Category Archives: INTERIORS


href=”” target=”_blank”>Nisyros is a volcanic Greek island and municipality located in the Aegean Sea. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, situated between the islands of Kos and Tilos. A place of wild beauty, as Nisyros was formed by volcanic eruptions. The island is one of the lesser known of the Greek islands but it draws arty crowd to its black-sand beaches and hilltop villages. Sterna residence is a beautiful house on the island that can be rented. Originally built as a two-storey tower in the mid-17th century, the residence was the first to be restored in the medieval castle after its collapse in the devastating earthquake of 1933. The restoration work has been meticulous, with the use of traditional materials and on the basis of historical documentation. The tasteful decor of the interior is characterised by whitewashed minimalism and enhanced by the intriguing sculptures of Sterna’s resident artists.

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Last week I showed you this gorgeous private dining restaurant designed by Nicemakers. This Amsterdam based design studio has some more beautiful projects in their portfolio. Like this stunning canal loft in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The building was originally built in 1615 as a residence and served as an orphanage in 1681. Signs of this buildings rich history is evident in the stunning Amsterdam ‘Renaissance’ entrance and throughout the 190m2 living areas spread over 2 levels. Nicemakers: “The design process began with a detailed study into the building. Investigating the atmosphere and lighting in the apartment at different times of the day. The heritage beam structure created an interesting design challenge for lighting the spaces. These beams added so much character to the space that the interiors remained calm with a restricted colour palette. The interior has been designed for ‘5pm’, the moment the couple often arrive home. It had to be a home that you long for, that feels cosy, warm and inviting, a place to rest after a busy working day. The different living spaces are functional and social. An aperitif at the grey sofa by the fireplace, then some cooking and laughter in the kitchen followed by a dinner at the long dining table. It is a home designed for living and bringing people together.”

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When Geoff, an Australian, and Sarah, originally from the United States, found a beautiful plot of land in a small coastal town near the town of San José in Uruguay they decided to settle here. On their premises located between the sea and a lagoon and surrounded by pine and eucalyptus forests they created a private camp site with several cabines and tents so that family and friends can come over to enjoy their piece of paradise. How lucky their guests are!!

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This beautiful home located in Amagansett (NY), one of the small beach towns in the Hamptons, is designed by Portland-based Jessica Helgerson Interior Design who transformed it into a light-filled, Scandinavian-inspired home. The designer: “This Hamptons home was a departure from the historic homes we often take on. With significant changes to the floor plan and finishes, the home transformed in to a light filled Scandinavian inspired getaway for our clients. We designed cozy sitting rooms with built in sofas on each floor and expanded the kitchen to include space previously occupied by a screened porch. The palette is very restrained with pale wood, white painted wood, handmade white tile, marble and brass. We took our cues for furnishing the home from our stylish clients; incorporating timeless Danish pieces with some more modern touches.”

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Behind the nostalgic exterior of a monumental farm house near Amsterdam you will find Den Burgh, a stylish restaurant with international flair. Restaurant Den Burgh offers venues for closed meetings for 10 to 250 people. The board room, the upper room and the old kitchen in the vestibule as well as the two rooms on the first floor offer a unique location for a private dinner, training, meeting or event. The “Kamer van Biesheuvel” is the former farmhouse’s living room. Authentic details, such as the brick walls and the thick beams on the high ceiling give a special atmosphere to the room. The room overlooks the beautifully landscaped garden surrounding the farm. Through the old box bed you enter the warm “Opkamer”, with a warm orange colour pallet and a view to the farm’s front garden. The upstairs room is an intimate space for a private dining or a smaller meeting. The old kitchen connects these two rooms, creating a space in which you can have a drink between meetings. The wine cellar for wine tastings sits below the old kitchen. The design of these beautiful spaces has been created by Amsterdam based interior design firm Nicemakers.

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Perched on the cliff edge in Plaka, the main town on the Greek island of Milos, this 19th century house (it was built in 1813!) has been carefully restored by K Studio to provide a London-based family with an authentically traditional yet practical summer retreat. Originally the house was divided into 2 zones; the ground floor as the main living and entertaining space and the basement, dug out of the mountain rock, as storage and utility space. The cave-like lower level has become a quietly calming guest suite, separated and private yet just a few steps down from the main house. Walls are roughly finished, following the natural surface of the stone, the floor is laid with organically arranged slate stones and natural light is low due to the small openings and reduced ceiling height.

Inside simple, raw finishes provide cooling respite. Slate and timber flooring and unpainted walls allow the house to breathe and bespoke crafted furniture and fittings respect the local style whilst incorporating state of the art appliances and technology. This is particularly true of the kitchen, originally within a smaller room elsewhere it is now a large, professionally equipped yet traditionally designed space for everyday use as well as extended family gatherings. A new mezzanine in the children’s bedroom frees up useful play space and provides the opportunity for an en-suite bathroom and wardrobe whilst in the living room a new fireplace creates a focal point and helps transform the house into a welcoming, family home.

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I often get questions about the art that I have in my home (you can see some images here). All the paintings are aboriginal art that I have collected over the years. I have spent some time in Australia (and travelled through the entire country) and here is where my love for aboriginal art started. I love the use of colors and symbols and that (a large proportion of) contemporary Aboriginal art is based on important ancient stories and symbols centred on ‘the Dreamtime’ – the period in which Indigenous people believe the world was created. The Dreamtime stories are up to and possibly even exceeding 50,000 years old, and have been handed down through the generations for all those years.

Finding art for a home can be a challenge and it can take a long time before finding the right piece(s) but when I am asked for advice I often tell people to look into aboriginal art as most paintings fit into various interior styles (from eclectic boho chic to modern interiors). In the images above and below aboriginal paintings are shown in different spaces such as a bedroom, living room, kitchen and even in a bathroom. If you are interested in acquiring a piece of aboriginal art, I am selling part of my collection as I do not have enough space for the pieces I have. Next week I will dedicate a blog about the paintings I have available.

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