Cream of the Crop

A LON­DON IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER HAS FOUND TRUE HAP­PI­NESS IN HER HOL­I­DAY HOME IN IBIZA, WHERE SHE’S CRE­ATED A TRAN­QUIL ES­CAPE FROM HER LIFE IN THE FAST LANE

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This el­e­gant hol­i­day home in Ibiza pairs its glam 1970s in­spi­ra­tion with earthy de­tails

Set in a tran­quil oa­sis of scented pines, sway­ing palms and per­fumed or­ange blos­soms, Can Mi­mosa (named for its large mi­mosa trees) is a rare jewel on Ibiza—an is­land known more for its sybaritic life­style than for its tran­quil refuge. “The en­ergy of the place is truly mag­i­cal,” says Caroline Le­grand of her is­land abode. “When I med­i­tate, I feel deeply grate­ful that I am cus­to­dian of this lit­tle piece of par­adise. I feel a deep con­nec­tion with na­ture and the earth here. I love the trees that are full of birds, the sub­trop­i­cal flow­ers and the pro­duce from my or­ganic veg­etable gar­den.”

The Bel­gian-born, Lon­don-based in­te­rior de­signer orig­i­nally owned a home in Sain­tTropez, but had been com­ing to Ibiza for many years with her two chil­dren to visit friends and en­joy the so­cial life that the is­land of­fers. “The year be­fore last, I rented for the first time, for four weeks, and re­alised that this was def­i­nitely my favourite place in Europe,” she ex­plains. In spring 2014, with a bud­get in mind, she be­gan house-hunt­ing in the Por­roig and San José ar­eas, which are close to the town, and within easy reach of the air­port and the is­land’s most beau­ti­ful beaches. “I was ex­tremely lucky to see this house first, and was just blown away by the land and the beauty of the gar­dens,” she says. “The first thing I did was touch the ground—an in­stant con­nec­tion. I saw an­other 10 houses or so in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, but this house had al­ready stolen my heart.”

GROUNDED PLEA­SURES

Le­grand’s vi­sion for her hol­i­day home was clear from the out­set. “I wanted to keep the in­te­ri­ors cool, in both senses of the word, while keep­ing an easy con­nec­tion with the out­doors,” she says. “Af­ter all, it’s a sum­mer house—so it had to be light and airy, but avoid that all-white, su­per-mod­ern look that’s so pop­u­lar on the is­land.” So she did it her way, us­ing a pal­ette of uni­form creams and off-whites with ad hoc touches of caramel, to­bacco and stone—nat­u­ral tones and tex­tures that blend to­gether well. This pal­ette suited the monochro­matic mar­ble sur­faces (Blanco Ibiza, a lo­cal mar­ble) that pre­sented an ideal blank can­vas for the glam 1970s vin­tage vibe she en­vis­aged. Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and or­ganic fab­rics were im­por­tant ad­di­tions, too; shaggy rugs, rat­tan and or­ganic wool cur­tains, along with cork

wall­pa­per in the ca­bana, all added warmth and a cer­tain retro quirk­i­ness. “My in­te­rior de­sign scheme re­ally started when I ar­rived in Mi­ami the week af­ter I bought the house,” she ex­plains. “I saw a few pieces that formed the core of the in­te­rior and built from there.” With her bound­less en­ergy, Le­grand spent three days comb­ing the de­sign dis­trict and the vin­tage shops on N125th Street, vis­it­ing just about ev­ery store in Mi­ami and Palm Beach un­til she found the fur­ni­ture she wanted. She also sourced sim­ple de­signer items in Lon­don from The Con­ran Shop, then headed to Mai­son&ob­jet in Paris for china and glass­ware, and fi­nally ended up at Pols Pot­ten in Am­s­ter­dam for lamps and chairs. Other items, such as a vin­tage Ger­man vase col­lec­tion and the chic sofa pil­lows, came from Ab­so­lute Flow­ers and Home, owned by a friend in Lon­don. The end re­sult is a care­fully cu­rated mix of hip vin­tage and de­signer pieces from renowned names in­clud­ing Pierre Paulin, Milo Baugh­man, Har­vey Prob­ber, Clau­dio Saloc­chi, Tom Dixon and Roger Capron, which she has clev­erly com­bined with evoca­tive art­works from the likes of Peter Beard, David Ben­jamin Sherry, Ryan Mcgin­ley, Christo­pher Wool, Adrian Stern and Clau­dio Conti.

PRAC­TI­CAL MAT­TERS

With the in­te­ri­ors of the house sorted, Le­grand turned her at­ten­tion out­doors. Her first project was to con­vert the un­wanted garage into a com­fort­able guest ca­bana, adding a gym at the rear. “I in­cor­po­rated large glass win­dows for panoramic views of the gar­den so I could cre­ate a Palm Springs feel,” says Le­grand with a smile. The in­spi­ra­tion for the out­side bed­room for her sons, aged 10 and 12, came from a tear sheet she pulled out of US Vogue. “It had a cool beach chair from Mol­lusk Surf Shop. I googled the site and sud­denly had my vi­sion: surf shack chic,” she ex­claims.

“Thanks to those surf dudes, I had my boys’ room de­signed within an hour. The ex­cite­ment amongst them was sur­real.” Le­grand de­cided not to paint the in­side of this room, but opted to keep the nat­u­ral wood for a stronger vin­tage feel that would work with the retro pieces she had bought in Palm Beach. A clas­sic sculp­tural surf­board found in Corn­wall adds drama, while a large vin­tage Scrabble board (a Christ­mas present from Restora­tion Hard­ware) ended up be­com­ing a wall piece as well. “The boys adore this room. It has be­come their per­fect hang-out with friends. Maybe the su­per­sized TV and Xbox has some­thing to do with it, too,” she adds with a laugh. As en­ter­tain­ing is an im­por­tant part of Ibiza life, Le­grand then fo­cused on de­sign­ing a gar­den chill-out area, with a mega-sized wooden din­ing table and an out­door kitchen and bar­be­cue space, along with a sunken seat­ing area un­der a dra­matic pine tree and a Juras­sic-style table made of Yosemite wood. “It was hard to think vin­tage for this area,” she says. “But it had to go with the style of the whole house, so sim­plic­ity was the key. Adding two vin­tage rat­tan chairs from Palm Beach pulled the story to­gether.” Le­grand’s prac­tised eye has re­sulted in an el­e­gant sum­mer home that has been care­fully con­sid­ered, strik­ing the per­fect bal­ance be­tween glam­our and earth­i­ness. Her aes­thetic is based on this pas­sion­ate premise: “I want to live with things that give me joy ev­ery time I look at them”. Ex­plain­ing that just about ev­ery­thing in the home is vin­tage, mostly from the 1970s, with a lit­tle ’60s here and there and a few ’80s pieces in the liv­ing room, she con­cludes, “I love the fact that ev­ery­thing is re­cy­cled from other peo­ple and other coun­tries.” A spir­i­tual and eco-sen­si­tive per­son, Le­grand has at last found where her heart be­longs. “I’ve fallen in love with the land. Liv­ing here makes me re­ally happy,” she says.

“I want to live with things that give me joy ev­ery time I look at them”

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A pal­ette of creams and off-whites was cho­sen over the all-white, su­per­mod­ern look typ­i­cal of is­land abodes

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In­te­rior de­signer Caroline Le­grand

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The sum­mer home stylishly pairs vin­tage dec­o­ra­tive pieces sourced from around the world with de­signer fur­ni­ture and monochro­matic mar­ble sur­faces

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Large glass win­dows show panoramic views of the gar­dens, giv­ing the home a bit of the Palm Springs feel

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The trop­i­cal wall­pa­per in the guest pavil­ion pairs well with other retro pieces; a vin­tage Scrabble board (which was a Christ­mas gift) be­came a wall piece; a clas­sic surf­board found in Corn­wall lends surf shack chic to the boys’ room

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Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and or­ganic fab­rics were im­por­tant ad­di­tions for the eco-sen­si­tive owner

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The mas­ter bed­room and bath­room ooze glam­our and earth­i­ness at once

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A large din­ing table, an out­door kitchen and bar­be­cue space are per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing

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