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Lifestyle September 2, 2016

Natural Beauty

This dreamy country house in Mallorca teams its idyllic location with an earthy yet contemporary design sensibility. The result? A genuinely relaxing space.

Text: Robyn Alexander | Photos: Greg Cox



This petite private terrace is one of homeowner Brenda Ooteman’s favourite places at Osa Mayor.


A thatched shade ‘umbrella’, terracotta pots and a metal lantern add textural appeal to this sitting area adjacent to the pool.


All the bedrooms at Osa Mayor serve as showcases for homeowner Brenda Ooteman’s extensive collection of gorgeous bed linen and textiles. In the summertime, Brenda prefers to dress the beds with pure white linen (from Society: and ethereal mosquito nets. She’s also prone to adding a beautifully textured throw or two to the mix


The interior walls at Osa Mayor have been plastered with tadelakt, a traditional Moroccan lime-based plaster that is polished by hand using stones, giving it a very individual and slightly imperfect finish. More texture is added here via ceramics and natural artefacts collected by homeowner Brenda Ooteman during her travels.


The final flight of stairs leads up to the house’s seventh bedroom.


All the bedrooms (with one exception) have en suite bathrooms. Finishes, fittings and fixtures are kept simple and natural, enabling Brenda’s rustic furnishings and opulent textiles to stand out.


The lower ground floor, or basement level, of the house is furnished with upholstered built-in banquettes and designed for relaxing and reading. The textile wall hanging, throws, cushions and ceramics add earthy interest to the decor scheme.


The narrow, sculptural staircase is a central design element, and also connects all four levels of the house to one another. To emphasise this, the Moroccan-style tadelakt plaster used on the wall behind the staircase has been coloured with a bold and dramatic purple-black pigment.

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