A Swedish Getaway

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Now that summer is wrapping up (I still can’t believe it’s August already!), I’ve been dreaming of soaking up these last bits of the season. Fresh blueberries, lakeside breezes, late-night conversations in sinking wicker chairs. It sounds so perfect to me, especially after spotting this picturesque summer cabin in Sweden…

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DIY Outdoor Shower

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Tis the season for seashores, sand and outdoor showers. There is nothing better than bathing out of doors under the stars on a warm summer night. Although there are some delightful designer options available these days, the solution need not be expensive. By removing a traditional faucet fitting, and installing an extension with standard plumbing components, you’ll be up and running in no time. Installing a hot water line is key to comfort, but there are some great solar heaters available, if tapping into the hot water heater proves difficult. For privacy, a shower curtain will do the trick, or a for those more daring, a simple wood enclosure makes maintenance a breeze. A great summer moment. Enjoy!

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Glamping

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Wilderness Estates 2008

Do you love the great outdoors, but aren’t keen on sleeping on the cold, hard ground? ‘Glamping’ might be just the thing to enjoy a bit of nature this summer. While researching this comfy concept, I came across the beautiful Paws Up resort. They offer fully equipped tents with all the comforts of home. From a luxurious bed and linens, electricity, gourmet meals, en suite bathrooms, and even housekeeping and your own camping butler, tent camping never looked this good!  Of course these tents, although certainly not roughing it, by design provide the essential and fulfilling experiences one would expect from tent camping. The pitter patter of rain on the fabric above your head, the shadowy light quality while reading at night, and waking to the sound of the birds and the stream running by your front door. A great way to connect with nature, get around to writing that novel, and ah yes, just sit back,relax and enjoy the view.

Images sourced at http://www.pawsup.com

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House in the Pyrenees by Architects Cadaval & Solà-Morales


What a veiw! This mountain hideaway in Canejan, Valle de Aran Spain, is a project by Cadaval & Solà-Morales. Respecting the original and creating a whole new modern identity, this home is visibly grounded in its built history. Seemingly carved into the mountainside, its form responds to the Pyrenees mountains it is nestled within. Spectacular light and view, dynamic and graceful form, as well as interior flow and function. A modern beauty.


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The One Room Cabin

This dreamy get away set on an island north of the San Juans, is designed by Olson Kundig Architects. The exterior metal skin of this single room cabin will be allowed to weather naturally, to create a vibrant patina.  Inside, wood-finished surfaces create a cozy refuge. A large, weathered steel panel slides across a window wall, securing the space when the owner is away. This space has everything one needs to function, with a  minimal footprint. Low maintenance materials allow the occupant to enjoy the environment, both inside and out, rather than maintain it. The ample glass  provides an undisrupted view, and the deep overhang of the roof provides sun control to the interior, without compromise of view or daylight. This little nugget is a welcoming retreat.

Images and excepts found at Olson Kundig Architects

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