FRIDAY FASHION FILES: ALL BLACK CHIC

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This image (above) of an all black outfit inspired me to do this ‘all black chic’ post. Below you can find some examples of outfits entirely in black. Black is such a versatile color (suitable for various occasions) and it is therefor the most reliable color in our wardrobe. Wearing all black is just très chic!

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1. beautiful split-V neckline dress from Vince | 2. leather tote with braided handles and weighty studded accents | 3. flattering wide sleeve top by Helmut Lang | 4. Helmut Lang skirt with leather trim | 5. strappy sandals with elastic leather bands | 6. versatile long sleeve wrap dress | 7. woolen asymmetrical collar jacket | 8. 5-pocket skinny jeans in faded black hue | 9. sleek suede Vince pumps | 10. cropped leather leggings | 11. cap sleeve popover blouse | 12. strappy sandals

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A RENOVATED VACATION HOME IN AN OLD MILL

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The home of designers Ludovica Serafini and Roberto Palomba was recently featured in Dwell Magazine. The old 17th century mill in the South Easter part of Italy has been renovated and now serves as a vacation home for the couple to escape the hectic city life in Milan. The house is decorated in a modern style (with some furniture designed by the owners themselves) which gives an interesting effect in the centuries old building. One of the major challenges faced during the renovation was the old structure’s lack of windows. To solve this the architects carved out a number of skylights and opened up the back of the structure to create a patio, letting daylight flood in.

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Image source: Francesco Bolis for Dwell.

10 OF THE BEST OUTDOOR AREAS

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Let’s celebrate summer by showing you some gorgeous outdoor areas! I have selected 10 of the best looking outdoor areas that I could find. I would love to live in a climate where it is possible to live outdoors but here in The Netherlands we usually don’t have many beautiful summer days. This weekend will be sunny and I will be enjoying it to the max!

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a stunning beach house in punta del este, uruguay

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Image source: 1. Marie Claire Maison | 2. Style NV | 3. Richard Powers | 4. Piet Boon | 5. Martín Gómez Arquitectos | 6. Stylizimo | 7. Matthew Williams | 8. Simon Kenny | 9. Maison Estate | 10. El Mueble.

BY NORD PRODUCTS NOW WITH 20-50% DISCOUNT

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The beautiful Scandinavian style duvet covers from Danish brand By Nord are now available with a 20% discount from Le Souk. And the cute Hedgehog tea cosy is available with a 50% discount.

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This offer is valid until 10 July or until supply lasts (there are only a few of all By Nord items left).

THE STYLE FILES LOVES: PRETTY NEUTRALS

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I like composing a collection of images that I found online that, although they are from different articles, posts or photographers, somehow combine really well together. Today’s images all have neutral tones and feature a similar modern rustic style. The photos could have been from the same home (but they are not).

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(image source: 1. Toast, 2. Annaleena for Emmas Blogg, 3. Mesh Made, 4. Manolo Yllera, 5. Helt Enkelt, 6. StyleXclusief, 7. Trestjerner, 8. Guilherme Torres, 9. Casa Abril)

A BEAUTIFUL FARMHOUSE IN DALARNA, SWEDEN

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When the old farmhouse from Helena’s parents became for sale she and her husband Göran decided to buy this lovely home in Dalarna, Sweden. Helena grey up in the home that she now shares with her own family. Most of the furniture was found at flea markets and auctions. Materials and colors are mixed; soft natural tones are combined with a table made of Plexiglas and a steel chair for example. But all the different pieces together create an eclectic feeling.

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(images by Helena Blom for Lantliv)

A SCANDINAVIAN HOME WITH FEMININE TOUCHES

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This is the Copenhagen home of Tina Fussell aka Travelling Mama. Tina shares her beautiful home, which was recently featured in UK online magazine Heart Home, with her photographer husband and their three children. Tina and her family has lived in various countries (hence the name Travelling Mama) but since living in Denmark her style has become more Scandinavian. Some pink accessories give a feminine touch to the sleek Scandinavian style. You can see and meet Tina during the Meet the Blogger Amsterdam (30 September) where she will be hosting a workshop about how to be an encouraged Blogger.

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(images by Tina Fussell)

OUTDOOR BATHING BLISS

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I like outdoor baths and showers as I think they are the ultimate back-to-nature indulgence. Unfortunately with the Dutch climate (basically lots of rain with only a few days of real summer weather) having an outdoor bathroom would be a waste of money as we would never use. So this outdoor bathing inspiration post is for all of you (lucky ones) living warm climates. And for those who wants to keep dreaming..

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(image source: 1. Toby Scott via The Design Files, 2. Blue Diamond Riviera Maya, 3. Bobedre, 4. Hus o Hem, 5. Olson Kundig Architects, 6. unknown, 7. Bontravel, 8. House & Leisure South Africa)

THE FASHION FILES: BOHEMIAN CHIC LOOK

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I’m loving this peasant style tunic with necklaces in various styles and lengths. Below you can find how you can create this perfect bohemian chic look.

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1. beautiful cream tunic top with embroidery and tassels;
2. gold-plated chain necklace with flat-chain fringe;
3. eclectic necklace from knotted thread and graduated agate stones;
4. a hammered disc with cubic zirconias adds sparkle to a long Gorjana necklace;
5. a jagged agate arrowhead creates an eclectic accent on this long chain necklace;
6. necklace with a faceted labradorite stone, a cracked crystaland an etched disc.

A RENOVATED STABLE IN SPAIN

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Located in a remote environment in the province of Cáceres in Spain, the goal was to transform an abandoned stable into a family home by completely renovating it in a way that would be consistent and respectful with the environment. Problems relating to the electricity and water supply were solved through sustainability systems. The result is a beautifully renovated modern self sufficient energy home that still fits very well into the surrounding landscape.

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(images from ÁBATON Architects)