The backyard seating area is one of my favorite spots of our house. Here I enjoy my first cup of coffee in the morning and plan the day ahead while listening to the birds. It’s also our second dining room and a perfect place to relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day.
To create a warm and inviting space we painted the rear wall of the house a soft yellow and hung an array of lanterns from the rafters. A large mirror reflects their light as well as the greenery from the garden. Additional candle holders on the table and jewel tones round off the dose of Moroccan flair. An old street sign adds a touch of tongue-in-cheek.
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Some years ago we bought a piece of land in a charming village near Diamantina, just in case some day in the future we would decide to build a home there. Not nine months later construction began ….
The traditional Portuguese colonial architecture of the region was the main influence, tempered with Mediterranean and Moroccan elements.
We were fortunate to find a little old farmhouse slated for demolition in a nearby town, and the salvaged materials served as additional inspiration and enhanced the personality of the house.
The local builders were amazing in executing our ideas, as well as contributing their own.
The result is a laid back retreat surrounded by beautiful nature. Some mornings we wake up with a hummingbird checking out our bedroom. Or on certain evenings, while we sit on the veranda and watch the moon rise over the mountain, an owl might keep us company.
Soon to come: more details from our perfectly imperfect home.
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