DREAM HOLIDAY HOME | FORMENTERA

6 July 2015

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Oh I love the Balearic Islands and this house on Formentera is a renovation as well as an extension project and effortlessly combines tradition and modern design.

The original stone house was preserved by architects Marià Castelló and Daniel Redolat whilst adding space that sits unobtrusive in this stunning location. It’s the limited palette of materials and minimal design that highlights the traditional features like stone walls, sloping ceilings and exposed beams. It’s a modern rustic house with an emphasis on modern as the striking shapes and angles of the architecture have created little outdoor retreat and sitting areas whichever way the sun beams.

I love the flow of light and air through the house that is united by it’s polished concrete floor and white-washed walls though my favourite part has to be the shaded terrace. I can see myself lying there happily with a glass of something just watching the sun set across the infinity pool. *Bliss*

Quite possibly my dream holiday home!

 

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dream holiday home, Balearic Islands, formentera, tradition, modern design, architecture, Marià Castelló, Daniel Redolat, minimal, traditional features, stone walls, exposed beams, modern rustic, flow of light and air, polished concrete floor, white washed walls, infinity pool, shaded terrace, style, trend

dream holiday home, Balearic Islands, formentera, tradition, modern design, architecture, Marià Castelló, Daniel Redolat, minimal, traditional features, stone walls, exposed beams, modern rustic, flow of light and air, polished concrete floor, white washed walls, infinity pool, shaded terrace, style, trend

dream holiday home, Balearic Islands, formentera, tradition, modern design, architecture, Marià Castelló, Daniel Redolat, minimal, traditional features, stone walls, exposed beams, modern rustic, flow of light and air, polished concrete floor, white washed walls, infinity pool, shaded terrace, style, trend

dream holiday home, Balearic Islands, formentera, tradition, modern design, architecture, Marià Castelló, Daniel Redolat, minimal, traditional features, stone walls, exposed beams, modern rustic, flow of light and air, polished concrete floor, white washed walls, infinity pool, shaded terrace, style, trend

dream holiday home, Balearic Islands, formentera, tradition, modern design, architecture, Marià Castelló, Daniel Redolat, minimal, traditional features, stone walls, exposed beams, modern rustic, flow of light and air, polished concrete floor, white washed walls, infinity pool, shaded terrace, style, trend

dream holiday home, Balearic Islands, formentera, tradition, modern design, architecture, Marià Castelló, Daniel Redolat, minimal, traditional features, stone walls, exposed beams, modern rustic, flow of light and air, polished concrete floor, white washed walls, infinity pool, shaded terrace, style, trend

 

ARCHITECTS | Marià Castelló and Daniel Redolat
PHOTOGRAPHY | Estudi Es Pujol de s’Era with thanks
 
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DREAM HOLIDAY HOME | ‘FIVE COLUMNS’ ESSAOUIRA

2 July 2015

dream holiday home, restored house, Essaouira, marrakech, morocco, worlds best surfing, unspoilt beaches, medina, renovation, restoration, paulina arcklin, simple, contemporary, ethnic, chic, style, travel, wifi, fully equipped kitchen, sleeps 8 people, wet rooms, sunny terrace, authentic, culture

The dream holiday home series continues with a beautifully restored 200 year old house in Morocco. The Five Columns is a 2.5hr drive from Marrakech in the laid back resort of Essaouira which I read has got some of the world’s best surfing and unspoilt sandy beaches as a well a bustling Medina with bakeries and fruit stalls all within a five minute walking distance.

The house has recently gone through a complete renovation and sympathetically restored retaining it’s original features such as the 5 sand stone columns that give the place it’s name. The shots are taken by one of my favourite photographers, Paulina Arcklin, whose personal style fits perfectly with the restored house: simple, contemporary, ethnic and chic. I even like the way she’s water marked all the images with her signature – true Paulina!

It’s a stunning home from home with a luxurious and comfortable feel and I can imagine going there with a group of friends for a relaxing holiday to soak up some authentic Moroccan culture and style with great cooking provided at extra cost by a local lady.

The fully equipped kitchen, central dining area and cosy fire place should make it easy to relax and feel at home straight away. They even have wifi and an iPod dock for those who don’t want to be off the grid. And the sunny terrace on the second floor has got sun loungers and an open-plan bar.

Does this have party written all over it!? There are 4 double bedrooms comfortably sleeping 8 people with en suite wet rooms. To find out more click here.
 

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dream holiday home, restored house, Essaouira, marrakech, morocco, worlds best surfing, unspoilt beaches, medina, renovation, restoration, paulina arcklin, simple, contemporary, ethnic, chic, style, travel, wifi, fully equipped kitchen, sleeps 8 people, wet rooms, sunny terrace, authentic, culture

dream holiday home, restored house, Essaouira, marrakech, morocco, worlds best surfing, unspoilt beaches, medina, renovation, restoration, paulina arcklin, simple, contemporary, ethnic, chic, style, travel, wifi, fully equipped kitchen, sleeps 8 people, wet rooms, sunny terrace, authentic, culture

dream holiday home, restored house, Essaouira, marrakech, morocco, worlds best surfing, unspoilt beaches, medina, renovation, restoration, paulina arcklin, simple, contemporary, ethnic, chic, style, travel, wifi, fully equipped kitchen, sleeps 8 people, wet rooms, sunny terrace, authentic, culture

dream holiday home, restored house, Essaouira, marrakech, morocco, worlds best surfing, unspoilt beaches, medina, renovation, restoration, paulina arcklin, simple, contemporary, ethnic, chic, style, travel, wifi, fully equipped kitchen, sleeps 8 people, wet rooms, sunny terrace, authentic, culture

 
MORE INFORMATION | Five Columns
PHOTOGRAPHY | Paulina Arcklin with thanks
 
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MY MONTH ON INSTAGRAM | JUNE 2015

30 June 2015

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Yay! I love June. The days are long, the temperatures mostly pleasant and I was finally ready to announce my new Instagram name this month @wildboysandgirls_ in case you’re looking for me.

Wild Boys & Girls is my latest creation – a hip urban kids apparel and decor brand that’s going to open it’s online doors at the beginning of September. It’s been so much fun working on this project for the past 3 months though it feels a bit like baby number 3 that needs a lot of nurturing and attention in it’s first year. Let’s hope it’ll grow big and strong. 😉

Hope you enjoy following along on IG and being part of this amazing crazy virtual community. I love seeing all your likes and comments and try and reply to each and every one of them.

Another 2 weeks to go and we’re off on our BIG US adventure. From the Rocky Mountains to Times Square we’ve got it covered. Hop on for the ride!

 

PHOTOGRAPHY | Annie Kruse. Please don’t take my shots without my permission. Instead follow me on Instagram.

 
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SOAK AND SLEEP | SUMMER OF LINEN

24 June 2015

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A few weeks ago I was invited by Soak and Sleep to celebrate their ‘Summer of Linen’ with an ultimate wind down experience. Considering they’re a bed and bathroom company I might be forgiven that my thoughts immediately drifted off to a sleep-over in a posh London hotel. C’mon Annie, get real!

Well, interestingly I wasn’t far off as pretty soon we were all encouraged to get into bed and lie down for our pillow consultation at gorgeous London boutique hotel Artist Residence. It’s amazing what a difference the right pillow with the correct support for your sleeping position can make and I’ve been nodding off like a baby ever since they surprised me with my chosen favourite.

Soak and Sleep is passionate to give you the best night’s sleep and continually research and source the best fabrics and products around the globe. From duvets, pillows, bed linen, towels, toppers, protectors & mattresses they’ve got it covered and by buying directly from trusted factories they can offer incredible value for money without wasteful mark ups.

With their ‘Summer of Linen’ theme they’re introducing 100% Pure French Linen that has a relaxed, tousled look – or as I call it ‘deliberately crumpled’. I love this easy look and the slightly cool feel of the linen that just gets better with age. The fabric is pre-shrunk and pre-softened and comes in beautiful natural shades like white, grey, soft blue and charcoal. Perfect to create that calm look and feel for your bedroom. Good night!
 

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soak and sleep, summer of linen, 100% pure french linen, quality, pillow consultation, duvets, pillows, bed linen, towels, toppers, protectors, mattresses, relaxed, easy, style, trend, soft natural shades, white, grey, soft blue, charcoal pre-shrunk, pre-softened, for the home

soak and sleep, summer of linen, 100% pure french linen, quality, pillow consultation, duvets, pillows, bed linen, towels, toppers, protectors, mattresses, relaxed, easy, style, trend, soft natural shades, white, grey, soft blue, charcoal pre-shrunk, pre-softened, for the home

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MORE INFORMATION | Soak and Sleep
PHOTOGRAPHY | Annie Kruse
 
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DREAM HOLIDAY HOME | MODERN RUSTIC IN PUGLIA

22 June 2015

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I don’t know about you but I’m lusting after holiday homes at the moment.

It finally feels like summer is around the corner (isn’t it always in this country) and I just want to escape somewhere hot and sunny. Preferably with a pool or next to the sea with stunning views, a large terrace and equally beautiful interior and decor. Ha! Don’t we all you’re thinking… So, I’ve decided to run a small series of dream holiday homes that should quench my thirst for some eye candy over the next couple of months.

Starting with this modern rustic holiday home in Puglia, Italy that ticks almost all my boxes and is a perfect mix of old and new. It belongs to architect ​Luca Zanaroli who used stones from the surrounding farmland to cover his new build blending it effortlessly into the landscape as if it’s been there for hundreds of years. He even applied the old technique of dry stone walling without the use of mortar.

The inside is harmoniously connected by white washed walls and polished rust-coloured concrete floors that give an immediate lived in feel to this modern new home. Luca made the deliberate choice of keeping the rooms intimate with small windows directing the view and giving glimpses of the outside like a group of cactae or an old gnarly olive tree. After all you can appreciate the stunning view across fields towards the sea from the wrap around terrace.

I really like the use of recycled elements in a new context like the old gate converted into a headboard in one of the bedrooms and the wall display of sea shells and beach finds that connects the house to it’s coastal setting.

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY | Christian Schaulin with thanks
 
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