Friday 12 July 2013

    Escape to Spain

     

    This gorgeous  summer house of Consuelo Castiglione, the Marni designer in Formentera, Spain. It has the charm of contrasts “well balanced” refinement and roughness, smoothness and  hippie chic tone. ”A kind of African paradise”

    Source: admagazine // photography: julien oppenheim via 79 Ideas

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    Saturday 20 October 2012

    castle pretty in germany

     

    This pic inspires me to want to brave the German winter to enjoy the beauty of a castle perched atop a hill, dusted in the softest shade of alabaster white snow!

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    * a lesson in german terminology : there are burgs – meaning fortresses or castles, & schlosses, meaning castles or palaces.

    Tip from This is Glamorous ~ if you wish to stay within a castle during your visit to Germany, see Schlosshotel Hugenpoet & Hotel Castle Liebenstein.

    {Source: This is Glamorous}

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    Tuesday 9 October 2012

    autumn in paris

     

    Falling, falling…

    beautiful shots of l’arc de triomphe among rust-coloured and rustling leaves, café chairs in the late-afternoon sun and a carpet of fallen leaves in the jardin des tuileries, pale roses in an antique shop window, and the extravagant splendour that is autumn in Paris . . . {roséline}

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    Coquet!

    {Images: This is Glamorous}

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    Friday 5 October 2012

    Claire Lloyd + My Greek Island Home

     

    Last night I had the joy of being transported to the Greek Island of Lesvos, when Claire Lloyd talked about her life and shared the inspirations for her new book, My Greek Island Home.

    When I bought my house on Lesvos, I was led by instinct — over the years I have learned to follow it without question. People always ask me how I came to be here. 

    Our first glimpse of Lesvos from the air was exciting:

    the deep blue-green Aegean Seas and a huge landmass rising from it.

    Dawn was breaking and warm colours streaked the horizon, a preview of the beautiful day ahead.

    My Greek Island Home is a memoir of Claire’s daily life in a village on the island of Lesvos.

    Feeling exhausted by her life’s hectic pace in London, Claire captures her journey to living a more simple life in the rugged beauty of a traditional Greek island village that has led to a sense of peace and the return of her creative drive.

    … endless sun, calming white-washed walls, salt-sharp air,

    the tinkle of goat bells and the musical chatter of buzzing, outdoor village life.

    The Book

    My Greek Island Home describes Claire’s journey to a small village in Greece – the ancient land of gods and poets, where the seasons govern a way of life that has barely changed over thousands of years. Accompanied by Claire’s stunning photographs filled with colour and light, this inspirational story of reconnecting with nature and community, and finding beauty in the smallest details, will make you see the world anew.

    Artist, designer and photographer Claire Lloyd had a successful career in London, a beautiful apartment and a life filled with excitement and travel. However, she was beginning to feel exhausted by her life’s hectic pace. One day a chance conversation with a friend led her to the Greek island of Lesvos, where she finally found what she was looking for – a sense of peace and the return of her creative drive.

    It draws on the importance of community living in a time when the world feels so disjointed. Frank, intimate and beautifully photographed, My Greek Island Home is about making a home in a strange land and discovering the joy of nature and creativity. It introduces us to the locals of Lesvos and their traditions, explores the intricate rituals of daily life. Armchair travelers will be transported by Claire’s evocative descriptions and photography of the food, people and places of Lesvos, while actual travelers will discover a wealth of new ideas for their next trip.

    About Claire Lloyd

    Claire Lloyd was born in Australia, and moved to London in her early twenties after two and a half years as an art director at Australian Vogue. In London she worked at The World of Interiors and then as an art director for the launch of the British edition of W magazine. From there she built a stellar career in magazines, film, video, books and property. Her first book, Sensual Living, showed readers how to create a home that stimulates all the senses. Claire lives in Greece with her partner and a large number of animals.

    {Images & source: photography by Claire Lloyd. Visit Claire’s delightful blog, Claire Lloyd loves and her website. There is an extract from the book published in The Australian here.}

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    Tuesday 10 January 2012

    travels

     

    I’m escaping to the beach for the January summer weekends. Getting the bags and car packed!

    {Image: Corrie Bond via 79 Ideas}

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    Sunday 23 January 2011

    Antwerp sleep over

     

    Light, white & gold

    ~ I want to escape for a dream weekend in a Sleep in the City boutique hotel in Belgium.

    Situated in the Antwerp fashion district, just a street away from the Mode Museum, Sleep in the City is a trio of “shopping apartments”, designed to be your home away from home—while you shop. Owners Bert Verschueren and Vincent Defontainers have created stylish interiors using a collection of vintage furniture. They have an elegance and different colour schemes.

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    With beautiful rooms themed in contrasting back and white with a splash of modern elegance,

    this apartment is strong and beautiful.

    Vintage furniture painted matte black against a backdrop of pure white walls and floors give an airy feel.

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    {Images by photographer Deborah Bloemen via Sleep in the City FB; Source Sleep in the City via  Desire to InspireStudio Aanndacht}

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    Thursday 20 January 2011

    Gwinganna :: on top of the world :: magical

     

    My Gwinganna water bottle accompanied me as I volunteered to help with the clean up on the weekend. I was grateful for my water bottle and holder as trooped around homes and streets that needed help. So Gwinganna was there helping too.

    And they have organised a Journey Outreach event.  They have invited anyone affected by the floods, and the emergency services personnel to attend free of charge to be a guest at the Gold Coast Journey Intensive. It will be held at The Radisson Resort, 29 – 30 January.

    I first experienced Gwinganna as part of my healing process after my mother passed away. It was cathartic and special. A place to de-stress, revitalise and be pampered, I have always intended to go back, and have encouraged my friends to go.

    For those of you who don’t know anything about Gwinganna…

    High on a plateau on 500 acres in a hidden region of the Tallebudgera Valley, the promise of abundance and calm beckons. Since the dawn of time, this place has watched in silence as the weather changes sweep from the south and the west.

    Surrounded by ocean and valley views, this land’s  inhabitants and visitors have listened to the silence of the bush for eternity. The Aboriginal people were the original custodians of the region. It was they who gave name to the place. Gwinganna translates to ‘lookout’, aptly named given its position offering views from Moreton Bay to Coolangatta.

    Several contemporary, environmentally sensitive buildings house the luxury cabin-style accommodation on the bush property.  There are a few character-filled older buildings, including a century-old church, a quaint timber grandstand and an old-fashioned store selling modern luxuries.

    The latest addition to this expanding retreat is the multi-million-dollar 33-room spa complex, comprising a crystal steam room and custom-designed treatment rooms, an elevated outdoor deck and a lounge area that overlooks the native garden.

    For more details visit Gwinganna.

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