Today is all about Mediterranean outdoor areas. Blue sea, cozy shaded sitting areas, bright pink bougainvillea flowers, al fresco dining … I love these kind of outdoor spaces! We will be off to Italy soon and next month we will be holidaying on the Spanish island of Mallorca. So I will be getting my portion of Mediterranean bliss!
To celebrate Spring I will be showing you the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the coming weeks. Loving the pops of colors of the flowers in these three settings featured in this post. I am happy to see some color again in our garden as well after months of winter (you can see our garden here)!
Athens-based architecture studio Block 722 designed these two holiday houses on the Greek island of Syros. The design process 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. I love the Cycladic architectural characteristics of the buildings, especially love the use of local stonework.
This is the former home of Georgia O’Keefe in Abiquiu, New Mexico. These images, shot by Brittany Ambridge, were featured in a article about this artist’s home. O’Keeffe rehabilitated the original adobe building at Abiquiu. Influences of her 1950s modern aesthetic can be seen in the century-old structure. Adobe fireplaces and walls, and the viga-and-latilla ceilings are typical of New Mexican Pueblo-style architecture. Little of her art is displayed in the home, in stead things that touched her (such as branches, bones, rocks and other found objects that she scavenged from the landscape) are found in many of the rooms.
Days are getting warmer and this make me dream about beautiful summer homes. This stunning place in the coastal town of Sayulita, Mexico, is owned by Brittney Borjeson. Brittany moved to Mexico to escape hectic city life. Last September she found her dream home: a lovely two-bedroom house overlooking the ocean in the southern hillsides of Sayulita. She also launched a shop selling Mexican crafts and artifacts, designed by herself and made by local artisans. I truly love this home as it is simple yet cozy decorated in a natural style. Almost everything in Borjeson’s two-story home is custom-made, either by herself or with the help of village craftsmen. If you like the style of this home: at the end of the post you can find some suggestions to create a similar style.