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The couple, both history buffs and Russian classicism enthusiasts, have downsized from their most recent residence, a replica of a Russian palace. But their new Houston house, an ornate Federal style by New York- and San Francisco-based architect John Ike, is furnished with a number of exquisite reproductions they hand selected for their previous home during several trips to St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum (which includes the Winter Palace), opinionated curator and translator in tow.

White House with black front door, black shutters, and white picket fence. White and black are one of my favorites.

bonitavista: “Provence, France photo via melanie ”

Saint remy de Provence, Luberon - one of THE most delightful places on earth, to spend an afternoon or a month. Colors really are different in the south of France.

Spectacular 'Cave House' composed of indigenous materials by local artisans in Majorca, Spain.

Check out these natural home design ideas, courtesy of this stone house by Alexandre de Betak. Hidden away in a small village in Majorca, “Cave House” is t

house, built from Cotswold limestone, sits in a valley in Gloucestershire on a site that has been occupied since the century." ---When I read a Jane Austen novel I always have the desire to do something like this---but really do you kn


Villa Hämmerle (Dornbirn), Austria - not a cottage, but a beautiful home and lovely garden

Irish country house. Irish manor. Irish architecture. Irish exterior

Lovely Georgian stone manor house with hipped roof & dormers that could just as well be in Virginia (but it would be in brick).

Play Spaces, House Sitting, Tiny Houses, The Forest, Fairy, Enchanted, Cottages, Castles, Small Houses

-Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland. (****See Pins with different views in this board.)

Cottage… Striking Victorian-era jewel in the lowlands of Scotland, near Edinburgh. This architectural gem has been well maintained over the years – complete with beautifully cultivated cottage gardens.