We’re off for a week on holiday soon and I can’t wait. We wanted to catch some last Autumn sun before diving into Winter and picked Portugal as our destination. It’s promising to stay sunny and warm, so that’s perfect.
Always looking for beautiful places that inspire me, I found a lovely guesthouse in the Algarve, close to the coast. I hate going to big chain hotels and places for mass-tourism – of which there are unfortunately plenty in the Med – and so I was chuffed about this one. Of course, we haven’t been yet, so we’ll have to wait and see what it’s really like, but the photos look promising! www.tapadadogramacho.com
I’ll be chilling out by the pool or on the beach I think, while my man is trying out some kite-surfing (oh dear). I’d rather relax, read a book and indulge in some delicious ‘Pasteis de nata’ or Portuguese custard tarts. Don’t know these tarts? Let me introduce you to them with this recipe…Yum!
I am also planning to look for some nice Portuguese antique tiles, or ‘azulejos’ as they call them, to take back home. I saw them some years back when I was in Portugal for the first time and they’re so beautiful. I’ll probably only be able to take a few back, due to airline restrictions, but perhaps that is not such a bad thing, budget-wise…
I got plenty of creative ideas for what to do with them anyway…using them in bathroom tiling, making coasters out of them or simply displaying them as pretty objects.
Or actually, you could do as the Portuguese and stick them on the outside of your house!
Até a vista ! (see you soon!)
I have always been strangely attracted by the gypsy lifestyle. The old-style caravans, the women with their long skirts, black hair, big earrings, the mysterious eyes. And the music. Whenever I hear a violin or accordeon playing gypsy music, I am touched by it. Even in the middle of a busy shopping street I will stop and listen. I don’t know what it is, but it feels familiar, as if I’m somehow connected. Who knows… Maybe I’m just a romantic with a love for history and traveling.
Anyway, back to interiors & junk! 😉 As I’m traveling myself this weekend, not in a caravan but by plane and high-speed train to the Netherlands (I know, VERY gypsy-like, eh?), I thought I share some travel-themed ideas with you. I came across a nice blog (interiordivine.blogspot.com) and found some inspiring images around the ‘gyspy’ theme.
I love folkloric, bazaar-like interiors and the work of French designer Jeanne Bayol just makes me smile. Jeanne shares my fascination with the gypsy lifestyle and passionately restores and sells all kinds of gypsy caravans in The Provence. You can order your own one on www.les-verdines.com
For some great ‘gyspy’-like music that makes you instantly happy, go and download some tunes from 17Hippies or Orkestra del Sol.
I have recently been looking for the perfect fabric to recover an old chair, but…there’s just too much choice! I love simple, sophisticated linens in greys and browns, but I also adore bold, colourful, flowery, glittery, embroidered, oriental, silky and velvety fabrics – Designer’s Guild, JAB, Harlequin…. However, I came across the ideal solution; the fabulous creations of UK designer Kelly Swallow: patchwork chairs! Don’t you just love these?
Her website says: ” …A swatch of vintage fabric is a little piece of history…” That’s my girl.
OMG, I felt like a kid in a sweet shop…
Next time you’re in Paris, forget the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, head straight down to Europe’s biggest flea market for a day in treasure hunters’ paradise… The Puces de Saint-Ouen. Hundreds of stalls with vintage clothes, jewelry, furniture, art and antiques covering a whole neighbourhood. It’s not that cheap, but even if you don’t buy anything you’ll come home with lots of inspiration and heaps of photos! And if you have totally fallen in love with that fabulous Danish designer sofa from the 60s, they can ship the whole thing home for you (so don’t worry about those Easyjet baggage limits).
Take a look here for more information…