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Valley Views


Andre Reiman and Joanna Mellors, American lawyers living in Lausanne, Switzerland, bought their vacation home in 1997. It was designed and built in the mid-1970s by Jean Dumont, a Parisian architect who was the chief architect at the Palace of Versailles from 1978 to 1985.The house is in Gordes, a small historic village perched above the Luberon valley in the south of France.
Beyond the trees surrounding the house, there is an unobstructed view of the village and the entire valley. “What really attracted us to the house, apart from the openness and the light,” Mr. Reiman said, “was the location.”
The house, with its sharp angles and floor-to-ceiling windows, has a thoroughly contemporary design and an open floor plan that contrasts sharply with the small, cozy rooms of most Provençal houses.
The entry leads directly to the dining room and two living rooms, part of the house’s 4,845 square feet of living space.

Ms. Mellors and Mr. Reiman, seen here with their dog, Teddy, have spent a lot of time redesigning the house’s garden. They also make olive oil each year from the fruit of their own trees, which last year produced almost 3,000 pounds of olives.
Tucked on the north side of the house’s main floor is a three-room suite that can be a semi-private apartment for guests. One of the rooms, which Ms. Mellors uses as a yoga studio, looks out onto a fish pond and fountain installed by the couple.
Another project involved extending the patio to more than 800 square feet.

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$300,000 Homes


This 723-square-foot two-bedroom two-bath adobe, located in the historic Guadalupe District of Santa Fe, N.M., is on the market for $299,000.The exposed wood beams running up the walls and along the ceiling were the house’s original floor joists.
Marble for a countertop in the kitchen was salvaged from a nearby mansion during its demolition.
A semicircular fireplace straddles the kitchen and living room areas.
All rooms open on a private garden, and the house shares a courtyard with other condos.
A shaded patio was made with tiles salvaged from the same mansion as the kitchen’s marble and forged at a nearby penitentiary.

A 1,525-square-foot one-bedroom one-bath live-work loft, located in this renovated warehouse in Minneapolis, is on the market for $299,900.
Built in 1920, the warehouse was originally a factory for the Northern Bag Company and later for the Flour City Brush Company. In 2005 it was converted to 24 lofts, zoned commercial and residential. This one sits next to a parking lot, with a wall of windows and a glass door, making one end suitable for a storefront or office.
Exposed pipes and ductwork run along the 13.5-foot ceiling. With the exception of the bathroom, the loft is open.
Some of the building’s old window frames have been repurposed as room dividers.
Concrete floors throughout bear scars from stacked pallets and bolted-down machinery.
The bedroom.
This 5,148-square-foot five-bedroom two-bath house, built in 1830, is located in Chelsea, Vt. It is on the market for $295,000.
The house still has its original wide-plank wood floors.
The kitchen has a functioning vintage stove.
The kitchen is connected to a barn used for storage, and there’s also an unfinished dirt cellar.


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$3.5 Million Homes


This Mediterranean-style home, located in Venice, Fla, has five bedrooms, 6,200 square feet of space and four full and three half baths on 100 feet of waterfront. It also has a one-bedroom one-bath guest cottage with 1,500 square feet of space and an exercise room. It is on the market for $3,500,000.The living room.
Tropical landscaping runs throughout the property. A pool and a boat dock are at the back of the house.
An open kitchen has a center isle, a built-in writing desk and a family sitting area.
A Juliette balcony is a part of the master suite and has shutters; the master bath has a large soaking tub.
This four-bedroom three-and-a-half-bath house is located in Jackson, Wyo., on 4.55 acres with 3,330 square feet of space. It is on the market for $3,500,000.
An octagonal-shaped kitchen has a wall of windows that overlook the Snake River mountain range. The floors are walnut and have in-floor heating.
The living room has a high ceiling with wood beams and a freestanding propane metal-and-glass fireplace.
The master bath has a large soaking tub, a free-standing shower, vanity and a view of the mountains.
The master bedroom has vaulted ceilings and a view of the mountains.
This three-bedroom three-and-a-half bath contemporary house, located in Santa Barbara, Calif., is on 1.15 acres with about 4,000 square feet of space. The property is a primary residence for the architect who designed the home. It is on the market for $3,585,000.
High ceilings, exposed steal beams and scores of different-sized windows are found throughout.
The floors are white maple and slate.
The kitchen overlooks the living area on one side and a sunken family room on the other.
The master-bedroom has a wood-burning fireplace; another bedroom has a nook for a bed. A central gallery runs through the home.

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A French Country Home


The couple’s house is covered in gray stone taken from the region’s beaches, though many homes in Normandy are built of flint. The 160-square-meter (1,722-square-foot) house was built around 1920 by, Camille Marchand, a 20th-century French painter.

A small river flows through the garden at the country home of Alison James and Francois Picard in the Normandy town of Veules les Roses.

“The local tourist board likes to tout the Veules as the smallest river in France,” Ms. James said. And indeed, it was the river that first attracted them to the house, the couple said.

One of Marchand’s paintings of the local countryside is now used as Veules’ official poster. Another hangs in the television room at the house, which is called “Les Sources.”
Some of the original floor tiles still can be seen in the house’s entrance hall.
The living room. Ms. James has decorated the house with second-hand furniture and describes it as “more shabby than chic.”
The dining room’s centerpiece is a large wooden table that Ms. James bought locally for 700 euros ($950). It has several secret compartments underneath the tabletop. “These were used to store food,” Ms. James guessed.
Exposed beams separate the living room from the kitchen.
The master bedroom. The family has plans to redecorate the bedrooms and to repaint parts of the facade but, Ms. James said, they usually find themselves just relaxing once they get to the house.
The house now has just one bathroom but Ms. James and Mr. Picard hope to add another one.

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A Jungle Dream Home


This 110-foot-long traditional house, built by John Hardy, a jewelry designer, and his wife, Cynthia, stands in the Ayung River valley on Bali, an island in Indonesia.Mr. and Mrs. Hardy met in Bali and eventually created a collection of silver jewelry, based on Balinese designs and jewelry-making techniques. They have sold their interest in the company and now are concentrating on an international school they have built in the area.
A covered walkway links the main house to the kitchen.
The upper house stands on stilts 59 feet high.
While the main house was finished in 1997, the Hardys recently added this 46-foot by 34.5-foot kitchen.
Upstairs in the main house, there is a formal living room. The carpet on the wall hides a flat-screen television set.
Passageways along the side of the raised house lead to the master bedroom.
The house’s custom-made rainforest shower, with copper walls, was designed by Mr. Hardy.
The master bedroom, like all the other rooms, are open to the elements. At night, the staff raises canvas “sails” to protect the furnishings from rain.
The view from the master bedroom, looking down on the family’s swimming pool.
Over time, the Hardys bought 11 small properties to create the house’s 2.5-acre site.

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Joanne Ooi, creative director of Shanghai Tang, an international clothing chain, used her artistic sensibilities to renovate her Hong Kong apartment. She and her architect customized much of the interior, including the large rotating unit in the center of the living room that can function as a desk, entertainment center and even storage space.Ms. Ooi, who calls herself a “detail freak,” said she wanted the apartment to reflect her own taste and to function well for her and her son, Sam, 9.
The black and white marble dining room table was designed by Ms. Ooi, as was the overhead light fixture. The banquette contains concealed storage space.
Ms. Ooi, who recently opened a fine art photography gallery, has an extensive collection of artwork displayed throughout the two-bedroom apartment.
The cobalt blue kitchen has stainless steel fixtures. Ms. Ooi had a moveable panel installed in the wall between the kitchen and dining room to provide a kind of serving hatch when she entertains.

The apartment has two bathrooms. Here, the guest bedroom was finished with green marble and Ms. Ooi had a shower curtain created, based on a Song dynasty painting.

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A Home in Asker, Norway


Jeff and Tina Leopold built their dream house in Asker, Norway, on a 8,610-square-foot property flanking the Oslo fjord.”We are very fortunate to have a property close to water,” Mr. Leopold said.The living room and dining area have 14-foot ceilings, as well as a door that leads to a large outdoor deck.
The master bedroom overlooks Oslofjord, named for the capital, which is a 30-minute drive north of the house.
The kitchen was designed to showcase the water view.
One of the house’s five outdoor decks. “Tina loves the sun. That’s why we have a sun deck on every side of the house so we can enjoy it all day long,” Mr. Leopold said.
The house’s many windows created a heating challenge. The Leopolds have an electric system installed under the floor, which was the most expensive part of the building budget. It is controlled from this utility room, with each room’s thermostat set according to the size of the windows and the ceiling height to keep the temperature constant.
A view of the house from the water highlights its large windows and multiple decks at various levels.
Mr. Leopold on the water near the family home. “We’re actually quite blown away that we are living here and have a place right in front of the water,” he said.

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