Book Review: Ibiza Style

From the sun-drenched island of Ibiza, located in the Mediterranean comes a stunning collection of 500 photographs featuring 30 of the island’s finest homes and hotels for a visual feast. After a brief introduction presenting an overview of the island’s history, the book is broken into six chapters beginning with Coastal Chic where stunning ocean views blend into perched pools and patio areas. The majority of seaside villas showcased are a celebration of light and space where the color schemes lean toward whites and greys with the exception of Las Banderas where slabs of saturated color are the rule. Rural Retreats offer a collection of more organic, lived-in homes with flowing lines and soft, warm colors. Contemporary Style embraces clean architectural lines, often both in construction and the furnishings which include Missoni textiles, wrought iron, funky chairs and high ceilings. Heavy beamed ceilings, traditional thick white walls, solid stone stairs and comfortable, shady garden nooks accented with antique rugs predominate the Vintage Inspiration chapter while Cool Minimalism capitalizes on the use of large windows, stainless steel and white where splashes of color stand out in bold relief. Natural Living unites traditional built in seating, shelving and beds with warm wooden furniture and mellow colors for a relaxing, laid-back feel.

Ingrid Rasmussen’s outstanding photography shines while Chloe Grimshaw’s illuminating text provides details about construction, history, furnishings and a general overview of the owners. Each residence reflects a great deal about their owners taste, lifestyle and interests while offering a rich source of inspiration to those seeking to turn their abode into something special. It is especially nice to see design concepts that don’t require a huge expenditure. Most of the interiors shown rely upon creative color use and accents that can be purchased or made on the cheap; all it takes is some paint, a bit of panache and a willingness to try something new.

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