THE TRAVEL FILES: PENDER LEA BARN IN AUSTRALIA

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Pender Lea provides summer and winter ski holiday accommodation in the heart of the Snowy Mountains in Australia. Their barn, which is suitable for eleven people, is absolutely stunning. Here you can unplug, reconnect & revive and be close to nature. The barn is infused with the character of the Snowy Mountains, from the stone feature walls to rustic exposed beams, beautiful timber floors and the open fireplace. It is the perfect gathering place for extended family or groups of friends to take time out to relax, enjoy quality time together and create memories to treasure!

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COTTON & FLAX HOME DECOR AND ACCESSORIES

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Cotton & Flax offers modern home decor and accessories, designed and handmade in California, USA. Erin Dollar is the owner, maker, and designer behind Cotton & Flax. Each step of the process is completed by Erin, beginning with the pattern design and the selection of heirloom quality fabrics. She draws each pattern by hand using brush and ink, and the drawing is later transferred to a silkscreen to create multiples on textiles. When it comes time to do the printing, Erin scours local sources to find beautiful linen and linen blend fabrics to hand print with her designs. She then carefully hand prints each piece of fabric with her original designs, which she later sews into pillows, teatowels, napkins, or coasters. The striking hand drawn patterns set Cotton & Flax textiles apart as a blending of fine art and fine craft. In using traditional methods to print each textile piece, Erin hopes to share her love of printmaking, and to promote greater public interest in owning unique, handmade home goods.

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MARGOT KAT’S BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS INSPIRED BY NATURE

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Margot Kat is inspired by nature which you can see in her stunning designs. All her creations originate from a deep-rooted feeling of nature’s positive influence on our lives. Nature’s textures, shapes and colors are the basis for Margot’s homeware collection. The earth, plants and animals are her inspiration. Roots for example is a collection of ceramic tableware and vases inspired by the movements and texture of roots. During the design process special attention is given to sourcing environmental, animal and human friendly materials and a sustainable production process. You can see and order her work on the Rootfolk website.

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A RENOVATED EDWARDIAN COTTAGE IN MELBOURNE

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This freestanding Edwardian worker’s cottage in Melbourne, Australia, was in a run-down state. With the help of architect Clare Cousins, owners Will and Lauren transformed the house in a contemporary family home. Polished aggregate floors and the Caesarstone-topped island in the kitchen are examples of the clean tones seen throughout the house. Wooden elements such as Muuto ‘The Dots’ timber wall hooks and oak cabinetry add warmth to the cool space.

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A SMALL BUT COZY HOME IN STOCKHOLM

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This cozy one bedroom apartment, which measure only 33m², is located in a quiet street in Stockholm, Sweden. The building was built in 1925 in a 20th century classical style by architect Conny Nyquist. There is a peaceful inner courtyard with trees and benches. The apartment itself has beautiful light which gives it a light and airy feel and makes it look larger than it actually is. In case you are interested, this lovely home is for sale.

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TOUR AROUND MY HOME: THE GARDEN

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Last time I showed you our bathroom and I promised that the next ‘tour’ would show the living room but as we are having beautiful sunny weather in this part of the world I think it is more suitable to show our garden first. Above you see the back of our home where we have a wooden terrace overlooking water and meadow land with grazing cows. The house is about 100 years old and it used to be a small farm. We don’t have any animals except for three lovely chicken who give us fresh eggs every morning. In the garden, which measures about 900m2, we have planted flowers in purple, pink and white. We also have some fruit trees such as an apple, pear, cherry and a prune tree. Very recently we built a playhouse (last image) for our son which of course he is very happy with! I hope you are enjoying the tour around our home so far. All images are taken by Paulina Arcklin.

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A RENOVATED BARN HOUSE IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

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A few years ago I blogged about a beautiful house in Melbourne designed by Whiting Architects. This Australian architecture firm recently finished another stunning project in Melbourne, Australia. They redesigned a barn house and created an expansion to make it a suitable home for a family. The result is a mix of rustic charm and modern industrial touches. The color palette of white, black and grey has a Scandinavian vibe to it.

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