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The idyllic lake-side Danish summer cottage

Do you prefer to stay at home or go abroad for your summer holiday? When the days are long and it never gets truly dark at night in Scandinavia I can totally understand why people prefer to retreat to summer cottages by a lake or sea. Take a look at this Danish cottage in Furesoen for example. The owner Per has lovingly restored it to create an idyllic lake-side holiday home. I could spend my entire summer here, how about you?!

Photographs: Mikkel Adsbol with kind permission. Bolig Magasinet. via French By Design with thanks.

 I love the combination of dark wood and dark blue it has such a calming effect. And that view...!

Mikkel always manages to find the most stunning spaces to capture including the very cool home of a Danish architect and an oh so stunning Danish haven in Cannes. You can take a look through Mikkel's portfolio here.

For more holiday home inspiration I do love the 25 home tours here: rural retreats, and of course there's this idyllic Danish summer cottage. Scandinavian staycations please.

Have a wonderful weekend and see you Monday!

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A cool pared-back Berlin apartment

We've finally arrived in the Dordogne after a 2200 km road trip from Sweden. Phew! It was well worth it, it's beautiful here. I hope I can take a few snaps while I'm here and create a post when I get back.   Last year I went on a road trip to Berlin for the first time and I was totally blown away by the German capital. This very cool apartment has a very Scandinavian look and feel: pared back with a white and grey colour theme. I particularly love the children's room (look at that cool bunk bed / den my girls would love one of those!).

Fantastic Frank

I could live here could you?!

I've featured a few fab Berlin homes on here in the past including this one styled by Coco Lapine Design blog,  this fantastic space and a very unique mid-century home. Oh so cool! I can't wait to return to the city again one day soon. 

Have a lovely day!

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Beautiful Dutch bedroom make-over

Hi, I hope you had a great weekend? Oh how I love a room make-over - especially when it's of the white floor variety! Over the weekend i came across this bedroom re-vamp is the work of Holly Marder, interior stylist, designer and the blogger extraordinaire behind Avenue Lifestyle. I love the entire look - from the light and bright airy feel, the grey bedding, the scissor reading lamp and open wardrobes. What a tremendous make-over?! Duvet day number two here perhaps?!!

Holly Marder, Avenue Lifestyle Blog

If you have a moment you must check out the before and after pictures here - just goes to show what you can do with a lick of paint and an incredible sense of style!

For more of Holly's styling check out this colourful Dutch home, this bright Dutch home and a lovely summer cottage. *Sigh* so fab!

PS loved the comments and discussions on whether you use a double or single duvet - give your two-pennies worth here...

Before I head off (literally - we're embarking on a 1700 km road trip with the girls this afternoon, eeek - wish us luck!!) I am delighted to introduce a new sponsor, Cosette.  Cosette or 'little thing' in French creates  and sells jewellery inspired by minimalism, simplicity and fun geometric shapes. Each piece is handmade and crafted with love by Canadian born Fai who now lives in Japan. I love this ring and these arrow stud earrings about you?!

Have a great start to the week and see you Wednesday!

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