A STOCKHOLM HOME WITH A FEW TOUCHES OF RED

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This lovely 69m2 apartment in Stockholm, Sweden, has some beautiful original features such as high ceilings and large windows. The white walls give a feeling of space and light while a few splashes of red give color and warmth. Ilex branches (image above) are great to bring your home in a Christmas atmosphere!

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A PHOTOGRAPHER’S HOME IN LE MARAIS, PARIS

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This is photographer Matthew Brookes’ cozy Paris home. The 60 m2 apartment, which is decorated with antiques and flea market finds, is located in the heart of the neighborhood of Le Marais. Matthew wanted a typical French apartment with the feeling of calm and light. “It was very inspiring to create a charming atmosphere in a small space and spend time in the markets to find all the elements,” he says.

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THE EVERLANE MINI COLLECTION

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Everlane (this is where I shop for good basic items) has launched a kids collection! They have created mini versions of their most essential styles so parents can now dress their kids like they dress themselves. I love the no frills clothes for my son. “No sparkles, sequins, or superheroes”!

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HOLIDAY SEASON: THE ULTIMATE HOMELOVERS GIFT GUIDE

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I have browsed many, many websites and have selected the most beautiful home & decor products for this ‘homelover gift guide’. Most items featured here are handmade. Enjoy! Above: handmade linen napkins ($48, set of 4).

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1 | handwoven African basket ($135)
2 | handmade pillow ($135)
3 | framed feathers ($35)
4 | hand coiled vase ($850)
5 | handcrafted ceramic cup ($60)
6 | handcrafted wall sconce ($174)
7 | teak jar ($38)
8 | set of 3 hand printed teatowels ($42)

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1 | handcrafted oak bowls
2 | Japanese hasami mug ($28)
3 | oak & iron side table / bedside table ($318)
4 | handmade wooden candlesticks ($39)

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A CAPE DUTCH FARMHOUSE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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This beautiful Cape Dutch style farmhouse is idyllically situated near Hermanus, South Africa. It is home to a young family of four and a boutique wine label. On the outside you see a beautiful white, thatch-roofed homestead surrounded by a green lawn and white roses. The interior is a laid-back-sophisticated style – with dark wood, worn leather and various shades of white. My favorite part of the house is definitely the open roof open plan living room and kitchen.

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LET’S HELP THE HELPERS

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I have not been feeling well for a while and last week I was diagnosed with a severe pneumonia. Although I feel a bit better, I have to take it very easy and recovery will take a while. Therefor there will be no posts this week. Hopefully I can resume blogging next week, although it will be not as often as usual.

In the mean time I would to tell you about a wonderful initiative started in my village. As many of you might know there is huge humanitarian crisis going on in Europe. Every day thousands of refugees from war torn countries arrive on the shores of Greece. People (often families with babies and small children) arrive cold & wet without shoes, socks, warm clothes, medicines etc. They are in desperate need of help but most European Governments are doing little and for some reason official NGO’s are often absent. Help mostly comes from private initiatives. One of these initiatives is WeDO, started by four women in our villages. In two weeks time they will travel to the Greek island of Lesvos to bring thermo socks, medicines, emergency blankets, hats, underwear and rain coats. On the island they will buy food and will help as much people as they can. Medical help will be provided as well as one of the woman is a doctor. Travel costs are paid from private funds but donations are needed to be able to offer as much help as possible.

If you’d like to help (please!) you can make a donation through Paypal. All donations are welcome! For a few dollars/euro’s blankets, socks, water etc can be bought. In the left side bar on the WeDO facebook page you can find a (yellow) Paypal donate button. Click on that and then click on the yellow ‘doneren’ button that will follow on the next page.

I end this post with a quote from Fred Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

Let’s help the helpers!

BLACK FRIDAY DISCOUNTS – HAPPY SHOPPING!

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It is Black Friday which means shopping with great discounts. Here is an overviews of the best Black Friday deals. Mango is offering a 30% discount off everything with code 5BLACKFRIDAY (valid through 29th November). A Mango favorite is the coat above. I’m also loving this long wool coat from Mango’s premium collection.

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Anthropologie: 25% off everything with code SHOPTOIT. They have a wonderful House & Home selection, I am loving these throws and matching pillows.

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Urban Outfitters: 30% extra off on all sale items. Some favorites above and below: blue basket | Soludos espadrille sandals | New Balance sneakers | long sleeved tunic dress

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