Category Archives: OUTDOOR

SUMMER ESSENTIALS: A RELAXING LOUNGE CHAIR

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A comfy lounge chair is an essential for a hot summer day. The ‘Swingrest’ by Dedon fits the bill and is perfect for creating a tranquil space. This ultimate hanging lounger was one of the first products to emerge from Dedon Island resort, which is Dedon’s Outdoor Living Lab in Siargao, Philippines. Daniel Pouzet, co-architect and designer of Dedon Island, took his inspiration from the extra-high ceilings of the resort’s villas. Borrowing the basket-like bottom from his earlier creation, the Nestrest, he has managed to create an altogether new work that feels even more spacious (and fits more people) while seeming to take up less space. Perfect for hanging on the terrace or veranda, or even indoors, the Swingrest is distinguished by the purity and simplicity of its concept.

A BEAUTIFUL HOME IN THE OLD CENTRE OF BARCELONA

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This beautiful home in the old town of Barcelona, Spain, belongs to Australians Crick King and Tommy Tang, owners of Barcelona based Federal Cafe. The house, with a stunning patio, is decorated in an eclectic mix of styles. Vintage finds are combined with modern furniture pieces and personal memories and souvenirs. Large works of art give color to the various spaces.

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A BEAUTIFUL HOME ON THE ISLAND OF PANAREA, ITALY

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Today another beautiful house on the Italian island of Panarea. The property consists of three houses which have lovingly been restored with respect to local traditions and materials. Panarea is a small island located off the Sicilian coast and is one of the Aeolian Islands. Out of the eight islands that make up the chain of the Aeolian Islands, Panarea is the second smallest. The island is only 3km long and 2km wide and there are only around 280 permanent residents on the island which makes it a very charming island. Over many centuries Panarea, like all the Aeolian Islands was mostly deserted. Recently the island has become a important tourist destination for (wealthy tourists).

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SUMMER ESSENTIALS: A HAMMOCK FOR SERIOUS RELAXING

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A hammock is definitely a summer essential! This hand braided one from Sukha is simply stunning.

SUMMER ESSENTIAL: BEACH TOWEL BY THE BEACH PEOPLE

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Another summer essential is a beautiful towel to bring to beach or park. I have the Majorelle towel from The Beach People. The beautiful pattern is inspired by the blue hues and exotic location of Yves Saint Laurent’s Moroccan Botanical gardens. Australian label The Beach People, founded in the summer of 2013, are makers of luxe sea essentials, designed to bring bliss to your sea adventures.

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A STUNNING SEA VIEW VILLA ON FORMENTERA, SPAIN

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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!

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A LOVELY HOME & GUEST HOUSE ON THE ISLAND OF LESVOS

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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!

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