The house is located in Serifos island, Cyclades, Greece and it was originally built in 1998. Andrew Sheinman, founder of award-winning New York-based interior design firm Pembrooke & Ives, and his wife Helen purchased this house in 2005. They have kept all the original structure and added rooms, terraces and gardens over the years.
The house overlooks the Aegean Sea, surrounded by terraced gardens and groves of olive, lemon, and fig trees, only a short drive from the main port town of the island. From the interior of the house, the view is not interrupted by any other houses – just the ocean and the island of Sifnos on the horizon. As a result, the home feels incredibly private and remote. It is also built in a way to create many comfortable places protected from the harsh elements of the island, including the hot summer sun and the strong Meltemi winds.
This is a house for hosting, entertaining and bringing family and friends together in one place. The intention was for the house to feel comfortable and easy to use, while also fun and contemporary. Many of the interior elements were created by craftsmen and local materials. There are many multi-functional outdoor spaces for cooking, eating and lounging. The living room’s cocktail table and banquette are custom, and the striped pillows are in a Les Toiles du Soleil fabric. The Queen Elizabeth II print is by Andy Warhol.
Interior Design: Pembrooke & Ives
Builder: Kostas Familiaris
Photography and Styling: Sandy Karagianni www.sandykaragianni.com