Climbing Vines and Other Architectural Goodies

March 22, 2012

I work in a real estate office, so I get a lot of exposure to what the current market has to offer here in West Michigan. My mother (who is a Realtor) brought a new listing to my attention that is totally different from what you normally see in the area.

As she put it, it looks like it belongs in “the movies or California”. It’s certainly impressive. What do you think of the International style of architecture? International style is sort of a confusing term that refers to a type of Modern architecture. You can read up on it more on Wikipedia if you like. Personally, I find it a little cold and off-putting. That’s not to say I wouldn’t be totally dazzled by a visit to this place. If you feel so inclined, you can have this property for $750,000 (which is something like four or five times the average home price in the area).

After viewing that interesting home my mind wandered to architectural styles that I’m more fond of. Like so:

The point here is not so much the architecture itself as its beautiful surroundings. Love those blooming climbing vines. I don’t want a pool though. Except if I become so wealthy that I can pay someone to maintain it for me. Photographed by Joseph De Leo via desire to inspire.

I definitely like climbing vines. Blue shutters are nice too. The home of Isabel Lopez-Quesada, photographed by Sinon Watson for Architectural Digest.

Normally I vastly prefer homes with more interesting and varied roof and facade lines. The simple box with a gabled roof is usually a bit boring. But something about this is entrancing. It’s probably those dang climbing vines again. Located in the Netherlands, this place is called Castle Ter Horst. Photographed by carina 10 on Flickr, via first home.

Okay so this isn’t that impressive at first glance, but hear me out. This place used to be a cement factory. It was abandoned until architect Ricardo Bofill bought it in 1973 and transformed it into his home and work space. Look at that beautiful aged wood. It’s got so much character I can’t even stand it. I would just die to have a dinner party here. Read all about the home on Yatzer.

Modern meets Cottage. By Birdseye Design via Houzz.

Photographed by Marco Garcia for The New York Times.

Wow. I clearly have a real obsession on my hands here. I swear I did not mean to include so many photos with vines. In fact I’ve been slowly collecting these images over three months and these just happen to be what caught my eye. Via buddha interiors.

So so pretty! This is what I mean when I say I like interesting and varied roof lines. What do you think? Bo Bedre via nicety.

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  • Reply Mama March 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Love it love it love it.

  • Reply lizmedendorptranslations March 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I really want that house in Ada. Like bad. It’s perfect. All except for the unfortunate color of the cabinets.

    Of course, a cool 3/4 of a mill is just a wee bit out of my price range. Someone should buy it for me. Someone who really wants me back in West Michigan. Cause that’s probably the only way I would ever end up back there. ::hint:: ::hint::

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