Our brand new eBook has officially been released! This one looks at the interior trends and popular structures from all over the world during all sorts of time periods.
The earliest structure we look at is the igloo. This is an incredible structure that is still used today, thousands of years after it was first created. Snow works as an incredible insulator. Get a fire going in the middle and you’ll stay warm and toasty all night. Just remember to put a hole in the top. You see this in all sorts of structures including tipis and yurts. It stops the structure from getting too hot and burning (or melting) but also stops it from filling with smoke. In later structures, such as cottages, this hole was replaced with a chimney.
Now you can stay in a 5* igloo complete with heating, electrics and running water. You can stay in those made of snow, or you go opt for a modern upgrade and sleep in one made of glass.
Our eBook tells the history of the yurt structure, and how it’s made to be taken apart and put back together. Think of it as an old-fashioned version of a tent. They would have been made from bamboo for the structure, and animal hides for the outside. This would have kept people well insulated.
The inside would have been filled with animal hide throws and cushions for sitting on. The modern yurts use bright colours and geometric patterns on the inside. Think bright purples, oranges and red, giving them an oriental feel.
Like the Yurt, this structure was also made out of animal hides. Originally, they were small enough to fit one family in but now you can get married in one. The modern day Tipis hold up to 200 people in and come complete with fire-pits.
The furniture would have been arranged in a circular shape so that wherever you were sat, you’d feel the warmth of the fire, alongside a relaxed casual interior with clashing colours and patterns for a more rustic appeal.
The Japanese are renowned for their ornate houses with plenty of detail and stunning shapes. The Minka is no different and looks truly stunning in both the summer and winter when covered in snow.
They’re primarily made of wood and other natural materials like paper, clay and rice straw. The walls can move so the structure opens up to create one large space, or lots of small rooms. This is ideal for when you have guests over as the whole place can be made bigger. All colours are warm and natural such as burnt oranges and deep mahogany woods.
Chalets were originally used to house cattle in the summer. During the winter, chalets were left derelict. Around 70 years ago, chalets began to be used as accommodation for keen skiers and have been upgraded to large, luxurious places to stay.
Now, the chalet is a popular place to stay when you’re on a skiing trip. They can be found in France and Austria too and are decorated full of warming fabrics such as faux furs and animal skins for an extra cosy and authentic mountain feel.
Norway houses are often bright and colourful, perhaps to make up for the ‘dark season’ that comes with winter. The lack of sunshine means that residents have to always keep an outside light on. More modern houses in Norway have been stripped back by using more glass to allow light and openness and the use of minimalist colours compliment these materials.
The roof would have originally been made from grass but this has been substituted for slate or wooden beams nowadays, a more secure material. All fabrics are natural in texture and colour including lots of animal skins, furs and outdoorsy textures such as wood and branches.
Craftsman, North America
North American houses are renowned for their imposing fronts and large, impressive gardens. Craftsman houses are no different.
They’re made fully from wood, so they look like large, luxurious log cabins. The inside is normally open plan and made for traditional family living. They have balconies that can sometimes do a full circumference of the house, perfect for sitting out in the summer, or for using chimineas in the winter. Their interiors feature lots of traditional taxidermy and wood with fabric pre-owned furniture pieces.
We love our cottages in the UK. The smaller and cosier the better. There are numerous amounts of cottages in Wales, some built as early as the 18th Century. Made out of their wonky bricks and thatched roofs, who wouldn’t want to cuddle up in one with a roaring fire and a glass of wine?
If you could choose any Winter destination in the world where would you choose? And what would you fill it with for the winter? Warming food, blankets or a log burner are just a few ideas to keep your home cosy in winter.
Check out our eBook below for more information on each of these structures, and plenty of pictures and design ideas too.