Greek island dreaming

Was at a bit of a loose end last night, so I decided to start watching the first series of an ITV drama called “The Durrells”. It first was on TV last year I think; it’s set in the 1930s and is about a widow and her four children who get bored with life in Hampshire, and move to Corfu. Sounds a bit random, and it is quite, but it’s based on a true story and books by Gerald Durrell, and I like it.

 

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Picture from Pinterest.

They wind up in this gorgeous dilapidated villa. Very idyllic indeed.

Greece holds a special place in mine and Husband’s hearts. We’ve visited Zante, Corfu, Crete and Rhodes, and we’ve loved it every time. The islands are beautiful, the colours are inspiring, the food is delicious and the wine even better! We got engaged on holiday in our favourite place – Alykes in Zante, which even further cemented it into our story.

Anyway, watching this programme has got me dealing with a serious case of wanderlust. Especially on such a grey day as today!

While the emphasis in Mediterranean homes can often be on the outside, thanks to the dreamy climate, I think we can take inspiration and move this style indoors…Maybe if I can’t actually live in a Mediterranean paradise, I could at least try to make my gloomy terrace in Wales feel a bit more exotic?!

In my mind, there’s a certain palette when thinking of Mediterranean and Greek design – a combination of warm, sunny, terracotta-y neutrals, highlighted by honey yellow, olive green, cobalt blue and aqua;

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These are all Farrow and Ball colours. Top row; Red Earth, Farrow’s Cream, Yellow Ground. Bottom row; Lichen, Pitch Blue, Blue Ground.

Combined with plenty of wooden furniture, tiled floors, whitewashed walls, geometric patterns and lots of natural textures, it can be a dreamy end result…

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Image cred – Schippmann Design

I love the combination of the warm terracotta, with the mint green and brighter red accessories. Looks so luxurious!

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Image cred – Jauregui Architecture Interiors

This is quite an American take on Mediterranean style, but I love the warm tiled floor and abundance of pale walls and upholstery. The blue patterned plates are a lovely feature.

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Image cred – MRA Design

The classic Greek blue and white combo looks so fresh and modern in this bedroom scheme. It’s got a touch of a nautical leaning which I quite like and I would be pretty happy waking up in here!

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Image cred – Gordon Stein Design

This is such a gorgeous entrance. The white combined with the colourful, patterned tiles looks stunning. The intricate woodwork and plants add an exotic edge.

Here are some lovely, easy options to pick up to add some holiday inspired, Mediterranean style to your home…

Chair in blueImage Ocrul Wool Rug La Redoute Interieurs

    Woven Ombre Cushion (48cm x 48cm)      Buy John Lewis Croft Collection Recycled Glass Jug Online at johnlewis.com

Top: Tradition chair in Blue, £94.49, Maisons Du Monde. Orcul wool rug, ecru/yellow, from £199, La Redoute.

Bottom: Woven Ombre cushion, £8, Matalan. Croft Collection recycled glassware range, from £5, John Lewis.

I hope this has got you all inspired. I don’t know about you, but I might spend the rest of this evening booking a holiday…

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