La vie est belle

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“Journalist abandons city in favour of tumbledown French farmhouse.” One day – please god – let someone write those words about me! Just imagine cooking in a kitchen flooded with as much light as this! Despite the basic concrete floor this rooms looks so welcoming and warm. Who wouldn’t want to fling open those doors… 

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Or, life in the woods

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I studied English Literature at university and one of the many books I read there was Walden by Henry David Thoreau. In America it’s pretty much a seminal work but it’s not widely read over here. If I’m honest, it’s a bit slow and preachy for me, but its core themes of a simple life, communing… 

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Earth laughs in flowers

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I came across the dreamiest blog last week. To me it seems to perfectly capture the beautiful sadness that accompanies these last fading days of summer. Emerson Merrick is written by New York florist Amy Merrick. However her most inspiring posts come not from the Big Apple but from Elmwood, her tumbledown country escape in… 

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Decorate with sugar and spice

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I’m not really into ‘themed’ rooms but I do have a couple of Moroccan-style bits at home, like this carved screen and one of these leather pouffes. I love the juxtapositions that define this look: spicy accents against sugar-white walls and elaborate geometric patterns in pared-back, clutter-free rooms. I haven’t been to Morocco (yet!) but… 

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Daydreams of a single girl

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For various reasons lately, I’ve been daydreaming about moving to Paris for a spell, getting a little studio apartment and soaking up some culture. Or maybe Berlin. Or New York. Or Budapest. Wherever, a big part of my fantasy is based on the idea of a little apartment to call home. It would be small… 

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Inside Sania Pell’s gorgeous Croatian home

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When I started Decorator’s Notebook, I didn’t anticipate finding one Croatian home worthy of a post, let alone two within the first two months! But despite the unexpected geographical bias, I couldn’t resist sharing this beautiful house the moment I laid eyes on it. The house was built 50 years ago by the Grandfather of… 

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Inside Croatia’s cutest cottage

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If I didn’t have to be in wet and windy London this weekend, I’d definitely be here… {Damir Zizic via Kuchica} Kuchica, which means ‘little house’ in Croatian, nestles in the lush hillside near Zagreb. Lovingly restored with flea market finds, rustic colours and bare minimum of fuss, the 100 year old cottage can be… 

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