Category Archives: DREAM HOMES

THE TRAVEL FILES: RENT A GORGEOUS HOME NEAR BYRON BAY

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This stunning home in Bangalow (near Byron Bay), Australia, can be rented through Airbnb. Haveli House is an Indonesian and Indian inspired luxe cottage providing a truly authentic experience with a distinct relaxing environment and atmosphere that will evoke treasured travel memories. The property sleeps a total of 5 people and is suited for those wanting a quiet private retreat. Heidi, the owner, also runs a beautiful store located in Byron Bay (called Haveli Byron Bay) where you can purchase an eclectic range of furniture pieces, tribal artwork, doors, source from places such as India and Bali.

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A STUNNING OAK KITCHEN IN A COPENHAGEN HOME

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A kitchen made of wood has been on my wish list for a long time. But when renovating our home a few years ago we chose to have white kitchen cabinets (you can see our kitchen here) as we already had a wooden floor (and we did not want to have ‘wood on wood’). Although we are happy with our kitchen, seeing these stunning oak kitchen cabinets designed by Gardehvalsoe make me slightly wonder if we made the right choice. The darker colored wood of the cabinets works wonderfully well with the lighter foor. The beautiful Copenhagen home belongs to world renowned chef René Redzepi, who wanted a long kitchen cabinet along the window, and a kitchen island with room for preparation and storage. The kitchen cabinet along the window is in one piece, a total of 5.6 meters and drawers of 70 cm in width. Dinesen’s long floorboards gives a unique look in the drawer fronts from start to finish, as the fronts horizontally have been created out of one plank, so you get a continuous flow of grain patterns. The browned brass sink complements Dinesen HeartOak really well, giving an exclusive look.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A BOHO-CHIC HOME ON FORMENTERA

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This bohemian chic home on the Spanish island of Formentera has been beautifully designed by Luis Galliussi. I love the cozy kitchen with a rustic wood table and accessories and colorful textiles. The pool terrace with sitting and eating areas is just perfect for summer! All walls and floors has been kept white but rugs, pillows, furniture pieces and home accessories give plenty of color to the various spaces.

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A LOVELY AND COZY MEXICAN SUMMER HOME

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Days are getting warmer and this make me dream about beautiful summer homes. This stunning place in the coastal town of Sayulita, Mexico, is owned by Brittney Borjeson. Brittany moved to Mexico to escape hectic city life. Last September she found her dream home: a lovely two-bedroom house overlooking the ocean in the southern hillsides of Sayulita. She also launched a shop selling Mexican crafts and artifacts, designed by herself and made by local artisans. I truly love this home as it is simple yet cozy decorated in a natural style. Almost everything in Borjeson’s two-story home is custom-made, either by herself or with the help of village craftsmen. If you like the style of this home: at the end of the post you can find some suggestions to create a similar style.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A STYLISH HOLIDAY VILLA IN ITALY

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While searching for this year’s holiday destinations I stumbled on this stunning holiday home in Le Marche, Italy. Ca Mattei is a beautiful villa which can be rented for a group up to 11 people. After many years of vacancy the farmhouse was extensively renovated and turned into a stylish & luxury holiday home. The owners of this house are Sigrid Custers & Barent Bulcke who run an architects office in Antwerp. Their vision on living and holiday en their everlasting looking for design destinations inspired them to transform these premises into a place of peace and aesthetics where modernism meets rural architecture. You can find more information about rental options on the Ca Mattei website. You can also book the house here.

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A STUNNING BEACH SIDE HOME IN BRAZIL

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This beautiful beach home in Trancoso, Brazil, is where Maria Perrin spends her summer together with her husband and their three children. It is the perfect holiday home for this family who loves nature, the warm climate and the sandy beaches. The 1980s building was complete renovated by Vida de Vila architects who got the assignment to design a simple house which fully integrates into the surrounding landscape. Most furniture pieces and accessories such as lamps and rugs were crafted by local artists from the nearby village.

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A MODERN FINCA STYLE VILLA ON IBIZA

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This newly built modern finca in situated on Ibiza’s countryside close to the cosmopolitan village of Santa Gertrudis. The villa, designed by renowned architect Rolf Blakstad, has five bedrooms all with bathrooms. The luxury of this property is understated and whilst maintaining many green, eco conscious features it also provides the latest technology, security and efficiency. In front of the main house there is a large terrace area with a pool, perfect for long daily swims or lounging with the family. The BBQ area has an outside dining area and kitchen and leads on to a wide open terraced area of lawn and shade. These terraces graduate down the hill to a fruit orchard next to the torrente providing oranges, lemons and pomegranate throughout the year. The plot has seven acres of woodland, terraced orchards and a small river running through the land. With it’s central location it allows easy access to ibiza town or the beaches of the north and east. The good news is that the villa is for sale. The bad news: it costs around 4 million Euro..

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