Villa Galene the discreet charm of gray
The task was to make a contemporary house, a few steps from the sea, with a small garden on one side, a place of peace and relaxation, comfortable to live and pleasant to see. A second home that had nothing of the typical features of the second houses by the sea, if not the color point: the blue. Which, in this case, was accompanied by different shades of gray. The living room-kitchen, which extends in length, required an intervention of division between the two areas that were not of occluding visual impact. The limited spaces required the creation of a container element for the crockery. The solution found was a sideboard made with plaster, with transparent bottom and glass doors, which let the eye and the light pass while still acting as a divider and container.
Old armchairs found by a second-hand dealer have been trimmed in blue washed linen and interact with the few elements in pickled wood. Potteries with floral designs, coming from Iran, resound the color point, and provided the design for the lava stone paintings that decorate the outdoor wall. Little Kilim Afghani were the choice to cover the large-format ceramic floor in shades of greige.
A decorative element from an old Sicilian cart was the only concession to the region. As happens in all the houses designed for moments of relaxation, the veranda is an element that has been given special attention. A barbecue served by long support surfaces and a large lava stone sink guarantee the tools for convivial moments in every season of the year. The veranda, in fact, closed on three sides and open only to the garden and the pool, is a sheltered and intimate area, where in addition to the barbecue there is a dining table and a sofa zone where you can linger at dusk with a drink, in the blue hour, while the pool and the garden light up.