BEAUTIFUL PASTEL SUMMER COLORS FOR A FRESH LOOK

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This is the perfect summer look! Light wood and natural materials such as rattan are combined with pastel-colored fabrics. The result is very fresh and has a sort of beach look to it. Information about colors, fabrics and accessories that are used in this interior can be found on Lantliv.

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DECORATE YOUR HOME WITH A FICUS GINSENG + GIVE-AWAY

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One of the easiest ways to make a home feel more lived-in and cosy is by adding houseplants to a room. Plants can instantly change the atmosphere and can add that extra touch to your décor to make it stand out and make it more lively. Also, plants are known to purify the air and according to the ancient Eastern philosophy of feng shui, decorating with houseplants will create harmony in a home.

Plants do look best against a simple background. When choosing an indoor plant make sure that the colors of the leaves and flowers don’t clash with the colors in your interior. For a unique touch I customized some simple pots so plant and pot perfectly match with the other items in my home. I bought some inexpensive terracotta pots from a garden centre (these costed only 3.50 EUR a piece). Then I used acrylic paint to paint the pot for my bedroom white (images 1 & 2) and with a permanent marker I drew the closed eyes on white surface. For the pot in my living room (images 3 & 4) I used a white permanent marker to draw an ethnic style pattern on the rim to match with the style of the aboriginal painting and vintage kilim cushion. One plant, two different looks! And it took me just 5 minutes to customize each pot. On Mooiwatplantendoen.nl you can find more ideas on how to decorate your home with plants as well as care tips and fun diy projects.

The plant I have used for decorating my home is the Ficus Ginseng, which has been selected by Bloemenbureau Holland as houseplant of the month. This highly decorative plant has glossy green leaves but is mostly appreciated for its twisted, thick stem. Ficus is Latin for Fig and the term Ginseng is a reference to the resemblance of the trunks and roots to the eastern ginseng herb. Looking after a Ficus Ginseng is easy: they require frequent watering and also like to be sprayed with water regularly. Position the plant in a light place but do not keep it in direct sunlight. If you wish you can prune the leaves during the darker months to maintain a beautiful shape. Bloemenbureau Holland is giving away five of these gorgeous Ficus Ginseng plants. Dutch readers can enter this give-away by leaving a comment in the comments section at the end of this post.

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This post is created in collaboration with Bloemenbureau Holland. Photos, words and opinions are my own.

AND THE WINNER OF THE PINK RUG CO GIVE-AWAY IS…

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Last month we had a fun give-away hosted by Pink Rug Co. I am happy to announce that he winner of a beautiful rug is Andrea with comment ‘Following! Favourite is And WHO Has SEEN The MOON, perfect contrast between soft and clean lines.”. Congratulations Andrea, Amber of Pink Rug Co will be in touch with you for your address details! Thank you all for entering this contest! And thank you Pink Rug Co for hosting the give-away.

SUMMER ESSENTIALS: A RELAXING LOUNGE CHAIR

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A comfy lounge chair is an essential for a hot summer day. The ‘Swingrest’ by Dedon fits the bill and is perfect for creating a tranquil space. This ultimate hanging lounger was one of the first products to emerge from Dedon Island resort, which is Dedon’s Outdoor Living Lab in Siargao, Philippines. Daniel Pouzet, co-architect and designer of Dedon Island, took his inspiration from the extra-high ceilings of the resort’s villas. Borrowing the basket-like bottom from his earlier creation, the Nestrest, he has managed to create an altogether new work that feels even more spacious (and fits more people) while seeming to take up less space. Perfect for hanging on the terrace or veranda, or even indoors, the Swingrest is distinguished by the purity and simplicity of its concept.

A BEAUTIFUL HOME IN THE OLD CENTRE OF BARCELONA

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This beautiful home in the old town of Barcelona, Spain, belongs to Australians Crick King and Tommy Tang, owners of Barcelona based Federal Cafe. The house, with a stunning patio, is decorated in an eclectic mix of styles. Vintage finds are combined with modern furniture pieces and personal memories and souvenirs. Large works of art give color to the various spaces.

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A BEAUTIFUL HOME ON THE ISLAND OF PANAREA, ITALY

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Today another beautiful house on the Italian island of Panarea. The property consists of three houses which have lovingly been restored with respect to local traditions and materials. Panarea is a small island located off the Sicilian coast and is one of the Aeolian Islands. Out of the eight islands that make up the chain of the Aeolian Islands, Panarea is the second smallest. The island is only 3km long and 2km wide and there are only around 280 permanent residents on the island which makes it a very charming island. Over many centuries Panarea, like all the Aeolian Islands was mostly deserted. Recently the island has become a important tourist destination for (wealthy tourists).

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SUMMER ESSENTIALS: CACTUS + POP & SCOTT POT

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A summer essential for you home is a beautiful cactus, preferably in a beautiful handmade pot such as these ones from Australian workshop Pop & Scott. All their pots are handmade and you can find stockists on their website. Online shop Hunting for George has an extensive collection and they ship worldwide.

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