Greek Island Style

I’m reminiscent of my few trips to Greece and am missing the warm sun, temperate weather and turquoise blue seas. Like the landscape, the Greek island ethos is relaxed, casual and organic. The Greek Island Style of interior design reflects this easy, unpretentious approach.

 

A Little Bit of Heaven in a Frigid World – Patmos Aktis

The Frigid temperatures of winter are upon us here in Princeton, NJ. As I look out my window at the snow covered landscape, I am reminiscent of the warm summer days at the exquisite Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa. It is a 5-star luxury hotel situated on Grikos Beach on the the island of Patmos … and my husband and I were lucky enough to go there.

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The amenities include private townhouse pools, indoor and outdoor emerald-colored pools and a pristine outstretched beach along Grikos Bay.

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The all-white exterior and interior exude a sleek, modern atmosphere while blending perfectly with the traditional architecture of Patmos.

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Natural hues reflect the surrounding sandy landscape.beach1warm

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Rustic touches combined with luxurious elements make for a relaxing atmosphere. cafetableswarm

Views of the outstretched beach and indigo bay are enjoyed from every angle.

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The monochromatic colors and simple design elements exude luxury and comfort.

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The breathtaking views of Grikos Bay penetrate the interior of the hotel through large paned glass windows and doors.

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The minimalist interiors and rustic style of this Greek getaway have inspired me to recreate it in my own home. The white textured walls and Mediterranean blues of the ocean create a relaxing and down to earth atmosphere. I’m excited to embark on my own Greek inspired master bathroom makeover. Stay tuned! Opa!

The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian

During a recent visit to Patmos, Greece I had the wonderful opportunity to tour the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian in the village of Chora. While walking through this historic byzantine structure that was built in 1088, I was amazed not only by its ancient relics and artifacts but by its simple charm and beauty.

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The contrast of the hard byzantine style fortress with the indigo sky, the white hilltop structures and the cerulean sea exudes an inexplicable beauty.

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Doorways and windows hide little crevices of simple and holy elegance.

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The quiet staircases and walkways diverge with the scurrying about of the black vested monks.

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The arches and porticoes cast dramatic shadows upon the monastery’s pilgrims and inhabitants.

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The ancient icons and frescos radiate a mysterious allure that touches one’s soul.

The monastery’s land encompasses vast field, and hilltops painted with windmills. This is the view (below) as you journey upward toward the monastery.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing this simple yet majestic glimpse of The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian. The monastery along with its island can’t help but inspire you with its quiet and mystical grace, charm and spirituality.

The Beauty of Patmos

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I recently visited the beautiful island of Patmos, Greece. I was in awe of the breathtaking splendor of its magnificent charm. Patmos is a small island on the Aegean Sea and is one of a cluster of ten islands (Dodecanese) southeast of mainland Greece.

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The island’s main attraction is the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the cave where John the Evangelist was inspired and wrote the Book of Revelations. Hence, it is an island of Orthodox faith and devotion.

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On a long walk along Patmos’ jagged coastline I discovered bits and pieces of paradise.

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The island is enveloped in quaint picturesque architecture that is typical of the Greek style.

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Blues and whites along with a natural earthly hue dominate the landscape. The colors depicted on walls, windows and canopies contrast exquisitely with the blossoming clusters of flowers, the Aegean sea and the ultramarine sky.

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The simple yet exquisite island landscape emulates perfectly the ethos of the Greek culture. Say a simple “para kalo” (please) or “efcharisto” (thank you) and you’re invited into a relationship and have made a friend for life.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my modest depiction of the beauty of Patmos. For more information, I would recommend visiting http://www.patmos-island.com/