It is winter here in The Netherlands here and I love it. Temperatures are below zero and I hope it will stay cold so we will be able to skate on the frozen lakes. But that does not mean that I can’t enjoy looking at some beautiful outdoor areas on a sunny island. These cozy roofed terrance belong to interior designer Caroline Legrand’s home on Ibiza.
It is winter in this part of the world (hopefully we will be getting some snow at the end of the week) but when looking at Tine K’s new Spring/Summer catalog I was immediately in a summer state of mind. The catalog was shot on the Spanish island of Ibiza which is the perfect setting for the bohemian chic style of the collection.
This small bungalow in Los Angeles has a lot of charm. The large brick patio, shuttered windows, exposed beams and use of natural materials give warmth and character. The location of the house, between a popular farmer’s market and the sea, is very convenient. Owner Sara, who works a a Home Stylist for West Elm): “As ocean-lovers and natural food enthusiasts, it was literally the perfect spot for us.”
This stunning South African beach house is located in Grotto Bay, an area close to Cape Town which is part of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve, where natural beauty, biodiversity, history and culture are protected by law. Owners of this nine-bedroom, nine-bathroom contemporary, clapboard-clad timber house are husband and wife Rob and Gina McClelland and their two daughters. The house has a relaxed feel which suits the seaside location perfectly! You can find more beautiful South African homes here.
Situated on the island of Syros in Greece this summer home has stunning sea views. The design process, led by Greek architecture firm Block 722, was defined by the clients’ desire to maximize the view of the Plagia bay. The main intention was to unify the various spaces of the house under one roof facing the Aegean, without creating a massive volume, thus resulting in a deconstructed rectangle with massive openings from all sides. The outdoor area follows the topography of the landscape through a series of steps that define the outdoor areas and offer vast relaxation spaces, either sheltered from the sun or open. The result is a beautiful home that is not an invasion of the landscape but an extension.
I love Tulum in Mexico. Since I have been there about 8 years ago more beautiful hotels and resorts have opened their doors. One of them is Hotel Esencia. This former hideaway of an Italian Duchess, located on a 50-acre estate between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, is tucked into the jungle on one of the prettiest stretches of beach. The Main House is the hotel’s centerpiece, around which footpaths lead to only 29 suites and villas where guests enjoy genuine privacy and top flight hospitality. Ideally situated far from huge resorts and the roar of pleasure boats, the immaculate bay of Xpu-Ha is a natural haven where each year sea turtles make their nests. Hotel Esencia invites the happy few who know how rare it is to find a place that is truly unique, to make it their home in the tropics.
This beautiful villa is a luxurious vacation rental located in Ibiza, isolated on more than 10,000 square meters of land, with a spectacular view of the sea. From here you can watch the sun set every day of the year. Even in the summer, when the island tends to get more crowded, this is still a rather quiet and peaceful place, perfect to calm down and relax. The building, which is about 150 years old, had been abandoned for 40 years. It had no ceiling and the walls were crumbling and there was no electrical wiring. Renovations took about five years. However, the first two years were spent gathering permissions and getting all paperwork in order. The house is protected due to its location close to the sea as well as its age. The owner about the interior design: “We wanted to respect the building and the land, the simplicity of the place, so we kept all the aspects the house had 150 years ago, creating a dialogue between the past and the present. Therefore, the rooms were kept the same and the house was decorated in a simple and discreet manner with simple wooden furniture, kilims and individual pieces we collected throughout our travels.”