Category Archives: INTERIORS

A DREAMY HOLIDAY BEACH HOUSE ON ST. BARTHS

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Warning: you’re about to pack your bags when your read further! Villa Palmier on the Caribbean island of St. Barths is a dream destination. White sand beneath your toes, sea breezes flowing through the villa, palm tress swaying in the wind, fresh fish caught that morning, warm croissants from the local boulangerie… these are just a few delights of the island life. Villa Palmier is the perfect place to stay: this two bedroom, two bathroom villa can sleep up to four people, and it can either be rented as a one or two bedroom. The villa features indoor-outdoor living, a large pool, a private outdoor shower with hot & cold water, beautiful ocean views, ipe decks and the sound of the waves from every room. It has been decorated in a modern organic style with a neutral color pallet to invoke a sense of serenity. Personal touches and attention to detail are found throughout the house with the softest linens, beautiful art, and found objects. The spacious open air kitchen features a lacanche range, perfect for cooking fresh fish from the local fish market. Owners Kate and Matt, an American couple from Aspen, Colorado fell in love with St. Barts on their first trip to the island. “With a passion for both the ocean and French culture, St. Barts stole our hearts. We believe in a curated home, where every part of the house has a story, a purpose and aesthetic appeal. We are passionate about timeless, simple, elegant design, and spaces that cultivate a sense of well being.”

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BEAUTIFUL GRAY TONES IN A DANISH HOME

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Interior Stylist Cille Grut loves color, but it is the gray tone she love the most. Her home in Copenhagen (Denmark), which is a former cottage built in 1875, is decorated in various shades of gray. The combination of light and dark tones really works well. And although grey is a cool tone, the result is not cold or boring at all.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: SOPHIA SUITES ON SANTORINI

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Santorini is high on my list of places to visit. I have been to this beautiful Greek island before but that was in 1990 when I was island hopping during summer school holiday. It will be hard to choose accommodation as the island has some stunning hotels. For example Sophia Caldera Suites which offers beautiful, spacious, luxury living hotel suites. This romantic traditionally modern boutique property has individually styled suites and rooms with the infamous Caldera sunset view. The building was reconstructed and renovated with the appropriate care, during 2015. The original manor houses were built more than 150 years ago by a Turkish business man who was in love with the island. He was one of the most important philhellene and moreover he was over fascinated by the Cycladic architecture and philosophy of the Greek islands. During the first construction he found and kept them safe a lot of antiques as well as genuine Santorinian artifacts and unique items of different sections of the island’s history. The retreat itself is nestled in the heart of the colorful volcanic rocks. All 13 individually designed rooms and suites are stylish and beautiful decorated with an eye for details. I would certainly feel at home here! For more information, bookings and rates you can visit the hotel’s website.

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A BEAUTIFUL RURAL SUMMER HOME ON ANTIPAROS, GREECE

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I have summer on my mind! It’s is a lovely Spring day here in The Netherlands and in a few weeks time we will be off to Ibiza. Today’s post is about another beautiful rural summer home on Antiparos. Will this Greek island be our next holiday destination? Villa Elia is surrounded by a rural environment of sparse, small scale buildings, intense natural vegetation and crops of olives and vines. The ruins of a farm house formed the basis for the new dwelling. The design focussed on the reconstruction of an old house, preserving the traditional architecture and typology of the island of Antiparos. The two-bedroom villa can best be described as simple and humble, a building that remains close to the earth, respecting the landscape and embracing the user. The house and the environment co exist in harmony creating a unique scenery in the calmness that develops a simple lifestyle in direct contact with nature. For more information and reservations you can contact Antiparos Escape Villas.

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THE HAPPY SHOPPING FILES: HANDMADE & BLUE ON ETSY

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These lovely homeware items have two things in common: they are all hand made and they are blue. Plus they are all beautiful!! Top image: traditional African mud cloth.

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cushion cover, partially from a beautiful vintage rare kimono silk

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// indigo cushion cover made from an African fabric which is fair trade and produce by a small artisan collective // lavender blue chalk mugs handmade from toasty, black speckled tan stoneware
// blue furoshiki (which is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth) bag with white leather straps
// handmade brushed dot patterned wrapping paper
// ceramic stoneware cup with blue brushstrokes
// linnen blanket/beach towel

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A MAGICAL WEEKEND GET-AWAY ON FIRE ISLAND, NEW YORK

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This lovely weekend get-away on Fire Island (New York) belongs to Ann Stephenson and her girlfriend Lori Scacco. When they bought the A-frame house, which was built it in 1945 from a Gimbel’s prefab kit, all it needed was some updating and love. The previous owners had already given the raw wood on the interior a coat of white paint, and the couple completed the process by repainting the entire space down to the raw plywood floor in Benjamin Moore China White. The house is positioned in a two-block-wide community of raised wooden boardwalks (see 4th image) with views of ocean on one side and bay on the other. You can read the entire article (with more information about furniture pieces & accessories) here on Remodelista.

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A DANISH HOME DECORATED IN A SOFT COLOR PALETTE

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When Camilla and her husband first saw this 1913 villa in Hellerup, Denmark, a few years ago they immediately knew that this beautiful house had a lot of charm and soul. Together with their two sons they turned the house into a real family home. The rooms, which are spacious and light are decorated in a beautiful soft color scheme of grey, white and pastels. Danish furniture classics (such as the wishbones chairs in the dining area) enhances the Nordic style atmosphere.

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