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The boiling hot days of summer are upon us meaning plenty of outdoor time. Hopefully some of that time includes a bit of relaxing and reflecting as you try to stay cool. There’s no better way to spend summertime downtime than sitting in a swing and letting the breeze gently sway you back and forth. Here are ten spaces we wish were ours because we’d love to relax there and swing all summer long. Designer Jonathan Adler and his partner Simon Doonan, an author an

Filmmaker Zach Both got creative when it was time for him to hit the road for work last year. Needing to hit various locations around the U.S., 23-year old Both bought a 10-year old Chevy cargo van off of Craigslist and converted it into a mobile studio. This gave him complete freedom to work wherever the project took him, while giving him a comfortable place to live and work. Once he bought the van, Both renovated the interior, taking inspiration from modern architecture. Despite ha

Turnbull Griffin Haesloop are responsible for this project located in the Chileno Valley, just a few minutes away from downtown Petaluma, California. The Hupomone Ranch is a 160-acre homestead that had been left uncultivated for over 30 years when the young family who owned it decided they wanted to build a barn house there that would “reflect their commitment to sustainable farming, draw on the natural serenity of the site and build on the sense of place in western Petaluma whe

Co-founder of A-INDUSTRIAL, a design/build creative studio in downtown Los Angeles, Jackie Munoz focuses on residential and small business clients bringing her unique, personalized sensibility to each project. She began by studying Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic University in Pomona and Architecture at the National Technical University School of Architecture in Athens, Greece, and received a Bachelors of Architecture (B.Arch) before going on to work in

NOWNESS takes us inside the home of architect Deborah Saunt, founder of London-based firm DSDHA, which she runs with her husband David Hills—Saunt. Designed to be partially underground, the home is spacious and light-filled despite being subterranean. Architecture is something that can never stand still. It has to respond to the day, the season, the year. WATCH: More on

Spanning three levels and built on a hillside, this Mill Valley, California house was designed by Zack | de Vito Architecture + Construction to be open plan, sustainable, and energy efficient. Part of the design focus was to create an indoor/outdoor relationship, which includes 2,875 square feet of deck space. There are five bedrooms, three of which were designed as flexible spaces – they can be master bedrooms, in-law suites, home offices, or family rooms – to adapt to th

A Scandinavian family looking for a holiday home that would accommodate their children and guests hired YLAB Arquitectos Barcelona to design a unique, modern space that was comfortable and welcoming. The Vallès Oriental Residence is situated just south of the Maresme Mountains in a valley with views of the coastal mountain range, which is home to pine and holm oat forests. The design splits the house into two volumes, which are connected by a large outdoor space that houses a swimmin

While most communications agencies are part of a larger, international group, the New York City BGB Group is privately owned, which means they can control how their colorful personality can come through via their TPG Architecture-designed offices. Working with managing partners, Gregory Passaretti and Brendon Phalon, TPG Architecture designed the new space to reflect their personality with bright colors, themed conference rooms, and other details that are bound to make their staff hap

The following post is brought to you by She’s Mercedes. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design. Special thanks to Sarah Weinknecht for this interview. Running an independent studio while traveling the world for her projects, Mexico City-based architect Frida Escobedo makes an impact well beyond her own country. Whether it’s a design hotel on the Pacific Coast, a pop-up store for hip cosmetics brand Aesop or a

With a desire to respect the home’s original character and the large poplar tree in the backyard, Architecture Microclimat planned a low-impact intervention to this centennial home in the Plateau Mont-Royal. The family wanted to give the Hotel-de-Ville Residence an update that also created a connection between the home and the surrounding environment. The new mezzanine level, which houses the master bedroom, cantilevers out on both sides of the home. It appears to be floating a

With a past that involves housing workers at the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant, this former inn was sitting vacant in 2011 when it was acquired. With the help of faraway Santa Monica-based design studio Minarc, the abandoned building was renovated to become the eco-conscious ION Adventure Hotel, represented by Design Hotels™, in Selfoss, Iceland. For this month’s Destination Design, we visit this luxurious Icelandic hotel. The easily accessible hotel blends modern design w

Located in Mansonville, Québec, the Nook Residence, designed by MU Architecture, has a demure front facade with the back much more open and revealing. Strategically placed windows and an opening in the structure give a glimpse at the views of Lake Memphremagog. The home is located on a steep lot that directed the design to point towards the lake. It’s made up of two volumes that are connected by a bending “ribbon” that joins the roofs together. The slanted walls cre

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