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Monochrome Barcelona Penthouse

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Rattan and Rust: A minimal home by Susanna Vento

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Susanna Vento is an amazing stylist from Finland and this apartment with rattan details is one of her latest works.

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Rattan turned out to be a favorite of mine especially when combined with natural tones ranging from the palest sands colors to deep dark rusts. Go to Susanna’s blog to find out more about the furniture she used.

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Rattan and Rust: A minimal home by Susanna Vento - Nook Twelve

Rattan and Rust: A minimal home by Susanna Vento - Nook Twelve

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The Hollander Hotel, Chicago

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Whether you’re limited by budget or simply want to experience authentic Chicago cool, The Hollander Hotel has got you covered.

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It was only a short time ago I featured one of the hotels in the Grupo Habita collection – Casa Fayette in Mexico, and now Chicago is calling us to explore another on-point opening from the Mexican hotel group. This time they’ve joined forces with architecture firm Delordinaire and design studio Cique to bring a former furniture storage facility back to life.

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the hollander chicago nook twelve

Stripping back the interior spaces to reveal the raw surfaces of the original building, the design adds in contemporary finishes like polished concrete, birch plywood and steel framing to bring the spaces firmly to the modern age. The hotel’s central lobby space is a centrepiece of activity, with a bike shop, coffee bar, reception and guest lounge blend into each other without a cramped corner to be seen. The twenty private and shared rooms give the option to meet others and share a space (without the uncomfortable hostel vibes) or keep things private – the hotel’s goal is to ‘bring together people who love food, design, the arts and culture’ for a great time and a good night’s sleep.

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Leaning in to its imminent hipster hotspot status, the hotel sits at the centre of the ‘six-corners’ meeting point of two of Chicago’s most dynamic neighbourhoods, Wicker Park and Bucktown. Steps from the ‘L’ train and close to more galleries, wine bars, boutiques and dining spots than you can fit in a lengthy stay, the location seems perfect for a hotel that epitomises edgy downtown style. It’s rare to find a space that is both elegant and cost-effective – but The Hollander definitely ticks both boxes.

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Also, Delordinaire created custom lighting and furniture throughout the space, paring beautifully with the stripped-back space and exposed walls.

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the hollander chicago nook twelve

Degign Delordinaire and Cigue | Phography Adrian Gaut | Info EstLiving

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Syros summer house by Block 722 Architects

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There seems to be a never-ending stream of beautiful homes from the Greek Islands just like this Syros summer house.

Just to keep us jealous when we think we’ve seen the last of them.

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The days get longer, the nights get hotter… Memories of last year’s vacaions surfaces in our minds. Summer is finally pushing away the gray clouds and we dream about sand, sun and sea all day long. We explore destinations while sitting at our desk and eventually stumble upon places like this.

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Between the idyllic blue skies and the Aegean ocean, this summer house gracefully blends in with its surrounding landscape on the Cycladic island of Syros. As a holiday home the design provides ample opportunities to unwind – whether in a hammock, stretched out across the bed or in front of the fireplace at night. Relaxation is a non-negotiable. Classic white walls are contrasted with natural stone and rough brick walls, finding a graceful balance with traditional Greek style and the rocky island landscape.

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Block 722 Architects were responsible for designing both this residence and its neighbour, ‘Syros I’, though in contrast to its sister property, the design for this building had to tackle the steep and intense topography of the site. In doing so, the design is cleanly integrated to the natural landscape with a clean, square floor plan.

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syros summer house greece nook twelve

syros summer house greece nook twelve

syros summer house greece nook twelve

syros summer house greece nook twelve

syros summer house greece nook twelve

syros summer house greece nook twelve

Design Block 722 Architects | Photos Erieta Attali and Ioanna Roufopoulou | Info Est Living

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Faro de Favaritx, Menorca: A lighthouse on the Moon

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Whipped by the strong winds of Tramontana, on a slate stone promontory between two bays is located Faro de Favaritx.

Faro de Favaritx, Menorca: A lighthouse on the Moon - Nook Twelve

It stands right there, at the tip of Cap de Faravitx, a wild and rugged environment, where waves frequently break through the barrier and flood the esplanade of the lighthouse. When we first entered the S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park in Menorca, my mind went numb. The spectacular moon-like surroundings gave me chills. It is like entering a gray zone. And right there, encircled by strangely shaped black rocks, stands the immense lighthouse.

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History

The shipwrecks that took place in the twentieth century motivated the construction of the lighthouses on Punta Nati and Cap de Favàritx, which completed the illumination of Menorca’s north coast. The most infamous and significant shipwrecks in the decision to erect the lighthouse were the disasters of the steamship Isaac Pereire in 1906 near Cala Mesquida and that of the Général Chanzy in 1910 just off Punta Nati. The former was the mail boat that sailed between Marseilles and Algeria and it ran to ground at the same place as the steamship Ville de Rome had sunk in 1898. Work on the lighthouse at Favàritx began in July 1917.

Faro de Favaritx was first designed by Mauro Serret but mofified by Miguel Massanet. Lack of funding and problems with the land ownership paralyzed the work the lighthouse was not completed until 1922. The tower, with a height of 33m was the first to be built completely of concrete in the Balearic Islands. It stands at the extreme north-east of the island, a little over 17 km from Mahon.

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Beach Stop

From Son Camamilla you can reach two beaches of unusual beauty: One is Cala Presili and other Cala Tortuga. The first one has very dark sand and the second gravel sand combined with crystal clear waters.

Faro de Favaritx, Menorca: A lighthouse on the Moon - Nook Twelve

Faro de Favaritx, Menorca: A lighthouse on the Moon - Nook Twelve

Faro de Favaritx, Menorca: A lighthouse on the Moon - Nook Twelve

Faro de Favaritx, Menorca: A lighthouse on the Moon - Nook Twelve

Faro de Favaritx, Menorca: A lighthouse on the Moon - Nook Twelve

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Menorca – the green heart of the Balearic Islands

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Menorca is said to be suffering from something called the Spanish Myth Syndrome: you can’t find anything more than sunshine, sea and sangria.

It’s true – Menorca doesn’t do hot clubs like Ibiza. It feels anything but industrial or commercial. You’ll be amazed at just how much green surrounds you. Most of the roads are bumpy, sandy or do not exists at all. There is only one highway that connects the two main cities – Mahon on the east, the main city, and Ciutadella on the west.

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Menorca is full of free things to do. You could spend a week just exploring the many beaches of the island which range from vast sandy strips to hidden coves. Stroll along Mahon Harbor the longest natural harbor in the Mediterranean and go up the hill for a glimpse from above. Have a lobster stew at S’Amarador restaurant at Ciutadella’s Harbor right before sunset. Then have a drink at Cova d’en Xoroi, a bar set into caves in Menorca’s rocky south coast. It is popular mainly because of its location right above the sea and its amazing views of the setting sun that burns the evening into life. In fact dusk is the most beautiful time of day in Menorca but also across Spain and the Balearic islands. When the sun fades away, the day and the night flow into each other. The sun dipping through the buildings, blurring everything to a gold that melts the streets.

Menorca Guide Secret Beaches - Nook Twelve

Menorca Guide Secret Beaches - Nook Twelve

Menorca Guide Secret Beaches - Nook Twelve

Menorca Guide Secret Beaches - Nook Twelve

Menorca Guide Secret Beaches - Nook Twelve

Menorca Guide Secret Beaches - Nook Twelve

Beach Life

Menorca has so many secret beaches (Circa 130!). One of the best way to explore them is by boat or to follow Cami the Cavalls. It’s a coastal path used since 1330 by horse riding guards to protect the island. Cavalls means horses, from there the name of the path. There are many excursions, bike and hiking routes easy to follow even without a map.

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Menorca’s beaches vary depending on whether you’re in the north or south of the island. Northern one are generally larger with panoramic views and coarser sand of varying colours. They can be more exposed to wind and waves on less calm days. Southern beaches have fine white sand and are backed by pine forested cliffs.

The beaches on the northern coast (such as Cala Pilar, Cala Pregonda, Cala Presili) are wild, wide and windswept. Those in the south are sheltered, womb-like coves where the sea has a colour of almost Caribbean intensity.

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Playas de Sur

Cala Galdana

This large horseshoe-shaped bay is surrounded by cliffs and has shallow warm waters and excellent snorkelling. It is also perfect for families.

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Cala Mitjana e Mitjaneta

Cala Mitjana is one of the first of Menorca’s virgin beaches to be made accessible via car and has two water caves, a three-minute drive from Cala Galdana. It has two sea caves – a smaller one close to the beach with another small beach inside, plus a much larger cave, which is great for snorkeling. But because Cala Mitjana gets busy, swim around a headland to Mitjaneta, painted in a palette of dark green pines, pale white limestone, silver sand and teal water. There’s only room for 20 or so sunbathers so be sure to get there early.

Cala Macarella & Macarelleta

Macarella is the larger of the two beaches and the busiest in the summer months. But they’re both idyllic coves with fine, white sand and turquoise water lapping at the shore. Macarelleta is a short walk away via Cami de Cavalls offering a great view over both beaches.

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Cala En Turqueta

This beautiful beach is a 20-25 minute walk from Cala Galdana and is at its best early in the morning or late in the evening when there are fewer people there.

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Cala Escorxada

Though new boat-taxis from Cala Galdana mean more sunbathers – if you’re active, the 45-minute coastal walk from Sant Tomas is beautiful. Escorxada retains a virgin beauty – a sliver of pale sand and clear azure water cradled between pine-draped cliffs. Bliss.

Caló Blanc

Notwithstanding one sandy notch, you lay a towel on a rocky foreshore. So, why come? For astonishing water. Plunge off the rocks and you drift in a sea that is not just aqua but which glitters with a pale, sapphire brilliance.

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Playas del Norte

Cala Pregonda  

Soft rusty sand, glassy water and strange islets sculpted by the wind – Pregonda is the stuff of postcards. Bring your snorkelling gear: you’re in Menorca’s marine reserve, where fish flit through the Posidonia grass meadows between islets. Park near the beach of Binimel·là, but keep going on following Cami de Cavalls and you’ll find the beach.

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Cala Presili

No beach in Menorca whispers Caribbean like this ribbon of white sand before water the colour of lapis lazuli. Wallow in warm shallows and gaze to a candystriped lighthouse on Cap de Favàritx.

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Menorca Guide Secret Beaches - Nook Twelve

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Where to stay in Amsterdam: a selection of beautiful design hotels

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Few cities meld history with modern urban flair like Amsterdam.

Seventeenth-century buildings and architectural innovations are peeking behind every corner as well as design hotels. The city offers vast range of hotels to choose from, but I have some personal favorites to share with you.

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CitizenM Hotel

This hotel, for me, was the perfect choice when deciding where to stay. Design collaboration with Vitra provided the furniture and concrete designed the rest. The hotel is perfect for nomads, design lovers and open-minded travelers. All rooms are the same with extra-large bed and unique design for great sleep and transparent shower lovers.

Price range €€

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Hotel Not Hotel

The name implies an uncertain state of accommodations and some might find the Hotel Not Hotel a perplexing oddity. All the the 15 themed rooms are a work of art with its own creator, story, and identity. For example, sleeping in a secret bookcase or in the Amsterdam Tram Cart room, just large enough to accommodate a king-sized bed and not much more. A genuine unique experience.

Price range €€

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Maison Rika

Rika is short for Ulrika Lundgren, who has steadily built her design presence in Amsterdam and beyond. Overlooking the canals, everything in the Maison has Rika’s distinct style signature, from finds she brought back from her travels to the customized furniture. On the ground floor, you will find the reception area, a lifestyle store and the occasional pop-up shop.

Price range €€€

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Conservatorium

Located just across from the cultural heart of Amsterdam’s Museumplein, this Neo-Gothic hotel could be mistaken for one of the numerous surrounding museums. In fact, history reveals both a cultural and monetary heredity, the building originally serving as a bank, and then later hosting the Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Music Conservatorium by which the hotel owes its name.

Price range €€€

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Hotel V Fizeaustraat

The Hotel V Fizeaustraat pays homage to the building’s history and retains its authenticity so that you really can experience the 1970s atmosphere of the building’s original time. If there was a perfect balance of modern and vintage interior design, this hotel would be it. Mirjam Espinosa mixes the two in terms of furniture, decor and details.

Price range €€€

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Generator Hostel

The hostel, a former health sciences building and zoological museum, overlooks the Oosterpark with its ancient willow trees and exotic birds. The preserved building’s C-shaped floor plan includes various original features such as a marble staircase, stained glass transoms, terrazzo floors and intricate interior brickwork. The original auditorium is now a bar with raked seating and typical green reading lamps. The 168 rooms are built for respectful social interaction, not mass tourism. But while there are bunk beds, there are also private rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and intimate terraces.

Price range €€

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The Hoxton

This hotel goes beyond offering just a room for the night. They organize events that are inspired by the local area to showcase the good and great of the city. Definitely a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Amsterdam, while enjoying the great design.

Price range €€ – €€€

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W Hotel

If you love luxury, then this hotel is a perfect option for you! Especially considering the rooftop bar with a pool, which is amazing. (It gives you a stunning view on the city.) Even if you don’t spend the night at this hotel, it’s definitely worth a visit just for a nice cocktail.

Price range €€€

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NANAN Patisserie by BUCK.STUDIO

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NANAN patisserie designed by BUCK.STUDIO – a concept so refreshingly playful and fun. With the name ‘Nanan’ meaning ’sweet meats’ in French, the design is certainly sweet, but it’s also joyful, pretty and sophisticated.

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An award-winning Poland-based design studio, BUCK.STUDIO specialise in hospitality and retail interior design, often taking a comprehensive approach to the design process. In bringing the NANAN brand to life,  they developed a concept spanning the name and branding, interior design and execution, furniture and lighting design and all the visual ID.

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The speciality of the patisserie, the éclair, has inspired the interior design and visual identity of NANAN. The oval shape of the éclair reflects in the central island counter with a display that operates almost like a glass cabinet in a jeweller’s shop. The long oval form also allows for visitors to flow through the space or admire individual confectionary works. Eclairs have also inspired the bespoke design of lamps and other details of the interior such as mirrors, door handles, coat hangers and veneer perforation.

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As well as defining the central brand motifs, this comprehensive branding approach works to bring the different elements together to create a memorable experience. Individual elements that might seem intense on their own, like the pink velvet walls or arched doorways, come together as part of the bigger picture. But still, the interior aesthetic fits a minimalist sensibility by highlighting one or two core elements (in this case, the musky pink hero colour and the velvet and brass details). Led by the soft blush-pink velvet walls the design evokes a dream-like ambience, aided by delicate details like the brass fixtures, custom lighting and arched doorways.

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nanan patisserie poland nook twelve

nanan patisserie poland nook twelve

nanan patisserie poland nook twelve

nanan patisserie poland nook twelve

Design BUCK.STUDIO | Photography Basia Kuligowska & Przemyslaw Nieciecki | Info Est Living

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Apartment for sale in Palma de Mallorca

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In the heart of Santa Catalina, Palma, there is a charming apartment for sale.

Have you ever been to Mallorca, the biggest one of the Balearic islands? It is nothing like Ibiza. Except for the beautiful nature and cristal clear waters. And there, in the city of Palma,the capital, the designer Tine Kjildsen is selling her apartment. Or if you’re not feeling like buying properties, just rent it. I wish I had when I was in Palma.

Apartment for sale in Palma de Mallorca

The place is a corner apartment with 3 bedrooms, kitchen, living room and bathroom. It is located in a neighborhood full of nice cafes and restaurants – close to the famous food and flowers market, old town and port. It’s also a perfect opportunity for families who want to experience Palma’s city life, while staying in an urban area. The estate is decorated with designs from tinekhome and has beautiful details such as old tiles and double doors. The kitchen is small, and without dishwasher and oven. It is simple living in an authentic apartment in Palma de Mallorca.

Apartment for sale in Palma de Mallorca

Apartment for sale in Palma de Mallorca

Apartment for sale in Palma de Mallorca

Apartment for sale in Palma de Mallorca

Apartment for sale in Palma de Mallorca

Apartment for sale in Palma de Mallorca

Apartment for sale in Palma de Mallorca

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Let’s talk about Xilo1934 Mix

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Xilo1934 is an Italian company specialiased in manufacturing natural wood flooring from local logging. A company with great tradition in producing completely biodegradable floorings while taking care of the environment and people’s health.

It was a month ago when I started searching wood flooring for a project. Then a week ago, when the company reached me, I was pleased to learn more about their products and eventually test them.

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Xilo1934 offers all interior and exterior flooring collections as well as Xilomoenia, a wooden system of protection and cover for vertical civil and industrial building structures. The newest addition to the interior collection is Xilo1934 Mix.

xilo1934 mix wood flooring parquet

The unique shades that were already present in the company’s palette develop into a new comprehensive project full of colors. Six variants with 10 cm wide planks are designed to meet many different moods and match various styles. The planks came in a prefinished version, ready to be laid without any finishing treatment, which reduces the time in a remarkable way.

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The company is well known for its sustainable wood treatment: no formaldehyde, no health risk emissions. The parquet flooring is entirely made in Italy with improved lacquer coat, which makes it more durable and with high scratch resistance. But it is also extremely easy to maintain and the surface may be repaired. It is suitable for both floor heating and cooling systems. It’s a combination of quality and beauty that is worth a try.

xilo1934 mix wood flooring parquet

Xilo1934 è una azienda milanese nota per la produzione di pavimenti in legno made in Italy e totalmente biodegradabili. Con le sue sfumature uniche, il parquet Xilo1934 si distingue nel panorama dei pavimenti.  E ancora una volta, l’azienda presenta una collezione che identifica inequivocabilmente il brand – Xilo1934 Mix. Sei basi con diversi colori, volutamente su doghe larghe 10 cm per enfatizzare al meglio l’aspetto cromatico. Sei varianti concepite per incontrare altrettanti mood e stili differenti.

xilo1934 mix wood flooring parquet

This post is in collaboration with the brand, however, the opinions are my own. Renderings by Xilo1934.

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