Glass above the kitchen work top symbolically connects the kitchen with our fields. In each holiday apartment, there is a different photo mural above the kitchen worktop, which depicts the grain after which the apartment was named. All of the photos for the murals were taken in our fields.
There are quite a few interesting details in the bathroom, which tell the story of the Ljubljana Marshes, its enchanting nature and history of specific home construction.
All of the clay washbasins were hand-made and hand-painted with a motive of a sloe berry branch, which is included in the logo of the country estate Trnulja. Bellow the glass shelf which is placed underneath the washbasin, there is an unusual decoration with stones, which we hand-picked from the local River Iška. The river flows into the River Ljubljanica 700 metres from our country estate. Here is a little secret about the glass shelf which is discreetly placed underneath the washbasin: it is positioned atop the piles from the old house which used to stand here. The recycled old piles were also used as a base for the brass tap on the washbasin.
We tried to bring some of the freshness of the stunning gorge Iški Vintgar by placing photos of its bubbling pools into the shower cabin. Each bathroom is decorated with a different photo motive.
Another interesting fact about the bathrooms: we decided not to follow the usual practice of using tiles on the floor and the walls. Instead, we incorporated some new trends, which mirror our preference for a healthy, sustainable and natural lifestyle. We used clay plaster to protect the walls and a special technique of application makes them washable.
Our aim was to use naturally occurring materials which have a positive influence on our health and well-being. It is well-known that clay absorbs harmful substances and regulates moisture, which eliminates the need for vapour barriers in the bathroom. Not only is clay plaster perfect for high moisture areas like bathrooms, it is also recommended for other living spaces. Due to its hygroscopic properties, it maintains a constant moisture and prevents development of moulds and bacteria, which can cause different diseases.
Hemp pillows and mattresses
Conventional mattresses are treated with dangerous chemicals, such as formaldehyde, polyurethane, petrochemicals and volatile organic compounds. Not only do these substances pollute the environment during the manufacturing process, they also have detrimental effects on our health.
Hemp mattresses and pillows, on the other hand, pose no such risks. They are completely natural and ensure quality sleep. Hemp fibre is highly hygroscopic, which means it is very effective in absorbing moisture. As a result, the mattress stays dry and warm even if the person suffers from excessive sweating. Hemp pillows and mattresses are very durable and they help maintain proper body temperature during sleep. They are naturally resistant to mould growth and have anti-bacterial properties. To sum things up, they are skin-friendly and good for your health.
Hemp is easy to grow and does not need chemicals, such as herbicides or pesticides, to thrive. As a result, it is becoming an increasingly popular textile choice for environmentally conscious people. Hemp is an extremely durable fibre, which can minimise or even stop the growth of certain fungi and bacteria. Hemp’s superior absorbency make it very breathable and quick drying. It rapidly absorbs perspiration and wicks the moisture away from the body. It is an ideal textile for bed linen - in winter, it makes us feel warm, while in the summer it feels cooler than other materials. At the country estate Trnulja, we are proud that our bed linen, curtains, tablecloths and towels are made from high quality hemp textile. Because we want the best for our guests, we want you to enjoy organic, healthy and comfortable luxury during your stay with us.
Hand-painted clay lights
We asked artisan craftsmen to design, create and hand-paint wall lights, table lights and ceiling lights from clay for all of our holiday apartments. All of them are decorated with hand-carved motives of a sloe berry branch from the logo of our country estate. Lights are fastened to the ceiling with natural hemp ropes, which are known for great load capacity.
We hired a number of artisan craftssmen to decorate our house and holiday apartments. Some of them made clay tiles with relief carvings of grains, others created decorations from corn husks. On the walls, old framed photos tell stories of life and work at the Ljubljana Marshes.
Green decoration in the atrium
The greens planted in the atrium in front of the holiday apartments are part of a small herbal garden, in which you can discover what herbs grow on our soil. All of them have labels with names of the plants.