A SUMMER HOME ON THE GREEK ISLAND OF SYROS

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Located on the Greek island of Syros, this beautiful summer home is the vacation home of a family of four and their guests. The slope of the land was respected in the design and construction of the building, making the most of the views and the countryside. The views of the Aegean Sea are one of the main attractions of the house! Greek architects Block722 opted for stone walls which are typical for the region. This way the building is integrated with the environment. Inside, the aesthetics of the Greek islands is present throughout the house with white as the main color and fabrics and natural materials being used for furniture pieces and accessories. The outdoor spaces include two open courtyards shielded from the sun and an open central court suitable for sunbathing and children’s plays.

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A COSY APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF MONTMARTRE, PARIS

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This beautiful apartment is situated in the famous Montmartre district in Paris. Montmartre, which is a hill of about 130 meters (427 feet, located in the north of Paris in the eighteenth arrondissement, has long been known as the premier artist’s enclave in the city. This home is beautifully decorated in a mix of vintage, industrial and modern furniture pieces and accessories. These elements are especially visible in the kitchen (image below) which its stainless steel cabinets, a vintage Eames and industrial style staircase.

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A STUNNING BARN IN THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

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Pender Lea provides summer and winter ski holiday accommodation in the heart of the Snowy Mountains in Australia. Their barn, which is suitable for eleven people, is absolutely stunning. Here you can unplug, reconnect & revive and be close to nature. The barn is infused with the character of the Snowy Mountains, from the stone feature walls to rustic exposed beams, beautiful timber floors and the open fireplace. It is the perfect gathering place for extended family or groups of friends to take time out to relax, enjoy quality time together and create memories to treasure!

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THE TRAVEL FILES: BEACH HOUSE ON ANTI PAROS, GREECE

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Paros and Antiparos are some of the lesser known Greek Cyclades islands but both islands have been gaining popularity in the past years. New restaurants and boutique hotels are arriving such as Greek-owned Beach House on Antiparos which opened last summer. This restaurant and beach bar is located right on Apantima Beach, one of most secluded and wind protected small bays in Antiparos. They also offer boutique accommodation which you can find on their website but also on on Airbnb. The island of Antiparos, located 1.9km southwest from Paros Island, is a laid back place ideal for peaceful and quiet vacations. There are many beautiful beaches and the calm cycladic landscape, with the scattered churches, the famous cave and the Enetic castle, is ideal for sightseeing. I have been to some of the Cyclades islands but never to Antiparos but it is definitely on my list of places to visit.

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A UNIQUE MELBOURNE HOME IN A CONVERTED FACTORY

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Happy New Year! I hope that 2016 will bring you happiness, love and laughter but above all I hope that there will be more peace in this mad world. We will start this brand new year with a virtual visit to Australia to visit this beautiful home owned by artist, farmer and creative director Saskia Folk. The building is a former leather factory in Melbourne dating from 1911. It was renovated more than 20 years ago by interior stylist Lynda Gardener into a three-bedroom, two-bathroom space. The house is filled with Saskia’s collection of art and revived furniture making it a colorful and unique place.

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A BERLIN APARTMENT WITH NATURAL & RAW MATERIALS

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This beautiful apartment located in a 19th century building in Berlin, Germany, has been decorated by interior designer Annabell Kutucu in collaboration with Michael Schickinger. The use of natural, raw materials and subtle colors gives this apartment a warm atmosphere. The dark colors in bedroom and bathroom add a touch of chic to the home. The same designers are also responsible for the decor of the San Giorgio Hotel on Mykonos (which you can see here and here).

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KNITTING WITH WOOL AND THE GANG

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Do you have any resolutions or goals for the new year? One of my goals for 2016 is learning how to knit. This has been on my list for a long time but life was too hectic the past years that I just could not find the time to do it. But lately I have been seen some cool designs and I can’t wait to knit these myself. I did some research on where to start and I found Wool and the Gang. This ground-breaking fashion company, which has started a knitting revolution, offers some very cool patterns and beautiful yarn. You can buy a kit that has everything in it and these are available for various levels. Even if you are completely new to knitting (like me) there is a knit is suitable. Thick wool and needles are used in most of their pattern which makes knitting easy to learn and you don’t have to spend days to finish your design. Wool and the Gang also offers some online (free) tutorials which are very easy to follow. For those who don’t have the time to knit, you can also buy the finished piece that has been hand-knitted by what they call one of their gang members. Good to know, Wool and the Gang ships world-wide and you now get a 15% discount on a first order if you sign up to their newsletter.

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I am starting with the Foxy Roxy scarf (the red one pictured above) and the Zion Lion hat (red hat in the image above and the black one in the image below) and then I will move on to the Love U beanie (the hat with the heart – above). When I have mastered the basics and want to make a jacket/cardigan like the one in the top image. I will keep you posted about my knitting progress in 2016!

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