Monday, 3 March 2008

Greek Interiors I

When I hosted my first giveaway in honor of the first Greek issue of House and Garden, all of my gracious participants have asked me to show more of Greek houses.
It is quite hard to do because to be honest with you, I do not like modern style which seems to be all the rage in Greece right now. On the other hand I do not like stuffy rooms which is the alternative.
So, when I find rooms that I like, I am going to post them here for you.
The most impressive part of the house I am going to show you today is the entrance which has a distinct Greek accent. The arrangement of furniture and objects as nature morte sets the tone for the large painting by Giannis Gaitis (1923-1984). The painting is called The Dancer. The male dancer wears "Western style" clothes, but the female dancer's costume is a mix of Ancient and Folk Greek female wear. They are dancing the "ballos", an island dance. The colors of the painting are an ode to Ancient Greek pottery, especially the black figure type (c. 500 B.C.)
The house was built in the 60s in a leafy suburb of Athens, and was refurbished by the young architect daughter of the owners.
The modern bathroom is baren but warms up with the use of browns and some wooden accents.

Cotton sheers are perfect for filtering the intense, hide nothing, Greek light.

The dining room table, and an aethereal detail of a paper lamp that echoes the dancer motif. From the Benaki Museum, one of my favorite places in Athens.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.

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