Author Archives: Danielle

A BEACH HOUSE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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This laid-back wood-clad bungalow on Cape Town’s Bakoven beach oozes seaside style. The lucky owners are Cathy, Mike and their three children. A lover of bargain finds, the resourceful Cathy did the interiors herself. ‘A well-known interior designer once came up from the beach and had a look, and his advice has always stuck with me – he said that the painting was outside the window and that whatever happened inside shouldn’t compete with it,’ she recalls.

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VINTAGE HOUSE DAYLESFORD IN AUSTRALIA

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Vintage House Daylesford is an 1860′s miners cottage on the border of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs (Australia) that is available to rent as luxury accommodation. Surrounded by various established trees, Vintage House Daylesford sits high on almost an acre of land with views over Wombat State Forest and Doctors Gully. The property is completely restored and re-designed with love to highlight the original features of the house. Combining the use of wood, metals and shades of white, black and everything in between to bring new life to the cottage. The decor is finished with antique, vintage and industrial furniture and artwork from around the globe. There are three rooms and each room has been carefully considered and designed. Responsible for the interior styling and decoration is Kali Cavanagh.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: GET IN HOLIDAY MOOD

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Holidays are important. Most of us work hard and have busy lives. And during our holidays we relax, recharge and spend valuable time with our kids. But vacation time can be stressful as well. We want to find the perfect holiday destination, get value for hard earned money, have the best time and expectations are high. I used to travel quite a bit when I was younger and our first holiday as parents was a disaster. I still had the ‘old’ concept (do nothing but sleeping in, read 10 books, drink cocktails and go for the occasional swim in the ocean) in mind but did not expect that at our holiday destination I had to do the same things as at home (= changing nappies, get up early, wash tons of cloths, have little sleep). Only the weather was better but we hardly noticed that as we spent most of the time inside trying to get the baby asleep or waiting for him to wake up. And then there was the crying.. most tears that were shed were mine.

I have learned from this experience and now know the criteria for a great holiday (main thing is to make sure that my three year old son is happy). There are more people with the same dilemma as friends and readers often ask me if I can give them advice about child friendly holidays that are parent friendly as well. Next month we are off to Greece for a 2 week holiday and we are planning a trip to the South of France and perhaps to Ibiza (Spain) as well this year. Next year I hope to go to Bali (Indonesia) again. What are your holiday plans? And what are you favorite destinations? Any tips for people with kids? I (and a lot of others) would like to know! Here some tropical images to get in holiday spirit. Enjoy! You can find more holiday and summer related photos on this and this Pinterest board.

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MIX & MATCH: SOFT NATURALS

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In this Mix & Match post a selection of nine images are featured. There is no connection between the photos but they all have something in common. In this case the common factor are the lovely soft natural shades.

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AN ITALIAN HOME DESIGNED BY PAOLA NAVONE

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This beautiful home in Umbria, Italy, belongs to hotelier Andrea Falkner Campi. Well known Italian designer Paola Navone was asked to transform the old building dating from the 17th century into a modern 500m2 open space home. The beautiful ten meter high ceilings give a spacious feel. Wooden floors and furniture pieces (such as the large dining table) add a touch of warmth. I love the bathroom tiles on floor and walls which are also designed by Paola for Flaminia and are all handmade in Morocco.

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SUMMER MUST-HAVE: THE CAFTAN DRESS

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I just bought this beautiful caftan dress and I had to share it with you as I love it that much. A caftan is a summer must-have, it is comfortable and versatile as you can wear it to the beach or to a night out. This one is from Emerson, a brand known for stylish and good quality fashion items.

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A FAMILY HOME IN THE COUNTRY SIDE NEAR AMSTERDAM

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This lovely family home is situated in the country side near Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Owners Dana and Dick demolished the old house that was on the premises and, as they had little time, they picked a prefab home from a catalog and hired a builder to build their home. The result is a beautiful spacious and bright family home.

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