Arcachon Bay is in the western part of France, a place that is under the radar (compared to places like Provence) and I think that makes it an even more idyllic place for a vacation house.
The midcentury-meets-industrial style, all the gorgeous wood and compact size make for a great little cabin, don’t you think?
The past two weeks around FTRB have turned out to be a little more – shall we say – exciting than I’d like and I am so ready for a quiet, relaxing weekend. I hope you have a restful and relaxing one too. See you Monday!
(Photos: Marie Claire Maison)
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A couple of weeks ago I talked about how much I appreciate traditional dwellings being adapted for new uses. Here’s another great example. This beautiful vacation home in Portugal is really a compound made up of four traditional fishing huts.
What’s so wonderful about it is all of the natural materials and refurbished pieces are a perfect fit for the environment and the spirit of these structures.
It also reminded me of this awesome cover of Elle Decor from January this year:
This was also a Portuguese fishing hut. I’m intrigued.
(Photos: Elle Espana)
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Is it obvious I have vacations and vacation homes on the brain this week? I recently saw these photos of the San Giorgio Hotel in Mykonos and it had to go straight into my vacation house inspiration file.
Remember one of my favorite vacation house styles was the Greek Islands? The interior design of the San Giorgio is the perfect FTRB global modern take on that style.
Plenty of white (of course) with ethnic textiles and accessories from around the world and a mix of modern and rustic furniture all work really well with the architecture.
It’s also very similar to my #1 favorite vacation house style. It’s one that could translate to almost any oceanside location – which is the plan!
Have a great weekend, everyone – maybe hanging out in a spot as idyllic as that last shot? See you Monday!
(Photos: Hotel San Giorgio and Design Hotels)
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If you follow me on Pinterest you know that one of my more active boards is the “Vacation House” board. It’s where I’m collecting images of my ideal vacation house, one where I would like to live part of the year after retirement. (It’s never too early to start planning for these things, you know. Plus, planning is half the fun!)
The funny thing is I’m not really a beach person. Lying out in the sun bores me after about 10 minutes and I’m not fond of tropical climates. However, I absolutely love the ocean; it’s my happy place. I also love the relaxed atmosphere that normally characterize these types of locales.
How cool would a house that is literally on the water be?
Probably not too realistic so I’ll settle for just being on the water like this:
As for the interior, I envision a lot of white and modern:
mixed with native furnishings:
And I’ve always, always wanted an outdoor shower and what better place for one than a vacation house in the tropics:
Of course I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have a few totally conflicting ideas at the same time! There’s a little part of me that is drawn to the countryside too, especially if it could be in a place as gorgeous as this:
So that is where my head is at these days. Stay tuned to see where it goes next or follow me on Pinterest.
(Photos: via Pinterest as linked)
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I have a real love of historical dwellings and I think the native architecture of the Puglia region of Italy known as trulli is one of the most charming in the world. Dating back 200 to 300 years, they were originally used by farmers but in more recent years, they have become popular as vacation homes.
Here is one example of a great trullo conversion.
Check out that curved ceiling…..
fantastic stone floors…..
And the decor is just spot on. Antique pieces juxtaposed against pops of modern always works for me.
The decking around the pool is very cool too.
I just love seeing historical homes given new life especially when it’s done this well.
(Photos: AT Casa)
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