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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FRIDAY’S FASHION FILES: MOTHER AND CHILD COLLECTION

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Chic Italian-Egyptian, mother, model and actress Elisa Sednaoui has designed a mother-and-child collection called ‘Little-a-Like’. This collection, which is exclusively created for Yoox, features lovely pieces for boys, girls, babies and mothers. Inspiration was drawn from the beautiful textile traditions of Egypt. All of the profits goes to the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation, a charity which helps children and young people in Egypt and Italy. “The main inspiration for patterns and embroidery are the ones from the Egyptian Bedouin tradition,” says the London-based Sednaoui whose son Jack is about to turn one. “As for the women’s and girls’ pieces, I thought about those which to me are the classic indispensable summer shapes: the long dress, the long-sleeved tunic, and the striped light dress to wear at the beach. For babies I thought of what my son had worn the most last summer, like T-shirts and light-weight shirts with his nappy.”

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THE TRAVEL FILES: SCENES FROM SANTORINI

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I am back from a lovely holiday on Crete, Greece, with a mind filled with great new memories and a camera full of images that I need to upload. When I have sorted out my photos I will feature some of them here on the style files. But in the mean time I would like to share with you these beautiful images of the Greek island of Santorini, another wonderful destination on my holiday wish list (I have been to this island but that was a long time ago). They are all taken by Kate Holstein, who can be hired as a (wedding) photographer.

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LEATHER STRAPS: STYLISH, SIMPLE & FUNCTIONAL

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These leather straps designed by Mathilda Clahr are simple, stylish and functional. You can hang them in the hallway to store scarves and when opened you can use them to hang your bags. But the straps can also be handy in the kitchen (to store kitchen textiles), bathroom and in the office. Just be creative! The straps are available here.

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Credits: images styled by Josefin Hååg | photographer Elin Strömberg | via STIL Inspiration.

A MODERN APARTMENT CREATED BY STUDIO OINK

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STUDIO OINK is responsible for the look of this modern apartment. This design studio, based in Germany, is specialized in creating customized concepts for high quality interior design, set design and styling for film and photo productions and for digital and print magazines. Apart from customized interior design the Studio also helps with choosing good and suitable art and design objects for your home by constantly keeping an eye on the art scene, the market and new design trends. I do love the art work in this apartment, the style and colors work really well with the space and decor.

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