Category Archives: TRAVEL

THE TRAVEL FILES: DESIGN STORE TOTOKAELO IN SEATTLE

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I have no plans to visit Seattle in the near future but when I read about Totokaelo on Happy Interior Blog I immediately bookmarked the website of this beautiful design shop. Just in case I am in the neighborhood.. But the beautiful images are also perfect for some virtual windowshopping! This cool concept store has a unique range of special and unique homewares and an extended range of fashion. Totokaelo: “We are a purveyor of beautifully designed and thoughtfully curated fashion and objects. We represent artists and designers whom we believe to have an independent and thoughtful sense of beauty. We believe the art and objects a person chooses for their life are a reflection of values and perspective. And we hope to provide a unique point of view that attracts those of similar mind.”

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OLIVES & MORE IN AMSTERDAM

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Olives & More, founded by Brian Boucher and Esther Berger, started to sell their products on a Farmers Market. Now they have a beautiful corner shop in Amsterdam offering (organic) olives, olive oil and other delicious goods. Here you can buy freshly-made tapenades, pesto and hummus, uniquely prepared olives, and tasty olive oils from around Europe. You can read more about Ester and Brian’s shop and favorite places in Amsterdam on The Makers Amsterdam website.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: RESTAURANT STORY HELSINKI

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Recently openend restaurant Story is located in The Old Market Hall on Helsinki’s waterfront. The large space, which was once used for loading horse carriages, has been designed by interior architect Joanna Laajisto. Story’s interior gives homage to the original feel and history of the market hall, but placing it in a new time with a modern yet relaxed twist. The main challenge was to get the high-ceilinged hall to feel intimate. Story’s tables are designed and handmade by Helsinki’s own wood artisan Tebian. Many custom made solutions had to be found such as the lighting installation as the lamps were not allowed to be hung from the ten meter high ceiling.

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WEEKEND ESCPAPE: A RUSTIC CHIC HOME IN TULUM

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This lovely rustic chic home in Tulum at the Mayan Riviera in Mexico belongs to Claus Sendlinger, founder and CEO of Design Hotels. The setting is perfect: there is the tropical forest on one side and white sands with a turquoise ocean at the other. The four rustic cabins are built according to the principles of regional architecture and respecting the vegetation around the property. From furniture to accessories, every detail of the décor is handpicked by Claus’ wife Polina, who is a photographer. The furniture pieces were developed by local artisans and designers. Such a perfect spot to relax and unwind!

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THE TRAVEL FILES: PENDER LEA BARN IN AUSTRALIA

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Pender Lea provides summer and winter ski holiday accommodation in the heart of the Snowy Mountains in Australia. Their barn, which is suitable for eleven people, is absolutely stunning. Here you can unplug, reconnect & revive and be close to nature. The barn is infused with the character of the Snowy Mountains, from the stone feature walls to rustic exposed beams, beautiful timber floors and the open fireplace. It is the perfect gathering place for extended family or groups of friends to take time out to relax, enjoy quality time together and create memories to treasure!

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A GREEK ISLAND HOME

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Today we visit the Greek island of Lesvos, where Australian born photographer Carla Coulson (who now lives in France by the way) stayed in a lovely guest house owned by Australian author Claire Lloyd and her British partner, artist Matthew Usmar Lauder. In 2007 this couple left behind the busy, glamorous London arts scene to explore a new, more simple way of life on the island of Lesvos. They bought a small house in a village far from the usual tourist haunts and then another house on the edge of the same village. Here they have discovered the joys of a close community, the rhythms of the days, weeks and seasons bound up with the natural world around them. In the spirit of hospitality that is so much a part of the Greek island culture, Claire and Matthew offer holidays in the second of their village houses, Ken’s Spiti. A gorgeously simple retreat named after Claire’s father. With white walls, exposed beams, and a roof terrace looking out towards the Aegean sea and the incomparable Greek sunsets. Visit the guest house’s website for more information and to make reservations. If you want to learn more about the beauty of the island and Claire’s life here, you can read Claire’s book ‘My Greek Island Home’. Illustrated by Claire’s stunning photographs of faces and flowers, countryside and beaches, details and impressions, colour and light, it tells the story of how she and Matthew have settled here and found friendship and renewed creativity.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A STUNNING GUEST HOUSE IN NEW ZEALAND

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Villa Scrubby Bay is a working farm and luxury holiday escape (suitable for up to 14 people) nestled between the rolling hills of Annandale, New Zealand. In this amazing and isolated location, it would be easy to imagine yourself one of the early pioneers but for the modern comforts to be found in the luxurious cedar-clad beach house. The man behind this unique destination is Mark Palmer, who was born and raised on a New Zealand sheep farm, and has always dreamed of sharing a property like Annandale, which captures what is real and unique about New Zealand. His vision has resulted in a striking harmony between land and architecture, where rugged beauty and ultimate luxury rub shoulders, evoking a strong sense of belonging, providing guests with an authentic setting in which they tailor their own experience and make their own enduring memories.

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