they did me!

Impeccably organised living room, for music and book lovers. From Tumblr.
Chateau Dazaye-Rideau on the Loire Valley, from Jarrod Castaing.
Abandoned villa in Thessaloniki, Greece, from V Light Photography
Pure escapism on Laucala Island Resort, from deluxe-escapes.com
Missed opportunity to turn that window seat into a reading nook and far too much space on the shelves, but yes, a nice home library. From Rose Pingouin.
And, to end on a squeee note, a spotted piglet. From AnimalRights.com

Friday Fun: Villas for an Indian Summer

This week has been surprisingly warm, which has given me hope for my my annual holidays coming up very soon. Although I’m not really expecting an Indian summer, these posts are all about dreams, aren’t they? These are the villas I might consider to share my dreams with me.

Villa in Provence from MagDeco.fr

Have lunch with friends (perhaps warmly wrapped up) in Italy, from havenin.com
Hiding between trees is always a good look, from petitehaus.com
Undeniably easy to maintain courtyard, but a bit more green would have been nice in this Italian-type villa in the US, from Jetradar.com
Spanish villa – I could almost see it as a backdrop to a musical. From Pinterest.
This French villa is actually for sale if you fancy running your own B&B, from maisondote-a-vendre.fr

Friday Fun: In a Classical Library Frame of Mind

After the joy of university libraries, let’s turn to those well-stocked (or at least, well-designed) personal libraries. While you coo over them, I will try and see if I can stop the books sliding off my chest of drawers…

Perfect for book clubs, from Pinterest.
Another manly library where the Man on my MFA can pontificate about books, from Design Chic.
Fireplace and two desks, what more might you ask for? Perhaps slightly nicer curtains… From Houzz.com

Finally, a more feminine take on libraries, from A Girl and Her Pearl on Tumblr.
This has ‘Do not Disturb’ written all over it, from Content in a Cottage – although clearly more than a cottage!
Another classic Southern library – I wonder who dusts the busts up at the very top? From Southern Living.
Finally: never mind a walk-in closet, I want a walk-in library! From Pinterest.

Friday Fun: University Libraries

The students are back and the university libraries are full once more. Here are a few where I wouldn’t mind spending some time, although perhaps without the studying.

Wills Memorial Library at the University of Bristol.

Newport City campus library.

The Maughan Library at Kings College London.

The University of Leeds also favours the domed round approach.

The new library at Royal Holloway overlooks the beautiful Founders’ Building.

Duke Humfreys Library in Oxford.

LIbrary in Trinity College in Cambridge.