Finally (in Melbourne at least), we’re beginning to get a taste of hot sunny days and balmy nights, and we’re dreaming about what the summer may hold. Summer is the sound of crickets, the feel of hot sand beneath our feet, and the taste of sangria. We begin to wonder how we can translate these summer feels to the home.  

With its terracotta tiles and white washed walls, the interiors of the Mediterranean have been hugely influential throughout history, more recently in the 80s, and are having quite a moment right now. It’s easy to see why.

These interiors are both sumptuous and minimalist, there is a focus on tactile combinations of materials in terracotta, stone, brick, glass and concrete. There is a noticeable absence of timber, which is a departure from the Scandinavian influence we’ve seen dominate our interiors. Rather than timber floors, we see stone and tiled floors, whilst furniture in cane and rattan is prominent. There is also an emphasis on strong geometric forms  (yep, more arches!) along with organic, curved walls, which soften the minimalist aesthetic.

Let’s dive into it, shall we?

Byron Bay retreat, Rae’s on Wategos, designed by Tamsin Johnson.  Photo – Sean Fennessy.

Willow Urban Retreat, Melbourne. Photo – Sharyn Cairns.

You can bring this Modern Mediterranean feel to your place with decor pieces like these gorgeous terrazzo objects by Addition Studio. Neue Void Incense Burner from Addition Studio. Photo – courtesy of Addition Studio.

The Les Roches Rouges, lobby. A flagstone floor gives this minimal space loads of interest and warmth. The interior furnishings are all derived from the natural colour of the stone to create a serene tonal space. Photo – Nicole Franzen.

Inside the Freshwater Apartment by John Wardle Architects. Photo –Sharyn Cairns, courtesy of the Australian Interior Design Awards.

From NGV’s Rigg Interior Design Awards and exhibition, The Table Is The Base by Hecker Guthrie. Photo – Shannon McGrath.

An interior for the 2019 Dulux Colour Forecast. Wall (rear) in Dulux Shepherd’s Warning, console in Federation Brown, wall (right) in Pink Linen Half, ceiling and trims in Lexicon Half. Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Bree Leech.

The incredible Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Marrakech. Photo – courtesy of the museum.

Bentwood Cafe, Melbourne, by Ritz & Ghougassian. Photo – Tom Blachford.

The North Melbourne cottage of Josh and Jenna Densten – this absolute gem of a house may be small in size, but it’s enormous when it comes to materiality. Brick floors by Brickworks, tiles by Artedomus, joinery by Joel Elliot. Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design  Files.

Bentwood Cafe, Melbourne, by Ritz & Ghougassian. Photo – Tom Blachford.

Willow Urban Retreat, Melbourne. The polished plaster material on all of the walls gives this retreat a wonderfully zen and harmonious feel.  Photo – Sharyn Cairns.

Willow Urban Retreat, Melbourne. Photo – Sharyn Cairns.

Willow Urban Retreat, Melbourne. Photo – Sharyn Cairns.

Willow Urban Retreat, Melbourne. Photo – Sharyn Cairns.

Tigmi Trading‘s design in the new Habitat Byron Bay showroom. Photo – Alicia Taylor Photography.

Tigmi Trading shot their latest campaign for their traditional, vintage rugs at Villa E in Morocco! Photo – Alicia Taylor Photography.

A hard stone floor is softened by gorgeous plush wool rugs. The Tigmi Trading‘s range in Villa E by Studio KO, Morocco. Photo – Alicia Taylor Photography.

Villa E is both sumptuous and minimalist. Renowned Studio KO designed this property, pictured with a beautiful Moroccan rug from Tigmi Trading. Photo – Alicia Taylor Photography.

Boutique Byron Bay retreat Rae’s on Wategos, designed by Tamsin Johnson. The living space in Penthouse 2. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

Brisbane-based architectural practice Richards & Spence employ the arch in many of their projects with The Calile Hotel no exception. The repetition of the arch and curved forms paired with a stong materials palette results in an identifiable aesthetic. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

The Calile Hotel by Richards & Spence in Brisbane. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

I can’t wait to get my hands on pieces from Sarah Ellison Golden range. Can she do no wrong? The ‘Halston‘ table. Photo Dave Wheeler. Styling – Sarah Ellison.

Golden collection. Sarah references a ‘strong sense of 70s and 80s nostalgia’. Photo – Dave Wheeler. Styling – Sarah Ellison.

Zahra, handmade abstract flower shaped rattan mirror. Photo – courtesy of Lrnce.

The interiors of The Les Roches Rouges are simultaneously rustic and chic. Photo – Nicole Franzen.


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