A MEDITERRANEAN PARADISE ON THE SPANISH COAST

I love the outdoor areas of this Mediterranean paradise in Javea, Spain. You can see more of the house, which is the summer home of a Dutch couple, here at Nuevo Estillo. The interior is styled a little bit too much for the photo shoot but I like the use of natural materials and the use of various textiles such as the kilim cushions.

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A BEAUTIFUL NEWLY BUILT BARN IN THE NETHERLANDS

This stunning home in Eelderwolde, The Netherlands, has been designed by Dutch architect studio SKA. The house is newly built but its long shape, the triangle roof and the raw wooden facade creates the atmosphere of a barn.

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A WHITE BEACH HOUSE ON THE GERMAN COAST

This beautiful holiday home is located at the Northern coast of Germany. The decor is mainly white combined with raw materials to create a elegant, natural atmosphere. The large windows and high ceiling make the room filled with light, even on overcast days. I am not a big fan of classic style chandeliers but here the vintage chandelier, hung from the high pitched ceiling, really works.

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FOR SALE: ANTIQUE SWEDISH DESK

I fell in love with this antique Swedish desk/writing table two years ago but unfortunately we do not have any room for it and I have decided to sell it. The wooden desk has been beautifully restored and is in mint (antique) condition. Measurements are 117x60x74(h)cm. Because of its size the desk can not be shipped but it can be picked up from my home in The Netherlands (or you can arrange transportation yourself). You can see my ad on Marktplaats (Dutch Craigs list) here. Starting bid is 350 EUR.

THE TRAVEL FILES: BASSIVIERE IN LOT-ET-GARONNE, FRANCE

Just south of the Dordogne in the region of Lot-et-Garonne in southwest France, Bassivière are five boutique holiday apartments in an original 17th century farmhouse. The barn and the medieval tower now house luxurious loft apartments with contemporary industrial design. The entire property has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere with lots of space. It’s embedded in nature and has all the comforts one could want. There are 5 loft-style apartments of which four are within the old barn and the fifth is in the original Pigeonnier. The apartments are about 100 to 140 square meters and each of them has a different layout with creative and fun sleeping areas for the kids. Bassivière sits on private 2.5 acre plot, and is surrounded by vineyards and fields of sunflowers. The apartments have access to an outdoor swimming pool and private terrace. I have visited this region of France a few times and I love it. For more information & bookings you can visit their website or Welcome Beyond. Unfortunately they are already fully booked in July & August (I know because I have tried to book one of their apartments) but they do have availability in June.

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A COLORFUL NEW MARIMEKKO PATTERN

This colorful Marimekko pattern is perfect for summer! Ojakellukka is a new pattern of colorful flowers designed by Aino-Maija Metsola. Aino-Maija is a Helsinki-based freelance illustrator and designer who graduated with an MA in graphic design from the University of Art and Design Helsinki. With her immense interest in colour, Aino-Maija creates bold yet subtle prints using different techniques ranging from watercolour to ink, markers and gouache.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: CASA IMPALA ON HOLBOX ISLAND, MEXICO

Casa Impala is an exclusively private retreat on beautiful Holbox island, Mexico. This unique island hideaway is ideally located in a luxuriant palm grove, just a few steps from the beach and a few minutes from the town center of the island. The two level property has a loft style living space and a roof top sun deck and bungalow on the third level. The beautiful decor is a mix of tropical and influences from Morocco and the Mediterranean. Casal Impala can be booked via AirBnb.

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