A SMALL HOME IN THE HEART OF PARIS

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This beautiful home in located in Le Marais in the heart of Paris measures only 40m2 (540 square foot). The apartment belongs to architect Margaux and Thomas, a designer. The builing at the Rue Saint Paul originates from the 18th century and it has beautiful original features (wooden beams) which are mixed with contemporary elements such as the steel glass doors. The combination of old and new is very well executed!

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HUMANOID SPRING/SUMMER 2015 COLLECTION

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Beautiful new summer fashion from Dutch label Humanoid. Unfortunately summer is far away…

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HANDMADE POTTERY BY JAPANESE ARTIST KATSUFUMI BABA

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I love the beautiful work of Katsufumi Baba. His work is the quintessential example of imperfect perfection – how can anything imperfect look so perfect? The Japanese potter has been interested in pottery ever since he was a child. After majoring in law he made up his mind that he wanted to be a potter, so he went to France in 1995 and travelled around Europe for two years to see and learn from European potters. After spending many years as an apprentice to a local potter in Japan, in 2003 he set up in his home town of Fukuoka and has been creating his own works ever since. Katsufumi is interested in creating functional beauty, items that you use over and over for ones entire life. In the future he looks to explore porcelain clay dug up from his own land, using firewood and traditional methods to finish his pots. You can see and purchase his work at OEN and Koromiko.

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COLORFUL DOG BEDS FROM AUSTRALIAN LABEL POOCCIO

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Tonight our 4 month old adopted puppy Lola will arrive from Spain where she was rescued by a wonderful organisation. If she had not been rescued she probably would have ended up in a killing station. For weeks (we are first time dog owners!) we have been preparing her arrival by purchasing the necessary gear. It was difficult to find a comfortable dog bed that fitted well into our interiors. We finally found a wooden bed with a soft cushion (you can see a photo of it here) but I also love these bright colored ones from Pooccio. This Australian label, launched by Melbourne based sisters Sisters Hannah Maher and Sarah, has a beautiful collection of handcrafted dog beds and accessories that are exclusive and stylish yet meet the everyday demands of the contented pooch and their discerning owner. The beautiful dog beds features colourful mixed prints with contrasting piping. If you, like me, are a textile lover you will certainly appreciate these cushions (even when you don’t have dogs..)!

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DREAMING OF: A PLACE IN THE SUN

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It is cold today in this part of the world. To keep (mentally) warm I dream about sunny places such as this Spanish outdoor area.

Credits: El Mueble.

BEAUTIFUL HAND MADE LEATHER GOODS

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New Mexico based leather crafter Julia spends her days happily constructing sleek (but always functional!) leather goods. She deeply enjoys every step of the leatherworking process, which she lovingly calls her “happy place”. You won’t find a single piece of machinery in her processes and to top it all off, all of her designs come to her in her dreams. You can see her beautiful designs here.

A FOOD STYLIST’S HOME IN TORONTO, CANADA

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Food stylist Claire’s home was recently featured in online magazine Covet Garden. The house, located in Toronto’s Roncesvalles Village, is filled with midcentury modern design, art and fun vintage finds. The renovation which took seven months resulted in a beautiful open-concept space which is perfect for entertaining friends and family. You can find the entire article about Claire’s home in Covet Garden.

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