Category Archives: INTERIORS

PERFECT HANDMADE LINEN ITEMS FROM LITHUANIA

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Etsy seller not PERFECT LINEN offers homemade simple linen things for you and your home. With creating beautiful handmade items, this small family business in Lithuania is a protest against mass produced goods. They do not make things just to make money and their items are not just for profit. They make goods that involve years of learned skills, passion, commitment and sincerity. The owners: “More than simple forms, simple colors, simple seams, natural fabrics and healthy thinking – these all honestly simple things were created for those who appreciate natural things and adore simple forms and homemade look. No smell of the factory, no factory seams, no perfect ironing -only a homemade idea. Linen (flax) is healthy and non – waste product of nature. For us it is very important that it does not have any detrimental effects on our earth and ecology. Why we work with linen? The beauty of linen is that it is not perfect. If you keep trying to iron it, you will definitely miss the beauty of it. Linen needs to be used and it gets better with age. Linen pieces can be compared to old English leather shoes or old mechanical Swiss watches – all of these things are not new or perfect but are definitely more valuable than any new.” Sounds just perfect, right?!

Above: linen pillowcases

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large linen tote/beach bags

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linen dress withe elastic waistband

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AN INDUSTRIAL CHIC HOME IN TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

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This beautiful industrial chic home in Tel Aviv, Israel, was planned for a family of four. Architect studio NeumanHayner designed two cubes separated by a passage, creating an “L” shaped house. The front cube, of double height space, holds the public areas: entrance, living room, kitchen, dining room (all on the ground floor) and a study on the first floor. The rear cube has 3 floors: the ground floor holds a living room, two children rooms, a laundry room and a guests w.c. On the 1st floor there is the master bedroom, and a bridge passage to the library. The basement is well lightened and ventilated by a large patio, and holds a guest’s room, a safe room, and a storage room. The interior design features polished concrete, steel and wood, creating an industrial chic vibe. The house includes many hanged objects, like swings, as well as outdoor sittings and a bed in the children rooms. In love the group of pendant lights above the dining table (image below)!

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NATIVE ECO VILLA ON THE ISLAND OF SANTORINI, GREECE

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Native Eco Villa is built on a stunning location, right on the rim of the cliff at the village of Imerovigli, Santorini, with the world’s most beautiful scenery. This part of the island has the nickname “the balcony to the Aegean Sea’ for a reason. The building was constructed following the unique architecture of the Island without any corners and with soft and earthy colors. This villa is the first house that acquired the title “Green Key” on the island of Santorini for the ecological way that has been built. The interior is decorated with handmade objects with ecological materials all of unique design. But the very best feature of the house is of course the stunning view. More information can be found on the Native Eco Villa website.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: PENSAO AGRICOLA IN PORTUGAL

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Pensão Agrícola is a small rural hotel(only six rooms) located between the historic town of Tavira and Cacela Velha, a picturesque clifftop fishing village in Portugal. The original farmhouse was built in 1920 as a wedding present to the owners’ only daughter and it remained a working farm until 1970. After 40 years of neglect, the memories of those more prosperous times have been preserved and incorporated into the current architectural project by Atelier Rua. On the shady terrace next to the farmhouse, guests can enjoy a delicious, generous breakfast, or take other light meals by the plunge pool. Thanks to the owners’ eye for detail and care to preserve precious curiosities, each room is a minimal delight, with carefully considered details such as industrial lamps from the 1940 and 50s, and pieces by local artists including Joana Astolfi and Márcio Vilela.

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A CONTEMPORARY OASIS IN THE MIDDLE OF MARAKECH

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This beautiful home, owned by Australian Cassandra Karinsky, is located in Marrakech but it doesn’t scream Moroccan. The interior design with its white walls and floors looks more Scandinavian to me. In the dining room various styles and materials are mixed. The leathers chairs and the pendant lights from the 50s are flea market finds. In contrast to the otherwise bright apartment, the kitchen is decorated in dark colors, with black tiles and gray walls. On the open shelves are colorful ceramics from local artisans.

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AN 18TH CENTURY HISTORICAL HOME IN HUDSON VALLEY, USA

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This beautiful historical home in Hudson Valley (USA) oozes character and personality with its original features such as the wide-planked floors, exposed beams and original built-in cabinets. The owners, a young Brooklyn-based couple, hired Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co for the interior design. They did a great job y modernizing the home without losing losing the original charm and historic character of the building. Such a beautiful and warm home!

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A RUSTIC CHIC HOLIDAY RENTAL ON IBIZA, SPAIN

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This beautiful villa is a luxurious vacation rental located in Ibiza, isolated on more than 10,000 square meters of land, with a spectacular view of the sea. From here you can watch the sun set every day of the year. Even in the summer, when the island tends to get more crowded, this is still a rather quiet and peaceful place, perfect to calm down and relax. The building, which is about 150 years old, had been abandoned for 40 years. It had no ceiling and the walls were crumbling and there was no electrical wiring. Renovations took about five years. However, the first two years were spent gathering permissions and getting all paperwork in order. The house is protected due to its location close to the sea as well as its age. The owner about the interior design: “We wanted to respect the building and the land, the simplicity of the place, so we kept all the aspects the house had 150 years ago, creating a dialogue between the past and the present. Therefore, the rooms were kept the same and the house was decorated in a simple and discreet manner with simple wooden furniture, kilims and individual pieces we collected throughout our travels.”

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