THE TRAVEL FILES: A STYLISH HOLIDAY VILLA IN ITALY

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While searching for this year’s holiday destinations I stumbled on this stunning holiday home in Le Marche, Italy. Ca Mattei is a beautiful villa which can be rented for a group up to 11 people. After many years of vacancy the farmhouse was extensively renovated and turned into a stylish & luxury holiday home. The owners of this house are Sigrid Custers & Barent Bulcke who run an architects office in Antwerp. Their vision on living and holiday en their everlasting looking for design destinations inspired them to transform these premises into a place of peace and aesthetics where modernism meets rural architecture. You can find more information about rental options on the Ca Mattei website. You can also book the house here.

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TRADITIONAL WOOD-FIRED BAKERIES IN STOCKHOLM

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Fabrique is a chain of traditional wood-fired bakeries that are located throughout central Stockholm. Here you’ll find top-quality fresh-baked sourdough bread, rolls and cakes baked by hand with natural ingredients according to time-honoured traditions. According to some they have the best cinnamon buns in the world. These images are from Fabrique on Rosenlundsgatan on Södermalm where you can enjoy pastries in the cosy café with large windows looking into the bakery. The shop/cafe is decorated in a beautiful combination of black, white and wood with a rough, industiral edge.

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A BRIGHT & HAPPY CALIFORNIAN HOME

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This is the beautiful family home of Amber Thrane, who is the co-owner of Dulcet Creative. Her Californian home is bright, eclectic and full of life. Amber describes her home as eclectic: there are bits of mid-century, industrial, vintage, bohemian and modern components all put together. Vintage is mixed new with pieces, sourced from local thrift stores, Craigslist, Ikea, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. The beautiful mid-century fireplace for example (featured in the last image) is a refurbished Craigslist find.

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A SUCCESFUL RENOVATION OF THREE WORKER S COTTAGES

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Two Australian 1920s workers cottages were rebuilt as three houses. One of the houses belongs to architect Andrew Benn, his wife Alice Penna who is an interior designer, and their dog Nellie. Next door lives Andrew’s mother. The family homes are linked via the yard; the other is a self-contained rental. The combination of blond wood and white gives a spacious feeling (as seen in the image below). The hand painted tiles in the bathroom add character to a small space.

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ILSE CRAWFORD DESIGNS FOR IKEA

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Well known British designer Ilse Crawford has collaborated with IKEA and created a collection called SINNERLIG which consists of thirty pieces of furniture, textiles and accessories made from natural materials such as cork, bamboo, ceramic and brass. The SINNERLIG collection will be available from Augustus. I have my eye on some pieces!

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THE TRAVEL FILES: AN ECO FRIENDLY B&B IN ITALY

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Eco friendly Bed & Breakfast Il Richiamo Del Bosco (which means The Call of the Woods) is located in an enchanted house immersed in 1100 hectares of trees and meadows of the Boschi di Carrega Regional Park in Sala Baganza, Italy. Ecological architecture and contemporary creativity merge in this unusual B&B, on a hill offering the view of a splendid skyline of the city of Parma. The owners wanted a house that is in perfect harmony with the surrounding environment. Therefor the house was restructured according to the criteria of bio building and energy saving. The materials used for furniture and construction are local wood and silver quartzite, the stone of the Alto Adige region. By making the most of the life cycle of the products, they have given second hand objects and production waste a new function and a high-level aesthetic. Thus unmatched drawers have taken on new life by becoming book shelves, the door of an old wardrobe today is now a bathroom mirror, and part of a discarded blackboard serves as the front panel of the stove hood. Guests are welcomed with locally produced Parmesan cheese and a breakfast with sweet and savory organic products is served every day. For more information and bookings you can visit Il Richiamo Del Bosco’s website.

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VINTAGE INSPIRED BOTANICAL PRINTS

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Raquel and João from Portugal are the makers behind the stationary boutique Arminho. They have a passion for vintage – especially paper ephemera, illustration, stationary, and books. In their own letterpress studio they create a beautiful collection of notebooks and posters. Inspiration is drawn from their personal collection of vintage notebooks that they found while hunting at antique stationary stores and flea markets. The illustrations featured here are reproductions of original drawings created and painted with water-color. Printed on canvas supported with decorating wooden slats, these posters will give you a beautiful vintage look on your wal

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