Apparently the Home Tour of Somewhere in Israel Part 1 and Part 2 has stirred up some controversy – mainly because some of my friends can’t understand why I like this house so much. Granted, these are all exhausted mothers who look at the house and think what a nightmare it would be to dust – but the united opinion among them seems to be that the Somewhere in Israel house is too cluttered.
Pish posh I say. Which means nonsense in British but also happens to be a lot of fun to say. Seriously – say “Pish posh”. You have to smile. Especially if you’re American.
How can you not love a house with an upstairs balcony overlooking an amazing view with an outside shower and outside kitchen?
There are actually two roof patios here – this is the entrance to the house from the back roof patio.
Full picture of the back patio.
From the top of the house we’re now going down to the very bottom – the basement – where even the stairwell is filled with art and antiques.
At the bottom of the stairs is the TV room, and again the floor is blue stained cement, like the counter tops in the bathrooms.
Part of what I find so interesting about this house isn’t just the very amount of tchochkes they have, but how it’s arranged as well. Above there’s a city in stone on top of a turntable. Music and design coexisting as a piece of art.
On the other side of their TV room is…
… the lap pool. Yes, this house has an indoor lap pool. Because everyone does, right? And the hole in the back wall is open to the rock underneath the house – how cool is that? Oh – and in case you’re saying this isn’t a very long lap pool…
… it is.
I still can’t get over that they have an indoor lap pool.
Walking through the TV room takes you to the office…
Where all the work gets done.
One thing I really wanted to highlight were these rod shelves. They are just metal bars sticking out from the wall evenly spaced and as you can see, they are used as shelving. And they work. Definitely more interesting visually than the normal cubicles.
On the other side of the living room is another guest bedroom…
The back “sofa” is actually an extra twin wide bed with cushions.
In the front of the guest room is a table, chair and closet. I love the simplicity of it all with the light from outside.
The door to the guest room was salvaged and turned into this door. It’s Israeli Deconstructionist art.
Well, most of my friends have told me what they thought. What do you think of the house?
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