Summer seems far away but it is never too soon for some summer inspiration! IKEA will be launching their new outdoor furniture and accessories in February and March. There is lots of blue, combined with grey and beige. If you don’t have a garden or balcony, IKEA encourages people to go out and enjoy the outdoor (by taking foldable chairs, cooling bags etc). IKEA: “This year, we think summer should be all about expanding the home and seeing your surroundings through new eyes, regardless if you live in the city or in the countryside. So instead of just focusing on the balcony or the patio, how about uncovering new kinds of outdoor rooms?” You can see more of their summer collection here in this catalog.
These images of model Caroline Murphy (41!) are shot in the neighborhood of her Chelsea (New York) townhouse. That gorgeous winter sweater she is wearing is from Industry of All Nations and is hand-knit in La Paz, Boliva, from Alpaca wool. About Industry of All Nations (IOAN): “We are inspired by how things are done. We are not creating a new brand just to fill up shelves. In this modern time it is so easy and in everybody’s hands to do most anything, so the most important thing should be how we do these things.
We aim to not negatively affect those around us and to provide opportunities to anyone who is out there working locally and well. We work together to develop clean and more sustainable industries around the world. We use all this to create products with the most simple and desirable aesthetic. This is the industry of the people, the Industry of All Nation”.
We, as a family, love spending time outdoors. We do not go on multiple day hikes but we do enjoy Sunday morning walks with our dog in a nearby park, building a bonfire in our garden and roasting marshmallows, and drinking hot chocolate or mulled wine (you can find a great recipe here). Today on the blog some outdoor fun inspiration and some of my favorite ‘outdoor gear’ which you can find at the end of the post. I love the Swedish Hestra Nordic Wool Mittens, they are not only good looking but keep my hands warm as well. Also, the Woolrich Chalet Slippers are my favorite slippers for inside, I have them in black and red.
Stanley Flask is one of the best there is and keeps my coffee, tea, chocolate, or wine warm. The Feuerhand lantern is a classic: the factory in Germany has been producing these hurricane lanterns for more than 100 years. It burn up to 20 hours! The Penfield Rockwool Down Women Jacket is stylish and warm. And one of my all time favorites are the Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots which will last a life time. These boots gained popularity through the movie Wild in which Reese Witherspoon was wearing these boots.
Located on the Greek island of Syros, this beautiful summer home is the vacation home of a family of four and their guests. The slope of the land was respected in the design and construction of the building, making the most of the views and the countryside. The views of the Aegean Sea are one of the main attractions of the house! Greek architects Block722 opted for stone walls which are typical for the region. This way the building is integrated with the environment. Inside, the aesthetics of the Greek islands is present throughout the house with white as the main color and fabrics and natural materials being used for furniture pieces and accessories. The outdoor spaces include two open courtyards shielded from the sun and an open central court suitable for sunbathing and children’s plays.
Paros and Antiparos are some of the lesser known Greek Cyclades islands but both islands have been gaining popularity in the past years. New restaurants and boutique hotels are arriving such as Greek-owned Beach House on Antiparos which opened last summer. This restaurant and beach bar is located right on Apantima Beach, one of most secluded and wind protected small bays in Antiparos. They also offer boutique accommodation which you can find on their website but also on on Airbnb. The island of Antiparos, located 1.9km southwest from Paros Island, is a laid back place ideal for peaceful and quiet vacations. There are many beautiful beaches and the calm cycladic landscape, with the scattered churches, the famous cave and the Enetic castle, is ideal for sightseeing. I have been to some of the Cyclades islands but never to Antiparos but it is definitely on my list of places to visit.
One of my favorite furniture pieces (ever) is a rattan hanging chair. Ten years ago I purchased one for my previous home and over the years I have been seeing these chairs more and more. I still love them and I am thinking about getting one again for our new veranda (more about the veranda later this year when it is completely finished). Here some examples of these chairs being used inside and outdoors. My favorite chair is the one you see in the first, second and last image. This chair is available from Serena & Lilly and is also available in white.