Nataša and Ingrid are twins. Their roots are in Croatia, where they grew up in a family of artists. They reflect this heritage in their everyday lives, which is best seen through their creativity and sense for the art and aesthetics.
Living apart and setting sail to the world, they learned about it open-mindedly and impulsively, growing up with it, soaking up its beauty and energy. Having travelled the world and having felt its diversity, they have learnt to appreciate the values of various cultures, religions and nations, and have built their own relation towards the lifestyle and architecture.
Playful like the little girls from years ago, both sisters recently felt the urge to shape their environments, as well as an interest and need to create something together, thus materializing their hidden early aspirations.
They found the locations. One at the island of Cres, in a pictoresque village of Vidovići, and the other at the island of Lošinj, in a little town of Sveti Jakov (St. James). Stone houses, green terraces, stonewalls, olive plants and pastures, mark a return to the nature and to the isconic human aspiration to live ih harmony with the Earth. Here, Nataša and Ingrid have meticulously built a destination for themselves and their families, as well as for their guests and travellers.
With a view to safeguard the authenticity of those ambients, they have refurbished their houses using the traditional architectural interpretation reflected in the use of authentic materials (stone and wood), which they have have bravely supplemented with contemporary materials, such as visible concrete, glass and steel.
Joining the traditional and the modern, they have created ambients unique and simple in their atmospheres, which invite you to relax and enjoy. To be in their houses is to live the magic written in the many details with which Nataša and Ingrid have enriched these objects, introducing the traces of their personalities, philosophies and – above all – their subtle sense for style and aesthetics. In doing so, the two sisters convey on us their own feelings towards all those details, as well as towards any rock or flower that they are happy to see in the garden.
Be invited and be welcome to their home that glorifies the beauty of the nature. Come in, you travellers, to the space where the vibrations of sky and nature bring peace and pleasure. This has been and has remained their dream, in which they have jointly built their longings and aspirations, and made it come true by their patience and perseverance.
Come and feel it...
dr.sc. BRANKO METZGER ŠOBER
Poor Apsyrtus! After an attempt to retrieve the golden thread stolen from his rich father, the King of Colchis (a wonderful kingdom in the far-away Caucasus Mountains), Apsyrtus' life was ended in an unusual way: thirty-six parts of his beautifully sculpted body ended up scattered in the Gulf of Kvarner. Medea, his sister, hopelessly in love with Jason the thief, had decided to dispose of her younger brother the same way we dispose of food leftovers on Monday mornings. She obviously did not know then of “green islands” and recycling. But it is clear that she had carefully read crime stories. On two of those body parts that once belonged to poor Apsyrtus, i.e. on two islands in this beautiful archipelago consisting of thirty-six islands (some large, some really tiny), there ensued the gracious Sisters-Homes. On whose body parts, I sometimes ponder…
Two beautiful villas, with no plastic tables and kitchy table clothes, with no bronze sculptures and card-board pictures of Mrs. President, no Venetian gondolas lit with strings of colorful little lamps, no needlepoints depicting heart-shaped swans, no short curtains on the windows, and no neatly arranged crocheted doilies.
Instead, carefully selected and designed taps in the bathrooms combined with charming vintage details from around the world, meticulously arranged cushions on the terrace and the ostensible disharmony of design help create an impression that you are on the brink between a luxurious Norwegian light-house and some Austro-Hungarian shabby chic parlor, between a loft with a Scandinavian indoor design and the stone warmth of the countryside Trulli of Alberobello. It's as if some art gallery in Southern France blended with the strict radical chic of the Yugoslav school.
With their Savoir Faire, the Sisters, who talk on the phone 16 times a day when there is scirocco and 9 times a day when there is bora (winds do affect the mood!), have brought their Boutique Homes almost to perfection.
HomeStory: Sisters Homes-Twin-sisterly empathy for style by BRITTA KRÄMER