Mondays, Maggie Muses: Modern Open Coastal Homes

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

When it is spring and our weather continues to be a persistent drippy mess, I muse about warmer climates, sunnier destinations and ocean waves.  I am after all a southern Cal gal by heart.   So I can’t help but look at pretty pictures of modern beach houses.

Take this house house from Architects EAT, the Elm and Willow House.  You would expect a house made of concrete, steel and glass to render itself cold, but this house has quite the opposite effect.  Its open floor plan around the trees on the property make it a very welcoming place.


This Southern House by Fergus Scott Architects has stunning vistas that  sweeps through 270 degrees of coastal landscape. It has a protected courtyard and an outdoor fireplace than can be enjoyed all year round.


This lovely “Timms’ Bach”  by Herbst Architects is an example of living in the open air. This “bach” or “beach home” walls open up to the outdoors. I love the dining room space, perfect for eating and entertaining al fresco.



To view and read more about these gorgeous homes please click on these links:

> Elm and Willow House
> Southern House
> Timms’ Bach House

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Copenhagen

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

I love Copenhagen.  I would love to go back.  I had been fortunate in years pasts to visit this lovely city from time to time.  But it was never for more than 24 hours.  It was always an evening layover on my way back from Europe to Seattle.  I would be so excited about arriving and then a little disappointed when I had to leave.  Of course the highlight for me was staying at the SAS Raddison Royal (designed by Arne Jacobsen).  It was across the street from Tivoli Gardens and with-in walking distance to the city center.  At the time, the Royal was newly renovated back to it’s glorious mid-century modern look.  My room at the hotel looked similar to this.

 Just getting a taste of the city always left me wanting to see more.  If I ever get back to Copenhagen, here are some of the places I would like to visit for the first time and others I would like to discover anew.

First I would go for a walk here.

Amegertorv, Copenhagen

And walk further till I got to here.

Nyhaven, Copenhagen

I would like to have a coffee here.

Hotel Central and Cafe image via Flair Magazine

And though I love the Raddison Royal, I would like to stay here.

I would have to shop here.

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Hay House via Remodelista

And shop here.

Nag Store image via Line Klein

I would have to have an open-face sandwich here.

And last but certainly not least, eat dinner here.

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NOMA, Copenhagen

Wow, that 24 hours went by quick!  What to do for the next?