I experienced passionate feelings for the Alentejo, a district in south focal Portugal on the double stark and wonderful, planted with umbrella pines and plug oaks, and graced with a flawless coastline—a sandy, detached shoreline that stretches for miles along the Atlantic. I owe this to my companion Christian Louboutin, who in the spring of 2013 said to me, "Jump on a plane and meet me in Lisbon. I'm going to take you to a mysterious place."From the air terminal we drove south for a few hours, proceeding past the rice fields of Comporta. In the wake of passing the small and beguiling town of Melides, we turned onto a sandy way traveling west toward the sea. To the other side, the street ran parallel to emerald-green rice handle that nearly made me think I was in southeast Asia, and to the next stood a wonderful pine backwoods to the extent the eye could see.I had been to Portugal ordinarily previously, from north to south, yet had by one way or another skirted the Alentejo. I was in a flash enamored by the scene, the savanna-like part of fields with only a couple of sculptural trees outlined against the strongly blue sky, the moving slopes secured with perfectly wound stopper oaks. Since it was springtime, everything was shrouded in sprouting white cistus. Storks hovered over the rice fields and settled on housetops and old electrical posts. The "street" was spotted with only a couple of humble houses with covered rooftops, desert flora supports wherever in the sand. After a couple of miles, we touched base at a three-section of land plot with a disintegrating ruin on it. The view was stunning, stretching out crosswise over rice fields and a tidal pond overflowing with flying creatures to the ocean out there. It was unexplainable adoration, and I realized I needed to purchase this superb spot and make it my own.Building the house was genuinely basic, if not so much simple. We—my beau, Bertrand; my two little girls, Olympia and Ariadne; and I—needed to regard the scene and the neighborhood design. The first anglers' homes are worked of block that is then limed for security from the components. We attempted to give our own a similar look yet utilized old tiles for the rooftop rather than the conventional rice-straw cover. (Cover is fascinate ing yet should be supplanted like clockwork, as the salt air is very destructive.)The laws being exceptionally exacting, we needed to regard—to the inch—the impression of the past house, which was just shy of 1,000 square feet. (Annoyingly, there were satellite pictures dating from the '70s recording the first size.) But it has been a genuine exercise in regarding the virtuoso of this spot. I needed to alter, be thorough, and center around the fundamental—and that wasn't simple for me, somebody who adores an abundance of textures and color.My extraordinary guilty pleasure was the front room floor, for which I picked hexagonal, handcrafted emerald-green tiles from a customary workshop called Azulejos de Azeitão. I proceeded to pick the precise shade of green, my preferred shading. Every one of the tiles are made by hand, so I possessed to hang tight a long energy for them, yet it was justified, despite all the trouble. Frankly, the tiles were more costly than everything else in the house!With that establishing, the remainder of the room could be basic and rural: whitewashed dividers, a long inherent banquette with pads of Majorcan ikats, Spanish and Portuguese earthenware production, Mexican earthenware plates on the chimneypiece, a straightforward wood table secured with a high contrast Portuguese rug.In a little niche under the stairs up to the rooftop patio sits an Ikea couch canvassed in sunflower-yellow cotton. Above it drapes an embroidered artwork from Crete of the most wonderful blood red with multi-shaded bunches of roses. It takes a gander at home with the remainder of the items, as I really feel that all specialties from southern Europe and the Balkans share a typical thread.The three rooms are of devout effortlessness—worked in furniture, white handwoven Portuguese bedcovers, and a couple of blue woolen Indian hangings flanking the window. There's nothing unnecessary to occupy from the view. Outside was an alternate story, all sand and not an ounce of soil. I needed to disregard the sentimental nursery I used to have in Amagansett, lavish with crab apples and old roses. In any case, here I could plant a wide range of desert flora and peculiar (to me) tropical and subtropical plants like jacarandas, loquats, albizzias, mimosas. . . . Indeed, even strelitzias, which I had constantly despised—they constantly made me think about those revolting bundles you see in rich lodgings—however have now figured out how to like. Pergolas run all around the house for shade, canvassed in brilliant blue convolvulus, which is taking steps to immerse everything. We as a whole come as frequently as possible. Aside from two or three winter months, we live out of entryways—simply following the sun or escaping it. Assuming it doesn't rain, all suppers are taken outside. I adore engaging and am completely fixated on everything to do with it. Say thanks to God, Olympia and Ariadne experience the ill effects of a similar torment, which is the reason we chosen to make our tabletop accumulation, Carolina Irving and Daughters. I can't consider more euphoric work than going with them looking for craftsmans to team up with.This house is really a spot for family and companions, so I was excited when my dear companion Lisa Fine requested that I be in her new book Near and Far: Interiors I Love ($60, Vendome Press). What's more, I was much more joyful when I realized that Miguel Flores-Vianna would photo it, as he has an unerring eye and feeling of the wonderful. It's everything been a blessing from heaven.