Monday, April 6, 2009

One With Nature

While looking through the portfolio of California-based Backen Gillam Architects, I was taken with one project after another, and one of the things that struck me most was how connected each space felt to its surroundings.

There is a blurring of lines between indoor and outdoor living spaces in their work, and I love the wide expanses of windows and doors that tie living areas to nature.

Napa Valley Residence

Stags Leap Residence

Diamond Mountain Residence

Oakville Residence

Portola Valley Residence

St. Helena Farmhouse

Yountville Residence


Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

these places look like dream vacation spots!! :)

alissa said...

omg i love the wood on the ceilings! screw it, im going to start nailing boards to my ceiling (this only being humorous when you realize i have 12' high exposed concrete basically impossible) but ill do it dammit :)
lovely photos!

alice said...

Each of these homes is gorgeous and fabulous indoor/outdoor living!
I love way the landscaping has become part of the "room" like the vines in the Portola Valley house!

Nicole Marie said...

breathe takingly gorgeous!!

Lauren K said...

Oh my, you are so right! They blend beautifully and all such incredible homes!

J Santa Fe said...

Beautiful spaces :

Love that seamless indoor/outdoor living ... . perhaps a bit difficult in the reality of heat/humidity &
buggy atmosphere of Houston ;-)


kd said...

Court, these all make me really want to go on vacation! I could really go for an old farm house in the English countryside right now!

Blueprint Bliss said...

Lovely. Putting these images into my "forever/one day" file!

Courtney said...

Dreamy, indeed. I adore those exposed beams. *sigh*

Courtney said...

I swear each photo got increasingly more and more beautiful. Where do you find all of these gorgeous photos?!! Now, when do I move in?