TRAVEL THE WORLD GIFT GUIDE

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‘Travel the world’ is the theme of today’s gift guide. Most of the items featured are fun as well as educational as you can teach you kids about the world’s landmarks based on puzzles, games, prints or toys. My son’s favorite book is Busy, busy world by Richard Scarry and he loves the page with the Eiffel Tower. He (3 years old) now impresses people when he points out the Eiffel Tower when seeing images of Paris. It will be fun for him that he already knows the iconic buildings when we will be visiting Paris and other cities in the coming years.

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1. Paris Puzzle | 2. Paris magnets town set (also available in a London set) | 3. NYC taxi cuddly toy | 4. Tourist Families game | 5. Around My World puzzle | 6. London wooden car set | 7. London print | 8. Planes Carousel | 9. felt city Christmas ornaments from Muji | 10. world cities coloring placemats | 11. Eiffel Tower cuddly toy | 12. crumpled city junior map for Paris | 13. Bonjour Paris print | 14. Amsterdam canal house organizer | 15. Skyline creative play set | 16. Paris monuments puzzle.

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Image source: 1. Moey | 2. unknown.

10 OF THE BEST CHRISTMAS TABLE DECORATION IDEAS

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Today’s post is about Christmas table decorations. I have selected 10 beautiful images with various ideas for how to dress up a table. The overall theme is a natural style table setting with lots of greens. At the end of the post there are links to the source where you can find more images and often instructions. I hope this post will give you inspiration or at least bring you in a festive mood!

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A LOVELY DUTCH HOME WITH TOUCHES OF RED

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Today more beautiful images from the portfolio of stylist Kim Timmerman. I love the color scheme in this warm home. White walls and floors are combined with wood and various shades of red. The use of color is very subtle: the red furniture pieces and accessories are clearly visible but the colors are not overwhelming. The result is very fresh and modern.

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WOODEN TOYS GIFT GUIDE

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I am constantly on the lookout for beautiful toys that both look amazing and are fun to play with. Wooden toys are often well made and they look good even if they lie scattered around your living room floor. Of course we have some plastic, colorful toys too but I try to keep it in balance. Today’s gift guide features toys that are all made of wood. The beautiful kids bike in the image above is from Taiwanese design company Rüskasa

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1. PlayShapes by Miller Goodman | 2. rabbit by OYOY | 3. wooden baby elephant | 4. sheep puzzle | 5. animal puzzle | 6. rocket ship baby rattle | 7. alphabet blocks | 8. wooden bowling set | 9. raccoon block trolley | 10. safari puzzle | 11. wooden play set | 12. personalized wooden camera.

A SCANDINAVIAN HOME IN CHRISTMAS MOOD

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This beautiful Danish home in a winter wonderland setting belongs to interior stylist and photographer Mette Wotkjær and her family. The Christmas decorations in this modern style home have been kept simple, in a natural style which I love. You can find ornaments throughout the entire home but they are all in the same style and colors which makes the decoration not too overwhelming. Simply beautiful!

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A HOME IN AN OLD CHURCH IN THE NETHERLANDS

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I am not sure if it is the same in other countries but here in The Netherlands, because of decreasing numbers of church goers, a lot of churches are being rebuild to houses. This has also been the case with this beautiful Dutch home. Living in a former church requires a different approach to decorating than with a standard house as rooms can be large and ceilings are high. The owner of this home have 450 m² of living space and they have used large furniture pieces to fill the rooms. The result is a very unique home with lots of character and history.

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A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY HOME IN THE SOUTH OF ITALY

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This beautiful simple chic house in Apulia, Italy, belongs to architect Raffaele, his wife Francesca and their two children. After an extensive renovation, the family have found their ‘haven of serenity’ in this beautiful country home. The decor has been kept simple, with lots of wood, white wall and some colorful eye-catching furniture furniture pieces.

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