Effortless elegance and the magic of the Greek and Aeolian Islands
Brief: revitalise areas of an established family home
Inspired by the rugged charm of the Greek and Aeolian Islands with their turquoise waters, hand-finished whitewashed walls and the age-old crafts of the villagers, the large downstairs living area was revamped to maximise its stunning ocean views and to accommodate the growing family’s busy beachside lifestyle.
The existing balcony door was opened up by a wall of black, ceiling-to-floor sliding steel-framed glass doors and swing windows to reveal the sweeping ocean view. Detailed joinery, a custom-designed curved fire hearth and a simplified ceiling were incorporated. Speciality textured and layered paint finishes were applied to the curved wall, and blues, turquoises and aquas were used to dot the room like jewels, creating a vibrant canvas for the new bespoke furniture that was featured inside and out. Like the call of the Sirens in Ulysses, one is drawn to the view, to relax, replenish and drink in the atmosphere.
Sculptural pieces and objets d’art, beautiful cushions, a luxurious sofa and an oversized Berber rug contrasted with the raw-sawn timber-look of the coffee and side tables. For the outdoor area, a long timber bench sofa was designed, ideal for lolling around on or entertaining. Original American 1950s rattan armchairs were restored and revitalised in a nod to the rattan crafts of village life.
The luxurious and comfortable upstairs master bedroom echoed the ocean’s hues and its ever-changing moods. An elegant wide-column, Belgian linen bedhead designed for comfort and feel was fitted with slim, darkened, brass night lights. Custom-made, gloss finish, aqua nightstands contrasted sharply and were perfectly balanced, creating an effortless elegance.
The lighting throughout was updated and selected to highlight the many artworks and the beautiful garden, adding ambience, depth and mood.
Photographer Prue Roscoe