I am back from a short vacation in Tuscany! We had a wonderful time and I try to stay in holiday mood with some more Italian themed post. This lovely rustic house is located on the Italian island of Panarea. Panarea (exclusive and very expensive) is the smallest and most fashionable of the Aeolians, attracting the international jet-setters and Milanese fashionistas for a taste of dolce far niente (sweet nothing). There are currently about 280 residents living on the island year-round; however the population increases dramatically in summer with the influx of tourists. I am loving the beautiful blue tiles in this lovely home!
I am currently on holiday in Tuscany, Italy (you can see some pics here on Instagram) and are having a wonderful time. It is just a short break to reload our batteries and Tuscany is ideal as it is only a 2 hour flight from Amsterdam. We are staying in Tenuta San Pietro a small, luxurious hotel near Lucca which I can highly recommend (the food on offer in the hotel is excellent!) but you could also rent a villa, which is especially suitable for larger groups. Villa Vergelle for example is a new country house (former farm house) on the border of the Crete Senesi and the Val d’Orcia in between the towns of Montalcino and San Giovanni d’Asso. It includes 3 bedrooms and bathrooms that sleeps in total 8 persons. The Villa is equipped in a luxurious way and has its own spacious swimming pool. This lovely villa is traditional from the outside and modern and industrial from the inside. For instance, floors in concrete, ceilings and pilasters in iron, beautiful kitchen, modern in old wood and bathrooms in Moroccan Tadelakt. More information can be found on the Villa Vergelle website.
This villa on the Spanish island of Formentera is just stunning. The inside, with a beautiful beamed ceiling in the living room (top image), is gorgeous but the absolute best feature of this summer home is the outdoor space. An outdoor bath tub, a massage table, various seating areas for outdoor dining .. it is all there. And not to forgot the views over the Mediterranean sea! The house located on a cliff is designed, by Benjamin Calleja, with the surroundings in mind. This is paradise!
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.
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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.
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.