Scandinavian style meets Ibiza living at Villa Novia, with spacious white rooms complemented with personal touches such as Gemma’s gorgeous wedding dress, framed and hung on the wall like a covetable piece of art, family heirlooms, vintage photographs and family portraits on a picture wall, a freestanding tub in the master bedroom, antiques sourced from markets, holiday souvenirs and upcycled pieces given a new lease of life when they enter the home. “Jack is a skip trawler,” says Gemma. ‘He’s quite handy, carpentry wise, so you never know what he’s going to come back with.”
The contrast of modernity and rustic Ibiza tradition is evident from the moment you step through the enormous reclaimed wooden door, fitted with ancient oxidised steel handles but surrounded by an elegant glass frame, allowing natural light to stream into the living area. Despite its cubic design and minimalist clean lines, the house has a very natural flow from inside to out – an effect the couple were inspired to create based on Jack’s experiences living in Queensland, Australia.
The beautiful gardens of Villa Novia are more of Jack’s handiwork, reflecting Gemma’s love of symmetry and complemented with soft, wild grasses. Mediterranean plants and bright bougainvillea grow as if they were wild (however perfectly executed and planted) from the front entrance, almond trees come alive with beautiful white blossoms, succulents thrive and tall grasses sway with the valley breeze. “I’m outside all the time,” says Jack, of the importance of spending time on your gardens. “The interior and exterior are equally important. There’s no excuse for you not to have equal emphasis on both.”
“It just had to be Mediterranean,” he says of his vision for the gardens. “I wanted a welcoming entrance courtyard with a Moroccan feel, where you come in through a big heavy door before you go into the house itself. Here, you walk in to the unmistakable, unbelievably overpowering scent of orange blossoms, creating such a sensory experience, even though it’s essentially your bootyard!” Once inside, the main room opens out onto a gorgeous swimming pool and Balinese chill out hut, where sparkling disco balls dangle elegantly from olive trees – detail is everywhere.