White & Blue Holiday House #2

Happy Friday! The weather has been so lovely here in London this week, that it’s still making me feel like I’m on holiday.

To keep the mood going, I’m gonna share a few more pics of the White & Blue House:

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The living room is dominated by the curvy lines of the fireplace and the two little arched windows.

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The vintage wicker chair has been restored and has stripy white and light blue fabric cushions, the same fabric has been used for the curtains and the sofa. The floors of the entire house are covered with local ‘terracotta’ tiles.

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H&M Home Collection

I recently just found out that H&M has a lovely Home Collection. A bit late in discovering this, I know, but it was a good surprise.

I found on Stylizmo  (of my favourite blogs) the photo of this beautiful bookend:

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I was so surprised when I found out it was from H&M…. I never knew they also have a Home collection, like Zara Home or French Connection Home.  After all H&M is a Scandinavian brand, so I must check that out!

Last Sunday I was in the centre with my boyfriend for a quick shopping,  before our visit to Ireland next week, and I didn’t miss the opportunity to drag him into and H&M shop.

I couldn’t find the bookend, but I discovered  a lot of lovely things. The prices are also very accessible. Here’s my wishlist:

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  1. Small Wire Basket 2. Stoneware Jug 3. Patterned Tea Towel 4.Felted Storage Basket 5. Stoneware Mug 6.Round Mirror 7. Basket in Metal wire 8. Round Tray

For now I bought just a new Natural Linen Duvet cover, very nice and fresh, perfect for these last London Summer days. But I’ll be back soon 🙂

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Did you know H&M Home? Did you buy any good thing there? How is the quality?

S

 

 

 

White & Blue Holiday House

Unfortunately, my short holiday is over. It felt quick but it’s great to disconnect from London life for a few days.

I decided to share this lovely house that I stay at almost every year. It’s located on a little village north from Valencia on the Costa del Azhar.

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I decided to share this lovely house that I stay at almost every year. It’s located on a little village north from Valencia on the Costa del Azhar.

It’s a family house with all the typical Spanish characters and colours. The white walls are interrupted just by the green windows shutters and are surrounded by Pine trees and Mediterranean plants.

The light feature in the photo below is just a pair of roof tiles mounted on the wall – A nice and simple detail using local materials to get a modern detail.

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The Master Bedroom is on the top floor and has a lovely round terrace outside with a fantastic view of the see and the green trees from the garden and pool below.

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The colour palette for the house is white and blue. The art on the wall comes from Italian artist, the vase and the rustic side tables were bought in some local shops

In front of the bed there’s this lovely niche with curvy lines. Blue vases are used to decorate this little space. The African wood sculpture was bought at a local market.

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The Bathroom is a triumph of Blue & White using local azulejos ceramic .

Blue and White Azulejos had also been used for decorating the staircase:

One of the two double bedroom has got and entire wall decorated with hats.  Its a great and simple idea, and also a cheap one! It’s also practical during long hot Spanish summer days.

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The rest of the bedroom is blue and white. The vase is from one of the local ceramic manufacturers. The sideboard and the bedside table are second hand ones that had been restored and painted white by the owners.

The decoration are local and simple: stones and shells picked up from the beach, stored on glass vases, and some wood pieces bought at a local market:

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Hope you enjoyed this first set. It was nice to get back on my camera after a while and take some nice pictures of this house I love so much.

I will post more on the next few days. Please leave me a comment, I’d love to hear what you think.

Silvia

 

 

Black & White Entrance

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it but I do have a thing with black and white.

You can probably notice, if you’re following me on Instagram, but I can’t help it…

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Dream Portuguese House for Rent

I’m off to Spain next week and my brain is already in the Holiday Mood.

I was looking online for holiday houses and I came across Casa1505 designed by one of my favourite Portuguese architects: Eduardo Souto de Moura.

The House is located in Porto, can host up to 6 people and is available to rent  “just” 775£ per week.

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I absolutely love this little window with the typical Portuguese pattern. He carefully mixes contemporary architecture  with the traditional elements of the surrounding area.

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The simple staircase is incredible beautiful and pure, especially the first step made of marble, which is a trademark part of the architect’s style.

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The house consists of two separate volumes unified by interior gardens.

Architect: Eduardo Souto de Moura Casa 1015, Porto,

The outdoor patio is perfect for an early morning breakfast, or late evening drink, when the sun is going down. The Driade Toy Chairs are just perfect for this space.

Architect: Eduardo Souto de Moura Casa 1015, Porto,One  of the Bedroom is facing the Patio. The Bedroom style is very calm and minimal. The Flos lamp Miss K by Philippe Stark is the only decorative element, together with the 2 red artwork on the wall

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The stone cream colour gives a very soft and nice atmosphere to the other bedroom, with en suite bathroom. I really like those simple Black line artwork on the wall. I wonder who the artist is?

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And finally the architect’s touch is also on the beautiful entrance and letterbox where the stainless steel is contrasting with the typical stone wall.

Architect: Eduardo Souto de Moura Casa 1015, Porto,

Architect: Eduardo Souto de Moura Casa 1015, Porto,

Such a Beautiful House, I wish I could spend there at least a night….Have a good weekend

Silvia

P.S. Photo by Tiago Casanova. From The Modern House 

 

 

 
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