I photographed a little peak of Matthew and my life here on the island of Lesvos for You Magazine a couple of months ago and here it is. Thank you Clare Nolan for loving our lifestyle and Fiona McCarthy for your kind words.
What a great article on our village life in the August issue of UK House & Garden magazine. Beautifully written by Ros Byam Shaw and fabulous photos taken by Paul Massey. Thanks for coming to My Greek Island Home and sharing some of our favourite things. My Greek Island Home published in the UK by Clearview Books.
I have been without internet for a couple of weeks now, making it impossible to post. There are advantages to being out of touch with technology and one of them is having time to watch the setting sun. We all need find time to surround ourselves with the beauty of nature. Here on My Greek Island Home it’s not difficult to find beauty around every corner. I am so lucky to be here.
I renovated this mews house in London several years ago. We lived in it for a couple of years before selling it. I completely renovated it, starting from scratch with just 4 walls. I added an extra floor and inserted sylights into the roof. I also had also glass panels set into the outside terrace floor, letting light into the kitchen below. My aim was to make a small London mews house feel like an appartment. I achieved this by opening up the spaces and bringing in as much light as possible. As usual everything was painted bright white. The outcome was a serene, spacious liiving space which we enjoyed enormously. Photographs by Nathalie Preim
I renovated this appartment in Notting Hill several years ago. Matthew and I absolutely love it and lived in it very happily for a few years before moving to Greece. When I first set eyes on it, it was in a terrible state but to me the location, light, enormous rooms and the history could not be ignored. It was a great challenge and I love a challenge. All the windows were replaced, reproduced exactly as the originals but this time with double glazing. The floor separating it from the downstairs neighbours was heavily sound proofed and new electrics and plumbing were installed. I played around with the layout and added an extra room on top with two sets of double doors opening out onto a roof terrace. From the terrace there are views over West London and beyond. It is a truly beautiful place to live. From My Greek Island Home I look at these pictures from and wish I could live in two places at once but being an Aussie girl I am drawn to open spaces, vast skies and a huge amount of sunshine. So for the moment Lesvos it is. The fab paintings on the walls are by Matthew Usmar Lauder and the photos of the appartment were taken by Natalie Priem. The flat is now available for rental through Domas Nova. Claire Lloyd homes.
I love my neice Jess. She has always been a bright light! xxx
[wpvideo HfiSfttG]I love the light in MY GREEK ISLAND HOME, it uplifts me. It inspired me to make this film. My new book will be available from September 26, just over a week.Music created by Matthew Usmar Lauder.