Patios to relax listening opera arias

Well, not exactly, these are just some places I’d prefer to be this morning! Today I wake up with the melody of this song:

“Summertime” by Maria Callas

In fact it was yesterday afternoon that I was driving in the highway, the sky was magnificent with a beautiful sunset and suddenly the radio put this song…I felt like I was in a movie scene! Amazing moment… So, that’s why I wanted to hear it again today and from that moment I’m listening to opera arias with Maria Callas, I’m totally in the mood for a beautiful patio spending holiday time! That’s why I found the cutest gardens, balconys etc that inspired me, to share them with you! Have a beautiful morning!

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beautiful view in this outdoor sofa-bed. Via Casa tres chic

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Rooftop Garden. I love these tropicalia armchairs!!! via pinterest, source unknown

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Modern Colonial home in Merida. via pinterest, source unknown

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Beautiful calming porch via onekinddesign

Weekend!

fun patioHello! How lovely weekends are as summer is getting closer and closer..! Such a paradise, relaxing in a cute patio like this above, eating icecream, reading a book or have fun with close friends! I would kill for these chairs too. Today I’m also very thrilled because this afternoon I’m gonna see my little niece that haven’t seen for ages! She’s the cutest little girl in the whole world!! And in the evening I’m going to a nice restaurant for an anniversary dinner. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, I love weekends!

For you that are in a crafty mood I found the most chic and easy DIY project for fridge magnets! See HERE the procedure.

diy fridge magnetsPhoto source of the beautiful patio above and more pictures HERE.

Weekend!

Homes - Bristol HouseHello, hello!! The classic weekend posts are back, hooray!! After all this time, it’s the first Saturday I wake up without having to go to work and it’s so great! Drinking my coffee in a relaxing mode, watching inspiring pictures on pinterest and listening to good music. That’s my favorite ritual of putting my brain in function. Today I’m about to go for a walk in a design exhibition here in Athens, to be updated about new materials and products! What are your plans for this weekend?

If you are in a DIY mood I have here the best DIY project for your home! Fruit welcome mat! Let’s fill neighbourhoods with summer fruits!watermelon-and-lemon-welcome-matsSource of “love weekend” photo here.

Office of the week

coffee needs coffeeGood morning and happy rest of the week! Yesterday I didn’t have the time to post the regular monday’s post about home offices so here it is today ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel so tired today that this quote is perfect for me!!! Eventually the project I’m working on haven’t finish yet, this will be the final week, so I keep going in the same rythm!

porch home officeHowever, as I told you I left for the weekend for a small vacation in the country. I had such a great, summery time that filled me with courrage for this week! I’ll come back with photos of course… And that’s why I chose this workspace for today that is in a porch! What a wonderful idea, working not only at home but also in the porch! Have a nice rest of the week!!

Photo 1 via Bodie and Fou
Photo 2 via Popcosmo

House in Capri

House_in_Capri_00After a long rainy week here in Athens, I have again a feeling for summer houses and relaxing refuges! That’s a great opportunity for this amazing villa in Capri, summer residence ofย  architect and designer Matteo Thun.

Overlooking the Marina Piccola and surrounded by a lemon tree garden the outdoor space is magical and the view just breathtaking! And what can I say about the interior..the tiles on the walls are fantastic! Clean, neutral space with some bold touches of colour, the murano chandellier makes the perfect match and the outdoor dinning table is unique!

No more words, let the pictures talk…

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Take a shower outside!

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I find all these “bathrooms” just amazing! The idea of taking a shower in the open air reminds me the summers when I was little, where we used to rinse after the sea, outside in the yard. With the garden hose most of the times. These examples have taken this idea one step ahead and created a space very practical but most important relaxing and beautiful!

Black&White &wood in the nature. Nice element the bench idea

Black&White &wood in the nature. Nice element the bench idea

Simplicity wins every time! Who needs more?

Simplicity wins every time! Who needs more?

Minimal design dominates here

Minimal design dominates here

One of my favorite! Dark walls, trunks and a phrase as a hanger

One of my favorite! Dark walls, trunks and a phrase as a hanger

Like the old old days!! What simplier than that?

Antique metal tub in the nature. Like the old old days!! What simplier than that?

Minimal and

Minimal and “to the point”

Tropical bathroom in an outdoor extension of the house

Tropical bathroom in an outdoor extension of the house

Tiles and plants create a tropical atmosphere

Tiles and plants create a tropical atmosphere

Simple things. I love the door!

Simple things. I love the door!

Unfortunately all the photos are from my archive, so no sources, if anyone knows you’re welcome to send me the info!

The great outdoors | Water

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As I have promised in the previous post about outdoor spaces here, another one would follow with the water element as a protagonist. Well, here we are, some great yards and gardens are here to impress you! I’m sure you will imagine yourself in everyone of them, relaxing under the shade, even with a cocktail in the hand!
In most of the caption links you will find the rest of the house which is also amazing.

Monteverdi. A fabulous house too, Tuscany

Monteverdi. A fabulous house too, Tuscany

Exotic relaxing space in Maison Palmeraie, Marocco

Exotic relaxing space in Maison Palmeraie, Marocco

Fabulous outdoor space - from my archive

Fabulous outdoor space – from my archive

Dipping pool with cacti garden - Philip Dixon House, California

Dipping pool with cacti garden – Philip Dixon House, California

Great spot great chairs - from my archive

Great spot great chairs – from my archive

Sandur Chair by Mark Gabbertas for Oasiq

Sandur Chair by Mark Gabbertas for Oasiq

Tranquillity in a mexican yard - from my archive

Tranquillity in a mexican yard – from my archive

When the chairs make the difference - From my archive

When the chairs make the difference – From my archive

Why not a bed by the pool? - from my archive

Why not a bed by the pool? – from my archive

The great outdoors

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Now that the weather has sweetened and we start sitting outside I thought that this is the time to drive you crazy with some photos! I’m sure you will love these outdoors spaces, as I loved them too. As you can see in the most photos, the key element is – of course – plants. Trees, bushes, flowers, cacti, everything! The other thing is that usually, you don’t need much to make a gorgeous patio, some nice cushions, furniture and keep it simple. Of course, if you have the divine space under a big tree you are super lucky. Enjoy!

Traditional patio - pebble floor

Traditional patio – pebble floor

Traditional patio - fabrics that give all the style

Ibiza style garden house – fabrics that give all the style

Traditional patio - under the shade of reeds

Traditional patio – under the shade of reeds

Under the tree - deck

Under the tree – deck

Simple things. Nice idea for water element if you don't have the space

John Rocha’s house. Nice idea for water element if you don’t have the space

Cacti and butterfly chairs

Cacti and butterfly chairs

Cacti in the perimeter - love them

Cacti in the perimeter – love them. Anagrama, Montero

Minimal style - nice color combination

Finn Outdoor Collection by Norm Architects

Francis Brodi House, with Henry Matisse ceramic mural. Los Angeles

graphic pattern in the floor. Love the tranquillity here

Graphic pattern in the floor. Love the tranquillity here – Los Angeles

Pops of colours - swings!

Pops of colours – swings! by Paola Lenti

Pops of colors - floor cushions

Pops of colors – floor cushions. By Paola Lenti