A home situated in the sand-hills among a golden light-filled pine forest in Fréhel, a commune in the Brittany region of France, was created with its lush, forest surroundings in mind. Designed by Atelier Victoria Migliore, the 900-square-foot vacation home is quite literally a treehouse, with the structure elevated from the earth. The design was careful to not disturb a single existing tree; a trunk even pokes through some exterior decking.
Inside, the serene architecture brings the outdoors in with plenty of picture windows and wood built-ins. But what is coolest about the house is the blue-and-white tiled water catchment basin, which brings a bit of the seaside to the design.
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Built with natural materials, the interior and exterior are interwoven, creating the ideal space for rest and relaxation.
An open courtyard at the center of the house, clad in blue and white chevron tiles, is slightly sunken, allowing it to fill with rainwater to create a pool-like effect. A modern suspended fireplace by Focus Fireplaces increases the coziness level in the living room area.
The exterior features wood — carefully treated with an age-old Japanese method — that has been burned and charred to create an ashy effect.
Light wood materials continue in the kitchen, which features blonde wood cabinets and exposed timber ceiling beams. Fresh meals are made easier with the house's own vegetable garden situated on the terrace.
The residence truly feels like a treehouse thanks to a design that didn't cut down any trees, instead making way for them to integrate into the home.
In the dining room (as well as throughout the home), minimalism is the name of the game, where the structure itself makes up most of the visual intrigue. A simple table and chairs cap off the design.
A private terrace extending from the bedroom becomes the perfect place for morning coffee.
In a spa-like bathroom, visible from the central corridor, the blue and white tile continues in a generously sized bathtub.
In another bathroom, a standalone tub sits adjacent to a walk-in closet comprised of wood-framed doors and built-ins.