A STYLISH VACATION HOME IN KYNETON, AUSTRALIA

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Ellis House in Kyneton, Australia, is a beautiful four bedroom vacation home that can be rented. It belongs to Tracie Ellis, who is also the owner of Australian textile and home accessory brand Aura Home. For as long as she can remember, Tracie dreamt of creating the perfect country escape, an ideal combination of rustic comfort and modern luxury. Tracie: “It started with the beautiful bare bones of a classic 1860’s building, a key part of Kyneton’s rich architectural history. We lovingly renewed the house from door sill to chimney cap, carefully balancing respect for the building’s original features with contemporary needs. Inspired by Belgium modern interiors and the desire for luxurious simplicity, we have harmonised the old and the new through light and colour. Indoor and outdoor spaces flow into each other, bathed in the serene light of another time.” Now the perfect country retreat for a discerning traveller, Ellis House offers three-quarters of an acre of beguiling gardens, space to comfortably sleep eight adults, relaxed linens, elegant lighting and a modern, relaxed aesthetic.

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A FAMILY HOME IN ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

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This beautiful home in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, was recently featured in Dutch interior magazine VT Wonen. It is photographed by Jansje Klazinga and styled by Holly Marder. Owners Stella and Joeri share a love for vintage furniture which is reflected in their home. I love the cradle in which baby girl Hanna sleeps, it was made by Stella’s grandfather 65 years ago and has become a family heirloom. Stella and Joeri searched for a long time to find their dream home. Their patience was rewarded when this home in the heart of Rotterdam became available through a special renovation project.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: VILLA KALOS ON ITHACA, GREECE

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In May we will be going on holiday to Greece. I am really looking forward to this and everything that is Greek related is getting my full attention at the moment. This beautiful villa, that I found via Est Magazine, is located on Ithaca, an island located in the Ionian Sea in Greece. Four years ago the completely abandoned villa was still a ruin. South African photographers Gerda Genis and Robbert Koene discovered the old building and saw the home’s potential as a guest house. Their idea is to offer all those who like to spend their holidays in the countryside and are looking for an intimate environment on one side, yet furnished and completed with the top-quality details on the other, a place where all this is actually possible. Villa Kalos has only four bedrooms and each one is different, with hand-picked furnishings, fabrics and accents. The exposed stone, concrete and wood of the structure provide a perfect framework for the harmonious mix of the interior design. The views of the countryside, the almond trees surrounding the villa, the salt-water pool, the magnificent garden that changes with the seasons, the olive groves, — there is absolutely no reason to leave this place.

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A MODERN FAMILY HOME IN INNER-CITY MELBOURNE

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What used to be an old pub is now a modern four bedroom family home in the inner-city of Melbourne, Australia. The interior has a contemporary feel with various works of art giving character to the spaces. My favorite is the Koala print by Carla Fletcher (top image) with embodies the dining area’s overall look. The Le Blanc artwork is an original from Letitia Morris Gallery and adds a lively graphic detail to an otherwise empty corner. In the kitchen Tolix stools give a slightly industrial edge. The bench top is made from polished concrete, as well is the floor, which is stain and scratch free. The freestanding Moda ‘Ellipsis’ bath adds an inviting curve to the ensuite and makes the most of a beautifully oversized window.

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A BOHEMIAN CHIC KIDS ROOM

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This stunning kids room is created by The Animal Print Shop together with Frances Merrill of Reath Design. What I love about this room is that is it not a standard kids room (with pastel colors). It has a bohemian chic vibe but at the same time it is still a fun room for kids to relax and play. The theme for the room was inspired by the myriad wonders of nature and the unforgettable experience of camping. The lovely green color is Benjamin Moore’s Caldwell Green. Vintage items has been used to create a unique look (the beds are vintage as well is the rug). The patterned sheets are from L.L. Bean and that great log bench is made by Monroe Workshop. At the end of this post you can find some more product suggestions to create a similar look and feel.

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THE BEACH PEOPLE ROUNDIE TOWEL

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I am loving this plush round towel from Aussie brand The Beach People. “The Roundie”, as it is affectionately dubbed, is big enough for two people and features a black and white Aztec print with a white fringed edge. The essential leather carry strap, which can be purchased separately, is the perfect accessory for carrying the Roundie to the beach or park.

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A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN KITCHEN IN MILAN

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This beautiful rustic kitchen is located in Milan, Italy. It is the home of Italian artist Costanza Algranti, who works mainly with recycled material such as copper and iron. Her love for recycling materials and to be inventive is reflected in her kitchen. You can see more of this lovely home in ELLE Decoration.

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