WINTER WONDERLAND MOOD BOARD

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I am missing the cozy winter cabin in which we stayed during our holiday Lapland (Finland) last week. So I created these mood boards to hold on to that winter wonderland feeling just a little bit longer. Happy weekend to you all!

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A CERAMIST’S FARMHOUSE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

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I just came back from an amazing trip to Lapland (in Finland) which explains the lack of posts. I am busy sorting out all the photos I took but when this is done I will be featuring some here. In the mean time you can get an impression of our trip on Instagram.

Today I start fresh again with this stunning farmhouse in upstate New York (USA). It took 18 months to transform this dark two-story home into an airy loft like space. Owners Kelli Cain and Brian Crabtree did most of the work themselves. Kelli, who is a ceramist, even made the tiles for the kitchen backsplash. As they didn’t want to build something that would be a burden to the universe they used repurposed materials wherever they could. The massive sliding door separating the work and living space, for instance, was reclaimed wood from the old house’s floorboards. Read more about this beautiful home on Martha Stewart.

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SHOPPING FOR STYLISH BASICS

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My go-to shop for basic items is Everlane as I love their basic elegant and casual fashion. Their style is a cross between Scandinavian simplicity and French chic. The quality of their clothing is good (they work with the best factories around the world) yet their designs are affordable (as they do not work with resellers). My Everlane favorites that I own are the cotton U neck tee (very soft), the City Anorak (simple but very stylish) and the Stretch Ponte Skinny pants (the perfect black skinny pants). On my wishlist is this beautiful off-white sweater. Everlane only ships within the US and to Canada and Australia but I use a forwarding shipping service (Shipito).

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FINN JUHL’S HOUSE IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

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Today some midcentury design inspiration! Finn Juhl is one of the most celebrated mid 20th century Danish and this is his home in Ordrup, just outside Copenhagen in Denmark. Juhl built the house together with his first wife Inge-Marie Skaarup. It was his ambition to create a home, where he had designed every single detail himself, and to create an overall, general look. He achieved this in 1942, when the building presented a gradual flow between different areas, rather than a collection of individual rooms. Art was Juhl’s main source of inspiration and played a predominant role at his home. He was a keen collector of paintings as well as sculptures, carpets and vases. He admired artists such as Alvar Aalto, Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Asger Jorn, Vilhelm Lundstrøm and Erik Thommesen. The house on Kratvænget 15 is today seen as a treasure trove from a significant époque in Danish design history. It is now a museum and provides an opportunity for the public to feel and sense the design ideas, which became known as Scandinavian Modern.

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A NATURAL LOOK FOR NURSERIES & KIDS ROOMS

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I love nurseries and children’s room decorated with natural materials. Wood and rattan combined with neutral colors such as (off) white, brown and grey create a warm and serene atmosphere. Lighter colors give an airy feel and make a (small) space look bigger. You can add some pop of colors (yellow, blue or dusty pink for example) or use felt animal heads to add a fun element. Here are some lovely room with a natural look to inspire you. And if you would like to create a similar look you can find suggestions for furniture and accessories in this post as well.

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1. rattan hanging chair | 2. elephant wall hanging | 3. stool | 4. woolen rug | 5. giraffe shaped wicker basket | 6. Moroccan throw | 7. baskets | 8. teepee tent | 9. table lamp | 10. baskets | 11. Moroccan throw | 12. dresser.

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BEAUTIFUL TILES IN KITCHEN & BATHROOM

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I love the use of tiles in the kitchen and bathroom in this home designed by Brooklyn/Miami based interior designer Jennifer Bunsa.

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A SMALL WOODEN COTTAGE IN THE PYRENEES, SPAIN

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This small summer house in the Pyrenees in Spain is designed as mountain shelter: a home of just a few meters, low technology and built with a limited palette of materials. The architects, Mogas Arquitectes), had to work according to two set rules: the house had to be made of wood and within a strict budget. But they also had to work with the limitations of the plot which has a narrow, long and trapezoidal shape, a significant slope and a leafy vegetation. The end result is a minimalistic, yet cozy, cabin.

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