Is your home not the modern masterpiece you aspire to? Live your dream, if only for a week, by renting a vacation property that excites your aesthetic senses. The internet has made it easy for designophiles and architecture lovers to indulge their design dreams and perhaps bring some design inspiration home with them.
These ten give you an idea of the kinds of homes available to rent. Most are surprisingly affordable, especially if you're sharing the cost with several people.
- The Box House, Nova Scotia, Halifax region, Canada
- Swan Lake Vacation House, Catskills Region, New York, US
- Water Street Rental, Brooklyn, New York, US
- Frank Lloyd Wright for Seth Peterson Cottage, Mirror Lake, Wisconsin, US
- Evian les Bains Vacation Villa, Lake Geneva, Switzerland
- Lost River Modern Prefab, Lost River, West Virginia, US
- Mid Century Home, Palm Springs, California, US
- Palmer + Kriesel-designed Alexander House, Palm Springs, California, US
- Neal Creek Retreat, Hood River, Oregon, US
- Lyham Road Rental, Clapham, London, England
For general tips on finding a designy vacation rental:
- Boutique Homes has categories for Modern Design, Mid Century Modern and Architectural Gems.
- In the Airbnb Picks section you can explore rentals in these categories: Modernist Marvels, Frank Lloyd Wright Collection, Frank Gehry Collection, and Smells Like Eames Spirit.
- If you'd like to visit London or New York, One Fine Stay offers "unhotel" experiences at a highly curated collection of homes.
- Not surprisingly Pinterest has become a visual way to browse for vacation rentals. Search for "vacation rental" plus terms that interest you like "mid century" or "architect".
- Last year Architectural Digest put together a slideshow of 20 "ravishing" vacation rentals that is worth a look.
- If you are a designer or visual artist you can arrange a home exchange with another design-focused individual through membership-based Behomm.
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