Category Archives: TRAVEL

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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THE TRAVEL FILES: HOTEL MONTEVERDI IN TUSCANY, ITALY

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Soon I will be off to Tuscany, Italy, for a few days. We will be staying near the town of Lucca in a lovely small hotel which is well known for it’s exquisite food. I will be sharing some images when I am back but in the mean time I would like to show you another gorgeous hotel which is tucked away in the tiny Tuscan village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro. The stunning Hotel Monteverdi offers seven magnificent rooms and suites, each of them uniquely decorated with the most beautiful furnishings and art work. I especially love the rustic elements of the exposed ceiling beams and stone walls. Designer Ilaria Miani very well succeeded in combining modern furnishing with a traditions style. More information is available on the hotel’s website.

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BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY HOMES ON THE GREEK ISLAND OF SYROS

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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.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: VILLA LENA IN TUSCANY, ITALY

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Sprawling over 500 hectares of beautiful woodland, rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards, Villa Lena in Tuscany, Italy, is much more than just a traditional Tuscan retreat. It is set up as an artist residency and a hotel where art and culture are the heart of the project. This creatively inspiring and serene place, suitable both for individuals and families, offers multiple places to stay and multiple places to rest and enjoy a break. In addition, they run an active program of workshops, lectures and entertainment formed on the basis of the ideas by artists in residence. Guests can stay in apartments or houses which are spread over the estate. Rooms are designed with an emphasis on easy chic, spaces are filled with vintage pieces, recycled furniture and art produced at the residency. For more information you can visit Villa Lena’s website.

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A LOVELY AND COZY MEXICAN SUMMER HOME

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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.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: ACE HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

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The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles opened early 2014 in the historic United Artists building in Downtown LA. Atelier Ace worked with local collective Commune Design to restore the United Artists building (dating from 1927) and theatre and to transform it into a hotel. For the guest rooms, Commune drew inspiration from Rudolf Schindler’s residence in West Hollywood. The upstairs rooftop space (featured in this post) was transformed into an indoor/outdoor lounge and pool inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House. Furnishings are a combination of Equipale-style and pieces by Joshua Tree sculptor Alma Allen. At the end of this post you can find some suggestions how to bring a bit of this style into your own home. More information about the hotel can be found on the Ace Hotel website.

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