P guesthouse

A fast + conscious refurbishment for  Plethon residence hotel at the Plethon Liberal School of Philosophy, a property filled with orange trees, close to Mystras castle, Greece. Re-touche with no structural changes, to improve the interiors and exteriors of the four guest apartments and the restaurant, mainly using stencils, reclaimed furniture and recycled materials.

    • Principle use: Guest residence ✰✰✰✰
    • Design/Supervision: Werner Maritsas
    • Building site: Mystras – Lakonia, Greece
    • Study / Refurbishment period: 2009
    • Photo:W. Maritsas, K.Kourtidis

The Restaurant

ext. current view  and  restaurant furniture layout

The main idea was to urge the guests of the four appartments to interact. From a taverna style restaurant I’ve proposed a more home-like lounge , with only two big tables and an open kitchen.

interior,  prev. condition


Walls painted with a discreet colour and nxt to new buffet /kitchen the big industrial radiator that works also as a partition from main entrace. A semi final layout for the vintage furniture, all to be framed with some contemporary pieces and light fixtures.



Owner’s passion to explore local markets for hidden treasures -and the material provided- gave me the idea to create some vintage framed cupboards and a big abstruct frame for the arch niche, also made of vintage /broken /found frames, as a homelike decoration /storage for the kitchen wall and the monasterial dinning table. Sections of the proposal above.

detail of the arch niche frame

After overcoming some local difficulties,  the final result with the new metal candle /led chandeliers, again slightly different materialized by a spartan blacksmith.


The apartments

Shadow stencil – staircaise


kitchen b4 and after paint + stencils – phase #1

changing the color of the wooden cupboards with a semi transparent color  + adding some stencils was an inexpensive way to change the look of the open kitchen.  Blackboard painted parts on the walls for some interaction

stencils by donna martins

I’ve made  different ceiling lamps for the open kitchen from old cutlery  (more here)

final result

the colorful sofa’s cushions are made of recycled quality fabrics

handmade border lace made of different fine recycled textiles, curtain detail

handmade bed spreads and pillows made from recycled fabrics, for the bedroom, second level

handmade carpets made of recycled pullovers for the bedrooms 

and some of the vintage items upcycled for the rooms, before restoration