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the architecture – simple, elegant and
sensitive. White spaces are brought to life
using an eclectic combination of modern
design, iconic pieces and touches of vintage
style bought by Stephania and Natasha in
local markets or imported from Europe.
The couple have made good use of
custom-made stools, tables and loungers,
designed in simple shapes and in the
same strong solid wood that is used in the
building. An intense contrast has evolved
between the home’s austere concrete walls
and lacquered furniture, creating a relaxed
holiday atmosphere. Further respecting
Owners Michael Hall and Natasha
Caine share their style secrets.
What do you love most about the architecture?
Its space and integration with nature... the balance
[of the two] is perfect.
Your favourite area of the home? The living
room, as it has the best views of the ocean, pool,
and the entire estate.
The overriding feel of your home? Calmness,
tranquillity, absolute relaxation.
The most important thing to remember when
decorating a home? Good lighting – without it the
entire decor looks flat.
How do you use the courtyard? Long, lazy lunches
by the pool and, of course, the great South American
asados (barbecues) at night.
Do you enjoy entertaining? We absolutely love it.
Both indoors and outdoors are perfectly integrated,
so entertaining happens in both places, especially
during the summer when life is all about socials!
Do you have a favourite piece of furniture? The
double sunbed that sits on the pool terrace – ideal for
sunbathing and the obligatory afternoon snooze after
that long, lazy lunch.
CONTACTS Design Farm (08) 9322 2200, designfarm.com.au;
Katsui Design (08) 9385 3005; Villalagos, villalagos.com.uy
Courtyards are theheart of any Uruguayan summer home, and this
one makes full (and stylish)use of them. The soft landscaping is
kept minimal to ensure the home connects to its surrounds. The use
of wood and grass to border slabs gives an organic edge.
the location, many pieces of f urniture are
covered in local weavings, such as ponchos
and blankets, which provide the space with
more warmth and personality.
Also adding warmth is the lighting.
Hidden in the ceilings, under the benches
and behind the staircases, it is in line with
the architecture’s no-fuss look. Softening
the hard lines are a local vintage chandelier
in the bathroom and an iconic Achille
Castiglioni lamp in marble and chromium-
plated metal. Hints of softness are also
found in soft f urnishings – on the floors,
in f urniture and in the bedrooms, where
curtains and the organic shapes of iconic
furniture give an ethereal and feminine feel.
It’s this mix of strong lines in the
architecture – displaying a respect for the
environment from both design and outlook
perspectives – and a design-savvy, but
beautifully eclectic, interior that gives
this geometric homage to Punta del Este
architecture its soul and sense of place
within the beautifully raw landscape. I
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