A Greek Family Home

An air of tranquility flows through this sprawling family vacation home on the island of Spetses, near Athens, Greece. The home consists of a main house with four bedrooms, and two connecting, smaller houses, any of which may be used separately. The matriarch of the family wanted to be able to spend time with her adult children and their families every summer. She envisioned a large yet cozy compound, a home with a feeling of timelessness and serenity. Athenian architect Nikos Moustroufis and Madrid-based interior designer Isabel López-Quesada worked their magic to create an oasis of relaxed elegance for this family home.

Every space invites relaxation. The soothing hues of blue and white, traditional Greek colours, pair beautifully with warm woods, rich textures, and a gorgeous collection of pieces evoking seafaring journeys bringing home beloved treasures. Ornate mirrors, intricately painted chests, and sculptural white coral are juxtaposed with sturdy furniture, summery cotton and linen textiles, and sinuous metal pieces, like chandeliers and a stunning iron canopy bed. White walls and light blue floors and ceilings, along with an absence of rugs and drapery, provide a perfectly simple, clean, cool background for the elegant furnishings.

Outdoor living areas abound, from intimate lounging spaces to grand sitting and dining spaces. Willow branches bring cooling shade, as a respite from the intense heat and sun of the Mediterranean island, while a large area is left open to the skies, because the homeowners wanted to be able to see the stars.

What a beautiful place for family to gather.

A Greek Family Home

A Greek Family Home

A Greek Family Home

A Greek Family Home

A Greek Family Home

A Greek Family Home

A Greek Family Home

A Greek Family Home

A Greek Family Home

A Greek Family Home

A Greek Family Home

(All images via Architectural Digest. Words are my own.)

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Blue Mood

I just had to share this beautiful Victorian four-story townhouse in south London with you today. In case you can’t tell, I love the colour blue. I always fall for blue and white interiors. This lovely townhouse has a blue theme throughout, so, of course, I fell in love with it.

With blues ranging from the palest whisper-soft blue to deep navy, and drifting into the aqua end of the spectrum, the varied cool hues in this home explore the many moods of the colour blue. Light-coloured floors balance out the darker hues and brighten up the entire home.

The navy walls in the dual-aspect lounge evoke an elegant, serene, and cozy mood. I love how the art arrangements on the walls, the plush velvet, a mix of patterns, not to mention that stunning fiddle leaf fig, create a lively atmosphere, contrasting beautifully with the deep, dramatic hue.

living room 1

living room 2

The study makes clever use of a sliver of space, illuminated by a floor-to-ceiling window and a skylight. What could have been a dark, barely-used hall has been transformed into a bright, perfectly edited, and useful space.

study

More views of the living room…

living room 3

living room 4

I love the light-filled dining room. Lovely French doors and a huge skylight bring so much natural light into the space. The family room sits at the opposite end of this space, as you can see. A fabulous blue and white pattern fabric designed by the late great Michael Szell really adds personality to these rooms, and ties them together well. More fiddle leaf figs bring the outside in. This is such a cheerful space. (Look closely in the mirror to see a young member of the family enjoying this room. You can just see the bow in her hair.)

dining room

family room

Pale blue walls create a calm oasis in the master bedroom. This is my favourite room in the house. I just love the vintage pieces and the touches of kelly green and pink. That glamorous mirrored side table and old-fashioned floral cushion are so pretty.

master bedroom

Two little girls get to enjoy this adorable grey room with pops of colour and fun details like that triple light and sweet dollhouse. The pretty aqua tufted chair looks like the perfect spot to curl up with a favourite book.

girls' room

The kitchen’s subtle blue-grey walls are complimented by brass fixtures and marble. This pared-down, stylish space seems like a pleasure to cook in.

kitchen

For more photos and details about this gorgeous home, see the source link below.

All images via Living etc.