Tina Turner’s modern Mediterranean-style villa featured in Architectural Digest – how to do it at your place

Nov 16, 2010

A doomed fate from the get go, the Mediterranean inspires designers to create beautiful spaces in an attempt to keep up with its magnificence.  While nothing humans create can compare to natures beauty, I wouldn’t mind spending a week sitting by this pool in the south of France.  Tina Turner‘s retreat is located on a hilltop near Nice, France. If you are fortunate enough to live in Southern California you have half the problem solved, as our landscape and climate are similar to the Mediterranean. This scene can be created in your back yard whether you have a pool or not.  Of course , the disappearing edge pool has amazing allure however, if you don’t have one, a field of neatly manicured grass will do the trick.  The structural aspect overhead can be recreated by buying concrete pillars or  using pressure treated wood 6x6s, to support the framework above – that you would also do in wood. The patio itself is laid with tumbled limestone which has become very popular and you can purchase a similar stone at most home centers.  My guess is that the inset teak planks are for access to equipment, and I would recommend that you not add that if you don’t need it.  The PB  Chesapeake chaise and cushion in a natural wood tone together with the side tables for your books and lotions are a nice substitution to the ones Turner has. Drape greek key towels from Boscov‘s or, one up Tina, and monogram towels to make it your own.  The final touch, which gives the resort feel to this yard,  is multiple umbrellas, like the Target pulley umbrella set in a row, do this on your patio and you’ll have a little retreat like Turner’s in your own back yard!