Decor Inspiration: Greek Island Lovely {Claire Lloyd}

If ever I called a beachy cottage home,
I would be over the bella luna if it resembled
Claire Lloyd and Matthew Usmar Lauder’s
Greek island home in Lesvos!

My friend, artist Melissa James introduced me to
this couple’s beautiful book, and Melissa has a
special connection with the authors as she adopted
Flossie (above left with Jinx), a fluffy pooch
Claire and Matthew rescued in Greece.
Indeed I have had the pleasure of walking and cuddling sweet Flossie!

Melissa’s mood is midcentury modern in her current residence,
and she is always mixing it up fabulously, sharing photos
of the spaces she designs and the pets she adores. 

Back to Greece we go!

Do we really need to interject here?
Good Lord, no.
Let’s simply indulge in a deep exhale of coastal bliss.

These images and sources were discovered at the gorgeous
My Scandinavian Home.

Oh, Melissa James, come make my spaces feel like this!

Please don’t anyone be surprised if suddenly
my style morphs exclusively into bright white,
touches of earthy stone, and faded aqua/surfy blues.

A hunger for feta, olives, flatbread,
and more Greek Island delish has found me!

Lucky for us, we can indulge in the full buffet in:
My Greek Island Home.

Did you take away any particular inspiration?

Peace to you right where you are.



  1. September 21, 2014 / 11:33 pm

    the dogs are destined to be superstars!

  2. September 22, 2014 / 3:33 am

    Michele, love the vibe…the altar boxes inspire me! Love the stone walls, does this inspire a new home design style for you my dear.


    • September 22, 2014 / 6:19 pm

      sure does! the bright clean + spare + rustic is so appealing since it is so unfussy and casual!

  3. September 22, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    Love it…if theres a cute little Greek restaurant down the road..I am in!

    • September 22, 2014 / 6:21 pm

      ha! i wonder if that has something to do with the itty bitty frig in the petite kitchen?

  4. September 22, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    I so love that little green altar hanging high on the wall…'s just so endearing! Thanks much for sharing this magical place!

    • September 23, 2014 / 12:34 am

      i so agree. am dreaming of making one for myself!

    • September 23, 2014 / 12:35 am

      oui oui. love that feminine touch too.

  5. September 23, 2014 / 5:16 pm

    Oh my … It is wonderful. The rustic stone with the white and old wood pieces, and the pure simplicity of it all is heavenly. … and those two doggie faces are too cute to even stand…


    • September 23, 2014 / 7:44 pm

      hi cindy! the simplicity definitely sucks me in. i could stay unplugged here for sure.

  6. September 23, 2014 / 7:26 pm

    I'm still exhaling .. goodness, this is stunning and i love the stone. Greece is on my bucket list .. must go asap 😉
    Cute pups!

    • September 23, 2014 / 7:44 pm

      i'd love to see and eat my way through Greece. let's go!

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