Chic Cabins in California and Beyond
Everyone has cabin fever nowadays and no wonder: the cabin might be the most straightforward structure in modern history. Basic and functional, mostly just comprised of 4 walls and a roof, the cabin is a symbol of simpler times in a complicated world. Its appeal is universal. The cabin really is the all American retreat as exemplified above in a hut on Finkle Farm in West Virginia.
If you, like us, have cabin fever, here is selection of cabins for rent from Boutique-Homes.com collection and read on for more amazing cabins and shelters.
Houses We Love
It's no surprise that we are big fans of architecture and design – one reason we started this website was to show vacation rentals and small hotels that embody these qualities. However, there are also many cool, architectural houses that aren't in our collection, and we still love them. Why shouldn't you see those, too? This dispatch is all about showcasing the coolest pictures of homes from around the web. We'll continually be updating it with new images of the houses we love, so check back!
Who isn't a fan of treehouses? These simple structures bring a smile to everyone's face, and no wonder: in the ultra-urbanized modern world, the idea of returning to a cosy home among the leaves and branches of your very own tree is quite appealing (especially the part where you pull up the ladder behind you). But what about an entire hotel made up of treehouses?
Cool New Travel Trends for 2013
The travel industry is always changing and adapting, searching out new ways to make traveling easier for the modern tourist. We're seeking out the coolest new travel trends and concepts. Check back for regular updates!
Are Houseboats the Future of Housing?
Is the future of eco-friendly home design the houseboat? Ever since writing our article on cool houseboats, we've been intrigued by this simple form of residence and what it can offer us in terms of great design and sustainability. Above you see a concept by SolarLab for a free-floating, solar powered habitat that will eventually be found on Germany's Lake Constance as an example of integrated, green living spaces for the future.
When you put aside the technical jargon and academic approach, all architecture really is, is the art of creating shelter. As American architect Philip Johnston once wrote, "All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space." Or, as Mick Jagger put it, "If I don't get some shelter, I think i'm gonna fade away."
Cool Houseboats For Everyone
In a 1958 film called The Houseboat, Cary Grant plays a divorced father of three who takes in a free-spirited artist played by Sophia Loren as a housekeeper on his newly-acquired leaky houseboat. Check out the trailer below.
Eco & Green Design We Dig
Eco and green design is the way of the future, but we don't think you should ever have to sacrifice style for sustainability. Here are some travel spots that are the best of both. Read on for more details.
Cool Tents for Chic Camping Vacations
Spending time in the great outdoors is one of our favorite things, if you couldn't tell from the articles we've written on glamping, tents, and ultra-chic campers. A quick look around the web shows that we're far from the only ones who've fallen in love with all aspects of camping, especially when it comes to tent design. The humble tent has gotten a designer upgrade and now comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. Here are some of our favorites.
"Glamping" is a new-fangled travel concept made by mixing the words "glamour" and "camping." Many people take it to mean simply an upscale (and expensive) spin on old-fashioned outdoor camping, but for us, glamping is more of a lifestyle. We love the outdoors, but we don't think that immersing yourself in the natural world means having to forgo creature comforts or pay twice as much for the privilege. Here's our handpicked list of great places to go glamping and cool images of eco-friendly shelters to inspire your next vacation.