Friday, April 8, 2011

Dutch explorers in medieval Italy...

When the Dutch couple Morten and Tina were looking for a holiday home to get away from their hectic life in Copenhagen..their choice fell upon Italy...A lot of research and a chance reading of an article by Giorgio Armani led them to the area around the town of Alberobello, a World Heritage Site, in the southern Puglia region.Here they combined  two medieval Trulli ( a round limestone structure with cone-shaped roof and a single room) and added some new construction alongside, to build a 300 sq mtr castle ...an ideal holiday home for the couple looking for adventure and seeking to get lost in another age...




Letting the stunning medieval architecture with its vaulted arches and rough hewn limestone take centerstage, the couple have resisted the temptation to fill it up and decorate..The largely monochromatic color scheme sees fluctuations only in terms of slight variations in the natural color of the limestone...




The beautiful arch connects the living room to the kitchen cum dining room...




Here again the furniture is minimalistic with the white dining table, an old desk from Denmark , sorrounded by Eames shell chairs and topped with Robert Dudley's now classic lamps...while the exterior evokes a little 'Lord of the Rings' feel...the decor inside is decidedly Scandinavian..




The monochrome, minilmalistic story continues in the bedroom as well...in its cave-like serene coziness...




The arched doorway leads to the ancient olive tree with a hammock that provides a perfect place to cool off when the rays of the sun turn harsh...I love how the zebra print fits right in with the ancient setting....




Finally, the lounge-podium next to the pool..where the couple have spent many a pleasant moment lost in the timeless beauty of their surroundings....Gosh..what I wouldn't give for a setting like this...stuff that dreams are made of!




To read the full article, please visit the Sköna hem magazine website. Even though the google translation from swedish to english is less than perfect, it does make for a very interesting read.

all images via skona hem.

6 comments:

Malo said...

Wow, I wish that was my home. It is beautiful... Is there an echo inside the cone room?


Cheers,

Malo
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Blue Fruit said...

Really calming and beautiful home... everything about it except for that dreadful and ubiquitous deer head. Oh, when will this awful craze of animal heads evaporate???

But the hammock under the olive tree... bliss.

Next time you come to Melbourne let me know and we can catch up for a good old gossip in person! Would be fun!

Virginia x

homestilo said...

That hammock under the tree looks like pure bliss.

Mary Ellen said...

This home is stunningly beautiful... Even though it's mostly stone, it's warm and cozy looking. No small feat! Great post!
-ME

nanditark said...

the simplicity of this arch enhances the beauty of the place...hi, i've started my design & pattern blog, hope you like my work...see ya. http://nanditark-lifeiscrafty.blogspot.com/

Janis@Home Style said...

Found your wonderful blog via a comment on Little Green Notebook.............so glad I did. Lovely pics.......off to check out some of your other posts.

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