As you may have noticed I have a thing for minimalism, frugalism, down-sizing, simplicity, etc. Recently I started to read blogs about people who successfully managed to simplify their life in many aspects. What I am really curious about is how to design and decorate a home that is simple and minimal, but looks warm and welcoming.
My ideal home
a) is low-maintenance
c) has a harmonious, visually pleasing decor which reflects its dwellers' personality
d) allows its dwellers to pursue all kinds of activites smoothly and comfortably
e) is welcoming and nurturing
f) has nothing that is not practical or does not have any emotional value for its dwellers
g) has a strong connection with the surrounding nature
I think this vacation home in Uruguay meets all of the above requirements.
It exists in symbiosis with nature and the architect managed to make the best use of its surrounding. Except for one guest bedroom each room has an amazing view of the ocean. The use of natural materials is a great idea to make a minimalist space look warm. In this case rough concrete walls are combined with wood surfaces and furniture. Hand-woven rugs and traditional textiles evoke a sense of simplicity. Nothing is too fancy or pretentious here (only the swimming pool, but it is a forgivable sin in my opinion) and yet the whole place looks sophisticated. This is a home that makes its dwellers calm, relaxed and happy. And that is the most a home can offer.
all photos by Horatio Paone for the New York Times are linked to their original source