Atrium, Pool, and Endless Views: Crau House by Nico van der Meulen
In the shadow of a traditional-styled mansion with contemporary “feel,” an inviting swimming pool, outdoor living space, and intriguing atrium and windowed stairways create a unique interpretation of modern style by Nico van der Meulen. This Crau house is clearly the domain of people who love the outdoors — and want to bring it inside with them without fuss. From the gracious entryway with its vintage clock and elegant foyer accents, you can see directly into a lush tropical garden that seems part of the very home décor itself. Look more closely and you see that it is, indeed, a garden and so much more: open to illumination from outdoors, it’s a double-height central “courtyard” that hosts tall, feathery trees, lush ferns, and a tiny pond with a soothing water wall.
Pause for conversation in a sitting area that’s open-air, and you’re only steps away from a fabulous pool and spa edged in spotless limestone decking and bordered by tall trees. More water, and a rambling wood path, are visible from the deck….but you might leave that for tomorrow; tonight’s delights may include dinner around the outdoor barbecue, stargazing from the second-floor terrace, or a leisurely bubble bath in the soaking tub with its own view. Every room in the house welcomes the sunlight and starlight through expansive windows; every room holds just the right balance of modern artistry and thoroughly comfortable style. In the midst of rolling lawns, the house shines like a jewel in the night…a sophisticated, subtly luxurious home with the van der Meulen touch.