A BOHO CHIC OUTDOOR AREA IN LOS ANGELES

I love this cozy outdoor area in Los Angeles, USA. The backyard belongs to designer Sarah Sherman Samuel who created a boho chic look with kilim cushions and a vintage fire place. You can see more about the renovation of her backyard on Sarah’s blog. At the end of this post you can find some suggestions on how to create a similar look yourself.

1. vintage Malm fire place | 2. kilim cushion cover | 3. kilim cushion cover | 4. kilim cushion cover | 5. kilim cushion cover | 6. wood slice table | 7. banana leaf ALSEDA pouf.

OUR SUMMER HOLIDAY IN CROATIA

This summer we have spent some wonderful weeks in Croatia. The first week we stayed on Sveti Klement, as small Dalmatian island part of the Paklinski islands. We loved our bohemian style small resort Palmižana, which is owned by the Meneghello family who for over a hundred years has been devoted to creating a paradise of cultural tourism. It is a great place for kids as there are no cars on the island and they can run around freely. The water is crystal clear and our son spent entire days snorkeling and discovering sea life (he is still talking about the octopus he saw..). The atmosphere on the island is laid-back and friendly. However during July and August, the island get busy with day-trippers and yachts. The best time to visit is May-June or September-October. We were on the island at the end of July but we did not find this much of a problem. Yes it got busy in the afternoon but mornings were pretty quiet and after taking a 20-30 minute hike we managed to find beautiful little bays with hardly any people around.

After one week on this lovely island we took the ferry to Korcula, another island in the Adriatic Sea just off the Dalmatian coast. Here we stayed at Tara’s Lodge, a small boutique hotel (with 17 rooms & suites) with a contemporary, casual and friendly feel set in a beautiful turquoise bay. The beachfront position of the hotel made it the perfect place to unwind. We experienced a heat wave while in Croatia so we spent most of our days here on the beach, cooling of in the water. Most of the photo’s featured in this post were taken at Tara’s Lodge where we had such a wonderful time.

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A RUSTIC CHIC MOUNTAIN HOME ON MALLORCA (SPAIN)

This home on the island of Mallorca (Spain) has been designed by Spanish architectural firm Moredesign. Building the rustic stone house was a process over time as it was important to build with respect for the holy Tramuntana mountain.

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ANIMAL TILES BY BRITISH DESIGNER LAURA CARLIN

Laura Carlin is an award winning ceramicist and illustrator, whose eye-catching designs and quirky sculptures have developed a cult following in the UK and abroad. From whimsical illustrations to textured patterning, Laura has shown herself to be as versatile with clay as she is on paper. Her hand-decorated ceramic vessels, figurines and lamp bases are all entirely unique. Laura’s work is available from The New Craftsmen, a wonderful online shop dedicated to exceptional British craft. I especially love her glazed earthenware animal tiles. The mural featured below is composed of 84 ceramic tiles and showcases Laura’s distinctive and uniquely engaging style.

The New Craftsmen curates, commissions and sells unique contemporary objects that are rooted in craftsmanship and narrative. Spanning furniture, lighting, textiles, gifts, ceramics and decorative accessories, our range is made by a growing network of over 100 makers across the British Isles.

A STYLISH HOLIDAY HOME ON THE AMALFI COAST

This beautiful home is located at the Punta Campanella on the Amalfi coast in Italy. This piece of land between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno has a breathtaking view of the island of Capri. The estate, situated in a national nature park, sprawls over 500 hectares of beautiful woodland and includes a 16th century tower and various buildings which are used as guest accommodation and/or artist residency. You can find more information about rental options here.

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THE EVERLANE DENIM COLLECTION

My go-to shop for basic items is Everlane. Their style is a cross between Scandinavian simplicity and French chic, resulting in basic elegant and casual fashion. I am thrilled that Everlane. now has a denim line with jeans made of premium Japanese denim with just a touch of stretch. I have just ordered their high rise jean. This type of jeans has been on my wish list for some time but I am not sure if it is flattering on me but for $68 I can not go wrong I guess. And this is what Everlane says (and I believe them as I have not had a miss with their items) about their high rise: “This pair is designed with a holds-you-in high rise for a sleek fit. Quite possibly the most flattering jean—ever.” I can not wait for my order to arrive!

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SCANDINAVIAN TABLEWARE (NOW ON SALE!)

I love the tableware in this Swedish home: it is a mix of vintage pieces designed by Stig Lindberg and tableware from Scandinavian brand House of Rym. The teapot, cups and saucers with the yellow leaves (from House of Rym) are now available with a large discount from Le Souk. And with code DISCOUNT10 you get an additional 10% off! This offer is valid until stocks lasts (there are only a few pieces left).

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