Calpe – A Lovely Example of a Typical Friendly Spanish Coastal Town

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Calpe has much history & culture. Its strategic location has attracted settlers throughout the centuries & remains of Iberian tribes have been discovered around the Rock of Ifach. Later, the Romans founded a prosperous colony here. The Christians & Moors lived together peacefully for villas in bangalore a time, but suffered continual attacks by pirates during the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries.

The ancient Arrabal Moorish quarter in the old town is framed by narrow, steep streets with small white-washed houses, decorated with flowers & with patterned stones embedded in the pavements. Here is the defensive tower – the Torreo de la Pe?�a, the town walls & the old church, the only surviving example of Mudejar-Gothic architecture in the Valencian province. Today, Calpe has many bars and restaurants with lively terraces, two old churches, museums, picturesque streets & squares. Calpe’s famous Moors & Christians festival is held in October.

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This Portland Home Was Designed to Feel Like a Parisian Apartment

Photo credit: Haris Kenjar
Photo credit: Haris Kenjar

From House Beautiful

Tudor-style bungalow homes from the 1940s with small kitchens and disjointed flows are fairly common in northeast Portland, and the one that JHL Design was hired to renovate for a family of three was no different. But rather than seeing problems, the Portland-based interior design firm saw possibilities: original mahogany woodwork, original hardwood doors, and small details like intact picture rails in the formal living spaces. So, together with Thesis Studio Architecture, the team worked out a plan that added only 150 square feet to the footprint—but through what JHL Design principal Holly Freres calls “a rearrangement of space” made the home feel significantly larger.

Photo credit: Haris Kenjar
Photo credit: Haris Kenjar

The first step was to reconfigure the entire main floor, which contained a narrow kitchen and two bedrooms at the back of the house. The bedrooms, Freres explains, “monopolized access to the private,

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