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Mediterranean Homes & Lifestyles

Mediterranean Homes & Lifestyles Mediterranean Homes & Lifestyles

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!

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Meredith Corporation

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4 min
sheer beauty

If you’re a fan of travel magazines, you’ve likely seen the images. Impossibly white buildings cling to a hillside, contrasting sharply with bright cerulean domes. This is the village of Oia (pronounced EE-ah)—a sparkling gem on the northern coast of the Greek island of Santorini. Its postcard-worthy, whitewashed landscape has long made it a travel mecca for those seeking the perfect romantic getaway. A small town that lives large, Oia buzzes with tourists (and donkeys, since cars are mostly prohibited). And while many visitors spend just a day or two here before departing by sea to Mykonos or Crete, you can easily extend your stay to wander the circuitous walkways. Footpaths wind along the village’s steep western slope, offering myriad opportunities for the curious to lose themselves in a labyrinth lined with…

2 min
tasting tour

CLOS DU VAL Enjoy a guided tour of the winery followed by a seated wine tasting showcasing current releases and special bottlings available only through Clos Du Val. Try the winery’s flagship Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon and estategrown Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Wines $30–$125 a bottle. Tastings $35. 5330 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707/261-5225; closduval.com CLIFF LEDE Make an appointment for a seated tasting at the bar or on the veranda, if for no other reason than to sample the distinctive 2013 Stardust Heaven Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s made with grapes from vineyard blocks named Ziggy Stardust and Stairway to Heaven by musically inclined proprietor Cliff Lede. Cliff Lede’s Backstage Tasting Lounge features a musically themed rotating art exhibit. Wines $25–$250 a bottle. Tastings $30–$50. 1473 Yountville Cross Rd., Yountville; 707/944-8642; cliffledevineyards.com DUCKHORN VINEYARDS While you taste…

8 min
found paradise

Csaba dalla Zorza always dreamed of having a special place where she could chill out, find balance, and spend quality time with loved ones. The popular Italian TV personality, author, and food writer found just the spot—an idyllic family holiday home—on the Costa Paradiso on Sardinia’s west coast. Here she escapes from the hectic lifestyle she leads in mainland Italy to write, develop, and test new recipes. Csaba’s husband, Lorenzo, and her two children, Edoardo and Ludovica, serve as her taste testers. “If my husband and children love what I cook, I know it’s a good recipe,” she says. “They have discriminating taste.” Her holiday home is simple but comfortable. The interiors are deliberately minimalist to keep holidays uncomplicated and low maintenance. Taking inspiration from the home’s perch high on a rocky…

5 min
gathering ground

Happiness flows in St. Helena, California, and not just from the wine bottle. For Jean-Pierre (J-P) Conte and Hillary Thomas, this Wine Country communityis shorthand for haven and all the pleasures that go with it. In fact, the name of their second home, Contento, means “happy” in Spanish. “J-P is half Cuban and half French; his last name is Conte, and my nickname as a little girl was Happy,” Hillary says. “Contento seemed like a good name on so many levels.” The San Francisco couple, who have six children between them, bought the 3-acre property as the house was nearing completion five years ago, just in time for Hillary, an interior designer, to make the decorating decisions. “I wanted a ‘put your feet up’ casual design, created with natural textures, durable…

4 min
smooth transition

Not many people can shift from a sleek, glass-encased, architect-designed house shaped like a sphere to a homey Mediterranean-style villa in one swift move. But for Joanie O’Leary, it was a heartfelt change. Recently widowed, Joanie wanted something different. “It was the first house I bought by myself, for myself,” she says. “And I had a clean slate. The people who bought my old house bought everything down to the sheets and the towels. All I took with me was my artwork and personal photos.” Built 10 years ago in a Mediterranean style, Joanie’s new house features Venetian plaster walls, wood-clad ceilings, and a host of French doors. It felt warm and inviting to Joanie—just right for sharing with her dogs, her visiting daughter and grandsons, and her girlfriends. Yet she didn’t…

2 min
charms casual

When Dee Jackson was 4 years old, she asked her mother for a little piece of bare ground of her own. “I can still see the wildflowers that I planted from seed on my tiny plot,” she says. Gardening became a lifelong passion for Dee, and when she and husband Pete retired to Burgundy, France, from England, they purchased a bare 1-plus acre plot surrounding a 19th-century stone farmhouse known as “The House with Four Chimneys” in a picturesque village called Culles-les-Roches. The Jacksons fell in love with the house’s vista, a wide view of the Grosne Valley. “On a clear day, we can see the snowy peak of Mont Blanc, 150 miles away,” Pete says. Similar to many Mediterranean gardens, however, the land was rocky and fell away from the house…