Take me away to an historic family home. Fill it full of cherished antiques, some Biedermeier, some Jugendstil with a mix of modern and some rustic stone. Surround it with working vineyards and place it on the slopes of the South Tyrol in Italy and quite frankly I’d be in heaven. For when your hotel needs that personal touch, like staying with family friends… the Ottmanngut.
Help! I am working 16 hours a day at the moment. Too many jobs. Too many exciting projects coming to fruition. I need a holiday. Even just a weekend break. But alas! Looks like it will have to be a “virtual” holiday instead. You’ll find me here in my dreams this weekend. Casa Federica in the rolling hills of Noto in Sicily. A minimalist box perched above the sparse landscape with views to the sea. Still and stylish. A perfect retreat.
Architect – Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, via Urlaubs Architektur.
6 months, 23 000+ photos, an unusual hotel and one of the world’s clearest skies. A magical timelapse. Let’s just say that the view at the Hotel Elqui Domos in Pisco Elqui, Chile goes on forever. It’s star gazing from the comfort of your hotel bed. A very special place captured in a very special way by photographer James Florio. You can see more at Hotel Elqui Domos and on James’ website.
Does anyone else out there need a warm, beachy vacation as much as I do? Luckily I am heading WAY south to Puerto Valllarta (my fav hot spot) in a few weeks and I am counting down the minutes until I leave this dreary, cold, grey hell that is winter. Perhaps you’d like to give Bondi Beach a go if you’re on that side of the world. The following photos are of 2 vacation homes in Bondi (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) that are designed by William Dangar of Robert Plumb. They are cool, modern but casually simple homes that would be ideal beach houses for a vacay. Details here.