Timber is a versatile and popular building material, especially for chalet-style small houses.
If light is one of the most precious gifts from nature, our ability to control light must be one of our greatest achievements.
It is a dream of many to have an urban abode surrounded by nature, a circle which is squared beautifully by Melbourne-based Zen Architects.
Seatle-based architects Olson Kundig is renowned for their designs of palatial residences.
Loft conversions are often associated with light and space, but this atmospheric attic room shows how a dark brooding space can become a stylish sanctuary.
Unlike the rickety and ramshackle nature of most tree houses in the popular imagination, this charming abode in a heavily forested area outside Cape Town follows a rigorously geometric arrangement but still manages to blend perfectly into its woodland surroundings.
Those who have misgivings about living in bungalows are sure to change their minds after seeing the Light Corridor house by Australian architects Figr.
As spring turns slowly into summer, our thoughts drift to lazy days by the water, perhaps with a drink in hand and a barbecue sizzling nearby.
Capturing the fleeting beauty of nature is the raison d'être of Andrea Forti and Eleonora Dal Farra, the experimental design duo behind Alcarol.
Nordic cool and Japanese minimalism make great design bedfellows, as the simple and sleek collections from Finnish design collective Kaksikko show.
Discerning tourists have long flooded to the Broads, a network of picturesque lakes and waterways in Norfolk and Suffolk.
The renowned Treehotel in Sweden has just added the 7th room to its eclectic collection of treehouses.
As part of its ongoing charm offensive to bolster its creative credentials, Airbnb has teamed up with Pantone to create a whimsical house based on Pantone's colour of the year, a lush shade of yellow-green known as Greenery (Pantone 15-0343).
After the excesses of Christmas, wouldn't it be great to start the new year in a state of zen?
Fed up with city life? Long for an escape to the rural idyll but can't quite afford a country mansion?
Many people associate Mediterranean style with a twee mix of terracotta tiles and an aqua blue colour scheme.
Korean designer Juno Jeon is well known for his Alive Furniture Series, featuring cabinets with wooden "scales" which move as the drawers are open and closed.
Autumn might be closing but it's never too late to start your little patch of indoor nature, especially with the help of these clever products spotted at Maison & Objet in Paris.
We love a good modular shelving system so we were more than excited when we came across Text Block at Maison & Objet in Paris.
Those who fancy a water feature in their backyard should take a closer look at the Newberg Residence designed by Cutler Anderson Architects, winner of the American Institute of Architects 2016 Housing Award for excellence in housing design.
If the greatest trick the architect ever pulled is to make a building disappear, then Kois Associated Architects must be master magicians of the trade.
The Euro 2016 football tournament might be over, but the buzz surrounding Wales, the surprise package of the tournament, lingers on.
Nestling in the grounds of the Royal Fort Gardens in Bristol is a remarkable art installation which tells the story of trees and mankind's relationship with nature.
Many houses promise green living but few live up to expectations; the Hillside House just outside San Francisco, designed by SB Architects, is a rare exception.
Geography, as we learned at school, is the study of nature and our relationship with it.
Few materials convey the beauty of nature as well as wood but it's only with designers like Joseph Walsh that you see its true potential for creative expression and poetic beauty.
For those who wonder why we need to add another new chair to the millions of existing designs, the answer is simple: the world doesn't have enough beautifully designed and crafted chairs like the Cresta chair.
Nestled in the forests on the outskirts of Mexico City is an extraordinary house that is thoroughly contemporary yet completely at one with nature.
Should one live by the sea or in the forest?
How to create interest in a minimalist space when the brief is to maximise storage with limited decoration?
Many dream of country living, but those who are stuck in the city should perhaps consider bringing nature into their homes instead.
Japanese architects (and their clients) have a well earned reputation for producing adventurous designs for residential buildings.
Simplicity, natural materials and a neutral palette are the perfect ingredients to create a warm and serene interior, as this mountain lodge by Italian architect Alfredo Vanotti shows.
In the Far East, bamboo has been used as a building material for millennia, much praised for its strength, versatility and sustainability.
Regular readers may think we are obsessed with industrial style lofts, but in fact we are also partial to small but perfectly formed abodes.
Calvin Klein is famous for his slick, minimalist look and his waterfront retreat in Miami Beach is no exception.
As winter advances our thoughts turn to snow and the pleasures of being ensconced in a warm, inviting mountain lodge with picture postcard views.
If you are designing the lobby of a hotel with uninterrupted views of a beautiful beach, it would be wise to have as few distractions as possible.
At first sight, this collection of benches and chairs looks like they are made of wood with an elaborate pattern painted on it.
Japanese design has a way of distilling the essence of simple objects to their purest forms, in so doing creating works of great refinement and grace.
The lobby of Hotel Hotel in Canberra has just been named World Interior of the Year 2015 at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors in Singapore.
Vivarium, Latin for "place of life", evokes images of glass terrariums filled with exotic plants.
There are few things as universal as the human desire to eat, preferably well.
The Museum of Indigenous Knowledge may be planned for a busy street corner in Manila, but the nature-inspired design proposed by Japanese architect Kengu Kuma could easily have transported visitors back to the neolithic age.
Working in modern open plan offices is as much a curse as it is a blessing.
Jelmer Wind, who has just graduated from the BA course at the Design Academy Eindhoven, is fascinated by door hinges.
As regular Do visitors would know, we find hand-crafted ceramics irresistible, especially when they are as charming as the ones from Copenhagen-based Studio Arhoj.
Winter is almost here... As the days get shorter and the tan begins to fade, the best cure for the winter blues is to book a holiday at a luxury spa retreat.
Further education is a good thing and today our lesson is on Chemistry.