Rustic, Bohemian Chic, Designer's Vacation Villa - Casa Lola

09 November 2012 Written by   Published in Where to Stay
Main house living dining open to the pool area Main house living dining open to the pool area Photo courtesy of Casa Lola (Photo by Denis Sytmen)
Rustic, chic, simple, natural… are the keywords I'm always drawn to. Every single element of this vacation villa in Trancoso, Brazil, pleases my eyes. The villa has warm welcoming atmosphere, yet sophisticated in details. No wonder. This beautiful house is completed by a New York based interior designer.
[A little bit about Casa Lola] CASA LOLAwas designed by a creative couple, Jan Eleni Lemonedes (interior designer) and Ronnie Stam (creative hair stylist in the fashion industry).
"When they came to Trancoso, along with their daughter, to visit friends in the summer of 2010, they fell quickly in love with the tranquility and raw energy which gives Trancoso its unique vibe. They knew after a few short days that they wanted to build a house there."
Their dream retreat, which refrects their love for this unique town, was completed in close collaboration with a local builder.

Casa Lola, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
View of living dining from the pool area. The reclaimed wood benches were designed by Eleni and made by the local carpenter. (Photo by Denis Sytmen)

 

Casa Lola, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
Main house across the pool (Photo by Ronnie Stam)

 

The Main House is a newly-built, 2-story home that combines Bahian wood elements with a contemporary feel of Bohemian chic.

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Casa Lola, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
Guest cottage is separated by a pool (Photo by Denis Sytmen)

 

The Cottage is part of the original house, fully renovated and rustic in feel, with large traditional Porta Bahia doors opening to decked pool area.

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Casa Lola, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
Inviting outdoor sitting area. Wish to take a nap here. (Photo by Ronnie Stam)

 

Casa Lola, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
Love the cupboard designed by Eleni using reclaimed wood, and the old handmade stools. (Photo by Ronnie Stam)

 

Casa Lola is balanced with just the right mix of glass, wood and cement.

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Casa Lola, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
The photograph is of their daughter, Lola. (Photo by Denis Sytmen)

 

Casa Lola, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
Living area with a fireplace (Photo by Ronnie Stam)


Casa Lola is furnished by the distinct tastes of Lemonedes and Stam, using pieces from their travels, as well as those chosen from Tiradentes, Brasil.

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Casa Lola, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
Master Bedroom (Photo by Ronnie Stam)

 

Casa Lola, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil

Casa Lola, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
(Fireplace: Photo by Ronnie Stam, Guest cottage shower: Photo by Denis Sytmen)

 

With Brasil known for its incredible craftsmanship, they are proud to have been able to make use of the very fine talents of local craftsmen and artisans.

- CASA LOLA

 

Casa Lola, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
Guest cottage at night (Photo by Ronnie Stam)

 

Casa Lola, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
(Photo by Ronnie Stam)

 

Casa Lola, Vacation Villa in Trancoso, Brazil
Main house at night (Photo by Ronnie Stam)


Casa Lola is a luxury 3-bedroom home comprised of 2 houses: Main House and Cottage. Casa Lola sleeps six guests. Accommodations include a daily housekeeper. Cooking available upon request.

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Amenities include flat screen TV, WiFi, cable, DVR player, laundry and air conditioning.

What I like about this property:
  • Open, airy, indoor-outdoor feel
  • Designed details that showcases local craftmanship
  • Love the combination of white + rustic wood.
  • The beach is just 15-minute walk from Casa Lola, and only 4-minute walk to the Quadrado where the town's nicest restaurants and boutiques can be found.

 

 

I was first introduced to the beauty of CASA LOLA via REMODELISTA.

Please visit CASA LOLA official website (www.casalolatrancoso.com) for more information.

Other interior works by Jan Eleni (owner of CASA LOLA) are sampled here on REMODELISTA and on her website.

Photos courtesy of CASA LOLA (Thanks Jan!) and via REMODELISTA

 

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How to get there:
Casa Lola is 24 kilometers and a short (about 10 minutes) ferry ride from Porto Seguro Airport, Brazil. Taxis can be arranged for guests on their arrival.

* Flights from U.S. or Europe to Porto Seguro Airport usually require a connection in Rio, São Paulo or Salvador. It's about 3 hours flight from São Paulo to Porto Seguro.
From November through February, many charter flights fly directly to Porto Seguro from Europe.

 

* Brazilian Tourism Institute: www.visitbrasil.com

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