The immense concrete roof of the single-story Quinta de Lemos guesthouse restaurant and wine showroom snakes across a sprawling Portuguese landscape. Designed by studio Carvalho Araújo the structure is nestled amid rocky formations that helped determine its shape. Covered with paving slabs the roof acts as an extensive viewing platform.
The Russet Residence in West Vancouver British Columbia was designed by Canadian studio Splyce Design. Nestled into the hillside a meticulous dining space juts out fifteen feet framing both the forest canopy and ocean beyond.
The decor inside the home seems to showcase a seamless blend of the vintage the midcentury and the contemporary as each room has a subtle touch of contrasting styles. A small entry leads into the living room that is filled with a couple of cozy sofas in off-white along with a smart blue rug that brings color and playfulness to the setting. The restrained use of color lets the few accent additions and the wall art shine through while the twin windows fill the space with plenty of natural light.
Bringing the past and the present together in a truly captivating fashion the house uses decor in diverse styles ranging from contemporary and Asian to midcentury vintage and even salvaged! It is this imaginative approach towards eclectic design that turns a seemingly mundane old structure into an inviting fun and exciting home that showcases the personality of its own and their wide art collection.
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A modern staircase leads down to the living area and bedrooms on the lower levels with the each floor opening up towards Lake Austin thanks to the extensive use of glass. A double-height living area with the kitchen and dining room on the lowest level showcases a unique style that combines contemporary finesse with rustic and industrial elements to create a captivating interior. Custom decor pieces a neutral color scheme and pops of red blue and green in different rooms complete what is truly a fascinating home.
Even though the house adopts a distinct loft-style look modern elements and warm lighting help create a softer more inviting living space that is not a bit too edgy. With wonderful views of the city skyline from the top level and custom decor and accessories the smart conversion creates a clever balance between the past and the future!