This the lovely home of Australian author, photographer and designer Claire Lloyd and her British partner, artist Matthew Usmar. I posted about this beautiful house on the Greek island of Lesvos before (you can see this post here) but I could not resist showing you these stunning images by Paul Massey. Claire is running a small guest house from their gorgeous white-washed home and seh has written a book about her life in Greece: My Greek Island Home, which is filled with beautiful photography of the village, and recipes given to her by her neighbors. This post definitely got me in holiday spirit!
Everyone was has ever renovated a house knows that the bathroom is one of the most challenging rooms to design. This is because bathrooms are generally the smallest spaces in a home. Therefore it is essential to use available space as efficient as possible. And with our busy lives for most of us a bathroom is not only functional (for a quick shower in the morning) but also serves as a peaceful oasis after a hard day’s work. It is a place to escape from everyday stresses, and to relax and recharge your batteries. When designing my own bathroom I used an online tool to make the best design choices and to help me visualize all possible options.
Villeroy & Boch, a European company with 267 of experience in designing bathroom products, has two very handy tools. With the Bathroom Planner you can easily create a clear floor plan based on the dimensions of your bathroom. The 3D view provides a clear depiction of the interaction between your bathroom furnishings and sanitary facilities. The zoom feature is very handy as it allows you to view the bathroom from different angles, as well as giving you an impression of how the bathroom will look when you step into it. When creating the bathroom of your dreams with the Bathroom Planner you can win the actual bathroom that you have designed. Isn’t that exciting? This contest runs from 7th May until 31st July.
With the Villeroy & Boch Bathroom Inspirator you can find inspiration and explore a wide selection of design options. By mixing and matching various products, colors and shapes you can define your personal style. Both tools are very intuitive and user friendly.
I have my eye on these stunning stoneware pieces from Blue Eagle Pottery, created by husband-and-wife team Robert Blue and Susan B. Galloway. These stoneware items are all handmade and glazed with white, teal, salmon, black, and brown glaze. Available from Mociun.
Today is all about Mediterranean outdoor areas. Blue sea, cozy shaded sitting areas, bright pink bougainvillea flowers, al fresco dining … I love these kind of outdoor spaces! We will be off to Italy soon and next month we will be holidaying on the Spanish island of Mallorca. So I will be getting my portion of Mediterranean bliss!
Soon I will be off to Tuscany, Italy, for a few days. We will be staying near the town of Lucca in a lovely small hotel which is well known for it’s exquisite food. I will be sharing some images when I am back but in the mean time I would like to show you another gorgeous hotel which is tucked away in the tiny Tuscan village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro. The stunning Hotel Monteverdi offers seven magnificent rooms and suites, each of them uniquely decorated with the most beautiful furnishings and art work. I especially love the rustic elements of the exposed ceiling beams and stone walls. Designer Ilaria Miani very well succeeded in combining modern furnishing with a traditions style. More information is available on the hotel’s website.
This colorful Santa Barbara beach abode belongs Gina Tolleson, a former model and Miss World 1990, and her three sons. The three bedroom family home, decorated in a nomadic chic style, is perfect for their outdoor life style. The colorful, global furnishings and textiles are sourced on Gina’s travels to India, Morocco, South America, Bali and Africa. The bright pink wall of the outdoor room (3rd image) was inspired by a 40th-birthday trip to Rajasthan. What I love most of this home is the uplifting and fun vibe it has!