When the owners walked through the door of their country villa in Felanitx, they were overcome with emotion. It had been more than six months since they’d visited from their UK home, and while they had every faith in Justine Knox, on the way from the airport they’d felt a sense of nervous excitement. The villa, a treasured part of their family for decades, was drenched in memories and full of sentimental value. It had just undergone a transformation. What would it be like; would it still feel the same?
Entering the newly-designed space, they were enraptured. Their villa, though much cherished, had been looking tired. Now, it didn’t feel the same – it felt renewed. Gone were the dated floors and light fittings, replaced by elegant, modern choices. The beautiful original beams had been painted, the wooden windows painted flawless white, and the once-harsh iron window railings and curtain poles retreated in a soft tone of rusted brass.
Standing in the kitchen, taking in the bold blue bespoke units, quartz stone work surfaces and wicker stools, made the heart sing. Justine Knox is famed for her love and clever use of colour, and this room was a masterclass. ‘Colours are the smiles of nature’ goes the saying, and nowhere was this truer than this stone-built finca, surrounded by olive groves.
The sky above blazed blue, interior highlights reflecting its vivid, carefree hue. Outside, the shutters were lovingly painted a charming aquamarine, and everywhere, from the lounge to the bedrooms and bathrooms, caressed the soul with relaxing, warm Mediterranean shades of orange, green and teal. Every week, dreaming of sunny skies and their beloved second home, the owners had looked forward to receiving updates and ideas directly from Justine.
The use of a bright colour scheme had been a gamble but it had definately paid off. By blending old and new and adding a large dose of contemporary comfort, their choice of interior designer had levelled-up the beloved old villa, while maintaining its essence.
Complete with Moroccan-feel bedrooms – the master suite replete with statement four-poster bed – the villa in the valley would continue to be the family’s happy refuge for years to come. As the air-conditioning hummed, the sparkling pool and loungers beckoned and the long, solid-wood table called out for bowls and glasses to be placed, the owners kicked off their shoes, and started settling into their Mallorcan country escape.
Text by Anna Mason | Photos provided by Knox Design