Can you believe that this contemporary home in the rugged north of Ibiza was once a stable? The owners of Ibiza Interiors developed this 200 year old finca into their showroom and guesthouse. To keep the character of the original building, basic materials are used. The beautiful authentic ‘sabina beams’ have been preserved, just like the original ancient stone walls in the kitchen and bathroom. The architects only used materials that were used traditionally on the island, like the iroko window frames, concrete and white chalk plastered stone walls. The building had been unused for years, and was in very poor condition. Therefore only the walls, and parts of the roof could remain. Electricity, water and sewage were not present, the architects had to add all these things to make it work as a contemporary home. Water comes from a private well and there are solar panels installed for hot water, floor heating and electricity. The cottage is consequently completely independent of the grid operation and is thus self-sustainable.
This colorful house on Ibiza was originally a second home for holidays but the Dutch owners decided to make this their permanent home and run their business, a kidswear label, from the beautiful Spanish island. The architecture is simple with lots of white and clean lines. Colorful furniture and accessories give character and atmosphere to the various spaces.
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.
This light and airy beachside home in Alicante, Spain, has beautiful views on the Mediterranean sea. The house, which dates from the 1950s, have been renovated respecting the coastal building laws. Architectural elements such as ceilings, beams, floor and windows were maintained while the indoor areas got a fresh new look. The owner, interior designer Jessica Bataille, has beautifully decorated the house with natural materials. The decor is simple yet cosy. Plenty of white combined with a bright blue gives a fresh feel to this lovely home.
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’m back! I have been to France for a wonderful holiday but I am also experiencing some health issues which forced me to take a longer break than planned. But here I am again, although I will be taking it easy in the coming weeks. I have found some gorgeous summer homes to show to you this week. Today I start with this beautiful home on Ibiza which is designed by Annabell Kutucu, the same designer that is also responsible for the interior of San Giorgio Hotel and Scorpio on Mykonos, and Casa Cook on Rhodes. I love that rustic chic signature style!