WEEKEND ESCAPE: A STUNNING CONVENT ON CORSICA

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Convent SanFrancescu of Oletta is a magical place located on the island of Corsica in France. The Franciscan convent dates back to the Eighteenth Century. It was left in ruins and artist Candida Romero spent eleven years to restore the compound to its current glory. Nowadays San Francescu has a contemporary feeling while respecting the original functionalities of the convent. It is a lively place of artistic creation in all its forms (music, photography, dance, theater etc.). The monastery is available for hire and makes a wonderful place for photo shoots and movies.

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AN INTERIOR DESIGNER’S HOME IN BRUSSELS

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The owner of this bohemian style home, Muriel Bardinet, is an interior designer and also the owner of Dune 234, an antique store in Brussels (Belgium). These two professions are reflected in her beautiful home which almost has a poetic atmosphere. The building used to be an orphanage, then a Japanese restaurant and now serves as a family home. The concrete floors combined with raw wood furniture and antique pieces give a very interesting and unique quality to this unusual yet beautiful home.

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NEW ADDITIONS TO IITTALA’S AIKO COLLECTION

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Taika is one of iitala’s most popular tableware series. Now some new pieces have been added to this series designed by Klaus Haapaniemi. The Taika collection merges folklore and architecture to create a modern world of ceramic dinnerware. Produced in two color schemes, Haapaniemi unveils a world of mythical creatures, animal hybrids with some human features, living within a floral and fauna based forest. The new designs have a more softer touch and the ceramic spoons, deep bowls and plates are very suitable for the Asian kitchen.

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Source: Scandinavian Deko.

DESIGNER AND CALLIGRAPHER YLVA SKARP

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I love the work of Swedish designer and calligrapher Ylva Skarp and I am happy to see that she has recently added beautiful new prints to her collection. In the image here you can see some of new work as well as older designs. I have previously posted about Ylva’s beautiful house in Sweden which you can see here and here.

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A WAREHOUSE STYLE HOME IN THE NETHERLANDS

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This warehouse style home is located in Friesland, which is one of the northern provinces of The Netherlands. The use of concrete, vintage items and grey colors can make a place look cold but accessories made of natural materials such as wool, felt and sheep skin add warmth and atmosphere. This choice of materials and colors can be found through the entire house.

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AN ECLECTIC HOME OF A FASHION DESIGNER IN COPENHAGEN

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This bohemian chic apartment in Copenhagen, Denmark, is the home of fashion designer Michala Wiesneck. Michala’s style of decorating has been influenced by her upbringing and childhood. From an early age she has been traveling the world with her artistic parents. You can see various cultural influences reflected in her eclectic home. Accessories collected from all over the world are combined with furniture from IKEA for instance (the shelving unit in the fourth images is the Expedit from IKEA).

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A KITCHEN IN PASTEL TONES

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A kitchen in pastel tones might not be the first option you think of when choosing a new kitchen. But perhaps you change your mind after seeing this stunning kitchen in dusty pastels. The images show the offices of Danish fashion label Becksöndergaard photographed by Heidi Lerkenfeldt. The high ceilings and the large glass wall give the space an industrial character which is softened by the feminine pastel colors. How do you feel now about a pastel toned kitchen?

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