A SUCCESFUL RENOVATION OF THREE WORKER S COTTAGES

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Two Australian 1920s workers cottages were rebuilt as three houses. One of the houses belongs to architect Andrew Benn, his wife Alice Penna who is an interior designer, and their dog Nellie. Next door lives Andrew’s mother. The family homes are linked via the yard; the other is a self-contained rental. The combination of blond wood and white gives a spacious feeling (as seen in the image below). The hand painted tiles in the bathroom add character to a small space.

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ILSE CRAWFORD DESIGNS FOR IKEA

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Well known British designer Ilse Crawford has collaborated with IKEA and created a collection called SINNERLIG which consists of thirty pieces of furniture, textiles and accessories made from natural materials such as cork, bamboo, ceramic and brass. The SINNERLIG collection will be available from Augustus. I have my eye on some pieces!

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THE TRAVEL FILES: AN ECO FRIENDLY B&B IN ITALY

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Eco friendly Bed & Breakfast Il Richiamo Del Bosco (which means The Call of the Woods) is located in an enchanted house immersed in 1100 hectares of trees and meadows of the Boschi di Carrega Regional Park in Sala Baganza, Italy. Ecological architecture and contemporary creativity merge in this unusual B&B, on a hill offering the view of a splendid skyline of the city of Parma. The owners wanted a house that is in perfect harmony with the surrounding environment. Therefor the house was restructured according to the criteria of bio building and energy saving. The materials used for furniture and construction are local wood and silver quartzite, the stone of the Alto Adige region. By making the most of the life cycle of the products, they have given second hand objects and production waste a new function and a high-level aesthetic. Thus unmatched drawers have taken on new life by becoming book shelves, the door of an old wardrobe today is now a bathroom mirror, and part of a discarded blackboard serves as the front panel of the stove hood. Guests are welcomed with locally produced Parmesan cheese and a breakfast with sweet and savory organic products is served every day. For more information and bookings you can visit Il Richiamo Del Bosco’s website.

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VINTAGE INSPIRED BOTANICAL PRINTS

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Raquel and João from Portugal are the makers behind the stationary boutique Arminho. They have a passion for vintage – especially paper ephemera, illustration, stationary, and books. In their own letterpress studio they create a beautiful collection of notebooks and posters. Inspiration is drawn from their personal collection of vintage notebooks that they found while hunting at antique stationary stores and flea markets. The illustrations featured here are reproductions of original drawings created and painted with water-color. Printed on canvas supported with decorating wooden slats, these posters will give you a beautiful vintage look on your wal

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A SMALL & ECLECTIC HOTEL IN KNOKKE, BELGIUM

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This small B&B hotel situated in Knokke, Belgium is decorated with a unique collection of vintage design pieces sourced from all around the world. Good news for guests admiring the decor: all items and furniture pieces are for sale. Owner of the hotel is design collector and dealer Bea Mombaers who is also running an eclectic design store in Knokke. Bea is constantly searching for new objects so the hotel’s furniture and decoration changes regularly. Hardly a day goes by without Bea making a new and wonderful discovery.

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BLUE & GREEN BATHROOM TILES

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My own bathroom (which you can see here) is serene with white walls, wood and brown colored floor tiles. But if I wanted to add some color to a bathroom I would definitely go for blue or sea green tiles. I love the turquoise colored tiles in this bathroom featured above! The name of tiles with this shape is fish scale tiles. The tiles in the 5th images are from Fired Earth (you can see more about this brand in this previous post). Glass mosaic tiles in various shades of blue and green are also a great option. These are available from Bisazza. You can see more blue colored Mediterenean tiles in this post.

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A SMALL HOME IN THE HEART OF PARIS

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This beautiful home in located in Le Marais in the heart of Paris measures only 40m2 (540 square foot). The apartment belongs to architect Margaux and Thomas, a designer. The builing at the Rue Saint Paul originates from the 18th century and it has beautiful original features (wooden beams) which are mixed with contemporary elements such as the steel glass doors. The combination of old and new is very well executed!

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