A SCANDINAVIAN STYLE SUMMER COTTAGE IN CANADA

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This is the beautiful cottage of the owners of Mjölk, a design shop in Toronto selling work by artists and artisans from Scandinavia and Japan. The original cottage was “musty, moldy, and stuck in the seventies” but an extensive renovation transformed it in a lovely summer home. The whole inspiration for this cottage was the “Finnish summer home”. The owners explain: “There is a large Finnish and Estonian community in Ontario, in fact we have the highest amount of Finns outside of Finland. We liked the idea of bringing back the cottage to it’s original state with natural pine floors, and simple practical furniture. We wanted the pieces we chose to furnish the cottage with to feel as if they had always been there.”

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COLLABORATION BOBO CHOSES AND LE BON MARCHE

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Until 15th October French luxury department store Le Bon Marché is celebrating the city of Paris with exclusive collaborations. Big names in fashion have specially designed limited collection for Le Bon Marché. I love the collaboration with Bobo Choses: the baquette, a typical French icon, has been used as print for a sweater and gorgeous tote bag. You can see all collaborations here. Thank you Urbanmoms for letting me use these beautiful images.

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A BEAUTIFUL FARMHOUSE IN VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

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This is the stunning farmhouse belonging to Tamsin Caravan, her husband Allan Walker and their daughter Martha. From this working farm in the hills of Gippsland, Tamsin hosts beautiful lunches and workshops using meat and produce grown and gathered on the farm and in the rambling kitchen garden. Lunches and classes are held in the hilltop farmhouse with views down the valley out every window. Tamsin: “The joys of a shared table, conversation, home grown food; this is the good stuff of life.” I love the interior of the house which has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. Many of the furniture pieces are hand made by Tamsin’s husband Al. Throughout the house vintage kilim rugs give warmth and character you can find similar rugs at Le Souk)

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CARRIE PORTABLE LED LAMP BY NORM ARCHITECTS

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This beautifully designed lamp comes handy now it is getting dark again at an earlier hour. The Carrie LED Lamp created by Norm Architects has an opaque opal glass shade, which contains an LED lamp inside. The light can be adjusted in steps to provide a cozy ambient light. The lamp is also mobile, thanks to an internal rechargeable battery, charge via a USB cable. The Carrie LED Lamp makes for a great lamp for small trips. Bring it to the beach for a cozy late-night get-together, or take it with you on that intimate sunset picnic.

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DIY HEAVY KNIT THROW (WITHOUT ANY NEEDLES!)

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A repost from last year as I love this diy chunky knit throw and I know many of you do as well. Can you believe that this beautiful throw is easy to make? You don’t need any knitting needles as you use your arms for knitting. At Stylecookie you can find the tutorial.

Credits & source: Anke Helmich & Sanne Tulp @ StyleCookie.nl for Libelle’s issue 43 | tutorial by Anke Helmich & Wenda Torenbosch.

HOW TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL GALLERY WALL

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I LOVE this art collection gallery wall in designer Julie Leach (owner of clothing line Chance) stunning Venice Beach home. The art works are beautiful and I love how the frames are arrangement. To create a similar gallery wall it is best to think about how to arrange the frames before putting any nails in your wall. First collect the frames you want to use, then trace the shapes on paper and cut these out, lay the paper pieces on the floor and decide on an arrangement, then tape the paper pieces on the wall and if you are happy with the arrangement you can start putting nails in the wall and hang the frames on you wall. It is not that difficult you see!

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THE FASHION FILES: FASHION FROM ICELAND

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Fall is in the air and it is time again to stock up on winter clothes. I recently bought this woolen Icelandic sweater from Farmers Market and I love it. Farmers Market is an Icelandic design company and clothing brand founded in 2005 by a young artist couple – a designer and a musician. With strong ties to the vibrant Icelandic music and design scene, the Farmers Market design concept and inspiration draws from Icelandic roots, combining classic Nordic design elements with chic modernity. Natural fabrics, craftmanship and respect for the environment are key values of the brand. Authentically styled, yet sophisticated and wearable, the clothing is suited for a wide range of occasions, outdoor activities as well as city life. Designer Bergthora Gudnadottir: “We place ourselves at a junction. A place where heritage meets modernity, the national meets the international, and the countryside meets the city. We find this an exciting place to explore.”

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