I have been holidaying in Croatia since I was born. My mother is originally from the capital city Zagreb where my grandmother still lives. As soon as school in England finished for the summer my brother and I would head off to spend the holidays there.
We still return almost every summer to the small fishing village on a little island in the Adriatic Ocean where the sea is beautiful and clear, the food is simple and delicious, the cicadas chirp noisily all day and the stars shine brightly all night in the deep black sky.
My grandfather bought a barren, rock-covered plot of land almost fifty years ago and built a little one-room holiday home which has been added to over the years. There is no internet access (we only had running water connected a few years ago!) so it feels like a real holiday.
The food is amazing. Fresh fish, bought directly from the island’s fishermen that morning as they unload their catches, are delicious cooked on the wood barbecue. Olives grow everywhere and the local families all make their own olive oil. The fig trees in our garden are covered in the most deliciously sweet fruits that you can pick and eat straight from the tree. And everyone grows huge, juicy tomatoes – perfect simply dressed with a little salt, homemade olive oil and vinegar. Heaven.
I’ve always made things whilst there and over the last couple of years we have been updating our little holiday home too. I’ll be posting photos of some of the things I’ve been up to whilst on holiday so do pop back soon. Hvala (Thank you!)
Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 18 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.
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