If you’re fortunate enough to live in a Mediterranean climate – when the sun stays till late in the day and gently warms the ground beneath your feet, then it’s natural you become accustomed to outdoor living. Breakfast walks are taken by the sea to blow away the cobwebs of deep slumber, lunch is taken on the terrace made with greens and tomatoes from the local land, and dinner is an open-air affair beneath the stars. As the cooler months set in, breakfast and lunch can still be taken alfresco, then once the sun has set it’s time to light the fire and cocoon indoors; it’s also at this time of year Ibiza villa owners turn to Happinez Ibiza to help refurbish their properties for the season ahead.
Located on the road between Ibiza and San Jose, Happinez Ibiza is a concept store that started out small and grew steadily into the princely being it is now. Item after item was collected, curated and commissioned by Dutch owner Merel Roodenburg until in 2009, the brand needed to find new premises large enough to house the impressive selection of homewares and outdoor furniture it had become famous for. The result was a shop that simply couldn’t be easier to pop in to – just pull over if you’re driving past and you’ll find a large parking area onsite – but when it comes to leaving, it’s a slightly different matter. Tearing yourself away from the intricate assemblage of stunning objects designed to facilitate the Ibiza lifestyle takes a will of steel.
As a year-round island resident for many years now, Merel truly understands the ins and outs of the seasonal lifestyle. Whether you are kitting out your Ibiza villa for the summer months (for renters or as your holiday home), or alternatively, if you are creating your family home base here on the island, she taps into her own experience and channels her passion for interior and exterior design into the Happinez Ibiza collections to put together a treasure trove of treats for alfresco living. The showroom is representative of all it was to be free on Ibiza; vibrancy, colours, natural textures, playfulness and a chic bohemianism that never goes out of style.
Consequently, Happinez Ibiza is home to a diverse range of homeware and fashion, and specialises in outdoor furniture and accessories that really take advantage of the spectacular natural environment Ibiza presents on a plate. In fact, the island’s surroundings play a key role in the inspiration for all the chosen pieces. For example, there’s an instinctive leaning towards natural materials like rustic wooden tables alongside raffia wreathed chairs, as well as textured outdoor cushions and macrame wall hangings and planters – everything is tactile, just like Ibiza’s fertile land, and colours mirror the sandy hues seen on every dusty horizon.
There’s a full range too, dedicated to practical outdoor living. Because when the temperatures are pushing 30 degrees throughout the summer months and barely drop below 15 in winter, why wouldn’t you spend all your time outside? In Ibiza, it’s all about investing in items that will stand the test of time – think the most luxurious sunbeds, statement hanging chairs, plush, comfortable, outdoor sofas and tables built to specification, designed solely to meet your aesthetic needs. At Happinez Ibiza, they have all this and more, and if they don’t have something in stock, they’re happy to work with suppliers to arrange something special on your behalf, and to have items shipped directly to your door.
Moving onto the details, it’s all about the pop of Mediterranean colour to bring a muted scene alive, such as sheet metal hammered lanterns to light the way on a balmy night, and lamps that hang from lazily from ceilings and waft in the breeze. That’s the key at Happinez Ibiza; it’s not only about standout, quality furnishings – though of course, that too is paramount – but primarily it’s about creating moments. It’s about constructing an environment in which magic can pass between friends and family, and where Ibiza’s enchanting spirit can be soaked up from the core. At Happinez Ibiza, it’s all about living.