Category Archives: DREAM HOMES

WEEKEND ESCAPE: A STUNNIG BEACH HOUSE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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This stunning beach house is located in Dwarskersbos in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Casa Sanchia, as the house is called, is designed by architect Marco Bezzoli of archilab. The whitewashed holiday home has a modern African interior that looks almost loft-like. The outside is connected to a 16km-long beach by a wooden walkway. The raw wood, stone, white walls and muted colours work very well with the blue of the sea and the sky. No wonder that this beautiful home has already been featured in many magazines!

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A BEAUTIFUL HOME IN THE TROPICS

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This lovely beach house is situated in the quiet village of Icaraizinho Amontada, which is around 200km from the well known beach resort Fortaleza in Brazil. The architecture, and also the interior, is very simple. But that does not make this summer home, which is surrounded by palm trees, less stunning. I would not mind spending a week or two (or three, or four..) in this lovely retreat.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A BEAUTIFUL VILLA ON IBIZA

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When Gray and Natalie Gillot moved to Ibiza with their two children in 2011 their dream was to work from home, without work taken over their lives. With careful planning, designing and renovating their beautiful finca, the couple have found the perfect balance on the beautiful island. Their beautiful home is located in San Agustin, a small town on a hilltop overlooking the west coast of Ibiza. The house is divided into two sections, with Natalie’s pilates and massage studio and Gray’s office space kept completely separate from their personal living area. When the time comes to call it a day, the two retreat into their home via a sliding antique wooden door that accesses the kitchen, dining and lounge area.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A BEAUTIFUL PORTUGUESE SUMMER HOME

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Today’s ‘weekend escape’ shows us a beautiful summer home located in Martinho do Porto in Portugal which is decorated by Vera Iachi. This Portuguese interior designer is known for mainly using furniture and accessories made from natural materials. Do you want to dream more? Then take a look at these gorgeous rustic chic summer cottages and this beach house in a cool toned color palette which are also designed by Vera Iachi.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: PAOLA NAVONE’S GREEK SUMMER HOME

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Today’s weekend escape brings us to Serifos, one of the Cycladic islands in Greece. This is where designer Paola Navone‘s beautiful summer house is located. The entire house is stunningly decorated with Paola’s own designs, mostly from here collection for Gervasoni. One of the most striking features of this house is the gorgeous view over the Aegean sea. Observant readers might have noticed that I have posted about Paola’s summer retreat before but I found these larger size images which give you a better view inside this lovely home. Paola also have a stunning apartment in Paris which you can see here.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A MODERN VILLA ON FORMENTERA

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Regulars readers of The Style Files know that I love to feature summer houses. I take pride in trying to find the most beautiful homes so you can dream away with me. Now summer is over in this part of the word I will focus more on autumn and winter inspired interiors but that doesn’t mean that I stop featuring gorgeous holiday homes. From today I will start a new series called ‘Weekend Escape’ in which I will feature a gorgeous home every Saturday or Sunday. Today we ‘escape’ to the Spanish island of Formentera where this modern villa is located. This newly build home is beautiful but I personally prefer the more rustic style houses. I do love the exposed walls and the beamed ceilings though.

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A HISTORIC HOME ON THE GREEK ISLAND OF HYDRA

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This beautiful historic building on the Greek Island of Hydra has been brought back to life through the talents and vision of Greek interior designer Tina Komninou. Every single room has been renovated and decorated with a lot of love and an eye for detail. Furniture and details (such as the door handles) have been handcrafted, showing workmanship and tradition. The beautiful original beams have been restored and remain the backbone of the house. And let’s not forge to mention outdoor areas, which offer incredible views of the ocean and surrounding scenery.

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A COZY WOODEN NORWEGIAN HOME

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This beautiful wooden house in Holtet Hageby, Norway, was built in the 1920′s. Owner Vigdis A.Bergh, an interior designer, kept the original charm of the house and added modern touches during the extensive renovation. The house is light and airy. This is achieved by keeping the base white. In Northern countries such as Norway there is limited day light during winter time. By keeping walls and floors white you can let as much day light in as possible. Similar cluster lights (top picture) are available from Kathleen Hills.

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AN APARTMENT WITH BEAUTIFUL ART IN COPENHAGEN

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This lovely home in Copenhagen, Denmark, is filled with beautiful art. No wonder as the owner Christina is an artist. The 100m2 apartment is light with white walls and a light colored wooden floor. Accessories and furniture pieces give color and warmth to the space. The combination of pink and purple hues is perfect. But it is the collection of abstract paintings that gives character to this beautiful home.

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A BEACH HOUSE IN A COOL TONED COLOR PALETTE

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Earlier this week I showed you these gorgeous rustic chic cabanas designed by Vera Iachia. Today’s post features another house decorated by this Portuguese designer. Casa Tatui is a summer home with an interior outfitted in shades of blue and white. Together with these use of natural materials these colors give a clean and fresh atmosphere. The wood adds warmth to the cool toned color palette.

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Image source: Vera Iachia.