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Mediterranean Homes & Lifestyles

Spring - Summer 2018

Mediterranean Homes & Lifestyles combines the best of Mediterranean-inspired décor with travel, entertaining, and food features that virtually transport you across the Atlantic to the vineyards of Tuscany and the coastlines of Spain and Greece. Tour a collection of warm and welcoming American homes inspired by Spanish, Moorish, Italian, and French architecture and interior design—from rustic farmhouses to Italianate mansions—and rest awhile in the gorgeous alfresco spaces that epitomize the Mediterranean ethos of la dolce vita!

United States
Meredith Corporation
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editors’ note

The best memories are often forged from the simplest of things: the smell of the air on a crisp autumn morning, the aroma of a favorite meal lovingly prepared and slowly savored, the laughter of friends gathered around a table, the beauty of an abundant garden. All these converge at the idyllic hilltop home of Michelle VanBoxtel and Mac Mackrovitch (“Table on the Hill,” page 58), where good friends, mouthwatering food, and breathtaking views are the order of the day.Our team traveled to the VanBoxtel- Mackrovitch home in California overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Brisa del Mar Vineyards to capture the enchantment of the limestone-clad house and we never wanted to leave. Which is just the way Michelle and Mac intended it. Although the two love to travel, their…

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Light MakeoverA couple put a traditional spin on a contemporary California home, ushering in views and easy indoor-out living. TraditionalHome.com/EasyEleganceRomantic RenovationDramatic before and after images showcase how an El Paso, Texas, home tapped into character by lightening up. TraditionalHome.com/DesertMagicTravel NotesVisit the Kinsterna Hotel in Greece, where guests stay in a 13th-century villa while soaking in views of the Aegean Sea. TraditionalHome.com/GreekGetaway ■…

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global designs

Tile Embroidered PillowUV-resistant fabric means this pillow works indoors and outdoors. $35; pier1.comEclectic Floor MatCover a less-than-perfect kitchen floor with this vinyl mat. $120; nathanandco.comPortuguese Tile PlatterThe classic Iberian tile scheme feels refreshingly modern in this porcelain platter. $70.92; zazzle.comGeometric Patterned NotecardsTraditional mosaics are translated to paper. $25 for five; farandwidecollective.comMandala WallpaperA Moorish-inspired pattern gives old-world detail to a basic interior. $225 per roll; newwall.comYessa Watercolor Sham SetA painterly take on a tile print features on-trend indigo. $39 for two; urbanoutfitters.com ■…

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hummus 6 ways

HUMMUSSTART TO FINISH: 15 MINUTES1 15- to 16-oz. can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained¼ cup tahini¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice¼ cup olive oil½ tsp. salt¼ tsp. paprika1 clove garlic, minced1 Tbsp. snipped fresh parsley2 to 3 tsp. olive oil (optional) Toasted pita wedges and/or assorted vegetable dippers1. In a food processor combine the first seven ingredients (through garlic). Cover and process or blend about 4 minutes or until smooth, stopping and scraping sides as necessary.2. Transfer hummus to a small serving bowl. Sprinkle with parsley. If desired, drizzle with 2 to 3 tsp. olive oil. Serve with pita wedges and/or vegetable dippers.Makes 1¾ cups.CAULIFLOWER & HARISSA HUMMUSIn a medium saucepan cook 2 cups cauliflower florets, covered, in a small amount of boiling water about 10 minutes or until…

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colorful character

Pattern-rich tile was Mary Margaret’s go-to throughout the house for adding personality. To create a dramatic entrance, she covered the foyer’s walls and ceiling with tile.Black and white concrete tiles, laid in a checkerboard pattern, sweep from the sunroom to the loggia to subtly erase the boundaries between the spaces.Mary Margaret has many sentimental pieces in her home, such as her grandmother’s drop-leaf, burled-wood desk. It resides in the sunroom, which is her favorite space in the house; she often bounces balls off the walls here while playing with Ponce, the family’s Weimaraner.The breakfast room’s original brick fireplace surround was replaced with white Moroccan tiles, installed floor to ceiling without a mantel for a contemporary spin.Interior designer Mary Margaret Vasquez is the kind of host who makes sure she has…

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casual sophisticate

The guest house, which is one of multiple buildings on the property, blends into its surroundings. “All the forms are organically laid into the landscape,” architect Erik Peterson says. “There’s no symmetry. This creates a randomness that looks like the buildings have been added to over the years.”A stone floor, rustic wood beams, and a honed-bluestone island countertop contribute a farmhouse feel to the kitchen.A 12-inch-deep niche with salvaged-wood shelves stores glassware for a wet bar.Four chimneys resembling towers rise in the distance, echoing the peaks of the mountains visible on the horizon of the Arizona desert. Sunlight intensifies the richness of their claytile tops. Architect Erik Peterson has driven this winding road near Phoenix countless times, and the view always inspires him. The chimneys belong to a one-of-a-kind estate…