Friday Fun: Back to Househunting in France

You all know my love of French chateaux – I think I may have featured almost every single one of them in past Friday Fun posts. But there are still beautiful houses left in France – the so-called ‘maisons de maitre’ (mansion, estate), which range from the modestly bourgeois to the magnificent. All of the below are for sale on the estate agents’ websites listed below.

  1. Normandy-type villa near Rouen, from Patrice Besse.

2. Classical style near Bordeaux, from Moulin.nl

3. This should be big enough for the entire family to come visit in Dordogne, from Anthouard Immobilier

4. I can never resist this fearful symmetry, in Lot et Garonne, from Legget Immobilier

5. This errs onto the chateau side of the spectrum, near Bernay, from Ivan Ballini Estates.

6. But I would be quietly content with this more modest endeavour, near Berry, from Terres & Demeures.

[I am not sure I will continue with Friday Fun though, as, in addition to it being resource hogging, this new formatting for the pictures and inability to add text directly is too much of a kerfaffle.]

Friday Fun: Favourite Colours

Since you all liked the white and blue colour combination from last week’s Friday post so much, here are some more blue and white houses for you to admire. I have been so in love with this colour combination all my life, that I think this might be the reason I got married into a Greek family…

The ideal Greek beauty, Mykonos Island. © Aflo Relax / Masterfile
Ibiza villa, with tiles reminiscent of the Copacabana beach, foto Frank, from gestalten.
Tunis once again provides the perfect colour scheme, from Women on the Road website.
Portuguese beauty in Aveiro, from allaboutportugal.pt
It’s not just the Mediterranean, the Scandinavian look works with these colours too. From The Front Door Project.
The Americans also like their white clapboard houses with blue shutters and doors, from Country Living Magazine.

Friday Fun: Virtual Holiday Homes

Looks like the safest form of holiday planning this summer will be virtually – so here are some perfect holiday homes to dream about!

Tunisian villa, from Bonnefoy Michel website.
Villa in the Peloponnese, from Pretty Greek Villas site.
Villa in Egypt, from Katameya Real Estate.
Villa in Algiers, from DestiMap.
For the fastidious and more luxury end of the market – Bali villa from MyMove.com
However, I have a hankering for this more traditional (and certainly not downmarket) villa, also in Bali, from Smart Travel Asia.

Friday Fun: Passion for an Architects’ Studio

Earlier this month I came across a dream villa in a dream location on the shores of Lake Geneva, designed by Olson Kundig Architects. I was so intrigued by it that I stalked them on their website and systematically worked my way through their portfolio. Alongside public buildings all over the world, they also have a knack for very modern private houses, with huge windows, in stunning locations, really allowing nature to mingle with the indoors. When I win the lottery (or a whole dozen of them, I think), you know whom I will employ to build me the dream home. All the photos are from their website

It all started with this view from the Chemin Byron villa on Lake Geneva.
Seamlessly going from the outside to the inside in this Californian home.
The sea can be heard and seen from this terrace/living room in Hawaii.
The forest is peeking into the house in this Canadian home.
This house in Rio has the jungle as a backdrop for the living room.
These wide open spaces are fine in summer – but what might they look like in the rain and snow of Washington State?
This is from another architecture firm, Villa Aquamarine by Mykarch in Mykonos, but I couldn’t resist adding it here as the perfect blend of indoors and landscape, and combining my favourite colours.

Friday Fun: Living the Villa Dream

In celebration of the fact that I don’t have to sell the house until I want to (although I will have no money for any improvements or even essential repairs), here are some dreamy villas that I will never own.

Perfect for inviting friends over https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/06/10/friday-fun-villas-to-enjoy-with-friends/

Getting away from the madding crowd https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/friday-fun-villas-to-get-away-from-it-all/

Classical style on the Italian Lakes https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/friday-fun-italian-villas-on-the-lakes/

Just look at the views! https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/friday-fun-dreamy-holiday-homes/

More stunning views, because that’s how I roll! https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/friday-fun-villas-with-a-view-2/

Friday Fun: Mediterranean Inspiration

You don’t have to live in the Mediterranean to be inspired by its architecture and allowing the outdoors indoors.

Hobbit house and modern Med inspiration for this house in Africa, from designrulz.com
Like floating on your own island in the US, photo credit: Hardwood & Hemingway on Tumblr.
New Zealand house with restricted garden space, from NaturalHabitatsLandscapes.
Cape Town beauty from the 1960s, from contemporist.com
The plant life may be different, but what a holiday feeling for this Med inspired villa in Vancouver, from onekindesign.com
Even Russian oligarchs get inspired by the Mediterranean, photo credit: Roman Vlasov from photogrist.com

Friday Fun: More Money Than Sense

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.

Said to be the most expensive house in the US, this house in Bel Air is on sale for $250 million. From Forbes.com
Sometimes it’s all about the waterfall in the garden… From modernnnhome.
How about your very own Versailles somewhere in the American West? From outstandingdecorworld.com
This one seems almost modest, in comparison. Where? You guessed it, also in the US. Trump’s excesses no longer seem quite so out of place, do they? From Wilderpublications.com
For those who prefer a faux olde worlde style, this is perhaps the kind of house you might imagine Gatsby opting for. From WP Home Design and Decoration.
Last but not least, how about building your own park and island for your castle? Chateau Artisan, photo credit Mike Salamanca, Masmedia Labs.

Friday Fun: The Power of White

The White House in a certain country may have become a laughing stock but white houses have undeniable decorative cachet.

Hidden in the woods, from architecturelove.net
Super modern or sci-fi spaceship like, from Casa Dupli by J. Mayer H. Architects
Indoors can be stylish white and yet not feel like magnolia, from homebunch.com
Art Nouveau style in Sydney, from designsponge.com
Restyled Texan villa, from contemporist.com
The first house that Le Corbusier built: for his parents in his home town in the Swiss Jura. Bet you weren’t expecting such a ‘traditional’ style!

Friday Fun: Symmetrical Beauties

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.

Tha quintessential neo-classicist architect is of course Palladio: this Italian Palladian villa has it all. From theartpostblog.com
There is, of course, a Palladian villa on English soil: the gorgeous Chiswick House. From Britain’s Finest website.
The French love this symmetrical style, from Pinterest.
This villa in Provence is available for wedding hire, via Brides.com
Even more recent, more modest houses still sport the symmetrical facade, as in this maison de maitre from Normandy. From terresetdemeuresdenormandie.com
And why would you not want to dine against this backdrop? Another French villa available for weddings, from simplyluxuriouslife.com
This looks more like a Stuart house, although it too is set in France. From visitedeco.com
But it’s the Italians who excel at this, rightly so, with their love of all things Renaissance. Vila Cetini, from their website.

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