architecture and design


Looking to move into a new house (new meaning a dump that I will do up!) early in the new year, the style that will ultimately be adopted has been distilled over a lot of years to arrive at what I would call my quintessential style which is tropical, or more accurately, tropical minimalism. It might also be called a Plantation or Caribbean aesthetic perhaps, yet both of those terms overstate the look; both are at once too formal and complicated for my taste.

I think living in the tropics drives a desire for simplicity because heat is both energy sapping and it can be oppressive in the house if not countered effectively.  So it has to be open, light and simple so that the focus is always on lifestyle and yet for me who loves most aesthetics, it has to be a scheme with extra texture.  So texture via cushions, rugs, different timber both in furniture and construction, plants and of course, art.

One thing is certain, style is unique and personal, but often being certain of the look you strongly identify with takes time to arrive at; that’s fine, lasting things always require time to engender – in the interim looking and researching is all the fun!


Secret Houses of the Cotswolds: Jeremy Musson, Hugo Rittson Thomas

Houses of the Cotswolds is a private tour of 20 of the most beguiling castles, estates, palaces and manor houses in this much-loved region including Asthall Manor, Broughton Castle, Stanway, Sudeley Castle and Hilles House.

english houses
tropical architecture
Modern Tropical: Byron Hawes, Oscar Riera Ojeda

Contemporary tropical residential architecture has risen from a geographically specific home grown aesthetic to a source of inspiration for the world’s great modern architects and designers.

This book presents some of the most innovative interpretations of the genre from the past five years by internationally recognized architects and interior decorators, such as Tadao Ando, as well the work of young up-and-comers of great talent, including German-born, Bali-based Alexis Dornier, and Mexico’s Roof Arquitectos. Selected residences span the globe, from the southern United States, the Caribbean, and tropical regions of Latin America, to Southeast Asia, northern Australasia, and Africa.

Interior Design Close Up: Dominic Bradbury, Richard Powers

Arranged into ten distinct chapters, each one concentrating upon a specific interior style or theme, this book is a style bible for anyone interested in design and the home.

interior design ideas
[wpproads id=”5336″ center=”1″]
country interior styling
Nora Murphy’s Country House Style: Nora Murphy, Duanne Simon, Deborah Golden

Nora Murphy has turned her passion for country house style and its embodiment—her own home in Newtown, Connecticut—into a multimedia juggernaut. Her blog, website, e-magazine, strong presence on social media, and increasing visibility in print media and on TV have earned her a devoted following all over the country. Now she has distilled the essence of her knowledge about country house style and how to achieve it in this irresistible volume. Five homes, each of which expresses a unique take on the style, are featured. Part primer, part wish book, Nora Murphy’s Country House Style is all inspiration.

100 Interiors Around the World: Taschen  

Making stops in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, this edition rounds up some of today’s most exceptional and inspiring interiors across six continents. From rustic minimalism to urbane eclecticism, the selection celebrates a global spectrum of styles, united by authenticity, a love of detail, and a zest for individual expression that will never go out of fashion.

Includes interiors in Argentina, Brasil, Cuba, Denmark, France, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK, the USA, and many more countries.

international interiors
emotional interior design
Home With Soul: Designing with Heart: Orly Robinzon, Limor Zomer, Shy Adam

Sumptuously illustrated with photographs and room schemes that are bound to inspire, The Emotional Home is the definitive interior design guide from renowned designer, Orly Robinzon. Offering invaluable advice on creating beautiful aesthetic spaces for making a home, home, Robinzon shares her inspirational tips and advice to help you with your next home-decorating project, however big or small in scale, to ensure it is functional, beautifully designed, and provides an interior that blends seamlessly with any landscape or outdoor environment, and which suits the way you live. Robinzon provides expert guidance on her use of colour, texture, lighting, furniture, art and other decorative elements to create a comfortable and elegant home.

Featured image: Brillhart Architecture
Click in the Dymocks link to order your book, all these titles are hardback editions and despatch the next day!

This website contains affiliate links. If you purchase products via the links or banners on this site,  I will earn a small commission. This costs you nothing, and helps me to run my website to help and share content with others.

Translate »




We look forward to sharing our latest news and tips with you.