Monday, 19 January 2015

Modern Brazilian Retreat

If you've been reading my blog for a little while now, you'll know that I have an ever growing interest in interior design and that when I'm not pressing 'Add to Bag' on yet another piece of loungewear for an already-bursting wardrobe, my downtime is often spent browsing design websites.

My latest moment of fixation has been experienced on the Elle Decor website (the hub of inspiration) and comes in the form of a modern Brazilian retreat.  The first thing to know is that the house began it's life of being a slice of modern inspiration back in 1975 and that it's architect, Marcos Acayaba, had no idea that he would still be 'living in the future' four decades later..e
Located in the suburbs of São Paulo, Elle Decor explains this 'Milan House' is still Acayaba's favourite and most personal project, an opinion even more remarkable when you take into consideration that he visualised this captivating, modern space at the age of just 28.  It was only last weekend that I was (quietly) marvelling at how much Lena Dunham has achieved by the age of 28 - could this be the new 21st century's idealistic aim for peaking?

Back to the Brazilian retreat and we're met by an explosion of contrasting adjectives.  A space that boasts a most unusual combination of being both urban and tranquil, it's hard to tear your eyes away from the images and away from searching for some level of understanding!  The residence was originally designed with total creative freedom for Acayaba's sister-in-law, however she later relocated to Paris, which conveniently made room for the architect to immerse himself in his own design.  Marcos Acayaba has lived here with his wife ever since and apparently, very little has changed over that time, although it isn't at all difficult to understand why when looking at the images.  Floor-to-ceiling windows, reflected pool-side palm trees and open staircases see the introduction of nature by bringing indoors what would otherwise remain outdoors, out of sight and out of mind.  The residence seems to have secured it's future and even now would struggle to seem outdated - how could nature be passé?!          


There is a whole lot more to discover about the Brazilian 'Milan House', such as the removal of an indoor garden and a studio tucked under an elevated terrace by the visually busy pool area, but I can hear online browsing of loungewear calling my name and so you can find more out about this residence over at Elle Decor!

Note: All photos have come from Elle Decor and more can be found on their website.

With love,

Gabrielle x


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  1. Oh I love learning about interior design too and something about the vast open space in the Brazilian retreat (replete with nature's influence) makes it so endearing! Especially the last picture, I feel so tranquil just looking at its beauty!! :) xo~ Lena
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    1. The last image is also a favourite of mine! It's so lovely to come across others with similar interests, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this post Lena! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  2. wow!! beautiful pics!!

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  3. Wow, that looks like such a cool hotel!!! I would love to visit!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. Sadly for us Melanie, this isn't a hotel - but that doesn't stop me from wanting to visit haha!

      Gabrielle x

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  4. This house is absolutely gorgeous. The purple room is amazing and in love with the stairs!!

    xx 365Hangers

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    1. The stair design is a fantastic feature, I agree!

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  5. It's like bringing nature into your home, what a gorgeous concept. I can't believe the house concept was created so long ago, mind you, it's before I was born (I suddenly feel young) but you're right, it doesn't look outdated at all. What a gorgeous home!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. That's a wonderful way of describing this, Shireen! It really is incredible how the interior hasn't aged over all of this time..

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  7. This retreat seriously looks like a little slice of paradise. I love the open air concept and the greenery used throughout. It really adds a sense of tranquil relaxation and makes the house seem ever so inviting.

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more - the photos are calming alone, so who can imagine how relaxing it must be to live there!

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  8. wow!! that is beautiful!! ♡

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    1. Where's my bikini?! ;) Thank you!

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  10. this looks like heaven! I'd love to visit Brazil - not just for the house above of course, but it helps :)

    Maria @ mariasblog.me :)

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    1. I know what you mean! Honestly, I hadn't considered visiting Brazil before doing a little research recently and yes, the house definitely helps!

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  11. I love this design! It is so gorgeous! I wish I lived somewhere warm enough for this to be even remotely possible! Loving the inspiration behind this!

    Denise
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    1. Believe when I say that I know exactly what you mean Denise! Thanks for your comment!

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  12. This is really breath taking! I love open and airy decor. The fact that it is so in touch with nature makes it feel so peaceful and serine.

    Keisha xo
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    1. You and me both, nature is a wonderful concept to bring into a home an in any form!!

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  14. I love the clean lines in this home and how it's so bright, open, and airy. I used to subscribe to Elle Decor's monthly magazines and they were such an inspiration. It made me want to redecorate my condo each time!

    Tina
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    1. That was one very sensible decision to subscribe, I may well end up doing the very same in the near future! Haha I know what you mean, I am constantly wanting to touch up the spaces around me :)

      Gabrielle x

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  15. This place is absolutely gorgeous! It is literally like an urban rainforest, like you said. The indoor garden is also really unique and pretty

    Rachel xx
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    1. 'Urban rainforest' is a wonderful way of putting it, thanks so much for stopping by!

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  16. This place looks gorgeous! I love the indoor outdoor feel

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    1. It's a very attractive element, particularly in warmer climates!

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  17. Beautiful place and decor.
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    1. I couldn't agree with you more, Isabel!

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  18. I NEED to go to this place.
    Its just gorgeous.

    Jennifer Jayne xx
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    1. If only it wasn't a home, fingers crossed it really does become a 'retreat' in the future!!

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  19. Oh, I love it here, perfect ;)))) xxx

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    1. It really is rather lovely.. so pleased you think so too!

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  20. That is such an amazing place! I wish I was there right now!

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    1. Knowing that it's freezing outside right now, I might just join you! ;)

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  22. Looks like an amazing getaway retreat! I love the interior decor <3 Very modern!

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    1. They are very luck to live there, that's for certain!

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  23. Wow.... that's incredible, I love open and airy decor!!!
    Keep smiling!
    Kisses, Paola.

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    1. That makes two of us - thanks for your comment, Paola!

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  24. Wow!! amazing deco!! love this pics!! kisses!!

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  25. Amazing Interiors! love the design. I wonder where this is?.. great post!

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    1. This residence is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil!

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  26. Wow these are very pretty deco! If I have my own house in the future, I will go for modern and glass walls style :) would go wither black and white or lilac and white!

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful design scheme and the introduction of both lilac and white is beautiful! :)

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  27. What an incredible place! I have wanderlust now! :)

    -Ashley
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  29. that looks incredible x

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  30. I really love interior design and wow these look amazing :)

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    1. It is certainly becoming more of a topic of interest for me as well!

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  31. Wow. What a relaxing design. I would love to go.

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    1. It has a wonderful vibe of tranquility to it, that's for sure!

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  32. Love these ideas! I always like interior design but it wasn't until I got a Pinterest board dedicated to it that I got a bit obsessed, lol!
    Thank you for following me on Twitter, I'm now following you back <3
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    1. I am so tempted by the idea of Pinterest, although I have a feeling it would take up so, so much time haha! You're more than welcome, so glad we're connected over there too :)

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  35. wow.. beautiful interiors!! thanks for sharing!

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  36. Wow, really nice! x
    I want to go there! :)

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  37. Dear Gaby, living in that house would be a dream come true for me although I think I would be a little intimidated to be in the house at night by myself. I guess I can get used to it:-) I can see you being a great interior designer working for a super renown design magazine. The way you express yourself when you write is so enchanting and super sophisticated and I truly enjoy reading everything you create. Loved the post very much. Thanks for sharing not only the house décor and pictures but also the amazing story behind them. Take care my sweet friend, XOXO, Jeannette

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    1. I feel the same way, although I understand what you mean - I also tend to lean towards smaller spaces! That's such a lovely thing to say and your kind words about my writing style have truly made my day - thank you, Jeannette! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  38. This place is amazing and the true definition of transcendent really. What I'd give to live or possess such an architectural masterpiece!

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    1. What a lovely way of putting it.. you never know what the future may hold, Sonia!

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  39. Wow beautiful interior & stunning place! xx

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  40. wow what a stunning home! the decor is beautiful :D

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  41. Interior design is a growing interest of mine too! These are great inspirational photos!

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    1. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with a growing interest in the area!!

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  42. I love interior design. I've got a really cool interior design book. I love the pool and all the trees! That's so lovely, I wish I had a house like that. You've been nominated for an award on my blog! :) xx

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    1. Keeping an interior design book sounds fabulous, I keep scrapbooks myself! The pool really is magnificent and thank you so much for the nomination, so sweet of you :)

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  43. This is great..i love decorating our home too but thatd just a hobby :)

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    1. It's a hobby for me at this point as well, although you never know what the future may bring!

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  44. Gosh, the shots are all so inviting! I love flipping thu magazines on interior design, sweetie! Thanks for bring them to me! xoxo

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more and browsing interior design magazines/websites can be so inspiring - you're more than welcome!

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  45. The decor is just a great mix of nature and modern.

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  46. Wow this decor is beautiful and I love how natural everything is, very nice and spacious x

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  47. This place looks like paradise and I love decor of it - it's amazing combo of modern + nature:)

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  48. Oh my gosh, talk about a dream home !! Gorgeous !!

    xx

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    1. I know what you mean, so glad you love it as much as I do!!

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  49. OMG, and now I dream of being in these pictures instead of here behind my desk at work, where it's already dark outside and freezing cold..

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    1. Haha I feel you, interior design can be such an inspiration for both travelling and with regard to future homes (hopefully in warmer climates)!! :)

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  50. SO pretty!! I am a such fan of interior design too. :) Before going into nursing I was actually in school for interior design, but I soon discovered that I liked the decorating aspect much more than the design aspect, so I decided it would be more of a hobby than profession for me.
    You have great taste, btw!
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    1. I'm so glad you love this residence as much as I do, Amanda! I had no idea you were studying interior design at first, what a change of career path! Thank you so much, very sweet of you to say :)

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