This summer my family and I did a house exchange with a lovely family in the city of Valencia, Spain. It was the second time we swapped our house for the holiday and we love this concept. It's personal, you get free accommodation (and pet-care!), insider information and you get to live in a real neighbourhood for a few weeks, rather than a hotel.
Today I am posting about dream houses in the sun! Yes, because, well, you can dream, right? I have been collecting some gorgeous inspirational images again, making us all wish we lived in the Med. I guess we could always try and replicate the ideas...in our summerhouse or glass extension. Or just book a holiday. Perhaps you're already there.
There are a zillion things to do when you're looking for Easter themed activities around here. Egg hunting at every castle estate around the Shire is one of them! If you fancy something a bit different this year - or you're just not that much into chocolate (is there such a thing?) - here's a … Continue reading Urban cool on Easter Sunday in Aberdeen: street art and vintage
I am just in my second week of a four-week long trip through France and boy, am I loving it! It was a long drive, but it's great to have the car with us to go wherever we want. I am thoroughly enjoying the warm climate, the food, the old villages full of character and … Continue reading Treasure hunting in France: brocante!
I have just come back from Cyprus and had a great time. I wanted to share a few interesting photos of things that caught my eye while walking around in various places, especially of the rich colours and patterns on buildings and in textiles. Cyprus has a rich history of different cultures all putting their … Continue reading Travel blog post: colours of Cyprus
We're just back from a lovely two weeks' holiday in the UK. I guess you could call it a 'stay-cation' since we decided to stay in Britain this summer, but with a long drive of about 1500 miles in total you can hardly speak of 'staying local'!The good thing was that on our epic journey … Continue reading Travel post: Sleeping in a Grand Design home: Dime House, lake Windermere, Lake District
I was lucky enough to spend all of last week on holiday in beautiful Tuscany, Italy. If you've ever been there you will know how the area is steeped in history. Cities like Florence and Siena are like fabulous outdoor museums with churches and 'palazzos' around every corner (as well as gelaterias and equally mouth-watering … Continue reading Travel post: Italian vintage in wonderful Tuscany
Travel review of a summer road trip in Sweden: Stockholm design shopping, loppis in the countryside and relaxing at the lakes.
Karaku PotteryAaaah! Look at this! Shopping heaven! A shop called Kanzando in Kyoto. Image: www.savoryjapan.comA country I have never been to but is high on my wish list is Japan. I heard so many good things about it and the aesthetics are amazing. I just love the absolute beauty of Japanese ceramics such as … Continue reading Inspiration from Japan…cups, bowls, fabric and a kimono flea market!
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, … Continue reading Portugal: going on holiday in style…