Blissful Santorini

Before the holiday season is truly over I couldn't resist sharing this mesmerising pool cave in Santorini. Total bliss!

Less is More in New York

A great atmosphere pervades in this New York home.  The House by the Pond in Water Mill, NY, is spacious yet cosy.  In accordance with their company philosophy "less is more", Stelle Architects have created a home which respects the beauty and fragility of the natural landscape.

A calm and serene atmosphere with nature's greenery all around and the water level with the interior...

Superb views from the kitchen...


Highly efficient glazing and innovative choice of materials were used to create this sleek home.

Energy efficiency is increased with a geothermal heating and cooling system and the use of overhangs and sunshades, so less air conditioning power is required during the summer season.  In winter, solar heat helps to keep the property warm.
Photography: Matthew Carbone and Frank Oudeman


Dazzling London 2012

The amazing 80,000 seat stadium at London 2012 is the lightest Olympic stadium ever built, due to its innovative design.  Not only was the entire Olympic village stunning, but the event mesmerised and wowed the world.  The breathtaking Games surpassed all others in splendour and excitement. Circling the stadium, fourteen lighting towers, with HD freeze-frame television coverage, captured the sporting spectacle. An estimated two billion people watched live in anticipation as Usain Bolt won the 100 metre final.  But, Bolt's 200 metre sprint for Jamaica was the most tweeted topic during the Games, with 80,000 tweets per minute.  

The supporting structure of the roof was formed from 2,500 tonnes of steel tubing which were recycled from old gas pipelines. After the Games the permanent, lower tier, which holds 25,000 people will remain, but the upper tier of 55,000 seats will be dismantled and removed.


Work in progress on the Olympic village earlier this year...

It's hard to believe but the 17,500 seat Aquatics Centre stands on what was once a scrap metal site with one of the biggest fridge mountains in Europe. After the Games most of the seats, which have been built in temporary stands, will be removed to leave a fantastic, sleek swimming pool for use by the local community, schools, clubs and athletes.



The awe-inspiring Olympic rings like you've never seen them before...

London party...

I'll certainly miss the amazing London Olympics.  But, there's more action to enjoy from 29 August till 9 September in the Paralympic Games with 147 nations taking part.  Around 4,200 athletes with some form of disability will compete in 503 events covering 21 sports...


Solve the Architectural Mystery

This vast, sleek architectural blackness has been newly built for a momentous and grand occasion.  Can you guess which one?  


Answer is in the comments box below.

Manhattan Living with Ralph Lauren

Lacquered white shelving creates an organised backdrop to this stylish seating arrangement in fashion designer Ralph Lauren's library.  A great place to languish and read...

In the living room of Ralph Lauren's Manhattan duplex apartment, clean lines and everything placed at low level helps to amplify the lightness and purity of the white walls...

Expertly displayed arrangements give the apartment a unified, calm feel...

Dark floors and accessories contrast with the white and add balance.  The black cashmere throw on the white sofa, from Ralph Lauren Home, adds luxury and comfort...

Another asymmetrical display creates drama and elegance...

As you would expect the kitchen is sleek and sophisticated.  This time white lacquer is teamed with stainless steel...

Ralph Lauren's master bathroom has a stunning view of Central Park's reservoir.  Light bounces around the reflective surfaces in the room, with Thassos marble on the floor and countertops, mirrored cabinetry combined with more white lacquer...
Photographer: William Abranowicz for Elle Decor

Remembering Princess Diana

A bare-footed sensory experience at the Princess Diana memorial in London's Hyde Park is thoroughly enjoyed, especially on glorious summer days.


A Home in the Med

This private residence on Aegina island in Greece is surrounded by water from its own adjoining turquoise pool and the stunning blue sea.