A few years ago, Julie discovered a gem of a vacation rental, designer Karen McCartney’s Modernist Vacation Retreat in Australia. The exterior is wood-clad and minimalist, and the airy interior features midcentury-modern classics. Recently, I found another rental, also by McCartney, that, at first glance, couldn’t be more different.
Her latest vacation home is a converted stone barn in the village of Duras, France. The Australian design author (she was founding editor of Inside Out magazine) decided to buy the cottage, which had always been in her family, and turn it into their retreat once more.
The two projects couldn’t look more different on the outside, but the couple’s love for indoor-outdoor living and vintage pieces connects them in spirit.
Let’s take a tour.
Photography via Airbnb.
For more rustic interiors, see:
- Cucumbi: A Rustic Guest House in Portugal, Suited for Autumn
- ‘Detailed Minimalism’: A Designer’s Bucolic Cottage in the Welsh Countryside
- Italian Spring: A Villa in the Puglia Countryside, with Rooms for Let