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ELLE Decoration Country No. 9

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.

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
R 165,73

in this issue

5 min

With the rapid spread of urbanisation, more and more designers are working to bring nature into our lives, and one is architect Spencer Fung. From handmade furniture to interiors using materials such as carved wood and hewn stone, his projects are fuelled by a commitment to the British countryside and the artisans whose craft it fosters. We asked him to tell us more about the materials and makers that inspire him For many of my projects, nature is the ultimate inspiration. I always observe the landscape, the orientation of the building and the way that the light changes around the site throughout the day. I like to use materials that are sourced locally so that my buildings feel in harmony with their environment. Wherever I go, I sketch and draw. This…

1 min
young at heart

‘WE ARE DRAWN TO THE VIEWS DOWN THE GLEN AND WILL HAPPILY SIT GAZING AT THE SHEEP THROUGH THE WINDOWS’‘WE KEEP THE DÉCOR MODERN BY EXERCISING RESTRAINT WHEN BUYING ITEMS ON OUR TRAVELS’ Flanked by rolling hills and overlooked only by passing sheep, this ruined mill on the Scottish borders is the perfect holiday retreat for journalist Malika Browne, her husband and their three young children – Mungo, Aubrey and Constantine. Built around the 1850s, and a working farm for many years, the property was in a state of disrepair when Malika was tipped off by family members who live nearby that it was up for sale. Loathe to knock down its thick dry-stone walls, Malika instead turned to WT Architecture to devise a clever solution. The roof of the mill was…

1 min
pyramid scheme

HIGH, SLOPING CEILINGS, TRIANGULAR GLASS WINDOWS AND WARM WOOD VENEER DOMINATE THE INTERIORTHE PINE STAIR RAILING PROVIDES A STYLISH CONTRAST TO CUSTOMISED CONCRETE WALLS, WHILE THE GLASS ROOF LETS IN AMPLE LIGHTFURNISHED WITH A MIX OF OLD AND NEW, THE BEDROOMS ARE SPARSELY DECORATED TO EMPHASISE THE HOME’S UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE Clad in black steel that sweeps all the way to the ground, this extraordinary bolthole is a striking addition to the traditional summer cottages on the Danish island of Lolland. Architect Flemming Skude designed this completely unique holiday home from scratch and refers to the 79-square-metre abode as his ‘Heaven House’. From one angle, it could be likened to the side of a ship; from another, it looks like a tent or a pyramid. Flemming’s design reflects his opinion that ‘architecture is…

1 min
geometry lesson

‘WE WANTED TO PRESERVE THE SOUL OF THE HOUSE – ESPECIALLY ITS COMBINATION OF GREAT DESIGN AND PLAYFULNESS’‘WE CHANGE LIVING ROOMS WITH THE SEASONS; WE MAINLY USE THE SITTING PIT IN THE COLDER MONTHS’‘ARCHITECT GERT BOON’S AESTHETIC IS PARTICULARLY REFLECTED IN THE TURNED-SQU ARE WINDOW: ONE CORNER INSIDE AND ONE OUTSIDE’ Architect Gert Boon designed this quirky country house in the Dutch village of Broek in Waterland in 1965. He was an advocate of Structuralism,andhis style favoured the use of strong lines and shapes. ‘He loved playing around with squares,’ says the home’s current owner, Rene Mesman. ‘A good example of his aesthetic in the house is the turned-square window: one corner inside and one corner outside.’ Rene, a photographer, lives here with his partner Wendy Lek, a denim and accessories…

1 min
design for life

‘THE MATERIALS IN THE HOUSE ARE WONDERFUL AND HAVE BECOME BETTER WITH AGE’EACH ROOM IS BATHED IN DAPPLED SUNLIGHT FROM THE WIDE STRIP WINDOWS Bertel Udsen was a Danish architect famous for designing Modernist homes that combined relatively small floor plans with space-saving open-plan interiors. He designed this 120-square-metre house for himself in the 1950s and it’s where he lived up until the early 1990s. Today it is the home and studio of photographer Martin Kaufmann and his girlfriend Mette Juulsgaard. The interior of the two-bedroom abode has changed little since 1956. Visitors step through the front door into a single open space comprising the kitchen, dining area and living room – all of which are bathed in daylight from long strip windows and floor-to-ceiling panes of glass. ‘We have been surprised…

1 min
modern sensibilities

SCULPTURAL ITEMS SUCH AS A TOM DIXON LIGHT ARE BOTH FUNCTIONAL AND STRIKINGGENTLE CURVES AND SOFT TEXTURES BRING A HOMELY FEEL TO THE DINING ROOMA BLACK LIMES TONE FLOOR CREATES A GRAPHIC CONTRAST TO THE KITCHEN’S WHITE-TILED WALLS Built during the 1600s, this restored historic residence near Copenhagen is home to Ida Linea and her husband Rasmus Hildebrand; the duo behind Danish design brand Friends & Founders. The couple discovered the house five years ago while searching for a larger family home outside the city. Moving from Copenhagen to this 330-square-metre property presented new design challenges and opportunities that Ida and Rasmus were quick to seize. ‘We needed to adapt the house for modern life,’ says Ida. Substantial renovations were required to restore the building to its former glory, and the couple…