A STUNNING OAK KITCHEN IN A COPENHAGEN HOME

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A kitchen made of wood has been on my wish list for a long time. But when renovating our home a few years ago we chose to have white kitchen cabinets (you can see our kitchen here) as we already had a wooden floor (and we did not want to have ‘wood on wood’). Although we are happy with our kitchen, seeing these stunning oak kitchen cabinets designed by Gardehvalsoe make me slightly wonder if we made the right choice. The darker colored wood of the cabinets works wonderfully well with the lighter foor. The beautiful Copenhagen home belongs to world renowned chef René Redzepi, who wanted a long kitchen cabinet along the window, and a kitchen island with room for preparation and storage. The kitchen cabinet along the window is in one piece, a total of 5.6 meters and drawers of 70 cm in width. Dinesen’s long floorboards gives a unique look in the drawer fronts from start to finish, as the fronts horizontally have been created out of one plank, so you get a continuous flow of grain patterns. The browned brass sink complements Dinesen HeartOak really well, giving an exclusive look.

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AN OLD FARMHOUSE BECOMES A DREAM HOME IN PORTUGAL

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After the success of their wooden cabins in Comporta, Joao and Andreia Rodrigues turned their attention to an old family farm set among 400 hectares of wildflower fields, lakes and cork groves near the hill top village of Montemor-o-Novo in Alentejo, an unspoiled part of Portugal. The house, which is named Casa No Tempo, has been in the family for years and it was their granddad’s wish for them to look after it until the next generation. With his vision in mind, they aimed higher by connecting the past with the future. The extensive renovation was carried out by a good friend, architect Manuel Aires Mateus. The owner’s main concern was to have the house open to vastness of the property and welcome nature’s gift through the large windows of every room. The house, which can be rented, has four suites which are all spacious with a mixture of modern bedding and local wooden furniture. You can find more information about this stunning property more information here.

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BJORN WINNBLAD’S MAGICAL UNIVERSE REINTRODUCED

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Bjørn Wiinblad (1918 – 2006) was a famous Danish painter, designer and artist in ceramics, silver, bronze, textiles, and graphics. Characteristics of Wiinblad’s work include whimsical round-faced people, dressed in vaguely 19th-century costume. They are often surrounded by natural elements: twining vines, floral wreaths, and fantastical trees. His style was anything but ‘conventionally Danish’. While functionalism ruled the roost in Denmark, Bjørn Wiinblad trod a very different path – one distinguished by intricately wavy lines, a rich colour palette and romantic, hedonistic universes. What was really important to him was to give free rein to his creative zest and to spread delight to Danish homes through his numerous and varied productions. No matter what surface or medium Wiinblad chose for his creations, his style was instantly recognisable and truly inimitable. Wiinblad was one of a kind and his vision was to bring joy to people and to introduce his creative delight into homes throughout Denmark. In recent decades, Bjørn Wiinblad’s designs have been ‘in hibernation’, almost forgotten in Denmark. But luckily Copenhagen based Rosendahl Design Group has revitalizes Winnblad’s name and his majical universe has been reinterpreted in a range of new products.

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MOVIE NIGHT PARTY SETTING BY DESIGNLOVEFEST

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This decor has been styled by DesignLoveFest for a movie night with friends. I love this idea of dressing up a room for a special event. Here they decked a room with pillows, made home made snack and hooked up apple tv to a projector. You can read the entire post here where you can find more information about the snacks, home accessories and some recommended films to play on a movie night.

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BEAUTIFUL COISA KNITWEAR WITH A 10% DISCOUNT

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With autumn approaching it is time to stock up some warm scarves and cardigans! The latest addition (but already a favorite!) to my wardrobe is a cardigan from Dutch label Coisa. It is made of 100% merino and knitted delicate so it is super soft and comfortable!. As merino wool keeps you cool in the summer and warm during the colder season the cardigan is a versatile piece to have. Coisa is all about highly individualistic, funky scarves and shawls that are timeless, practical and crafted from the highest quality materials. Each knitted item is made from the finest Italian yarns and produced in limited numbers. Coisa owner Kim: ‘Comfortable scarves and shawls without frills or fanfare and in striking colors. Timeless items that we know will bring you years of enjoyment and durability. Owing to the finest textiles of the knitwear, our products are luxuriously soft on the skin’. Good to know, all items are manufactured in small studios in Portugal, The Netherlands, Turkey and Belgium, where they strictly adhere to responsible production and excellent working conditions. All Coisa items are reasonably prices (119 EUR for the cardigan) but Coisa kindly offers a 10% discount to readers of The Style Files. Enter code stylefiles15 at the check out process and you will receive your discount. Thanks Coisa!

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AN INTERIOR DESIGNER’S HOME IN MALIBU, CALIFORNIA

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This is the gorgeous Malibu home of interior designer Vanessa Alexander of Alexander Design and her husband Steven. After a extensive renovation, which involved taking down walls, adding skylights, adding new windows and doors, changing the floor plan dramatically, and bringing in more than a dozen 100-year-old olive trees, the home now resembles a Tuscan farmhouse. The goal for the renovation was to create more flow and openness, to make the home more inviting. Also, a connection to the outdoors and an indoor/outdoor lifestyle was essential so they can make the most of the amazing views. You can read the entire article (which included more information about furniture pieces) here on Domaine. My favorite elements of this house are the beautiful outdoor areas and the rustic wooden floor.

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WEEKEND RECIPE: LEMON VERBENA LEMONADE

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This delicious lemonade is the perfect summer drink! You can find the recipe here (the website is in French but you can use google translate for translation).