Category Archives: OUTDOOR

A SUMMER HOME ON THE GREEK ISLAND OF SYROS

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Located on the Greek island of Syros, this beautiful summer home is the vacation home of a family of four and their guests. The slope of the land was respected in the design and construction of the building, making the most of the views and the countryside. The views of the Aegean Sea are one of the main attractions of the house! Greek architects Block722 opted for stone walls which are typical for the region. This way the building is integrated with the environment. Inside, the aesthetics of the Greek islands is present throughout the house with white as the main color and fabrics and natural materials being used for furniture pieces and accessories. The outdoor spaces include two open courtyards shielded from the sun and an open central court suitable for sunbathing and children’s plays.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: BEACH HOUSE ON ANTI PAROS, GREECE

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Paros and Antiparos are some of the lesser known Greek Cyclades islands but both islands have been gaining popularity in the past years. New restaurants and boutique hotels are arriving such as Greek-owned Beach House on Antiparos which opened last summer. This restaurant and beach bar is located right on Apantima Beach, one of most secluded and wind protected small bays in Antiparos. They also offer boutique accommodation which you can find on their website but also on on Airbnb. The island of Antiparos, located 1.9km southwest from Paros Island, is a laid back place ideal for peaceful and quiet vacations. There are many beautiful beaches and the calm cycladic landscape, with the scattered churches, the famous cave and the Enetic castle, is ideal for sightseeing. I have been to some of the Cyclades islands but never to Antiparos but it is definitely on my list of places to visit.

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MY FAVORITE THINGS: A RATTAN HANGING CHAIR

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One of my favorite furniture pieces (ever) is a rattan hanging chair. Ten years ago I purchased one for my previous home and over the years I have been seeing these chairs more and more. I still love them and I am thinking about getting one again for our new veranda (more about the veranda later this year when it is completely finished). Here some examples of these chairs being used inside and outdoors. My favorite chair is the one you see in the first, second and last image. This chair is available from Serena & Lilly and is also available in white.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A FINCA STYLE HOLIDAY HOME ON IBIZA

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This holiday home on the Spanish island of Ibiza has been newly built (by architectal firm Blakstad Design Consultant) in the style of the traditional fincas (= Spanish farmhouses) typical to the island. I love the mix of white walls and rustic wood. It gives such a fresh look!

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A TRANQUIL HOLIDAY HOME IN PUGLIA

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This beautiful historic country house located in Puglia, Italy, is idyllically surrounded by 30,000m2 of private grounds with olive groves and vineyards. Masseria Scorcialupi is a 18th century villa which is divided in three separated apartments named after the herbs of the courtyard. The decor has the traditional style of Puglia’s manor farms. The private terraces offer a terrific view of the country. The house in the quiet countryside of Salento has lots of charm and is full with atmosphere of rural life. Life flows slowly here and it is therefore the perfect place for relaxing and privacy. Masseria Scorcialupi can be rented, more information is available on their website.

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BOOK REVIEW: YVESTOWN IN THE KITCHEN

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You might know Yvonne Eijkenduijn from her well-known blog Yvestown where she shares cooking, baking, gardening, crafting, decorating, and DIY tips. This multi-talented lady recently launched her first book “Yvestown in the Kitchen”. Yvonne believes love of food is not only a love of cooking, but also a love of the kitchen in which the food is prepared. She therefore asked some of her friends to share their favorite recipes and to give (the readers) a tour through their kitchens and dining areas. This makes the book both a cookbook as well as an interior lifestyle book. A combination I love! The delicious (easy to make ) recipes, the colorful photography and the beautiful interiors make this book as source of inspiration. One of my favorite chapters in the book is the one about Annemie & Jan. Their outdoor kitchen, which is featured in this post, is very inviting! Yvestown in the Kitchen is available from Amazon. There is also a Dutch version (Yvestown in de Keuken) which you can get here and here.

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AN INTERIOR DESIGNER’S HOME IN MALIBU, CALIFORNIA

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This is the gorgeous Malibu home of interior designer Vanessa Alexander of Alexander Design and her husband Steven. After a extensive renovation, which involved taking down walls, adding skylights, adding new windows and doors, changing the floor plan dramatically, and bringing in more than a dozen 100-year-old olive trees, the home now resembles a Tuscan farmhouse. The goal for the renovation was to create more flow and openness, to make the home more inviting. Also, a connection to the outdoors and an indoor/outdoor lifestyle was essential so they can make the most of the amazing views. You can read the entire article (which included more information about furniture pieces) here on Domaine. My favorite elements of this house are the beautiful outdoor areas and the rustic wooden floor.

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