With rising temperatures and more sunshine every day, I start to long for summer escapes to one of my all-time favorite destination: the Greek islands. Some of you might know that I lived in Greece as a student. I visited many Greek islands, but one is still on my to-visit list: the island of Milos. But today I will not speak abou the beauties of the island or its amazing Sarakiniko beach. Instead I want to show you yet another reason to visit Milos: a stunning Greek island home photographed by Vangelis Paterakis.
However, I better calm your desires right away: This house is a private home and not available to rent (shoot!!!). But still, it is a marvellous example of a mix between traditional Cycladic architecture and a contemporary interior design. This masterwork was executed by the Greek design practice K-Studio and boasts with natural materials such as stone and wood, neutral tones and organic shapes.
The 19th century house served originally as a storage and utility space. Today it is a summer home with fantastic views of the Aegean from the village of Plaka on Milos. To accommodate modern family life, the design studio restored and adapted both floors whereas the daily life takes place in the lofty, light-filled upper level. The symbiosis of modern and traditional is executed to perfection and due attention to details: modern appliance and state-of-the-art technology coexist with rustic decor and custom handcrafted furniture.
Moreover, the interior styling pays respect to both aspects, a modern life and traditional architecture. Refined pieces, rustic materials and a minimalistic approach let the beautiful architecture dominate the visual stage. The details are simple yet sophisticated in their ability to accentuate the interior’s raw beauty. Crinkled linen sheets, neutral colours, woven baskets and terracotta accents are the key styling ingredients in this Greek island home.
So are you ready for the Greek isles? Packed? I am so ready! Maybe it’s Milos this summer? Who knows!
Photography by Vangelis Paterakis, photography assistance by Mirto Iatropoulou, design by K-Studio, interior styling by Anestis Michalis