Simple Rustic Home
Serene and peaceful with plenty of nature and natural elements. This is the picture perfect Formentera based home of Consuelo Castiglioni, creator of luxury fashion house Marni. It is an evocative build, parts of the house are almost biblical in feel and I don’t know about you, but it is in these kind of hushed, simple, low-tech environments that one feels able to ‘catch up’ with one’s true self again and throw out all the built up walls and pretense.
I can almost hear the impatient morning call from the neighbouring farms cock crowing through my speaker and smell the warm, freshly baked bread with a dipper of olive oil waiting to be laid out on the table above. That beautiful table setting seems like it would almost blanch if you were to place a processed burger in it’s vicinity!
Above is a rather magnificent wooden day bed from which to look out on to the beautiful views, swap the car fumes for the beguiling scent of fresh greenery and flowers while dosing off to the sound of a short intermission rainfall, before the main act returns refreshed and dazzling…the warm summer sun!
A mixed purpose area which serves as a thoroughfare but also with scatter cushions on the floor and chairs for just chilling.
The vibe is artisanal. Here accessories and fittings are handmade and heartfelt. The bedding from the local weekly open-air market or perhaps some handmade cushions from one of the nicest neighbours… Exposed beams and rough sawn doors add to the unfussy, authentic feel.
A stone bath with shamelessly unpampered walls. No paint, no wallpaper! And no sleek modern storage. No bottles of perfumed chemicals masquerading as luxury tonics to the natural human state, just a sponge on the side with a bar of handmade soap! Haha! Can you handle it?!!
However, I rather like the juxtaposition of the shiny modern stainless steel kitchen island with the rough rustic edges. Very ‘un-Jesus’, but simple, polished and stylish nonetheless. The twin mats add just the right amount of decorative diversion needed.
Uh! Too beautiful for words…A light fresh breeze, the warm sun, a chilled drink, the right few people, beloved pets nonchalantly wandering around pecking or snuffling at discarded biscuit and breadcrumbs, a few jokes, an uncommitted discussion on something or other…another unplanned nap…then supper!
Exquisite photography by Francois Halard