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A lovely relaxed, family loft in Oakland

Hello! The sun's shining and it's almost the weekend - what's not to love?! It's going to be an extra special one here too as we've got VIP guests - my sister and unbelievably cute four month old niece! Before I head off to join them I'd like to share this wonderfully relaxed and charming loft in Oakland, California. Captured by Ellie Koleen, the home belongs to graphic designer and illustrator Jess Levitz, husband Josh, baby boy Izzie and their dog Jack. The family have furnished the space with an eclectic blend of their favourite things including a huge book collection, vintage and handmade items (note the bespoke raised bed), modern pieces and a whole load of plants. The result is an entirely unique and personal home drenched in sunlight. What a great home tour to celebrate the start of the weekend.












Photography: Ellie Koleen / @elliserochelle (shared with kind permission)/ Homeowner: Jess Levitz. Found via Design Sponge with thanks. 
Love, love, love this space, how about you? It helps that the pics are that bit more personal including Jess with her little baby boy and also Jack enjoying a little spot in the sun!

Items I know and love: Kitchen - rattan pouf, industrial style utility cart, I love this original dining table from the 1950's table (better hurry, there's only one!), rag rug, string folk lights. Sitting room: Chaise longue from IKEA. Bedroom: the yellow art on canvas is by Jess, fairy lights. Izzie's corner: cotton & ball string lights, this little bear blanket / rug is similar to the one draped over the side of the cot.

You can read / check out more pics of this lovely home here.

I absolutely love a loft, don't you? Here are some others I've featured in the passed, in case you missed them - thoughtful no?!  A truly inspiring Parisien loft, 'The Witness' in New York and an artist's home in a former factory. Do you have a favourite?

Have a wonderful couple of days and see you Monday!

PS This weekend I'm holding such an exciting give-away - in fact I'd love to keep the prize for my own home,....stop by if you have the time and join in the fun, I assure you, you'll be as excited as I am!

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Beautiful Amsterdam bedroom make-over and tips for a great night sleep

I had a bit of a late night last night, arriving back from presenting in Copenhagen (alongside two other lovely social media gals - cake baking extraordinaire Cecilia and talented photographer Christina) at midnight before being rudely interrupted by my alarm at 5.30 am this morning- GUH! As a result sleep (or lack of) is on my mind. Oh how I'd love to crawl under the duvet in this beautiful bedroom in a penthouse in Amsterdam. Designed by Holly Marder, the space has been decorated with soft, muted tones and a subtle mix of  textures to give a serene and relaxing feel.  Could you imagine a peaceful night's sleep (or duvet day) in this light and airy bedroom?









Photography / design - Holly Marder  / Avenue Lifestyle shared with kind permission.

Oh so lovely! The star of the show has to be the kitty cat - he's gorgeous?! But if I had to choose an item I'd go for the African mudcloth pillows/ cushions - fab!

Other items: I have a very similar bench at the end of my bed and love it. You can source a similar one here and here. The wall colour is Ammonite. Source sheer linen here. Hästens bed which has been re-upholstered. Brass pendant light bulbs, white and rose linen bedding. Beni Ourain rug. Books: The Kinfolk Home and Northern Delights. Superfront cabinet doors.

You can also see the before pictures here (I do love a good before and after!). And you might want to check out Holly's own bedroom here (one of the most popular posts of all time on MSH!). 

There's also plenty of bedroom inspiration in the MSH archives here. Plus over 1000 beautiful bedrooms (I'm not joking) on my bedroom pinterest board (clearly I dream about going back to bed a lot).

Other sleep-inducing links:

This dark broody cocoon of a bedroom and light and airy bedroom is also beautiful. Do you prefer the dark or the light?

I love this 'within the tides' bedding.

5 minute bedtime yoga for a better night's sleep.

Bedroom plants that help you sleep.

13 songs to calm you down at night.

How to wake-up without feeling sluggish.

Have a lovely day (and a beautiful night's sleep!). Sweet dreams!

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