Open to Nature

Architect: Tom Kundig | House Lopez Island, near Seattle

Architect: Tom Kundig | House Lopez Island, near Seattle

What is it about bathing outside that feels so freeing and satisfying?

Perhaps it is the omnipresence of nature that elevates the escape quotient, or perhaps it is the same reason that anything cooked over a fire tastes so good; it’s in our DNA. Whatever the reason, being naked and free in water surrounded by nature’s bounty is one of life’s most extraordinary and yet simplest pleasures. -tM

Serenity Now

Philip Dixon’s Moroccan inspired home in Venice Beach is a space that feels tranquil and inviting. A home, in my opinion should be a place where you can decompress, let go, shut out the world, and replenish your mind, body, and soul. This particular design and open concept of home is well balanced in function and form, taking full advantage of the California climate and finding inspiration in the boho vibe of living near a beach. -tM

Green with Envy

There  is marble on top of marble on top of...in this chic Tuscan Villa/summer home.

The successful use of marble in the architecture and design of this home is all about proportion and volume. The colour also blends into the surrounding landscape, making it an extension of its environment. 

What a beautiful visual inspiration and escape from a pale city winter.

Designer: Vincenzo De Cotiis | Photography: Ambroise Tezenas for AD Magazine

In & Out

Architect/Design: Mercante Testa | Home on the Venice Canal

Architect/Design: Mercante Testa | Home on the Venice Canal

What a beautiful, artistic, and innovative way to use a landing in a home (note all of the shapes, elements, and colours inspired by the canal, & gondolas themselves). I think that this feature wall and nook could very well be a possibility in many an upright home. -tM