The entrance staircase overlooks the Japanese medlar tree, too bad it’s not the right season, I love “stealing” the fruit while looking for the house keys.And here we are in a dream come true, when we started saving a few years ago we did it with this in mind, a place of our own.
At first we thought we wouldn’t do any work, but since the flat costs only 90,000 euros, we had some money left in the budget and so we decided to cover the floor with a pre-finished white wood type and repaint the doors in grey while keeping the existing ones. We replaced the external doors and windows in white and put curtains made from old lace found in a little shop here in Scicli on the windows.
The new eat-in kitchen is really the place to cook dishes found in the old recipe book you gave me. In the living room next door we wanted to put colours that recall the Sicilian sea and so blue is the main colour with antique furniture including a large mirrored wardrobe that was already in this house.
The most important intervention we made was in the bathroom, which is now covered with a mosaic and has a large glass shower in front of the window, so we chose the emerald green hues of the deep, uncontaminated sea.
The utility room has been equipped and is really an important part of the house, while the two large rooms have been arranged like the rest and furnished with wrought-iron beds and other furnishings found at a nearby antique dealer.
We tiled the floors of the two small terraces and enriched them with my aromatic plants and my husband’s collection of succulents that we look after when we are not at the beach swimming.
I haven’t told you the news, we have finished fixing up the attic where there is now a space to accommodate you for when you come over.
This could be what you write to a friend about your new life in Sicily, in your flat a stone’s throw from the sea. Yes, because once you set foot on the island, it will be impossible for you to return to your former life.