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A WHITE WASHED HOLIDAY HOME ON NISYROS, GREECE

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Nisyros is a volcanic Greek island and municipality located in the Aegean Sea. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, situated between the islands of Kos and Tilos. A place of wild beauty, as Nisyros was formed by volcanic eruptions. The island is one of the lesser known of the Greek islands but it draws arty crowd to its black-sand beaches and hilltop villages. Sterna residence is a beautiful house on the island that can be rented. Originally built as a two-storey tower in the mid-17th century, the residence was the first to be restored in the medieval castle after its collapse in the devastating earthquake of 1933. The restoration work has been meticulous, with the use of traditional materials and on the basis of historical documentation. The tasteful decor of the interior is characterised by whitewashed minimalism and enhanced by the intriguing sculptures of Sterna’s resident artists.

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A STABLE TURNED INTO A CONTEMPORARY HOME ON IBIZA

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Can you believe that this contemporary home in the rugged north of Ibiza was once a stable? The owners of Ibiza Interiors developed this 200 year old finca into their showroom and guesthouse. To keep the character of the original building, basic materials are used. The beautiful authentic ‘sabina beams’ have been preserved, just like the original ancient stone walls in the kitchen and bathroom. The architects only used materials that were used traditionally on the island, like the iroko window frames, concrete and white chalk plastered stone walls. The building had been unused for years, and was in very poor condition. Therefore only the walls, and parts of the roof could remain. Electricity, water and sewage were not present, the architects had to add all these things to make it work as a contemporary home. Water comes from a private well and there are solar panels installed for hot water, floor heating and electricity. The cottage is consequently completely independent of the grid operation and is thus self-sustainable.

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DIY PROJECT: GROW YOUR OWN PINEAPPLE PLANT

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This is a fun diy project, kids will love it as well! Turn a left-over pineapple crown into a beautiful plant. Here you can find detailed instructions.

A SUMMER HOME WITH COLORFUL ACCENTS ON IBIZA

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This colorful house on Ibiza was originally a second home for holidays but the Dutch owners decided to make this their permanent home and run their business, a kidswear label, from the beautiful Spanish island. The architecture is simple with lots of white and clean lines. Colorful furniture and accessories give character and atmosphere to the various spaces.

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A CONTEMPORARY BEACH HOME IN SOUTH AFRICA

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This stunning South African beach house is located in Grotto Bay, an area close to Cape Town which is part of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve, where natural beauty, biodiversity, history and culture are protected by law. Owners of this nine-bedroom, nine-bathroom contemporary, clapboard-clad timber house are husband and wife Rob and Gina McClelland and their two daughters. The house has a relaxed feel which suits the seaside location perfectly! You can find more beautiful South African homes here.

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A MEDITERRANEAN BEACHSIDE HOME IN ALICANTE, SPAIN

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This light and airy beachside home in Alicante, Spain, has beautiful views on the Mediterranean sea. The house, which dates from the 1950s, have been renovated respecting the coastal building laws. Architectural elements such as ceilings, beams, floor and windows were maintained while the indoor areas got a fresh new look. The owner, interior designer Jessica Bataille, has beautifully decorated the house with natural materials. The decor is simple yet cosy. Plenty of white combined with a bright blue gives a fresh feel to this lovely home.

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A GREEK SUMMER HOME WITH STUNNING SEA VIEW

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Situated on the island of Syros in Greece this summer home has stunning sea views. The design process, led by Greek architecture firm Block 722, was defined by the clients’ desire to maximize the view of the Plagia bay. The main intention was to unify the various spaces of the house under one roof facing the Aegean, without creating a massive volume, thus resulting in a deconstructed rectangle with massive openings from all sides. The outdoor area follows the topography of the landscape through a series of steps that define the outdoor areas and offer vast relaxation spaces, either sheltered from the sun or open. The result is a beautiful home that is not an invasion of the landscape but an extension.

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