A FASHION DESIGNER’S HOME IN PARIS

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You might have seen Vanessa Bruno’s home before but the pastel colors in this Paris home remind me of Spring. As this season is around the corner (we have had a lovely day here yesterday!) I thought that it was a good time to show you this apartment with feminine touches again. Model-turned-designer Vanessa Bruno is known for her sophisticated tailoring and feminine pastel colors. At the end of the post you can see a selection of her beautiful designs.

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A HOME IN A GREY, BLACK AND BEIGE COLOR SCHEME

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Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had a good one: I made a lemon meringue pie (which you can see here), we watched the Dutch team winning medals in Sotsji and we had wonderful meal at our friend’s house. Now it’s back to business.. Let’s start the week with this beautiful Dutch home styled by Kim Timmerman. The color scheme includes black, grey and beige. Materials such as wood, iron and glass are mixed to get a natural atmosphere with an industrial touch. Lovely!

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FRIDAY FASHION FILES: HUMANOID SUMMER 2014

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Humanoid’s summer collection is now available; some of the dresses (the black and white striped dress for example) made it straight to the top of my wish list. Humanoid is a Dutch womenswear label with a cosmopolite, effortlessly and feminine style. Their designs are always stylish but comfortable at the same time.

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A STYLISH LOFT IN THE HEART OF SOHO, NEW YORK

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This classic loft in the heart of Soho, New York, was built in the 1860s. Characteristic are the beautiful high ceilings and large windows. When a family with children moved into this large loft on Crosby Street they hired British interior design firm Ochre to do the renovation. The designers were keen to retain as much of the original character as possible. Their strategy was to mix old and new in the interiors. The beautiful pendant in the kitchen (top image) is made by Ochre, the white and pastel ceramics is available from Canvas. London based Ochre has a showroom in New York, which also sells furniture and accessories, including their handmade lamps. The firm characteristics are a down to earth style based on quality and craftsmanship.

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10 OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEAMED CEILINGS

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Today in the ’10 of the best series’ I show you ten of the most beautiful beamed ceilings. I have made a selection of natural wood and painted beams, new beams and old beams, and low ceilings and high ceilings. In our own home we have stripped the beams in our bathroom but downstairs in the open plan living room and kitchen we have painted the beams white in the same color as the ceiling to create a more spacious effect. You can find instructions on how to strip wooden beams online.

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IS BLACK THE NEW WHITE?

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I can’t imagine painting the walls of our home any other color thn white but according to stylist Lotta Agaton black will be the new white in 2014. In this French home almost all walls are painted in a dark color. I think it is stylish but for me personally it is too dark. What do you think, will black be the new white? By the way, you can find some images of my home (with white walls!) here and here on Instagram.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: COCO MAT ECO RESIDENCES ON SERIFOS

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I love Greece as it has so many beautiful holiday destinations. We will be going to Crete, one of the largest of the Greek islands, in May. But these beautiful eco residences on Serifos are now also on my holiday wish list! On the most beautiful beach in Serifos, which is overlooking the endless blue horizon charm and the landscape of Cyclades, lies COCO-MAT resort. This complex of 13 small traditional Cycladic houses was built in the early 20th century to accommodate the miners of the island. The renovation of the complex was conducted with full respect for the Cycladic landscape and the rules of bioclimatic architecture, converting the existing building into a summer earthly paradise. The decor of the houses is fresh and cozy: blue shutters, white plastered walls and beautiful stenciled concrete floors. Balconies and windows of all the residences have breathtaking sea view to the sea and to the beautiful gardens of the hotel. Summer here seems to last forever!

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