Friday, 3 May 2013

Travelling Abroad... to Greece! Greek Inspired Spaces!

Having recently travelled to Greece, I wanted to write an article about how this trip has been so inspiring to me. The way the people of Santorini and Crete (both islands I visited) live is so simple and they infuse that into their decorating/design. We stayed in a traditional “cave” in Oia on the island of Santorini and it was simply decorated with white stucco walls and blue windows and trim, tile floors and white linens.

While walking through Oia, the marble stone walkways parted the coloured, stucco storefronts and venders that sold various Greek silks, prints and traditional souvenirs. Amongst the storefronts were various restaurants cooking traditional Greek dishes. They were delicious!

While sitting at your table, eating a delectable freshly made slice of bread with authentic olive pâté and homemade mayonnaise, you can look out into the caldera and see various houses in various hues with a Greek blue dome dotting the view.

The view is amazing and the sun is so warm on your skin that you are completely in paradise. I found this place so beautiful that it made taking pictures so easy. Words that come to mind when I think about being there include; magnificent, simple, traditional, elegant, colourful, amazing… to say a few… you need to truly experience the beauty of Oia, everyone should visit!
So I wanted to find some spaces that have been inspired by the Greeks. Here is what I found. But before I show you, here are some things to keep in mind when decorating a space around a Greek theme!

  • Blue hues
  • White walls
  • Rich colours
  • Gold and silver accents
  • Columns
  • Statues
  • Stones
  • Nautical elements
  • Greek key design (a version shown in the pillows)

So without further ado, here are some spaces to inspire you!,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.46471029,d.aWc&fp=cf49d083fab74baf&biw=1280&bih=685&
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