Midcentury Modern Vacation Home

Ahhh, the warmth of Spring is beginning to grace us, and with it comes thoughts of time outdoors, relaxing and entertaining. This beautiful vacation home in Amagansett is a picture perfect setting to capture the essence of summer. A renovation by Bates Masi & Architects of a Midcentury Modern home, it is light filled and warm, incorporating reused and repurposed material choices, and unexpected yet classic furniture. Delightfully understated this estate is Athena and Victor Calderone’s Hampton home. The design of the home was carefully considered, and maintains the wonderful qualities of the mid-century architecture. The interior is designed by Athena herself, and  is an eclectic collection of flea market finds and one of a kinds. It works. Sure says summer to me.

Images and excerpts sourced at Trendland.

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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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Basic Black

This little nugget in Chile, is a concise minimalist expression. The structure is sited with breathtaking views and  given lots of room to breathe. Its presence is strong in the landscape despite the petite footprint due to expressive form and bold color. Designed as a prototype, the designers Foaa –Norte completed this project in 2012 at a price of $650/sqm. It is simple, with space defined by function and a program focused on inexpensive materials and solid construction. I must say, I find this to be a beautiful and livable result. I especially like the deliberate placement of windows, framed for the passerby, to capture a moment in time. It is these architectural opportunities that allow this home to live much larger than the implied boundaries of its 4 walls.

Source:  http://now.shelterholic.com.  Image source:  http://www.homedit.com/little-black-house-in-chile

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Summer house by Judith Benzer

This simple, beautiful summer home is designed by architect Judith Benzer. Executed with a minimal palette of materials, the form suggests an understated and restrained environment. Yet, peeking inside there is a wealth of detail in form as well as function. ‘The facade is surfaced with raw larch planks and the external shutters may be closed during winter months.’ Positioned as it is in the open landscape, I find the form of the building, as well as the color-less material expression to be just plain perfect. Details such as the stair are completely unexpected, and the abundance of natural light brings this interior to life.

Photos by Martin Weir, sourced at architect’s website  http://www.judithbenzer.com via http://davidreport.com,

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A Summer House

A summer house. To me those words mean a place to get away, relax and unwind. A place of comfort, simplicity and freedom from day to day chores and expectations. A place with a deliberate view, both outward to the environment, and inward as well. Something only as big as it needs to be. Filled with only the necessary items for living. No, I don’t have a summer house, but I passionately collect images reflecting this state of mind. I feel these qualities of space should not be reserved for the special day, but rather the everyday.

Images of the renovation of  House Morran by Swedish architect Johannes Norlander Arkitektur., were printed and promptly placed in my inspiration file. This beautiful island cottage near Gothenburg dates from the 1950’s. Not only is this home beautifully proportioned and well detailed, it is an exploration in contrast and light. I find it to be most welcoming and liveable. A real retreat. Now, isn’t that what a summer house should be all about?

The exterior cladding of the house is gorgeous. “The new facade is clad in plywood, coated in black pine tar just like the traditional way of preserving wooden boats. The roof is coated in simple tar paper and has thin plywood eaves with integrated aluminum gutters, coated in black. The interior is all in natural pine and where plywood is used for both cladding and construction”  abitare

I love the effect of the rich, dark color. It is not overwhelming, as the wood grain of the panels is clearly visible and provides movement in the monolithic facade. The interior provides the appropriate counter experience, with light woods creating a monochromatic palette, providing reflectivity and and peaceful backdrop for the goings-on within.

Images found at the architects website.


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