© 2024 Tina Allmendinger
The modern Mediterranean lifestyle is a captivating blend of diverse influences, natural warm colors, and the use of organic materials. As I contemplate this lifestyle, my thoughts gravitate towards the picturesque Côte d'Azur and the enchanting Provence. However, the richness of this lifestyle extends far beyond this surroundings, encompassing many countries that share the Mediterranean Sea.
One of the key expressions of the Mediterranean lifestyle is evident in interior decoration. Contemporary Mediterranean homes often feature whitewashed walls, stone, and waxed concrete floors. Traditional elements such as terracotta, reminiscent of the entire Mediterranean region, find new life in beautifully planted amphorae. Marble, predominantly sourced from Italy, adds a touch of luxury, particularly in modern kitchens.
To loosen up the minimalist basic note, a mixture of the bohemian style of the 70s with macrame and rattan fabric is added, warm Moroccan elements with beautiful ceramics, glass and baskets and the spirit of the French Riviera with light colors, soft stripes and light linen fabrics.
The connecting element is always the sea and a special tree - the olive. Olive trees thrive in the entire Mediterranean area and their wood is often used in Mediterranean decoration.
Light colors have brought modernity to Mediterranean interior design. You can see that in the decoration of the whole house to the garden. Whether it's a Provencal country house, a Spanish finca or the typical white Greek house, they all invite us to a Mediterranean lifestyle with their soft shapes.
Food also plays an immense role in the Mediterranean way of life. Due to the mild climate, life mainly takes place outdoor. It is very common around the Mediterranean to eat outside - even on mild winter days.
The Mediterranean lifestyle also means enjoying a cozy aperitif with friends and family outdoors on mild evenings. To eat delicacies from the Mediterranean kitchen and to drink a good wine with it. Incidentally, this is also a deeply rooted culinary tradition in the European Mediterranean and is unquestionably one of the joys in life.
Spending the days and evenings outside - meeting people and enjoying the time together is a basic need for people in the Mediterranean region. Sociability is very important. This is one of the reasons why a beautiful garden or terrace is a part of the culture.
As I bid farewell with a sincere "Take care," I extend to you an invitation to embrace this essence and infuse it into your own life.
Have a good day,
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