I love participating in this kind of series because it forces me to open up about my day-to-day life, something that I’ve come to realize I’m not particularly good at, and frankly I should do a little more. What do you think?
I’m very happy to have a great guest for you today: Alex Brunkhorst, founder of Bungalux, a destination for the best and most fabulous real estate. Alex is a savvy woman with a great personality and business sense.
I love Bungalux‘s concept because instead of sifting through thousands of ordinary listings, you go straight to the ones with a little “je ne sais quoi”. Of course, this also means (but is not exclusive to) dream homes. Which is why Alex is sharing her favorite dream homes with you today. Take it away Alex!
I was introduced to Gabrielle’s wonderful site months ago and asked her to do a guest editor article on dream homes for our site Bungalux. Gabrielle’s piece was one of our most well read ever, and we kept in contact ever since.
I was thrilled when Gabrielle suggested I write a guest post on Savvy Home about dream real estate. We’re quick to get home decorating advice from magazines, but let’s broaden our horizons: At any one time there are so many great houses on the market for sale. Even if we’ll never own them, it’s great to get design tips from homes styled by some of the most talented architects, designers, and tastemakers in the world.
Below are five mouth-watering homes on the market which have definitely made my inspiration board. And, of course, check out Bungalux for hundreds more.
In honor of Gabrielle, I was determined to find a house in Montreal to feature. To be sure, the most difficult task ended up choosing between all the fabulous houses, as Montreal has some of the most beautiful architecture around.
This has been one of my favorite houses since it went on the market. It’s designed by architect Rafael Vinoly and has one of the only indoor tennis courts I’ve seen at a personal residence. And the décor is really magazine-worthy.
Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better. I love this little Manhattan pied-a-terre. Take a look at how they use art as a real focal point.
Okay, we try not to be, but we’re all suckers for celebrity real estate. Hilary Swank’s house in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles just went on the market. With AD 100 architect Marc Appleton’s touches and all that Peter Dunham fabric throughout, I think it’s pretty special.
Whenever I get dreamy I look at this house in Lake Como and imagine reading on the spectacular veranda. And the living room is one of the most romantic I’ve seen. Wow.
Thank you for all this wonderful inspiration Alex, now we’ll all want tennis courts and houses in Lake Como!
Which one would you choose if you had to pick?
I’m incredibly flattered to be guest posting today over on 6th Street Design School where I’m covering for Kirsten while she enjoys some well-deserved time off with her newborn bub. The theme of the post was “dream nurseries” which is double the fun because it’s a nursery AND it involves no budget.
I’m sure Kirsten needs no introduction since her blog probably gets more traffic than JFK at Christmas but if you have been living under a rock, please stay a while and enjoy the cleverness of this decorating beauty.
Here’s a peek-a-boo of the room I designed, but you’ll have to hop over for the full thing and sources.
Oh and if you want to have your nursery (or any other room) designed by me, yep I do offer these services. Drop me a line, I’d love to help.
Gab Loves is happening over on The Vault Files this week as Gaby is vacationing in New Zealand before her big move from New Caledonia back to Canada. I’ve made sure to include a good dose of fashion and decor and even a little eye candy.
If you’re not familiar with Gaby, you need to check out her blog! She’s basically my fashion counterpart, and I’m not just saying that because we share the same first name! When we first “met”, we found so many similarities between our lives and lifestyles, like that we’re both runners and we both moved from Canada to a remote island in the Southern Hemisphere (granted hers was a lot more remote).
She is also the sweetest, crazily talented and I love her flawless sense of style so please give her a big warm welcome back to Canada when you’re over on The Vault Files.
Hop over to Gaby’s blog for the full post and sources.