THE TRAVEL FILES: SOPHIA SUITES ON SANTORINI

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Santorini is high on my list of places to visit. I have been to this beautiful Greek island before but that was in 1990 when I was island hopping during summer school holiday. It will be hard to choose accommodation as the island has some stunning hotels. For example Sophia Caldera Suites which offers beautiful, spacious, luxury living hotel suites. This romantic traditionally modern boutique property has individually styled suites and rooms with the infamous Caldera sunset view. The building was reconstructed and renovated with the appropriate care, during 2015. The original manor houses were built more than 150 years ago by a Turkish business man who was in love with the island. He was one of the most important philhellene and moreover he was over fascinated by the Cycladic architecture and philosophy of the Greek islands. During the first construction he found and kept them safe a lot of antiques as well as genuine Santorinian artifacts and unique items of different sections of the island’s history. The retreat itself is nestled in the heart of the colorful volcanic rocks. All 13 individually designed rooms and suites are stylish and beautiful decorated with an eye for details. I would certainly feel at home here! For more information, bookings and rates you can visit the hotel’s website.

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THE FASHION FILES: BOHO CHIC GLADIATOR SANDALS

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I have a thing for leathers sandals (I have quite a collection) and I am loving these colorful handmade gladiator sandals with pompoms, beads, semi-precious stones etc. Here an overview of some of my favorites. All are handmade! Above: Penny Lane sandals (handmade in Greece).

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Handmade Greek leather sandals decorated with turquoise stones,corals, colorful glass beads, yellow pom poms, blue and white cotton straps (hand stitched) and neon acrylic beads

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Greek sandals made from soft leather decorated with handmade friendship macrames from Thailand, multi-colored pom poms and cotton daisies (images above & below)

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A BEAUTIFUL RURAL SUMMER HOME ON ANTIPAROS, GREECE

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I have summer on my mind! It’s is a lovely Spring day here in The Netherlands and in a few weeks time we will be off to Ibiza. Today’s post is about another beautiful rural summer home on Antiparos. Will this Greek island be our next holiday destination? Villa Elia is surrounded by a rural environment of sparse, small scale buildings, intense natural vegetation and crops of olives and vines. The ruins of a farm house formed the basis for the new dwelling. The design focussed on the reconstruction of an old house, preserving the traditional architecture and typology of the island of Antiparos. The two-bedroom villa can best be described as simple and humble, a building that remains close to the earth, respecting the landscape and embracing the user. The house and the environment co exist in harmony creating a unique scenery in the calmness that develops a simple lifestyle in direct contact with nature. For more information and reservations you can contact Antiparos Escape Villas.

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THE HAPPY SHOPPING FILES: HANDMADE & BLUE ON ETSY

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These lovely homeware items have two things in common: they are all hand made and they are blue. Plus they are all beautiful!! Top image: traditional African mud cloth.

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cushion cover, partially from a beautiful vintage rare kimono silk

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// indigo cushion cover made from an African fabric which is fair trade and produce by a small artisan collective // lavender blue chalk mugs handmade from toasty, black speckled tan stoneware
// blue furoshiki (which is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth) bag with white leather straps
// handmade brushed dot patterned wrapping paper
// ceramic stoneware cup with blue brushstrokes
// linnen blanket/beach towel

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A MAGICAL WEEKEND GET-AWAY ON FIRE ISLAND, NEW YORK

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This lovely weekend get-away on Fire Island (New York) belongs to Ann Stephenson and her girlfriend Lori Scacco. When they bought the A-frame house, which was built it in 1945 from a Gimbel’s prefab kit, all it needed was some updating and love. The previous owners had already given the raw wood on the interior a coat of white paint, and the couple completed the process by repainting the entire space down to the raw plywood floor in Benjamin Moore China White. The house is positioned in a two-block-wide community of raised wooden boardwalks (see 4th image) with views of ocean on one side and bay on the other. You can read the entire article (with more information about furniture pieces & accessories) here on Remodelista.

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SHOP WITH A 25% DISCOUNT AT SHOPBOP (UNTIL 7TH APRIL)

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Today is a great day to stock up on some summer essentials as Shopbop is now offering a 25% discount (valid until 7th April). Use discount code INTHEFAM at checkout to get the 25% off. I got my eye on this gorgeous embroidered dress from Ulla Johnson for a while so I jumped at the chance and got it with a discount.

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A DANISH HOME DECORATED IN A SOFT COLOR PALETTE

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When Camilla and her husband first saw this 1913 villa in Hellerup, Denmark, a few years ago they immediately knew that this beautiful house had a lot of charm and soul. Together with their two sons they turned the house into a real family home. The rooms, which are spacious and light are decorated in a beautiful soft color scheme of grey, white and pastels. Danish furniture classics (such as the wishbones chairs in the dining area) enhances the Nordic style atmosphere.

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