ARCHITECTURE: Hawaii Home by Olson Kundig Architects

Jealousy is an ugly human trait, the word itself insinuates negativity where as envy seems to be a more positive word with a similar connotation. That may seem a little out of the blue but the point is I am continuously envious of the beautiful designs out there and the creative geniuses behind them all… in a good way! My finds continuously inspire me to push myself, experiment and ultimately exceed expectations. So instead of being jealous of what others may have, be envious and let them inspire you.

On the same note one of my girlfriends was just vacationing in Hawaii, looking for a summer home.  I found myself to be quite envious, so I decided to research designs in Hawaii and I came across a home designed by one of my faves, Kundig. Olson Kundig Architects were given the challenge of constructing a highly functional and durable home that will weather the tropical storms and strong ocean winds.  Located close to a well-known surfing spot, Slaughterhouse Beach House expands the concept of a traditional surfing hut with three connected huts – general living quarters, guest suites, and a main sleeping area. The structure’s walls are constructed from rammed earth. In this process, different local earth-based mixtures are packed together, and the resulting striated layers are visible both inside and outside the building. The walls blend in with the surroundings, are low maintenance, virtually fireproof, and a strong barrier to sound. The roofs share a resemblance to sails and are designed in such a way to follow the patterns of the wind. The house design highlights the incredible view with ribbon windows extending along the vertical facades.  The windows are designed on a hydraulics system and when lifted the house forms more of an open concept pavilion exposed to the natural elements.

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INSPIRATION: Eclectic House Design

Ever since I started the blog I have been blown away by how supportive friends, family and other design lovers have been.  Just like anything else when you start something for the first time you have lots of questions and of course lots to learn.  I put myself out there and sent e-mails to some of my favourite blogs to ask how they got started and if they had any tips.  Honestly I didn’t think I would hear back from any but I thought what’s the harm. Within an hour I had a response from Scoutie Girl, my inspirational Guru. She gave me some very insightful advice and really took the time to share her experiences.  I also frequently have others sending me amazing links and educating me on what else is out there. That being said I really want to thank you all for sharing your passion with me and and don’t be afraid to reach out.. make requests, ask questions and let me know what you love!

Today’s post was sent to me by a dear friend who has awesome taste and an eye for eclectic design.  In case you don’t know what I mean by eclectic design since it is open to many different interpretations I will give you my own personal definition. Eclectic design to me means a well thought out combination of a variety of styles, patterns, colours, finishes, new and vintage pieces that harmonize when brought together.   Each piece is a staple and tells its own story but when combined compliment each other.  I honestly think it’s one of the most difficult styles to pull off and really requires an eye for it but when done right, the result has extraordinary character and human warmth.

Thanks Em.

Below you will see this 1970′s townhouse renovated by Swedish interior designer marie olsson nylander.

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