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

Dreamy Design

Hi Everyone!

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.  

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92BCE674-46F2-4714-8D63-0CD27CDC9848The 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.  34F8BDC1-BED9-4F2D-87EF-7F4F23DE9A322C1D770E-A993-40A3-A103-642AE9DA4EB3The 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.59905D5C-5780-4DEF-9048-1783B8E8E7F885C2F9FC-F367-4FDC-9FD4-A7888BB7C54B37D6E86C-4689-4D2F-B7D9-C267DB5ACE0CContrasting 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.  AFD6282E-6D8C-4A01-94D2-39CCF5150FB9The values of simplicity and contrast are imbued throughout the home with the goal of creating a space that supports the lives of the occupants.  9E6808F1-A73B-4D89-B969-0AD51BFEFABFI 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.  A3EC6B87-6B3A-4D1D-B0C0-81128419138CThe master bedroom opens to a private garden terrace furthering a sense of calm in the space.  6A2BB2A2-2A09-4FF0-A68B-CDA1756057BA3399EFA9-6249-428F-8485-5AFA0E044E59Overall 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.

I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

All images and information via http://www.dwell.com.  To see more of this gorgeous home please visit http://www.dwell.com

 

Vacation Dreaming – Masseria Moroseta

Hi Everyone!

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.

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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.  

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The rooms are minimal and clean but have a modern twist to the decor. They encourage rest and relaxation while not being overly stimulating.

 

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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.

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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.

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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

Photo credit: http://www.masseriamoroseta.it, @giorgiaeugeniagoggi, @masseriamoroseta

Behind the Design with Ahmed Hussein

 

Hi Everyone!

I had the pleasure of interviewing the incredibly talented Egyptian designer Ahmed Hussein for this month’s Behind the Design. I first discovered Ahmed on Instagram when I came across a stunning marble bathroom that he designed, and I have been hooked on his work ever since. His clever use of luxurious materials, texture, colour and art demonstrate a talent  for design that most people can only hope to have. If you are looking for a talented designer to follow then look no further as Ahmed delivers projects that are nothing short of fabulous every single time.  Without further adieu, here is my interview with Ahmed Hussein:

  • Did you always know that you wanted to work in architecture and design?  Has it always been your passion?

In the beginning, I decided to go to the faculty of engineering to become a chemical engineer like my cousin, to get big salary.

But at the end of the first year, in the engineering drawing class, one of the teachers noticed that my drawing was very different and distinctive, 

Then asked me, which department you will join?

I answered chemical.

He asked me do you love chemistry.

I answered no. 

Then he smiled and starts talking about architecture.

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  • How would you describe your design esthetic?

Design as a musical melody has to touch your feelings

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  • Where do you find your inspiration from?

From everything and everywhere 

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  • What has been your most challenging project so far?  Why was it so challenging?

El Merghany apartment because of the painted 2 ceilings 7m x 4m and 3m x 4m

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  • What has been your favourite project to date?

Every project I did has something in my heart 

  • How long does it take for you to normally complete a project? 

8 to 12 months 

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  • Any favourite travel destinations that you like to escape too?  Why?

Paris, Rome, Athens & Barcelona 

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  • Describe your perfect day in Cairo – what would you do?  Where would you go?

The week days I start my day at 10 am go to my office and finish at 7pm 

Then I go back home to see my family 

The weekend I try to relax and do something new and different with my friends and my family

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  • What wellness practices do you incorporate into your lifestyle to help you deliver such beautiful projects? (This can range from workouts, nutrition, meditation practice, etc)

I take my bike at the night with my headphones for one hour before I sleep 

(Workout and music give me the power)

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  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

            I hope to become one of the most famous designers in the world

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  • Any words of wisdom for someone who is just starting out their design career?

Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and above all don’t let anyone limit your dreams 

Thank you Ahmed for taking the time for this interview!

If you would like to see more of Ahmed’s work you can find him on Instagram @ahmedhusseindesigns

All pictures in this post were provided by Ahmed Hussein Designs.

I hope that you have a fabulous day! XXS

Dream Design – Dexamenes, Kourouta Greece

I have always been a believer in love at first sight, and while I have yet to experience the type of happily ever after that we often see in the movies, the design projects that have stolen my  heart in an instant remain there for many many years.  Today’s Dream Design is one such design project.  The first picture that I saw of it grabbed my attention and my love continued to grow with every further picture of it that I saw, and every story that I read about it – needless to say, it is a architectural love story for the modern age.

K-studio_Dexamenes-0851Dexamenes is located on Kourouta Beach which is a beautiful stretch of coastline in the western Peloponnese.  Its history dates back to the “Era of Currents”, although it was left relatively untouched since the 1920’s.  Athen’s based K-Studio created a design that successfully respected its strong history and beauty of the site while breathing new life into the space.  The result is a modern, elegant and minimalist hotel with a raw, brutal and industrial aesthetic.  Respecting the existing buildings by leaving them relatively untouched, K-Studio updated the site using concrete, steel, timber and glass.

K-studio_Dexamenes-0529K-studio_Dexamenes-0461K-studio_Dexamenes-showerThe hotel rooms were built within two concrete blocks that are divided length wise into two rows of ten storage tanks.  The rooms are identical with the openings facing towards the beach.  Everything is connected by a raised promenade walkway that leads towards the water.  Each room has a double bed, an open wardrobe and a large double shower which adds to the sense of luxury within the minimal aesthetic.  The bathroom is separated by the rest of the room by a wall of textured glass which allows the light from the large sliding windows at the front to reach the back of the tank.

K-studio_Dexamenes-0491K-studio_Dexamenes-0145K-studio_Dexamenes-0754The entry to the hotel is from behind the tanks.  Concrete, glass partitions and a louvered plywood canopy provide a warm welcome along with the guests first view of the sea.

Phase two which will see further extensions and a garden are planned along with the addition of extra amenities such as a taverna, boutique selling local wares and a history room are planned for 2019.

K-studio_Dexamenes-0295-1The design of Dexamenes is both thoughtful and intelligent.  With a strong minimalistic design aesthetic, this hotel is a study in respecting history, restraint and brutal beauty that is often difficult to achieve.

All images via http://www.k-studi.gr

I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS