Monthly Archives: September 2012


Korres is the most amazing company you will ever come across. Not only are the products they sell truly amazing but there philosophy and beliefs are from the heart . They respect the environment and culture that they work with. The first items were made following original recipes from items that they either grew or were reap from the land around them. There is something so special when what we consider to be new is based and what has gone before. Some things are known to be perfectly put together and with a few new additions and inspiration you have a unique product.






A glimpse of the past

Being in a place where you can almost feel the history and a sense of what has gone before is something we have all experienced. In ancient buildings it’s easy to try and imagine who and what may have been there previously. Greece in the late thirties early forties was a place that was full of intrigue and in parts war torn. One can only imagine just how the country was ripped apart and people full of suspicion. The church played a huge part in keeping communities together and a refuge for families . Speaking with older Greeks, one can hear first hand of what life was like in an age gone by!

Photographing something as it is today is all well and good , add a filter a little tweak and the picture tells a different story . I have tried to add a feeling of history to the shots below.





Photography- Karl Openshaw for STYLEDBYKARL .

Marilyn Katsaris

Photos like these that make me so happy To be in Greece that is so full of natural beauty. This incredible vacation home located on the island of Tinos, outside Cyclades, Greece was designed by Zege Architects. Beautiful in its simplicity, the home captures the spirit of the island while respecting its architectural and natural surroundings. Greek interior designer Marilyn Katsaris is responsible for the interiors, and is lucky enough to call it her home. photographs by Yiorgos Kordakis!










Tama in Church

Tama (Greek: τάμα, pl. ταμάτα tamata) are a form of votive offering or ex-voto used in the Eastern Orthodox Churches, particularly the Greek Orthodox Church. Tamata are usually small metal plaques, which may be of base or precious metal, usually with an embossed image symbolising the subject of prayer for which the plaque is offered.

Tamata may be offered to an icon or shrine of a saint as a reminder of a devotes particular need, or in gratitude for a prayer answered.
Eye images may indicate an eye problem, limbs for injuries or pains. A heart may be for a heart problem or may be for a prayer of love.

Pictures were taken in the tiny 13th century church of Agios Athanasios.



Photography- Karl Openshaw for STYLEDBYKARL


When ingredients are so tasty you can hardly take credit for the results. A quick whizz around the local square and you will come across guys that have wonderful goodies they have grown on their own small holdings. Juicy Mellon , plump aubergines , the sweetest of tiny grapes and lots of other treats. It’s hardly considered cooking but throwing some tasty morsels together for a quick lunch , just add a nice vino. All the legislation about produce meeting EU regulations, to hell with all that nonsense. Give me figs ripened in the sun in all shapes and sizes , bruises and all.


Photography- Karl Openshaw for STYLED BY KARL.

Summer Blues

A summer shoot with cool blue and a fish or two.



Photography- Karl Openshaw for STYLED BY KARL.

Orange inside and out

The colour we see around us influences the tones we choose to furnish our homes. Orange was the Pantone colour of 2012. As a colour it was a big hit with the fishermen in the harbour, I guess more by the fact of it’s easy to spot qualities. Nice how it works so well to add a pop of colour in an interior.



Siparos Restaurant

One very special spot for dinner not to be missed. This is a restaurant that we never fail to visit when we are here in Greece , it never disappoints. Watching the sun setting eating locally sourced ingredients that bring Magic to the tongue. Everything is so beautifully put together ,it’s heavenly .



White and Grey

A contradiction in colour, White fresh and clean and Grey often associated with Grey skies.not the case here it’s totally sophisticated yet has a crisp natural feel. Colour is everywhere you look here in Greece, but as we all now to well those lovely colours don’t always translate to less bright light.
This colour pallet works well anywhere.



Photography- Karl Openshaw for STYLED BY KARL.


YRIA CERAMICS was founded in 1977 by two young potters. Stelios Ghikas, a Paros native, had just finished his studies and graduated from the Faenza Institute of Industrial Design in Italy and Monique Mailloux . Producing wonderful ceramics and sculpture that are so skilfully put together. So began the tradition of STUDIO YRIA. The studio is set in the mountains near Lefkas and is both a home and studio. A visit is a true inspiration with such choice pieces that are incredible . I will feature some of the individual items later.







Photography- Karl Openshaw for STYLED BY KARL.