Relaxing Reverie

Hi Everyone!

Like most people, 2020 has been a challenging year for me. And with those challenges have come lessons that I am grateful to have learned or that I am in the process of learning and understanding. How to slow down has been the most important of all of these lessons as it has taught me patience and to understand what is truly important to me. It has also allowed me to get comfortable with quiet and stillness, two things that I have often struggled with. Lately though, I find myself enjoying simple and quiet moments which is why today’s Relaxing Reverie really resonated with me.
This simple concrete bungalow located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the perfect example why bigger and expensive does not always mean better. Built with a budget of only $38,000(!) this retreat is simple yet sophisticated and seems like the perfect place to relax.

Designed by PALMA, as Mexico City based design firm, this 50 square metre building is functional and contemporary and blends well within it’s environment. I have always loved simple concrete structures as they perfectly showcase the beauty of brutalist style design and this building is no exception.


The bungalow is comprised of two cubic volumes, one which houses the bedroom and the other the living room and kitchen. The cubes are separated by a open patio. The brutalist style of the bungalow is softened with a thatched roof. This style of roof is quite common within the region as it is an efficient and inexpensive way to encourage ventilation which helps to naturally cool down the interior. Folding doors in both the bedroom and living areas also helps to enhance the ventilation further. Along with a circular skylight on the patio, the folding doors also help the residents to enjoy the views of the surrounding area.

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Like the simple aesthetic of the exterior, the interior of the bungalow has been kept minimal with a muted palette of grey and natural wood with the exception of a statement red built in day bed. Stucco was used in place of paint in order to avoid any humidity build up within the walls (which I had never heard of before but I think that it’s genius!). Uncluttered and simple, this bungalow looks like the perfect place to escape, relax and rejuvenate and get back to a simple more thoughtful way of living.

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Would you like to escape to a simple bungalow like this one? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting Stylishly Zen today and I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

All images from http://www.yatzer.com

Inspiring Interior

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I have been a fan of stylist Monica Rose for a few years. I love her ability to mix basics with beautiful textures and tones, resulting in looks that are best described as polished, cool and effortlessly layered. When Monica was styling her new home a while ago she turned to Julie Van Daele of Well Recieved. I have been a fan of Julie’s work for a long time and her design style complements Monica’s perfectly.

This project was recently profiled in Lonny magazine and it is everything that I expected and more. The natural colour palette layered with beautiful and sophisticated textiles, this home is a soothing refuge from a chaotic world.

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I love the combination of cream, black and cognac and the mix of leather and wood throughout the home gives it a warm masculine vibe that is timelessly cool.

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There are many things that I love about this home but my absolute favourite is the gorgeous wood dining table paired with reupholstered vintage dining chairs. The metal frame on the two end chairs is eye catching and edgy and creates an unexpected but cool visual interest within the space. Love it!

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Just as you would expect from a stylist to the stars and a very talented designer, this house is filled with gorgeous Instagramable furniture.  The Line Reset Togo sofa paired with the Flag Hayland chair creates a cool living space that is both welcoming and photograph worthy.  The black marble block coffee table and vintage wood stools as side tables are the perfect accent pieces to such lust worthy furniture.   

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The use of beautifully textured area rugs throughout the home create intimate spaces to enjoy and the addition of plants of different sizes helps to bring a touch of nature and colour within each space.

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This LA abode is a fitting for a talented A-list stylist and perfectly captures her style. It’s yet another example why Well Received is one of my favourite American interior designers.

Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today and I hope that you have a wonderful day! XXS

All images were photographed by Michelle Mosqueda for Well Received via http://www.lonny.com

Inspiring Interiors – A Dreamy Parisian Apartment

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Ever since I watched Emily in Paris, my case of wanderlust has gone into overdrive. And while sadly there are no travel plans in my near future, that hasn’t stopped me from dreaming about exploring new and beautiful places and enjoying new designs. Today’s Inspiring Interior is one of the coolest apartments that I have seen in a very long time. Apartment TP by Studio Arthur Casas is a dreamy elegant refuge from the busy streets of Paris.

Despite being filled with beautiful, sculptural furniture, it is a practical and welcoming family home. Bold black cabinetry, a marble backsplash and light natural chevron floors work beautifully together to encourage gatherings in the open concept kitchen. The contrasting extension added to the kitchen island to work as a dining table makes great use of a smaller space without things feeling overcrowded.

Wood beams throughout the open plan kitchen and living room adds a rustic warmth to the space. The layout of the living room carries thru the spacious feeling of the kitchen. Filled with natural light and tastefully decorated, this living room is currently serving as inspiration for my own space.

Even the cute office nook makes perfect use of a small space.

Bold oversized artwork creates interest throughout the apartment making the space feel even larger.

The colour palette and sculptural furniture extends to the bedroom with the lighter tones taking centre stage. It is a calming and comfortable oasis to encourage rest and relaxation. Love it!

I love the dreamy design of this gorgeous Parisian apartment. The elegant colour palette, combined with intelligent design and beautiful sculptural furniture is everything that I could ever want in my dream Parisian apartment.

Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today, I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

All images from http://www.yellowtrace.com.au

Inspiring Interiors – Black & White Interiors Moodboard

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My love for interiors and architecture knows no bounds and I am frequently mood boarding different styles that I love.  So today instead of sharing a particular project that I am currently loving I have decided to share with you one of my boards.  I am still working on decorating my condo (and frequently day dreaming about building my dream home) so mood boarding is a daily respite for me.  Lately I have been gravitating towards dark and moody interiors sometimes beautifully contrasted with white to elevate the entire space.  I generally find that this style is done particularly well lately by talented design studios such as Transition State Design, Well Received Design (both of who’s work is showcased on this mood board) and Studio McGee (obsessed with their new Netflix show btw!).  It beautifully balances modern and contemporary, chic and welcoming, timeless design.  Love it!  Let me know in the comments below what is your thoughts on this style of design and the mood board, I would LOVE to hear from you!
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Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

Featured Image Photo Credit: http://www.transitionstate.com

Vacation Dreaming – Kalesma

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 hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

All images from http://www.k-studio.gr