BEAUTIFUL LEAF PRINTS BY PERNILLE FOLCARELLI

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I am currently in the process of redecorating my home office. I have designed a large floor-to-ceiling book case which will be custom build and I also found the desk that I wanted (the Balls table in white by BertJan Pot). Now I have to get some beautiful prints to dress up the walls. These beautiful leaf prints from Danish designer Pernille Folcarelli are high on my list. Would’t it be great to combine different prints, colors and sizes?!

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A RENOVATED EDWARDIAN FAMILY HOME IN MELBOURNE

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This beautiful home designed by architectural firm Robson Rak in association with Made by Cohen has been shortlisted for 2014 Australian Design Awards. The Edwardian home which is located in Melbourne, Australia, has been renovated into a contemporary family home. The architects about their design: “Behind the façade of this handsome old Edwardian home in Elwood unfolds an unexpected contemporary interior, which is both elegant and timeless. In this residential project our design team embraced the clients brief through simplicity of layout, subtlety of light, use of honest materials, clean lines and well-executed details.”

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MY LOVE FOR VINTAGE KILIM RUGS

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With a beautiful rug you can easily change the look and feel of your home. I especially love vintage kilim rugs as they give instant warmth and character to a room. These flat weave rugs have been produced by nomads and villagers throughout the Middle East and Central Asia for centuries. Traditional tribal designs were passed from one generation to the next, with each weaver creating subtle variations that reflected her own artistic personality. Every rug is therefor unique. The beautiful colors are created by using natural dyes. Today’s post give you some examples how a vintage kilim rug can be used. If you are looking for a similar rug, Le Souk has a large collection of rugs which are all in clean and great condition.

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A SCANDINAVIAN STYLE APARTMENT IN ST. PETERSBURG

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This modern home in St. Petersburg, Russia, certainly has Nordic influences. Interior design agency Int2Archtitecture has used several Scandinavian brands to decorate the apartment. The large pendants above the dining table are from Muuto. Many of the kitchen accessories are from Danish label ferm LIVING. The result is a cozy & light Scandinavian style home.

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COZY UP YOUR HOME FOR FALL & WINTER + GIVE-AWAY

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I am definitely not a winter person (spring and summer are more my cup of tea) but one of my favorite times of the year is the beginning of fall. The days are getting shorter and we are spending more time indoors. Every year I am cozying up my home to make the most of the short days and longer evenings. It is my ‘getting-ready-for-winter ritual’ and this year I teamed up with Dutch store Leen Bakker to give my living room a warm and cozy touch. I have to admit that Leen Bakker would normally not be my first store of choice for buying furniture and interior accessories. However, they recently rebranded and changed the look of their stores and web shop. They also collaborated with well known Dutch interior magazine 101 Woonideeen with whom they designed a collection of home accessories. I was curious to try out some accessories and furniture pieces and I was pleasantly surprised. Leen Bakker is known for their low prices and I was happy to find out that, although prices are low, the products are of good quality. The chair and side tables that I used are very sturdy for example. And also the wooden tray has been made of heavy quality wood. Another surprise was the design of the items that I selected for my living room. Simple, clean lines, and natural materials – because of these qualities all items seamlessly integrated in my interior. Decorating your home doesn’t have to be expensive. Surprise yourself and take a look at Leen Bakker’s website, I bet there are some items that would look great in your home! Let me and Leen Bakker know (by leaving a comment) which product you like best. We will then pick a lucky winner who will get a Leen Bakker voucher with a value of 50 EUR. Please not that this give-away is for Dutch participants only.

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I used these items to create a warm and cozy look: 1. cotton leaf print cushion | 2. set of two oak side tables | 3. metal basket (for storing wood for example) | 4. cotton cushion in copper and grey | 5. grey throw | 6. candle holder Indi | 7. & 8. dip dye vases | 9. grey linnen cushion with sequins | 10. copper & black candle holder | 11. wooden tray | 12. tea light holders | 13. copper tea light holder | 14. Bergamo chair in beige | 15. copper colored cushion | 16. black metal candle holder.

This post is created in collaboration with Leen Bakker. Photos, words and opinions are my own.

A RENOVATED FARM IN SOUTHERN SWEDEN

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After years of living in the city (Paris, New York and Stockholm) Peter Simonsson and his wife Henriette dreamed of a house with a garden where they could live, work and go to the beach with their daughters Faye. They found an old farmhouse in Österlen in Southern Sweden. After an extensive renovation (only the beams and doors were left from the original buildings) their family home ready. The minimalistic interior has has a modern and light feel to it. Antique furniture pieces are combined with more modern objects. The owners mainly opted for pure and natural materials which give a certain softness to the white, minimalistic spaces.

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TOUR AROUND MY HOME: THE LIVING ROOM

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It is time for another tour around my home! Today I am showing you our living room. We have an open plan living area and kitchen. Our home is about 100 years old and used to be an small farm. So a very modern interior does not fit here. The interior is a mix of vintage and modern with lots of natural materials. I would describe the look as rustic chic. We have used vintage kelim cushions, a vintage rug, wooden accessories such as a wooden stool, aboriginal paintings from Australia, dining chairs from Piet Hein Eek and the rattan pendants lights are from IKEA. Next time I will be showing you our kitchen (you can see a glimpse of it in the second photo). Previous tours: our bathroom and our garden.

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