This charming crisp white home caters to outdoor living, a perfect place to escape and unwind on the island of Formentera, in the Mediterranean Sea. The home is positioned on a quiet corner wrapped in silence, less than a mile from the beach. The property is an oasis of freshness, with junipers, pines and the intense scent of rosemary perfuming the air. An inner courtyard is the ideal spot for both sun and shade depending on the time of day. Climbing bougainvillea cover the porches, add bright bursts of color. The home is spread out over one level in the shape of a “U”, with porches wrapped around the perimeter. The home is open and airy and full of light, with cross-ventilation. The interiors showcase luminous white washed walls, tinged with natural colors of fabrics and accessories. All of the rooms have access to the outdoor living spaces, so during the summer months it helps keep fresh air circulating. Natural ventilation usually cools off the home so their is barely a need for air conditioning and ceiling fans.
We love the inviting outdoor living spaces of this cozy retreat, aside from feeling island bound, it would be a very hard place to leave. With the beach so close to the home, and cool ocean breezes to keep you feeling refreshed, this charming home is very ideal. Our favorite spot, the outdoor shower. There is nothing better than showering outside, if you have never experienced it before, it is heaven…and so ideal to wash off after spending the day at the beach before retreating indoors! What do you think, what is your favorite spot in this cool island home?
We have featured many breathtaking houses here on 1 Kindesign from the island of Formentera. In case you missed seeing them, we have a couple here to share with you: Chic summer retreat on the Formentera countryside and Beautiful stone house on Formentera: Can Manuel d’en Corda.
A spacious living room with two sofas centered around a fireplace is the perfect spot for conversation when the owners are not spending their time enjoying the outdoors. Rainwater harvesting is also an active practice in this home, where water is a precious commodity due to island living.
The interior courtyard is an deal shelter from too much sun or wind.
Photos: El Mueble
Can Eu is the private stylishly designed home of model Eugenia Silva, blending perfectly into the surrounding countryside of the village of La Mola, Formentera. The model called on the help of her architect friend Luis Galliussi to help design her vacation retreat. The house was designed from the classical architecture of its locale, comprised of square shapes that follow each other in harmony. The home is surrounded by gardens filled with Mediterranean plants that emphasizes the feeling of peace and tranquility, beckoning its inhabitants to stay awhile. The outdoor areas are very spacious and enjoyable, on the back property is a private pool surrounded by a charming relaxation area that is in typical island style. The spaces are very chic, with cozy cushions placed directly on the wall and a lovely pergola offers shade for enjoyable dining el fresco. The table and chairs are rustic and unpretentious, perfectly integrated into its environment. An additional outdoor living space under a pergola further adds comfort and enjoyability to the home, with comfortable seating. A wide sliding door leads directly into the living environment creating a bright and airy space thanks to the opening of the same size and a mirror on the adjacent wall.
The interior is furnished with wonderful taste and an authentic atmosphere and views to the beautiful outdoor environment. Artifacts and works of local artists are interspersed with bold colors as opposed to the more muted tones of the walls and ceilings as well as the bleached wooden beams. The use of natural materials gives the home its charm, along with natural ventilation ensures comfortable interior temperatures. The spacious living room is the focal point of the property, with a functional kitchen and three guest rooms with a beautiful master bedroom with direct access onto a charming patio. Two of the bedrooms are next to the master, equipped with their own bathrooms. The other bedrooms is independent of the others, assessable only by an outside staircase. Can Eu is the perfect summer retreat for those looking for peace and tranquility with an authentic and refined architectural style that blends with its environment.
Photos: Casa AD
Sea La Vie is a stylish and tranquil private residence designed by De La Guardia Victoria architects, located on the legendary Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas. The residence is one of six situated at the boutique resort of The Dunmore, nestled in an enclave of the resort’s southern tip. The beautiful interiors were designed by Alessandra Branca, whose exceptional style and use of color has been demonstrated in this property. Consisting of 4.694 square feet of living space, this beachfront property offers four bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms. Set high on a dune, the home offers fabulous sea views from every room. The exterior facade was designed in a u-shape with a central courtyard, allowing seamless flow between indoors and out. Spread out over two levels, the main level is comprised of a great room, family room, kitchen, dining pavilion, bar room, master bedroom retreat and a guest bedroom. The lower level features a central living area, two guest bedrooms and a laundry room. The decor showcases eye-catching colors and textures, which creates an elegant yet calming design aesthetic with splashes of island whimsy. This magnificent beachfront property comes with the right to use all amenities that are available at The Dunmore Resort.
If you are interested in this chic island paradise, it is listed for sale at $8,250,000, from here.
A statement from Sotheby’s: “Part bare-foot chic, part cultured luxe, Sea La Vie perfectly captures the dazzling yet understated elegance of the islands. There has never been a more perfect home for experiencing the Bahamas the way it was meant to be.” What do you think, could you find yourself living here?
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Create a cool coastal vibe in your pad by creating a calming tropical oasis, whether you live in a seaside home or want to create the illusion that you do. Designing a tropical paradise aesthetic in your home is all about creating a relaxed lifestyle that is peaceful and stress-free. Infused with style and charm, these spaces seem to intensify life’s little pleasures, brightening your day. Tropical style embraces many elements such as mosquito netting to add romantic charm to your bedroom, strong graphical prints, natural textures, tropical plants, exotic woods, bermuda shutters and stylish ceiling fans. In any room of your home you can re-create the beauty of the islands by infusing varying shades of blues with pops of prints throughout the space. It’s all about sea-inspired hues and natural textures that emulate the beach. Use laid back materials to add visual interest such as linen, sea grass, jute and rattan. Whether you decorate with the real thing, use patterned fabrics or wallpaper, your space will really be brought to life with big leafy plants. Select from an assortment of tropical plants to add to your oasis such as banana plants, bird-of-paradise, and over-sized palm fronds. Injecting a fresh tropical style into your home will make it feel upbeat and cheerful, who wouldn’t want to feel like they were on a permanent vacation? Be inspired, take a visual tour of our images below and let us know your thoughts, which one is your favorite?
Get more inspiration here on 1 Kindesign by checking out some of our past articles on tropical style living with, 50 Beautiful coastal chic bedroom retreats and 46 Casual beach chic rooms to inspire. Enjoy!
This island living room displays a beautiful natural colour palette infused with colonial style furnishings. Creating a cool, laid back vibe, the day bed brimming with plush pillows and palm leaves completes the tropical aesthetic.
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A beautiful summer house, Residence on Syros II was designed by Block722, hosting a family of four and guests to stay at this incredible villa on the island of Syros, Greece. The steep and somewhat intense geography of the land was a dominating factor in the design process. An expansive staircase leads from the top of the hills towards the house, which helps to intensify the experience of the rugged landscape. Entryway to the home is surrounded by the volumetric main areas of the villa, which culminates ultimately to a large opening that welcomes its inhabitants to expansive views of the Aegean Sea. The home is comprised of 2,163 square feet (201 square meters), divided into clean and square volumes for the public areas, living room and kitchen. The private bedroom areas are segregated into a partially buried rectangular volume.
Buried into a slope is a guesthouse, which is defined by a stone wall, seen commonly in local architecture. The main volume features an open floor plan, with a continuous view to the outdoors and cozy living spaces adjacent to a fireplace. Outside, there are two open courtyards protected from the sun, while a central area of the court is open to lounging in the sun and a children’s play area.
Photos: Erieta Attali, Ioanna Roufopoulou
Amazing Grace is a stunning vacation rental designed with classic elegance of a West Indies plantation manor, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean. Situated on Providenciales, a small island as part of one of Turks and Caicos Islands, this five bedroom home has access to a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach. This is the perfect retreat for either a romantic getaway or a fun family escape from the daily grind.
This picturesque retreat offers meticulously landscaped gardens and a wonderful 50 foot swimming pool to spend the day splashing around in. If the pool is not your thing, this heavenly escape also offers a 100 foot dock to hop on a kayak. At dusk, memorable sunsets are a treat to enjoy every evening, while lounging on the pool terrace on designer furnishings. The property features a custom lighting system with a magical glow that casts on the gardens, making evening entertaining thorougly enjoyable. An al fresco dining table will help you enjoy starlight dinners with a glass of wine.
To stay at this fabulous five bedroom, five-and-a-half bath retreat, rates run from $4,000 – $8,500 per night, from here.
With arched French doors throughout this plantation home, natural light and fresh coastal breezes meander into the interiors. Plush contemporary furnishings grace the interiors, with natural infusions of dark wood and exposed beams reminiscint of a tropical setting. An open and airy living room with an adjacent elegant dining room offer view out to the ocean. A media room will allow you to curl up and relax with your favorite movies with a high-end home theater system. The chef’s kitchens offers natural stone surfaces and custom hardwood cabinets, making it very enjoyable to cook and entertain in. There is also a private chef, butler and even a housekeeper that can make your stay even more relaxing and stress free.
Each of the five sensational bedrooms seems to encapsulate the warmth and spirit of Turks and Caicos. A spacious master suite opens on both sides to the upper level veranda. There are his and hers en-suites with double vanities and luxurious showers that opens up to the outdoors. The additional guest bedrooms also showcase their own heavenly en-suites and jaw-dropping views.
2by4-Architects have designed a recreational house with a transparent facade that subtly blends with its surroundings on a small man made island in Loosdrecht Lake, near Breukelen, The Netherlands. read more
The Mirage House is a single level cavernous residence embedded into the hillside covered by an infinity rooftop pool, designed by Kois Associated Architects, located on the Greek island of Tinos. Designed to integrate into the steep sloped rocky terrain that makes up the island’s south-west coastline, the house was conceived as “an invisible oasis hidden from the unsuspected eyes” where residents can enjoy panoramic views overlooking the Aegean Sea. The rimless pool creates a visual effect of water extending to the horizon and merging the dwelling with the seascape. Additional materials are taken directly from the local landscape, so as to match the existing context.
The site offers protection from the prevailing winds and a natural plateau which from the beginning was identified as the optimal location for the residence as it would minimize the impact to the landscape due to excavation. It is a single-level structure and has a surface of 2,131 square feet (198 square meters). The location allows benefiting from wonderful and panoramic views of the landscape and seascape. Our approach to the program was Doric. Only the essential features and programmatic elements to sustain a comfortable stay were incorporated in the design.
Our goal was to integrate the building into the landscape like it was part of it.The living space is covered by a rimless pool that produces a visual effect of the water extending to the horizon, vanishing and merging with the seascape. From a distance especially if viewed from the path of approach, on a higher ground, the only visible feature of the house is the sea like surface of the pool. The water during the day reflects the surroundings and during the night, the star filled night sky. The mirroring pool of water carefully positioned on the landscape evokes memories of the optical phenomenon of the mirage from which the project was named.
The most of the visible construction materials were extracted from the vicinity and were used to make the house disappear into the scenery. Local techniques were also borrowed like the characteristic dry wall construction found in abundance in the island. This technique was implemented with minor modifications; on the side embankment walls in each side of the pool volume. The local materials have a low impact on the environment and they are very efficient as insulating materials. The rear walls are made of retained earth and have layers of vegetation that regulates the temperature and cools the environment through evaporation. The pool acting as roof provides thermal insulation and protection from solar radiation and heat transmittance.
We wanted to make a house fused with its surroundings, an invisible oasis hidden from the unsuspected eyes. The house is acts almost like an observation post as it clings to the rocks and oversees the dramatic cascading landscape. A landscape left almost intact due to the implemented design strategy and the careful selection of materials.
The team decided to bury part of the building in the landscape and then create a large open-air living room in front. These will all be sheltered beneath the rooftop pool, which will act as a huge mirror to help the building camouflage with its surroundings. Dry stone walls will surround sections of the interior and also frame the building’s entrance. These are designed to reference the traditional walls that can be spotted all over the scenic island landscape.
Photos: Courtesy of Kois Associated Architects
This wooden house with simple volumes has been designed by Scottish firm Dualchas Architects, situated close to a cliff with an amazing view over the bay of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Perfectly integrated into the environment, the structure is inspired by classic farm buildings in the area and has an outer coating entirely of wood. Next to the main living space is a separate shed for storage of wood and boiler room.
Inside large windows and skylights provide maximum brightness to the rooms of minimalist footprint. Harmonized volumes pure and essential, the building acknowledges floor tiles with reflective particles, which creates continuity with the outside terrace. The building is on a point of land overlooking Dunvegan along the bay until you get to the peninsula of Waternish. To the north the view is directed towards the Isle of Harris, Dunvegan towards south and west of a hill.
As requested by clients, a family of five, the internal space of the house was planned as an open floor plan with living room, dining room and living room and four separate bedrooms. The main common area is separated from the sleeping area through a sliding door in oak. The design is inspired by a classic house of the place, simple in form and definitely rooted in the landscape.
The form has been designed so the building could be hidden from the hill behind it; thus the part dedicated to the bedrooms is located on the back of the building. From the street, the house looks like a farm building, low and discreet. An intimate courtyard contains two buildings and offers shelter from the wind. This sort of “farm house” for the dark wood that covers it, is mirrored and complementary to the white house, built by the sister of the owner and is situated not far away.
Photos: Courtesy of Ceramiche Keope
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