Category Archives: TRAVEL

THE TRAVEL FILES: VILLA LENA IN TUSCANY, ITALY

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Sprawling over 500 hectares of beautiful woodland, rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards, Villa Lena in Tuscany, Italy, is much more than just a traditional Tuscan retreat. It is set up as an artist residency and a hotel where art and culture are the heart of the project. This creatively inspiring and serene place, suitable both for individuals and families, offers multiple places to stay and multiple places to rest and enjoy a break. In addition, they run an active program of workshops, lectures and entertainment formed on the basis of the ideas by artists in residence. Guests can stay in apartments or houses which are spread over the estate. Rooms are designed with an emphasis on easy chic, spaces are filled with vintage pieces, recycled furniture and art produced at the residency. For more information you can visit Villa Lena’s website.

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A LOVELY AND COZY MEXICAN SUMMER HOME

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Days are getting warmer and this make me dream about beautiful summer homes. This stunning place in the coastal town of Sayulita, Mexico, is owned by Brittney Borjeson. Brittany moved to Mexico to escape hectic city life. Last September she found her dream home: a lovely two-bedroom house overlooking the ocean in the southern hillsides of Sayulita. She also launched a shop selling Mexican crafts and artifacts, designed by herself and made by local artisans. I truly love this home as it is simple yet cozy decorated in a natural style. Almost everything in Borjeson’s two-story home is custom-made, either by herself or with the help of village craftsmen. If you like the style of this home: at the end of the post you can find some suggestions to create a similar style.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: ACE HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

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The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles opened early 2014 in the historic United Artists building in Downtown LA. Atelier Ace worked with local collective Commune Design to restore the United Artists building (dating from 1927) and theatre and to transform it into a hotel. For the guest rooms, Commune drew inspiration from Rudolf Schindler’s residence in West Hollywood. The upstairs rooftop space (featured in this post) was transformed into an indoor/outdoor lounge and pool inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House. Furnishings are a combination of Equipale-style and pieces by Joshua Tree sculptor Alma Allen. At the end of this post you can find some suggestions how to bring a bit of this style into your own home. More information about the hotel can be found on the Ace Hotel website.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A STYLISH HOLIDAY VILLA IN ITALY

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While searching for this year’s holiday destinations I stumbled on this stunning holiday home in Le Marche, Italy. Ca Mattei is a beautiful villa which can be rented for a group up to 11 people. After many years of vacancy the farmhouse was extensively renovated and turned into a stylish & luxury holiday home. The owners of this house are Sigrid Custers & Barent Bulcke who run an architects office in Antwerp. Their vision on living and holiday en their everlasting looking for design destinations inspired them to transform these premises into a place of peace and aesthetics where modernism meets rural architecture. You can find more information about rental options on the Ca Mattei website. You can also book the house here.

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TRADITIONAL WOOD-FIRED BAKERIES IN STOCKHOLM

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Fabrique is a chain of traditional wood-fired bakeries that are located throughout central Stockholm. Here you’ll find top-quality fresh-baked sourdough bread, rolls and cakes baked by hand with natural ingredients according to time-honoured traditions. According to some they have the best cinnamon buns in the world. These images are from Fabrique on Rosenlundsgatan on Södermalm where you can enjoy pastries in the cosy café with large windows looking into the bakery. The shop/cafe is decorated in a beautiful combination of black, white and wood with a rough, industiral edge.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: AN ECO FRIENDLY B&B IN ITALY

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Eco friendly Bed & Breakfast Il Richiamo Del Bosco (which means The Call of the Woods) is located in an enchanted house immersed in 1100 hectares of trees and meadows of the Boschi di Carrega Regional Park in Sala Baganza, Italy. Ecological architecture and contemporary creativity merge in this unusual B&B, on a hill offering the view of a splendid skyline of the city of Parma. The owners wanted a house that is in perfect harmony with the surrounding environment. Therefor the house was restructured according to the criteria of bio building and energy saving. The materials used for furniture and construction are local wood and silver quartzite, the stone of the Alto Adige region. By making the most of the life cycle of the products, they have given second hand objects and production waste a new function and a high-level aesthetic. Thus unmatched drawers have taken on new life by becoming book shelves, the door of an old wardrobe today is now a bathroom mirror, and part of a discarded blackboard serves as the front panel of the stove hood. Guests are welcomed with locally produced Parmesan cheese and a breakfast with sweet and savory organic products is served every day. For more information and bookings you can visit Il Richiamo Del Bosco’s website.

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A SMALL & ECLECTIC HOTEL IN KNOKKE, BELGIUM

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This small B&B hotel situated in Knokke, Belgium is decorated with a unique collection of vintage design pieces sourced from all around the world. Good news for guests admiring the decor: all items and furniture pieces are for sale. Owner of the hotel is design collector and dealer Bea Mombaers who is also running an eclectic design store in Knokke. Bea is constantly searching for new objects so the hotel’s furniture and decoration changes regularly. Hardly a day goes by without Bea making a new and wonderful discovery.

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