GREEK ISLE TOUR Cycladic Minimalism

Greece Cyclades Therassia interiors architecture by Costis Psychas via Elle Decor white living room low seating tables

Like a breath of crisp, clean ocean air…

I made it to Athens and really looking forward to making my way down to visit some of the islands — in particular, the Cyclades group which includes hotspots Mykonos and Santorini. It’s not difficult to imagine why they’re so immensely popular: the bright blue Aegean sea set behind iconic white hillside villages are perfectly pristine, picturesque.

For me, the minimalist earthen forms of Cycladic architecture represent a simpler, slower lifestyle of sun and sea, light and white, flow and breeze. Can’t wait to experience it for myself, but until then, I’ve gathered up some inspirational images of what’s waiting for me there…

 

Therassia

Greece Cyclades Therassia interiors architecture by Costis Psychas via Elle Decor white bedroom arch minimalist wood window shutters

Greece Cyclades Therassia interiors architecture by Costis Psychas via Elle Decor arch white bathroom sunken spa

Greece Cyclades Therassia interiors architecture by Costis Psychas via Elle Decor arch ocean view white stucco patio

 

Mykonos

Greece Cyclades Mykonos interiors architecture Agnandi via Style Files entry white stucco stairs fireplace open beam

 

Syros

Greece Cyclades Syros interiors architecture by Block722 via Yatzer sleeping nook

Greece Cyclades Syros interiors architecture by Block722 via Yatzer wood concrete minimalist modern kitchen

Greece Cyclades Syros interiors architecture by Block722 via Yatzer minimalist bathroom concrete sunken tub

 

Oia

Greece Cyclades Oia interiors architecture Perivola Suites living room white minimalist purples

Greece Cyclades Oia interiors architecture Perivola Suites bedroom white minimalist purple

Greece Cyclades Oia interiors architecture Perivola Suites living room white minimalist purples fireplace

 

Santorini

Greece Cyclades Santorini interiors architecture Kapari Natural Resort via Grecian paradise arched split level

Greece Cyclades Santorini interiors architecture Honeymoon Petra photo by Christos Drazos via my paradissi concrete tub white sofa blue pillows wood table

Greece Cyclades Santorini interiors architecture Mystique Hotel via Grecian paradise stepped exterior

Greece Cyclades Santorini interiors architecture Katikies Hotel via my paradissi white cave pool

Greece Cyclades Santorini interiors architecture Katikies Hotel via my paradissi white building roof pool

Did you know?

Undoubtedly beautiful, Cycladic architecture was born out of very practical reasons:

  1. Because the islands had few trees, there wasn’t much wood available, and hence the structures are formed from the earth, and usually one story.
  2. Most of the homes have south eastern orientation to attract natural light, with thick walls to maintain temperatures year round.
  3. Because of piracy, many of the villages were built high above sea level for vantage point and defense.
  4. In 1936, the Greek prime minister Ioannis Metaxas ordered that the Cyclades islands paint their structures white and blue to symbolize the white wave foams of the Aegean Sea and the blue of the Greek sky. But the white serves to reflect the sun in the summer months, keeping the interiors cool.

 Follow along on Snapchat (@erikabrechtel) as I’ll be sure to share my adventures through Greece over the next few weeks!

xoxo-EB

Images: Therassia (1 thru 4) / Mykonos (5) / Syros (6 thru 8) / Oia (9 thru 11)  / Santorini (12, 13, 14, 15, 16)

Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

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