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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A FAMILY HOME IN AN OLD FACTORY IN FRANCE

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Fanny and Pascal François have transformed an old factory building near Lille, France, into a beautiful family home. Despite the industrial characteristics of the building, they managed to create a warm, relaxed and inviting atmosphere. With the help of Lille based firm Bo Architectures, the couple decided to knock out all the unnecessary walls and instead create a ground floor where the kitchen, dining room and living room are situated in one large open space. To preserve the original spirit of the building there were two specific elements important for the couple: a concrete floor and the designs of the windows, which had to be replaced by seemingly identical ones. The walls were sandblasted to restore the home’s original brick walls. The result is stunning I think!

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10 OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN STOVES

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I love the Aga stove in the first image. When renovating our current home this kitchen stove did not fit into our budget but an Aga is is still on my wish list for a future home. It has an old fashioned look but I like that it fits very well in a modern kitchen. For this post I have selected nine other images of beautiful kitchen stoves: some vintage, some modern and some rustic. You can see more kitchens here, here and here.

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A BRIGHT APARTMENT IN BARCELONA

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When Spanish interior designer Merixtel Riba saw this property in one of Barcelona’s most attractive neighborhoods she did not hesitate and made an offer on the run down-building. Merixtel was well aware that renovating the building and turning it into a modern home would be a challenge. The 400 square meter building would be used both as a showroom for here business as well as a private residence for the family. Merixtel tried to keep as much original features as possible. The result is a stunning mix of old and new. Vintage pieces are mixed with classic and modern design. And the overall atmosphere is a combination of Scandinavian style and Mediterranean influences. I like how rugs are used to give color and texture to the various spaces.

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DELICIOUS DESIGN FROM BONBONBOX

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Bonbonbox is an online store (based in The Netherlands but shipping world wide) that offers beautiful products that have a soul and a story to tell. Bonbonbox wants to tell those stories, creating connections between the designers, the products and the design lovers and make shopping a fun and more personal experience. They work with well-established but also undiscovered designers. New designers are added every week, to offer you a new delicious selection of bonbons to choose from all the time. My favorite ‘bonbons’ are the concrete pendant light from Dutch designer Renate Vos and those lovely porcelain cups designed by De Intuïtiefabriek.

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A STUNNING LONDON HOME DESIGNED BY PAUL MASSEY

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I have been admiring the work of Paul Massey for a while now. Not only is he talented photographer but I especially love the houses that he has designed and built. His latest project (his thirteenth home!) in Primrose Hill, London, was recently featured in British magazine Living Etc. The use of subtle colors here is just beautiful. And I love that he uses reclaimed materials and salvaged furniture pieces which creates a very unique and original look. For example, the copper tap in the fourth image costed less than 30 GBP. Paul made a sketch for his plumber, who then created the tab.

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