AUTUMN GREY

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I just came back from a lovely holiday in France. Arriving back home in wet and gloomy weather I realized that summer is definitely over. But I am not complaining as we have had a wonderful summer. Besides, I do enjoy those cozy autumn/winter nights, drinking wine or tea close to our fire place. I still have a few beautiful summer houses to share but we start the week with some shades of grey.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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Remember this post? I can’t belief that already three years has gone by, time flies! Our sweet little boy has turned three a few days ago. That helpless little baby is now a big boy with with a mind of his own and lots of willpower. The Early Rider learner bike that we gave him for his birthday was a big hit! Not only is the wooden bike very stylish (I love the leather saddle!) but the bike is perfect for developing balancing skills. Happy birthday Kick!!

A CHARMING BEACHSIDE COTTAGE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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This charming beachside holiday cottage is located on the West coast of South Africa. It is the ultimate get away get-away-from-it-all retreat as the nearest shop is 40km away. The cottage is green: rainwater is captured and electricity comes from solar power. The home is built from reclaimed and natural materials and many of the pieces that were selected for the interior were salvaged from roadsides or from Cape Town junk shops.

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AUTUMN INSPIRATION

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It is September and autumn is about to start. Days can still be warm enough to enjoy some outdoor time on a verandah, with or without a cozy cardigan. Indoors the fire place can be lit again, to be enjoyed with a nice glass of red port. To get in Fall mood, today some autumn inspired images.

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A ROMANTIC COUNTRY HOME TASMANIA

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This stunning and romantic country home in Tasmania, Australia has some lovely features. The kitchen benchtop for example is made from Tasmanian oak and the cabinets are painted with old paint that owner Edwina found in the shed. Antique French doors (last image) form the main entrance to the house. And beach combing finds serve as accessories (third image).

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A STUNNING SYDNEY HOME

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Recently I came across one of the most beautiful summer houses I had ever seen. It was featured in Australian magazine Vogue Living. I think you’d love this house too so I was very happy to find some images of this stunning home on photographer Prue Ruscoe’s website. The house, located near one of Sydney’s beautiful beaches, is built in a modern Greek style. The interior, which I adore, is decorated with muted colors and wooden accessories. There is just nothing that I don’t like in this house. And what about that outdoor area?!

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Image credits: Prue Ruscoe.

A BEAUTIFUL FORMENTERA SUMMER HOME

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Autumn is around the corner but before summer is definitely over I have some more beautiful summer houses to show you. Today’s home, located on the Spanish island Formentera, belongs to Marni designer Consuelo Castiglione. The bohemian chic decor is an ode to the 60’s and 70’s. The house is spread along a huge terrace partially covered with a leafy roof resting on white columns. The furniture is of electrical origin: round 60’s seats, silver metal stools designed for Marni shops, a sofa and a canopy bed brought from Java. The textiles used are exclusive Marni designs. Such a beautiful place to unwind!

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