Sunday, July 20, 2008

Mamma Mia! - wanting more Greek Interior Design

Have you had a chance to see Mamma Mia, the movie? I've never seen the play so the story line for me was new and I loved it! Watching it I couldn't help but to notice the bohemian style of Villa Donna and the gorgeous sheets, fabrics and embroidery featured in the interior design. Originally I couldn't find a still that highlighted the interior but thanks to Boat Shed Chic here is one - think bluish lavender washed bedroom walls with red & white linens, aegean blue contrasted against white and multi-colored table cloths and bed linens.

The movie left me wanting more Greek style! Here's the results of my internet Greek island hopping.

(Source for still photo from movie - Cinema Blend. Images of the hotels below from their web sites.)

Greece Style: Exteriors, Interiors, Details (Icons S.) by Angelika Taschen

Pervivolas hotel in Santorini - these bold colors are so appealing. In the bedroom below, the inclusion of one strong color is soothing.


Katikies Hotel, Santorini A restrained and elegant bedroom design.

Vedema Resort, Santorini. This resort was redecorated in 2004 by the well known Greek decorator Aggelos Aggelopoulos.






Mystique Hotel - very textural.

Tsitouras Hotel


So if you can't make it to a Greek island this summer, be sure to see Mamma Mia! the movie and enjoy not only the songs and the story but the beautiful scenery. To get into the Greek mood consider a vintage greek tunic from this Etsy purveyor

and these vintage grecian sandals

and this greek key pillow from Williams Sonoma, albeit a little predictable
and these linens from Haute Home


Hopefully, the bigger box retailers will notice the vibrant bedding from Mamma Mia and deliver more options for the Fall.


In the meantime, you can read more about Aegean textiles in these books, Aegean Crossroads or Embroidery of the Greek Islands and Epirus Region, available at the Textile Musuem Shop. Opa!!

34 comments:

Ludvigsdal said...

I Just love Mamma mia! I told my daughter that she shoul get married in grecce. We are going to Rhodos in august....I just can´t wait to get there. Anette

Julie said...

I just saw the movie and I too fell in love with the colors & designs - everything from the linens to those gorgeous old blue shutters! Scrumptious!

Linda Lou said...

My daughter and I saw it last night. I have been to Santorini, but I DEFINITELY want to visit the island where it was filmed. So beautiful, the color of the water -- I can't get enough of.

SOUL PRETTY said...

such inspiration...beautiful.

Be the change..... said...

I saw the movie Friday and blogged about it today! The movie left me longing for a vacation -especially to Greece...someday, someday.....

Cartolina said...

I need a vacation - it's Monday morning and after seeing those images I just want to pack my bags, check into that white room with the striped bed canopies and have a nap.

Dianne said...

Nobody does blue like the Greeks!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful.

The Rauths said...

love the colors...pottery barn has a keylink bedding collection that i saw in the store over the weekend, slightly different than williams sonoma, a little less pricey too

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Haven't seen the movie yet...but it is on the list.

Lovin' your greece shots...just eating them up with a spoon (like a creamy greek yogurt...slurp). Delicious!! Thank you.

nookdesign said...

The Mystique hotel is lovely. I didn't think I would ever like pink walls, but it works here.

Kwana said...

These images are delicious. I so want to sail away right now.

Alex said...

I think its more likely to be found in a place like this, but in the islands:
http://www.arolithos.com/museum1.php

http://www.arolithos.com/shops.php#shop1

or there are two traditional craft outlets in Plaka, in Athens, that sell handicrafts from womens' cooperatives.

The word for embroidery in greek is kentima. the word for bed is krevati or krevatiou. [Change font to greek to see the words] κέντημα χειροτεχνία is embroidery and handicraft in the same search in google images.

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/t z/story.asp?id=1182089

pve design said...

It looks like "Greek to me!" Nothing says Summer like all that white and blue!

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

ooooooooooh what a fabulous post......I saw the movie on Sat night...I hadn't seen the play either.....I have been desperately searching for my Abba Gold CD but I think my girls must have it stashed somewhere......I was mesmerised by the gorgeous blue walls as well - phew it's not just me.........now off to find my CD !!!

IRENE said...

Great post! I actually meant to do this some time. Thanks for taking the time to do it. I have posted on your post in my blog, too!

Easy and Elegant Life said...

You've hit me right in the half-Greek part. I've been dying to geet away to somewhere just like the Pervivolas if that aegean blue bedspread is anything to go by.

annechovie said...

Really enjoyed this post, Michele! I love Greek style and all the white mixed with color. I am crazy about Greek food as well and want to visit Greece one of these days!

MARIA said...

Thanks for all greek and all the fantastic colors. Really an injection and an inspiration.

Fifi Flowers said...

Great Post! I want to go to Greece... but for now I will settle for seeing Mamma Mia!

My Notting Hill said...

Thanks for all the comments everyone. I want to go to Greece too!

Péitseoga said...

i've been obsessing over 'donna's bedroom' since i've seen the film, trying to find photos of it on the web and thinking about redwork embroidery... and whether those colours would work on dark grey days in ireland...

Concha said...

Yes! I got absolutely mad about the textiles hanging out on the line, the redwork quilt, oh my!...

LaundryBasketCase said...

Hello! Just found your blog after I posted about how I was in -love with that blanket in Mamma Mia (the red and cream one). Great post- thanks so much for all that info and pictures... just lovely!

Indian admirer said...

The movie was filmed mostly on Skiathos... a wonderful island, I have been going there for the past 14 years, every year, its fabulous. Have a look at a place called Villa Athena in Skiathos, which a friend and I decorated. I some how think blue and white works BEST of all in Greece!

Velvet and Linen said...

Great post.
I just realized how much I like Greek architecture.
Love all of those white curved walls. What a great back drop for wonderfully colorful accents.
Thank you for being so creative!

xo
Brooke

TopTips said...

Thanks for Great Post, and for these fantastic colors.
Oia Santorini Travel Vacation

Helene said...

Lovely post! and what beautiful photos...just up my street. We're building our second home in Greece on the island of Andros - we live and work in Athens - and, being an interior designer I cant wait to get my teeth into it! Actually we've been in the designing of it from day one, working with the civil engineer as there is a strict architectural code that needs to be followed. I will be posting more about that on my blog in future. Building in Greece is no joke. It is definitely only for those with nerves of steel, believe me!! Anyone need advice, just contact me.

Paul Vogel said...

Hello
I am a textile designer and one of the Duvet covers I designed is in Mamma Mia. They are on sale at my website
www.paulvogelbedlinen.com
Here is a 10% off Discount code
PVJAN09
Alot of the other fabrics in the film are by Josef Frank and some by Osbourne and Little.
best regards
Paul Vogel

rgabrielle said...

i just love the bedroom walls in the film and really want some paint as close to that colour as possible , any one any ideas, these pictures are soo beautiful and relaxing.please help

Diane said...

I have never been to Greece but now I know I must go .. sooon thank you ... incredible interior shots.

MeganAnne said...

We just painted our bedroom "Celestial" by Sherwin Williams. It's the closest we could find to the Mamma Mia! room. Love it!

Ingrid Flores said...

what is the name of the Architecture called in the rooms for the Pervivolas hotel? I'm looking ofr it because i would love to do a room in that style but can't seem to find a name anywhere. Thank you!!

Kimberly Moore said...

I randomly came across this post and love it! My husband and I are headed to Greece next month and this post only got me more excited!! Time to go watch Mamma Mia. :)

payal said...

i sooooooo waana b in grecce.....i felt the designes to be mystiquel that are showcased.....i am a sucessful designer my self...but now i feel the sprit is missing in my work.....

payal
India

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