WEEKEND ESCAPE: AUSTRALIA’S COFFEE SCENE

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When I was in Australia years ago I was surprised by the amount of coffee bars and great restaurants. And this was in 2001/2002, at that time it was very hard to get a descent coffee here in Amsterdam and there I was in cities such as Melbourne and Sydney where I could get a perfect espresso on almost every corner. I was in coffee heaven! Now the coffee culture is probably even more thriving and I can not wait to visit this wonderful country again some day. Another thing that I remember was the decor; most coffee places and restaurants were beautifully decorated in a modern yet cozy style. The two coffee bars featured in this post are designed by Melbourne based studio Larritt-Evans. The first four images show ESPL in Surfers Paradise. Coffee bar Market Lane (Therry St) in Melbourne is pictured in the botton four images.

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THE KIDS FILES: GREEN AS ACCENT COLOR

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Green isn’t perhaps your first color of choice when it comes to decorating a kids room (at least it isn’t mine) but this room designed by Maaike Koster proves that green is very suitable to give a room a fresh and bright look. Maaike, who is a designer and owner of My Deer, has used old and new furniture for her son’s bedroom. The main eye-catcher is the old cabinet which is painted in a bright green shade. The walls and floor have been kept white, green is only used as an accent color. You can achieve this look by adding green accessories and/or painting a wall or a furniture piece in a bright green color. You can find some suggestions at the end of this post. More about Maaike’s beautiful home can be found on &SUUS.

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HANDCRAFTED OBJECTS AT THE VINTAGE VOGUE

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Etsy shop The Vintage Vogue sells beautiful handcrafted objects. Shop owner Charlotte combines her love of design with her love of craft which results in a wonderful selection of wooden trays, pendants and ceramics. You can see the entire collection here.

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A NORWEGIAN VILLA WITH SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN CLASSICS

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Finally we are back! After my old hosting company Lunarpages had kept this site offline for days (horrible customer service) I had to move to a new hosting company. I hate the technical stuff and I am very relieved that everything is working fine now. Thanks for your patience, I hope this site will be better and faster than ever! Let’s start this new period with a beautiful villa in Norway. This home in Lagåsen was built in 1927. Owners Nina and Terje are fascinated by Scandinavian design which you see from their home which is filled with design classics such as the Egg chair and Butterfly chair from Arne Jacobsen.

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DIY LEAVES & FEATHER MOBILE

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This beautiful mobile (created by Lovely Morning) is a great diy project to do with your children. First go on a walk and collect some things you find such as leaves and feathers. The only other supplies you need are an embroidery hoop, thread, and baker’s twine. I don’t think there are any instructions needed, it is that simple.

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A FAMILY HOME IN THE HEART OF AMSTERDAM

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This beautiful home is located in the Jordaan, one of the prettiest neighborhoods of Amsterdam. The renovated warehouse belongs to Marius Haverkamp, a contractor and interior designer, and Emily Gray. The steel and glass doors and the exposed brick wall give a beautiful industrial touch. Emily is the owner and designer of Gray Label, an Amsterdam based brand that creates apparel for the little minimalist. Gray Label is known for their good quality basics made from the softest organic fabrics. You can see some of my favorite items at the end of this post.

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DYED VINTAGE TABLEWARE BY JEANINE EEK KEIZER

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The beautiful blue tableware shown here in Amsterdam shop Sukha has been created by Jeanine Eek Keizer. The wife of Piet Hein Eek gives new life to existing ceramic pieces by applying a new glaze to the various old pieces of tableware. By using uniform shade variations of colours, it was possible to put together complete sets of tableware from a collection of odds and ends of crockery. At first sight it appears to be a single, beautifully coloured tableware set, but a second look lets you discover the variety and wealth in designs and decorations shining through. A near constant flow of ‘new’ old tableware has to be supplied, making snooping about in charity shops, jumble sales and auctions no longer an objectionable addiction. Isn’t this a beautiful way of recycling?! The table ware is available from Sukha and from the Piet Hein Eek shop in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

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