Een schattig en comfortabel huisje in Tallahassee, Florida

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Deze keer geen gewone home tour, maar eentje van een huis waar we zelf in hebben verbleven tijdens onze twee weken vakantie in Florida. We verbleven in dit huisje in Tallahassee, Florida voor één nachtje, maar wel een superleuke nacht! Het lijkt een fantastisch huisje, en dat is het ook.

We voelden ons direct op ons gemak in dit cute maar comfortabele huisje, ook dankzij de zelfgemaakte brownie cake die Tara, de eigenares, voor ons had gebakken. Eigenlijk waren de attente details van haar doorheen het huis nog het allerleukst, zoals het papiertje met "probeer me uit" onder een facial mist met rozenwater van Trader Joe's (die ik uiteindelijk ook ben gaan kopen, haha) en lekker eten en drinken klaar in de ijskast en een handgeschreven welkomstkaartje voor ons. 

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Zelfs de slaapkamer voor de kindjes was ongelooflijk groot; er kon een queensize bed in én nog een stapelbed. Iedere slaapkamer had zijn eigen badkamer, ook heel positief. En onze slaapkamer was zooo mooi ingericht, het was liefde op het eerste gezicht toen ik het zag op Airbnb en ook toen ik binnenwandelde hier. Zelfs de kleine gezellige bibliotheek met zicht op de tuin was gezellig.

Van alle huisjes waarin we logeerden, was het interieur van dit huis helemaal mijn ding. Daarom dat ik het zeker aanraad als er iemand van jullie ooit in de buurt van het centrum van Tallahassee zou verblijven. Het is rustig en toch heel goed gelegen, en vooral ook: héél proper! Met een fantastisch leuke tuin ook voor kinderen om in te spelen: er is een kleine boomhut (niet te hoog) met hangmat, glijbaan én zelfs een kleine mini-auto voor de kids om in rond te rijden. Als jullie zouden gaan, doe zeker veel groetjes van mij aan Tara! Je kan de rest van de info over het huis hier op Airbnb vinden.

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This time it's not your regular home tour, but a tour of a cute and delightfully decorated home I stayed in with my family during our two weeks of vacation in Florida! We only stayed for one night, but it was definitely a great one.

We felt right at home from the moment we stepped inside. Maybe the homemade brownie cake Tara the owner had baked for us, had something to do with it. ;-) How thoughtful, right? I loved all her small and thoughtful touches throughout the whole house: she left a little note "try me" under a facial mist she got at Trader Joe's (that I bought as well, haha), a cute handwritten welcome card and some food and drinks in the fridge. It made my little heart sing! 

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The bedroom for the kids was so big, it housed two beds in them - a bunkbed and a queensize bed. And our bedroom was oh so pretty, I loved the bedding, the pillows, how she decorated it. It was love at first sight when I saw her property on Airbnb and it was no different when I walked through it for the first time. ;-) Even the library was cute...

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We got to briefly meet Tara, and it was so fun and special to chat with her. I instantly bonded with her, we had a click. I felt like I could talk for hours! I know I made a new friend. :-)

From all the houses we stayed in, this was definitely the one closest to my own taste. It was adorable. A must stay when you're in the area of Tallahassee - it's also conveniently close to the center and yet very quiet to stay in. It also has a fantastic backyard for the kids to play around in - complete with hammock, tree house and even a cool car to drive around in for kids! Take a look at the ad on Airbnb here, and go and check it out yourself!! And if you decide to go, please say hello to Tara from me, ok? If I see this, it takes me right back... I miss it already. 

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All pictures taken by me for Jules & Louis.

Een mooi luchtig appartement in het hartje van Brugge

Spoiler alert: je zal zelf in dit appartement willen wonen! Zo mooi is het…

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Een goeie vriendin van mij die ik ontmoette aan de schoolpoort ziet er altijd stijlvol en mooi uit. Haar haar, kleding, huid - ze ziet er altijd koket en verzorgd uit. Ik denk niet dat ze ooit slechte dagen kent, of een bad hair day heeft, alhoewel ik weet dat dat niet zo is, want ook zij heeft twee jongens van ongeveer dezelfde leeftijd als de onze. En toch… je ziet nooit aan haar dat ze een slechte dag heeft, ze ziet er altijd zo mooi uit. Het enige dat ik kan zeggen is dat als mijn dag als een hel begint, ik er dan meestal navenant uitzie, haha!!

Maar goed, ik ging over haar appartement vertellen. Ze heeft dus een leuk en knus appartement in het hart van de stad Brugge liggen. Zelf heeft ze er ook een aantal jaren gewoond voor ze trouwde, en ik kan me voorstellen hoe geweldig dat moest geweest zijn: je opent je deur, wandelt 5 minuten ver en je bent overal in Brugge. Het appartement is dan ook perfect gelegen! En ook perfect voor alle singles en koppels zonder kinderen (of misschien eentje).

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Zelfs de hal ziet er gezellig uit bij het binnenkomen.

Zelfs de hal ziet er gezellig uit bij het binnenkomen.

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Met haar man begon ze hun huidige woning te verbouwen, het ouderlijk huis van haar man, en wanneer ze een tijdje in het buitenland woonden, verhuurde ze haar appartement. Nu is ze opnieuw klaar om het te verhuren, bij voorkeur aan expats. En wat hebben die precies nodig? Precies: alles! Een gemeubeld appartement, servies en bestek, een was- en droogmachine, een stofzuiger, tafellakens, beddengoed,… Awel, voor die mensen die zouden meelezen: look no further, want hier is alles al aanwezig!

Ze vroeg me onlangs om naar het appartement te komen en een paar foto’s te nemen van het interieur, zodat ze het zo snel mogelijk kon klaarmaken voor verhuur. Je kan zien hoe mooi en stijlvol ze alles inrichtte, mét gevoel voor detail.

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Ik was ook direct weg van het appartement. Het is lekker luchtig als je binnenwandelt, en toch gezellig. Het heeft een zeer ruime living en eetkamer met keuken die allemaal uitkijken op een zonnig terras, in de hal is er plaats om je jassen weg te hangen in de ingemaakte kasten, er is een gastentoilet, een master bedroom met aanpalende douchekamer, en nog een kleinere slaapkamer met ingemaakte kasten, momenteel ingericht als bureau. En dan heb je nog een grotere badkamer met bad en twee lavabo’s. Echt mooi!

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Had ik geen kinderen of man, ik had het direct gehuurd! :-) Ik hou van mijn vriendin haar mooie, moderne en toch gezellige manier van inrichten!

En natuurlijk wens ik haar alle geluk toe met het verhuren van haar appartement - ik hoop dat ze snel een nieuwe bewoner vind!

Alle foto’s gemaakt door Inge voor Jules & Louis.

HOME TOUR | INSIDE A ROCK 'N ROLL INFUSED ABODE

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I already showed a pretty bedroom of Amber Lewis, CEO at Amber Interiors before. And I love their style! I think they have such impeccable taste how to design a room - I'd love to have them over someday for my own house (a girl can dream, right?). And speaking of houses, I just died and gone to design heaven after seeing these pictures on Amber Interior's website... I had to show you this perfect home, babes!

I just love these wooden beams and high ceiling - they make this living room airy (and pretty, of course).

I just love these wooden beams and high ceiling - they make this living room airy (and pretty, of course).

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This rock'n roll infused abode is the perfect home for entertaining, relaxing and living. I can picture myself living there, haha! Don't you just love the high ceilings with wooden beams? And I love the "rock 'n roll" details everywhere, if we find a new home somewhere in the near future (we're looking around again), I'd definitely style it with cool decor like that Jimi Hendrix framed poster and a few cool big cacti here and there. Oh and I love the cushions on the sofa - the perfect mix of boho meets modern rustic! I know I haven't seen the entire house myself, the pictures speak for themselves - the whole home breathes comfort, lightness and class.

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I don't have girls, but if I had, I'd style their bedroom like this - so pretty, simple and gorgeous! And yet it doesn't feel too girly.

I don't have girls, but if I had, I'd style their bedroom like this - so pretty, simple and gorgeous! And yet it doesn't feel too girly.

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Is this a style that speaks to you? What do you love in a home? And what are your favorite things in this home? Do tell me, I'm all ears!

TAKE ME TO CASA COOK IN RHODOS, GREECE

Today I'm sharing some pretty pictures of this cool bohemian lifestyle hotel by Thomas Cook... It looks amazing!

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Truth to be told: I have always been in love with pretty interiors. And that love also traveled with me. So when I'm somewhere in a pretty hotel or B&B, I enjoy the stay even more. I know, I sound a bit like an interior design geek, but it is true. When my surroundings on vacation are pretty, half of my holiday is already great!

And when I stumbled upon the Casa Cook Hotel in Rhodes, Greece, I instantly fell in love. I know I have to visit this one soon or in the future, just to soak up all the great surroundings and interior prettiness, haha! And I'm already having some serious interior design regrets when looking at this hotel, because making over our home into the home I want it to look like, takes time and money. And the way this hotel is designed and decorated is exactly how I love it to be in my home as well. Beachy, urban chic with a little bohemian touch...

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Talking about a great sanctuary, right? And what's even better is that each and every room has direct access to a swim-up pool from a private veranda! They serve healthy food, they have a great shop and you can even take yoga classes here. Thomas Cook just opened the doors of this stunning lifestyle hotel where you can enjoy a quiet and luxurious stay with you and your partner... without the kids.

Thomas Cook really outdid themselves with the launch of their hotel brand Casa Cook. Just recently I learned they opened a second hotel in Kos, Greece.

Berlin-based design agency Lambs & Lions, interior designers Annabell Kutucu and Michael Schickinger, architect Vana Pernari and photographer Georg Roske all worked their magic to turn this hotel in Kolymbia, a small seaside town on the mid-eastern coastline of Rhodes, into a stylish gem. 

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And I would love to travel to this gorgeous looking place! Just to have some time off to wander, to relax and to soak up all the gorgeousness. And to charge my batteries.

What about you? I so want to go already... If you're curious, I already did my homework and looked up all the information on hotel location and the rates on their website:

Rates starting from 101 euro/night

Hotel Casa Cook, Rhodes (Greece):

Casa Cook Rhodes
United Europe Street, Kolymbia, 85103 Rhodes (Greece)
Phone +30 2241 05 63 33
Fax +30 2241 05 63 34

E-mail: info@casacook.com

Kolymbia is located on the eastern coast of Rhodes, approximately 30 km from the airport.
Kolymbia Beach is within walking distance, approximately 700 m away.
Tsambika Beach, one of the island's most beautiful beaches, is a 6 km drive, while Rhodes Town is 25 km from the hotel.

Pictures: via Casa Cook

A PRETTY DREAM HOME IN SAUSALITO

Dreaming away when seeing this pretty home? Me too...
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I laid eyes on this pretty and pristine living room when I saw it passing by on Pinterest a few weeks ago. It has everything I want for a living room: a lot of light, space and white curtains that make the whole room feel so breezy...

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And have you seen this pretty home office right in front of the window? I mean, what a view! Who wouldn't want this to be their home office? I know I do... It's what I dream of to have my office in the living room in front of a big window.

This home is right up my alley! And it belongs to a talented lifestyle blogger and designer Chrissy  McDonald. I'm so so so jealous... because her house is located in Sausalito, sunny California. :-) But it also has everything I am looking for in my own home! Maybe it is also because we're slowly growing out of our house... I don't know, the hubs and me are both just longing for a new space. And lately I have been pinning a lot of images of dream homes. Just in case we find (or build) our future home.

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The thing I love most about home tours and looking at interiors of homes is what it tells me. I always try to search what it exactly is that makes me love the home and the interior. It can tell me a lot about my own style and taste and what I need and want for my own future home. Which is never a waste when looking at home tours, right?

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I think what my own personal style is telling me is that I love airy, breezy and big rooms. And my style is a bit classic, elegant, simple yet practical. And with loads of light. Simple and easy. Just like this pretty dream home. Can I come and stay here, pretty please?

Have you already discovered what you love most when decorating your own home? Do you have a specific style you always turn to?

all pictures via The Glitter Guide

TAKE ME TO VILLA PALMIER AT ST. BARTH'S

Can you tell I'm longing for more warm, sunny days with this gorgeous home at St. Barth's?

Be warned: you will want to pack your bags for this pretty stunner!

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One of the two things I always love doing is looking at homes. Ever since I was a child I always wondered what you could find behind closed doors and windows. How the interior would look like. And I still wonder. I love to get inspiration from looking at beautiful homes. And secondly, I have always had a serious case of wanderlust. Now with our two little boys traveling became less important but nevertheless I keep on dreaming of dreamy destinations... Especially when I laid eyes on this gorgeous home tour at St. Barth's, a place I'm dreaming of to visit someday. And what is even better? You can rent this little rad place too! I'm obsessed!

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Funny enough, two years ago I contacted photographer Kate Holstein, via my previous blog Simply Fabulous Chic. I asked her if I could use some of her pictures to show on my blog. No problem, she replied. She really got that dreamy style in all of her pictures that I loved, and I had to showcase some of them. 

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When I learned this home, Villa Palmier, was renovated by her and her husband, I immediately knew I was going to love it even more! It turns out they visited the island one day, absolutely fell in love with it and renovated this little villa on the St. Barth's island in a dreamy, French, natural style. Can we blame them? I'd do it too in an instant, if I had enough money, haha! They really knew how to nail that easy-breezy yet elegant design style. The interior ticks off all the boxes for me: it all looks so pretty, with lots of white and natural accent pieces, that is what makes this home even more calming and relaxing to be in. I could live here. Like forever. I just added this to my bucket list of must-visit-places, I'm guessing you already did that too? Anyway, be sure to hop over to their blog to see how they truly transformed this place into heaven!

Drooling already? ;)

Photo credits: Kate Holstein, via Villa Palmier