Yesterday afternoon, my girlfriend tagged me in a picture on Instagram that was from Casa Cook Rhodes, located on the Greek Isle of Kolymbia and it seriously took my breath away. Casa Cook is the first in a series of hotels by Thomas Cook that are geared towards adults who are searching for a unique vacation destination or "trend-conscious travelers," as Cook refers to them. After scrolling through the photo gallery on the hotel's website, immediately I thought yes!!!! THIS is what the Costa house should look and feel like and now that we know where we are heading with the exterior, I feel like I can see exactly where we are heading with the interiors and basically that is to Casa Cook.
I texted my girlfriend right away that this was my new Costa house inspiration, and truly I have no shame in saying that there are so many ideas I'm adopting from this hotel. Now, I am just trying to find ways to incorporate them in our own design after putting my personal touch on them. It's like something clicked and I am just so inspired. I cannot begin to explain to you how much I love this hotel, and how many decisions have been made clear in my mind just being seeing how well "tropical" can be done.
For the last few weeks I had been going back and forth on flooring, thinking I wanted something light, but now that I've seen the dark tile floors of this hotel, paired with the bright white stucco, I know that dark is the way to go. I also thought I wanted a light wood on all the shutters and trim but now I'm pretty sure that a coffee colored stain is going to be perfect to make the house feel tropical and still modern. I was afraid to use black because it is a beach house after all, but now that I see how it really lightens with mixed with textured neutrals, I am all in. I'm also so inspired seeing how you can do "laid back," but in a really elegant way. If there is one place that perfectly exemplifies how less can be more than this is it.
Just take a look at this hotel... it really is stunning!
The above image was the shot my girlfriend sent me and I truly love every inch of it. The woven lights, the black bookcase, the cement table and wood accents. This is much grander than we will be needing but let me just say I am taking notes.
Since we decided to lose the lounge feature that was going to be built on the end of our pool I've been trying to think of some way to replace it. I'd say this little in-pool swim up fits the bill nicely.
Hammocks everywhere. Oh yes.
I see that stone wall back there and you know what? I don't hate it. For me it's all about that sofa though... talk about the perfect place to curl up and read a book.
The simple bedrooms are very much in line with what I'm thinking for our home. Statement lighting, a few accessories and a view... really, what else could you need?
This hotel has completely renewed my love of patterned tile. That palm print... be still my heart. Right now the structure is coming in at the low end of our budget so hopefully in the end there will be room for something dramatic like this. I could just see one or two of the bathrooms covered in a fun tile from floor to ceiling.
Don't even get me started on this bedroom. We would need to break something like this up into two different spaces for our home but don't be surprised if you see something similar. Those woven pendants and bed linens are seriously making me tear up. This is what I want for my master.
My dad spent the last few days working on some issues we had with the layout and we think we have it all figured out. We will be emailing our architect with our notes and a few new images (yep, of this hotel) and we will soon get our next rendering. I feel like we are so close to being able to see what the house is going to look like and I am more inspired than ever! Stay tuned! Xx