WEEKEND ESCAPE: A BEAUTIFUL HOME IN THE TROPICS

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This lovely beach house is situated in the quiet village of Icaraizinho Amontada, which is around 200km from the well known beach resort Fortaleza in Brazil. The architecture, and also the interior, is very simple. But that does not make this summer home, which is surrounded by palm trees, less stunning. I would not mind spending a week or two (or three, or four..) in this lovely retreat.

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A SCANDINAVIAN HOME IN COPENHAGEN

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This lovely home in Copenhagen, Denmark, belongs to Lars, Mette and their daughter Frida and two dogs. The mix of decorating styles is interesting and can be best described as a modern shabby chic look. A vintage chandelier, furniture made of reclaimed wood and modern Tolix chairs in the dining room, it all mixes surprisingly well. The scrapwood wallpaper in the bedroom is from Piet Hein Eek.

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A RUSTIC STYLE HOME WITH ETHNIC ACCESSORIES

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Today’s images feature a home that is minimalistic and rustic yet very stylish. For the decor only a few furniture pieces and beautiful ethnic accessories have been used. I love the artisan made objects such as iron lanterns, pottery, raffia handcrafted baskets, linen textiles and wooden bowls. The result is a beautiful, uncluttered and relaxing home.

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A BEAUTIFUL RENOVATED FARMHOUSE IN THE NETHERLANDS

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This beautiful renovated farmhouse is located in an area in The Netherlands that we call ‘Land van Maas en Waal’ (the land between two rivers named Maas and Waal). As soon as the potential buyers opened the century old farmhouse door they knew that they had found their dream home. The modern, natural coloured Scandinavian style really works in this old building. And I love the use of wood. Aren’t those thick, rustic wooden beams gorgeous?!

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A RENOVATED WAREHOUSE IN MELBOURNE

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This beautiful house (photographed by Tara Pearce) was recently featured in Est Magazine. Fashion designer Lynda Newton and husband Paul transformed an old run down warehouse in Melbourne, Australia, into a inviting, contemporary three bedroom home for their family. All possible materials were salvaged during the gutting process and restored to an architectural detail in various areas throughout the home. Since Lynda has her own fashion company she has an eye for colour and texture, drawing on her experience in both interiors and product styling. This resulted in a sophisticated and eclectic mix of furniture styles. The couple used a monochromatic scheme as the foundation and then added their collection of vintage furniture and much-loved collection of art works.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A BEAUTIFUL VILLA ON IBIZA

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When Gray and Natalie Gillot moved to Ibiza with their two children in 2011 their dream was to work from home, without work taken over their lives. With careful planning, designing and renovating their beautiful finca, the couple have found the perfect balance on the beautiful island. Their beautiful home is located in San Agustin, a small town on a hilltop overlooking the west coast of Ibiza. The house is divided into two sections, with Natalie’s pilates and massage studio and Gray’s office space kept completely separate from their personal living area. When the time comes to call it a day, the two retreat into their home via a sliding antique wooden door that accesses the kitchen, dining and lounge area.

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FRIDAY FASHION FILES: MEN STYLE

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Today I am stepping a little bit out of my comfort zone: we are gonna talk about men fashion! Not that I’m an expert on the subject but living with a little guy and a big guy for some years now I had to gain some knowledge about men style. My partner often complains that it is difficult to find good quality men clothes that are stylish yet not too trendy. I kept this in my mind when selecting images and items for this post. I know that there are a lot of men reading the style files and I hope you will enjoy this post. And for the ladies: perhaps the suggestions can serve as inspiration for the upcoming gift season. For more inspiration you can visit my Men Style Pinterest board. Shops for men that I like are Mr. Porter and East Dane.

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1. check wool blazer by Rag & Bone | 2. knit beanie from Paul Smith | 3. vintage-inspired leather schoolbag from O My Bag | 4. wool and cashmere blend scarf by French brand A.P.C. | 5. regular straight fit jeans by Nudie Jeans Co | 6. Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots | 7. heavy-duty construction duffel bag from Filson | 8. 3-in-1 coat from Relwen | 9. cashmere with pure merino wool blend cardigan | 10. leather desert boots from A.P.C. | 11. denim shirt by Acne.