Set in a four acre plot of farmland on the edge of North Berwick in East Lothian, Williamstone Farm Steadings might appear traditional from the outside with the combination of rustic stone walls and red pantile roofs, but once inside these grade B listed buildings – The Barn, The Byre and The Bothy – you can expect pared back and contemporary living spaces. Think flowing open plan interiors with wide plank Kährs oak flooring (and underfloor heating) and RAIS woodburning stoves, and with sleek Poggenpohl kitchens and bathrooms featuring fittings by Duravit and Porcelanosa. Think gorgeously mellow colour palettes by Farrow & Ball that shift in the ever-changing light from the large windows punched into the old stonework, and exposed roof beams with vintage style lighting. Each of the three properties has its own character and style, yet each shares the same aesthetic language of quiet and understated elegance.
Putting contemporary architecture aside for a moment, if I had to choose one period of architecture that I’m most drawn to it would be Georgian. Having lived in Edinburgh for just over twenty years, this is probably no surprise – I’m surrounded by Georgian architecture every day. The simplicity, the balance, the quiet elegance – this is an aesthetic that I could never tire of. I love historic buildings, but there’s just something about Georgian houses that draws me to them time and time again. Think timber panelling, simple fireplaces, delicate cornicing, flagstone floors… it doesn’t get better.
Which brings me to The New Road Residence. This has to be one of the most beautiful and restrained and sympathetically designed Georgian houses that I’ve come across, and it’s available to let with The Modern House.
I’ve written about some striking apartments in Barcelona – Carrer Avinyó designed by David Kohn Architects is one of my favourites for its dramatic use of volume and sense of craftsmanship, not to mention those incredible floor tiles. And while this project by Mesura is very different to Carrer Avinyó in terms of aesthetics – where the latter was dramatic, this project is quiet and understated – they are linked by the beautiful use of materials.
This is a holiday home that makes me want to pack my bags, jump in the car, go on holiday, and forget to return. Some holiday homes have that effect on you, right? This incredible looking house is situated on the edge of the town of Eye in Suffolk and is available to let through The Modern House. This has to be one of the most stylish holiday homes around. With exposed beams and brickwork, poured concrete and oak floors and light-filled open-plan living areas, this house has been designed for entertaining and relaxed indoors-outdoors family living.
This is definitely the time of year when I start wishing I was somewhere else. Let’s start with some place warm, like Australia. And failing that, it’s the time of year to start dreaming about new places to go and trips you’d like to make. Yes, I’m talking summer. I’m talking packing a bag (okay, several bags), jumping in the car, and going some place. This doesn’t have to be abroad. This just needs to be some place different. Continue Reading…
I haven’t been to Berlin for years. Indeed, I’m ashamed to acknowledge this as it’s a city I’ve long wanted to return to and explore properly. And looking at these photographs of this incredible interior is pretty much pushing me over the edge. Continue Reading…