Former Farm in The Netherlands

The owners of this former farm in The Netherlands couldn’t get their home quite the way they wanted, until they asked their daughter who transformed their farm into a beautiful home that according to the owners ‘feels like staying in a hotel’. They painted the entire home white, including the original wooden beams, which makes the home very light and to add some colour they painted the wall in the kitchen a lovely blue. The home is decorated with unique vintage items that the owner loves to collect which fits perfectly with the old feel of the former farm.

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Future Past – Creating A New Version Of The Old

I love these moody, warm tones as seen here in images from Dulux. It says on the website that ‘Future Past takes its cues from steampunk merging with modern design – creating a new version of the old. Deep and decadent traditional hues are made modern with the addition of mustard, pink and purple’. Everytime I see images like these with such dark walls, I regret not making my own walls darker, it creates such a warm home. You can also see that in these images by Dulux that I’ve posted on my blog earlier.

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Church Converted Into The Jane Restaurant in Antwerp

Dutch design studio Piet Boon has designed this former church of a military hospital in Antwerp into the stunning restaurant of Sergio Herman and Nick Bril called The Jane. I love it when churches get converted when they’re no longer in use (see also this church in Spain converted to a skate park). There are so many beautiful architectural churches in the world that are no longer used for it’s original purpose, it would be a shame to lose that and this way future generations can still admire the wonderful architecture of these buildings that were built hundreds of years ago. This restaurant in Antwerp combines elegance and refinement with attitude and humour, a good example of that is the stained glass in this building, at first it looks like traditional stained glass that you see in most churches, but when you look closer you will not see martyrs or saints but a collection of objects, animals, food and other things. These windows were created by Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job and add a nice touch of humour in the design of this restaurant. A dinner in restaurant The Jane is not only a pleasure for the stomache but also for your eyes.

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C.O.Q. Hotel: Paris Boutique Hotel in Shades of Blue

In the 13th-arrondissement of Paris, on the Rue Édouard Manet, stands this beautiful blue coloured C.O.Q Hotel (C.O.Q stands for Community of Quality). The thought behind the hotel is that it is a club run by and for it’s members. Clients, friends and visitors can all use the hotel’s city guide ánd they can contribute to it so you can share your experiences and finds with other travelers to the wonderful city of Paris, such a nice idea!! The C.O.Q. Hotel is designed with a special attention to details and the desire to value the modern French know-how. They created a boutique hotel that feels like a personal home, the rooms are so elegant and comfortable decorated in these fantastic blue tones and antique artwork. And to make the hotel even more perfect, it has a winter garden, lovely to sit back and relax after a long and hectic day in Paris!

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Stunning Buenos Aires Home That Embraces The Outdoors

Away from the chaos of Buenos Aires, in one of its residential neighbourhoods, stands this wonderful architectural home of architect Alejandro Sticotti. Casa Olivos is a spacious property that truly embraces the wonderful garden that surrounds the home thanks to the use of floor to ceiling windows that make you feel as if you’re sitting in a garden instead of a home. The design of the building was centered on linking the inside with the outside and making the home transparant, so there is no extravagant luxury, the home is decorated with basic materials such as wood and concrete. I especially love the kitchen with the simple marble workspace, open shelves and no lower cabinets. I can just imagine living here and wander barefoot through the garden and the wonderful open spaces of this home. It must feel a bit like you’re always on vacation and who wouldn’t want that!

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Miss Clara: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Stockholm

If there is one thing that Scandinavians are good at, it’s design. So it’s not surprising that you can find the most stunning hotels in these countries. Miss Clara is a design hotel with a boutique feeling in the center of the Swedish capital Stockholm. The hotel is located in a beautiful Art Nouveau building from 1910, that was formerly a girl’s school Atheneum. The rooms are sparsely furnished but they are very comfortable, with beautiful dark herringbone floors and the use of good, solid materials. The rooms have large windows and the walls to the bathroom are made of frosted glass to fully make use of the natural light that floods in the rooms. It is such a beautiful hotel, that embraces the Art Nouveau style, with a wonderful warm feeling and decorated with an exquisite eye for design, I would love to stay in Miss Clara when I go to Stockholm.

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