The property was designed and built by Yankee Barn Homes in 2016 for a client who wanted to get away from it all. As soon as they turn off the main road and follow the driveway past a canopy of trees, the owner will finally feel at ease.
Stacked stone steps lead to a charming, arched front door that gains entrance to this Mediterranean-inspired home's fairy tale-esque courtyard. Whimsical house numbers and lush, casual plantings add to the home's rustic and welcoming vibe.
The overall formal theme of the private estate is reflected in all the landscape spaces, plantings and materials used for the hardscapes. Stone urns are centered in geometric plantings of hedges, while a stone walkway leads to the grand entryway of the house.
Go big and stay home: That’s basically Sonal Patel-Cochran’s motto. “I’ve always gravitated toward more of everything in a house—more color, more pattern, more texture,” she says. “It makes doing simple things like hanging out on the couch feel kind of adventurous.” So when she and her husband, Russell Cochran, bought their five-bedroom house in Atlanta, GA—a major upgrade from their two-bedroom condo—Sonal was raring to deck it out with statement decor inspired by her passion for travel. For starters, she had all the trim painted dark and medium grays. “Since lighting also sets the tone of a room, we put in big, eye-catching kinds,” she says. The couple turned to designer Lisa Gabrielson for a hand with the furnishings, requesting unexpected shapes, not-shy patterns, and funky textures with global flair. It’s a mix that manages to feel both worldly and cozy. Says Sonal, “People walk into our house and go, whoa. That’s how I like it!”
The brainchild of wellness entrepreneur Danny Seo, the Naturally House was designed by Steve Dray and Cecilia Winston and built by Lucas Barry. The stunning interiors were designed by Rebecca Cartwright, who also purchased the home. Built on the New Urbanist, walkable, organic farm-centered Serenbe community south of Atlanta, the Naturally House is constructed with vertical cedar woodplanks and uses the Japanese preservation technique of shou sugi ban in which wood is charred to make it waterproof.
The River Bank House sits along the Gallatin River just outside Big Sky, Mont. The house is designed to capture the best views of the river and create a protected entry courtyard. A glass front doors allows a peek of the beautiful contemporary design inside.
To enter the beautiful desert oasis in the front of this house, guests walk up a flagstone path lined with indigenous desert plants, connecting this landscape design with the home's natural surroundings.
Surrounded by dark wood panelling, which differentiates this space from the rest of the house, a desk and chair combine to establish a comfortable home office. Below, two stylish bohemian rugs add color to the room and help create an eclectic look.
Surrounded by large, majestic trees, this grandiose house is reminiscent of the elegant antebellum homes of the Old South. The elevated ceilings of the wraparound porch give the home an open vibe, while the two dormers on the roof make the home appear as if it is looking out over the property. This elegance and charm are two things that make this home stand out among its neighbors.
The welcoming cottage garden in front of a cape-style home uses a successful mix of colorful plants in a variety of heights and textures. The homes edges are softened with the use of climbing plants, and weathered wood features are continued through the garden to continue the hardscape palette throughout and create a cohesive design.
A set of brick walkways leads from the driveway to the main house and the mother-in-law wing. The walkways are spaced so that they could accommodate a car without harming the home's landscaping and would provide access to a carport space between the main house and the mother-in-law wing.
Give each guest a pastry bag filled with icing to use as mortar for their holiday home. Or, simply put out a few bowls filled with frosting so that the guests can spread it on with a knife. Kids may need a little help with this part; parents can frost while kids attach the candy.