Gesher Haziv, a kibbutz in the Western Galilee is located just a few miles South of Israels border with Lebanon. The surrounding hills and access to the sea make this location desirable for those looking to escape big city living.
This house, home of Micha and Lynne of Gesher Haziv is a reflection of a young couples desire to mesh culture with style.
The totem seen here in the front yard, designed by the couple utilizes an old telephone pole found in the back yard. It was moved to the front, painted in vibrant primary colors and topped with a windmill crafted by a local artisan.
I love the main entrance door, it is a colorful invitation to come and experience what lies within…
Just left of the door is this sitting area, a cool spot to rest and enjoy the front yard. The wall just beyond the stepped wall that you see here is a neighbors house. Lynne and Micha decided to soften the towering wall with this creative idea that also works as a plant display.
Once inside, the wonders of beauty unfold. The open layout of the main floor is unified by a central stairway that leads to the upper level. The high angled ceiling gives this room a feel of grandeur, while the wood element grounds the space.
The steps not only work as a lookout, they offer form and also function. The easily accessible cupboards built into the bottom of the steps were designed specifically with storage in mind.
Talk about being connected to your roots, Lynne hand carried this stained glass window to Israel from her homeland Australia…
Well worth the schlep, this window is the jewel of the home. Centrally located in the center of the main picture window in the living room, its colors influence the entire space.
This decorative candle sconce that is hung above the back door is definitely reflective of a peacocks tail.
A display of traditional Australian aboriginal musical instruments are another reminder of Lynn’s roots. The tube like instrument in the center is a didjeridu.
What goes in must come out, the back door is less formal but even more inviting. Micha’s father crafted the name plaque out of a discarded piece of olive tree wood, this is one creative family!
Take note of the lizard stencils surrounding the door and the lizards on the ceramic pot below, Lynne designs and makes these herself when she is not working as a nurse… that’s one creative nurse!
Plastic pots never looked so good, Lynne also made this Hamsa stencil.
You can access this home from the front or the back, but no matter which way you choose to enter; every road leads to natural beauty.
Home Tour: South of the border