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Exploring the Cinque Terre, Italy

The Cinque Terre is a must-visit destination for those who love the outdoors, hiking, the seaside and all that the Mediterranean offers. The five villages are all within a beautiful National Park and they are together a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We recommend at least three to four nights to be sure that there is time to visit each village. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are accessible by foot, train, boat (weather dependent) and car / motorbike for those who have experience driving on narrow and steep roads. The preferred way to visit the villages is by hiking the world famous coastal tracks from village to village. You can then get back with the ferry or train (both are...

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The hidden jewel of Portofino - La Cervara

La Cervara is a fourteenth century Abbey that is now a hotel set above the buzz of the Portofino esplanade. The panorama is breathtaking across the bay of Portofino. Believe it or not, Pope Gregory XI (the last Pope of Avignon) regularly stayed here. It has been a retreat for religious, artistic and military leaders. The honeymoon suite, otherwise known as 'the prison' was where Francis I, King of France was imprisoned following his defeat in Pavia in 1525 by Charles V, King of Spain. The estate has had a turbulent history. Over the past seven centuries it has been abandoned, pillaged and restored several times over. The glory days of the monastery were during the sixteenth century when it led ten...

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L'art de vivre - make every day beautiful

In the south of France, the French are experts of l'art de vivre. They are able to make the everyday life beautiful with carefully selected décor.  Our pair of French mid century urns Our marble top butcher's table Our set of garden chairs were made in Paris in the 1920's The French masterfully create beautiful spaces, both indoors and out. Meals are never rushed and there is always seasonal produce in abundance on an effortlessly chic table setting.  Our 18th century kitchen buffet French linen Chunky French cutting boards and Artisan ceramics The dining room at Ett Hem in Stockholm is a welcoming and chic space to linger over a late breakfast or long lunch.  Our bronze Louis Philippe lustre Our extra-large butcher's table...

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Decorating with vintage signs

A vintage sign adds instant personality to any space whether it be monochromatic enamel or colorful and painted. As they were often displayed outdoors, it is possible to find signs that have been weathered and worn from decades of use.  A stairwell can be a challenging space to decorate. Here a vintage clock, woven baskets and demijohn bottles are grouped beautifully with an industrial French vintage sign. In France, butcher shop signs were often an animal head made with zinc. Here a bull's head is in theme with a farmhouse kitchen.  Vintage letters are a fun way to fill awkward spaces - either long and narrow or compact. If you are lucky enough to find your initials they can be a great addition...

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How to choose the best antiques for a modern home - 14 decorating ideas

Design specialists agree that every room needs at least one antique or vintage piece. There are so many inspiring ways to decorate with antiques and I will share with you fourteen classic pieces that can be enjoyed in your home, whether it be modern or traditional. 1. Louis Philippe Mirrors Louis Philippe Mirrors are a classic design - they fit seamlessly into modern homes. They are perfect above a fireplace, but can also be enjoyed in a powder room. As they are not overly decorative, they look wonderful paired with more flamboyant pieces of art, wall sconces or wallpaper.  2. Louis XV and Louis XVI statement chairs Louis chairs are a classic design and can be reupholstered to achieve a modern look. Louis XV...

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