Category Archives: INTERIORS

BEAUTIFUL GRAY TONES IN A DANISH HOME

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Interior Stylist Cille Grut loves color, but it is the gray tone she love the most. Her home in Copenhagen (Denmark), which is a former cottage built in 1875, is decorated in various shades of gray. The combination of light and dark tones really works well. And although grey is a cool tone, the result is not cold or boring at all.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: SOPHIA SUITES ON SANTORINI

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Santorini is high on my list of places to visit. I have been to this beautiful Greek island before but that was in 1990 when I was island hopping during summer school holiday. It will be hard to choose accommodation as the island has some stunning hotels. For example Sophia Caldera Suites which offers beautiful, spacious, luxury living hotel suites. This romantic traditionally modern boutique property has individually styled suites and rooms with the infamous Caldera sunset view. The building was reconstructed and renovated with the appropriate care, during 2015. The original manor houses were built more than 150 years ago by a Turkish business man who was in love with the island. He was one of the most important philhellene and moreover he was over fascinated by the Cycladic architecture and philosophy of the Greek islands. During the first construction he found and kept them safe a lot of antiques as well as genuine Santorinian artifacts and unique items of different sections of the island’s history. The retreat itself is nestled in the heart of the colorful volcanic rocks. All 13 individually designed rooms and suites are stylish and beautiful decorated with an eye for details. I would certainly feel at home here! For more information, bookings and rates you can visit the hotel’s website.

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A BEAUTIFUL RURAL SUMMER HOME ON ANTIPAROS, GREECE

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I have summer on my mind! It’s is a lovely Spring day here in The Netherlands and in a few weeks time we will be off to Ibiza. Today’s post is about another beautiful rural summer home on Antiparos. Will this Greek island be our next holiday destination? Villa Elia is surrounded by a rural environment of sparse, small scale buildings, intense natural vegetation and crops of olives and vines. The ruins of a farm house formed the basis for the new dwelling. The design focussed on the reconstruction of an old house, preserving the traditional architecture and typology of the island of Antiparos. The two-bedroom villa can best be described as simple and humble, a building that remains close to the earth, respecting the landscape and embracing the user. The house and the environment co exist in harmony creating a unique scenery in the calmness that develops a simple lifestyle in direct contact with nature. For more information and reservations you can contact Antiparos Escape Villas.

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THE HAPPY SHOPPING FILES: HANDMADE & BLUE ON ETSY

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These lovely homeware items have two things in common: they are all hand made and they are blue. Plus they are all beautiful!! Top image: traditional African mud cloth.

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cushion cover, partially from a beautiful vintage rare kimono silk

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// indigo cushion cover made from an African fabric which is fair trade and produce by a small artisan collective // lavender blue chalk mugs handmade from toasty, black speckled tan stoneware
// blue furoshiki (which is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth) bag with white leather straps
// handmade brushed dot patterned wrapping paper
// ceramic stoneware cup with blue brushstrokes
// linnen blanket/beach towel

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A MAGICAL WEEKEND GET-AWAY ON FIRE ISLAND, NEW YORK

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This lovely weekend get-away on Fire Island (New York) belongs to Ann Stephenson and her girlfriend Lori Scacco. When they bought the A-frame house, which was built it in 1945 from a Gimbel’s prefab kit, all it needed was some updating and love. The previous owners had already given the raw wood on the interior a coat of white paint, and the couple completed the process by repainting the entire space down to the raw plywood floor in Benjamin Moore China White. The house is positioned in a two-block-wide community of raised wooden boardwalks (see 4th image) with views of ocean on one side and bay on the other. You can read the entire article (with more information about furniture pieces & accessories) here on Remodelista.

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A DANISH HOME DECORATED IN A SOFT COLOR PALETTE

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When Camilla and her husband first saw this 1913 villa in Hellerup, Denmark, a few years ago they immediately knew that this beautiful house had a lot of charm and soul. Together with their two sons they turned the house into a real family home. The rooms, which are spacious and light are decorated in a beautiful soft color scheme of grey, white and pastels. Danish furniture classics (such as the wishbones chairs in the dining area) enhances the Nordic style atmosphere.

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IKEA’S NEW VIKTIGT COLLECTION IS ALL ABOUT CRAFT

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IKEA is launching several new, limited edition collections. The one I am most looking forward to is the VIKTIGT collection which has been created in collaboration with Swedish glass and ceramic designer Ingegerd Råman. This discreet collection, ranging from handmade glassware to furniture woven from natural fibres, is all about craft. With love of craftsmanship and simplicity at the heart of it all, VIKTIGT pieces do their job in silence. Stripped down to their bare essentials, these handmade pieces turn the ordinary into the exceptional. Beautiful on their own as they work beautifully in your everyday life. Designer Ingegerd Råman: “It’s a project between the craftsmen and the designer. It has lots of energy. And looking at the objects now – the things we did – for me, it represents love.” The VIKTIGT collection will be available from May.

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