Today’s Vacation Dreaming feature exemplifies the care and understanding with which K-Studio designs their projects. Located in Mykonos, Greece Kalesma is built as a village rather than a typical hotel. It is meant to grow and expand over the years while still providing an intimate hospitality to its guests.
There is something about every project that K-Studio designs that hooks me. Every project that I have seen of theirs has left me swooning and dreaming of visiting the project in person and experiencing it for myself. The time and care that they take to design projects that work within its environment really comes thru, resulting in projects that seamlessly integrate within its surroundings.
Whitewashed buildings set against the rugged landscape and inky blue sea sets the communal image. Intelligently positioned for visitors to enjoy both the sunrise views to the east along with the sunsets views to the west. These views can be enjoyed from the many wellness and social areas by guests as they relax and enjoy amenities that the hotel has to offer.
The hotel has 25 suites and 2 villas. I love that the entry offers a outride shower for guests to “de-sand” before entering their private quarters. Natural tones and textures along with an abundance of natural light gives the indoor spaces an elegant and calming vibe. The colour palette also allows the stunning views to the centre stage even while indoors.
The beautiful pergola covered bar, infinity pools and cushiony sun loungers are just some of the amenities to enjoy while visiting this gorgeous hotel. The hotel even has a traditional stone “Aloni” which historically was a circular structure used for grinding wheat into flour. It has been modified to be a relaxing platform from which guests can socialize and enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine.
This hotel is a dream and demonstrates perfectly K-Studios incredible design talents. It is yet another project that I am dreaming of visiting.
I have always gravitated towards light filled spaces, but lately it is one of the first things that I took for when researching a space. Maybe it’s because like most people I have been spending a lot of time indoors and now all I want is to immerse myself dreamy, light filled designs.
Today’s dreamy design is unique in many ways. It’s a renovated 1920’s bungalow in Sydney that had an addition added to it in the 80’s. It was in dire need of a makeover and thankfully the owners were up to the task. It order to make the most of the natural light that filled the top floor of the house the owners decided to flip the living spaces by moving the common areas such as the kitchen and the living room to the top floor and the bedrooms to the lower level. Normally I dislike this sort of flipped design as I don’t like the idea of sleeping in a bedroom on street level but in this case the home is elevated. Entry to the home is via a set of concrete steps that lead to the main entrance. Due to the elevated design, the bedrooms are above street level.
The common areas are bright open spaces with large windows and tall ceilings that helps the home to feel immersed in nature. Combined with a modern yet timeless aesthetic, the flow of the home is streamlined. I especially love the board formed concrete counter in the kitchen as it adds a cool industrial vibe to the space. There are massive sliding glass doors in the kitchen that open onto a concrete patio that overlooks the street in front of the home. This level is organized into both active and quiet zones that can be separated by sliding glass doors. The sitting room and library at the rear of the house opens to a rear garden by another massive sliding glass door. This further helps to bring the outdoors inside and create a cohesive flow within the home.Contrasting with the rest of the spaces on the top floor, the powder room is a beautiful cool grey colour with a large floor to ceiling mirror and a Jorn Utzon light fixture. The values of simplicity and contrast are imbued throughout the home with the goal of creating a space that supports the lives of the occupants. I love a sculptural staircase and the one in this home does not disappoint. It is a focal point when people enter the home with bedrooms branching off of the entry hallway. The master bedroom opens to a private garden terrace furthering a sense of calm in the space. Overall this home is a chic and light filled refuge from the frenetic pace of daily life. It seamlessly blends together the indoors with the outdoors for a calming, functional and timeless space.
It’s hard to believe that we are already into August and the reality of not travelling this summer has finally sunk in. I had every intention of making the best of the situation and had planned to explore Montreal with the fresh eyes of a tourist. Unfortunately I allowed myself to be distracted and I have not had a lot of time to just relax. Lock down and quarantine have really put a few things into perspective though, and highlighted things that were previously taken for granted including the freedom to travel and explore other countries. To help to combat my sadness over the lack of travel in my life at the moment, I have started to dream about and plan trips that I would LOVE to take in the future. Today’s Vacation Dreaming post is very special to me as it is a destination that I have been dreaming about for many years. Masseria Moroseta is a modern farmhouse in Puglia. Set on five hectares of organic olive fields, it boasts gorgeous views of the sea and the city of Ostuni.
Designed by one of my favourite designers Andrew Trotter, Masseria Moroseta design is both modern with traditional elements incorporated throughout. It seems like the perfect refuge for the weary to relax, rejuvenate and rebalance.
The rooms are minimal and clean but have a modern twist to the decor. They encourage rest and relaxation while not being overly stimulating.
The outdoor spaces throughout the property are incredible. From the chic but cozy pergola, to the gorgeous outdoor dining spaces, there is even an olive grove on the property. The olive oil from the grove is organic and is offered to guests and clients of the property and helps them to learn more about the flavours of the land, the history or the property and it’s traditional work. My absolute favourite space is the swimming pool. With the olive groove in the background the pool area looks incredible. Masseria Moroseta even offers yoga classes around the pool. I have have spent many hours dreaming of visiting Masseria Moroseta and in my dreams most of those hours have been spent at this pool.
The icing on this proverbial dream vacation is the food. The chef at Masseria Moroseta is the supremely talented Giorgia Eugenia Goggi. One glance at her Instagram (@giorgiaeugeniagoggi) showcases her great eye for gorgeous foods shots, her talent for cooking with seasonal foods and her creativity with always creating new twists on classic foods. Cooking classes are offered on site using exclusively organic and raw materials.
Masseria Moroseta is a dream destination for me, one that I hope to experience for myself in the future. From the design to the food to the many amenities it has to offer, it’s easy to see why Masseria Moroseta is the perfect place to escape to.
I hope that you have a beautiful day and stay safe! XXS
while things are slowly starting to open up around the world, the long term effects of this post pandemic world have officially started to set in. While I consider myself fortunate to have had a safe place to isolate, I am a little sad that I will be forgoing a vacation this year. I initially had plans to go to Italy for a friends wedding in August and then spend a couple of weeks exploring parts of Italy that I haven’t yet had a chance to see. But now the wedding has been postponed until next year, and the idea of getting on a plane (especially for a long distance flight) makes me uncomfortable. So I will be having a staycation enjoying the fun that Montreal has to offer along with vacation dreaming and planning for future trips.
Today is the first stop of my vacation dream. Villa Mandra was completed last year incredibly talented design and architecture firm K-Studios. Located in Mykonos, Greece this six bedroom holiday home looks straight out onto the sea and the neighbouring island of Delos while being almost entirely hidden from view. The villa’s design is signature K-Studio – raw and natural with clean lines and a refined and elegant twist. It’s both modern and timeless and a total design and vacation dream destination. The home was built around the idea of slow and laid back living with an emphasis on mindfulness. The home and its surroundings encourage calm, healing, retrospection and connection. Spacious and airy, with a natural palette of wood and lime washed and stone walls this home is quietly confident, with classic elements but with a modern elevated twist. Taking into consideration the warm climate and the desire to enjoy the breathtaking views in comfort, the villa has a custom built chestnut pergola that covers a large part of the outdoor space including an outdoor dining and living area that overlooks the pool. Stone tiled floors, natural wood furniture and a touch of green from the plants combine for a natural palette that brings the outdoors inside and offers a shaded respite from the hot midday sun. My favourite touch is the deep burgundy leather chair paired with an abstract painting with a similar tone in one of the bedrooms. Overall this villa is classic yet modern and the perfect destination to relax and reconnect, both with nature, loved ones and ones self. Something that I think we all need after this crazy past few months.
What do you think of Villa Mandra? Where are you dreaming of vacationing this summer? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s Inspiring Design is a renovated 140 year old terrace home in Melbourne, Australia. Terrace homes have always fascinated me. While I normally gravitate towards images of spacious homes, I am always impressed when the design of a terrace home makes the most of the limited space to create the illusion of a larger area.
As this is a heritage home, conserving the exterior of the home was important. The renovation focused on the back of the home, where the space was opened up to the back garden. The brief from the clients included an outdoor entertaining area and low maintenance garden, and that the extension should be as light filled and spacious as possible.
The result is a fluid passage thru the home and a light filled open plan that makes the most of the space. Floor to ceiling windows and glass doors along with a concrete bench that runs from the extension to the outdoor space, creates a flow between the indoor and outdoor space.
Simple, clean lines combined with natural materials such as concrete, steel and timber contrast beautifully with the historical facade of the home.
The clean and uncluttered colour palette helps to further open up the space. Book matched marble and a gorgeous statement gold hood elevate the luxe factor, while bold artwork and a few pieces of brightly coloured furniture add a fun playfulness to the home.
The sophisticated grey colour used throughout the bedroom and bathroom is both welcoming and elegant. The use of different textiles in the same colour add subtle visual interest and keep the spaces from being boring.
I especially loved the entryway to the home. Although it’s quite narrow which is normal for a terrace home, the beautiful crown moulding and archway combined with natural light streaming in from the stairwell and the back extension make an inviting entrance to this historical home. The choice in furnishings including a sculptural light and brightly coloured cabinet further elevate the welcoming vibe that is then carried throughout the home.