THE TRAVEL FILES: DESIGN STORE TOTOKAELO IN SEATTLE

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I have no plans to visit Seattle in the near future but when I read about Totokaelo on Happy Interior Blog I immediately bookmarked the website of this beautiful design shop. Just in case I am in the neighborhood.. But the beautiful images are also perfect for some virtual windowshopping! This cool concept store has a unique range of special and unique homewares and an extended range of fashion. Totokaelo: “We are a purveyor of beautifully designed and thoughtfully curated fashion and objects. We represent artists and designers whom we believe to have an independent and thoughtful sense of beauty. We believe the art and objects a person chooses for their life are a reflection of values and perspective. And we hope to provide a unique point of view that attracts those of similar mind.”

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A CONTEMPORARY MOUNTAIN RETREAT

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Villa E is a stunning mountain lodge built on the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, by French designers Studio Ko. They designed the house with respect towards its landscape and a minimalist design approach. Local materials such as the red colored Ourika stone were used to create an interesting mix of tradition and modernity. Inside you find clean lines and modern design but also artisan objects such as handmade ceramics, vintage rugs and stone sculptures. To me the most striking feature are the full-height windows which give unobstructed views on all sides.

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OLIVES & MORE IN AMSTERDAM

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Olives & More, founded by Brian Boucher and Esther Berger, started to sell their products on a Farmers Market. Now they have a beautiful corner shop in Amsterdam offering (organic) olives, olive oil and other delicious goods. Here you can buy freshly-made tapenades, pesto and hummus, uniquely prepared olives, and tasty olive oils from around Europe. You can read more about Ester and Brian’s shop and favorite places in Amsterdam on The Makers Amsterdam website.

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A MODERN & BRIGHT APARTMENT IN BARCELONA

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Spanish design firm Intercom has converted a 400 square meter space in Barcelona to four separate apartments. I love the combination of modern clean lines and original features such as the ceiling ornaments. The bright apartment featured here is decorated in a Scandinavian style (the beautiful wishbone chair is designed by Hans Wegner). Tiles have been used on all flours which is common thing to do in warmer climates.

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DIY PROJECT: FREE PRINTABLE DAILY REMINDERS

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I am loving these free downloadable prints with inspiring and encouraging words. You can frame them as pieces of art and/or daily reminders. You can find the prints here on The Crafted Life.

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NEW IITTALA COLLECTION

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Finnish design company Iittala has added some beautiful new designs to their collection. The Kerros (layer or storey in Finnish) shelf by Matti Klenell is a clever member of the Iittala home range. It is designed to create extra levels of small display storage for anywhere in the home. You can use it as side table made of plywood but it can also function as a tray. Kerros is designed to move around the home and be versatile in any room. One of my favorite new products is the Nappula candelabra which works as a beautiful center piece at any table setting. It creates relaxing ambiance with either antique or tealight candles. At last I would like to highlight Leimu, a beautiful lighting piece designed by Norwegian-born Magnus Pettersen. In Leimu two completely different materials meet in a fascinating way. The strong concrete base and the the impressive glass lamp portion, inspired by traditional lampshades, make Leimu a brand new lighting fixture where sensitivity encounters strength.

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A PENDANT LIGHT MADE OF STONE PAPER

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Taking inspiration from shaping techniques of the acclaimed sculptor Isamu Noguchi, Swedish designer Monica Förster has created a series of pendant lights in sustainable materials that exude opalescence and lightness. The Lullaby pendants are made from stone paper with ash lamellae. The stone paper is fashioned into pentagonal, yet slightly organic-looking shapes using five slender ash lamellae. Stone paper is made from crushed limestone, which is robust and water-repellent, yet soft and sensory. In addition, stone paper has outstanding luminous qualities, which enable the Lullaby to emit a soft, muted light that communicates a cosy, natural atmosphere to the room.

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