The Greek island home

As I mentioned earlier on the week I'm still clinging to that summer feeling (are you?) - on colder days I'm even dreaming about summer 2015 (cue slight obsession with my Pinterest travel board!)! One country my family and I have our sites on next year is Greece. Oh how I'd love to rent a Greek island home. Which is why I was so excited to find this beautiful cottage on the Greek island of Lesvos (thank you Style Files!). It's the home of Australian author, photographer and designer Claire Lloyd and her British artist husband  Matthew Usmar Lauder. In 2007 Claire and Matthew fled the rat race for a more simple life on Lesvos, how inspiring?! You can read more about their adventures and see more pictures of this wonderful home in Claire's book 'My Greek Island Home'. And the good news? They have a guest house for rent...wow, wow and wow! Greece 2015 anyone?!


Photography Cara Coulson, Home owner: Claire Lloyd and Matthew Usmar Lauder
Photography Cara Coulson, Home owner: Claire Lloyd and Matthew Usmar Lauder
Photography Cara Coulson, Home owner: Claire Lloyd and Matthew Usmar Lauder
Photography Cara Coulson, Home owner: Claire Lloyd and Matthew Usmar Lauder
Photography Cara Coulson, Home owner: Claire Lloyd and Matthew Usmar Lauder
Photography Cara Coulson, Home owner: Claire Lloyd and Matthew Usmar Lauder
Photography Cara Coulson, Home owner: Claire Lloyd and Matthew Usmar Lauder
Photography Cara Coulson, Home owner: Claire Lloyd and Matthew Usmar Lauder
Photography Cara Coulson, Home owner: Claire Lloyd and Matthew Usmar Lauder

Could you spend your summer holiday here?!

For more Greek summer house inspiration you also might want to check out this Greek escape and this rustic retreat.

Speaking of summer holidays - make sure you pop back to enter my exciting weekend give-away tomorrow!

Have a lovely day!



A Stockholm home with a fabulous kitchen

It's another beautiful day here in Sweden - roll on the Indian summer! Today I've got a lovely Stockholm apartment to share with you. Fantastic Frank always comes up trumps in the style stakes in the homes they sell and this one is no exception! I think the highlight is the kitchen with the mix of black and white (who says the top cabinets need to match the lower cabinets?!), light grey marble splash back and wooden table and chairs for a little warmth. Lovely!





Fantastic Frank
Anything you love in particular about this home?!

More kitchen inspiration here.

Have a lovely, sunny-shiny day!




Black, white and pastel inspiration from Norsu

Oooo, it's a lovely day here in Sweden. I'm feeling especially happy as I'm enjoying it from a cafe by the sea.   I may be celebrating my day in the sunshine but there's someone else that is celebrating a far greater achievement - Norsu Interiors is celebrating it's first birthday. Norsu (meaning 'elephant' in Finnish) is an online shop founded by three mothers who realised they had a common appreciation for all things beautiful and Scandinavian (hang on, I recognise that, don't you?!). The Australian brand is opening a physical store in Melbourne in October but for those of us far away, we'll be admiring your inspirational lifestyle images from a far.







Styling Julia Green, Photography Armelle Habib via Decordots with thanks

I spy: the Pia Wallen Cross Blanket, Leather Strap hangers by Mathilde Clahr (also featured here), Some fabulous prints and items by Hay and Ferm Living. Pretty much everything you see is available in Norsu interiors.

I actually have a little exciting news and something to celebrate myself too! I have just launched my own GREAT.LY boutique. For those of you who are not familiar with GREAT.LY, it is an online marketplace which connects beautiful hand-picked items by 'tastemakers' made by 'makers'. I had so much fun selecting the items for my boutique but my favourite picks (right now, at least) are the neon pompom geometric cushion (perfect for my little girls room?!), a cognac tote (yes please) and the overlapping circles print. Thank you to the GREAT.LY team for inviting me to be involved, I love to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in the design world.

Have a lovely sunny day!

PS This weekend I'll be running a give-away, I can't disclose the prize right now but I think you're going to love it. Make sure you pop by on Saturday or Sunday for your chance to win!



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