Happy St.Patrick’s Day! May your day be filled with laughter and tons of good luck! For this Friday’s post I have a special home to share with you. It is a Grecian getaway on the island of Patmos that is stunning in its simplicity. Pure shapes and old structures were imbued with new life by a thoughtful owner. Don’t you just love it when that happens?
A Paris fashion executive purchased a 17th-century stable in shambles after falling in love with Patmos and hired Greek architect Lilia Melissa to restore it to its original beauty. A skilled team of local craftsmen have transformed the ruins into a beautiful island getaway. The materials used throughout are simple – lime washed walls, barn-wood floors and poured concrete countertops in the kitchen create a no-fuss atmosphere. The rooms are decorated with furniture finds from all over the world: local antique iron beds serve as sofas in the living room, tables and chairs were found or built by island carpenters. Treasures collected over give the rooms an exotic traveler’s feel – Portuguese bedspreads, Anatolian carpets, an antique drop-leaf colonial table and a Romanian kilim purchased in New York – all work beautifully to create a sophisticated and collected home.
As for the outdoor spaces, the rocky terrain, high temperatures and lack of rain made it difficult to create a lush garden. However, the homeowner’s patient efforts were rewarded with a beautiful and fragrant oasis of gardenias, junipers and lavender. There’s also a Judas tree, clipped laurel and pomegranate.
¨When it’s hot like it is here, you need space and air. So it’s best to keep things minimal. After all, what makes this place beautiful is its wonderful simplicity.¨
The original story appeared in Elle Decor. Photography by Björn Wallander.
Have a great weekend!