What if someone gave you a city apartment, a cottage in the country, a house on the beach and a mountain cabin, how would you decorate them? I know its a big question and fairly unlikely but I believe in being prepared so have given it some thought. Just in case. So here is how my fantasy city, country, beach and mountain home would look:
Although I admire sleek modern apartments in glass towers, my city apartment would be in a building with some history and preferably one that was converted into a residential space from industrial or other non residential usage. The reason is that the envelope of a converted space creates an interesting dialogue with the furniture and decoration in a way that a traditional residential apartment building can't. It requires creativity and looking at things in a new and different way, which is very appealing to me. Take this loft in a Dutch converted warehouse. It has a wall of steel cased windows, exposed antique brick, polished concrete floors and that uber luxury in a city- space!
This loft in Barcelona works, too. Located in a former textile loft, it has light and space along with beautiful windows.
My dream of a country home has climbing roses over a picket fence, an antique house, a beautiful garden and a few out buildings. Jewelry designer, Elizabeth Locke's 1860 farmhouse in Virginia is picture perfect with it's white clapboard exterior, boxwood garden and green lawn.
This farmhouse with attached barn makes me want to bake an apple pie and invite everyone out for a cookout!
Although this house has none of the features that I thought I needed, Patina Farm is country perfection of a west coast type. Every photo in the book Patina Farm is sigh- worthy.
Is there anyone who doesn't dream of owning a home on the beach? Falling asleep to the sound of waves, waking up to the sight of the blue sky kissing the green blue sea and the freedom to walk the soft sandy beach and swim in the ocean anytime are pleasures that I would never get tired of. There are so many gorgeous beach homes, it's hard to choose just one. So, I compiled a montage of beach house vignettes that have almost been plucked out of my dreams.
Located in Sagaponic, New York, this home designed by architect Eric Kligerman is weathered shingle style perfection.
Or perhaps I would rather have something like Tom Scheerer's beachside retreat in the Bahamas;
This beach house in Chatham, Mass ticks all the boxes: white picket fence, cedar shake roof, lots of dormers and stunning views of the water.
Last but not least, my fantasy of a mountain home comes more from memories I have from the Swiss Alps than from the Rockies. Having studied in Switzerland, I have fond memories of Alpine villages and those impressions form the aesthetics of my mountain home. These homes in Verbier Switzerland would fit the bill:
What would your dream city, country, beach, and mountain home look like?