Top 5 Homes of the Week With Cozy Nooks
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Top 5 Homes of the Week With Cozy Nooks

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By Samantha Daly
Snuggle up in these creative corners with a newspaper and a cup of coffee—and relax. Take a peek at our editor's favorite homes from the Dwell community that carved out stylish spaces.

Featured homes were submitted by members of the Dwell community through our Add a Home feature. Add your home to Dwell.com/homes today.

1. McClendon Residence

Two office spaces serve as private think tanks for the residents of McClendon Residence. For her, StudioMET Architects designed a nook near the kitchen with a sliding panel that subtly closes the space when necessary. His is a more traditional room-sized study, and an adjacent full bathroom allows it to be used as an overflow bedroom.

Architect: StudioMET Architects, Location: Houston, Texas

From the architect: "This modern home is situated on a corner lot in the heart of the city close to the Texas Medical Center. The simple geometric forms and strong horizontal lines are classic modern elements. Inside the home, an open floor plan utilizes screens and planes along with floor and ceiling level changes to delineate room divisions. Brick, natural woods, and warm colors were utilized to underscore the homeowners’ connection with nature. The couple who live here have no children, and he is a doctor in the medical center, so the location is super convenient. Before they moved into this home, they lived in a midcentury modern home that was flooded, so they wanted their new home to have some midcentury character."

2. Country Garden House

Olson Kundig's Country Garden House ekes out as much window space as possible. Gardens designed in collaboration with notable plantsman Dan Hinkley are visible from every room, and window walls in the living area allow the gardens to become a part of the home.

Architect: Olson Kundig, Location: Portland, Oregon

From the architect: "Situated to be in harmony with its lush landscape, this home built for a master gardener takes every opportunity to draw in views of the surrounding gardens and rolling hills, while also creating a warm and comfortable space suitable for a multi-generational family. The form of the reclaimed barnwood-clad house is reminiscent of a farm structure or even a greenhouse with its gridded glazing and pitched roof, and high windows at each end of the main volume flood the home with light. A green roof continues the home’s emphasis on integrating into its natural surroundings."

3. Clover Residence

A look at the colorfully-decorated living room of the Clover Residence, featuring a sunny window seat. The project by OFFICIAL Design was featured on the 2016 AIA Dallas Tour of Homes.

Architect: OFFICIAL Design, Location: Dallas, Texas

From the architect: "The Clover Residence is a renovation and addition to an existing house in the Midway Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. The owners requested a design that would bring light into an otherwise dark home. Our design shifts the kitchen and living space to open onto the backyard and adds a series of clerestory windows to bring light into the center of the house. The yard contains a long pool ideal for volleyball and lap swimming, as well as a small pool house."

4. Chilmark House

Schiller Projects designed and built many of the Chilmark House's freestanding furniture pieces. In the living area, the family dog reclines on an upholstered bench.

Design firm: Schiller Projects, Location: Chilmark, Massachusetts

From the design firm: "The Chilmark House project covers almost five acres of previously unbuilt land in the heart of the farming and artistic community that is ‘Up-Island’ Martha’s Vineyard. Architectural work was done in collaboration with Gray Organschi Architects out of New Haven, Connecticut. Based on a shared love of the dense aggregation of New England’s farm complexes, we sited the studio and the house barns tightly together, creating a charged outdoor space between them, which provides the approach to the house’s entrance. The ceilings in the public rooms lift to the high ridges, with dropped areas to create a sleeping loft high in the roof. The lower level consists of a series of bedrooms with shared spaces between that look into light wells, landscaped with local rocks and moss."


5. The House in Harutzim

Ravit Dvir Architecture and Design installed windows and kept furnishings scarce to open up The House in Harutzim. This cobalt blue bench offers a sweeping view of the inner courtyard.

Architect: Ravit Dvir Architecture, Location: Harutzim, Israel 

From the stylist: "In the township of Harutzim, on a long rectangular plot, Ravit Dvir Architecture planned and designed a house with a double central space with a green patio area at its heart. The owners sought to build a new and modernist house, including a slate roof. [The architect] designed the building using clean, clear, and simple lines, integrating materials such as wood, iron, light-colored plaster, and dark windows. These combined with the slate roof frame the exterior as if it was a picture looking inward to the house."


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