Two years ago Rikke and Jens Storm moved, together with their two children, from Denmark to New York. Now they live in Tribeca, in the heart of Manhattan. Their 110m2 rental apartment, which has breathtaking views, is decorated in a Scandinavian style with Danish design pieces such as the Arne Jacobsen dining chairs.
Today we visit the Greek island of Lesvos, where Australian born photographer Carla Coulson (who now lives in France by the way) stayed in a lovely guest house owned by Australian author Claire Lloyd and her British partner, artist Matthew Usmar Lauder. In 2007 this couple left behind the busy, glamorous London arts scene to explore a new, more simple way of life on the island of Lesvos. They bought a small house in a village far from the usual tourist haunts and then another house on the edge of the same village. Here they have discovered the joys of a close community, the rhythms of the days, weeks and seasons bound up with the natural world around them. In the spirit of hospitality that is so much a part of the Greek island culture, Claire and Matthew offer holidays in the second of their village houses, Ken’s Spiti. A gorgeously simple retreat named after Claire’s father. With white walls, exposed beams, and a roof terrace looking out towards the Aegean sea and the incomparable Greek sunsets. Visit the guest house’s website for more information and to make reservations. If you want to learn more about the beauty of the island and Claire’s life here, you can read Claire’s book ‘My Greek Island Home’. Illustrated by Claire’s stunning photographs of faces and flowers, countryside and beaches, details and impressions, colour and light, it tells the story of how she and Matthew have settled here and found friendship and renewed creativity.
A clothes rail used to be an inexpensive way to store you clothes but now it is not only a storage tool but it has become a an eye-catcher as well. You can find a simple rail at IKEA (the rack in the fourth images is from IKEA) or you can buy a beautiful designed rail. The latter ones are often used as styling objects storing only your most beautiful pieces of clothing. If you are handy, you can also create your own rack. There are various diy tutorials to be found online (for example here and here). Don’t worry if you are not much into diy projects, there a plenty of racks on the market. For example the minimalistic designed rails from Anna Leena.
In a serie of six posts I will be taking you on a tour around my home. All photos are shot by the lovely & talented Paulina Arcklin. Today we kick off with the bathroom. On one side there is a large walk in shower and on the other side we have two wash basins (from Duravit). The bath is in the middle of these two areas. We have chosen white walls (no tiles) and large brown floor tiles to create a calm and serene atmosphere. The large pendant is from David Thrubridge, the hamam towels/foutas, copper hamam bowls and the wooden stool are all from Le Souk. Next week I will be showing our living room!
Villa Scrubby Bay is a working farm and luxury holiday escape (suitable for up to 14 people) nestled between the rolling hills of Annandale, New Zealand. In this amazing and isolated location, it would be easy to imagine yourself one of the early pioneers but for the modern comforts to be found in the luxurious cedar-clad beach house. The man behind this unique destination is Mark Palmer, who was born and raised on a New Zealand sheep farm, and has always dreamed of sharing a property like Annandale, which captures what is real and unique about New Zealand. His vision has resulted in a striking harmony between land and architecture, where rugged beauty and ultimate luxury rub shoulders, evoking a strong sense of belonging, providing guests with an authentic setting in which they tailor their own experience and make their own enduring memories.