Friday Fun: Most Relaxed Animals

With all the anger-provoking news lately, I’ve barely had time to fret about turning a certain round age this coming weekend. I resolve to be completely calm, laid-back and serene about it. I will be surrounded by lovely friends in one of my favourite cities in the world, so what is there to complain about? Here are some animals who really know how to stay Zen.

Not even excitable puppies can rattle the capybara.
Why bother, says this wise Chartreux.
I aspire to be like an otter sleeping afloat.
Koalas of course stay Zen almost 21 hours out of 24. And the rest of the time, they eat.
These two marmottes seem to have a secret to share.
Don’t hate me because I am beautiful, says the lynx.
Two grand old masters of relaxation meet up.
Chill out, says this baby sloth on Buzzfeed.

Friday Fun: Atelier is another word for creative space

Everybody should have a space where they can be as creative as they wish, or messy, or crafty, or simply relaxed. Here are some ‘atelier’ spaces for many different types of creatives, proving that they don’t always have to be messy…

Jewellery makers at Atelier Messia, Paris.
The achingly trendy Swedish design studio, from
Modern and with everything in its place, from Pinterest.
Sometimes I feel like… somebody’s watching me! From
Lots of light here, perhaps too much in summer. From
Whimsical conservatory workshop, from
The dreamy space that belongs to Celestine Bouton.

Friday Fun: Hunting Pavilions

I don’t approve of hunting, but I could easily find another purpose in life for these charming pavillons de chasses (hunting pavilions). The Book Club Pavilion maybe?

The unusually shaped pavilion in the Forêt de Dreux. From Wikimedia.
A breakfast pavilion for those hazy summer days in Kassel – maybe to read Enrique Vila-Matas? From
More of a gatehouse than a hunting lodge at Brockenhurst, although I expect they might still do the odd spot of hunting around here.
Sadly neglected, this charming little outhouse of Chateau Blossac. From fundraising page.
The oversized luxury, now a tourist centre from Chassons.
Another renovation project in St Germain-en-Laye, Pavillon de la Muette, from
Another crumbling French beauty from Pinterest.
More of an orangery than a hunting pavilion, in Plas Brondanw in Wales, from
Last but not least, one of the most famous of them all, the Pavillon de Galon in Luberon, France. Renowned not so much for its architecture, as for its gardens. From Regions de France.


Friday Fun: Villa, Villa, Villa

No, not Aston Villa (the only thing I know about that football club is that the first boy I ever went out on a date with was an Aston Villa supporter, and I imagined they played somewhere in front of a white plantation house with a portico – perhaps I was confusing it with cricket!). It’s villas that could be dreams for some and nightmares for others, the future for some and the death of architecture for others. Controversial ones, in other words!

Futuristic villa in Rhodes, from
And they do have an outhouse for the books! From
Flights of Birds villa in Portugal, from Home Design Lover.
Highly exposed design again, from Zachary Horne architects. Luckily, the owners have a dog to warn them.
Sci fi style desert house in California, from Weburbanist
Another Spaceship inspired house, this time in Denver, from Weburbanist.
The blend of greenery and view make the Today House in Hiroshima, designed by Kimihiko Okada (a woman architect) rather special. From Inhabitat,
Rolling holiday homes in Lithuania, from Do Architects.



Friday Fun: Tiny Spaces Looking Great!

Who needs a big, draughty house with huge bills, when you could live in a gorgeous little space like this? (Mind you, I might need another one at the back just for the books to live in) Now if only I could convince the boys that they don’t need a lot of space either…

Traditional A-frame cabin in the woods in the US, from
No space for a conservatory? No problem with this modest little British lean-to… From
Tiny holiday home on the lake in the Netherlands, from
Modular townhouse in Atlanta, from
Prefab studio from the land of Ikea, from
Not quite my definition of tiny, but snug, from OregonLive.
Studios hidden in the Californian woods, from Dwell.
But this Belgian A frame plus extension was the one that really got me drooling – as long as no one’s looking in. From

Friday Fun: Let In All the Light!

It has been so cold for so long this year that I haven’t had much of a chance to use the conservatory. Maybe, if I had one of the conservatories below, I would make more of an effort with it, instead of using it to just dry clothes.

The suavely elegant, from Deposito Santa Maria.
The romantic trailing view, from Inspirations Deco.
The underground entrance, from New Zealand House and Garden.
French classical glamour, from Pinterest.
Modestly verdant, from Wohn Ideen.
Perfect for a dinner amongst friends, from Pinterest.
Something resembling a swimming pool in a convent for the truly exceptional home, from Tumblr Ana Rosa.

Friday Fun: Studios for Non-Artists

Why should artist always get the best rooms in the house, while writers are relegated to poky little holes beneath the stairs? I’m reclaiming some of these studios for myself!

The urban penthouse studio, from Apartment Therapy.
The repurposed landing – clearly made for reading and writing. From Country Living.
Vertigo-inducing neatness, from IT Paper Blog.
A sea view is always welcome, from La Maison Boheme.
Comparatively modest and easy to repurpose as a writer’s study, from Living with Pattern.
The extravagant and spacious, from Pinterest.
Everything has its place and yet nothing feels cramped in this light studio, from SF Girl by Bay