The San Giorgio, Mykonos seems to be the hotel on everyone’s lips. With good reason. It promises a truly authentic Greek experience situated on one of the most scenic areas of the island between Paradise and Paraga beaches. It’s designed with total relaxation in mind. There are only 32 rooms and none have TV’s (what bliss!) as guests are encouraged to adapt to the laid back bohemian philosophy. And in order for you to feel like you’re at a friend’s home, long family style rural tables are placed alongside the pool. An ideal place to mingle over an authentic, home-style feast.
If like me, you’re forgoing the holiday this year in order to get other projects off the ground. And you won’t be lounging in deckchairs for a little siesta or taking time out in a hammock above a pool. And you won’t be enjoying total rest in a design-oriented atmosphere. Or even granting yourself a refreshing cooling off in a turquoise pool in front of the magnificent backdrop of the brilliant waves of the Aegean Sea.
Fear not. It’s not so hard to re-create a little of this laid back atmosphere at home.
Banish the clutter at home. Especially in the bedroom where we need to be at our most relaxed. Give the walls, ceiling and even the floor, a fresh coat of white paint and introduce colour in a few well chosen accessories. We may not need a mosquito net in more temperate climates but they do look so pretty and romantic, don’t you think?
A row of pretty hooks turns storage into a work of art. Hats, scarves, baskets and jewellery look especially pretty. And even more so against that newly painted white wall. Scatter rugs are great for adding pattern to a scheme and wooden trays keep other accessories neat and tidy.
A traditional tiled floor makes a great feature and if you’re adding one at home, keep the rugs and everything else plain as you don’t want anything to compete for attention with those tiles. For a simple rustic look, use branches for curtain poles and towel ladders. A competent diy-er could knock both up without much trouble.
Stick to just a few colours and textures to create a considered and calm scheme. At the San Giorgio they use a backdrop of white, white, white, basketware, rough-hewn wood, silver accessories and just a few coloured cushions and rugs. Baskets are great for storing all manner of things.
Sometimes a group of coffee tables is a more efficient use of space. They can be grouped together, or broken up and used separately as needed.
A solitary large black vase can more of a statement than any number of smaller items. A coordinating black tassel on a simple wooden cupboard finishes the effect.
There’s nothing nicer than eating outside. Benches accommodate more bottoms and are more sociable. So stick a table under a tree and just imagine you are in Mykonos.
That’s my plan.