Architecture and interiors firm BarlisWedlick did an amazing job in renovating and redesigning this 19th century barn in Hudson Valley, New York. The main house is constructed from structural insulated panels from Vermont Timber Frames and clad in charred cedar. The open living-and-bedroom area of this rural retreat (image below) can be divided by a wall that rises from within the master-suite platform. Interior designer Elaine Santos blended her client’s collection of vintage furniture with no-fuss pieces like a Shaker-style bench by Ilse Crawford for De La Espada. The keyword that was used for the interior design is “neo-Shaker”. Everything in the house needed to be functional but also inviting. In this way, the tactile experience of objects was just as important as their aesthetics. The result is simply stunning!
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.
From yesterday’s beach house in St. Baths, we ‘travel’ to a stylish apartment in Denmark today. This is the home of Karen Maj Kornum who runs the company Another Ballroom. Karen started Another Ballroom from a great passion for aesthetics, harmony, people, cultures, art, design and alternative ideas of interior design. The shop’s collections consists of a selected mix of 20th century man-made and remade furniture, contemporary design and art, alongside with carefully chosen vintage Moroccan rugs. The unique products and items are showcased in the home of the founders of Another Ballroom, and are exhibited in pop-up stores and galleries around Copenhagen.
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.”
Interior Stylist Cille Grut loves color, but it is the gray tone she love the most. Her home in Copenhagen (Denmark), which is a former cottage built in 1875, is decorated in various shades of gray. The combination of light and dark tones really works well. And although grey is a cool tone, the result is not cold or boring at all.
Santorini is high on my list of places to visit. I have been to this beautiful Greek island before but that was in 1990 when I was island hopping during summer school holiday. It will be hard to choose accommodation as the island has some stunning hotels. For example Sophia Caldera Suites which offers beautiful, spacious, luxury living hotel suites. This romantic traditionally modern boutique property has individually styled suites and rooms with the infamous Caldera sunset view. The building was reconstructed and renovated with the appropriate care, during 2015. The original manor houses were built more than 150 years ago by a Turkish business man who was in love with the island. He was one of the most important philhellene and moreover he was over fascinated by the Cycladic architecture and philosophy of the Greek islands. During the first construction he found and kept them safe a lot of antiques as well as genuine Santorinian artifacts and unique items of different sections of the island’s history. The retreat itself is nestled in the heart of the colorful volcanic rocks. All 13 individually designed rooms and suites are stylish and beautiful decorated with an eye for details. I would certainly feel at home here! For more information, bookings and rates you can visit the hotel’s website.