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Chapels turned into awesome homes

We’ve all heard the quotes (and seen them on Pinterest) espousing the ideas that our home is our sanctuary. Of course, while a bit trite, there is truth to it: home is meant to be a safe place, a haven and relief from the outside world. But what happens if you took the concept literally? Magic, actually – pure, architectural magic.

Chapel-on-the-Hill looks like a quaint village church from the outside. There’s the traditional arched windows, vaulted ceiling and cross symbolism. Once you step inside, however, you’re met with a modern, light-filled loft space. It’s a whimsical marriage of modern and vintage with the exposed beams, industrial light fixtures, hardwood floors and modern art.


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Evolution Design transformed this Forest-In-Teasdale, England church taking great care to keep the original design and intention in tact while creating a usable, modern space for guests to enjoy.



This converted church in Louviers, Colorado has been so well transformed, it looks like a traditional Cape Cod. The former place of worship, which is currently on the Register of Historic Places, boasts three bedrooms, three baths and over 2,000 square feet, making it the perfect balance between conventional and un.

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St. Jakobus Church, renovated by Zecc Architects in Utrecht Netherlands, worships at the altar of modern design. With the original lines as intact as possible, this church-cum-loft is probably the most church-y looking of all the converted buildings. Rather than making the space fit the furniture, Zecc approached this redo the other way around, placing furniture, fixtures, cabinetry and other living necessities in ways that disturbed the space as little as possible. I’m guessing it took its inhabitants quite a while before they felt comfortable speaking above a reverential whisper in this divine space.

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If you’re in the market for something a little more ornate, take a look at this San Francisco stunner. This 1909 Gothic style church has been fully upgraded with the most modern amenities: library, media room, master suite, dressing room, home office and a first floor that can be used as a wine cellar, gym or even as an art gallery.95c26937cf73e590df6dae23eae76938

The interior is cavernous – but in a totally glamorous way. The designers were not afraid of a little empty space in this massive old church so the dark wood trim, polished hardwood floors and elegant furniture is punctuated by incredible breadths of emptiness, which is quite spiritual indeed.  [sources: mymodernmet.com, zillow.com, zecc.nl, decoist.com, rchdaily.com]

12 Homes That Are Straight Out of Fairytales. You’ll Love These.

Children have the most vivid of imaginations, but sadly for many of us that sense of wander abandons us as we get older. Clearly, though, these homeowners are an exception. The fantastic, magical houses we all imagined when being read fairy tales when we were young have seemingly come to life in these 12 homes. Each has an incredibly unique design that would absolutely catch the eye and heart of any passersby. Though small in size, these homes truly stand out from all others.

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Hobbit House, Wales

hobbit house, walesImage Credit: simondale

Cottage in Canada

cottage in canadaImage Credit: jamesbirkbeckhart

Three Story Treehouse, British Columbia, Canada

three story treehouse, british columbia, canadaImage Credit: imgur

Nautilus House, Mexico

nautilius house, mexicoImage Credit: demilked

Hobbit House, New Zealand

hobbit house, new zealandImage Credit: Ian Brodie

Seashell House, Mexico

seashell house, mexicoImage Credit: airbnb

Rustic House, Minnesota

rustic house, minnesotaImage Credit: rusticway.com

Stone House, Portugal

stone house, portugalImage Credit: VRfoto

Akebono Kodomo-no-mori Park, Japan

Akebono Kodomo-no-mori Park, JapanImage Credit: yui kobo

Forest House, Netherlands

forest house, netherlandsImage Credit: panoramio

Tiny Victorian House, Catskills, New York

tiny victorian house, catskills, new yorkImage Credit: myshabbystreamsidestudio

Teahouse Tetsu, Yamanashi, Japan

Teahouse Tetsu, Yamanashi, JapanImage Credit: Terunobu Fujimori

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