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Casa Cook: a new lifestyle boutique hotel in Rhodes, Greece

We’re always on the look out for hotels and retreats that set a new standard, so when we heard of Casa Cook on the island of Rhodes, Greece, we were intrigued. Seeing inside this boutique hotel, we realised it was something very special.

Casa Cook is a new hotel brand owned by travel company Thomas Cook, with the Greece location being its debut. With just 90 rooms, the ‘adults only’ hotel is pitched at those looking for a relaxed and indulgent escape. You can choose between rooms with their own veranda and even a private pool.

Guests can try their hand at open air yoga, ‘shop the look’ in an onsite store, swing in one of the many hammocks or simply wine and dine in the on-site restaurant and bar.

Casa Cook was a collaboration between architect Vana Pernariv, interior designer Annabell Kutucu and the design agency Lambs & Lions.

Some of our favourite stand-out features include the bohemian linen and accessories in the bedrooms, the hanging cocoon chairs overlooking the pool and the unique, jungle-like motif tiles that create a feature wall in the restaurant.

Take a look…

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Patricia Urquiola designs Lake Como Hotel Il Sereno

Spanish designer and architect Patricia Urquiola is the mastermind behind Lake Como’s newest hotel. It’s the first to be built on this Italian shoreline in decades and is now one of the only contemporary properties in the area.  Urquiola played a role in nearly every aspect of this hotel’s creation, overseeing its external architecture, internal furnishings and even staff uniforms.

Il Sereno is perched on top of an existing arched stone boathouse. Featuring 30-suites, this hotel is the third created by luxury group Sereno Hotels. Il Sereno has already won the “Most Anticipated New Luxury Hotel Opening in 2016” by Luxury Travel Advisor magazine. It was recognised for its understated elegance that presents a freshness to an area accustomed to Faux Renaissance and Neo Classical designs.

But it’s no surprise that this hotel is already winning awards: Urquiola is highly experienced in delivering incredible brand experiences, having been previously commissioned by brands such as Louis Vuitton, Baccarat and Missoni.

Il Sereno is built from mostly natural materials, including wood, stone and even wool. Its promise to guests is a modern style, comfort, space and panoramic views. Guests can enjoy a private beach, a private dock to board the hotel’s own boats and a 60-foot-long freshwater infinity pool suspended over Lake Como.

Inside, design features include striking copper-plated aluminium tubes that encase the walnut staircase; custom, hanging headboards; and the restaurant’s terrazzo floor incorporating a pattern based on the region’s traditional women’s hair combs.

Take a look…

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What’s new in the world of design: December 2016

From a cathedral-set fashion store to a science-based art exhibition, this month’s ‘What’s New in the World of Design’ is full of paradoxes, along with fabulous new fabrics and wallpapers and excitingly, a date announced for DENFAIR 2017. Read on… 

1. Alpha60 opens new store in Chapter House

One of Melbourne’s newest fashion stores feels more like a stage-set than a boutique. Alpha60 has opened its 10th store in Chapter House on Flinders Lane – a large hall adjacent to St Paul’s Cathedral.

You enter the store from Flinders Lane and follow the trail of mannequins up two flights of stairs. Then, you’re greeted with soaring ceilings, stained-glass windows and a grand piano.

The fashion brand has made the most of the unique space, bringing in its entire collection to showcase. The owners are also in talks with bands to bring live, acoustic music in-store, along with artists to create sound and light experiences to accompany the journey up the stairs. What can be sure is that this is no run of the mill shopping experience.

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Four Christmas decorating trends of 2016

December is here, which means the organised ones among us are busily wrapping gifts, decorating the house and planning the Christmas meals. For the rest of us, it’s that time when it sinks in that Christmas really is just around the corner.

To help you with whatever stage you’re at, we’ve pulled together this year’s key Christmas decorating trends to bring you ideas from the gift wrapping, to the table, to the tree. There really is a theme to suit everyone – from traditional and moody greens, to fresh and youthful mint, to sophisticated and modern monochrome, and finally, the angelic all-white aesthetic. Enjoy finding the look that’s right for you this Christmas.

1. Moody Greens

Bring this trend into your home using generous amounts of foliage, luxe, olive-coloured fabrics such as linen and velvet, matte stoneware plates and – if you’re brave – a moss-coloured, painted feature wall.