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South African autumn inspiration

The autumn is here soon and what wouldn’t fit better than a style with an African ethnic influence, warm colors and natural materials for the home. The fall season is a relaxing period that offers a slowed down reality worth enjoying. Everything from color to texture provides a bit of solace to all who stop and enjoy the crisp air. Enjoy the look of these warm colored autumnal inspired interiors, perfect for the autumn season. 




The following images is from West Elm’s newest collection of autumn finds extend beyond the season and provides an assortment of trendy pieces for time to come. Their new fall 2012 collection does a pretty fab job of showcasing principles of African design with its Cape Dutch-style influences. Read More

Aura Home – an oasis of pleasure and comfort

I’m really impressed by the marvelous bed linen and home accessories created by the Australian company “Aura”.  These stunning items are from their catalogue winter 2012. Winter it is because Australia is in the middle of this season now.




In the most literal, descriptive sense, Australian based AURA makes bed linen and home accessories. And every piece springs from the marvelous, magpie mind of AURA’s founder, Tracie Ellis. With the eye of an artist – and the attention to detail of a textile designer – Tracie’s starting point for everything she creates is that it should not only appeal to the eye, but provide tactile delight as well. It must feel, as well as look, beautiful.

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Palm handcrafted Wood baskets from Vietnam

Piet Hein Eek’s Fair Trade Baskets are Beautifully Handcrafted from Recycled Palm Wood. Each piece is handcrafted in Vietnam using palm wood slabs according to the Fair Trade principles.




Famous Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek recently designed a beautiful set of baskets, bowls, and trays for Fair Trade Originals. Each piece is handcrafted in Vietnam using palm wood slabs according to the Fair Trade principles. Vietnamese handicraftsmen working in a family-owned workshop followed Piet Hein Eek’s designs to create a series of beautiful, functional objects by recycling a large batch of rejected breadboards.

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Nordic ethnic

The ethnic and Scandinavian expression meets in the Nordic ethnic style which is characterized by an organic and harmonic form. To add this style decorate with Nordic and Scandinavian retro design, spice up with details from North Africa. Use warm, deep and rich colours and create a warm and cozy atmosphere.




The style is known for a blend of clean lines from the Nordic colour palette and beautiful ethnic treasures.

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Natural Tree Stump Side Table

Bring the outdoors in with this rustic Natural Tree Stump side table. Made from naturally fallen cypress trees, each solid-wood table is one of a kind. Cluster two or three together to create a unique coffee table, or use them individually beside a sofa, bed or chair.


Tree Stump


Love this solid tree stump made of cypress wood from West Elm. Due to the natural wood used, no tables are alike.

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Home tour – simply beautiful

I just have to make a post with these stunning images of Swedish interior designer Marie Olsson Nylander’s home. I’ve seen them before and the pictures simply got stuck in my mind. The design are so beautiful and  fearless.


Marie Olsson Nylander


Located in the south of Sweden, Marie Olsson Nylander and her family live in the 70s villa that she and her husband restored and made their own. The theme of worn-in pieces, bright colors and ethnic textiles completely takes my breath. Check out the pictures below and enjoy!

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Rustic Farmhouse in Tuscany

Between groves of cypress and oak trees this old farmhouse has been reborn thanks to the care and tenacity of Federica Fusi. Agrifuturismo is the name given to this 18th century Tuscan farm house which forms part of a small group of much more ancient structures surrounded by olive groves, forest and fields.




In 2004, Federica was looking for a farmhouse property with history and integrity. On the road that connects Florence to Siena, she found this farmhouse, dating back to the 18th century) which she converted into three apartments: one for her and two to rent to visitors.

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Fresh summer with Indiska

If you want some summer refreshment for your home and outdoor area, find the inspiration in the collection from Indiska. Turquoise tones, bright colors and flowers characterize the spring collection from Indian, but there are also some light touches which constitute a nice contrast to the smashing tones.



Indiska has a very specific charm, because it is a mix of Scandinavian aesthetic and Indian culture. And if you browse through their catalog you will see it in every single product – the colors, the patterns. everything remind of this relationship.

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Collection Blue from IKEA

In June 2012 the exciting limited collection blue from IKEA comes to the stores. Cushions in beautiful forms come together with rugs, bedspreads, curtains, sarongs and a hammock for relaxing moments. And stuff that glimmers! The idea behind the collection was to surprise and create something extraordinary – a mix of materials that feels exciting and interesting.



The collection contains several patterned fabrics that are woven in South India. The pattern on the seat cushion BLÅSKLOVER has fine embroidered patterns, inspired by the busy traffic in India’s big cities.

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Moroccan design wall stencils

I have to admit, I love the idea of stenciling a wall and it’s a great alternative to wallpaper. Wall stencils are the best decorating tool, it’s really just paint & stencil! Ta da, you’ve got a whole new look to your room or ceiling!



This collection of Moroccan design wall stencils includes allover stencils, border stencils, motif stencils, and other Moroccan patterns created by Royal Design Studio founder Melanie Royals on her painting trips to Marrakesh, Morocco. Be inspired by the exciting projects created with our Moroccan stencils in Stencil Ideas Blog.

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