SUMMER INSPIRATION: HAPPY DAYS

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Summer days are happy days! The weather has been beautiful in this part of the world. We are spending a lot of time outdoors, working in our garden, playing outside, enjoying al fresco dinners. Our 3 year old son loves the outdoor life as well. His favorite things are playing with water and picking strawberries (and eating them!). I hope your are having a great summer as well, wherever you are! Here some ‘happy summer days’ images to get inspired. And if you are in the mood for summer music: I love listing to the Kinfolk summer play list on 8tracks.

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SUMMER INSPIRATION: WHITES OF SUMMER

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I love summer and I love white, and these two go so very well together. A casual white shirt paired with denim, or a simple white dress, is the perfect summer outfit. And with a splash of white in your interior you are not only adding light to your home but it also give a crisp and clean look. Today’s post is my ‘ode’ to white and to summer. Enjoy!

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A MODERNIST BEACH HOUSE IN SYDNEY

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This beautiful mid-century timber and sandstone home belongs to interior stylist Karen Kelly Tarasin. The house, which is built in the style of modernist architect Harry Seidler, is located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The decor is a mix of old and new with modernist touches in every space. In the dining area for example (top images), a Saarinen ‘Tulip’ table is paired with original Hans Wegner chairs and a pendant light from Danish design company Muuto. The white base (floors and walls) and wooden furniture give the entire house a lovely Nordic touch.

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FRIDAY FASHION FILES: THE WHITE SHIRT

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A white shirt is the perfect fashion item for summer. You can not go wrong, white is always good. Especially when it is combined with denim, which is such a classic combination. Add some Greek sandals and a panama hat and your have the perfect summer outfit! Happy weekend everyone!

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TRAVEL REVIEW: OUR HOLIDAY ON CRETE, GREECE

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Last month we spent a wonderful vacation on Crete in Greece. Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, and it is the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Today I would like to share our experiences and some photos. We stayed at Villa Ippocampi which is a small, family-friendly hotel near Crete’s north coast. The hotel, situated in the hillside village of Koutouloufari, is family owned and operated. The hospitality and familial atmosphere created by Greek/Dutch couple Nikos & Lydia and their wonderful staff, plus the lovely pool and garden make it the perfect place for a laid back family holiday. The white Cycladic-style building offers 13 simple but stylish suites of various sizes, each with a small kitchen. We stayed in a three room apartment (there are only two of these available) and we were very happy with our choice. We especially enjoyed the ground floor patio with sea view where we had breakfast every morning.

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A SPACIOUS & LIGHT FAMILY HOME IN BROOKLYN, NY

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After falling in love with the Cobble Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn (New York), Jenni Li and her husband Hans Gissinger decided to purchase a three-story home in this area. A four month renovation turned the house into a modern home suitable for a family with three kids. The once-closed-off kitchen and storage rooms were converted into an open living, dining, and kitchen area. With French doors leading out to the home’s roomy backyard—featuring a custom wood-fired oven — the ground floor is now the center of family life. To cultivate a creative, artistic atmosphere for her children throughout their home, Jenni paired colorful keepsakes scored on trips back to her native Peru with her husband’s artworks. And she gave her kids the freedom to decorate their own bedrooms. I love how the children’s drawing give a personal touch. Jenni: “The kids’ art pieces are especially meaningful. Children’s eyes are always so pure.”

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INDIGO SUMMER

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Beautiful shades of indigo from Toast’s summer catalogue.

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