WEEKEND ESCAPE: NATURAL STYLE COTTAGES IN PORTUGAL

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This weekend’s ‘escape’ takes us to Portugal to visit these beautiful cottages decorated by Vera Iachi. This Portuguese interior designer is known for mainly using furniture and accessories made from natural materials. Unfortunately I don’t have much additional information but these images speak for themselves I guess. You can see other projects by this designers here and here

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A BEAUTIFUL FREE PRINTABLE 2014 CALENDAR

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I’m loving this 2014 calendar that I found on Oh The Lovely Things. It has a simple design:no fancy typography, and a limited color palette. And the good news is that is can be downloaded for free.

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A BEAUTIFUL APARTMENT IN A SWEDISH FARMHOUSE

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Stylist and photographer Daniella Witte recently renovated this apartment situated in her farmhouse in Sweden. The cozy apartment can be rented on a weekly basis or for a weekend. The location is ideal as you have the quietness of the country side but you can easily travel to the city as both Malmö (Sweden) and Copenhagen (Denmark) are close by.

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A FASHION DESIGNER’S HOME IN SAN FRANCISCO

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This is the beautiful San Francisco home of fashion designer Courtney Klein, owner of Storq (which focuses on maternity fashion). The house, which was built in the late 1890s, is located in Mission District. Although the house is about 125 years old, it is very sturdy as it has survived two of the largest earthquakes in modern time without any structural damage. The decor is an interesting combination of vintage items, modern pieces, DIY designs (such as the the entry wall made out of wooden pallet) and things brought back from abroad. This unique mix gives the house a lot of character.

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A NEW YEAR!

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First of all I want to wish you all an amazing year 2014! I hope a lot of love, good health, happiness and laughter will come your way in this new year. I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting my blog and for all your lovely comments and messages. Regular readers may know that the last couple of years weren’t easy for me. In a nutshell: I had a difficult pregnancy and was very sick for almost nine months which made me very weak. In 2012 my mother died of cancer and in 2013 my father unexpectedly passed away. During these difficult times I received many heartwarming messages from you which I cherish and reread during difficult moments. I know that many of you are in similar situations and are dealing with grief and pain. With all of my heart I wish that 2014 will be a better year for you.

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I have many ideas and wishes to improve my blog but because all that has happened, and as taking care of & spending time with my 3 year old is my main priority, I had little time to carry out my aspirations. Many of you have asked me to show you more of my own home, but with a very active toddler and a limited amount of good day light here in The Netherlands there never seems to be a good time to take photos. But I have made it my goal for 2014 to show you more of my life and home. Again, thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you will be there in 2014 as well!

Credits: these will be added later today.

A MODERN LOFT IN AMSTERDAM

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This beautiful loft located in the historic centre of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has been renovated and decorated by designer Laura Alvarez. The apartment was very dark and one of the assignments Laura got from the owners was to create more light. She succeeded in this goal, not by adding more windows but by removing some walls and installing glass panels. I do like the interesting mix of modern and vintage furniture pieces. Saarinen tulip chairs are combined with Tom Dixon pendants for example.

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A HOLIDAY HOME ON A FRENCH ISLAND

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This is the holiday home of Domitille Brion, one of the two sisters that created French fashion brand Soeur (which is French for sister). It is located on Île d’Yeu, an island and commune just off the Vendée coast of western France. The house is decorated in a basic manner but it offers everything for Domitille and her family to escape city life.

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