WEEKEND ESCAPE: LOST IN TIME IN TAROUDANT

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Through a photo I found on Pinterest I came across this article in the New York Times about Taroudant, a small town at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. In this remote market town a colorful group of expats have create a most stylish haven with some beautiful homes. Some French expats left their jobs and started a guest house. DarZahia for example is a beautiful bed & breakfast. And Ollivier Verra transformed a home into luxurious six room hotel Dar Al Hossoun. You can read the entire story here.

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AN ANCIENT VILLA OVERLOOKING LAKE COMO, ITALY

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This beautiful ancient Italian villa overlooking Lake Como in Italy is featured in the February issue of ELLE Decoration UK. If you can not get a paper of the magazine you can also download the digital edition from Apple Newsstand or Kindle Newsstand.

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THE CULINARY FILES: COPENHAGEN RESTAURANT HOST

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Copenhagen (Denamark) restaurant Höst has been choses as best restaurant by Travel & Leisure magazine. This beautiful restaurant designed by Norm Architects and Menu use local, organic and sustainable ingredients for their New Nordic cuisine. The decor is a mix of modern and rural farm style. Industrial lights, rough plank ceilings and tables, windows recycled from an old hospital, wooden cutting boards give the place a unique yet cozy feel. Dinnerware in white, grey and blue has been especially created by Menu. The place is definitely on my ‘places-to’go’ list!

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A STUNNING CONVERTED WAREHOUSE IN MELBOURNE

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This stunning converted warehouse in Melbourne, Australia, has been renovated and designed by Techne. This Melbourne based architecture and interior design studio gives the following information about their project: “This three level conversion aims to promote the open nature of the subdivided warehouse space. The new architectural components attempt to recede within the shell and the subdued palette has been chosen to highlight the original elements of the building, including steel windows, structure, staircases and trusses. The use of partitions has been kept to a minimum to promote connection and interaction as well as allow daylight and airflow to stream throughout the open living areas.”

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PARADISE FOUND: DEDON ISLAND IN THE PHILIPPINES

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I am definitely in vacation mood as I am searching for holiday destination to spend our 2014 vacation. This resort openend by contemporary furniture brand Dedon is not within our budget but I like to show it to you anyway as we need something to dream about don’t we. Dedon Island on the east coast of Siargao in the Philippines is created in collaboration with designers Jean-Marie Massaud and Daniel Pouzet. The nine-villa property epitomizes the brand’s devotion to eco-friendly barefoot living, utilizing only local materials and incorporating, naturally, many of its signature products. Dedon founder Bobby Dekeyser: “More than just a hotel, DEDON ISLAND is a kind of a laboratory for us – an Outdoor Living Lab for bringing our barefoot dreams to life. Every experiment we carry out here, from groundbreaking outdoor design to organic local farming, brings us that much closer to achieving our vision of a truly sustainable paradise – a place to retreat, rejuvenate and return to the world in a barefoot state of mind.” Many of Dedon’s signature products such as the ‘Nestrest’ can be found in the resort.

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A COZY SCANDINAVIAN WINTER HOME

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I am not a winter person so I don’t mind that winter has not arrived yet here in The Netherlands. But in other parts in the world, such as in the US, it is very cold at the moment. I am hope you are all warm and safe! Today’s post features a Scandinavian interior. The atmosphere is modern with a bit of an artic touch. Sheep skins, wool, candles and wood create a sense of coziness which is very suitable for winter.

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A NOT SO STANDARD SWEDISH FAMILY HOME

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This cozy family home is located in Gothenburg, Sweden, but does not have one of those typical Swedish interiors. At first sight you might even think that this townhouse is located in England or France. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the owners are Anglophiles and get inspiration mostly from British magazines such as House & Garden. My favorite space is the kitchen with tiles in a beautiful shade of green and green doors opening to a lovely patio. You can see more of this house here.

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