Friday, 11 July 2014

new books + summer blog break

Today is my birthday and in the last days the postman has been ringing the bell to bring me new books. I got some good ones. Yesterday I started reading American Modern by interior and home furnishings designer Thomas O'Brien and couldn't put it down. It's a beautiful book, a personal one, and with every home feature O'Brien shares his design process. I'm particularly fond of all the styling details and seeing more angles of his Soho home, which is featured in the book.

Believe it or not but today I'm not baking anything, just wasn't in the mood for a cake. All I wanted was Green & Black's organic ice cream and I'm about to eat a lot of it. A lot!

It is time to make the most of summer. I will be on a blog break for the next two weeks. I'm hoping to explore our new surroundings a little better and go to the seaside. See you later!

photo credit:
Lisa Hjalt

Thursday, 10 July 2014

outdoor living

Outdoor living is a temporary series on the blog that contains stylish outdoor living areas and sometimes al fresco table settings. It's about celebrating the season of summer!
Fancy a trip to the Bahamas? This gorgeous loggia belongs to American interior designer Amanda Lindroth and her Sweden-born husband Orjan. It's part of their hillside house Ca'Liza (named after their daughter Liza) on the Paradise Island that has a view out to the Atlantic Ocean. It's a coralina limestone house with Palladian columns, designed by de la Guardia Victoria Architects. The outdoor living area was featured in the book Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living by Lisa Newsom, published last year.

Amanda chose to decorate the loggias with vintage rattan furniture, which she found in antiques shops and on eBay. The blue and white batik cushions are made of yards of China Seas fabrics that she received as a housewarming gift.
photo credit:
1-2: from the book Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living by Lisa Newsom, published by Hearst (1: via Aesthetically Thinking | 2: via Amanda Lindroth) | 3: Tria Giovan for Veranda, June 2010 via Mark D. Sikes

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Summer living | Vive l'été

The other day I was reflecting on last summer and I remembered how obsessed I was with lavender. For me it simply was the summer of lavender. This summer, however, it is stripes. Striped anything! Everywhere I look I see stripes, even though I'm not trying to find any.

I hope summer is treating you well.
photo credit:
1: Justin Sullival for Style Me Pretty Living • styling Aaron Hartselle | 2: Olivia Kanaley of A Field Journal via Pinterest | 3: Nour El Nil tours via My Paradissi | 4: Howell Conant • Grace Kelly in Jamaica, 1955 via Classiq | 5: Ikea via Tumblr | 6: Scott Frances for Architectural Digest, July 2013 | 7: Sarah of A Beach Cottage via The Style Files | 8: Ragnar Ómarsson for Ikea Livet Hemma | 9: J.Crew Lookbook June 2014 • model Cameron Russell

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Drakothea - a luxury villa in Mykonos

Is it too obvious that I'm in the mood for vacation daydreaming? I cannot remember when I first discovered Villa Drakothea on the island of Mykonos. I have seen images here and there but it wasn't until recently that I found an old article about it on the website of Le Figaro.

The luxury villa is carved on a hill on the south-east part of the island. It's tastefully decorated in a rustic bohemian style with all modern comforts needed, four bedrooms that sleep eight and a swimming pool. The panoramic Aegean Sea view from the property is extraordinary.

photo credit:
Francesco Lagnese for Le Figaro - Madame

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