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ELLE Decoration Country No. 10

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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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hearst Magazines UK
Frequency:
Biannually
R 165,73

in this issue

1 min
welcome

In this volume of our beautiful Country book, we explore the joys of living in the countryside through the experiences of 15 homeowners – each fortunate enough to reside in a unique and inspirational home. As they have discovered, spring/summer is the most magical time to be amongst nature. So, I will leave you with the words of my personal country champion, Charlotte Brontë – who, in her novel Jane Eyre, captures the feeling it evokes ‘A BRIGHT SERENE MAY IT WAS ; DAYS OF BLUE SKY, PLACID SUNSHINE, AND SOFT WESTERN OR SOUTHERN GALES FILLED UP ITS DURATION. AND NOW VEGETATION MATURED WITH VIGOUR; LOWOOD SHOOK LOOSE ITS TRESSES ; IT BECAME ALL GREEN, ALL FLOWERY; ITS GREAT ELM, ASH, AND OAK SKELETONS WERE RESTORED TO MAJE S TIC LIFE……

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9 min
diary of a renovation piet hein eek

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT It was during a visit to Château de Mavaleix to see friends that my wife Jeanine and I first saw the watermill. I wanted to buy it immediately – ruins had been a great love of mine since I was small. Unfortunately, its owner Willem did not want to part with his piece of land, so each time that we returned to Château de Mavaleix for the summer I reminded him that the mill should really be mine. Eventually, he allowed me to buy it – the hotel, restaurant and gîte at the château already consumed all of his resources. We agreed that he would take care of the permits and construction supervision. His own experience of restoration and his local knowledge was useful when it came to…

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2 min
greener pastures

THE PROPERTY FACES SOUTH TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE UNINTERRUPTED VIEWS ACROSS THE FIELDSRAW MATERIALS SUCH AS HANDMADE SUFFOLK BRICKS AND GREEN OAK ARE FUSED WITH MODERN LAMINATE AND STEELFEATURING SLIDING GLASS DOORS AND SHELTERED COURTYARDS , THE HOUSE ADAPTS EFFORTLESSLY TO INDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVINGTHE TERRACES ARE FURNISHED AS BEAUTIFULLY AS THE INTERIOR, WITH MODERN FURNITURE BY KETTALINSIDE, THE OPEN-PLAN LAYOUT CONNECTS THREE OAK-CLAD GLASS -WALLED LIVING SPACES TOGETHER‘BOMA’ SOFAS BY RODOLFO DORDONI FOR KETTAL INVITE GUESTS TO RECLINE BY THE POOL AND ENJOY THE VIEWS An unusual combination of existing farm buildings and new Modernist enclosures, Wood Farm in Suffolk is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that stretches as far as the eye can see. London architecture practice Studio RHE’s brief was to create a rigorously contemporary…

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1 min
tuscan treasure reborn

FROM RICH GOLD ACCENTS TO STATEMENT LIGHTING, THE FURNISHINGS ARE DARINGLY CONTEMPORARYDESIGNS BY GAM FRATESI AND ROLL & HILL BRING THIS ANCIENT PROPERTY BANG UP TO DATEROUGH-HEWN WOOD AND STONE WORKTOPS CONTRAST WITH STAINLESS STEEL AND HINTS OF REDTHE WOOD FLOORS AND LIMEWASHED WALLS ARE JUXTA POSED WITH METALLIC PIECES FOR A LUXURIOUS FINISH Perched amongst the ancient orchards in Travalle, a Tuscan village situated near Florence, Podere Bussolaio is a 15th-century farmhouse with a difference. The 700-square-metre estate belongs to two sisters, Claudia and Elisa, who embarked on a four-year renovation, undertaken by architecture firm B-Arch, transforming the historical property into two very modern family homes. The challenge of the project was to respect the building’s Tuscan architecture without being restrained by it. In Elisa’s section of the farmhouse, where she…

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1 min
beyond the horizon

THE LIGHT, AIRY LIVING ROOM IS FRAMED BY WINDOWS THAT CONNECT IT TO ITS LAKESIDE SETTING‘WE WERE STUNNED WHEN WE FIRST SAW THE HOUSE. EVERYTHING WAS NEW TO US, AND YET WE ALREADY FELT AT HOME’SLIDING WOODEN DOORS AND A FOXED MIRROR HEADBOARD BRING SOFTNESS AND TEXTURE TO THE MAIN BEDROOM Perched on the hills above Lake Bracciano, in the historic Italian village of Trevignano Romano, this poolside villa is unexpectedly modern, with airy rooms and concrete surfaces. Its owners are from Moscow: Andrey works in advertising and his wife Dasha is an art manager. This is their second home, where they spend quality time with their daughter Sasha and her grandfather. The striking interior was created for them by designer Hanne Lise Poli. The couple immediately fell in love with her…

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2 min
halfway to heaven

BUREAUX.CO.ZAMAKE YOUR WAY THROUGH THE MEADOW AND THE HOUSE APPEARS LIKE A SCREEN ACROSS THE HORIZONHOMEOWNER JULIAN TREGER IS A COLLECTOR OF ART AND DESIGN, WITH HIS HOME THE PERFECT GALLERY SPACEMODERNIST PIECES, LIKE PIERRE JEANNERET’S ICONIC ‘CHANDIGARH’ CHAIRS, ARE MIXED WITH RUSTIC COWHIDESTHE PRISTINE WHITE WALLS AND SLATE FLOORS ARE DELIBERATELY MONASTIC‘ON OCCASION, WHEN YOU WAKE UP, THE CLOUD LEVEL IS BELOW THE HOUSE’‘AS YOU WORK YOUR WAY TOWARDS THE DECK AT THE FRONT, THE VIEW JUST EXPANDS AND BLOWS YOUR MIND’ Arriving at this house you make your way through a meadow of waving grasses, with the building’s Modernist exterior sitting ahead of you on the horizon like a screen, obscuring the clifftop vistas across South Africa’s Plettenberg Bay – they are reserved for those who venture inside. This…

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