This breathtaking tower of turquoise glass forming the glass lift and central atrium give a feeling of light and space in the unforgettable Villa O.
The stunning villa is situated in the South of France, in the Colla Blanche area of St. Jean Cap Ferrat.
A collection of small rooftop pools dot its many small terraces, like this one near the highest curved rooftop.
Others offer refreshing laps set into the steep rocky hillside far below.
As you approach up the private road from the sleek yachts of the marina and the pretty village, through the scented pine trees, your first vision of Villa O is unforgettable.
The villa overlooks the town and is just a short stroll to the beach, restaurants, boutiques and yacht harbour.
An old world magnificence marks the resort’s interiors.
Villa O has a colossal 13,455 sq feet of living space that includes a large open-plan kitchen, breakfast bar and dining area.
Surprisingly few are accommodated as guests within.
There are just four en-suite bedrooms plus a garden guest house with two more in the huge resort.
But all are treated like kings.
Old world luxury marks the interiors of the grand resort.
Firewood is neatly stacked to either side of an outdoor fireplace, while candles wait for evening in the rows of alcoves above.
But for all the unique spaces within, it is the stunning views outside that take center stage.
With commanding views over the bay and the twinkling harbour lights, this is a place with a near mythical quality.
Do tiny bathrooms have to be ugly? Somehow, it seems they always are. What’s necessary seems to overtake the aesthetic, and many of us with small bathrooms simply give up on style. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Style can be had! How? Let us count the ways:
1) Try out a stylish claw foot tub. Like the stand alone bathtub above and the old fashioned claw foot tub below, claw foot tubs are long on style and tend to take up less visual space. (And actual space too!)
2) Add a striking floor. A floor with a distinctive look can add personality and sizzle to a bland space, making you forget all about its diminutive size. Below, a geometric design adds a bit of a 70’s feel to this bathroom.
Black and white adds a fresh, funky feeling:
Pebble floors add personality and an organic, “spa feel” without overwhelming the eye:
Simple brick floors lend a clean industrial feel:
3) Opt for small-scale, cool fixtures.
Bold, black fixtures are like a beautiful punctuation mark at the end of a very compact sentence.
And here, a wall-mounted sink and toilet are great when you’re short on space but longing for style:
Just a sliver of a sink is functional and striking:
A contemporary wall-mounted toilet looks like a simple box:
4) Do something interesting with tile.
If you don’t have a whole lot of wall space to play with, a little slice of an interesting wall treatment goes a long, long way. Below, a small scale red tile is unexpected, eye-catching, and the perfect touch, adding just the right amount of color.
And more here:
Below, a tiled tub surround adds just the right touch of color and interest:
Here, classic marble goes contemporary. A basin, stand alone tub and wall-mounted sink help to extend the small bathroom’s spacious feel:
Sometimes, all it takes is a vacation to reach an epiphany. For many of us, summer is that opportunity. We take camping trips, rent a beach house, take an RV out on the open road, or shack up with friends and family by the lake. And more often than not, we’re confronted with tight and tiny little kitchens that require we cook and clean communally. For some of us, it is a grand revelation of something we had never believed to be true until we experienced it: cooking in a tiny kitchen can actually be easier and more fun than cooking in one the size of a soccer field. So as a paen to the small kitchen, we thought we’d take a look at a few of the most efficient designs we’ve run across.
San Francisco is home to many a tiny kitchen, and below, we’ve stumbled across one (above and below) that still manages to feel airy and modern. The 1912 kitchen reimagined by Steve Justrich manages to pack in style and efficiency in just 90 square feet. Justrich managed to get everything in by implementing a few tricks: 1) Above, he keeps the refrigerator flush mounted to open up floor space. 2) Below, a tiny dishwasher cleans up a day’s worth of dishes. 3) He also designed a built-in cutting board and strainer which expands counterspace.
Part of the design includes deep, pull-out drawers that are deep enough to hold pantry items.
Keeping shelves wide open helps create the illusion of spaciousness.
Even smaller than the kitchen above is this little kitchenette situated in a 260 square foot Spanish apartment. The “kitchen” hidden behind panels in the wall is built to integrate with the rest of the apartment and is smartly efficient when in use, and good-looking too.
Believe it or not, this kitchen includes a dishwasher, electric stovetop, a fridge and freezer, a sink and a microwave all on one small wall. After meals, everything gets put right back into its hidden panel. Check out the hidden refrigerator:
Finally, a Bratislava kitchen below shows that small can be beautiful, not just utilitarian.
An electric bright blue provides a fresh feeling without feeling overdone. Things are kept efficient with an electric stove top and an oven set flush into the cabinetry. Here’s more:
Everything that’s needed is within hands reach, and the whitewashed brick, wooden open shelving unit and beamed ceiling provide character and Old World charm.
Next up, this New York kitchen proves that you can have slick polish in a tiny space too. Appliances are high end, countertops are kept clear, and details like the sliding red panel add just a bit of snap.
So what’s the takeaway if you’re considering designing a small kitchen?
- Utilize compact built-ins that are high on style but use less space.
- Keep all appliances flush-mounted when possible, and choose smaller styles.
- Consider open shelving to help a small space feel open.
- Keep countertops clutter free for an airy feel.
- Use color in unexpected ways. It will help provide focus and a pulled-together feel.
- If you can afford to, go high-end on appliances. What your kitchen lacks in space it will make up for in quality.