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It’s that time of year. You’re probably starting to think a vacation somewhere warm sounds pretty good right about now. Well, we hear you. That’s why we want to share these incredibly beautiful photographs, to send you on a virtual vacation to the magical mists of Kauai, where photographer Jess Bianchi documented the construction of The Kauai Cottage, an off-the-grid Hawaiian hideaway.

Built and designed by San Francisco artist and surfer Jay Nelson, the philosophy behind the project was to encourage residents of the cabin to “live simply and small and only use what you need,” according to Jess. “In a time of excess when everyone seems to be building bigger and higher, we wanted to experiment with a simpler kind of living.” And at only 200 square feet, it is certainly less living space than most people are used to. But the detail and care that went into crafting the reclaimed redwood structure is evident in every inch, and the natural beauty surrounding the structure is truly inspiring. Plus there’s no TV to distract or take you out of the moment, and you can pick fruit right off the front porch! Isn’t that pretty much the definition of paradise?

If this sounds like a place you need to visit for real, and not just look at on the internet, we have good news: the owners are currently discussing the possibility of opening the cottage to the public in the near future, and have plans to add solar panels, a garden, and possibly build another structure on the property. Until then, take a look at the photos below and drift away on an imagination vacation. Aloha!



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Source: Jess Bianchi

We love Househappy’s home state of Oregon and we love Design*Sponge, so when we saw that they did a roundup of the state’s best homes, you can bet we were excited. Many of the homes that made the list are in Portland, too, so we’re definitely a little envious of these digs.

Source: Design*Sponge

Orla Kiely’s iconic “Stem” pattern pops up everywhere—on her collaborations with companies like Method and Clarks, her own clothing line, and a seemingly endless array of knockoffs.

So we were excited to see how her 1960’s aesthetic would translate to her Victorian home in London in Dwell. A perfect match, the designer’s colorful prints accent midcentury modern furnishings in an easeful way.

Check out the rest of the house in Dwell’s slideshow.

Images: Chris Tubbs for Dwell

When her friend began purchasing and renovating large homes, photographer Heather Weston found herself bemoaning the tiny 450-square-foot apartment that she shares with her husband, daughter, and their cats in New York City. So she channeled what could have been negative energy into a creative pursuit.

Heather spent the next 52 weeks photographing families in New York City and Washington, D.C., documenting the different ways that we occupy the spaces that we call home. (You can see more of the series on her blog.)

The perfect antidote to keeping up with the Joneses.

Images: © Heather Watson

Source: Huffington Post

We love seeing our hometown featured on our favorite design blogs. So we were stoked to find the home of Leah Verwey and Rob Simonsen on Design Sponge!

Leah is a photographer and Rob works at A to Z Media. They live together with their dog Tallulah in a sunny house filled with quirky artwork, estate sale finds, and unique pieces from local designers such as Caravan Pacific and Artemisia.

Warm woods, wool blankets, and the prettiest recycling/compost bins we’ve ever seen—Portland at its best.

Elsa Lepeu is the cofounder of Zoobeetle, an e-tailer she started with her sister Johanna. The sisters created the Paris-based website after realizing that there wasn’t a place to find the unique items they discover during their travels. Each item tells a story—of a craft, an artisan, a culture.

Her apartment in Paris is filled with a mix of flea market finds, Ikea furniture, and treasures scored from around the world. Tall windows, eclectic artwork, and pattern play make this one of our favorite spaces. (And inspires more than a little wanderlust.)

Photos: The Socialite Family

Alyson Fox is a favorite ’round these parts. We’ve followed the designer/artist since Grace Bonney first published her creepy-cool illustrations on Design Sponge in the mid-2000s. Since then, we’ve coveted her collaborations with everyone from West Elm to Fox + Yates.

We were thrilled to see her Austin home featured on the German online magazine Freunde von Freunden. The wide windows, splashes of saturated color, and geometric elements all speak to Alyson’s singular aesthetic.

Photos: FvF