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Vacation Homes 116 Stories

A few summers back, interior designer Bridget McMullin found herself without access to a family beach house at the Jersey Shore for the first time in her life. “I was so bored on the weekends; I was sitting around twiddling my thumbs,” she says. Renting a house in the...
Houzz Tour: Sea Views and Sunshine on the French Riviera
Architect Frédérique Pyra’s clients gave her carte blanche to design a summer home on this long, narrow seaside lot on the French Riviera. The idea was to give her Parisian clients something contemporary, in neutral colors and with “natural yet...
Houzz Tour: A French Ski Chalet’s Dark Sophistication
Sitting on the main street in Val d’Isère, France’s noted Alpine resort, this spacious chalet is an avid skier’s dream. But a well-situated location is not the only string in this home’s bow. Its elegant design uses a mix of textural and contemporary...
Houzz Tour: Organic and Natural in an Island Cottage
Going all natural is part of everyday life for interior designer Carrie McCarthy. She always wears gray, eats mostly organic food and prefers soft, neutral colors in her home. “There’s really no separation from the way I dress, eat or create a home,”...
Houzz Tour: Traditional Chicory Kiln Becomes a Retreat for Two
Landscape architect Charles Anderson and his wife, Tiziana Launech, scoured Australia’s Phillip Island for years in search of a traditional chicory kiln they could transform into a unique vacation home. Chicory kilns — once used for drying chicory...
Houzz Tour: Roughing Up a Fancy Mountain Home
This opulent mountain home in North Carolina needed a good dressing down. Interior designer Pam McKay quickly learned that her clients were full of fun spirit and had eclectic taste and a great appreciation for local artwork. “They are an awesome couple...
Houzz Tour: Clean Lines and Whimsy in a Rustic Ski House
“It was dead, and we needed to bring it to life,” says Jennifer Prugh Visosky of this rustic ski house. Having sat empty for a few years before her clients bought it, the house was dark and dated. Visosky, of Grace...
Houzz Tour: Simplicity Rules in a Canadian Lake House
Spare and sleek don’t have to equal cold and stark. Although this family wanted a monochromatic minimalist aesthetic for their vacation home on Lake Simcoe in Canada, they also wanted comfort. Interior designer Shirley Meisels paid careful attention...
Houzz Tour: Scottish Farm Cottage Looks to Sun and Stars
Julie and George Nicolson, owners of a sheep farm in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, had originally thought they would put a mobile home on their land to rent out as a vacation home and boost their farm’s income. Julie approached designer Sam...
Houzz Tour: Moss-Covered Lakeside Cottage Now a Modern Marvel
In 1974, Chicagoan Chris Lonn bought a 1949 cottage with three friends in Harbert, Michigan, a small summer resort town on the southeastern shores of Lake Michigan. Over the years, they converted the garage into a third bedroom and another...
Houzz Tour: A Great Escape Hugs Cliff and Tree
If you’ve heard the expression “between a rock and a hard place,” you’ve heard a description of the location of this house. Strung along a cliff edge on beautiful Waiheke Island, a 40-minute ferry ride from the city of Auckland in New Zealand,...
Room of the Day: Refining the Rustic in a Log Home
While this ski-in, ski-out home in Steamboat, Colorado, was a great buy and had spectacular views, the owners were not particularly keen on the rustic log cabin look. Interior designer Lisa Kanning worked with them to tone down the heavy logs and make...
Houzz Tour: Playful Irreverence Meets Sophistication in Ibiza
Tim Weller wanted something a little more stylish than a typical whitewashed villa when he bought this vacation home on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. He imagined a contemporary home away from home that incorporated his love of vintage pieces...
Houzz Tour: A New Lake House Gets a Lived-in Look
When interior designer Sonya Kinkade first talked about this lake house with her clients, she asked what their primary residence was like, then took the project in a completely different...
Houzz Tour: Modern Meets Mountain in North Carolina
When this family of five flees their full-time home during steamy Florida summers, they are ready for some relaxed mountain time. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, their vacation home is all about gathering time for a family that...
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