Category Archives: OUTDOOR

THE TRAVEL FILES: ISLETA EL ESPINO, NICARAGUA

espino1

Isleta El Espino is an island on the Lago de Nicaragua, a freshwater lake in Central America. On the island there are three holiday cabanas, a restaurant, a pool, yoga platforms, a bar and lots of places to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Birds, monkeys, breezes are the soundtrack of your visit. Because this very untouched (eco)resort is the only premises on the island, shortly after arriving you can’t help slipping into a total holiday mode. This sounds al wonderful to me. When can I go??! For more information and reservations you can visit the resort’s website or their page on Airbnb.

espino8

espino4

Continue reading

THE TRAVEL FILES: A KID FRIENDLY VILLA ON BALI

baliairbnb1

I often receive questions from readers if the beautiful (summer) homes that are featured on this blog can be rented. If they are available for short term rent I will mention this in the blog post with a link to a website for more information. From the high number of questions I can make up that traveling is a popular topic so I will be sharing more travel tips and beautiful homes which can be rented for holidays. Starting today with this beautiful villa that is listed on Airbnb. The colorful holiday villa is located on Bali, in a beautiful area called Umalas. This is where most expats live, and where most Europeans choose to spend their time in Bali. Although the area is very different to Seminyak, the hustle and bustle of Seminyak is only 5 minutes away. The owners of this villa are the designers behind Australian fashion label Mister Zimi. Their colorful style is clearly visible throughout the three-bedroom home, with bright colors, various bold colored textiles and a beautiful mural of a Mexican Otomi in the kids’ room. The villa is perfect for kids, there is a glass pool fence and a good sizes grassed garden, but is can also serve a group of friends or two couples. Komang, the villa manager will come to the villa each day and clean it. Should you require her to get you some supplies from the supermarket she is more than happy to do this. And she is also available as a babysitter, while her husband can be hired as a driver. Reservations can be made through Airbnb.

baliairbnb6

baliairbnb4

Continue reading

A BLUE SUMMER WITH IKEA – 2016 OUTDOOR COLLECTION

ikeasummer2

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.

ikeasummer7

ikeasummer8

Continue reading

CAROLINE MURPHY IN A BEAUTIFUL WOOLEN SWEATER

mur3

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”.

mur4

Continue reading

ENJOYING THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Sleigh-date-CGWP

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.

outdoors1

outdoor4

Continue reading

A RUSTIC CHIC VIBE ON THE ISLAND OF MYKONOS

scmyk5

With temperatures dropping here, I more and more have summer holiday on my mind. Yesterday I posted about this stunning holiday home on Syros and today we stay in Greece with these delicious images of beach club Scorpio on the island of Mykonos. I just love the rustic stylish decor with natural materials! You can see more (of the inside) of Scorpio in a previous post here.

scmuk3

scmyk2

Continue reading

A SUMMER HOME ON THE GREEK ISLAND OF SYROS

syros7

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.

syros3

syros1

Continue reading