Author Archives: Danielle

THE TRAVEL FILES: BASSIVIERE IN LOT-ET-GARONNE, FRANCE

Just south of the Dordogne in the region of Lot-et-Garonne in southwest France, Bassivière are five boutique holiday apartments in an original 17th century farmhouse. The barn and the medieval tower now house luxurious loft apartments with contemporary industrial design. The entire property has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere with lots of space. It’s embedded in nature and has all the comforts one could want. There are 5 loft-style apartments of which four are within the old barn and the fifth is in the original Pigeonnier. The apartments are about 100 to 140 square meters and each of them has a different layout with creative and fun sleeping areas for the kids. Bassivière sits on private 2.5 acre plot, and is surrounded by vineyards and fields of sunflowers. The apartments have access to an outdoor swimming pool and private terrace. I have visited this region of France a few times and I love it. For more information & bookings you can visit their website or Welcome Beyond. Unfortunately they are already fully booked in July & August (I know because I have tried to book one of their apartments) but they do have availability in June.

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A COLORFUL NEW MARIMEKKO PATTERN

This colorful Marimekko pattern is perfect for summer! Ojakellukka is a new pattern of colorful flowers designed by Aino-Maija Metsola. Aino-Maija is a Helsinki-based freelance illustrator and designer who graduated with an MA in graphic design from the University of Art and Design Helsinki. With her immense interest in colour, Aino-Maija creates bold yet subtle prints using different techniques ranging from watercolour to ink, markers and gouache.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: CASA IMPALA ON HOLBOX ISLAND, MEXICO

Casa Impala is an exclusively private retreat on beautiful Holbox island, Mexico. This unique island hideaway is ideally located in a luxuriant palm grove, just a few steps from the beach and a few minutes from the town center of the island. The two level property has a loft style living space and a roof top sun deck and bungalow on the third level. The beautiful decor is a mix of tropical and influences from Morocco and the Mediterranean. Casal Impala can be booked via AirBnb.

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THE WORKSPACE OF DUTCH DESIGN FIRM STUDIO SLOW

This is the beautiful workspace of Studio Slow. This Dutch design specializes in interieur design, styling and graphic design. The light filled studio has high ceilings. The walls and floor are painted in a light grey NCS color which creates a perfect base for selecting colors and materials for their projects. Founder Christien Starkenburg sees beautiful in nature, art, architecture and in things mundane such as packaging. She thinks in graphics and observes with wonder and an open mind. Being born in a Nordic country, she loves simplicity, elegance and Scandinavian design. But at the same time she is inspired by Mediterranean colors and lifestyle.

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BEAUTIFUL WICKER CRAFTSMANSHIP BY ATELIER VIME

Atelier Vime in the Provence (France) offers a unique selection of vintage articles, including furniture, made of wicker, rattan or cord. Established in Vallabrègues, Atelier Vime lies at the heart of the rich history of wicker working developed in this village de Provence. Since immemorial times, the wicker culture and work have been the main trades occupying the people of this peninsula bordering the Rhône river, between Arles and Saint Rémy de Provence. Vallabrègues counted as much as 450 wickerworkers out of it’s 1800 inhabitants during the 18th century. Atelier Vime not only curates vintage pieces but also creates new designs such as the XXL Aramis suspension pendant (featured in the first image) which requires about 40 hours of braiding. The metal structure is also entirely made by hand.

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THE NEW IKEA STOCKHOLM COLLECTION

IKEA’s new STOCKHOLM collection is a carefully curated collection, designed to mix and blend in with what you already have at home – made from natural and tactile materials such as rattan, hand-blown glass and ash. In the image above you can see the STOCKHOLM sofa and STOCKHOLM rattan arm chair. I also love the rattan cabinet (featured in the 3rd picture). The beautiful blue vases in the last image are all mouth blown.

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THE VINTAGE ROUND TOP COTTAGES IN TEXAS, USA

The Vintage Round Top property in Texas, USA, is a bespoke, vacation home rental with a modern vintage style. The property sits on an acre and a half of beautiful country pasture and consists of two cottages. Cottage no. 1450 is a 2400 sq. ft. industrial farmhouse with custom light fixtures, reclaimed woods, as well as one of a kind vintage finds. The home includes two bedrooms and two and a half baths, a spacious living room, a fully equipped kitchen, a large dining room with seating for 8, an extensive covered front porch. While both cottages feature The Vintage Round Top’s modern vintage style, the 2000 sq. ft. Boho cottage features a more modern mixture of boho,? glam, and industrial elements. This cottage includes two bedrooms, three full baths, a 900 sq. ft. great room with vaulted ceilings. The great room includes a living room, a dining room with seating for 8-10, and 2 additional seating areas. Please visit their website for more information and/or rates.

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