A Barn Turned Dream Home in France

Oddly enough, I spend quite a few minutes during my day dreaming of what it would be like to live on a quaint countryside in Bourgogne, France. Of course, then, this converted barn from Josephine Interior Design couldn’t be more up my alley (even if it is an alley across the pond).

I mean, really – just look at that spectacular view? And if I were placing bets, I’d say the inside is almost just as spectacular…

Filled with loads of natural light, unique vintage furnishings and handmade touches, the home screams character in more ways than one. Not a detail is overlooked (as evidenced by that sweet little rooster hidden in a chandelier below!), and the result is an eclectic mix of comfort and history.

Don’t you love it? I’m ready to book a one-way ticket to Bourgogne.. and stat!

Image Credits: Josephine Interior Design

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Lucas Maassen’s Incompletely Beautiful Furniture

Cute alert: Lucas Maassen recently hired his children to help him paint and finish some of his furniture designs, but labor laws restrict the children from working more than three hours a week. The result? “Incompletely beautiful” and largely unfinished pieces that are as unique and custom as they are endearing.

What an adorable way to show your children the value of a dollar – and let the community benefit! Hats off to you, Lucas & sons!

Via Yatzer

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Black, White & Green In Scandinavia

I’ve written before of my admiration for Scandinavian design with its form, function, clean lines and minimalist tendencies. Yet it wasn’t until I saw these photos from Hus & Hem that I realized a prime element missing from the story: nature.

In this Swedish retreat, all the usual suspects are present. Black, white, pattern and function – but with a twist: fresh, green elements plucked straight from nature’s bounty. And although the home furnishings are a breath of fresh air, every piece takes a back stage to the true star of the show: lush scenery.

The look is more greenhouse than house, and I’m loving it more than I ever imagined. What do you think? Too green, too natural? Or just enough Mother Nature for your taste?

Photos: Hus & Hem

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A Perfect Home

Friends, I do believe I’ve found my perfect home:

From the consistent use of reclaimed wood to the minimalist concrete floors, I’ve fallen hard for this gorgeous Skona Hem home. What’s not to love about wide-planked white ceilings and the perfect blend of rustic and industrial?

Of course, the kitchen is indeed a sight in itself. A soothing, monochromatic color palette is the perfect background for architectural layouts and a singular art piece. (I also have an unhealthy obsession with that sweet little trash can.)

And if you’re not completely convinced that this home is worthy of applause, I present a tiny corner loft with natural light and optimal space planning.

What do you think, friends? Could you see yourself in this stark home?

[Images: Skona Hem]

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A Holiday in Spain

When I first spotted these Son Gener boutique hotel images on Desire to Inspire, I immediately checked my frequent flier miles to see if a trip to Spain was in order. (It wasn’t.)

Boasting a perfect blend of modern and aged, the spaces are full of light, air and — in most cases — symmetry. Could you imagine waking up in such a beautiful space — bathed in fresh air and bright morning light?

And with minimal, organic furnishings — the stunning architecture gets the attention it deserves.

Oh, I’m smitten indeed.

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