MYKONOS STYLE – ISLAND INSPIRATION AT HOME

29th July 2018
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HOLIDAY VIBES – MYKONOS STYLE

Natural materials were used in abundance and this is something I champion in my interior design projects. It seems that this is the antithesis of Mykonos style and charm - embracing and celebrating the natural beauty of the island. Clearly the views were the hero of the hotel's positioning, with its cliff-side location overlooking the sparkling waters and beyond. The dazzling bar-side infinity pool looked beyond to the sea, as did the villa's private pools on individual balconies. Our balcony had a hot-tub which was the perfect place for champagne sipping whilst we looked out across the water.Enjoying a dose of ‘vitamin sea’. Image courtesy of Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts

We’re in the thick of summer holiday season! Whether you’re jetting off somewhere exotic, overstuffed suitcase and/or children in tow, or luxuriating at home during this extended spell of glorious weather, it’s the perfect time to ease off the gas.

I have to admit it, I’m thorough and picky when deciding on a holiday abroad. They don’t happen all that frequently, so I reserve the right to be choosy. Much akin to the process of booking a restaurant, the decor of a place – it’s style and ambiance – is central to my selection. Some may call this ‘fussy’. I call it the ‘expectations of an interior designer’.  So when my husband and I decided to cut loose and indulge in six delightfully child-free days in Europe, finding the right location and hotel was paramount.

 

MEMORIES

Mykonos had always been on my wish-list. I don’t know, it’s probably something to do with those impossibly clear waters, artfully tinged with turquoise, endless sandy summer days and whitewashed buildings. Plus, I just love a boat trip and there were plenty available, given its island status.

Natural materials were used in abundance and this is something I champion in my interior design projects. It seems that this is the antithesis of Mykonos style and charm - embracing and celebrating the natural beauty of the island. Clearly the views were the hero of the hotel's positioning, with its cliff-side location overlooking the sparkling waters and beyond. The dazzling bar-side infinity pool looked beyond to the sea, as did the villa's private pools on individual balconies. Our balcony had a hot-tub which was the perfect place for champagne sipping whilst we looked out across the water.Greek adventures on the windy isle. Image courtesy of Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts

My last Grecian adventure – Faliraki, 2002 – had not been quite so extravagant or elegant. Nights bar-crawling felt endless and decidedly uncomfortable, especially as I’ve never been hugely into drinking-to-excess. Safety was questionable too – our dingy apartment was fitted with a front door that barely locked and cockroaches frequented more often than our friends, who were a stone’s throw away. Hardly the lap of luxury. No, Mykonos was going to be different. It was going to be sophisticated, comfortable and totally design-focused.

 

MYKONOS STYLE: INSPIRATION

Inspiration was rife in Mykonos - from the hotel's relaxed Myconian/Ibizian aesthetic to the breathtakingly beautiful Elia Beach. Every evening we would meander along the idyllic pedestrianised streets of the Old Town, famous for its smooth, stoney paths, overhanging trees and sloping white-washed buildings. This is a very cool part of the world - with small, boutique galleries lining the cobbled streets and skilled artisans selling their bespoke pieces. Whilst design is key here, there is a distinctive less-is-more approach.The beautiful entranceway to a little boutique in Mykonos’s Old Town

If you follow my instagram or read this blog regularly, you’ll know that I inadvertently draw inspiration from anywhere and everywhere I go. This is what I love about getting out and about, whether travelling afar, visiting showrooms or trawling around London day-to-day. Experience is everything.

 

Inspiration was rife in Mykonos - from the hotel's relaxed Myconian/Ibizian aesthetic to the breathtakingly beautiful Elia Beach. Every evening we would meander along the idyllic pedestrianised streets of the Old Town, famous for its smooth, stoney paths, overhanging trees and sloping white-washed buildings. This is a very cool part of the world - with small, boutique galleries lining the cobbled streets and skilled artisans selling their bespoke pieces. Whilst design is key here, there is a distinctive less-is-more approach.Details like the mosaic floor gave the Old Town such character

Inspiration was rife in Mykonos – from the hotel’s relaxed Myconian/Ibizian aesthetic to the breathtakingly beautiful Elia Beach.

Most evenings, we would meander along the idyllic pedestrianised streets of the Old Town. Famous for its smooth, stoney paths, overhanging trees and sloping white-washed buildings, the atmosphere was decidedly relaxed. This is a very cool part of the world – with small, boutique galleries lining the cobbled streets and skilled artisans selling their beautiful, bespoke pieces. There is a distinctive less-is-more approach to design.

MYKONOS STYLE: HOTEL & INTERIORS

Natural materials were used in abundance and this is something I champion in my interior design projects. It seems that this is the antithesis of Mykonos style and charm - embracing and celebrating the natural beauty of the island. Clearly the views were the hero of the hotel's positioning, with its cliff-side location overlooking the sparkling waters and beyond. The dazzling bar-side infinity pool looked beyond to the sea, as did the villa's private pools on individual balconies. Our balcony had a hot-tub which was the perfect place for champagne sipping whilst we looked out across the water.The textural lobby of our hotel. Image courtesy of Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts

THE HOTEL:

After thorough research and much deliberation, we booked the Myconian Villa Collection. A quiet location on the rock-face, its relaxed aesthetic and beachy vibe perfectly befitted the flavour of our trip.

The decor was beautiful too – understated yet softly layered. In true Mykonos style, the white-washed walls and large format natural tiles formed the perfect foundation for the design. Rustic elements, from raw-edged wooden coffee tables to floor-standing natural sculptures added texture and warmth. Artfully woven wicker chairs showcased mastery of form and contrasted against casual, white linen day beds, finished with contrast-piping.

Natural materials were used in abundance and this is something I champion in my interior design projects. It seems that this is the antithesis of Mykonos style and charm - embracing and celebrating the natural beauty of the island. Clearly the views were the hero of the hotel's positioning, with its cliff-side location overlooking the sparkling waters and beyond. The dazzling bar-side infinity pool looked beyond to the sea, as did the villa's private pools on individual balconies. Our balcony had a hot-tub which was the perfect place for champagne sipping whilst we looked out across the water.Design details at the hotel. Image courtesy of Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts

Woven finishes featured in abundance and the schemes were accessorised with locally sourced craft-pieces. Groupings of over-sized carved bowls, glazed urns and ceramic ducks were the perfect finishing touches atop the many surfaces.  Lighting showcased strong, organic forms and interesting patination. Outside, striped monochrome sun loungers enjoyed a fun interplay with natural edges, raffia pergolas and sandstone walls.

Natural materials were used in abundance and this is something I champion in my interior design projects. It seems that this is the antithesis of Mykonos style and charm - embracing and celebrating the natural beauty of the island. Clearly the views were the hero of the hotel's positioning, with its cliff-side location overlooking the sparkling waters and beyond. The dazzling bar-side infinity pool looked beyond to the sea, as did the villa's private pools on individual balconies. Our balcony had a hot-tub which was the perfect place for champagne sipping whilst we looked out across the water.Inside/outside living at the hotel. Image courtesy of Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts

THE POOL AND THAT VIEW:

Clearly the views were the hero of the hotel’s positioning, with its cliff-side location overlooking the sparkling Aegean waters. The dazzling bar-side infinity pool looked beyond to the sea, as did the villa’s private pools on individual balconies. Our balcony had a hot-tub which was the perfect place for champagne sipping whilst we gazed across the water. The view was spectacular and wow, the colours – I have had a craving for azure, sky blue and turquoise ever since.

Inspiration was rife in Mykonos - from the hotel's relaxed Myconian/Ibizian aesthetic to the breathtakingly beautiful Elia Beach. Every evening we would meander along the idyllic pedestrianised streets of the Old Town, famous for its smooth, stoney paths, overhanging trees and sloping white-washed buildings. This is a very cool part of the world - with small, boutique galleries lining the cobbled streets and skilled artisans selling their bespoke pieces. Whilst design is key here, there is a distinctive less-is-more approach.The infinity pool with its stunning view across the Aegean Sea was a highlight. Image courtesy of Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts

TAKING INSPIRATION – MYKONOS STYLE

There are two definitive ‘looks’ that I have taken from my stay. These looks – Natural Materials and Blue and White – are heavily indicative of Mykonos’s flavour, style and attitude. I will include pieces across both fashion and interiors for each, so read on if you’re interested in achieving a flavour of island life for yourself;

 

MYKONOS STYLE LOOK 1. : NATURAL MATERIALS 

Natural materials were used in abundance and this is something I champion in my interior design projects. It seems that this is the antithesis of Mykonos style and charm - embracing and celebrating the natural beauty of the island. Clearly the views were the hero of the hotel's positioning, with its cliff-side location overlooking the sparkling waters and beyond. The dazzling bar-side infinity pool looked beyond to the sea, as did the villa's private pools on individual balconies. Our balcony had a hot-tub which was the perfect place for champagne sipping whilst we looked out across the water.The hotel lobby with its feature lighting framing the front desk. Image courtesy of Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts

Craft is back!

Consider this the start of a huge Art-Nouveau (esque) revival – a celebration of all things handmade, homespun and individual – as we rediscover our love for unique pieces, produced to a high quality. Consider the coverage that hand-woven bags have already received – a must have accessory this summer – or our unbridled enthusiasm for hand-crafted wooden furniture. Perhaps it’s a coincidence, but this means Mykonos feels extremely on-trend! The use of natural materials was rife on the island.

 

Craft is back! Consider this period as the start of a huge Art-Nouveau (esque) revival - a celebration of all things handmade, homespun and unique - a celebration of the individual piece. This already rings true if you consider the coverage that woven bags have been receiving or our unbridled enthusiasm for hand-crafted wooden furniture. Perhaps it's a coincidence, but this makes Mykonos the an extremely on-trend island! The use of natural materials was rife - from hewn oak to rough limestone walls, vast stone floors, pinch pot ceramics and linen upholstery. This is not the place for shiny gloss finishes and gaudy, over-manufactured pieces.A collection of shells highlights the appeal of natural, organic forms on the island

HOME:

Gone are the days when only one finish would do and you could take a ‘matchy-matchy’ approach.

Layer up your favourites for an eclectic, warm and textured scheme. Mix timber, celebrating the beauty of oak, olive wood, teak and ash or play with whitewashed stains. Layer natural sheepskin, woven rugs and thin knits with soft tan leather and raffia furnishings.Natural materials were used in abundance and this is something I champion in my interior design projects. It seems that this is the antithesis of Mykonos style and charm - embracing and celebrating the natural beauty of the island. Clearly the views were the hero of the hotel's positioning, with its cliff-side location overlooking the sparkling waters and beyond. The dazzling bar-side infinity pool looked beyond to the sea, as did the villa's private pools on individual balconies. Our balcony had a hot-tub which was the perfect place for champagne sipping whilst we looked out across the water.

NATURAL MATERIALS HOMEWARE – 1. Normann Copenhagen – Shorebird Ornament – Black/Oak | 2. Bloomingville – Tibetan Sheepskin Rug in Stone | 3. The White Company – Olive Wood Small Platter| 4. A by Amara – Fusion Hand Woven Wool Rug in Oyster| 5. Skagerak – Norr Tray in Oak | 6. The White Company – Whitewashed Oval Rattan Charger | 7. LSA – Utility Pot with Leather Handle | 8. House Doctor – Hanging Woven Planter | 9. The White Company – Seagrass Tealight Holder | 10. M&S – Ash Wood and Marble Salad Servers  | 11. Garden Trading – Bothy Bowl | 12. Broste Copenhagen – Nola Stool | 13. The White Company – Alibaba Laundry Basket |

FASHION:

This is a very accessible and wearable look, especially given the traction it has already made.

Champion over-sized, woven totes, ‘undone’ straw hats and easy-to-wear espedrilles. Opt for natural colours and finishes, pairing with on-season mustard hues, khakis, white or blues. Celebrate classic leather finishes alongside fun pom-pom or embroidered accents.Natural materials were used in abundance and this is something I champion in my interior design projects. It seems that this is the antithesis of Mykonos style and charm - embracing and celebrating the natural beauty of the island. Clearly the views were the hero of the hotel's positioning, with its cliff-side location overlooking the sparkling waters and beyond. The dazzling bar-side infinity pool looked beyond to the sea, as did the villa's private pools on individual balconies. Our balcony had a hot-tub which was the perfect place for champagne sipping whilst we looked out across the water.

NATURAL MATERIALS FASHION – 1. Rae Feather – Distressed Fray Panama Hat | 2. Russell & Bromley – Coco Nut Ankle Strap Espadrille | 3. Rae Feather – Monogram Small Martha Pom Pom Basket | 4. Kayu – St Tropez Mini Pompom-Embellished Embroidered Woven Straw Tote | 5. Kayu – St Tropez Pompom-Embellished Woven Straw Tote  | 6. Russell & Bromley – Candyfloss Peep-Toe Espadrille | 7. Catzorange – Circle Woven Cotton Shoulder Bag| 8. Mango – Handmade Bamboo Coffer Bag| 9. Aranaz – Tikog Woven Lobster Tote | 10. Whistles – Ola Espadrille Slide | 11. Hereu – Cabas Leather-Trimmed Straw Tote | 12. Loeffler Randall – Cleo Woven Leather Bucket Bag | 13. Massimo Dutti – Raffia and Leather Crossbody Bag |

 

MYKONOS STYLE LOOK 2. : BLUE AND WHITE

Natural materials were used in abundance and this is something I champion in my interior design projects. It seems that this is the antithesis of Mykonos style and charm - embracing and celebrating the natural beauty of the island. Clearly the views were the hero of the hotel's positioning, with its cliff-side location overlooking the sparkling waters and beyond. The dazzling bar-side infinity pool looked beyond to the sea, as did the villa's private pools on individual balconies. Our balcony had a hot-tub which was the perfect place for champagne sipping whilst we looked out across the water.Image courtesy of Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts

Obsessed is an understatement – this combo is undoubtedly one of my all-time favourites.  Ever-chic, the marriage of blue and white is synonymous with the Greek flag (and others). This pairing sings in so many ways but this year, it’s all about mixing materials, textures and finishes both in dressing yourself and your space. Mykonos style rejoiced!

HOME

Whilst a blue and white stripe motif feels both fresh yet timeless, artfully combine with floral, graphic or aztec prints for an instant update. And don’t be afraid to mix shades of blue. This creates a far more casual aesthetic than sticking with a single hue and feels more relaxed and Myconian.

This combo is undoubtedly one of my absolute favourites.  Ever-chic, the marriage of blue and white - celebrated in the Greek flag - is always a happy one. This can be done in so many ways but this year, it's all about mixing materials, textures and finishes both in dressing yourself and your space. Mykonos style rejoiced!

BLUE & WHITE HOMEWARE – 1. Desenio – Blue Stairs Print | 2. Elizabeth Scarlett – Bambou Wash/Clutch Bag – White  | 3. Cole & Son – Mariinsky Bellini Paste the Wall Wallpaper, Blue / White 108/9045 | 4. John Lewis – Modasa Rug, Indigo/White | 5. Burlington Pot – Pale Blue on White | 6. Poole Pottery – Blue Orchid Asymmetrical Twist Vase | 7. Smythson – ‘Blah Blah Blah’ Panama Leather Notebook | 8. Villeroy & Boch – Verso Small Midnight Sky Vase | 9. Smeg – Pastel Blue 4-Slice Toaster | 10. Tommy Hilfiger – White & Blue Striped Pillowcase  | 11. Merimekko –  Oiva/Mynsteri Mug – White/Blue | 12. Le Creuset – Stoneware Petite Round Casserole Dish | 13. Eichholtz – Glamour Vase Small |

FASHION:

It doesn’t get more classic than washed mid-blue denim and a crisp white shirt, does it?!

This season, mix it up with Moroccan pattern, playful gingham and modern mules alongside woven or acetate pieces. Tan is a fabulous colour to work into this palette for an added ‘pop’.

This combo is undoubtedly one of my absolute favourites.  Ever-chic, the marriage of blue and white - celebrated in the Greek flag - is always a happy one. This can be done in so many ways but this year, it's all about mixing materials, textures and finishes both in dressing yourself and your space. Mykonos style rejoiced!

BLUE & WHITE FASHION – 1. Loewe – Two Tone Woven Leather Tote – Blue | 2. Ray-ban – Clubmaster Acetate and Silver-Tone Sunglasses | 3. Pampelone – Grimaud Maxi Dress | 4. Whistles – Gingham Square Neck Swimsuit | 5. Red Valentino – Pleated Printed Crepe de Chine Midi Dress | 6. J by Jasper Conran – Blue Paisley Print Bandeau Swimsuit | 7. Russell & Bromley – Visa Pointed Toe Mule | 8. Tods – Mocassino Suede Driving Shoes | 9. Rae Feather – Piñata Monogram Canvas Clutch | 10. Tory Burch – Ariana Embellished Silk and Cotton-Blend Maxi Dress | 11. & Other Stories – High Waisted Button Shorts | 12. Office – Hallie Strappy Suede Sandals |

MEMORIES OF MYKONOS

Back home – all good things must come to an end. And as tans fade and stress levels resume, the short-term effects of a holiday may sadly wane. Luckily, we will always have our memories. Our memories and ten thousand photos documenting every moment. More if, like me, you neglect to delete the duds. References of inspiration, these snapshots capture blissful days which celebrate the absence of alarm clocks and email inboxes. Every location that I travel to, each place that I visit, affects me in some way. There is always something to learn.

Natural materials were used in abundance and this is something I champion in my interior design projects. It seems that this is the antithesis of Mykonos style and charm - embracing and celebrating the natural beauty of the island. Clearly the views were the hero of the hotel's positioning, with its cliff-side location overlooking the sparkling waters and beyond. The dazzling bar-side infinity pool looked beyond to the sea, as did the villa's private pools on individual balconies. Our balcony had a hot-tub which was the perfect place for champagne sipping whilst we looked out across the water.Appreciating the sunset in Mykonos. Image courtesy of my ever-enduring husband

Our holiday to Mykonos reinforced the beauty and tactility of natural materials. It enhanced my appreciation for organic shapes and understated, classic palettes – something that will stay with me.

I hope that this post has shared some of the ideas and inspiration that captivated me*. For more ideas and design-inspo, have a read of my posts on the Ned Hotel – Part One and Part Two, Palm Court at The Langham and The Chelsea Flower Show.

I would also love to hear where has inspired you the most. Or somewhere you would love to travel to? Join the conversation in the comments below.

 

Girl signing off,

 

Sarah x

 

*Connect with my Instagram account for more on our Myconian holiday. Alongside images on the feed, check out the highlights in Stories.

** Please note that this post has not been sponsored in any way. We just had a fabulous time and I wanted to share it with you!

11 thoughts on “MYKONOS STYLE – ISLAND INSPIRATION AT HOME”

  • Love this blog post! So many original photos and thoughts – especially love the blue home decor and fashion suggestions!

  • oh my hun what a magical looking place – id love to visit one day x

  • Ooooh I’m so jealous. I wrote about the Myconian Kyma hotel from the same hotel group a few weeks ago. These are absolutely stunning places to stay. Top of my travel lust list for sure.

  • Sarah what a dream location and such a well written blog. Love how you journey us through to the suggestions at the end. Loved it! And like you I get inspiration from everywhere, especially my travels x

  • Oh my word, this looks utterly stunning! I love Greece, though I’ve never been to Mykonos – it’s definitely on my travel list now!

  • I love Mykonos, and have previously stayed at the Imperial (although a long time ago) in Elia. Elia beach, however, is a very pretentious place and I sometimes wish people would just relax in this beautiful island instead of trying to show off all the time (plus you REALLY need to be beach body ready before going there lol). Seriously it’s like our own Greek version of “made in Chelsea” dudes and dudettes take over the island in July and August. Having said that, if you stay off the beaten track then Mykonos is a true gem. Architecturally unspoilt, it features amazing hotels, houses, beaches, and its bars and restaurants cater for all tastes (and pockets). It’s a totally instagrammable island, small enough to get round but still buzzing with life! So glad when I hear someone having had such a good time in Greece. Next time, can I recommend the new CASA COOK in Kos (or even better, the new one opening next year in Crete!)

  • This hotel looks fab! I’m seeing more and more designer hotels emerging in Greece that really embrace Greek interior style but elevate them to a new era. That sea view though…

  • There’s something about the Mediterranean that’s just captivating. I’ve never been to Greece, but Mykonos, Santorini and Crete have always been on my bucket list. Sometimes a summer Mediterranean fix is all we need to get through the winter!

  • Ohh great. Such an amazing ideas. I’m must say this article is really helpful for many individuals like me who are less creative. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ahh this is so beautiful, such gorgeous colours and textures! Everything exudes gorgeous summer vibes 😀 I love how you put everything together! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (I would love to follow each other on bloglovin if you like :D)

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