Leaving Northern Europe behind to live in the sun is probably a recurring dream of millions people. Those who succeed often find their lives take a completely new course. The refurbishment of this Mallorcan farmhouse so impressed friends and locals that it led its owners to set up an architecture and design business on the island.
Two shops also now supply an international clientèle with all manner of antiques, fabrics and furniture, some of which is made to the owners designs, in both traditional metalwork and wood. The furnishing and decorating of this home set their company’s standard for the comfortable but casual island living.
Mindful of retaining the seventeenth-century character of the house, the modernizing work was carefully controlled, but the landscaping of the large property was a major project. As with most old farmhouses, there were barns attached that could be converted into a summer dining-room or seating area.
Dark beams, white walls and painted floors are the background against which colorful dhurries and kelims add warmth and texture. A mix of dark European furniture and neutral contemporary sofas creates a relaxed environment, and plenty of vernacular architectural detailing helps to convey the essential character of this enviable place in the sun