A little piece of paradise in the Philippines

I was at an event recently and met a girl who grew up on a tropical island off Japan. I was fascinated. She said she didn't appreciate her surroundings as a child but loves to go back and visit as an adult. Many people feel like that about their own home towns. But could you imagine if yours was as stunning as Dedon island in the Philippines? Created in collaboration with designers Jean-Marie Massaud and Daniel Pouzet with the ethos of eco-friendly tourism and barefoot living, it is a little touch of paradise and the ultimate winter escape. Pass me the sun screen.

Dedon Via Style Files

I'm adding this one to my wish list for 2015 (but will need to save up a little first!).

When I post design hotels in tropical places (see also this fabulous hotel on Mykonos) I sometimes get comments asking what this has to do with Scandinavian homes. Well not much! But I think it's inspiring to show get-aways all the same - after all, everyone needs an escape from the Scandinavian winter from time to time or what? As you know I'm currently travelling in Thailand with my family (feeling like the luckiest person in the world) and am so inspired by the beautiful places we have seen and stayed in.

Do you have a place you long to visit?

PS if you'd like to donate to the Philippines following the typhoon on 8th november and read more about aid visit this page.


  1. This is such a beautiful place and I am adding this to my wishlist, too. My boyfriend is half philippino but we've never been there together, though we are planning to.
    Have fun in Thailand!
    Love, Kathy

  2. love this - also, what does this have to do with Scandinavian homes? Um, I think anyone who is at home right now in Scandinavia is dreaming of these places right now! spent one summer in the Philippines and just love it - wasn't as designy as this but just had such a wonderful time and its' a place that's stuck with me in various forms ever since...

  3. In this post I see simple furniture, minimalist decor, one predominant color (brown instead of white), and innovative use of space. All things I tend to associate with Scandinavian homes!

  4. Take me there please! It looks perfect!

  5. I feel that -- I grew up in Los Angeles, and never really appreciated the year-round summers. Now, I live in Washington, DC, where it's either smoldering or frigid! Nothing in between. Nevertheless, I fell in love with this place, even though I often dream of escaping the weather for islands like this. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Absolutely beautiful!!! I am from the Philippines and haven't heard of this until today. Gosh, I am missing out on a lot of things!!! :(

  7. I am a Filipina blogger and I live in the Philippines! My interiors in my new house were all inspired by your blog posts!

  8. Hi! Great photos! Where exactly is it in the Philippines? :)


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