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Vacation Homes 113 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: 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...
Houzz Tour: A Modern Take on a Montana Log House
After designing a house in the scorching climate of Tucson, Arizona, without air conditioning, architect Arthur Andersson brought a similar concept to a much chillier region. “I said let’s do a house in Montana that doesn’t have any central...
Houzz Tour: This California Cabin Is a Family Affair
Only half-joking, Mela Breen says she suspects her mother and stepfather bought a rundown house near Truckee, California, to lure her family back to the Golden State. Breen and her husband, David Good, are the team behind Atmosphere...
Houzz Tour: A Connecticut Beach House Builds New Memories
Fond memories of childhood summers spent frolicking in a coastal Connecticut beach town convinced a California couple to want to re-create similar carefree days on the East Coast for their family. So they searched for the ideal retreat in a historic beach...
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