Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Florianópolis, an awesome city in the south of Brazil, has some lovely places and houses, but as other growing cities, the big trees and even the small plants are suppressed by the urban environment. In this home, I decided to create a comfortable, warm and silent small outdoor space, creating a special haven, a true oasis in Lagoa da Conceição, at Santa Catarina Island. This enchanted dome, where the mix of colors, fabrics, flowers, plants, teas, family antiques and recycled objects predominate, is perfect for a nice breakfast, lunch and especially afternoon tea in the shadow of the majestic Flamboyant tree, that also houses a family of fruit bats in autumn months, and an owl in the spring months. Also in the spring, hummingbirds nest in the Ficus trees of the corridor. In our garden we have an old Bougainvillea tree along with salvaged furniture and plenty of welcoming "stuff". Our house mascot Moppinho especially enjoys the old armchair. It's a tiny space, but we don't mind - we love the fresh air and the tranquility we feel while spending time here.
It's a place of reflection, used the whole year round, where we realize we do not need vast spaces to look within ourselves. We tend to relax the body, revitalize the mind, and invigorating the energy spent in the rush of everyday life. On the hammock, we can read a good book or simply do nothing and just relax! It is in this small garden, surrounded by green, that we do the real therapy of relaxation without leaving home. The simplicity, harmony and sense of well-being are the keynotes of this space.
(Images: Claudet Gerhard and Fernanda Cortez)
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