The Great Indoors: 6 Ways to Enhance a Nature Retreat

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There are many ways to bring the outside in: using nature-inspired artwork and accessories; comfortable furniture and textiles; or even an abundance of plant life. But this vacation home, redesigned by Franco-Argentine Luis Laplace, provides a modern and minimalist approach to living with the outdoors. Set along the rocky coast of Ibiza, here are 6 ways this home ensures that nature remains front and center.

Unobstructed Views

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Window treatments can provide a great opportunity for injecting color and pattern into a space. But when communing with nature, keep them to a minimum. The home’s simple drapes can be neatly pulled aside for unobstructed views of the Mediterranean and surrounding landscape. Using a track in lieu of curtain rods also reduces distractions.

Streamlined Furniture

Laplace opted for the same minimalist approach in selecting furniture, with many pieces being midcentury modern antiques. Using furniture with simple lines ensures that interiors don’t compete with the home’s natural setting.

Minimal Art

Minimalist Art
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Despite being owned by an art collector, the home showcases very little artwork. Rather, outdoor scenery becomes the greatest source of inspiration. When art is featured, such as the master bedroom’s ceramic mural, it’s subtle, adding texture and visual interest without overpowering the space.

Natural Surfaces

Minimalist Art
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Minimalist Shower
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Another way to add texture and interest is by incorporating natural materials. Stone, marble, and wood complement the home’s environment and help bring the outside in. This is accomplished through Laplace’s furniture choices, as well as floor and wall applications. Large slabs of natural surfaces are used throughout, from the library to the bathrooms.

A Natural Palette

Minimalist Bedroom
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All the colors found throughout the home reflect those seen in nature. This is most clearly demonstrated in the bedrooms, which boast palettes of blues, browns, greens, and yellow. The colors are muted and serene like those found outdoors.

A Seamless Transition

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The home was designed such that every room opens onto a terrace. The windows slide completely out of view, blurring the line between indoors and out. Additionally, the home uses the same stone floors for interior and exterior spaces.

We can’t all have a modern, Mediterranean getaway, but using the same design principles may bring us a little closer to nature. Which feature would you incorporate?

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Desiré is a designer, blogger, and lover of all things glamorous. Though primarily a self-taught decorator, Desiré studied at The Art Institute, where she honed a distinct aesthetic largely influenced by the Modern Glamour movement, the theme of her popular design blog, Sukio. Not only is she considered a "closet fashionista," discreetly stashing handbags and shoes whenever possible, but, as an MIT graduate, she’s also an undercover nerd. Fashion, nerdom, and several years as a Washingtonian have combined to shape her unique perspective on interior design.