A COZY SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRY KITCHEN

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I’m loving this beautiful country kitchen in a Swedish garden cottage. It looks so warm and cozy. To get this country style you can use copper pans, a (vintage) butcher table and rustic wooden chopping boards. Similar chopping/bread boards are available from Le Souk. These are handmade by artisans in the north of The Netherlands. Perfect for serving and presenting beautiful food!

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A SUMMER HOME WITH VIEWS ON LAKE GARDA, ITALY

This stunning private holiday home in Italy has gorgeous views on Lake Garda. The house, designed by German architect Titus Bernhard, is built on a steep slope about 300 metres above the west shore of the lake. The old ‘rustico’ was rebuilt with traditional dry-stone walls in order to keep the original character and for the building to fit into the surrounding landscape. A spectacular infinity pool was added to the site. The result is a sophisticated home with a rustic atmosphere.

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PRETTY SUMMER COLOURS

I love the pretty pink and blue colors used in this beautiful holiday home on the Spanish island of Formentera (you can see this home here). It inspired me to do this pink & blue post! Above: Lovebird Half Moon gown by Spell.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: VACATION IN A TRADITIONAL TRULLI IN ITALY

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Have you ever heard of a trullo? This is a traditional dry stone hut with a conical roof. The style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley, in the Murge area of the Italian region of Apulia. Trulli (plural) were generally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent dwellings by small proprietors or agricultural laborers. Nowadays the surviving trulli are popular and are often bought and restored for general use. However, anyone wishing to restore a trullo needs to conform with many regulations as trulli are protected under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage law. The trulli in the images here are beautifully restored by Azzurra Garzone Architects. Only traditional materials such as stone and lime have been used. Also the interior is in line with traditions.The walls are whitewashed in lime, and the flooring is made from chianche stone from the area. The furniture comes from a careful selection of local craftsmen. The bathrooms are coated with a mixture of cement and natural pigments, derived from the surrounding earth. There are several trulli in Apulia that can be rented for a holiday. Go to Pure Puglia for instance or do a Google search.

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A PERFECT SUMMER HOME (FOR RENT) ON FORMENTERA

I hope you are enjoying this long Easter weekend! The temperature here in The Netherlands is cold for the time of year which make me long for warmer destinations. One of my favorite holiday destinations are the Balearic islands of Spain. We have been to all of the islands: Ibiza, Formentera and Mallorca. The beautiful summer home featured in the post is located on the small island of Formentera. Casa Manuel is a beautiful oasis situated in the Formentera country side. This cozy home is a typical island house. It can be rented for groups and has a capacity for 14 people. The ideal location to enjoy the holidays with family or friends! I love the outdoor areas which are perfect to enjoy an al fresco meal.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A BOHO CHIC ECO RETREAT IN ANDALUCIA

La Donaira is a stylish eco friendly retreat in the heart of the Andalusian country side in Spain. The estate was once a working farm. The old cortijo (= type of traditional rural habitat in the Southern half of Spain) and the stables were converted into a social centre with a reception area, restaurant and various lounges. The old pig shed is now a health and wellness centre with an indoor as well as outdoor swimming pool. The result is a stunning eco friendly retreat with a bohemian chic atmosphere. There are eight suites and this year five luxury yurts will be added as accommodation. For more information you can visit La Donaira’s website.

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A BOHEMIAN CHIC HOME IN THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS

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This stunning home situated in the Trousdale Estates area of the Hollywood Hills was originally built by master architect Richard Dorman. A few years ago it has been renovated and then redecorated in a bohemian chic style mixed with iconic design pieces such as the Eames lounge chair and the butterfly chair. The result is an interesting mix of styles that work wonderfully well together.

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