Heavenly Home – Ornamental Modern by Dylan Farrell Design

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I love a good house tour and today’s project is one home that I am completely in love with. Located in Melbourne and designed by the extremely talented firm Dylan Farrell Design, this home is exquisite. With it’s modern Italianate exterior, and grand interior proportions, it would be easy to for many design decisions to underwhelm, but by adding layers of warmth such as gorgeous timber chevron floors and a black and white repetition throughout the home the design elevates the overall mood of the home. Steel and glass doors framed by floor to ceiling wire brushed oak, help to create a sense of separation and flow throughout the home. The result is an urban edginess combined with a rustic farmhouse vibe, love it!

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Given all of the incredible features throughout the home it’s hard to pick a favourite, but the warm warm tones of the dining room next to a well stocked wine cellar create a welcoming and intimate vibe that I love. I am also completely smitten with the aged mirror panels on the steel framed closet doors.

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The warm tones of the interior are carried throughout the exterior spaces of the home. With a sprawling leafy garden, gorgeous lap pool and outdoor fireplace area this home is the perfect place to entertain indoors and out.

What do you think of this home? Let me know if the comments below. I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

All images via http://www.dylanfarrell.com

Vacation Dreaming – Mykonos Home by Block722architects+

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Not being able to travel over the past year has been challenging for me.  The best way that I have found to counter my desire to get on a plane and immerse myself in a new culture has been to lose myself in dreamy projects around the world.  Today’s feature project is located in a country that is very high on my bucket list – Greece!  746767DD-FB5E-47A1-9706-B4F192456476Mykonos Home by Block722architect+ is a luxury home designed in Cycladic style of architecture.  With its use of earthy materials and textures, whitewashed walls and open spaces this home is an unmistakably dreamy refuge.  While currently it is only a render, once built it will blend perfectly in with the other building on the beautiful island of Mykonos.  9F93AD09-E9C9-4C5B-A151-0F0622CCDB0EAD3530D2-9026-406E-BBBB-77794E8D3043The natural light from the tall windows that stretch nearly the entire height of the wall give the impression of a larger space than the home really is (300m2).  Bringing in a Scandinavian design influence into the interiors, the main materials used within the home are stone and timber.  The use of these materials is also an intelligent design decision as they are naturally cooling which is particularly useful during the hot summer months.  54322476-3DA1-46EE-9084-D59FA977EBFFC0843F29-5691-42A5-9F1C-ED16DDAF6259One of my favourite spaces within the home is the kitchen, with its finely latticed timber cabinetry in a washed timber paired with lime washed walls and brass details its both chic yet warm and calming.891B1214-EDAF-4C40-A4C6-82A03D2C91E4Stone platforms are featured prominently throughout the home both inside in the living areas and within the outdoor area where they are used as day beds.  The outdoor shaded area overlooks the teal tiled pool  The outdoor space also features an outdoor shower along with areas to relax and entertain.  The decor is kept simple yet welcoming and very zen.   50A853D8-5B3B-4B96-9725-8471FBC41E83BF159559-2214-4B88-8802-AB159C657E87It is very easy to lose yourself in daydreams about this gorgeous space.  What do you think of this home?  Let me know in the comments below!

I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

All images from http://www.estliving.com

Inspiring Interior – Jenna Lyon’s Loft

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I hope that you are currently enjoying a much needed break filled with good food, laughter and relaxation.  The holidays are looking very different for me this year as I am unable to travel due to lockdown restrictions.  Like it has been for most of this year, life is just different than what I am used to but I am determined to make the best of it.  So despite spending the holidays alone (for the most part), I am enjoying getting back into the kitchen and trying new recipes, taking some time to work out everyday, watching some great shows (has anyone seen Bridgerton yet?) and working at getting both my mind and body in a more balanced state, as this has been a challenging year that I have let get the better of me on more than one occasion.  Taking the time to relax and unwind has also given me space to feel inspired and hopeful again.  One show that is currently providing inspiration on the creative front is Stylish with Jenna Lyons.  For those of you not familiar with this American fashion gem, Jenna Lyons was previously the creative director for J.Crew.  Her styling is both unique and inspirational and having binge watch the first six episodes I am now convinced that I too need to wear multiple shirts at once.
7D67A26D-DF19-4E91-9210-DFC6AE8977C6Aside from the inspirational fashion and interior design ideas that the show provides, I love that I get to see into Jenna’s home. I first saw images and fell in love with Jenna’s home in Althena Calderone’s interior book Live Beautiful.  The mix of metals and marble, textures and colours, unfinished herringbone floors and oversized crown molding are both dreamy and inspiring.  Seeing glimpses of her home throughout the show just further reiterates how fabulous Jenna’s style really is.  
2E9058AB-83BA-4BAC-8E75-1061ED8D8D3FThe elevator opens up to Jenna’s living room which is home to a gorgeous, modular pink velvet sofa.    Jenna has then layered in different styles of furniture and pieces resulting in a space that is both cool girl chic and inviting.  A cool feature of the space is the TV which slides out from behind the fireplace to the space between the mirror and art when in use.  Genius!
B367463A-78E4-4D8B-B1E3-42E4390E79B2The grand Venini chandelier in the kitchen is a showstopper that elevates the space.  Unlacquered brass backsplashes and honed marble countertops round out the space.  I never would have thought to combine all of these features but they work beautifully together.  
3422D0FE-291E-4A7E-87E4-9BCDFE743563E97B86A5-8E2B-4371-BAFC-4F5DD7D30F9FWhile I am enamoured with the entire home, the master bedroom and en suite bathroom are my absolute favourite space within the loft.  I have never really been a fan of wood panelling but it works perfectly in this bedroom and when combined with a warm and textured bed cover the bedroom becomes both elegant and cozy.  Floating brass bedside tables and an ornate chandelier further elevate the space.  Metal and glass doors allows views from the bedroom to the luxurious bathroom that is a marble lovers (aka moi) dream.  From the grand use of marble, to the herringbone floors and the brass detail, this is by far one of my most favoured bathrooms that I have seen.  The unlacquered baroque style bronze vanity legs were sprayed with salt water to speed along the oxidation process resulting in a beautiful green patina that complements the other features of the bathroom.  
F83A5DB6-6E27-4766-954B-8BEBFFD05DC3766B7D67-6C7B-47BA-9B07-AF3990118B82Last but not least, no home tour of a fashion superstar would be complete without a glimpse of the closet, and not surprisingly Jenna’s does not disappoint.  Being a total shoe lover myself, it’s clear that Jenna is my spirit animal.  There are about 300 pairs of shoes in there!  
2D819DB7-9D55-4C78-9F28-690C5EC03779Jenna Lyon’s style has always been inspirational to me and her home continues to provide further inspiration with my own living space.  Her style is the perfect mood for me to be entering 2021.  What do you think of this space?  Let me know in the comments below.

I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

All images via http://www.cocokelly.com

 

Amazing Architecture – A Glass Cabin on a Cliff

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People’s creativity in architecture and design never cease to amaze me and today’s project is no exception.  When I first saw an image of the “Air Cabin” on Instagram, I was stopped in my scrolling tracks amazed at what I was looking at.

D0A87D26-D6A8-4ADB-B377-27AAC7A0EB14A glass home hoovering over the edge of a rocky cliff is not something that you see everyday.  Designed by Yakusha Design, this is an original and creative design as a holiday home for a surfer.  “Air” is the inspiration behind this stunning glass cabin with a goal to create a feeling of weightlessness.

765EED08-5F3C-47F9-8BD2-04F03D1672FBProminently positioned to overlook the horizon, directly facing the sea breeze in many ways this cabin is is similar to a modern yet radical light house.

713B3F22-6E9A-449F-8904-88751A2C8268Secured on a foundation made with recycled concrete and set on a vertical pillar, the cabin doesn’t take up a lot of area space but maximizes the view over the Atlantic Ocean.  In order to curtail any privacy concerns that the resident may have, there is a integrated system of windows blinds built around the perimeter of the structure. Inside the colour palette is minimal but warm and welcoming allowing the stunning views to take centre stage.  The various living zones effortlessly flow into one another throughout the home.

5F2E1660-77B0-452F-A874-5121E02CEF8D74E3689F-D1BA-46E3-ABF3-2113671B00AFDespite the neutral colour palette on with the interior, visual interest has been created within the interior with different shapes such as round lamps and organic forms for the sofas and textures such as straw surface panels on the walls.  The combination creates the perfect refuge to comfortably enjoy the breathtaking views.

6E30F7B7-7D6D-47BA-8F42-7D56B58EBC08E88AD1C7-64CC-4C64-ADC2-E6927042B64EThis cabin is one of the most memorable that I have ever seen, and I am in awe of the level of creativity that is displayed throughout.  What are your thoughts on this cabin?  Would you ever consider building a holiday home similar to this?  Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today, I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

All images from http://www.designboom.com

Relaxing Reverie

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Like most people, 2020 has been a challenging year for me. And with those challenges have come lessons that I am grateful to have learned or that I am in the process of learning and understanding. How to slow down has been the most important of all of these lessons as it has taught me patience and to understand what is truly important to me. It has also allowed me to get comfortable with quiet and stillness, two things that I have often struggled with. Lately though, I find myself enjoying simple and quiet moments which is why today’s Relaxing Reverie really resonated with me.
This simple concrete bungalow located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the perfect example why bigger and expensive does not always mean better. Built with a budget of only $38,000(!) this retreat is simple yet sophisticated and seems like the perfect place to relax.

Designed by PALMA, as Mexico City based design firm, this 50 square metre building is functional and contemporary and blends well within it’s environment. I have always loved simple concrete structures as they perfectly showcase the beauty of brutalist style design and this building is no exception.


The bungalow is comprised of two cubic volumes, one which houses the bedroom and the other the living room and kitchen. The cubes are separated by a open patio. The brutalist style of the bungalow is softened with a thatched roof. This style of roof is quite common within the region as it is an efficient and inexpensive way to encourage ventilation which helps to naturally cool down the interior. Folding doors in both the bedroom and living areas also helps to enhance the ventilation further. Along with a circular skylight on the patio, the folding doors also help the residents to enjoy the views of the surrounding area.

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Like the simple aesthetic of the exterior, the interior of the bungalow has been kept minimal with a muted palette of grey and natural wood with the exception of a statement red built in day bed. Stucco was used in place of paint in order to avoid any humidity build up within the walls (which I had never heard of before but I think that it’s genius!). Uncluttered and simple, this bungalow looks like the perfect place to escape, relax and rejuvenate and get back to a simple more thoughtful way of living.

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Would you like to escape to a simple bungalow like this one? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting Stylishly Zen today and I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

All images from http://www.yatzer.com