Last night I was laying in bed thinking about how badly I’d like to “get away”. I imagined sitting somewhere warm with a cool breeze, no sound but that of the birds singing and wind in the trees, a spot to sit and let my mind be calmed by the serenity of my surroundings. Then I grinned when I realized that in a month I will be here:
That’s the view from the porch of the cottage my boyfriend and I are renting for a week in August. And we will be a short drive or bike ride away from this:
It’s about as idealistic as it gets and we don’t even have to travel far! This is just three hours north on the coast of Lake Michigan in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Sleeping Bear Dunes is considered one of the most beautiful places in America. I have lived in Michigan my whole life yet never been there. I can barely contain my excitement. Not only will be there be no end to stunning natural beauty and charming locales, a week off is something both of us will really cherish.
I’m not sure why daydreaming about my impending vacation made me think about architecture and exterior design, but it seems to fit somehow. For folks like me part of the fun of traveling is seeing how other people live, and architecture is key.
This home is so beautiful! I love the gray, black, and white palette, and you can tell these homeowners get a lot of sunlight through those windows. Photographed by Laura Moss for New England Home via nicety.
Oh what loveliness. Sometimes weathered old surfaces are just perfect. Via buddha interiors.
I’m pretty enamored with this façade. I love houses with multiple peaks and varying levels, and the mix of siding materials works well too. By ML Interior Design.
I mean seriously. Dusty pink buildings can pretty much just count on winning my heart. It’s in France so of course it’s lovely. Photographed by Jose Villa via vmac+cheese.
The same goes for minty green buildings. With black shutters no less. Matchbook Magazine via My Favorite and My Best.
This is the sort of sweet, countryside, humble yet enchanting look I’m feeling right now. Which is your favorite? Photographed by Bob O’Connor for Boston Magazine.