Friday Fun: More Living in Miniature

The temptation to live off-grid somewhere in a tiny (but well-insulated) house is becoming well-nigh overwhelming. No, this is not a comment on current politics or fears; this is a worry-free, escapist zone.

Small but mighty, this creation by BF Architects.
Palatial ambitions for this little house, from Buzzfeed.
Very different style, a beach hut feel to this one, from Instagram.
This one is actually a miniature model, but I can’t wait for someone to build me one to my human proportions. From iseeblue.typepad.com.
I may claim to be a simple girl at heart, but I rather like the more grandiose structures! From myincrediblewebsite.com
If in doubt, stick to a well-appointed garden shed – and what a garden! From owecraft.com
For the ultimate fantasy escape, this fairytale lodge from thisoldhouse.com

Friday Fun: You Don’t Need a Palace…

I’ve often said I don’t need much more than a little cabin or hut to house myself once the boys leave home. Although I might need another cabin or two just to house the books…

All you need in one small parcel, from tinyliving.com
A rather classy, high-end vision of the cabin, with amazing windows. From dorisleslieblau.com
It clearly doesn’t work for a couple (actually, for a single person with an occasional guest), but everything is neat and has its place. From TinyHouseMarketplace.com
An old barn feel to this tiny, but practical cabin – it even has a fire extinguisher! From tinyhomesbuilder.com
Finally one that satisfies my book cravings… from decoholic.com

Friday Fun: The Small and the Cosy

When I’m not dreaming of chateaux or grandiose villas with libraries and terraces, I have a hankering for charming little cottages surrounded by flowers in bloom and verdant luxury. I’m not sure who’s supposed to do the gardening… although I can certainly admire the flowers and even dedicate a poem to them.

Rural French retreat, complete with its own bridge and stream, from mountainmausgarden.tumblr
English (Welsh?) cottage made all the more eccentric by the slope just outside, from Pinterest
The quintessential English Rose with thatched roof and white gate, from standout-cabin-designs.com
Hobbity like cottage on the island of Sylt in Germany, from 360virtour.de
Reminiscent of a shed or a teahouse, from nestegg.typepad.com
Traditional Romanian cottage, from renovat.ro
Authentic traditional house from the Gorj region in Romania, dating from 1802. From Muzeul Satului.

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 KasselMarketing.de

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 mymajorcompany.com/sauver-blossac fundraising page.

The oversized luxury, now a tourist centre from Chassons.

Another renovation project in St Germain-en-Laye, Pavillon de la Muette, from LeParisien.fr

Another crumbling French beauty from Pinterest.

More of an orangery than a hunting pavilion, in Plas Brondanw in Wales, from contentinacottage.blogspot.uk

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: 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 realtor.com

No space for a conservatory? No problem with this modest little British lean-to… From trombe.com

Tiny holiday home on the lake in the Netherlands, from architectuur.nl

Modular townhouse in Atlanta, from designinspiration.net

Prefab studio from the land of Ikea, from Dwell.com

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 Dwell.com

Friday Fun: Garden Sheds

The cold may have descended over our part of France. But with all the beautiful autumnal colours to inspire you, what better place to spend your day than in your very own garden shed, far away from the hubble-bubble of life in the main house? (No, I don’t have one. Yes, I would like one. With heating, preferably.)

The Rolls Royce of garden sheds, from Gardenista.com
The Rolls Royce of garden sheds, from Gardenista.com

The achingly cool. Serge Schoemaker Architects.
The achingly cool. Serge Schoemaker Architects.

The Hyggelig (Danish for 'cosy'), from boligmagasinet.dk
The Hyggelig (Danish for ‘cosy’), from boligmagasinet.dk

The Ecological Pod. From TinyHouseTalk.com
The Ecological Pod. From TinyHouseTalk.com

The unbearably cute, from tinyhousedesign.com
The unbearably cute, from tinyhousedesign.com

The spiritual retreat. From Salvagejetsongreen.com
The spiritual retreat. From Salvagejetsongreen.com

The Californian extravaganza, from Architectural Digest.
The Californian extravaganza, from Architectural Digest.

Friday Fun: Tiny Escapes in Remote Locations

Chateaux and the like are all very well, but where do beleaguered artists go when they need to focus on their writing/art/belly button? As far away from the temptations of civilisation and the Internet as possible, of course.

Faroe Islands, from boredpanda.com
Faroe Islands, from boredpanda.com

Double loft rock house in US, from distractify.com
Double loft rock house in US, from distractify.com

Iceland, from boredpanda.com
Iceland, from boredpanda.com

Tiny lake house, from thetinylife.com
Tiny lake house, from thetinylife.com

Small and precariously perched in Serbia, from boredpanda.com
Small and precariously perched in Serbia, from boredpanda.com

Apuseni mountains, Romania, from hoinarind-prin-romania.fotoiustin.ro
Apuseni mountains, Romania, from hoinarind-prin-romania.fotoiustin.ro

Any of the above catch your fancy?