The ultimate island hideaway: A cool but comfy home in blissed-out Bali

With its concept stores and coffee shops, Canggu might just be the hippest place in Bali right now. But long before it became such a destination, its easygoing charms had enchanted Lena Catterick and Carlo Letica, who decided to make it home for themselves, daughter Yolanda (Yoli), five, and son Louie, three. 

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The lush garden was just ‘grass and a few plants’ when the couple bought the property. ‘We’ve since added a cabana at one end and a flower border at the other,’ says Lena. Image: Tommaso Riva

The couple are the brains behind ethical lifestyle company Yoli & Otis, which makes baby carriers and clothing using organic, plant-dyed fabrics and grew out of a quest to find a carrier for Yoli when she was a newborn.

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As relaxed as it gets: Lena and Carlo with their children Louie and Yolanda. Image: Tommaso Riva

Frustrated with what was on offer, they created their own, and the idea for the company – which takes its name from Yoli and her dog Otis – was born.

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‘The living room is where we relax together,’ says Lena. Straw hats decorate the walls, alongside Lena’s artworks. For a similar sofa, try the Hendrik at sofa.com. Visit hm.com for a handwoven rug. For similar baskets, go to olliella.com. Image: Tommaso Riva

Further inspiration was provided by a trip to India and the discovery of ancient, sustainable dyeing methods, which the couple adopted to make their products. ‘The earthy tones created by natural dyes have had a huge influence on our brand,’ says Lena. 

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Woven pieces such as the pendant light and dining chair offset the heavy wooden table and benches. For a similar rattan light, try habitat.co.uk. Image: Tommaso Riva

And the company’s pared-back, natural aesthetic is reflected in the couple’s home – a four-bedroom modern colonial house. Everything, including the antique furniture and handmade accessories, has been sourced locally because, says Lena, ‘we wanted our home to feel authentic’.

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Yolanda and Louie play together in Yolanda’s bedroom. The draped mosquito nets give the room a fairytale feel. For a similar bed, try laredoute.co.uk. The floor cushions are from Yoli & Otis. Image: Tommaso Riva

White walls set off a minimal look that layers natural materials and rustic textures in an earthy, neutral palette; woven baskets, stone vases and printed textiles add detail. 

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Yolanda swings on a hanging chair on the covered terrace. ‘I love the bi-fold doors to the garden,’ says Lena. ‘They allow me to blend interiors with nature’. Image: Tommaso Riva

The effect is cool and contemporary but also, as Lena puts it, ‘comfortable and timeless. Less really is more for us.’ 

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Get the island vibe

Bliss out, Bali style with warm woods, woven pieces and recycled glass

Light, £90, habitat.co.uk 

Print, £11.95, desenio.co.uk

Side table, £150, laredoute.co.uk

Bottle, £39.99, zarahome.com

Basket, £18, yonderliving.com

Sofa, £4,175, anothercountry.com

Hat, £23, stories.com

Hanging chair, £195, outthereinteriors.com

Report by Sarah Tarka