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ELLE Decoration Country

ELLE Decoration Country No. 11

Explore the most inspiring homes in the countryside: from coastal hideaways to rural havens in the latest edition of ELLE Decoration Country. This beautifully crafted and stylish book showcases the interiors, lifestyles and houses of those who define contemporary countryside living. Discover 15 of the world’s most beautiful homes as well as 50 beautiful and useful essentials that will turn a house into a home. This coffee-table staple is a must for all lovers of modern country style.

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in this issue

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in an english country garden

IN THE GRAND HALL, THE ORIGINAL MAHOGANY PANELLING HAD SURVIVED INTACT THE EXISTING KITCHEN FURNITURE WAS PAINTED DARK GREY FOR AN INSTANT UPDATE IN THE DINING ROOM, THE RESTORED GREEN MOSAIC FLOOR DEPICTS A FLOWER MOTIF THE BUILDING’S STONE FAÇADE UNDULATES AROUND WIDE BAY WINDOWS MATURE GARDENS AND SCULPTURED HEDGES FRAME THIS VICTORIAN PROPERTY Set within the Surrey countryside, this Victorian residence is the epitome of the quintessential English manor house. Framed by mature gardens and hedges clipped into sculptures, its classical stone façade undulates around wide bay windows. This sense of grandeur continues inside this 280-square-metre apartment, which has been lovingly restored with a modern twist. Alessia Garibaldi and her colleagues at Italian architecture and design team Studio DC10 peeled back several years of modifications to reveal the true beauty of the building –…

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modern pastoral

THE MAIN LIVING SPACE TAKES FULL ADVANTAGE OF ITS BREATHTAKING VIEW OF THE DOLOMITE MOUNTAIN RANGE 'THE DESIGN WAS INSPIRED BY THE TRADITIONAL GABLED ROOF OF THE ATTACHED FARMHOUSE’ THIS MODERN HOME IS AN ANTIDOTE TO THE AUSTERE PASTORAL LIFE Carved into a hillside overlooking the South Tyrol village of Villandro, this Modernist house captures magnificent views of the Dolomite mountains. Its owner, Thomas Erlacher, who runs a bespoke furniture business, built the space as an extension to the 16th-century farmhouse that stands beside it. His aim was to preserve the charm of the old farmstead, where he enjoys the simple life, tending to a menagerie and indulging in his passion for mountaineering. At first appearance, the new hideaway is a completely separate building; concealed within the landscape, it is designed as an…

2 min
valley of the soul

ORIGINAL FEATURES, FROM THE EXPOSED MASONRY TO THE VAULTED CEILINGS, HAVE BEEN LOVINGLY AND SENSITIVELY RESTORED THE FARMHOUSE IS HIDDEN AMID GENTLE HILLS THAT REACH TOWARDS THE MOUNTAINS ON ONE SIDE AND THE SEA ON THE OTHER BOLD STATEMENT LIGHTING ACTS AS A COUNTERPOINT TO THE RAW, RUSTIC QUALITY OF THE BUILDING’S BONES SUMPTUOUS FABRICS IN RICH COLOURS ARE DRAPED DECADENTLY THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE, PROVIDING A FEELING OF TIMELESS LUXURY Deep in the countryside, a few hours’ drive from Barcelona, this 17th-century house’s isolation lends it a sense of mystery. Travelling out of the city, motorways turn into roads, and roads to bumpy dirt tracks, one of which comes to a halt at the entrance of this mas (the local word for a traditional Catalonian farmhouse), home to architect and designer Joan Lao,…

2 min
life on the wild side

HUGE WINDOWS VISUALLY EXPAND THE LIVING SPACE, MAKING THE INTERIOR FEEL OPEN ‘THE HOUSE HAS ALL THE FUNCTIONS REQUIRED – BUT ALSO ENCOURAGES OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES’ Nestled in the dunes at the edge of Denmark’s Jutland coastline, this summer house sits quietly amid the swaying Leymus grasses. Clad in weathered timber, from the outside it is more hut than home. Inside, its restrictive 54-square-metre footprint accommodates two families – Gitte and Peder Tang, their two children and Peder’s sister’s family – with a total of eight beds. This extreme feat of spatial ingenuity was achieved with the help of architect Sebastian Schroers, owner of design and architecture studio Ardess. Building regulations prevented extending the old house, so it was reinvented as a domestic ‘Swiss Army Knife’. The kitchen/living room is deliberately sparse: cupboards…

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3 min
slice of happiness

‘I HAD BEEN THINKING ABOUT THIS PROJECT FOR 40 YEARS. IT WAS NOT JUST MY DREAM, BUT THAT OF MY FATHER AND MY GRANDFATHER BEFORE THAT’ ‘THE CABIN’S DESIGN IS LIKE A NATIVE AMERICAN TEPEE – EVERYONE SITS AROUND THE FIREPLACE AT ITS HEART’ SMALL, BUT CLEVERLY DESIGNED WITH PLENTY OF BUILT-IN STORAGE, THIS UNIQUE HIDEAWAY CAN HOUSE UP TO 21 PEOPLE THIS RETREAT’S SLOPING GRASS ROOF MAKES IT ALMOST INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM THE RUGGED LANDSCAPE Out of the mist, a cabin appears on the bleak, rocky plateau of a Norwegian fjord. It is almost indistinguishable from the rugged landscape, but takes on form as one draws closer: a grassy sloping roof, weathered timber cladding and a drystone wall. It seems to have materialised from nowhere – there are no roads, no signs of human…