Paros and Antiparos are some of the lesser known Greek Cyclades islands but both islands have been gaining popularity in the past years. New restaurants and boutique hotels are arriving such as Greek-owned Beach House on Antiparos which opened last summer. This restaurant and beach bar is located right on Apantima Beach, one of most secluded and wind protected small bays in Antiparos. They also offer boutique accommodation which you can find on their website but also on on Airbnb. The island of Antiparos, located 1.9km southwest from Paros Island, is a laid back place ideal for peaceful and quiet vacations. There are many beautiful beaches and the calm cycladic landscape, with the scattered churches, the famous cave and the Enetic castle, is ideal for sightseeing. I have been to some of the Cyclades islands but never to Antiparos but it is definitely on my list of places to visit.
Happy New Year! I hope that 2016 will bring you happiness, love and laughter but above all I hope that there will be more peace in this mad world. We will start this brand new year with a virtual visit to Australia to visit this beautiful home owned by artist, farmer and creative director Saskia Folk. The building is a former leather factory in Melbourne dating from 1911. It was renovated more than 20 years ago by interior stylist Lynda Gardener into a three-bedroom, two-bathroom space. The house is filled with Saskia’s collection of art and revived furniture making it a colorful and unique place.
This beautiful apartment located in a 19th century building in Berlin, Germany, has been decorated by interior designer Annabell Kutucu in collaboration with Michael Schickinger. The use of natural, raw materials and subtle colors gives this apartment a warm atmosphere. The dark colors in bedroom and bathroom add a touch of chic to the home. The same designers are also responsible for the decor of the San Giorgio Hotel on Mykonos (which you can see here and here).
Do you have any resolutions or goals for the new year? One of my goals for 2016 is learning how to knit. This has been on my list for a long time but life was too hectic the past years that I just could not find the time to do it. But lately I have been seen some cool designs and I can’t wait to knit these myself. I did some research on where to start and I found Wool and the Gang. This ground-breaking fashion company, which has started a knitting revolution, offers some very cool patterns and beautiful yarn. You can buy a kit that has everything in it and these are available for various levels. Even if you are completely new to knitting (like me) there is a knit is suitable. Thick wool and needles are used in most of their pattern which makes knitting easy to learn and you don’t have to spend days to finish your design. Wool and the Gang also offers some online (free) tutorials which are very easy to follow. For those who don’t have the time to knit, you can also buy the finished piece that has been hand-knitted by what they call one of their gang members. Good to know, Wool and the Gang ships world-wide and you now get a 15% discount on a first order if you sign up to their newsletter.
I am starting with the Foxy Roxy scarf (the red one pictured above) and the Zion Lion hat (red hat in the image above and the black one in the image below) and then I will move on to the Love U beanie (the hat with the heart – above). When I have mastered the basics and want to make a jacket/cardigan like the one in the top image. I will keep you posted about my knitting progress in 2016!
I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas! Today it is back to business with this beautiful home in Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver (Canada). The house, which has been renovated by Canadian architects Scott & Scott, was originally constructed in the 1950s and was in need of a modern facelift. The client, as well as the architect, has a wish to use natural materials that are finished traditionally. The result is a beautiful combination of old and new and of traditional and modern.
One more day to go until Christmas! Here is some last minute Christmas inspiration to get in the festive mood. Happy Holidays! PS, you can find links to credits and instruction at the end of this post.