Category Archives: OUTDOOR

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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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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WEEKEND ESCAPE: VILLA KALOS ON ITHACA, GREECE

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In May we will be going on holiday to Greece. I am really looking forward to this and everything that is Greek related is getting my full attention at the moment. This beautiful villa, that I found via Est Magazine, is located on Ithaca, an island located in the Ionian Sea in Greece. Four years ago the completely abandoned villa was still a ruin. South African photographers Gerda Genis and Robbert Koene discovered the old building and saw the home’s potential as a guest house. Their idea is to offer all those who like to spend their holidays in the countryside and are looking for an intimate environment on one side, yet furnished and completed with the top-quality details on the other, a place where all this is actually possible. Villa Kalos has only four bedrooms and each one is different, with hand-picked furnishings, fabrics and accents. The exposed stone, concrete and wood of the structure provide a perfect framework for the harmonious mix of the interior design. The views of the countryside, the almond trees surrounding the villa, the salt-water pool, the magnificent garden that changes with the seasons, the olive groves, — there is absolutely no reason to leave this place.

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THE BEACH PEOPLE ROUNDIE TOWEL

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I am loving this plush round towel from Aussie brand The Beach People. “The Roundie”, as it is affectionately dubbed, is big enough for two people and features a black and white Aztec print with a white fringed edge. The essential leather carry strap, which can be purchased separately, is the perfect accessory for carrying the Roundie to the beach or park.

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WEEKEND ESCPAPE: A FAMILY HOME IN THE PROVENCE

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This is the home to which Séverine (who is the CEO of Louis Vuitton France), her husband Jean-Marc and their three children go to when they want to escape from the hustle and bustle of Paris. The house, which is located in the Provence, has seven bedroom and is always full with friends and family visiting. The house did not need a lot of renovation work. The family just added a personal touches by painting the walls in pretty colors such as blue and sage green. They wanted a ‘easy living’ atmosphere rather then a refined chic decor.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A VILLA ON THE SPANISH ISLAND OF MENORCA

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Today we visit an eclectic home on Menorca, one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to Spain. This lovely villa is home to Ursula Mascaro. The Spanish shoe designer created a hippy chic atmosphere which is warm and inviting. There are some design objects but most of the furniture pieces and accessories are market finds. The white washed walls and the architecture of the house are traditional island features.

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A NOT SO STANDARD SWEDISH FAMILY HOME

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This cozy family home is located in Gothenburg, Sweden, but does not have one of those typical Swedish interiors. At first sight you might even think that this townhouse is located in England or France. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the owners are Anglophiles and get inspiration mostly from British magazines such as House & Garden. My favorite space is the kitchen with tiles in a beautiful shade of green and green doors opening to a lovely patio. You can see more of this house here.

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