Friday Fun: More French Houses to Covet

It doesn’t always have to be chateaux. I would be quite happy with these ‘little’ gems.

Quite tumble-down, but charming, from 1000pimousse.tumblr.com
A modern wing has been attached to the traditional older house, from amenagementdesign.fr
This one looks ready to decorate for Christmas, from indulgy.com
Classical French symmetry, from Muriel Dana-Normandie-2010
That garden, those lights, I can almost smell the scent of the flowers, from cottgwladys.canalblog.net
I just love well-proportioned, symmetrical architecture when it comes to houses I’d like to live in rather than just admire. From Instagram.
Not so much a house, as a street and an atmosphere in Saignon, France
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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

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: 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: My Little French Maison

Soon to become even more aspirational and unattainable to Brits, these French houses make me dream.

I would happily get the dog as well. From Immo France.

Perfect veranda for a dinner with friends and a read, from solebich.fr

Art nouveau style villa, from Pinterest.

Villa for sale in beautiful location: Bay of Arcachon, near Bordeaux. See Cabinet Bedin for details.

Typical Southern style French home, from Cote Littoral.

Northern style home from the Alsace-Lorraine, from Cote Maison.

What a garden! From Journal de la Maison.

Another beautiful French house – I love the symmetry and the shutters. I am fed up with inadequate curtains, even those so-called blackout curtains are not enough! House in Quimper.

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 Cotemaison.fr

And they do have an outhouse for the books! From Cotemaison.fr

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.