DIY: PLATES AS WALL ART

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A collection of beautiful plates is a great way to decorate a plain wall. Take some plates in various sizes, patterns and colors and group them together. I love the plates selected in these images as they are playful and they add just the right amount of color.

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1. plate with yellow leaves | 2. Donna Wilson Bear plate | 3. saucer Twiggy | 4. | 5. Donna Wilson Beardy Bob plate | 6. saucer with leaves | 7. large plate with blue leaves | 8. Donna Wilson Meg plate.

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UNEXPECTED CRUSH: A RED SLIDING DOOR

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Red is not one of my favourite colors but this red sliding door is surprisingly beautiful..

Credits & source: Andrew Howard.

THE TRAVLES FILES: 5 COLUMNS RIAD IN ESSAOUIRA, MOROCCO

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These beautiful images shot by photographer & stylist Paulina Arcklin feature 5 Columns Riad. This stunning 200 year old house is located in the old medina of Essaouira, a coastal town in Morocco. The guest house has recently gone through a complete renovation and has sympathetically restored, retaining all original features such as the sand stone columns, wooden ceilings and amazing flooring of black and white tiles in the courtyard. The rooms are decorated with a mix of vintage and European furniture and lighting with beautiful antique pieces from Morocco. You can find more information about the Riad and its rates here on the 5 Columns website.

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DIY WALL HANGING

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I am loving this wall hanging that I found on No Home Without You. It is made of just a branch and rope so it should be an easy DIY project!

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A RUSTIC SUMMER HOUSE ON THE ISLAND OF PANAREA

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I am back from a short vacation in Tuscany! We had a wonderful time and I try to stay in holiday mood with some more Italian themed post. This lovely rustic house is located on the Italian island of Panarea. Panarea (exclusive and very expensive) is the smallest and most fashionable of the Aeolians, attracting the international jet-setters and Milanese fashionistas for a taste of dolce far niente (sweet nothing). There are currently about 280 residents living on the island year-round; however the population increases dramatically in summer with the influx of tourists. I am loving the beautiful blue tiles in this lovely home!

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THE TRAVEL FILES: VILLA VERGELLE IN TUSCANY, ITALY

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I am currently on holiday in Tuscany, Italy (you can see some pics here on Instagram) and are having a wonderful time. It is just a short break to reload our batteries and Tuscany is ideal as it is only a 2 hour flight from Amsterdam. We are staying in Tenuta San Pietro a small, luxurious hotel near Lucca which I can highly recommend (the food on offer in the hotel is excellent!) but you could also rent a villa, which is especially suitable for larger groups. Villa Vergelle for example is a new country house (former farm house) on the border of the Crete Senesi and the Val d’Orcia in between the towns of Montalcino and San Giovanni d’Asso. It includes 3 bedrooms and bathrooms that sleeps in total 8 persons. The Villa is equipped in a luxurious way and has its own spacious swimming pool. This lovely villa is traditional from the outside and modern and industrial from the inside. For instance, floors in concrete, ceilings and pilasters in iron, beautiful kitchen, modern in old wood and bathrooms in Moroccan Tadelakt. More information can be found on the Villa Vergelle website.

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THE BOHEMIAN CLUTCH – 20% DISCOUNT

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This bohemian clutch is the perfect accessory. You can wear it casually, to the beach or a festival for example, but you can also take it to a night out. What I like about these clutches is that nobody can be wearing the same bag as you as the vintage fabrics, the embroidery, the use of color and the details make every bag unique. You can find similar clutches at Le Souk and you now get a 20% discount with discount code SUMMER20.

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