A Mykonos House Inspired by Classic Cycladic Design by

Issue 20 · Greek Isles · May 22, 2014

A Mykonos House Inspired by Classic Cycladic Design

Issue 20 · Greek Isles · May 22, 2014

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.

Deborah French Mykonos House | Remodelista

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. 

Deborah French Courtyard Mykonos | Remodelista

Above: A simple outdoor dining area.

Deborah French Mykonos House/Remodelista

Above: A wood framed door opens to the patio.

Deborah French Mykonos Living Room/Remodelista

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

Deborah French Mykonos House Living Room | Remodelista

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

Deborah French Mykonos Living Room | Remodelista

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

Deborah French Kitchen Mykonos | Remodelista

Above: Pots suspended on a collection of pot racks.

Deborah French Mykonos House/Remodelista

Above: A cool white passageway.

Deborah French Mykonos House/Remodelista

Above: A bedroom opens to the outdoors. 

Deborah French Mykonos Bedroom/Remodelista

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

Deborah French Mykonos Bedroom/Remodelista

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

Deborah French Mykonos House/Remodelista

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. 



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