Valencia’s best kept secret: Jardin de Monforte

Every city has its hidden gems, and so does Valencia. In the middle of the city, with its entrance tucked away at Calle Monforte, lies a stunning urban park. The Jardin de Monforte is one of Valencia's best kept secrets. It's a tranquil sanctuary where you can escape the city's noises and take an hour to slow down. The gardens are filled with  neo classical statues, a lengthy bougainvillea tunnel,  pergolas, fountains, orange trees, and cypresses. Jardin de Monforte originates from 1860 … [Read more...]

Breakfast at B&B Doga Pansiyon in Eski Datça

Imagine having breakfast in a huge garden full of trees, cacti, ferns, and flowers. A garden up on a hill with a gorgeous view. And a garden with hammocks, lounge chairs, and large tables boasting with a delicious authentic Turkish breakfast. It sounds wonderful doesn't it? In fact, it was amazing! Last month, while staying at Villa Olivio, we had breakfast at this peaceful and beautiful place in Eski Datça, the ancient part of the town Datça. (more about Eski Datça tommorow). The B&B just … [Read more...]

Poolside Prints to perk up your Outdoor Furniture

Does your outdoor furniture need a face-lift? An affordable way to get a fresh new look is by tossing in some new fabrics. New pillows and cushions with bold patterns and bright colours make all the difference and can transform the entire mood of your garden or terrace. I'm totally smitten with this season's Schumacher collection, designed by Trina Turk. Like her stylish fashion brand, her outdoor fabrics collection for Schumacher is inspired by the multicultural mix, architecture, and landscape … [Read more...]

Home Trends 2014: Urban Farming

Today is your last chance to visit the Dutch home decor fair the Woonbeurs Amsterdam. My visit to the Woonbeurs gave me tons of ideas for styling, and a good overview of the different home fashion trends for this winter. Two trends you couldn't ignore at the fair were Urban Farming and Green Styling. Both involve plants, and there were plants alright! There wasn't a vendour or model home without plants, but the 101 Woonideeën model home was most obvious. So let's dive into the urban farming, … [Read more...]

Throw and Grow

I found the most fabulous gift! A gift that shows your love, and has a delayed surprise factor. It's confetti that grows into wildflowers. I think it's a super fun idea to mark a special event like a wedding or when you move in together. Or what about the birth of a baby? The plantable paper contains flower seeds and is eco-friendly. It's plantable happiness!  You might also like Seeds & wishes Hip and Hippie: candles with a mission … [Read more...]

Extend your living space to the balcony

The best thing about summer is eating outside. I love to have breakfast on my balcony. This year I decided to have a small balcony makeover. I've been living in my home for 12 years now, and figured it was time for a change of atmosphere outside. I wanted to extend my living space to my balcony and make it more comfortable for lounging and eating. First I started creating a moodboard on Pinterest with examples of balconies that I liked. The pictures inspired me to look for a bench that would … [Read more...]

Hot trend: Vertical gardening

Today's post is written by a guest blogger: Meet Anne, a 28 -year-old copy writer who has an interest in interior and garden design and  her own garden furniture blog. As a garden and balcony blogger, she is giving us the scoop on a hot gardening trend: Vertical Gardening. Having a kitchen-garden or vegetable garden is very popular. Unfortunately not everybody is blessed with a large garden. Growing your own herbs and produce can be a challenge when you have a small outdoor space or if you … [Read more...]