You don’t have to live in the Mediterranean to be inspired by its architecture and allowing the outdoors indoors.
This time it’s all about excess: the mansions of the rich and powerful are sometimes more showy than practical, more dramatic rather than chic.
The White House in a certain country may have become a laughing stock but white houses have undeniable decorative cachet.
I was just starting to regain my appetite for blogging during the quiet and peaceful Easter holidays, but alas, aggressive behaviours and court proceedings are heating up again. So here is a nice form of escapism: the houses I could buy if I could go anywhere I wanted. Although, in practice, most of the villas below are in France…
I like quirky, unusual, characterful beauty when it comes to human beings, but I have to admit that I am a bit of a classicist when it comes to buildings. Much as I admire daring modern architecture, there are few things that can be better than the perfect proportions of the Greek temple, which has been the inspiration for so much of Western architecture. So here are a few symmetrical houses that I admire.
It doesn’t always have to be chateaux. I would be quite happy with these ‘little’ gems.
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!