Category Archives: TRAVEL

WEEKEND ESCAPE: COTTONWOOD COTTAGE IN AUSTRALIA

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Cottonwood Cottage offers guests the chance to unwind at their own pace amid breathtaking surroundings. It is set on 61 private acres below The Dorrigo World Heritage National Park, close to the town of Bellingen, Australia. The Cottage is an airy hamptons style barn, with a rustic gentility, exquisite attention to detail as well as an abundance of welcoming touches. It is a great alternative to a hotel for a short stay, you can live like a local without compromising on luxury and comfort. Just make yourself at home, relax and appreciate this special place! More information can be found on their website.

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MIX & MATCH: SOFT NUDE COLORS

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Today’s Mix & Match post features seven images. The topics of the photos are all different (interior, travel, fashion) but they have something in common: beautiful soft nude & neutral shades. I particularly love these soft colors for bathrooms as it creates a calm and relaxing atmosphere.

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VINTAGE HOUSE DAYLESFORD IN AUSTRALIA

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Vintage House Daylesford is an 1860′s miners cottage on the border of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs (Australia) that is available to rent as luxury accommodation. Surrounded by various established trees, Vintage House Daylesford sits high on almost an acre of land with views over Wombat State Forest and Doctors Gully. The property is completely restored and re-designed with love to highlight the original features of the house. Combining the use of wood, metals and shades of white, black and everything in between to bring new life to the cottage. The decor is finished with antique, vintage and industrial furniture and artwork from around the globe. There are three rooms and each room has been carefully considered and designed. Responsible for the interior styling and decoration is Kali Cavanagh.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: GET IN HOLIDAY MOOD

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Holidays are important. Most of us work hard and have busy lives. And during our holidays we relax, recharge and spend valuable time with our kids. But vacation time can be stressful as well. We want to find the perfect holiday destination, get value for hard earned money, have the best time and expectations are high. I used to travel quite a bit when I was younger and our first holiday as parents was a disaster. I still had the ‘old’ concept (do nothing but sleeping in, read 10 books, drink cocktails and go for the occasional swim in the ocean) in mind but did not expect that at our holiday destination I had to do the same things as at home (= changing nappies, get up early, wash tons of cloths, have little sleep). Only the weather was better but we hardly noticed that as we spent most of the time inside trying to get the baby asleep or waiting for him to wake up. And then there was the crying.. most tears that were shed were mine.

I have learned from this experience and now know the criteria for a great holiday (main thing is to make sure that my three year old son is happy). There are more people with the same dilemma as friends and readers often ask me if I can give them advice about child friendly holidays that are parent friendly as well. Next month we are off to Greece for a 2 week holiday and we are planning a trip to the South of France and perhaps to Ibiza (Spain) as well this year. Next year I hope to go to Bali (Indonesia) again. What are your holiday plans? And what are you favorite destinations? Any tips for people with kids? I (and a lot of others) would like to know! Here some tropical images to get in holiday spirit. Enjoy! You can find more holiday and summer related photos on this and this Pinterest board.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: THE LITTLE MONASTERY IN BELGIUM

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The Little Monastery is a beautiful B&B situated in the green and open countryside of Damme in Belgium. The property has a long history: the land was a gift of Margaretha of Constantinople in 1275. In the late 16th century a small monastery with about ten monks was founded. The main goal of the monks to come here was to build dikes & to protect the land from getting flooded. Recently the Garnier family turned the property into a magnificent place to stay. The B&B consists of carefully restored buildings originating from the 17th, 18th & 19th century. Owner Brigitte Garnier: “We feel lucky to have the chance to live in a magnificent place called ‘Vaucelleshof’, where the light is strong and the Flemish country feeling is present”.

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A STYLISH VACATION HOME IN KYNETON, AUSTRALIA

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Ellis House in Kyneton, Australia, is a beautiful four bedroom vacation home that can be rented. It belongs to Tracie Ellis, who is also the owner of Australian textile and home accessory brand Aura Home. For as long as she can remember, Tracie dreamt of creating the perfect country escape, an ideal combination of rustic comfort and modern luxury. Tracie: “It started with the beautiful bare bones of a classic 1860’s building, a key part of Kyneton’s rich architectural history. We lovingly renewed the house from door sill to chimney cap, carefully balancing respect for the building’s original features with contemporary needs. Inspired by Belgium modern interiors and the desire for luxurious simplicity, we have harmonised the old and the new through light and colour. Indoor and outdoor spaces flow into each other, bathed in the serene light of another time.” Now the perfect country retreat for a discerning traveller, Ellis House offers three-quarters of an acre of beguiling gardens, space to comfortably sleep eight adults, relaxed linens, elegant lighting and a modern, relaxed aesthetic.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: VILLA KALOS ON ITHACA, GREECE

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In May we will be going on holiday to Greece. I am really looking forward to this and everything that is Greek related is getting my full attention at the moment. This beautiful villa, that I found via Est Magazine, is located on Ithaca, an island located in the Ionian Sea in Greece. Four years ago the completely abandoned villa was still a ruin. South African photographers Gerda Genis and Robbert Koene discovered the old building and saw the home’s potential as a guest house. Their idea is to offer all those who like to spend their holidays in the countryside and are looking for an intimate environment on one side, yet furnished and completed with the top-quality details on the other, a place where all this is actually possible. Villa Kalos has only four bedrooms and each one is different, with hand-picked furnishings, fabrics and accents. The exposed stone, concrete and wood of the structure provide a perfect framework for the harmonious mix of the interior design. The views of the countryside, the almond trees surrounding the villa, the salt-water pool, the magnificent garden that changes with the seasons, the olive groves, — there is absolutely no reason to leave this place.

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