House JA was extensively renovated by architects Filipe Pina and Ines Costa. Standing in Guarda, Portugal, the home blends old and new elements as well as urban and rural influences. The resulting house has the sleek look of a contemporary flat and the character of a rustic farmhouse or barn, all housed in a historic building. Outside, the stone facade is framed by black cubic structures. Inside, the polished floors contrast with the raw wooden walls and doors in the main room. Walking up the stairs, one can look over the timeless courtyard and admire the tall windows and giant wood stove placed in the kitchen. Photography by Joao Morgado

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Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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