THE STORY BEHIND: THE TRADITIONAL SWEDISH TILE STOVE

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You might have seen a tile stove in one of the Swedish houses featured on this blog. These traditional stoves, which are called kakelugn stoves, date back to the eighteenth century. The Kakelugn stove’s was invented when a shortage of wood became a crisis. The winters were colder than normal, and the people at this time needed to get as much heat out of the wood as possible. The problem was that too much wood was being consumed, and the government needed to intervene before the forestry was used up. Carl Johan Cronstedt and Fabian Wrede, had received a government mandate to try to find more fuel efficient solutions, and ended up inventing a fuel efficient tiled stove which burned the wood slower, and retained the heat for hours. Modernized version of the Kakelugnar stoves are being produced by Swedish Camina. Lindholm Kakelugnar also sells stoves in their original design and they have a selection of stoves manufactured from the 1860s to the 1920s.

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Image source: Stadshem.

SUMMER DRESSES IN A PERFECT SHADE OF BLUE

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These cotton gauze summer dresses by NY label Alasdair have the perfect shade of blue! The twist front dress with elastic waistband and open front can be worn as a dress or a tunic.

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A LIGHT & WARM HOME IN LOS ANGELES

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Of all the 35 residences featured in The Kinfolk Home book this stunning house in Los Angeles must be my favorite. The natural light and neutral but warm color pallet creates a beautiful atmosphere. I love the use of natural materials (such as rustic wood, sheep skin rugs & natural textiles) and the blue art work gives just the right amount of color to the living room. Similar mud cloth pillow cases can be found on Etsy.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: THE WHITE ROOM IN MELBOURNE

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This stylish, industrial style studio in the heart of Fitzroy (in Melbourne, Australia) is decorated by Lynda Gardener (which you might know from the White House in Daylesford). The White Room, which can be rented for short stays, is furnished with unique vintage furniture, industrial lighting and layers of pure French linen and handmade sheets. French open doors open to a small open leafy courtyard. This is a perfect place for a stay in Melbourne. Which is a great city to visit by the way: there are so many great restaurants and coffee places!

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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Today is International Women’s Day and to celebrate this I would like to tell you about two wonderful organizations that I have been supporting for years. The first is Women for Women. In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, they are able to create sustainable change for themselves, their families, and communities. Over the years I have sponsored 5 women in Africa, by doing this they were able to follow a yearlong training program that have given them the skills to support their families and transform their lives. If you’d like to become a sponsor and change someone’s live, you can find more information here on the Women for Women website.

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IN LOVE WITH: HANDMADE TILES FROM TINE K

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I am in love with these beautiful handmade tiles from Tine K. The cement tiles are made by talented craftsmen in Morocco with many years of experience with traditional craft & passion and inherited family skills. They can be used as flooring, as decoration objects on a table or up against the wall (e.g. below the hand soap in the bathroom or behind the stove in the kitchen). The tiles are available in various colors and patterns from the Tine K website. Love, love, love!

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A SUMMER HOME ON A DUNE IN PORTUGAL

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This lovely summer home is located on a dune in Comporta, Portugal. This village lies on the Tróia peninsula, a 13-mile long sandy spit in the north of Portugal’s Alentejo region. The location is ideal as there is a dense forest on one side and on the other there is the Atlantic. The decor of the house is simple with white walls and floors and basic, local made, furniture pieces. To me, the best feature of the house is that gorgeous outdoor area (top image).

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