A SPACIOUS & LIGHT FAMILY HOME IN BROOKLYN, NY

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After falling in love with the Cobble Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn (New York), Jenni Li and her husband Hans Gissinger decided to purchase a three-story home in this area. A four month renovation turned the house into a modern home suitable for a family with three kids. The once-closed-off kitchen and storage rooms were converted into an open living, dining, and kitchen area. With French doors leading out to the home’s roomy backyard—featuring a custom wood-fired oven — the ground floor is now the center of family life. To cultivate a creative, artistic atmosphere for her children throughout their home, Jenni paired colorful keepsakes scored on trips back to her native Peru with her husband’s artworks. And she gave her kids the freedom to decorate their own bedrooms. I love how the children’s drawing give a personal touch. Jenni: “The kids’ art pieces are especially meaningful. Children’s eyes are always so pure.”

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INDIGO SUMMER

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Beautiful shades of indigo from Toast’s summer catalogue.

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A SWEDISH WHITE HOME WITH BITS OF COLOR

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The walls and floors of this beautiful home are all white but wooden furniture and colorful home accessories give color to the various spaces. The Swedish home belongs to Sofia (who you might now from the Mokkasin blog), her husband Kristo and their four kids. There is a lot to like in this home but my favorite area is the light and airy living room with chairs from Jonas Lindvall and that gorgeous wooden pendant light which was a flea market find.

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A NEWLY BUILD WOODEN HOME IN DENMARK

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Although this beautiful family home in Seeland, Denmark, has been newly built, it does have an authentic Scandinavian feel to it. The interior style is light and modern with a rustic touch. The living room has many windows letting in beautiful light and doors opening to the beautiful garden. The vintage Turkish rug gives color and warmth to the living area. I personally love rugs as they can give instant color and atmosphere to a room. A rug with similar colors and design can be found here. And you can see more vintage kilim rugs here.

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K DESK: A NEW DESIGN BY RAFA KIDS

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Kids furniture label RaFa-kids has just released a new design: the playful K desk. This stable and functional desk has been designed without compromising its beauty. The K desk, which is made from Finnish birch wood, can be set in two different positions: an open and close one. When closed the furniture is clean and elegant. Once the lid is lifted you discover another layer of the desk with rounded corners and hidden organizer. A perfect place to put notebooks, iPad or little toys and treasures. The vertical part can serve as an exposition space for drawings, photos or important messages. Great attention to detailing has been put in the design: here are no screws or connectors outside. RaFa-kids originated from the shared dream of two married architects, based in The Netherlands. Two people, who in whatever they do, put all their soul and energy into it. Agata takes care of the esthetic side of the designs. Arek is the technical brain of the duo. You can see more of their beautiful designs on their website.

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A RENOVATED 1960′S COTTAGE IN MELBOURNE

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This renovated cottage in a Melbourne suburb belongs to Simone Haag and her husband Rhys. The three bedroom home origins from the 1960′s and it was in a rundown state when Simone and Rhys purchased it. A three month renovation transformed the place in a modern and light Scandinavian style home. “The biggest alleluia moment was when we painted all the dark-brown panelling white,” Simone says, though it wasn’t easy going – five coats were required to completely cover it.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: BEACH CAMPING IN CALIFORNIA

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Recently week a group of inspiring ladies gathered in San Onofre, California to enjoy the sunshine during a beach camping trip organized by fashion company Free People. The set up on the beach was just gorgeous. First the driftwood teepee was built by stitching it together with crochet rounds and neon string. The it was lined with a cloud of blankets and handmade pillows to get lost in. Surrounding the teepee was signage made of driftwood, seashell mandalas in the sand, and of course, a hand-painted surf board! Guests dined at a long seated table made of rough, hand-painted planks. Eucalyptus, Queen Anne’s Lace, and lush yellow flowers filled mason jars lining the table’s center. Scattered between, laid bits of sea glass to reflect that glowing yellow sun. Lastly, Free People had to put its final stamp on the setup. They claimed their reserved tiki hut with a handmade “Free People” banner. It was died in pink, stitched with sequins, and elegantly painted. The space was now Free People wonder land. A land where all could laugh, make friends, and dream a dream together.

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