A COPENHAGEN HOME DESIGNED BY NORM ARCHITECTS

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This Copenhagen home designed by Norm Architects is full of contrasts. Rustic floors, a large entrance with a classic staircase, natural materials and wooden interior all bring warmth to the light modern style throughout the house. Walls were knocked down to create a more open space. Large windows and white painted walls bring in light.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: VILLA LENA IN TUSCANY, ITALY

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Sprawling over 500 hectares of beautiful woodland, rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards, Villa Lena in Tuscany, Italy, is much more than just a traditional Tuscan retreat. It is set up as an artist residency and a hotel where art and culture are the heart of the project. This creatively inspiring and serene place, suitable both for individuals and families, offers multiple places to stay and multiple places to rest and enjoy a break. In addition, they run an active program of workshops, lectures and entertainment formed on the basis of the ideas by artists in residence. Guests can stay in apartments or houses which are spread over the estate. Rooms are designed with an emphasis on easy chic, spaces are filled with vintage pieces, recycled furniture and art produced at the residency. For more information you can visit Villa Lena’s website.

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LA FERME LETTERPRESS PRINTS

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La Farme is a creative and letterpress studio based in a small town right above Amsterdam (this must be in the area where I live!) run by Anne Olde Kalter. Anne lives her dream of having a design agency and enjoying ‘farm life’ at the same time. She and her family had moved to the countryside and she tries to create things by hand as much as she can. Her beautiful “Ma’am Step Away from the Computer” print says it all. The poster is a great reminder to stay on track! La Farme has an Etsy shop where you can buy the prints. The ‘It’s OK’ (3rd image) and the “Ma’am Step Away From Your Computer” are also available from online shop BijzonderMOOI.

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INSPIRATION: HERRINGBONE & CHEVRON WOODEN FLOORS

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I love a beautiful herringbone parquet floor, especially in a large space with high ceilings and windows. Today I show you various spaces in which both herringbone and chevron floors can be seen. The difference between the two? Both herringbone and chevron floors are composed of planks of equal size arranged in a zig-zag pattern. Chevron patterns are achieved by cutting the short edges of equal size wood pieces at a precise angle. Placing these angles together point to point creates a continuous zigzag design. Herringbone pieces are also equal size wood pieces but kept straight edged at the short side – making them perfect rectangles. These rectangles are placed short side to one end of the long side and then repeated. In photos 6 and 8 you can see a chevron pattern floor. All other images feature a herringbone floor. I am curious to know which pattern you prefer!

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A TINY STUDIO APARTMENT WITH TOUCHES OF BLUE

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Touches of blue make this small studio apartment (the floor space is only 32m²!) in Sweden ready for Spring.

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INSPIRATION TO GET IN SUMMER MOOD

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Days are getting warmer & longer and, although the first stop is Spring, I have summer on my mind. So today some summer inspired images to get in the mood. Enjoy!

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A LOVELY AND COZY MEXICAN SUMMER HOME

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Days are getting warmer and this make me dream about beautiful summer homes. This stunning place in the coastal town of Sayulita, Mexico, is owned by Brittney Borjeson. Brittany moved to Mexico to escape hectic city life. Last September she found her dream home: a lovely two-bedroom house overlooking the ocean in the southern hillsides of Sayulita. She also launched a shop selling Mexican crafts and artifacts, designed by herself and made by local artisans. I truly love this home as it is simple yet cozy decorated in a natural style. Almost everything in Borjeson’s two-story home is custom-made, either by herself or with the help of village craftsmen. If you like the style of this home: at the end of the post you can find some suggestions to create a similar style.

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