Daring & Distinctive Design: 9 of Our Most Amazing, Unexpected and Far-Out Fabulous House Tours

Daring & Distinctive Design: 9 of Our Most Amazing, Unexpected and Far-Out Fabulous House Tours

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Jennifer Hunter
Jul 14, 2014
(Image credit: Jacqueline Marque)

You know us, we just love peeking into the homes (and lives) of fascinating people. From a dome in the desert, to a mannequin in the living room and lots of surprises in between, these unique, must-see house tours have all the decor you never knew you wanted.

(Image credit: Jacqueline Marque)

Take the Tour →Valorie's Bold New Orleans Home

Location: Irish Channel, New Orleans, Louisiana
Size: 2,200 square feet
Years lived in: 9 years; owned

In Valorie’s world, decorating is a way of life where nothing is off-limits. Textiles and paper Fornasetti cutouts act as wallpaper; a cow hide becomes a tablecloth. She describes her style as “free and all-inclusive.”

(Image credit: Rebecca Bond)

Take the Tour → Stephen Turner's Amazing Exbury Egg

Location: The Beaulieu River; Hampshire, UK
Size: 6 meters long, 3.6 meters wide
Years lived in: 9 months

Right from the start I knew our structure had to be an egg, and that it should feel like an egg both inside and out. The egg is a universal symbol of fertility, birth, new life and creation. It is also a nod to the unique mixture of bird life in this area. To one side of the egg is woodland where there are lots of song birds and to the other side is the river and salt marshes with all the wading birds.

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Take the Tour →The Beautifully Strange World of Miranda Lake

Location: Uptown, New Orleans, Louisiana
Size: 2,400 square feet including the studio
Years lived in: 15 years; owned

It’s hard to believe the grounds that surround Miranda’s home started out as an empty patch of grass surrounded by a chain link fence. A lush garden path filled with little surprises – a claw foot tub filled with small horse figurines, antique toys tucked into the greenery – winds around the property and leads visitors into a magical adult playground where Miranda’s unique artistic vision comes to life.

(Image credit: Marianne Brown)
Location: Arcata, California
Size: ~750 square feet inside, ~5000 square feet outside
Years lived in: 5.5; Owned

You have to surround yourself with things that inspire you. Old bikes, drawers, footprints up the wall. Everyone needs their own creation station where they can imagineer at their own pace and level of chaos without having to pack it up at the end of the day. Albert Einstein is said to have asked, "If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, of what then is an empty desk a sign?"

(Image credit: Arthur Garcia-Clemente)
Location: Andersonville; Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years

For couples, combining styles and aesthetics is really challenging, especially when your aesthetics are as different as ours, but you can really learn a lot from each other, and amazing things can come from the combination. Also, your place can always be a work in progress, which allows for continued creativity and projects.

(Image credit: Marcia Prentice)

Take the Tour →Kathrin & Brian's Dome in the Desert

Location: Joshua Tree, California
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: A little over 1 year (part-time)

Kathrin and Brian had no idea that their dome would become famous. It has its own Instagram account (@domeinthedesert) with over 4000 followers. Between all the friends and visitors that want to stay at the dome, they often find themselves having to try to schedule in their own time at their weekend home. Kathrin is really amazed at its popularity — "it is just a dome!"

(Image credit: Jacqueline Marque)

Take the Tour →Thomas and Mitchell's Bougie Boho Style

Location: Mid-City, New Orleans, Louisiana
Size: 1,700 square feet
Years lived in: 15 years, owned

Touches of humor and kitsch throughout the home create a light-hearted vibe and let visitors know they’ve entered a realm where nothing is sacred. “While I admire quiet, tasteful elegance, it's never been something to which I aspired,” explains Mitchell. “Nothing in this house is taken too seriously, or is too precious to use.”

(Image credit: Justice Darragh)

Take the Tour →Marco & Ilse's Gothic Industrial Loft

Location: Toronto, Canada
Size: 2,700 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, owned

Rich, dark textures, colorful accents and an exotic art and literature collection bring a sensual edge to the extra high ceilings, modern and vintage fixtures, and tastefully abundant selection of Pecota’s own industrial furniture designs and prototypes.

(Image credit: June Bhongjan)

Take the Tour →Tim and Hannah's Affordable DIY Self-Sustainable Micro Cabin

Location: Tahoe, California
Size: 196 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years; Owned

Tucked away amidst a dense forest and surrounded by wildlife, Tim and Hannah's tiny cabin boasts a storybook view of treetops and purple-bluish mountains. You'd never guess it's only 15 minutes to town. The cabin is connected to a private road by a 100 yard trail, which their friends helped clear.

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