Category Archives: TRAVEL

TRAVEL REVIEW: OUR HOLIDAY ON CRETE, GREECE

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Last month we spent a wonderful vacation on Crete in Greece. Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, and it is the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Today I would like to share our experiences and some photos. We stayed at Villa Ippocampi which is a small, family-friendly hotel near Crete’s north coast. The hotel, situated in the hillside village of Koutouloufari, is family owned and operated. The hospitality and familial atmosphere created by Greek/Dutch couple Nikos & Lydia and their wonderful staff, plus the lovely pool and garden make it the perfect place for a laid back family holiday. The white Cycladic-style building offers 13 simple but stylish suites of various sizes, each with a small kitchen. We stayed in a three room apartment (there are only two of these available) and we were very happy with our choice. We especially enjoyed the ground floor patio with sea view where we had breakfast every morning.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: SCENES FROM SANTORINI

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I am back from a lovely holiday on Crete, Greece, with a mind filled with great new memories and a camera full of images that I need to upload. When I have sorted out my photos I will feature some of them here on the style files. But in the mean time I would like to share with you these beautiful images of the Greek island of Santorini, another wonderful destination on my holiday wish list (I have been to this island but that was a long time ago). They are all taken by Kate Holstein, who can be hired as a (wedding) photographer.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: SCENES FROM THE ISLAND OF MYKONOS

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I am jumping on a plane to Greece this week for some serious rest & relaxation. To get in the mood today’s post is features some gorgeous pictures of Greece. These images, by Marta Locklear, are all taken on Mykonos, a small island part of the Cyclades. We will be going to Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, where we will be staying in a lovely small hotel, of course I will tell & show you more after my holiday. I do have some posts lined up while I am away so you don’t have to do with your daily dose of style files inspiration!

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: TRAMUNTANA HOTEL IN SPAIN

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I have featured the work of Barcelona based interior studio INTSIGHT before but have you seen their latest project? They have designed the beautiful Tramuntana Hotel. This hotel with only eleven rooms is located in the old town of Cadaqués. It is small but there is lots of charm and a friendly atmosphere. Cadaqués (part of the Costa Brava) is an old fishing town by the Mediterranean, which has preserved its charm intact throughout time. Its bohemian atmosphere and cosmopolitan spirit have embraced great painters, artists and writers, who have been attracted and inspired by the light, the color and the beauty of this special spot. Seems like to the perfect place to spend a holiday!

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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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