Accessories for an old stone house

In several villages in the UK, as well as in France, along with other places, you will find extremely charming stone houses, like the ones shown in the photo above. I simply love these houses, they are among the most beautiful houses one can ever find if you ask me. I could definitely see myself living in one of these houses, as I think the surroundings in these villages are amazing as well. Serene nature, green areas, and a welcoming atmosphere. What’s not to love?

Well, what I want to discuss today is the decor of these houses. They require a different style compared to modern houses, don’t you think? I sure think so! Do you have an old stone house today? Then you know perfectly well what I mean.

I don’t know what you think, but I know three accessories I wouldn’t be able to resist if I moved to a place like this. I will list them, and if you want you can add your own list in the comment field.

 

  • A black, oval house number sign. I think it would be such a lovely match. Take a look at them in our Etsy shop to see what I’m talking about.
  • A lovely, old-fashioned mail box. Would be a perfect match as well.
  • A wooden box with living flowers beside the mail box, to welcome all visitors and to boost the warm and welcoming feeling of the house.

 

These are my three, and I’m eager to hear yours.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you why you should check out our oval house number in time for Christmas 🙂

Sun, sea and architecture in Santorini

What’s your thoughts on the fact that the summer is almost over, if not definitely over? September starts today, and I guess we all have to admit (unless we live in a country where the summer goes on for a longer period) that the summer 2013 is officially over. My thoughts? Well, I’m not a big fan of autumn, which I’m sure I’ve told you before, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking it can be quite cosy with a few rainy autumn days. However, I don’t enjoy too many days like that, and I would definitely not turn down a chance to travel to a warmer place, such as Santorini, Greece. Would you? Just look at the picture… I’m sure you would love to go there as well!

Santorini is actually a quite fascinating place if you’re in to architecture as well, it’s not all about sun, blue skies and crystal clear water. This island in the southern part of the Aegean Sea has so much more to offer. Also, for people with interest in history and culture it’s also a fascinating place, as Santorini is what remains after a huge volcanic explosion many years ago, actually about 3600 years ago. Fascinating, don’t you think? Some people even says this is where the story about Atlantis has its origin. Maybe that’s true… What do you think? Whether you think this is true or not, you should definitely visit Akrotiri if you’re interested in history. There you will be able to find complexes of multi-level buildings and remains from walls as high as 8 meetres, all dating back to the famous volcanic explosion. You will also be able to see fascinating wall paintings from back in the days, and you will probably be amazed when you discover that the colors remain almost the same as from the beginning, as they were preserved under the volcanic ash.

You should also make sure to visit Oia when at Santorini. This is the oldest settlement of Santorini, which still remains, and it’s a beautiful place with the houses with white washed walls, and some of them with blue roofs. This is also a place where you really can enjoy the fabulous views of the Aegean Sea.

So, what about the architecture? Well, these houses are amazing, and you can definitely get inspiration here. The houses are built with local stone, and the walls are typically whitewashed or limewashed. The color? They actually make it from volcanic ash. How cool is that? The fascinating thing with these houses is that they have extensions which are dug into the volcanic rocks, which gives very high insulation. This results in great coolness during the warm periods and warmth during winter. Very clever, don’t you think? This means you can store things, such as wine, in this extensions to keep a perfect temperature all year.

So, are you tempted to visit Santorini? I’m definitely up for it!

Cape Cod – a paradise on earth

Summer is definitely here, and I don’t know if you prefer to stay at home during this season, or if you prefer to travel and visit new places? I have to say I appreciate to stay quite close to home during June, July and August, as this is the most beautiful time of the year in this area. I love to travel during other months of the year though, and if you like travelling I have an advice to keep in mind for your next vacation.

Whether you’re living in the US or if you live in Europe, Australia or some other part of the world I warmly recommend visiting Cape Cod. It’s such a lovely place, almost like a paradise! Just look at the photo above, which is by the way borrowed from Wikipedia…. Wouldn’t you love to go there? To visit the beaches, feel the sand underneath your toes, feel the breeze in your hair and the familiar scent of sea. Doesn’t it sound just amazing? I sure think so!

Cape Cod was actually formed as a recessional moraine of a glacier at the end of the last ice age… The Cape Cod peninsula was created, and you can still visit it today. Isn’t that quite fascinating? I love everything historic and think it’s awesome!

I really love everything about Cape Cod, also the lighthouses which can be found along the coastline. I don’t know if you know it, but plenty of shipwrecks has been found off-shore, just a short distance from the coastline at Cape Cod, more than 3000 wrecks to be honest. It’s been called an ocean graveyard, and lighthouses have been placed along the coastline to help the captains of passing ships.

Even though I live far from the US, I actually have relatives in Cape Cod, and if I could choose one place to own a summer home in the US it would certainly be there. I think it’s as close to paradise on earth as one may come!

Blue street signs makes me happy

March is here, a month that I love because of many different reasons. It’s the month when we usually see the first obvious signs of spring, and it’s a month when the weather is usually quite nice, which makes the snow melt.

I went for a walk today and found a new addition in town that made me smile. Blue enamel signs are popular, and have been so for decades, even centuries actually, but in most parts of this town they go for simple white signs with black text. Not the exclusive type that I like, but rather plain ones. Today however, I discovered some really nice blue and white enamel signs on a couple of walls with rented apartments in town. It looked nice, it was clearly visible and it made me happy. Maybe it was the fact that spring is arriving which convinced the estate owner to try something new? Whatever reason it might be, I have to say I really like it! Don’t you? Look at the photo above… I think it adds a touch of uniqueness to the building.

Did you know that blue enamel signs, and enamel signs in general, were used as advertisement during the late 1800’s? I can perfectly see why, because these signs really catches the eye. They were also used as street signs in various European countries during the 1800’s, and I love the fact that they are getting more and more popular as street signs again.

A fascinating concrete cottage

Normally when I post photos of houses and cottages it’s cozy, old looking places with lots of vintage charm. This time I’ve got some entirely different photos to show. I found the photos on La Boheme, and even though it’s normally not my style at all, I really like this concrete cottage with large glass windows and walls. It’s a bit too cold for my taste, I would definitely add some textiles and some colour if I owned the cottage but it’s so stylish and it’s such a fabulous contrast to the nature outside, which makes it even more interesting.

What do you think? Do you like it or dislike it? Do you think it’s cold or warm? Would you add something or do you like it just as it is? I’m actually a bit surprised by my reaction in this case. I would honestly have thought I would dislike a cottage like this since it’s nothing like the places I usually like but I fell in love immediately when looking at the photos. I would love to sit in the sofa, looking out through the windows, looking at the nature outside. It would be a perfect place for relaxation and consideration. A great place if you need to think about something without being disturbed. Don’t you agree?

 

 

 

Photos: Mauricio Fuertes, via La Boheme