Auberty Ranch

Auberty Ranch is a Rural Studio and Residence in Glencoe, Texas designed by NIMMO, American Studio For Progressive Architecture. I was immediately drawn to these images. A simple structure, while meticulously organized into clearly defined functions, also offers the homeowner great flexibility for defining the use of space. Full height windows fill each room with a wide open view of the gorgeous landscape and an abundance of  light. I love the connection to the outdoors, and the flow of the floor plan moving along the spine of this long narrow compound.

Three independent ‘buildings’, connected by either roof or decking, create ‘outdoor rooms’ and tremendous opportunity for entertaining and gathering together under the starry Texas sky. The smallest building (on the far left of the images above) houses a kitchenette, Bathroom, Library and Bedroom, the primary dwelling space if you will, for the homeowner. Just outside the door, a cozy outdoor fireplace under the breezeway provides a covered entry to the artists studio space.  The studio is a large open volume, which I can imagine would be the perfect space for entertaining, as well as for the artists work.

Between the studio space and the guest house, is a a dramatic fire pit, perfectly placed to both engage the homeowner and guest as well as create separation between them.

I absolutely love the clarity both organizationally as well as aesthetically. A modern, rural home and studio. What a perfect retreat.


Images sourced at http://nimmo.am/auberty

 

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A Beach Hut in Uruguay

As the weather turns cooler here in the states, I find my eye wandering to more… tropical locations. Naturally, this beach hut in Uruguay is making my heart yearn for seaside air, starry nights and endless solitude.

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Anderson Cooper’s Digs

I enjoy looking at real estate. The view into the dwelling of another, is oh-so telling. It speaks to ones design sensibilities, values and outlook. When I learned that Anderson Cooper recently sold his home in the fashion district of NYC, I couldn’t help but take a peek. Of course I was not disappointed, as the space is as elegant and hip as one would expect of the debonair gentleman. Sleek, modern and stylish, this former manufacturing space is now a lovely 2 bedroom and 2-1/2 bath home. Simple contrast used within a minimal palette, enhances the available light and the rooms feel larger. Material choices such as stainless steel, and wide plank flooring play on the building’s roots in manufacturing. Yet, the use of wood creates a warmth within the space, and it is comfortable and inviting. I can’t wait to see the results of his next design project, a restored NYC Firehouse, scheduled to wrap up soon.

Images sourced at http://photos.toofab.com

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Home Tour: From Campground to Refinement

A former campground might seem like the furthest dream home location from your mind, but with a bit of ingenuity, that dusty campground? It can house a hidden gem that’s as drool-worthy as it is inspired.

Surrounded by the picturesque tall trees of the Berkshire, the home has plenty of character. Complete with industrial windows and antique oak staircases, the mix of rustic and modern pair together swimmingly.

But my favorite detail? The interior skeleton is outlined in wood, creating a statement art installation and forever conversation piece.

So beautiful, yes? Proof that any structure can make a house – and any house can make a home.

Image Credits: Keller+Keller for The Boston Globe

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A Modern Farmhouse

The Belk family of Chester, South Carolina, hired architect extraordinaire Ken Pursley to rebuild their farmhouse, and rebuild he did. Inspired by wood, tin and rope – the most humble materials! – Ken transformed a former brick-heavy construction into a light, airy and modern getaway.

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