the ever-so-talented stylist and author mr. jason grant (who has a new book out — but more on that later!) sent me some pics of an irresistable home he’s recently styled up in collaboration with the owner, Nicole Valentine Don, a Canadian living in Australia for the last ten years. Often affectionately known as Little Nicki, she lives here with her filmmaker boyfriend (well, fiancé actually, she just can’t get used to saying it!). Nicole is an interior and lifestyle stylist, maker and owner of etsy shop little nicki, as well as an aspiring actress. her sunny seaside apartment beautifully photographed by lauren bamford, is in Sydney, in the beach suburb of Tamarama. Their colorful home is full of travel mementos and handmade goods, plants, thrift store treasures and objects collected since childhood — and i love it all. Check out her lovely blog The Transcontinental Affair; she is also a weekly contributor to justina blakeney’s beautiful blog, offering styling, DIY and interior roundup posts. you can also find nicole on facebook, pinterest and instagram.
this is the beautiful barcelona home of interior designer Merixtell Ribé. her home is distinctly scandinavian-influenced with lots of fresh, white walls and mid-century modern classics, but there are hints of her spanish heritage, too — seen mostly in her accessories, and those gorgeous floor tiles. a complete remodel, it’s hard to imagine this home was once a rundown, ramshackle building, but in one of barcelona’s most desirable neighborhoods, L’Eixample district — so once merixtell saw its potential she knew she had to take on the renovations and make this place her own. for the full tour, visit rum hemma.
• photography by Mauricio Fuertes for rum hemma.
Top to bottom, left to right:
1. An earthy Moroccan courtyard brings nature into a contemporary house.
2. Let this soft and quiet all-white bedroom lift the day’s worries away.
3. This oh-so-darling bathroom is fit for a life-sized modern dollhouse.
4. Sarah of Coco Lapine Design styles a calming creative spot for the bedroom.
5. Get inspired by this unique storefront-turned-living space.
I love this modern, technicolor home in lisbon i saw in architectural digest espana. hot pink walls! and lots of fresh white — what’s not to like? while daring, it certainly puts one in a cheery mood. you should check out the rest of this house — pink is not the only color they decorated with. there’s some aqua rooms that will knock your socks off. but you know me, i’m partial to pink. for the whole home tour, visit architectural digest espana.
• photography by MANOLO YLLERA for architectural digest espana.
about a month ago, i shared with you my goals for taking better care of myself, and your kind comments of encouragement were overwhelming touching, and such a positive reinforcement of my mission for improved health and well being. thank you all so very much! working with the jawbone UP24 has also been such an inspiring and great motivator. i kinda love being pushed a little bit (in a kind and supportive way!) so i think wearing the jawbone and tracking my goals has made all the difference. so far, i’ve lost 7 pounds, and most importantly, i am feeling so much better.
Having used the jawbone UP24 for about a month, it’s motivated me to make a lot of little changes to my life. i’m walking more, because i like seeing that step number go up on the tracker app! even if it means walking or riding my bike to the store instead of getting in the car, those small differences are adding up. i’m eating better, drinking more water, and i’m sleeping a whole lot better, too. the added benefits are slowly adding up, and i’ve hear slow and steady is the way to go when making life changes like this, so i’m really happy to see this progress, and i’m also most grateful to you guys for your support and to jawbone for giving me this opportunity to succeed. so thanks to everyone and here’s to us all taking good care of ourselves — we so deserve it!