Category Archives: TRAVEL

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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A WOODEN HOLIDAY HOME IN THE NORTH OF HOLLAND

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This lovely wooden holiday home is located in the middle of a forrest in Friesland, one of the most northern provinces of The Netherlands. The house can be rented: it has living room, a fully equipped kitchen and three cozy bedrooms which makes it suitable for up to 8 people. The various rooms have been decorated with an eye for detail in a Scandinavian style. On of the best features of the house I think is the wood burning stove! You can find more information about reservations here.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A MODERN HOME IN GIRONA, SPAIN

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This beautiful modern home in the charming village of Girona in the North of Spain can be renting for holidays. Architect Anna Noguera converted this medieval townhouse Alemanys5 into two spacious, amazingly designed apartments with lots of character. El Badiu is a duplex of 180 m2 on the upper floors, with a master suite, 2 extra bedrooms, a large living room with fireplace and a spectacular terrace facing south, with exclusive views over the old medieval city. El Jardí is an apartment of 90 m2, with two double bedrooms, a spacious bathroom, a large living room with an integrated kitchen and a pleasant private garden with sun terrace and pool.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: MASSERIA CIMINO IN PUGLIA, ITALY

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A while ago I featured a lovely Greek home shot by photographer Carla Coulson. Carla recently opened her Etsy shop Departure Lounge where she sells prints of her beautiful travel photos. There are some stunning images from her trips to Paris, Italy and Greece for sale. The photos featured in this post are from Carla’s trip to Puglia Italy where she stayed in Masseria Cimino. You can see more of this 18th century farmhouse that has been transformed in a stylish boutique hotel here and here.

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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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