Warm climates demand architecture that allows a house and garden to be far more accessible to each than is common in Northern Europe. Open verandas, perhaps slatted shutters to admit fresh air and plenty of glazed doors are the norm, allowing the house to be opened up from back to front in the hot summer months.
The interiors, though, can range from seaside resort to cosy country, and here an English owner asked a local designer to interpret an Anglo-American approach to a new house, set in idyllic surroundings on a lake in Georgia, it is a rick mix of antique, reproduction and contemporary furniture, textured fabrics, patterns and colour.
Some comers of the house are definitely English in style; there is French country as well as American Federal furniture; and there are pieces of Oriental blue-and-white porcelain.
Chairs and tables are set outon the wrap-around verandas, with the walls lined in white-painted clapboard. Tall trees set in trim green lawns shade parts of the house, and the views over the water are sensational.