Hotel Dwars is a small boutique hotel in a cool area of Amsterdam, just a few steps away from the vibrant Utrechtsestraat which is known for great shopping and food. There are only 9 rooms and it is wise to book well in advance as this hotel is quite popular. Rooms are cozy and have comfortable beds, the location right in the centre of Amsterdam is just perfect. For more information and bookings, you can vist Hotel Dwars’ website here.
Summer seems far away but it is never too soon for some summer inspiration! IKEA will be launching their new outdoor furniture and accessories in February and March. There is lots of blue, combined with grey and beige. If you don’t have a garden or balcony, IKEA encourages people to go out and enjoy the outdoor (by taking foldable chairs, cooling bags etc). IKEA: “This year, we think summer should be all about expanding the home and seeing your surroundings through new eyes, regardless if you live in the city or in the countryside. So instead of just focusing on the balcony or the patio, how about uncovering new kinds of outdoor rooms?” You can see more of their summer collection here in this catalog.
This beautiful house is located in the lovely French village of Lalanne-Arque, which is situated within Midi-Pyrénées region in the South of France. The building, which has been renovated with respect for original features, is divided into two holiday houses (which can be connected). The first one (originally the stable) is suitable for a group of 2 to 6 people and the second house can be rented for up to 2 people. Both houses are decorated in a warm, natural style with lots of character. You can find more information here on Maison Vire’s website (you can use Google translator for a translation).
I have posted about this eighteenth century apartment in the heart of the Marais in Paris before but as I love the mix of old and new and because I found some new images, here it is again.. This home was renovated recently but designer Margaux Beja managed to retain the charm of the original features while mixing in modern elements. A glass wall separates the living space from the bedroom to let light spread throughout the apartment.
These images of model Caroline Murphy (41!) are shot in the neighborhood of her Chelsea (New York) townhouse. That gorgeous winter sweater she is wearing is from Industry of All Nations and is hand-knit in La Paz, Boliva, from Alpaca wool. About Industry of All Nations (IOAN): “We are inspired by how things are done. We are not creating a new brand just to fill up shelves. In this modern time it is so easy and in everybody’s hands to do most anything, so the most important thing should be how we do these things.
We aim to not negatively affect those around us and to provide opportunities to anyone who is out there working locally and well. We work together to develop clean and more sustainable industries around the world. We use all this to create products with the most simple and desirable aesthetic. This is the industry of the people, the Industry of All Nation”.
We, as a family, love spending time outdoors. We do not go on multiple day hikes but we do enjoy Sunday morning walks with our dog in a nearby park, building a bonfire in our garden and roasting marshmallows, and drinking hot chocolate or mulled wine (you can find a great recipe here). Today on the blog some outdoor fun inspiration and some of my favorite ‘outdoor gear’ which you can find at the end of the post. I love the Swedish Hestra Nordic Wool Mittens, they are not only good looking but keep my hands warm as well. Also, the Woolrich Chalet Slippers are my favorite slippers for inside, I have them in black and red.
Stanley Flask is one of the best there is and keeps my coffee, tea, chocolate, or wine warm. The Feuerhand lantern is a classic: the factory in Germany has been producing these hurricane lanterns for more than 100 years. It burn up to 20 hours! The Penfield Rockwool Down Women Jacket is stylish and warm. And one of my all time favorites are the Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots which will last a life time. These boots gained popularity through the movie Wild in which Reese Witherspoon was wearing these boots.