Sunset in Tenuta Yala

Golden hour on the vineyard in Tenuta Yala.

Puglia – 2016

Puglia Tenuta Yala agriturismo sunset


Italian street

The laundry is drying, the geraniums are blossoming and the sun is shining. Who doesn’t love Italy?

Martina Franca – 2016

Italy Puglia Martina Franca street

Plunge pool sunset

Floating with a view.

Santorini – 2016

Santorini Grace Hotel plunge pool sunset


The beautiful interior of Topkapi Palace’s harem in Istanbul.

Istanbul – 2015

Turkey Istanbul Topkapi palace harem

Guest bedroom – Update

Long time since my last interior blog!

We have made a lot of progress around the house, so I should have a lot more to share soon! In the meantime, I wanted to give you a little update on the guest bedroom.

Guest Bedroom interior design

I had completed most of the work back in October but was still missing a few bits and bobs.

Guest Bedroom interior design

So here are the final touches to our guest bedroom!

The costumed radiator shelf was a little DIY project. We got the wood cut at B&Q and bought the brackets there too. I painted the wood with white satin paint, and here you go – made to measure shelves!

Guest Bedroom interior design

I decorated the shelf with a few little guides of London Londres insolite et secrèteTime Out Cheap Eats in London and Pocket Map London, useful for our guests when they stay. I also have a bowl my parents brought back from Vietnam and a little Dyptique candle in ‘Figuier’.

Guest Bedroom interior design

Next to the window, I added a touch of greenery with an aloe vera plant, which is supposed to help clear the air. The planter is from Antropologie (old collection – similar here).

Guest Bedroom interior design

We also found a vintage luggage for the top of the wardrobe during our weekend in Norfolk. 40 quid at a flea market, a real bargain! I use it to store my wedding dress.

Guest Bedroom interior design

Finally, next to the wardrobe, I hanged these two prints I bought at the V&A five years ago. The frames are costumed made by David Mitchell Picture Frames Limited in Lewisham. If you have anything to frame and live in London, I really recommend them! They have a lot of choice all at a very decent price!

Guest Bedroom interior design

Overall this redesign has been a success! So much so that we even got a permanent tenant who feels very much at home in this bedroom!

Guest Bedroom interior design

British lake beach

Secluded beach, fresh air, but British ‘summer’ temperatures.

Lake District (Cumbria) – 2014

England Lake District beach

The red building

I wish I had a little Italian pad in there.

Monopoli – 2016

Italy Puglia Monopoli red building

Rowing boats

Pick your favourite shade of blue to go fish your lunch!

Tricase Porto – 2016

Italy Puglia Tricase Porto rowing boats

Hike to Oia – Santorini, Greece

There are many ways to get around Santorini – taxis, buses, vespas, boats – but to access some of the most scenic views, walking is the only way.

After days overindulging in Greek food, we thought it would be a good idea to walk from Grace Hotel to Oia. A good idea it certainly was, just a lot sweatier than we thought.

Santorini Oia hike

So pack your hiking boots, or a good pair of trainers, and follow us!

We started walking from Grace Hotel and headed uphill and north to Imerovigli main square. From there we just followed the flow of tourists and walked along a scenic pebbled alley toward Oia.

Santorini Oia hikeSantorini Oia hike

You really can’t get lost as 1) there are plenty of other people doing the same walk, 2) you can see Oia so clearly, you just have to head toward it.

Santorini Oia hike

After a little while we reached Ekklisia Profitis Ilias. You will recognised the little church from the Santorini postcards and guides you see in shops.

Santorini Oia hike Ekklisia Profitis IliasSantorini Oia hike

Half way through the hike, we met some new friends, who like us were suffering a bit from the hot temperatures.

Santorini Oia hike donkeySantorini Oia hike

We also made sure to turn around a few time to enjoy the Caldera views and take it all in.

Santorini Oia hike Caldera

After a rather intense hike, we reached Church of Panagia. From there we could finally see our final destination, Oia, almost a stone through away.

Santorini Oia hike Church of PanagiaSantorini Oia hikeSantorini Oia hike Church of Panagia

Overall it took us about three hours to go from Imerovigli to Oia. Right on time for lunch!

Santorini Oia hike

Sailing on the lake

Little sail boats waiting for a weekend of fun.

Lake District (Cumbria) – 2014

Lake District sailing boat