A SMALL SWEDISH APARTMENT WITH A FEMININE TOUCH

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The houses featured on the website of Swedish real estate agent Stadshem are always a feast to the eyes. This lovely studio apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden, is light and airy yet is only is 42m2. Decorated in pastel shades such a pale pink, blue and soft grey, it has a feminine touch. The high windows and ceilings in this one-bedroom apartment, which is for sale, let in lots of light. You can find more information here.

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HUNKYDORY BLUE SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTION

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Swedish fashion label Hunkydory has released a beautiful spring/summer collection with pieces in various shades of blue. Hunkydory (which is slang, meaning that everything is cool) was founded in 1996 by Ulrika and Christopher Bjercke. The style is a casual mix of a feminine, Scandinavian-ethnic style with a sporty feel and a young attitude. The corporate philosophy “Always looking for a new angle, ever changing but keeping the style and being recognizable” is instrumental in the process of creating the typical style of a Hunkydory product.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A STYLISH HOLIDAY VILLA IN ITALY

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While searching for this year’s holiday destinations I stumbled on this stunning holiday home in Le Marche, Italy. Ca Mattei is a beautiful villa which can be rented for a group up to 11 people. After many years of vacancy the farmhouse was extensively renovated and turned into a stylish & luxury holiday home. The owners of this house are Sigrid Custers & Barent Bulcke who run an architects office in Antwerp. Their vision on living and holiday en their everlasting looking for design destinations inspired them to transform these premises into a place of peace and aesthetics where modernism meets rural architecture. You can find more information about rental options on the Ca Mattei website. You can also book the house here.

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TRADITIONAL WOOD-FIRED BAKERIES IN STOCKHOLM

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Fabrique is a chain of traditional wood-fired bakeries that are located throughout central Stockholm. Here you’ll find top-quality fresh-baked sourdough bread, rolls and cakes baked by hand with natural ingredients according to time-honoured traditions. According to some they have the best cinnamon buns in the world. These images are from Fabrique on Rosenlundsgatan on Södermalm where you can enjoy pastries in the cosy café with large windows looking into the bakery. The shop/cafe is decorated in a beautiful combination of black, white and wood with a rough, industiral edge.

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A BRIGHT & HAPPY CALIFORNIAN HOME

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This is the beautiful family home of Amber Thrane, who is the co-owner of Dulcet Creative. Her Californian home is bright, eclectic and full of life. Amber describes her home as eclectic: there are bits of mid-century, industrial, vintage, bohemian and modern components all put together. Vintage is mixed new with pieces, sourced from local thrift stores, Craigslist, Ikea, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. The beautiful mid-century fireplace for example (featured in the last image) is a refurbished Craigslist find.

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A SUCCESFUL RENOVATION OF THREE WORKER S COTTAGES

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Two Australian 1920s workers cottages were rebuilt as three houses. One of the houses belongs to architect Andrew Benn, his wife Alice Penna who is an interior designer, and their dog Nellie. Next door lives Andrew’s mother. The family homes are linked via the yard; the other is a self-contained rental. The combination of blond wood and white gives a spacious feeling (as seen in the image below). The hand painted tiles in the bathroom add character to a small space.

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ILSE CRAWFORD DESIGNS FOR IKEA

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Well known British designer Ilse Crawford has collaborated with IKEA and created a collection called SINNERLIG which consists of thirty pieces of furniture, textiles and accessories made from natural materials such as cork, bamboo, ceramic and brass. The SINNERLIG collection will be available from Augustus. I have my eye on some pieces!

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