i’m crushing big time on the home of photographer dana van leeuwen (her home + photographs) which was featured in est magazine last year. her home is located in amsterdam which makes me like it even more. i’ve never been to amsterdam, but it’s inching its way up on my places to visit list. my friend just got back and said it was magic, my sister and brother have both been, i’m part dutch, i have a dutch style bike, and when i took the facebook test (i know i know- but you take them too, right?) to figure out what city i should be living in, my results said amsterdam.
i love everything about this home and i’m certain you will too. click thru for more, including a cute cat.
i have been thinking a lot about vacation. like a real vacation. not a business trip. not a conference. not a family holiday trip. a straight up nothing to do but vacation vacation. it’s been a little too long. while my favorite places to go almost always include europe and exploring, i’ve been dreaming of a beach (most recently this pink beach) lately. sitting, listening, reading. nothing to do and no agenda.
i have no beach vacation planned, but i do like to plan all kinds of trips, even if only for my one day some day wish list. the other day i happened upon chateau de la resle, a luxury retreat in burgundy, france and i thought it looked pretty amazing and like something i needed to share. france is always a place i want to visit. i’ve only been once for a few days and it seems like that was forever ago. i’ve never been to a chateau and hadn’t envisioned a modern one, but i’m liking what i see.
this staircase is worth saving in a one day, some day house kind of design file!
thursdays always require a little escape, even if it’s virtual . . . so click through to see more of this modern chateau, complete with a sauna.
it wasn’t long ago that i was crushing on the home of sophia of mokkasin blog. so when a new home tour, of the same home, emerged so did more love for this swedish beauty of a family home. the light and lived in quality in this home is what i’m always drawn to. see what i mean . . .
click through to take a peek in the bedrooms.
it’s no secret that i’m a fashionABLE super fan. i love their scarves (i never go far without one) + i love their mission (to create sustainable business for africans so they are not dependent on charity, but instead earn the dignity of a job). and, today there is even more love going around because fashionABLE has just added a new product – a blanket!
the mehari blanket is so gorgeous! it’s great for both indoor and outdoor use. think cozying up on the couch with a good book and warm cup of tea or a summer picnic in the park (or beach, if you are so lucky). i’m using mine draped over my bed.
i don’t know what could be better then helping to empower and invest in women by purchasing a pretty new blanket. i love that helping create jobs (buy purchasing these products) gives women, an ocean away, the opportunity to create . . . create beauty with her hands, but also create a bright future.
for the next 48 hours fashionABLE is offering F R E E shipping on the mehari blanket to all la la lovely readers. just use code : LALAFREE
click, through to see how else i’m using my blanket :
sometimes you just stumble upon something that leads to another something and gets you thinking about a lot of things. this house happened and thoughts began to abound abound. i saved the above photo from pinterest, as i do. there is a whole lot of whole “ness” going on in the photo. likley an english country side house. a home covered in ivy and memories with all kinds of windows open ushering in the wind and sky painted the same hue of blue. a window you can pass food right through to your inside looking outside table. i started imagining the conversations that could happen there and the laughter that likey ensues. there was so much goodness grasping my attention that i didn’t even notice the dog. the kind that surely guards your home and your heart and makes any house a home. the photograph did the talking, no words spoken or written to read. i clicked on, hoping for more and i found it (thank you selby). i found a house crush, like i normally do. it wasn’t a “i like that room”, “i like that arrangement,” and an “i like those blooms blooming here and there and everywhere.” it was an, “i’ve stumbled upon a soul home.” and while, i love all white, and clean and crisp . . . what i love even more is a home that has not only soul but a soul.
i clicked on to find out more, (my sister calls me a google whore – i know i know) and come to find, amanda brooks the owner of this soul home was the former fashion director at barneys who has a blog. she is the kind that left all of that for all of this, all because of a little inspiration from another blogger, ree drummond (you know, the pioneer woman).
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