A LIGHT & WARM HOME IN LOS ANGELES

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Of all the 35 residences featured in The Kinfolk Home book this stunning house in Los Angeles must be my favorite. The natural light and neutral but warm color pallet creates a beautiful atmosphere. I love the use of natural materials (such as rustic wood, sheep skin rugs & natural textiles) and the blue art work gives just the right amount of color to the living room. Similar mud cloth pillow cases can be found on Etsy.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: THE WHITE ROOM IN MELBOURNE

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This stylish, industrial style studio in the heart of Fitzroy (in Melbourne, Australia) is decorated by Lynda Gardener (which you might know from the White House in Daylesford). The White Room, which can be rented for short stays, is furnished with unique vintage furniture, industrial lighting and layers of pure French linen and handmade sheets. French open doors open to a small open leafy courtyard. This is a perfect place for a stay in Melbourne. Which is a great city to visit by the way: there are so many great restaurants and coffee places!

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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Today is International Women’s Day and to celebrate this I would like to tell you about two wonderful organizations that I have been supporting for years. The first is Women for Women. In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, they are able to create sustainable change for themselves, their families, and communities. Over the years I have sponsored 5 women in Africa, by doing this they were able to follow a yearlong training program that have given them the skills to support their families and transform their lives. If you’d like to become a sponsor and change someone’s live, you can find more information here on the Women for Women website.

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IN LOVE WITH: HANDMADE TILES FROM TINE K

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I am in love with these beautiful handmade tiles from Tine K. The cement tiles are made by talented craftsmen in Morocco with many years of experience with traditional craft & passion and inherited family skills. They can be used as flooring, as decoration objects on a table or up against the wall (e.g. below the hand soap in the bathroom or behind the stove in the kitchen). The tiles are available in various colors and patterns from the Tine K website. Love, love, love!

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A SUMMER HOME ON A DUNE IN PORTUGAL

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This lovely summer home is located on a dune in Comporta, Portugal. This village lies on the Tróia peninsula, a 13-mile long sandy spit in the north of Portugal’s Alentejo region. The location is ideal as there is a dense forest on one side and on the other there is the Atlantic. The decor of the house is simple with white walls and floors and basic, local made, furniture pieces. To me, the best feature of the house is that gorgeous outdoor area (top image).

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A HOME IN THE HEART OF THE SOUK IN TAROUDANT

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This beautiful house is ideally located in the heart of the souk in Taroudant, Morocco. It belongs to landscape architects Arnaud and Eric Maurières Ossart who divide their time between Mexico and Taroudant. When they discovered the building it was completely neglected but they transformed it into a beautiful home. All decorative objects are made by local craftsmen. Arnaud and Eric also own Dar Al Hossoun which is the first and only eco-garden lodge and restaurant in Morocco, on the outskirts of Taroudant. It is a fully licenced luxury boutique hotel. This modern estate was entirely built by local artisans using natural materials and ancestral techniques such as rammed earth. It is surrounded by hundreds of acres of olive groves and agricultural fields.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A BEACH COTTAGE IN EAST SUSSEX, UK

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This lovely beach cottage in Winchelsea, East Sussex (England) is for rent. There are three bedroom which makes the cottage suitable for up to 10 guests. A great place to spend a family holiday (Winchelsea beach is nearby)! The shabby chic beach style decor with a slight industrial touch works really well I think. You can find more information about this house on the website of Big Cottage Company.

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