NEW SCRAPWOOD WALLPAPER BY PIET HEIN EEK

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Dutch company NLXL has added new designs to their Scrapwood Wallpaper collection designed by Piet Hein Eek. The eight new prints replicates weathered wood textures. There is no repeat so this means that no two planks on the wallpaper are the same. The previous Scrapwood collections has won the Editor’s award at ICFF New York in 2011 and can be found in the permanent collection of Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum. With the wallpaper you can create a warm and rustic atmosphere in a room without having to use real wood.

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A SMALL YET LIGHT APARTMENT IN SWEDEN

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This two room apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden, measures only 54m². Still it manages to look airy and light, mainly because of the typical Scandinavian white walls and floors. I love the beautiful exposed wall in the kitchen area (you can see more examples of brick walls here). The wooden crates next to the bed (last image) make some lovely and inexpensive bedside tables.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A BEAUTIFUL PORTUGUESE SUMMER HOME

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Today’s ‘weekend escape’ shows us a beautiful summer home located in Martinho do Porto in Portugal which is decorated by Vera Iachi. This Portuguese interior designer is known for mainly using furniture and accessories made from natural materials. Do you want to dream more? Then take a look at these gorgeous rustic chic summer cottages and this beach house in a cool toned color palette which are also designed by Vera Iachi.

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10 OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EXPOSED BRICK WALLS

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An exposed brick wall has become a popular feature in interior design. Leaving a wall bare with the bricks visible can give an apartment, home or loft an industrial and unconventional touch and adds character to the interior. Here are 10 of the most beautiful interiors with exposed walls that I found online. Older homes typically have brick underneath the plaster walls, and the brick may still be in good condition. You can expose and restore it back to its former beauty. Find more information on how to do this yourself here. Also in ‘the 10’ series are ten beautiful sinks made of stone.

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FRIDAY FASHION FILES: LOOKING GOOD IN NAVY

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Black is a safe color if you are looking to assemble a stylish outfit. But what about navy? I personally think that this color is equally as chic as black but is a little bit less safe. Above some example of navy colored items.

1. beautiful jumpsuit by Malene Birger | 2. soft leather clutch | 3. Chain Link Woven Shoulder Bag by Missoni | 4. arrow stack necklace from Madewell | 5. cardigan with shawl collar from Vince | 6. shells and stones bracelet from Antik Batik | 7. soft leather clutch by Lauren Merkin | 8. quilted leather gloves.

A PAINTER’S HOME IN THE NETHERLANDS

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This beautiful home in Laren, The Netherlands, was built in 1913 to serve as an ‘atelier’ for a painter. Nowadays it is a family home but the house still has a artistic touch as the current owner is also a painter. I love the ethnic touches such as the oriental rugs and cushions.

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MAGNETIC WALLPAPER BY GROOVY MAGNETS

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At the Woonbeurs (Dutch home deco fair) I also spotted these very cool designs from Groovy Magnets. This Belgian label has created magnetic wallpaper with some beautiful prints. The large animal prints are true eye-catchers! The wallpaper is comprised of iron particles on a vinyl basis which makes it receptive to magnets. Ideal to hang drawings, photos and notes. There is also a blackboard version of the wallpaper (last photos). Aren’t these designs cool?!

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