Get the luxury look with Ikea’s 2018 collection

Whoever said a luxurious interior look is expensive hasn't seen Ikea's new collection yet. This autumn and winter, Ikea is raising the bar with a few designs that exude glamour. Gold accent pieces and accessories, tropical prints, painterly florals, a peacock colour palette and rich and soft fabrics give the budget-friendly designs a luxurious feel. When paired with the right colour scheme and a few more expensive furniture pieces, I don't think anyone will even notice it's from Ikea. Want to … [Read more...]

Bandol winery tour

When you say Bandol, you say rosé wine. Bandol is the capital of the most prestigious French wines and especially French rosé. The Bandol wineries region, La Cadière-d’Azur, is the only wine region in the world that is dominated by the Mourvèdre grapes. My vacation in Bandol therefore had to include a tour past different vineyards and wineries. In fact, it'll be hard to ignore them if you are driving around because they are literally everywhere. With my Sunny Cars rental car, packed … [Read more...]

Trend: Furniture with cane webbing

cane webbing sofa

Move over wicker and rotan because cane webbing is taking over home decors. It might take a while for this design revival to grow on people. I can imagine one has to get used to the comeback of this golden oldie from the 1980s. But then again, the 80's were in fact also a renaissance period because cane webbing was first introduced in home decor in colonial ages. It is a typical Indonesian artisan. If I come to think of it, my great aunt, age 95, who lives on Curacao has dining chairs and a … [Read more...]

Crush on Bolia’s new luxury collection

I'm currently swooning over the new autumn/winter collection by home decor store Bolia. The collection is a homage to the avant-garde style of the 70's but with a sleek Scandinavian interpretation.  The Bolia collection exudes luxury with its rich fabrics and exclusive materials. Think glimmering brass pegs and details, soft and shiny velvet sofas, extravagant marble tables and dark woods. The furniture pieces and shapes are also very 70's; the pouf is back, or display your record player … [Read more...]

How to create the perfect charcuterie board

charcuterie

Summer beckons for relaxing evenings outside in the garden or on the terrace. And what better way to enjoy that summer cocktail or bottle of wine you picked up on your vacation (e.g. France or Italy) than with a charcuterie board? Creating the perfect charcuterie board isn't rocket science, but there are a few pointers that will enhance the flavours. By pairing the right meats with cheeses and condiments, you will create an explosion of flavours and textures. Also, presentation is everything so … [Read more...]

Postcard pictures from île des Embiez

ile des Embiez

The island of Embiez, or île des Embiez in French, is one of those islands you don't want to leave. After visiting the French island Porquerolles last year, I was determined to find an equally blissful experience this year. I love the beaches on the Côte d'Azur, don't get me wrong, but I was looking for more natural surroundings and more intimate, smaller coves.  The French call them criques (pronounce as creeks). Thanks to a local wine farmer I visited the day before, I was directed to île des … [Read more...]

Côte d’Azur Travel Tip: Le Castellet

If you are one of my regular readers you must have noticed that I have a soft spot for small, quaint villages. Wherever I travel in Europe I try to discover these little gems that can satisfy my photography addiction and nurture my wanderlust. I just love to feed my curiosity as I roam the streets and meander into backstreets and hidden courtyards. So while staying in Bandol, a French seaside town, I also ventured into the backland to the medieval village Le Castellet. I had read and heard a lot … [Read more...]