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A little slice of Heaven

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Sometimes in life you find a place where all your worries and woes evaporate and a sense of calm envelopes you.

We are privileged to have great friends Frank and Donna who have created one such place in Ireland in the beautiful home they have built with their own hands immersed in their awe-inspiring garden that they have built upon over the years.

From the large glazed kitchen window a row of silver birch trees has become a sanctuary for an array of birds, their riotous dipping and diving through the branches becomes a natural backdrop while you sip an early morning coffee.

Both great cooks, Frank and Donna bring edible flowers in from their garden to adorn a Summer salad which we got to enjoy on the front wooden deck, where French enamel lights kick into action to illuminate the deck as daylight  fades.

The back wooden deck over looks a pond that Frank has installed now rich with lily pads and a lovely place to perch with a cuppa with a few of the family cats for company.

All natural materials have been used to create the wonderfully paired back interior that includes Frank’s art studio, which is swathed in light, perfect for work.

The importance of nature within the design of the house is palpable, the spaces are designed to straddle both the interior and exterior equally.

In the evening the chesterfield is placed outside around a roaring fire from the brazier and wine is sipped while chatting into the wee hours of the morning, truly a magical place to experience.

The Temptations of Tinos

Ancient Greece may have had a thing or two to teach the world about democracy but modern Greece can teach us a lot in terms of pared-back simple cool interiors.

Thanks to our great Greek friends who have even better surnames, Mitropoulos and  Hatziyanaki, we got to experience one such cool interior at their island get-away on the beautiful and unspoiled island of Tinos.

Here’s to happy memories.

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