THE STYLE FILES Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:08:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY FASHION DEALS Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:46:36 +0000 Continue reading ]]>


It is Black Friday weekend and here are some of the best deals for some serious fashion shopping! Stylish French fashion label Antik Batik is offering a 30% discount with code BLACKFRIDAY on all purchases, valid until 30 November. Perfect for shopping for a winter coat (I have the one in the last image!) or for a festive outfit. More great discount deals:

J. Crew: 30% discount with code HOLIDAY until 30 November and with code MONDAY on 1 December.
GAP: 50% discount with code BLKFRIDAY until 28 November.
Madewell: 25% discount with code GIFTON until 30 November.
Shopbop: with code GOBIG14 you receive a 15% discount on order above 250$, 20% discount on orders above 500$ and 25% on orders above 1000$, valid until 1 December.
ASOS UK: 20% discount with code CYBERWKND20 until 2 December.
ASOS US: 30% discount with code TGIBF until 30 November and with code ILOVEMONDAYS on 1 December.
Banana Republic: 50% discount on one full priced item with code BRCFIFTY on 28 November, 40% discount on purchases with code BRCFORTY on 28 November, 40% discount on 29 November with code BRSAVE.



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BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY HOME DECOR DEALS Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:08:01 +0000 Continue reading ]]>


During the Black Friday and Cyber Monday period you can enjoy great discounts on various home decor items. Below you can find some of the best deals. The perfect time for doing your holiday gift shopping! The lovely products featured in the image above are all from Furbish Studio. The items in the photo below are all from Lulu & Georgia.

World Market: 10% discount + free shipping (on orders above 100$) with code SAVEBIG10 until 30 November + save 50% on many products.
Kelly Wearstler: 20-30% discount until 30 November with code KWBLACKFRIDAY and 20% discount on 1 December with code KWMONDAY.
Fine Stationery: 10-20% discount until 30 November with code BLKFRIDAY and with code CYBRMONDAY on 1 December.
Lulu & Georgia: 20% discount on orders above 250$ with code PUMPKINPIE20, 25% discount on all orders above 500$ with code PUMPKINPIE25 and 30% discount on all orders above 1000$ with code PUMPKINPIE30.
Furbish Studio: 20% discount on all orders above 75$ with code HOLLADAY on 1 December.


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REBECCA ATWOOD HOME TEXTILES: 25% DISCOUNT Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:22:27 +0000 Continue reading ]]>


It is Black Friday an in several posts I will let know of the best deals! We start with some beautiful home textiles by Brooklyn designer and artist Rebecca Atwood. With promotion code 2014CYBERMONDAY25 you will receive a 25% discount on your purchases. This code is valid between 26 November and 1 December. Rebecca’s original collection of home textiles focuses on the artistic process. Blending traditional textile techniques and hand painting, she creates products that are both simple and luxurious. Behind each design is a story drawn from her collection of family heirlooms, textures found in nature, vintage patterns discovered at the flea market, inspired color combinations from world travels or a composition from her sketchbook. These experiences and collections are layered together to inspire pieces that are thoughtfully crafted and casually elegant.





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HAPPY SHOPPING WITH A 20% DISCOUNT Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:01:57 +0000 Continue reading ]]>


With code CELEBRATE you now get a 20% discount on all your purchases from Le Souk! This offer is only valid from today until 1st December (during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday period) and until stock lasts. Le Souk offers a beautiful collection of unique and handmade items for you and your home. Below you can get an impression of products available. The cute lanterns in the image above are made of recycled confiture jars and they give beautiful lights. Happy shopping!


1. Star pendant light | 2. Leaves Saucer | 3. lanterns made of recycled confiture jars | 4. one-of-a-kind kilim cushion cover | 5. woolen bedspread with pompoms | 6. Moroccan serving plate/bowl | 7. handmade copper pendant light | 8. bohemian clutch | 9. jacquard woven cotton blanket | 10. large dish | 11. mini tagine set | 12. handmade cutting/serving board.


Le Souk also has a carefully selected collection of vintage kilim rugs from Turkey.

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AN INVITING HOME IN STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:54:49 +0000 Continue reading ]]>


This inviting home is set along the scenic, meandering Helshoogte Mountain Pass that connects Stellenbosch and Franschhoek in South Africa. The owners Marli Lyon and Tino Nieuwoudt have a varied collection of furniture and art – much of which is by friends and Marli’s contemporaries on the art scene – which range from second-hand finds to new pieces. Where they have bought new, they’ve stuck to one rule: to buy from up-and-coming local designers only. From the outside, the two-bedroom, double-storey house appear modest in size but on the inside it’s surprisingly spacious. I love the brick wall in the kitchen / dining area which gives the space an industrial touch.






Credits & source: images by K. Holm | via House & Leisure.

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TYPOGRAPHIC PRINTS WITH A FEMININE TOUCH Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:28:30 +0000 Continue reading ]]>


My Deer Art Shop, was founded by Dutch art director/interior designer Maaike Koster. Maaike has brought a sublime limited collection of typographic prints and art together for My Deer’s online Art Shop. Most prints consist of hand drawn letters and personal quotes and words. The attention paid to detail resonates through the whole collection. My Deer Art Shop only uses the finest papers and high quality materials. All the prints are limited edition, signed with handwritten numbering and printed on 250 g. fine art photo paper.









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A BEAUTIFUL HOME ON A DANISH ISLAND Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:08:01 +0000 Continue reading ]]>


This beautiful family home is located on Amagar in Denmark. Amagar is an island and connected to the much larger island of Zealand by five bridges. The Danish capital Copenhagen is partly situated on Amager. The owners are originally from Iceland. Their origin is reflected in their home by the use of materials such as raw stone, wood, snow-white walls, wool, sheep skins and organic shapes. The high ceilings and the white painted walls create a airy and light atmosphere. The decor is a unique mix of design classics, IKEA furniture, some beautiful art pieces and items collected from their travels.








Source: boligmagasinet.

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MIJN ERVARING MET HYPOTHEEKADVIES VIA DE WEBCAM Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:04:35 +0000 Continue reading ]]>


This article is in Dutch. You can find an English summary at the end of the post.

Onlangs schreef ik over mijn wens om advies in te winnen over het mogelijk oversluiten van onze hypotheek. ABN AMRO bood mij de mogelijkheid om thuis -via de webcam op de computer of op de tablet- snel en gemakkelijk hypotheekadvies te krijgen. Vorige week was het dan zover! Het eerste voordeel was direct duidelijk: mijn zoon Kick was de bewuste dag ziek thuis met griep en koorts. Had ik de afspraak buiten de deur gehad, dan had ik deze af moeten zeggen. Nu -met kind dichtbij op de bank- kon ik het gesprek gewoon door laten gaan.

Tien minuten van tevoren kreeg ik een link toegestuurd en kon ik na een heldere stap-voor-stap installatie van een klein stukje software (en ondanks mijn beperkte technische kennis) zonder moeite het gesprek in gaan. Met een verse kop koffie en een stapel paperassen naast me gingen we van start. Het begon eigenlijk direct heel gestructureerd en transparant met een duidelijke uitleg van het verloop van een adviseringstraject bij ABN AMRO. Mij werd ook meteen gevraagd welke vragen ik graag zelf beantwoord wilde hebben in het gesprek. Heel klantgericht dus. Fijn! Ook had mijn adviseur duidelijk kennis van zaken, maar -en dat vond ik heel prettig- hij etaleerde dat niet door overmatig gebruik van (financieel) jargon. Hij nam de tijd om in “gewone-mensen-taal” uit te leggen voor wat voor keuzes ik stond en wat de mogelijkheden waren. Tijdens het hele gesprek kon ik via de handige applicatie meekijken op zijn scherm, naast dat ik ook zijn gezicht goed in beeld had. Dit maakte het een persoonlijke maar ook efficiënte ervaring. Overigens hoef je zelf niet met je gezicht in beeld als je dat niet wilt.

Zoals zo vaak bij dit soort gesprekken, had ik niet alle benodigde informatie uit mijn archief gehaald. Wat is het dan fijn dat je in drie stappen bij je kast bent om die er alsnog bij te pakken. Dit zorgde ervoor dat we snel de basics konden doorlopen en concreet konden worden. Dit eerste (gratis) gesprek was oriënterend, zo werd mij uitgelegd. Er rolt na een eerste gesprek niet meteen een concreet advies op maat uit, maar je krijgt wel een heel goed beeld van de haalbaarheid van je wensen en de financiële mogelijkheden. Na afloop van het gesprek kreeg ik snel een duidelijke samenvatting van ons gesprek waarin onder
meer duidelijk werd wat we maximaal konden lenen en tegen welke rente. Ook werd mij verteld wat de kosten zijn als ik verder ga met dit hypotheekadviestraject. Ik was al een heel stuk wijzer geworden!

Samengevat: mijn ervaring met Webcam Hypotheekadvies is uiterst positief. Het ging snel, klantvriendelijk en zeer duidelijk en dat allemaal in mijn vertrouwde omgeving, met alles wat ik nodig had binnen handbereik. En ik ben niet de enige die positief is over deze service. Op krijgt het Hypotheken Advies en Service Center van ABN AMRO een klantwaardering van maar liefst 9.8 (gebaseerd op 1383 beoordelingen).

Deze post is gemaakt in samenwerking met ABN AMRO. Tekst en meningen zijn van mijzelf.


Recently I wrote about my wish to get an expert’s advice about whether it would be wise to change our current mortgage. Dutch bank ABN AMRO offered me to talk to one of their mortgage advisors by webcam through their new Webcam Mortgage Advice Service. On the day of the appointment my son was ill and he had to stay home from school. The first advantage was clear: if the appointment would have been somewhere else then I would have had to cancel it. Another benefit of a meeting by webcam from my own home is that I had all the necessary information at hand (= in my filing system).

The advisor was very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. At the start of the meeting he asked which questions I would like to have answered during the conversation. Very efficient and customer orientated! I have little technical knowledge but found the application to enter the meeting simple and clear. We talked about an hour and after the session I was much wiser. I did not have to take any notes during the meeting as afterwards I got a summary by email.

To sum it up: my experience with Webcam Mortgage Advice is very positive as it is easy, efficient, customer friendly and I got the information that I needed to make decisions how to proceed with our mortgage. And I am not the only one who is positive about ABN AMRO’s Mortgage Service Center as it is rated 9.8 (out of 10), based on 1383 objective reviews.

This post is created in collaboration with ABN AMRO. Words and opinions are my own.

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BEAUTIFUL CERAMICS BY CASALINGA Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:30:51 +0000 Continue reading ]]>


Casalinga was launched by ceramicist and industrial designer Trine Weng in 2008 and has since become an established brand in modern Danish design. The collection is driven and characterised by equal parts of functionalism, storytelling and quality. The apparent clash of contrasts, where nostalgia meets a modern Scandinavian design approach, is not an obstacle but a path to innovation that benefits the consumer in the form of new exciting and functional products. The Casalinga collection consists of harmonious hand-made porcelain vases, bowls, candlesticks, coat hooks, tableware for children, and jewellery.





Source: found via Bloesem.

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A BRIGHT & COZY LAKE COTTAGE Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:28:08 +0000 Continue reading ]]>


This beautiful 1940s cottage belongs to famous hair guru John Frieda. The cottage has been designed by decorator Sharon Simonaire who transformed it in a light-filled retreat that’s as comfortable as it is sophisticated. I love the bright and cozy atmosphere that has been created. The beautiful outdoor space is perfect for enjoying the stunning views.







Credits & source: images by James Merrell | via Domino.

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