all about blue.

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all over france last week it was blue for as far as the eye could see. not the skies necessarily, but when it came to decor, blue was the spot on hot trend. especially bold cobalt blues, navy and those Mediterranean deep aqua blues. the salon in our marseille pensione was painted the most divine rich teal blue and had us swooning at bonjour. if you’re not brave enough... 
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good reads: the latest issue of est.

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do you read australian design est magazine? if not, it’s time to tune in, because issue #24 of est is a good one — exploring global home styles from cape town to mallorca and on to sydney. one of my favorite features, and there were many, is this modern rustic cape town gem. it has all the elements i love — an earthy Scandinavian¬†vibe, and a¬†farmhouse mix... 
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book smart.

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i am nothing if not a book worm. you may have noticed the first thing i did when i moved into my new house was to build floor to ceiling built-in bookcases as fast as we possibly could. when i move, i lug my book collection along the way, causing movers everywhere serious back pain (sorry guys, they are not dead bodies but beloved hardbound treasures). but not only do i love... 
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the perfect london flat.

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i thought i’d share a longer look at the airbnb flat we stayed at in london, since when i posted it on instagram so many of you were curious about where it was and how to stay there, too! located in the beautiful garden district of holland park, we loved everything about this cozy spot — just a hop skip and a jump from notting hill, portobello market and the tube... 
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eclectic is in.

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one thing i can tell you having just returned from london and paris — eclectic is in! not that it ever went out of style, especially in european corners of the world, but i found myself uber-inspired by what’s going on over there especially in terms of their madcap mix of genres, color and pattern. one of my favorite resources for that kind of home inspiration... 
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