This beautiful country cottage is situated in the middle of a forrest in Sweden. The home, which was in built in 1929, is decorated in a modern country style mixed with vintage pieces. Steel and concrete give a slight industrial touch. The beautiful black cabinet in the kitchen (image no. 6) was made from old windows that were found when the owners moved into the old house. A very lovely bright family home!
This stunning boat house is situated near a lake in Norway. Owners Gunn and Finn use this cosy retreat as their summer home. Reading a book, jumping in the water, enjoying a bbq dinner with friends … I can see this all happening here.
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.
This beautiful old house dating from the year 1800 has been lovingly restored by Carina Olander. The renovation was a long process and took years as the home in Persbo, Sweden, was originally a basic summer home and had no warm water. But the long journey was worthwhile as the result is a beautiful & cosy home with all modern comforts, still the house has remained its old charm and character.
This beautiful family home designed by Heather Garrett was made for entertaining. The house located on Lake Gaston in North Carolina features an expansive wrap-around porch, a swimming pool, and a party pavilion built on what would be a boat dock. The various outdoor area perfect for entertaining and make the home feel like a resort. The ultimate place for al fresco dining and summer parties!
This beautiful rustic country kitchen is designed by Sebastian Cox. This former DJ founded his furniture company in 2009 with a mission to “design and make simple, elegant, honest furniture from British hardwoods.” This kitchen designed for English kitchen company deVol is a mix of everything that both Sebastian and deVOL are passionate about. It’s a culmination of good taste, modern innovation, traditional techniques and true inspiration. The use of sawn and woven timbers and a little splash of copper give a understated classic touch.
Recently we spent two wonderful weeks on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The first week we stayed in Hotel Esplendido, a luxurious hotel in Port de Soller in the north of Mallorca (I will share more about this hotel in a later post). The second week we had booked La Basa, a beautiful holiday finca in Sóller. I’d like to share our experiences with you as we absolutely has a wonderful time here. Surrounded by mountains in an evergreen valley full of citrus and olive trees, the setting of the characteristic yet contemporary design finca is just perfect. The historic centre of Sóller, where can you find various shops & restaurants and a bustling market on Saturday, is less than 10 minutes away by foot. Dutch owners Nico and Kristien have renovated the ancient building with a lot of love, creating a comfortable and contemporary home. From the outside authentic and characteristic, inside La Basa is beautifully decorated in a organic blend of modern design and original elements in pure, local materials such as stone, steel, wood and concrete. La Basa has a stylish living room, a spacious modern kitchen and can be easily extended from one master up to three bedrooms each with private bathroom, which makes it not only a heavenly hideaway for a couple but also a perfect home to share with family or friends (suitable for up to 6 guests). I have not mentioned the large garden yet! Looking out from your hammock, the benches under the old almond tree or the loungers next to the modern salt water pool you have a magnificent, panoramic view on the Sierra Tramuntana mountains (which is a World Heritage Site). I can truly recommend this Mediterranean hideaway! For more information & bookings you can visit La Basa’s website.