TRAVEL REVIEW: HOLIDAY FINCA LA BASA ON MALLORCA

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Recently we spent two wonderful weeks on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The first week we stayed in Hotel Esplendido, a luxurious hotel in Port de Soller in the north of Mallorca (I will share more about this hotel in a later post). The second week we had booked La Basa, a beautiful holiday finca in Sóller. I’d like to share our experiences with you as we absolutely has a wonderful time here. Surrounded by mountains in an evergreen valley full of citrus and olive trees, the setting of the characteristic yet contemporary design finca is just perfect. The historic centre of Sóller, where can you find various shops & restaurants and a bustling market on Saturday, is less than 10 minutes away by foot. Dutch owners Nico and Kristien have renovated the ancient building with a lot of love, creating a comfortable and contemporary home. From the outside authentic and characteristic, inside La Basa is beautifully decorated in a organic blend of modern design and original elements in pure, local materials such as stone, steel, wood and concrete. La Basa has a stylish living room, a spacious modern kitchen and can be easily extended from one master up to three bedrooms each with private bathroom, which makes it not only a heavenly hideaway for a couple but also a perfect home to share with family or friends (suitable for up to 6 guests). I have not mentioned the large garden yet! Looking out from your hammock, the benches under the old almond tree or the loungers next to the modern salt water pool you have a magnificent, panoramic view on the Sierra Tramuntana mountains (which is a World Heritage Site). I can truly recommend this Mediterranean hideaway! For more information & bookings you can visit La Basa’s website.

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SUMMER DIY PROJECT: FRAMED PALM LEAF

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Give your home a tropical summer look with this framed palm leaf. It is a diy project but it doesn’t seem too complicated. You can find instructions on Monsters Circus. I love the frames that are used for this project, they are from Danish company Moebe.

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BEAUTIFUL PASTEL SUMMER COLORS FOR A FRESH LOOK

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This is the perfect summer look! Light wood and natural materials such as rattan are combined with pastel-colored fabrics. The result is very fresh and has a sort of beach look to it. Information about colors, fabrics and accessories that are used in this interior can be found on Lantliv.

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DECORATE YOUR HOME WITH A FICUS GINSENG + GIVE-AWAY

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One of the easiest ways to make a home feel more lived-in and cosy is by adding houseplants to a room. Plants can instantly change the atmosphere and can add that extra touch to your décor to make it stand out and make it more lively. Also, plants are known to purify the air and according to the ancient Eastern philosophy of feng shui, decorating with houseplants will create harmony in a home.

Plants do look best against a simple background. When choosing an indoor plant make sure that the colors of the leaves and flowers don’t clash with the colors in your interior. For a unique touch I customized some simple pots so plant and pot perfectly match with the other items in my home. I bought some inexpensive terracotta pots from a garden centre (these costed only 3.50 EUR a piece). Then I used acrylic paint to paint the pot for my bedroom white (images 1 & 2) and with a permanent marker I drew the closed eyes on white surface. For the pot in my living room (images 3 & 4) I used a white permanent marker to draw an ethnic style pattern on the rim to match with the style of the aboriginal painting and vintage kilim cushion. One plant, two different looks! And it took me just 5 minutes to customize each pot. On Mooiwatplantendoen.nl you can find more ideas on how to decorate your home with plants as well as care tips and fun diy projects.

The plant I have used for decorating my home is the Ficus Ginseng, which has been selected by Bloemenbureau Holland as houseplant of the month. This highly decorative plant has glossy green leaves but is mostly appreciated for its twisted, thick stem. Ficus is Latin for Fig and the term Ginseng is a reference to the resemblance of the trunks and roots to the eastern ginseng herb. Looking after a Ficus Ginseng is easy: they require frequent watering and also like to be sprayed with water regularly. Position the plant in a light place but do not keep it in direct sunlight. If you wish you can prune the leaves during the darker months to maintain a beautiful shape. Bloemenbureau Holland is giving away five of these gorgeous Ficus Ginseng plants. Dutch readers can enter this give-away by leaving a comment in the comments section at the end of this post.

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

AND THE WINNER OF THE PINK RUG CO GIVE-AWAY IS…

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Last month we had a fun give-away hosted by Pink Rug Co. I am happy to announce that he winner of a beautiful rug is Andrea with comment ‘Following! Favourite is And WHO Has SEEN The MOON, perfect contrast between soft and clean lines.”. Congratulations Andrea, Amber of Pink Rug Co will be in touch with you for your address details! Thank you all for entering this contest! And thank you Pink Rug Co for hosting the give-away.

SUMMER ESSENTIALS: A RELAXING LOUNGE CHAIR

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A comfy lounge chair is an essential for a hot summer day. The ‘Swingrest’ by Dedon fits the bill and is perfect for creating a tranquil space. This ultimate hanging lounger was one of the first products to emerge from Dedon Island resort, which is Dedon’s Outdoor Living Lab in Siargao, Philippines. Daniel Pouzet, co-architect and designer of Dedon Island, took his inspiration from the extra-high ceilings of the resort’s villas. Borrowing the basket-like bottom from his earlier creation, the Nestrest, he has managed to create an altogether new work that feels even more spacious (and fits more people) while seeming to take up less space. Perfect for hanging on the terrace or veranda, or even indoors, the Swingrest is distinguished by the purity and simplicity of its concept.

A BEAUTIFUL HOME IN THE OLD CENTRE OF BARCELONA

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This beautiful home in the old town of Barcelona, Spain, belongs to Australians Crick King and Tommy Tang, owners of Barcelona based Federal Cafe. The house, with a stunning patio, is decorated in an eclectic mix of styles. Vintage finds are combined with modern furniture pieces and personal memories and souvenirs. Large works of art give color to the various spaces.

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