the house in Portugal that exudes the charm of the beach

It feels like entering a sand castle. The family villa renovated by the Belgian interior designer Dries De Malsche seduces with its sinuous and soft lines, while developing according to a minimal aesthetic, we could say almost ascetic. The surrounding area is a source of inspiration: Cascais is a small town on the ocean near Lisbon, once a fishing village, today an elegant and exclusive tourist destination.

Here the client wanted to establish their own refuge from the hectic everyday life. And Dries De Malsche has certainly found the key to transform a new building, originally soulless as he himself defined it, into a magical and suspended place, with warm colors, which steal the shades from the nearby Atlantic beach.

Photo Piet-Albert Goethals

The main intervention consisted in a revision of the ground floor plan. The central axis of the house was visually enhanced by closing the staircase on one side, to create a more intimate entrance. The convivial spaces have been completely renovated (living room, dining room, kitchen with cellar), the guest room with its small bathroom, the double bedroom and the master bathroom. The first floor has been reserved for children, where there are three bedrooms with private bathrooms.

Simplicity as a synonym of elegance is the common thread that surrounds the whole house. To the rough structures of the brushed oak boiserie, of the patinated metal finishes and of the sandblasted travertine it contrasts with the refinement of details and the use of delicate fabrics. Earth tones, such as those of the mineral plaster floor, recall the dark terrain of the nearby natural park. In combination with the red travertine stone, which covers the entire floor, it gives a touch of gentle color. The atmosphere is that of an airy space, where you seem to perceive the rustle of the wind and the slow flow of the sand.


Source: Living by

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