The primary interior note in a coastal home designed by Australian architect John Wardle is blackbutt eucalyptus, which is used to line the walls, ceilings, and shown here, the kitchen cabinets. Wardle’s firm designed the end-grain butcher’s block, which serves as an end-of-day gathering point where their kitchen meets the dining area. Photo by Sean Fennessy.
Architect José Roberto Paredes eliminated walls and incorporated a series of interior gardens for this El Salvador beach house. In the kitchen, rough-hewn materials like a eucalyptus-log-and-thatch roof offset the monolithic concrete island and glossy subway tile backsplash. Claudia & Harry Washington built the vivid wooden sliding walls. Photo by Jason Bax.
Architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece. For the dining area, which segues into a living room, HAL Tube and Sledge chairs by Jasper Morrison for Vitra are arranged around an Extesso dining table by Neo Katoikein. A George Nelson Eye Clock sits on the cantilevered shelving by Pafos, a furniture company based in Oinofyta, Greece, which also constructed the built-in cabinets in the living room. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
A serene bathroom was carved out of an old schoolhouse near Amsterdam for a forward-thinking couple and their three kids. Amending the owner's early request for an open bathroom space, the architects devised a more private chamber with an overhead skylight and walls in stone tile from Intercodam Tegels. Photo by Kasia Gatkowska.
An open-plan living room and kitchen is appropriate for this getaway home designed by architect Gert Wingårdh in Sweden. Duplex bar stools by Javier Mariscal add a touch of whimsy, and a Mamma Cloud chandelier by Frank Gehry hangs above a La Basilica table by Mario Bellini. Photo by James Silverman.
A green renovation turned a Scottish farmhouse into an energy-efficient, solar-powered family home. A Woolly Pocket planter hangs on the steel beam above a polished-concrete floor warmed by radiant heat. Photo by Andrew Meredith.