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Resort-Like Dream Home in Mallorca

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This luxury villa with breathtaking sea views can be found in Port Andratx, on Majorca, Spain.

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An outdoor sink bench for barbecuing is solid stone.

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The warm tones of the terracotta roof tiles pick up the earthy palette from the local rocks.

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The house is in the traditions of the region.

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The stunning pool overlooking the sea is the height of luxury.

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There is a gorgeous bathtub for a blissful soak.

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And at day’s end, a good night’s sleep can be had here.

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A dream home – and all yours for $4.9 million, natch.

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The Squeaky Clean Glass House by a Lake

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An intriguing box of glass centers the House at a Lake by Belgian studio BBSC Architects.

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Sited in mol, Belgium, the house has a cool clear clarity.

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Two stories of glazing bring a light airy feeling into the space.

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This house feels as if it is outdoors.

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It is the effect of the sunlight and the shadows of the slim tree branches unobstructed through the giant windows.

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Sunlight is interupted by the enormous fireplace that stretches to the ceiling two floors up.

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Above the large open living space is a cozy movie room.

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From here one can see the water outside from a great height.

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A grey weathered wood deck contrasts with the high glass walls.

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The Glass House by the Lake is the epitome of freshness.

Even the fire pit looks clean.

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Beautifully Restored Old Country House in Spain

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The classical proportions of antiquity inform the design of this lovely old Spanish Country House.

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The sense of proportion is derived from the classical architecture of ancient Rome.

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The plan shows that the modular design is nearly all courtyard.

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At just 15 kilometers from the sea, it has a Mediterranean flavor.

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It is set on 1,200 acres of hunting reserve land in the Sierra de Aitana, north of the province of Alicante.

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The old country house has been restored and enlarged for use and enjoyment of the owning family and their guests.

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The comfort of the old building continues through time.

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From the outside, the old beauty is retained.

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Yet inside, it is subtly modernized and made useful for this large extended family groups to enjoy.

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The design is by the architect, down to the smallest detail.

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The existing buildings have the original natural stone cladding, while the new construction has been coated with white cement mortar.

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This way, the new white cement columns and porches are not trying to ape the old stone structure but complement it.

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But the new is modular and organized on a grid, like the plan.

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The second floor is devoted exclusively to games and includes a large communal bedroom for nine children.

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On this upper floor, a wide open loft style kitchen makes the most radical departure from the poky little spaces of the past.

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The very charming restoration is by Hernández Arquitectos in Alicante, Spain.

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Spartan Courtyard House in Quinta Do Carvalheiro

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This residence in Quinta Do Carvalheiro is designed by GSMM Architetti in São Francisco da Serra, Portugal.

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The megalith-like structure has a mysterious hole in the middle that invites investigation.

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In several sides, there is a similar gap in the simple windowless facades.

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From inside, these gaps serve to focus attention on the surrounding views.

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The elemental shapes created by these spaces have a gentle sweetness and purity.

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By contrast with the blank exteriors, the interior courtyard space is open and transparent.

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The living spaces are organized in a single floor around the large square patio in its center.

In this balmy climate, rooms are open to the sky.

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The simplest and most invisible of industrial materials are used throughout.

Indoors and out, floors are concrete, and painted wire mesh screens in doorways.

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The interiors have a spartan simplicity, and materials chosen that stand up to year round outdoor living.

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The bold new construction is a surprise set within a forest of cork trees in the Serra de Grandola.

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Altogether, it is a home with a minimalist aesthetic that brings a serenity and peace to its pleasant forested spot in Portugal.

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Design Dilemma: Dining in the Living Room

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In today’s condensed homes, a room set aside as a dedicated dining room is a rare, rare thing. Instead, those of us living in more recently built homes are often living in spaces with a combined living room/ dining room. A typical configuration is something like the dining rooms below:

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If you have that amount of space for a dining area, it’s great, but there are also a group of us (those in small condos and apartments) who don’t even have that. In that case, carving out a comfortable dining niche that allows for dinner parties while not taking too much space away from real life can be a challenge. So here are a few ideas:

Banquette as Dining Area

Sometimes, the most space efficient way to incorporate dining right into the living room can be to build a banquette that can function as both dining seating but also regular seating just for talking or working at the computer. For instance:

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Or this:

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Or this:

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In the examples above, sofa-like seating or occasional chairs have been utilized as dining seating. The brilliant thing is that most of the time they serve as seating in the living room, so no space is wasted.

A Dining Room Height Cafe-Style Table

Sometimes, the solution lies in using a dining room height table as a “coffee table.” It allows the living room to also serve as a dining space in great style:

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Or this:

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Or this:

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Finally, there’s a third way to handle this problem:

A Convertible Coffee Table

This is one of our favorite ways to handle the lack of a dining room. Most of the time, a living room functions as a normal living room with a conversation that includes a couch and occasional seating.

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This Calligaris Magic-J table can go from coffee table to dining table in just a few seconds. The mechanism lifts the table to dining height, and the extensions allow 6-8 people to sit around it comfortably. You can even leave the extensions open at coffee table height for more surface area.

Here’s what it looks like as a dining table:

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So you see, if you love to entertain, the lack of a dining room does not have to become an insurmountable problem.  A little creative thinking will allow you to enjoy your living space to the fullest!