We love exploring the private spheres of creatives and seeing how they live, so when we find a great space, we share it with you. Here, we’ve rounded up our favourites from across the web – the houses we wish we’d visited ourselves…

Gabriela Hearst’s gaucho Uruguayan ranch

Photography: Emiliano Granado / The New York Times

The New York Times headed to Uruguay to visit model-turned-fashion designer Gabriela Hearst at her 17,000-acre ranch in the country’s Paysandú region. Hearst inherited the mid-19th century homestead from her father in 2011, and has kept it much the same since. Inside, white-painted rooms are paired with dark wooden furniture and brightly coloured Uruguayan fabrics.

Architect Amanda Levete’s surprisingly curvy Victorian home

Amanda Levete’s cavernous, light-filled home has ripples in unexpected places… Nowness talks to the architect about designing the dwelling, which features an extension with a distinctive curved roof at the back of the property. And she reveals how artist Lucio Fontana has influenced details inside her abode, including a ‘slash’ shaped fireplace in the living room.

Fashion designer Alex Noble’s live/work studio in Hackney

Photograph: Anna Batchelor; styling Tamineh Dhondy / The Guardian
Photograph: Anna Batchelor; styling Tamineh Dhondy / The Guardian

Artist and fashion designer Alex Noble has created pieces for the likes of Florence Welch and Lady Gaga, and is known for using recycled materials and offcuts in his work. He invited The Guardian to snoop around his Hackney live/work space, which he shares with his collection of mannequins and kitsch furnishings salvaged from his childhood home.

Beauty brand L’Officine Universelle Buly founder’s Parisian penthouse

 Photography: Gaelle Boulicaut / The Telegraph
Photography: Gaelle Le Boulicaut / The Telegraph

‘This flat is crazy,’ Victoire de Taillac-Touhami, co-founder of French beauty brand L’Officine Universelle Buly told The Telegraph. ‘It’s like two Modernist shoeboxes stacked on the top of a very beautiful 18th-century hôtel particulier.’

Taillac-Touhami shares the two-storey apartment with her husband and children, and it features an unusual inverted layout. Communal living spaces are spread across the upper floor – which is filled with design classics from Dieter Rams, Mies van der Rohe and Eames – making the most of views of the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides. Across the apartment, walls are decorated with bright pops of colour.

A revamped Barcelona bolthole that had fallen on hard times

Photography: Aitor Estévez
Photography: Aitor Estévez

It was once a dark, dingy dwelling but, thanks to Oriol Garcia, this attic apartment in Barcelona has been transformed into a bright and airy home. Garcia ripped out all of its interior walls, moving the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom to the perimeter to leave the interior space completely open. He spoke to Dezeen about restoring the once abandoned space and unearthing its characterful beams and tiled flooring along the way…
Read next: Inside the ‘test-bed’ Soho apartment of Creative Director Alex Eagle



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