Maintaining the charm of a countryside vacation was the motor that drove the renovation of this delicious villa in Palmela, Portugal (near Lisbon), under the talented hand of interior designer and owner of Poeira, Monica Penaguião. She combined the agricultural origins of the house with relaxed sophistication and striking simplicity. Her use of color and textures is masterful, using soft white as a canvas. Monica is a designer after my own heart who pays exquisite attention to details. Probably the smallest room in the house, the bathroom, is one of the most surprising spaces in this neo-rustic chic home. The unexpected use of elements, like the velvet chair and colored toilet paper rolls, is quite dashing. I don't know about you, but I can see myself lounging by the pool of this precious Portuguese cottage.