Friday, August 19, 2011

Minimalism and Clutter-Free - I Get It

I have been driving for about two hours, Mon through Fri for the past two weeks to take one child to and from camp. She loves this camp at Teatown Reservation in the Ossining/Yorktown region of Westchester County, NY, with all their adventurous, outdoorsy activities.

As a result, I have had two hours less to my hectic schedule. I had planned to "reveal" more pictures of my house but that will have to wait until next week. Maybe. Instead, I decided to share pictures of this amazingly designed home by British architect, John Pawson.

The design involves two slim, cantilevered boxes one over the other. Another level, partially hidden, was built below ground.

View of the Pacific from the top, play area at lowest level. A stark exterior, but I was intrigued - this home was built for a family with two kids.

Random-width oak floors within this double-height dining room and through rest of house...

Night-time views from dining room. Custom furniture. This is someone's home!

Dining table with cove-light effect. The oak flooring is magnificent.

 Oak cabinetry in kitchen.

 The family room.

The study.

I could read a book or two in a space with a view such as this. (I think I would probably feel compelled to line these walls with bookshelves, too).

Serene bedroom. Yes, I could relax here.

Minimalist master bathroom.

Outdoor shower, hot tub and fire pit.

 I will let the next two pictures speak for themselves.

Images and further details via

So, what do you think? Could you live here? There is inspiration in these pictures. This is a minimalist, clutter-free house with hidden storage solutions. This house is home to a family with two kids. There is a warmth to the interior with the wood and the sophisticated, strategic lighting and of course, the natural light. I could live here. I would have to add some pops of color in places, though. Even though I do love color and personally I would need artwork, books, some of my favored items out to enjoy, I do get this house. There is a sense of serenity and balance. I certainly admire the creativity that went into this collaboration - the architect, the landscape designer and the interior designer. It would be interesting (and challenging to some extent) to live like this. What do you think?

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