Category Archives: OUTDOOR

BOOK REVIEW: YVESTOWN IN THE KITCHEN

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You might know Yvonne Eijkenduijn from her well-known blog Yvestown where she shares cooking, baking, gardening, crafting, decorating, and DIY tips. This multi-talented lady recently launched her first book “Yvestown in the Kitchen”. Yvonne believes love of food is not only a love of cooking, but also a love of the kitchen in which the food is prepared. She therefore asked some of her friends to share their favorite recipes and to give (the readers) a tour through their kitchens and dining areas. This makes the book both a cookbook as well as an interior lifestyle book. A combination I love! The delicious (easy to make ) recipes, the colorful photography and the beautiful interiors make this book as source of inspiration. One of my favorite chapters in the book is the one about Annemie & Jan. Their outdoor kitchen, which is featured in this post, is very inviting! Yvestown in the Kitchen is available from Amazon. There is also a Dutch version (Yvestown in de Keuken) which you can get here and here.

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AN INTERIOR DESIGNER’S HOME IN MALIBU, CALIFORNIA

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This is the gorgeous Malibu home of interior designer Vanessa Alexander of Alexander Design and her husband Steven. After a extensive renovation, which involved taking down walls, adding skylights, adding new windows and doors, changing the floor plan dramatically, and bringing in more than a dozen 100-year-old olive trees, the home now resembles a Tuscan farmhouse. The goal for the renovation was to create more flow and openness, to make the home more inviting. Also, a connection to the outdoors and an indoor/outdoor lifestyle was essential so they can make the most of the amazing views. You can read the entire article (which included more information about furniture pieces) here on Domaine. My favorite elements of this house are the beautiful outdoor areas and the rustic wooden floor.

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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 MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY HOME IN CADIZ, SPAIN

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The interior of this beautiful holiday home in Cadiz, Spain, is designed by Marta de la Rica. The home was built by architect Valentin de Madariaga.You can see Moroccan influences in his design. The base of the exterior as well as most of the interior is white, while accent colors (cushions, vases etc) give a Mediterranean vibe.

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SHADES OF SUMMER: SPLASHES OF RED

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Yesterday was about a light shade of blue, today’s post is full of splashes of red. Happy summer1

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A SMALL BUT LOVELY SUMMER COTTAGE IN DENMARK

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This small cottage measures only 39m2 but the cosiness makes up for the lack of space. In this tranquil place the owners can escape from their busy lives and daily worries. Going to the beach, cooking in the outdoor kitchen … life here is simple but good!

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SUMMER COLORS ON A HOT SUNNY DAY

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Some hot summer colors on this hot sunny day. As always you can find the source (often with more information) at the end of the post. Enjoy!

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