Interior of the Week (and Holiday Home Envy) – Villa Kalos

I don’t know about you but I’ve been day dreaming about the sun ALL month. Since this is going to be staying a dream for quite sometime, I got researching my dream holiday home and I stumbled across Villa Kalos in Greece and turned green with envy! Take a look at this….

 

It’s in the perfect location overlooking the stunning countryside of Lahos in Ithaka.  The owners, Gerda Genis and Robbert Koene, have beautifully decorated and restored what was once a ruin and now let it out over the summer!  It has four bedrooms, all of which have a en suite and a large swimming pool to cool off.  Have a look at their website, I imagine it get’s snapped up pretty quick so get booking!

Source from est magazine and Villa Kalos

Photography by Robbert Koene

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Interior of the Week- Retrouvius

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A beautiful Country Farmhouse redesigned by London based design practice Retrouvius. You’ll find many of their design projects on the front covers of home and decoration magazines. They also have a fabulous warehouse full of reclaimed materials and furniture, definitely worth a look!

Images from Retrouvius.

 

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Interior of the Week

A room with the ultimate view…..

Lake view home by k-m-architekturIsn’t this a jaw droppingly- take your breath away kinda view?!  The house is located in Switzerland by Lake Walensee and is designed by K-M-Architektur. They have used wood on almost every surface a part from the floor to ceiling windows which make the most of this fantastic view. You can imagine the views look just as stunning in winter with snow covered mountains and the lovely golden wood inside making it feel all cosy and warm.

House designed by k-m-architektur

House design by k-m-architekturBy using wood extensively inside and outside, I think it makes the building sit well in it’s location in the grassy hills especially as they have used a light coloured wood. However I do love the super modern sharp clean lines of the building juxtaposing against the natural rugged mountains opposite. Beautiful.

House designed by k-m-architektur

house designed by k-m-architektur

Interior of the Week

Glass wall with greenery outsideHow dramatic and stunning is this!!!  That glass window, looking on to the highest wall of greenery I’ve ever seen, is for me absolutely breath taking. The different kinds of plants growing up the wall makes it so interesting with it’s different textures and shades of green- it’s practically a living breathing wallpaper! You definitely wouldn’t be over looked, in fact it looks like you could never escape….

I also think the way they have used black is very clever, it blends in beautifully with the back drop so it doesn’t lose the impressive and dramatic atmosphere.  If they had used white it would have had a completely different effect. By using black they have embraced the darkness rather then trying to make the room light. I think one of the best pieces of advice I have found is from Roger Banks-Pye, who said  “Always make a dark room darker. You can paint a dark room white, but it will still be dark…give it atmosphere with deep intense colour that works well in artificial light.”

I’m not sure who is lucky enough to own this bit of glamourous land. I know I shouldn’t really use images where you can’t find the original source but this interior is just too good! I found it on Abigail Ahern’s Pinterest Board, and when I asked her where she found it, she pointed me to Domaine. However I haven’t managed to find it on their website or Pinterest Boards. So if anyone knows where this image comes from please let me know! Thanks

Interior of the Week- Tree House Hotel

I freakin love architecture.  This is the sort of thing that gets me excited……

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Image from Welcome Beyond

Ok so technically this is an exterior post but gee whizz this is amazing! It is called The Treehotel- The Mirrorcube in Sweden.

Sleeps two adults and I think you’ll agree, with six windows and panoramic views, it would be one special little getaway.

They’ve even thought about the birds. They have covered the mirrors with an infrared film that we folk can’t see but the birds can… so you won’t get any little birdies flying straight into the mirrors. Goodo.

If there was a millionaire hobbit he’d live here…

If there was a millionaire hobbit, I imagine this is what his pad would look like.  It’s positioned in the Swiss Alps (literally) and you access it from a wooden shed then through an underground tunnel as it is situated inside the mountain.

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It’s seriously awesome and the best bit is that you can rent it out for your holidays and fit up to 10 people- oh what fun you could have! I found it on this really cool website Urlaubsarchitektur which has a huge list of historical, modern and traditional holiday homes that are all outstanding. Many have won awards like this one called Villa Vals.

Villa Vals in the Summer

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It looks ultra modern filled with Dutch designed furniture and accessories. Although it seems to be made mainly from concrete, there is enough warm wood, rugs, fireplaces and fabulous lighting to make it feel cosy and inviting after a day of skiing or nice and cool after your hike in the summer. It’s also super close to the famous spa hotel Therme Vals where you could have a dip in this:

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Spa at the Therme Vals Hotel.

You can find more information on the house and all the details for booking on Urlaubsarchitektur and Villa Vals.

(All images are linked back to the relevant websites).

Stay-cationing? Check this out…

Whilst trawling around the internet looking for somewhere to disappear to for a week I came across the most brilliant blog. It’s called Emily Escaped and it’s ‘dedicated to seeking out UK holiday rentals that are all about great design’. It has the most amazing holiday homes i’ve ever seen!! A feast for design lovers, take a look at these beauties…

THE WORKSHOP AT LIME TREE FARM, SUFFOLK. Sleeps 2 People from From £830 per week

SEA GEM, EAST SUSSEX. Sleeps 8 from £3000 per week

THE BEACH HAUS, DORSET. Sleeps 8 from £1,680 a week

TY HEDFAN, POWYS. Sleeps 8 from £950 per week

BALBEGNO CASTLE, KINCARDINESHIRE. Sleeps 16 from £2,890 a week

It’s hard to believe that all of these little oasis’ are in the UK. With views looking over the beach and countryside you could be anywhere. Some of the holiday homes picked out by Emily Escapes have won architectural awards while others are inspirational conversions. They range from sleeping x2 for romantic getaways to sleeping x16 perfect for group holidays with friends. What could be more fun!

THE BEACH HAUS, DORSET. Beautiful!

No more queuing at the airport, just hop in your car and away you go! Check out the website Emily Escaped to find your perfect stay-cation holiday home.