Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday Showhouse, you're invited!!

Happy Sunday! Hope everyone is well and enjoying the summer so far. I feel like its going by way too fast though and I just want to hit the pause button. When I think of summer, I think of getaways to the lake, to the beach and relaxation. Summer is about downtime and decompressing from life's maddening pace and nothing to me, is as relaxing as being near the water. It is practically hypnotizing! Today we take our time and head to three gorgeous homes near the water. This is all about a casual but elegant and low key weekend getaway to a lake house. Who doesn't dream about escaping life's chaos and unwinding by a lazy lake with your biggest worry being about which book to read? Sounds good to me! Give me a bottle or two of wine for the weekend, some good company, great food and soft music...I am good to go! First we start off in gorgeous picturesque Montana.

LAKE HEAD, MONTANA This incredible three structure compound was completed by architect, Arthur Anderson and designer Mimi London. All three buildings face directly onto the lake and the main lodge is the crown jewel. There are many vintage pieces that work beautifully with several more contemporary pieces. Tree line views from every other window  make this a home where every room is nothing short of breathtaking......I could definitely enjoy getting away to a gorgeous compound like this.

Love the mix of materials here, the warm woods, metal doors, stone fireplace
Truly a room with a view!
Really like the structure
Imagine the sunsets from this spot with a glass of wine in hand

This is a cozy outdoor space with its own fireplace
The views are incredible...
How dramatic are these soaring walls of glass!

MEXICO. Michael Schaible designed this fabulous minimalist modern home in Ajijic, Mexico. The door was painted a beautiful vivid blue which was drawn from inspiration in one of the owners Matisse paintings. Built on beautiful Lake Chapala, the setting is nothing less than fabulous. Funny that from the street, there is little clue to the beauty and drama that lies beyond that blue door! Love the dramatic soaring spaces and huge walls of glass. This is an entertainers dream!! Take a look.....

Love the white against the black....
Gorgeous drama in the dining room
How inviting is this spot?
Love all the metal doors.....

Love this space.....great for a cocktail party!

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK. Finally we head towards Georgica Pond to the famous Hamptons, where this fabulous perched high on a hill Southampton beauty commands killer views of both the lake and distant ocean. I love the decor here, quintessentially "elegant sophisticated beachy." Mariette Himes Gomez designed the fabulous interiors. I would happily get away to this home every weekend every season!

Great soaring space that manages to still feel the ceiling!
Love this monochromatic and elegant dining room....perfect for informal entertaining

Views are breathtaking from every room!

I would spend a lot of time on this deck!

So pretty how its nestled in the dunes

So do you have a favorite? There is something charming, unique and beautiful about each one and I would be only too happy to call any of these a weekend getaway. Would love to know what your thoughts are. Wishing you a wonderul and relaxing Sunday!