Best known by THIRDHOME members for their interior design work at The Mandala House, Design 4 Corners has made a name for themselves working on extraordinary residences around the globe.

Design 4 Corners, an interior design firm based out of Encinitas, California, is sharing their tips for achieving three distinct looks for your second home.


No matter where your home is located, one of these looks is sure to dazzle. Bring exterior natural landscapes inside to play with the Urban Jungle Villa look.  Is your home on the beach? Throw out the seashell decor and try out Design 4 Corner’s refreshed Beach House Look. Finally, for the mountain dwellers, some tips on achieving a cozy yet modern ski chalet look.

Design 4 Corners

Design 4 Corners

Design 4 Corners


Use these tips to help take your second home to the next level and really wow your guests! Which look do you think you’ll try? Interested in more design inspiration from Design 4 Corners? Click the link below to check out their other residential projects.

Check out Design 4 Corners’ portfolio of residential design work here.

The Mandala House in Bali, Indonesia, is a place I called home for my heavenly week-long escape. 



And what a home it is. Named by ‘Elle’  as one of the “Most Beautiful Homes in the World” in 2017, it’s easy to understand why. 


As you walk in through the home gates, you’ll immediately see the grand infinity pool with a bar and seats within the pool, then look up and you’ll see the second pool upstairs, which has a glass bottom. It is simply incredible.  

Inside, the decor of this home is some of the best I have ever seen. The blue luscious couches and chairs throughout the home were a perfect contrast to the brown floors and grey walls of The Mandala House. The kitchen is show stopping; more of an art corner than just a kitchen, and the real large palm tree next to the counter adds a fun and exotic touch. 


Upstairs you will find the blue TV room hidden behind a glass bookcase and also the master bedroom, inclusive of a 4-poster bed, glass bedroom walls and a spacious large bathroom with your own private outdoor shower.  

There are three other, fully contained rooms within the home, each one with its own unique decor and spacious bathrooms. They all have their own private outdoor showers. (I’m a really big fan of outdoor showers.)

The home cinema and fully-equipped gym, as well as the in-home yoga and massages (which are highly recommend), are also worth quickly mentioning.  


As for Bali itself, I was much more impressed than I thought I would be. 


The food is something that must be highlighted. In Bali, I indulged in some of the best foods I’ve ever had in my life.

The Japanese at One Eyed Jacks will forever haunt me, as it was the best Japanese I’ve tasted. 
And I’ve even been to Japan and still confidently say that. 
I dined out almost every meal because there is just so much to choose from. And best of all, it’s all very fresh and healthy food.  

The Balinese have created a food culture that significantly appeals to the tourists. 


The cafe decor is always impressive which also provides a feast for the eyes.


Which brings me to my next point. Yes, Bali is filled with tourists. Mostly Australians to be honest, but the local culture is still prominent. 

The locals still stick to their rituals of morning prayers and offerings every day, the local villages still have the Asian characteristics, but thanks to the tourists, you have the best facilities available to you for important things like your meal time. 

Bali is a surfing haven. If you’ve never surfed before, this is a great place to learn. If you’re a wave riding pro, you’ll be thrilled with the waves on offer. 



Other water sports include diving, boat rides to nearby islands, parasailing, banana boat rides and of course swimming. 
The local sights in Bali, such as the countless waterfalls are breathtaking. So are all the temples in Bali.  

A strong recommendation of mine for Bali if you are up for it is hiring a scooter and riding around the windy roads of this paradise. It may seem like chaos at first, but once you start riding, it’s a rush overtaking all the cars and feeling the wind on your face.  

Just make sure to wear sunscreen. You’ll need it in Bali as the weather is almost always perfect.  


Who would I recommend Bali to? 

Those seeking a week of sun and total relaxation and those looking for an exotic paradise that has strong elements of comfort and fabulous food.

You will still feel adventurous as there are major cultural differences, however the locals will make you feel more than welcome. They make you feel like family. 

 -Sorelle Amore

During her trip to Bali, Sorelle stayed at The Mandala HouseClick here to view all THIRDHOME properties in Bali.

Sorelle Amore won THIRDHOME‘s “Best Job On The Planet,” which garnered more than 17,000 applications from around the world. In her position as a Luxury Travel Connoisseur for THIRDHOME, she is traveling the world, staying in 12 luxury homes.

THIRDHOME is the exclusive luxury property and travel club that enables second home owners to exchange time in their home for stays in spectacular destinations around the world. Click here for more information on how to become a member.

Sorelle Amore, THIRDHOME‘s Best Job On The Planet winner, explores Bali while staying at THIRDHOME property The Mandala House. The Mandala House was recently voted one of “The World’s Most Beautiful Homes” by Elle Decoration.

Members, want to experience your own Indonesian getaway? Click here to browse THIRDHOME properties in Indonesia, and get ready to plan your next trip!

Click here to learn more about joining our luxury travel club.

Sorelle Amore, THIRDHOME‘s Best Job On The Planet winner, gives a tour of a THIRDHOME Exchange property, The Mandala House, in Bali. The Mandala House was voted one of “The World’s Most Beautiful Homes” by Elle Decoration.

THIRDHOME Exchange members travel to beautiful homes like The Mandala House by leveraging unused time in their luxury second homes. They share a mindset for luxury and exploration, and are able to travel the world for a fraction of the cost.

With a THIRDHOME membership, you can stay in luxury accommodations while not paying high rental rates, but instead, by using travel credits earned for submitting unused time in your home (to be used by other home owners) and a nominal Exchange fee. Click here to learn more about joining THIRDHOME.

Members, want to visit Indonesia? Click here to browse THIRDHOME properties in Indonesia, and get ready to plan your next trip!

At THIRDHOME it’s difficult to discern between the many premier properties that are listed by our members. Each home carries its own special flair. Be it the cabins of the cascading Swiss Alps or the Neo-Renaissance villas of Italy, choosing a home to visit is awfully hard to do! That’s why the THIRDHOME team has chosen three unique properties this week to feature. And unique means unique. Interested in 13th-century European history? Perhaps learning about California’s sustainable architecture is more your style? If you’re still having trouble deciding on a property to reserve, a quick meditation and yoga session on the coast of Indonesia might do you some good.

Check out these unique properties in THIRDHOME’s portfolio:

Wing House in Malibu, California

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Hiking in the golden hills of Santa Monica you feel a rumble and the sound of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter tearing through the blue California sky. You half expect a bit of Wagner to pour out the helicopter’s speakers, but you soon notice that the helicopter is carrying the wing of a Boeing 747 below it. This isn’t wartime, it’s extremely sustainable architecture. This was the image in Santa Monica in 2011 when David Hertz was finishing his most notable project, the Wing House. The Chinook helicopters carried a decommissioned Boeing 747, piece by piece, to complete the home. Using mostly prefabricated airplane materials, Hertz was able to greatly reduce his greenhouse emissions, and help ensure the long-lasting beauty of the local ecology. With a 60-ft pool and 55-acres of hills, this is the California escape you’ve been waiting for. Crash landing not included.

Available on THIRDHOME Rentals.

Bavaria House in Essenbach, Germany

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Enter the historic lands of Bavaria, whose beauty and architecture inspired Germanic fairy tales throughout the ages. The rounded and flamboyant architecture of this house may even remind you of something from the Grimm’s tome of fantasy. Look out the window (of this home) and you may be even more convinced. The Bavaria House has a direct view of the Trausnitz Castle which was built in 1204 A.D.  Overshadowing the town of Landshut, Trausnitz Castle was built for Duke Ludwig I of the Wittelsbach dynasty. The Castle has served many uses – from royal palace to noble prison, to army hospital. The land and architecture of Landshut are drenched with history, and The Bavaria House is the perfect launching point. Just be sure to leave a trail of breadcrumbs on your way out!

The Mandala House in Kabupaten Badung, Indonesia

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Californian interiors and Bali architecture meet in this stunning villa in the coastal village of Canggu. The once quiet village of Canggu has recently taken on a new life as a hot new surf spot. Attractions such as The Temple of Enthusiasm brings the zen of Indonesia and the Zen of Motorcycle Maintenance all under one roof. Enter one of The Temple’s motorcycle garages with a beer, or have them wax down your board for the surf—they do it all. Businesses like The Temple are catching the wave of tourism that’s helping bring even more amenities to the low paddy fields of Canggu. But those quiet peaceful fields are far from gone at the Mandala House. Have one of Bali’s top yoga instructors join you on the terrace to find your morning balance. Afterward, you might cool off in the glass bottom pool that overlooks the paddy rows. Then, close down the day by enjoying the downstairs pool which has a copper swim-up bar.

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