Welcome to our gallery featuring the Quinta Vale da Vila by Studio Arte.
Completed in 2010, what you see above is a total home renovation of a single family house.
The home stands in Vale da Vila, Algarve, in the southernmost region of Portugal, where it basks in the temperate glow of the sun most of the year.
As you can see at a glance, the house is broadly structured, with a vast Spanish tile roof over white walls and an abundance of windows. Extended roof overhangs make for plenty of shaded space to relax in the outdoors.
The landscape around the home has been utterly transformed into a manmade work of art, folding in both nature and manufactured elements for a uniquely sculpted look.
The patio surrounding the home is a truly standout feature, flush with multiple furniture sets for relaxing, dining, and more. The sheltered portion even houses an outdoor kitchen.
The interior of the home boasts unique touches like the warm brick-style tile flooring seen throughout, from the kitchen to the bedrooms. This offers a welcoming counterpoint to the crisp brightness of the walls.
High vaulted ceilings expand the scope of the interior space while bringing a sense of bold contrast, with dark natural wood and large log-style exposed beams hanging far above the tile flooring and rich furniture selection.
The renovation added a host of modern conveniences but managed to maintain a timeless sense of style for the home. Filled with useful, contemporary elements, it nonetheless evokes a mature sense of charm and place.
Architecture: José Pedro Braz
Creative Director, Project Management, Interior and Exterior Design: Arnold Aarssen
Out back, we see the massive deck sprawling to both ends of the property, with a decent sized pool at center. The dark wood planks match the rich colors of the landscape well.
Here’s the entryway, overlooked by a minimalist chameleon art print in black and white. Here we see both the red brick style floor tiling and the exposed dark wood beams of the ceiling.
The living room is packed with detailed and colorful furniture, from a dark leather sectional sofa to bright red media shelving and entertainment stand. At center is a rustic industrial wood coffee table, anchoring the disparate space.
The kitchen boasts a lengthy island at center, standing below a trio of large pendant lights and that high vaulted ceiling. Thick countertops and dark cabinetry grant the space a dark gravity.
Moving back into the dining area, we see that the kitchen is part of a larger open-plan space within the home. Wrapped in white walls, the idiosyncratic furniture does most of the textural heavy lifting.
Above the built-in range we see this unique backsplash, a lavish ode to the pleasures of dark chocolate. Above, a lengthy open shelf houses all of the necessary spices for this well-equipped kitchen.
In this guest bedroom, we see a pair of smaller beds sharing a single larger black leather headboard, next to a set of nearly all-glass French doors with direct outdoor access. Above, another black and white reptile painting adds a dose of pathos to the space.
Another guest bedroom is seen basking in sunlight through multiple sets of full height windows and glass French doors, beneath the vast vaulted ceiling with exposed natural wood beams. Pyramid styled wall sconces blend with subtle lamp light.
Finally, here’s the master bedroom en suite, with a pair of white double doors leading to a private bathroom. Abundant storage, lighting, and a variety of texture makes for a luxurious space.
The bathroom is an absolute riot of textural detail, with a micro tile backsplash above the minimalist shelf-mounted vanity. Above, a breathtaking conch shell chandelier illuminates the room.
Nestled deeply in the lush vegetation surrounding the patio, we see rows of solar panels. These help to power the home, taking advantage of the sunny Portuguese climate for a more sustainable lifestyle.
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