ISSUE 20  |  Greek Isles

A Mykonos House Inspired by Classic Cycladic Design

May 22, 2014 7:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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During her varied career, NYC interior designer and sculptor Deborah French has worked for Vogue (as an assistant to legendary fashion editor Polly Mellen) and designed showrooms for Ralph Lauren and interiors for hotelier Ian Schrager. Along the way, she took a detour to Mykonos, where she lived for several years with her then-husband, Vangelis Tsangaris, an Athenian who had spent summers on the island. The couple bought the land from a local farmer and modeled the house after traditional Cycladic structures; it’s built from stone from the mountain and has interiors of whitewashed lime plaster.

Photographs by Paul Ryan via Deborah French Designs.

Above: The couple started out with an architect but took over the project themselves, working with local builders, who interpreted a clay model Deborah created. 

Above: A simple outdoor dining area.

Above: A wood framed door opens to the patio.

Above: The interior features organic shapes and natural decor (dried flowers and branches).

Above: Window frames painted green add a hint of color to the living area.

Above: An adjustable chandelier (note the cleat fastener on the wall).

Above: Pots suspended on a collection of pot racks.

Above: A cool white passageway.

Above: A bedroom opens to the outdoors. 

Above: A floor-to-ceiling cabinet is washed in a pale green; stucco ledges serve as candlestick holders.

Above: A mosquito net adds a gauzy look to a guest bedroom.

Above: A tiny chapel perched on a rocky outcrop.

Like the whitewashed wood floors at this Grecian idyll? See more images of Wood Floors in our Gallery of Rooms and Spaces. Want to whitewash your walls? See DIY: Whitewashed Greek Walls on Gardenista.