Category Archives: OUTDOOR

A SWEDISH WOODEN HOUSE SURROUNDED BY ROSES

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This idyllic house in Falsterbo, Sweden, is surrounded by more than a hundred various types of roses (can you imagine the sweet smell in summer!). The beautiful wooden house was built in 1901 and has been painted in gray and white. Owners David and Madeleine: “The house was quite significantly distorted when we bought it, but we saw the potential and qualities that were hiding under layers of fiber cement, plaster walls and vinyl flooring. They have successfully tried to keep the summer feeling of the house (it was originally a summer home) by keeping atmosphere light and airy.

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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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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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THE TRAVEL FILES: A HOLIDAY HOME ON ANTIPAROS

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Villa Tea is a beautiful holiday villa located on the Greek island of Antiparos. The house is a contemporary take on the typical Cycladic form, modern with hints of characteristic features of Cycladic architecture. The interior is decorated in a colour palette of earthy tones, while touches of vivid colours are found in the ethnic killim rugs, cushions and blankets.The stone floor inside and out create a sense of continuity between the two spaces and connect the house with the landscape. This south facing house is surrounded by beautiful views. In front there is the deep blue sea, while the peaceful rural landscape surrounds the rest of the house. The spacious villa is available for holiday rentals. With 5 double bedrooms the house is suitable for 8-10 people. Villa Tea has plenty of stunning outdoor areas to entertain and relax any time of day as most are shaded and protected from the sun and wind. Not to forget, the villa’s peaceful surroundings are ideal for night time star gazing. You can find more information about renting this lovely home here on this website.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: UNSPOILT SATELLITE ISLAND, TASMANIA

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Satellite Island is a unique destination. This small island of immense beauty lies in the heart of the magnificent D’Entrecasteaux Channel, in the south of Tasmania (Australia). Whether you’re looking to escape frantic city life or yearning for adventure, Satellite Island is the perfect combination of relaxing hideaway and untamed Tasmanian wilderness. The result is a truly unique experience. In the morning wake to the sound of sea birds, and take breakfast out on the deck before heading off on one of the island’s stunning walking tracks. Sheer sea cliffs fall away to pristine water and wild shellfish can be found in the ancient rock shelf that circles the Island. A pair of rare white breasted sea eagles who live on the Island can be seen soaring high above the huge blue gums, whilst quail, pheasants and native wildlife forage below. The island has never before been accessible to the public. It remains utterly unspoilt. With 360° views of this southern hemisphere wilderness—a mix of beautiful native bush, ancient blue gums, sheer sea cliffs, pebble beaches and sunny coves—Satellite Island is a secluded secret hideaway, yours alone to explore. Satellite Island is exclusively yours when you come to stay. It is your own private island to explore and enjoy as you please. For more information you can visit Satelite Island’s website here.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: ISLETA EL ESPINO, NICARAGUA

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Isleta El Espino is an island on the Lago de Nicaragua, a freshwater lake in Central America. On the island there are three holiday cabanas, a restaurant, a pool, yoga platforms, a bar and lots of places to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Birds, monkeys, breezes are the soundtrack of your visit. Because this very untouched (eco)resort is the only premises on the island, shortly after arriving you can’t help slipping into a total holiday mode. This sounds al wonderful to me. When can I go??! For more information and reservations you can visit the resort’s website or their page on Airbnb.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A KID FRIENDLY VILLA ON BALI

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I often receive questions from readers if the beautiful (summer) homes that are featured on this blog can be rented. If they are available for short term rent I will mention this in the blog post with a link to a website for more information. From the high number of questions I can make up that traveling is a popular topic so I will be sharing more travel tips and beautiful homes which can be rented for holidays. Starting today with this beautiful villa that is listed on Airbnb. The colorful holiday villa is located on Bali, in a beautiful area called Umalas. This is where most expats live, and where most Europeans choose to spend their time in Bali. Although the area is very different to Seminyak, the hustle and bustle of Seminyak is only 5 minutes away. The owners of this villa are the designers behind Australian fashion label Mister Zimi. Their colorful style is clearly visible throughout the three-bedroom home, with bright colors, various bold colored textiles and a beautiful mural of a Mexican Otomi in the kids’ room. The villa is perfect for kids, there is a glass pool fence and a good sizes grassed garden, but is can also serve a group of friends or two couples. Komang, the villa manager will come to the villa each day and clean it. Should you require her to get you some supplies from the supermarket she is more than happy to do this. And she is also available as a babysitter, while her husband can be hired as a driver. Reservations can be made through Airbnb.

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