In the eclectic farmhouse architect Lucy Marston built for her family in Suffolk, England, she balanced off-the-shelf pieces, such as a velvet-covered sofa from sofa.com, with customized key elements, like the kitchen. The refrigerator is from Fisher & Paykel, and the tiles are from Topps Tiles.
Cerebral architect Matali Crasset turned a stone farmhouse into a flexible, open environment for a Parisian jewelry designer and her many houseguests. In the color-drenched living room, ottomans by Matali Crasset for Domodinamica—originally designed for a hotel in Nice, France—are mixed with a white Pipistrello floor lamp by Gae Aulenti for Martinelli. The red table is a vintage find.
Canada's Magdalen Islands offer a seaside retreat to landlocked Quebecers, two of whom have turned the local vernacular on its oreille with a winsome vacation home. "We wanted something lively for the house, something spectacular but not vulgar," says resident Yves Bériault of the blue hue of the modest 1,690-square-foot house.
On six acres of fertile land in the heart of rural Iowa, Geoff and Joanna Mouming mix modern home design with a traditional way of life. In the kitchen, stairs lead to a loft office where Joanna works, perched beside a colorful quilt made by her great-grandmother.
From the bones of a neglected farmstead in rural Scotland emerged this low-impact, solar-powered home. The bottom floor contains the kitchen and the dining area; the lounge is upstairs. The cabinets are from Ikea, as are the table and chairs, and the child’s Tripp Trapp chair is from Stokke.