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Houseboat design

Houseboat design

British firm Bert & May is best known for its collections of beautiful reclaimed tiles and wooden flooring, but its latest project is on a rather larger scale. ‘Bert’s Barges’ are innovative, ready-made modern homes designed for life on the water. The concept was dreamed up by Lee Thornley, founder and creative director of Bert & May, who collaborated with stylist Laura Fulmine and RaT Architecture to create a chic, contemporary version of the humble houseboat. There are two versions…

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Traditional Javanese villa on the Bali shores

Traditional Javanese villa on the Bali shores

One couple transported a traditional Javanese villa to the shores of Bali to create this characterful beachside retreat. Twelve years ago, Marcello Massoni and Michela Foppiani were invited by a business partner to open a ceramics factory in Bali, Indonesia. Their company, Gaya, now produces handmade ceramics for a number of high profile clients. The Italian couple have a home close to their workshop in Ubud, but at the weekends they retreat to this beachside villa, a short drive away…

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Sunshine collective – the building’s style draws influence from Greek, Moroccan and Indian architecture.

Sunshine collective – the building’s style draws influence from Greek, Moroccan and Indian architecture.

Luxe travel meets hippy chic in this family abode. Overlooking Australia’s Byron Bay, the building’s style draws influence from Greek, Moroccan and Indian architecture. In Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast, the mercury rarely dips below 20 degrees Celsius, even in winter. Visitors are drawn to the area’s long beaches and warm seas. This sunny, open house, set within a forest of palms just a short drive from the ocean, is a year- round family home – its cool, white…

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The painted palace

The painted palace

  Ditte Lamptey’s Copenhagen home is far from typical of Danish apartments. The ornate ceilings – a different design in every room – are worthy of Versailles, while the elaborate doorframes and dark wood paneling wouldn’t look out of place in a Tudor palace. To add a finishing flourish, Ditte, who owns socially conscious clothing brands Solidary People and Skin, has painted the walls in shades of everything from the palest green to the brightest red. This is a home…

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Paris house loving family

Paris house loving family

How one couple turned their 19th-century Parisian apartment into a fun and quirky home that’s perfect for modern family life. Patrice Bastian, owner of footwear brand Feiyue, and his fashion-designer girlfriend Laetitia Schlumberger fell in love with the ninth arrondissement of Paris when house­ hunting two years ago. \”There are a lot of young families here and people who work in creative industries such as movies, production and events,\” says Patrice. \”The area has a diverse community and lots of…

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Pastel-hued home tour – Colour laboratory

Pastel-hued home tour – Colour laboratory

In the hands of its designer-owner, this former jukebox workshop in Bordeaux has become a pastel-hued home and creative space. Designer Caroline Gomez’s Bordeaux home helps her to master the difficult balance between work and family life. Over the past six years, she has converted the former jukebox-repair workshop into a colourful space that doubles as her atelier and a family home for her husband and her six-year-old daughter, Lou. Caroline describes the studio as her \”laboratory\”, where she works on…

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Japanese modern house tour – Spatial awareness

Japanese modern house tour – Spatial awareness

  How do you create the illusion of spaciousness in an interior? Take inspiration from the clever design tricks used in this Japanese home.    The Hazukashi family\’s custom – built home stands on a sliver of land in Kyoto, Japan. The area is densely populated and the narrow plot, which is squeezed between the neighbours’ properties, presented a challenge in terms of howto maximise space and light. The hub of this slender, two-storey open-plan home is a double-height living area. The…

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