Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mauritian island home..

Can it get better than this? Your own private island retreat set in tropical paradise.. I think not, and I'd be a very happy Swedish girl if I was to skip across that walkway and into this stunning home..!

This much loved home has been in the family since the 1930s,  and is located on the East coast of Mauritius. Such a heavenly setting don't  you think!?!

Though the villa was recently rebuilt after having been demolished by a cyclone (oh horror!) it has maintained its originality and uniqueness. In fact to me, it doesn't feel like a 'new build' at all and one can tell that a lot of love and heart has gone into re-erecting the home.

I love the mix of modern elements such as the poured concrete floors, and sleek design mixed with local rustic materials, colours and craftsmanship. The simplicity of the design elements and detail are wonderful and there seems to be a seamless relationship between the house and the setting.

The use of organic detail to add warmth and texture works beautifully without over-dressing the beautiful features of the house. And as a typical 'Swede' I must say that I really appreciate the lack of growth and greenery too close to the house because of the wildlife lurking in it.. Since moving to Sydney I have battled many 'un-welcomed creatures' in our home, including possums, lizards and gigantic spiders.. At first I was terrified (OMG the 'spider nightmares'!!), but over the years my courage has grown and I am now able to catch a Huntsman spider without squealing in fear. (pride!)

The house looks inviting and comfy yet has that 'practical simplicity' that I have learned to value since moving to Australia. With the hot & humid weather, sandy feet,  and little bodies smeared with sunscreen things need to be scaled back to feel clean, fresh and inviting. Less is definitely more here!


I love all the bursts of colour. They feel so in tune with the surrounding landscape. Aqua and blues from the ever changing ocean & sky. Lime, tangerine, mango and reds from the abundance of tropical fruits.  Yum yum! 
I think this approach to colour is very true for all international styles of decor - just thinking of my very own 'Swedish Style' and the soft, paired back colour pallets it it is known and loved for.


Yes please! I LOVE lobsters - actually all seafood, except snails & urchins.. - and think I could quite happily live on a diet of just that..! Add to that being able to fish them off the jetty in one's own back yard and then cook them out in the open.. Heaven!

The best news about all of this is that you can actually rent this house.. For more details, just click HERE . And please. make sure you book it outside of cyclone season dearies..!!


Before I go. GRAZIE MILLE  to you dear Julie (aka 'Julie Being Ruby') for the kind award! You're a lovely friend! xx

x Charlotta


Champagne/CrushParty/StitchPoet said...

Oh my gosh, there's nothing better than pulling your own lobster out of a pot for dinner... it's no island, but the new england coastline is heaven to me and I would share it if you ever came while we were there. #goalforfutureplans :)

lorraine pennington said...

wow! love that house, thank you for the beautiful tour....

Lumo said...

What a dreamy, lovely place.

I have never been to Mauritius, but have a friend who goes there once a year and tells me it's fantastic. (I also helps hat her husband has some marketing deal with Four Seasons, they get to stay there for free for 10 days a year...)

Spring is definitely arriving in Helsinki, but slowly; it did show again, 5 cm last night...

Julie said...


Living on a seafood diet in a home like this would be my dream. Add to that chill glasses of sauvignon blanc and it's perfection.

P.S. Yes, Life is indeed beautiful. Thank you for that beautiful comment. It made my day when I read it.

Laura said...

So beautiful and relaxing!!
I follow you from Rome!

Desire Empire said...

I can feel a holiday coming on. Lovely Lovely Post. Thanks for visiting me.
Best Carolyn

Casa Très Chic said...

Oh, this looks like heaven to me.
Nice work, Charlotta, what a fantastic house you showed here.
Thanks for sharing.
Big hugs to you dear friend.

designchic said...

I could move right in...gorgeous!!

Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely said...

Oh this looks like a magical haven! How perfectly exquisit, You have me dreaming of this kind of holiday now.... xo

Rachael said...

Wow, Wow, Wow....when can I move in!


Tina said...

Hej Rara!
This place+ Mauritius you say!? Must be heaven on earth!
The butterfly chairs always seem to find their way to my heart, espeacially when they are put in a place like this!
Hoppas allt är väl annars!? Längtar efter det där utlovade mailet med smakråd:)! Den som väntar på något gott...:):)!
Har det kommit något paket i brevlådan ännu? Borde varit framme nu tycker jag!
Kram på dig!

Lana said...

Oh wow, I could move in right away, it looks amazing!!x

Design Elements said...

wonderful tour! thanks, Charlotta! beautiful find

Meera @ firstsense said...

Such a dream! Of the two decades I lived in Africa, I never made it to Mauritius, but it is definitely near the top of my must-visit places, when I'm feeling flush :)

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh my! Charlotta, this house is paradise! love everything! especially the magnificent views! warm hugs, Caroline

Priscila Peters said...

Oh yes, heaven.

lise m said...

Wow what a stunning place!! breng me there asap! !!

Charlotta Ward said...

Hello my lovelies and thank you for your kind comments.

I agree with all of you that this place is truly special. It's avaiable to rent via Frank Features but so far I haven't worked up the courage to ask how much it is per night.. Yikes.

But for those of you who can afford it, I would love to hear back if you ever go here. I can only imagine how special and blissful this place is.
I can smell those lobsters and crabs being cooked in that fabulous orange kitchen, and hear the lapping of the ocean.. Sigh.

Have a beautiful week everyone.

xx Charlotta

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