Cozy cabins, South American kitchens, and Mediterranean Cottages

Cozy cabins, South American kitchens, and Mediterranean Cottages have one thing in common; imperfection. Imperfection makes perfectly cozy, easy-going, livable, and beautiful spaces.

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Easy-going & natural

Look at how beautiful but how low maintenance that pool and its surroundings is. That's the idea. The bottom image of the colorful window shutters makes a good argument against putting a fresh coat of paint on everything.

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Natural & beautiful forms in landscapes

Don't trim your plants into geometric shapes or force them to meet otherwise unrealistic expectations. Allow them to show you their natural beauty. Compose beautiful spaces with nature, don't work against it. I love the look of rough-cut stone steps, casual roof gardens, and (climate-allowing) moss.

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Natural & serene

Nature's imperfection is perfect. Include natural materials & sights of nature for serene, casual, and relaxing environments.

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Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada, Turkey is an idyllic Mediterranean coastal town which has a great modest-but-pretty casual feel to it. I was inspired to cover it after seeing the Turkish movie "Bi Küçük Eylül Meselesi" (A Small September Affair.) I'd recommend it. The trailer, which also features a few cool location shots, is below.)

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Unpolished urban design

The unpolished life doesn't need to be limited to your home and yard. The same principles make beautiful, timeless urban spaces as well.

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