“This hotel in Paris is a tribute to French genius, represented by Alexandre Dumas” – Roberts
Inspired by the global adventures of the Alexandre Dumas book, Hôtel Monte Cristo in Paris is a 19th-century odyssey. Think modern luxury in the form of bespoke furniture, fine fabrics, and hand-crafted accessories which has been combined with an eclectic mix of antique treasures – including a curiosity cabinet of taxidermic tropical birds. The rooms resemble far-flung boudoirs, and are decorated in custom tapestries, rich velvets, dark woods, fringe-hemmed divans and transporting art.
The finishing touch is the hotel’s own monogram, which can be found adorning everything from the fine porcelain crockery to the plush carpets. Downstairs the secluded spa area takes its cues from the Orient, with a sapphire-coloured pool set against a backdrop zellige-tiled walls and exotic foliage.
This boutique hotel is full of character with luxurious and stunning views of the Paris skyline. It’s the perfect place to stay if you want a unique Paris experience with a touch of luxury… to find out more, click here.
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Step inside London fashion editor-turned-ceramicist Deborah Brett and her writer/film director husband Tom Edmunds modern Mediterranean-style beach house in Ibiza. Covered by coastal greenery and only metres from the cobalt waters of the Mediterranean, this unique hideaway is the perfect destination to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle of an endless summer.
The build is by local builder, John Broekman and the interiors by leading South African-raised, UK-based designer Hubert Zandberg. However our favourite part of this unique home has to be the massive courtyard which is tiled in sky-blue and white Granito tiles which were custom made from Mosaic Factory. Click here for the full feature in Inside Out.
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Photography: Elsa Young
A LUXURY SPANISH STYLE HOME WITH MAGNIFICENT VIEWS
Nestled on 120 acres on top of Picadilly Hill, The Range is a property encompassing all elements of natural living. An escape from the hustle of Byron Bay town – but all the luxuries within arm’s reach. Drawing on elements from Spain and European Summer memories, The Range is a home, venue, destination and hub for those looking to immerse themselves in the richness that is beautiful architecture and natural surrounds, with a conscience for the environment.
The Range acreage includes a collection three estate buildings consisting of The Range Homestead, The Cabin Inn and our favourite space, The Barn Studio. With its European influence, The Range is the perfect place to stay, giving you that European feel without having to travel too far.
The Range Byron Bay
THE BARN STUDIO
Themed around a converted tractor shed lined with spotted gum timber, The Barn Studio is slick and architectural with expansive hinterland views. Click here for more details.
Nestled to the south of Gokarna, along the picturesque coastline where the cliffs of the Western Ghats plunge into the Arabian Ocean, lies an unexplored expanse of beach and jungle and India’s only true luxury villa, Kahani Paradise.
Perched atop the hills and affording 360º views of the contrasts of sea and forest-scapes, Kahani Paradise offers a world of quiet indulgence amidst nature. A flight from Mumbai to Goa, followed by a winding drive down the coastal highway to Gokarna town, will bring you to this remarkable villa on 20 acres of gorgeous gardens, forests and rolling farmland, which is available to book either as a whole (some of us can only dream) or room by room.
The property includes a main villa, three outbuildings set amongst a magnificent garden of palms and tropical flowers, a spa and an infinity pool. There are six suites, with each suite designed to provide spectacular views of the ocean and the antique handcrafted doors and wooden high ceilings compliment the tastefully designed interiors, which are fitted with authentically Indian furniture and customised textile tapestries and rugs.
Dining is taken in the only restaurant, drawing on ingredients from Kahani’s garden or nearby organic market and the experiences include walks to the local beaches, nature walks in the forest, relaxing on your terrace, setting off with local fisherman in boats, visiting the markets or having drinks in secluded hot spots.
Kahani Paradise is a true hidden gem and one of India’s most spell-binding secrets. The remote location and stunning views overlooking the Arabian Sea, makes it a really unique holiday location.
Source: Kahani Paradise
Photography: Ana Lui Photography
SIR the Label’s New Boutique Store by Designer, Merci Maison
Photography by Jiwon Kim l Photographer
Celebrated Sydney-based fashion brand SIR The Label has opened its first stand-alone Australian store in seaside Manly. Owners Nikki Campbell and Sophie Coote worked with interior designer Merci Maison to create the light and airy, luxe minimalist space located just a block from picturesque Manly Beach.
The interiors celebrate craftsmanship and showcase the works of local artists against a calming canvas of natural and raw materials. With curved walls, beautiful archways and bespoke design elements, this space reflects the elegant yet directional aesthetic of SIR The label.
We caught up with one half of Merci Maison, Jade Yarbrough, to chat about the inspiration behind this inviting retail space…
What was your inspiration for the space?
As it was SIR’s first footprint in the Australian retail space, I needed to ensure the design spoke the language of the brand, in an elevated and contemporary tone, staying cohesive to the aesthetic of SIR The label. The design concepts take inspiration from galleries, museums, artist installations and primitive stone structures.
Describe the materials used and why did you choose these?
It was important for me to carry through design elements from the Indonesian retail space into this sphere, remaining cohesive and consistent with their existing spatial identity. I was able to carry this through with the use of raw elements, limestone, textured designs and opulent marble against the otherwise neutral colour space.
Setting the foundation for the brands first physical space in Australia, the curved walls and beautiful archways formed a beautiful interior space for the display of product and installations while the use of materials including curved brass rails, limestone sculptures and three variations of marble are all custom to the space.
How does the interior aesthetic reflect that of the label and its designs?
Focusing on craftsmanship, we used both local artists and the use of natural and raw materials to execute the vision. The interior is layered, merging bespoke design elements and raw materials with a narrative to create a space that is not only a sensory retail experience but speaks to the aesthetic of SIR the label.
What were the challenges in creating the space, or was it all a breeze?
With any project comes challenges – that’s what makes the design process so rewarding. Achieving the beautiful backlit marble installation in the archway wasn’t without difficulty – the lighting we selected threw a different shade when reflected off particular backdrops and was impacted by the depth of the space. But it’s all in the details and being meticulous with the execution. I have painful attention to detail, especially with a space like this that is so clean and minimal. I’m fortunate to work closely with suppliers and a builder that understands this (although might want to rip my hair out at times).
What’s next for Merci Maison and your design work?
I had dipped my toes in a residential project in Los Angeles, working remotely from Sydney on this project and contemplated more work over there … but I have had a flow of projects here in Sydney so will be staying put to continue establishing my brand here. I am currently working on a few residential projects, creating custom furniture pieces for clients and a few event installations. Exciting things in the pipeline! Stay tuned x
Check out more of Merci Maison’s work here.
This serene designer beach house designed by award winning architect David Boyle, is a contemporary take on the classic 1950’s Australian holiday house. Situated on a hillside overlooking MacMasters Beach on the Central Coast of NSW, the house is split over two levels and features interiors by celebrated designers Arent & Pyke who’s work on the house was shortlisted for residential interior design in the 2016 Australian Interior Design Awards. It was also recently featured in Inside Out magazine.
Images via Contemporary Hotels.
No roads, no cars and no shops. You are surrounded by the bush, the sea and the sky, and overlook Great Mackerel Beach, Pittwater, Palm Beach, Broken Bay and beyond… Welcome to The Little Black Shack…
The Little Black Shack is a beautiful and lovingly restored cottage on Mackerel Beach overlooking Pittwater… only a quick ferry ride across from Sydney’s Palm Beach. The original timber and sandstone fishermans cottage is
completely eco friendly and features a sandstone fireplace, wood fire oven, breathtaking views and direct access to turquoise waters below.
The interiors feature recycled and hand made furniture with an eclectic mix of nautical antiques and collectables gathered from travels around the world and forages along the beach. The two bedrooms both have luxuriously soft linen sheets and the original sandstone bathroom features a beautiful stone bath and a large copper shower with amazing water views.
Outside, you’ll find an outdoor shower set amongst the trees half way down the front steps leading to a secluded sandy beach at low tide. For more information, check out Stayz or The Little Black Shack website.
Photography by Luisa Brimble, Laura Goodall, Raquel Linde & Indiana Kwong
The Little Black Shack | www.thelittleblackshack.com.au
The newest and most exclusive villa created in Seminyak…
The Cotton House
Caribbean style meets Indonesian influence at this bright, breezy and utterly chic Bali vacation rental. Perfectly located in the midst of the Seminyak and Petitenget district, The Cotton House brings inspiration from across the globe, with a beautiful combination of entertainment, relaxation and accommodation spaces.
Everything about this property is done with total attention to detail. From the moment you walk through the stunning blue gates, through to the luscious lawns and several different pavilions of white housing – all with modern design yet adorned with unique furnishings and artwork to still give it that “warm” feeling.
The house is separated into 4 extensive pavilions. The first is a two storey two bedroom fully self contained villa with its own plunge pool and extensive tropical gardens. Within a short walk you arrive at pavilion two which is centrally located in the garden. The third pavilion houses the vast entertainment area including indoor and outdoor dining tables, a bar and beautifully crafted living spaces. Linked by a covered walkway from the entertainment pavilion the last and largest pavilion houses five bedrooms all with separate bathroom suites and dressing rooms.
THE LIVING AREAS
With living and dining areas in three of the four pavilions and nearly 15,000 square feet of living space, there’s ample room to relax quietly or gather all together. Architect Hetta Thynne took cues from the great houses of the Caribbean when planning the pitched roofline, rows of French doors and colonnaded walkways; the tropical elegance continues inside in a mix of vintage and modern furnishings, and bold patterns. Though chef service is included, a fully equipped kitchen is available.
The eight bedrooms at The Cotton House are divided among two pavilions: five bedrooms in one, two in the other. There are six bedrooms with king beds, including three honeymoon-worthy suites with al-fresco showers, and two bedroom with two twin beds. All eight bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.
Secluded, peaceful, and beautifully decorated, this property is truly luxurious and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the company of your family and friends. For further details on bookings, click here.