After what has been an extended break from the blog due to other work commitments followed by a wonderful family holiday, I’m glad to report I’m back feeling refreshed and revived!
This year, we flew direct from Belfast to Venice, where we spent a few nights exploring the Veneto region of northern Italy, before heading across to spend a week in the Istrian region of Croatia.
If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram and Facebook the past few weeks, you’ll have seen some sneak peeks at where we stayed during our travels. In fact, a number of you asked me for more information on our accommodation, so I thought I’d write about it here, spread over a couple of blog posts, one focusing on a fantastic Italian B&B we stayed in and the other looking at our Croatian getaway.
So here we are! First off, I want to tell you about the simply stunning villa we stayed in during our week in Croatia – it pretty much ticked all my interior lust boxes with its modern rustic vibes, cool coastal feels and Scandinavian design.
We stayed in: Villa Famiglia, Selina, Croatia (closest large town: Poreč)
Expect to see: pretty coastal villages, pebble beaches, rolling green countryside & Roman history
Nestled within the lush green Istrian countryside in the small village of Selina, Villa Famiglia is a true gem waiting to be discovered. Once a traditional farmhouse, it has only recently been lovingly renovated and refurbished into an absolutely beautiful luxury holiday villa, complete with outdoor pool, cooking and seating areas.
The villa has been decorated immaculately by its local owners in a modern rustic style with a coastal and scandinavian influence. The exposed stonework, white painted walls and quirky lighting and accessories all culminate to create a bright, modern, cosy and welcoming space to relax and unwind in.
So, let’s take a look around!
Upon entering the villa, you find yourself in an open plan kitchen/dining/living space on the ground floor…
I love the warmth brought into the room by the touches of metallic rose gold, as well as the textured cushions and baskets. They impart a lovely homely feel that is often missing in modern holiday homes.
I like how the teal colour of the sofa has been picked up in the braided rug (seen above) and on these amazing botanical themed wall panels hanging in the dining area… they add a fun element to the otherwise simple decor scheme.
Just off the dining area is a downstairs double bedroom, which has been decorated in soft, seaside-y shades of blue and grey – it’s a very soothing space. I love the dressing table / desk area and attention to detail throughout the simple accessorising. The rattan lampshade adds natural texture, as does the jute rug (just seen).
As you ascend the stairs, there’s a gorgeous wall of exposed natural stone, which acts as the perfect backdrop for the modern lighting and funky accessories. In place of a solid stair banister, the owner has created a bespoke staircase of bronzed metal with rope woven through the structure – I’ve never seen anything like this before, but it worked!
A lovely greeting awaited us on the landing – it’s the little things, isn’t it?
This was the only wall to have been painted a definite colour, but it added subtle depth and very much reflected the colours found along the Istrian coastline – in particular, that crystal clear water. It’s very similar to Farrow & Ball Blue Gray.
Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, each with an en-suite. This is the master bedroom with its own little balcony overlooking the rolling Croatian countryside.
It has been decorated in a more feminine note, with pastel pinks and pale greys against white washed walls, accented by natural weaves, coloured glass and pale woods.
The wardrobes in all the rooms have been fitted with woven screens to allow the air to circulate, but I loved the added texture it gave the room.
The exposed stonework is a feature in all the upstairs bedrooms, helping them to stay cool in the hot Croatian summers. I think this was my favourite room, with its mustard and teal accents throughout.
There’s definitely a laid back, coastal element to the decor, isn’t there?
I was ready to bring a couple of these sliding farmhouse doors home in my suitcase! They add such warmth to the rooms and tap into the modern rustic vibe perfectly. The bathroom tiles are all that’s needed to lift the all-white scheme to another level.
And what tour wouldn’t be complete without a little look outside!
Our pool area was awesome – really private and super clean, with plenty of outdoor seating spots to choose from, depending on the time of day (and whether you’re chasing sun or shade!!)
There was even an outdoor kitchen… the husband was well happy with that!
More subtle coastal touches…
Loved this metal chair and table set outside the main living area – the perfect place to enjoy a morning cuppa or evening bubbles.
Get the Look…
Feeling inspired by this beautiful Croatian villa’s modern rustic and coastal design? Here’s how you can steal the look for your own home… details on where to buy everything are further below.
1. Vintage peg letter board / £4.99 / Home Bargains
2. Selection of glass & ceramic vases / from £2.99 / H&M
3. Hanging copper & glass light / £30 / Matalan
4. ‘Java’ light shade / £49 / Made.com
5. Stone wall effect wallpaper / £13.99/m / Iwantwallpaper.co.uk
6. Botanical print / £25 / Rifle Paper Co. at Yard Gallery
7. ‘Gertie’ accent chair / £299 / Made.com
8. Faux fern / £5.50 / Amazon
9. Laundry basket / £9 / Ikea
10. Cushion cover / £13 / Ikea
11. Side table / £31.99 / Wayfair UK
12. Nest of tables / £50 / Ikea
13. Jute rug / £118 / Westelm
I hope you enjoyed taking a look around this place, it was truly awesome to stay in and so handy for all the main sights on the Istrian peninsula. For more information or to enquire about bookings for next year, you can contact the owners via their Facebook page here.