Comfortable Living

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Some living rooms are just comfortable.  The invite you in, welcoming you to curl up with a book and a cup of tea.  You want to sink into the sofa and you instantly feel at home.  They are designed to be lived in.  These pics inspire me and I can only hope to have a living room as lovely as one of these someday.

 

What do you think?  How do you make your living room into a cozy, inviting place to be?

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Sweet Dreams for Guests

 

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Prior to embarking on my MBA and moving into a teeny tiny studio in Paris, I rented a house with a good friend of mine in the San Francisco bay area.   When we were looking for a place, one of the things that sold us on this house was that there was a tiny guest house out back.  It was so nice to have a separate place for friends and family when they came to visit.  They could sleep as late as they wanted, do what they wanted, and they never interfered with our routines and we never interfered with their sleep.  These are a few of my favorite guest houses.  They are sure to bring sweet dreams.

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Outdoor Living

Outdoor 11The weather is finally warm in Paris and it makes me so happy!  I want to spend all my time outdoors.  Seriously, I don’t think I would ever go inside if I could get away from it.  I’m addicted to fresh air, sunshine and warmth.  I spent all the summers of my childhood outdoors from sunrise from sunset.  I climbed trees and buildings, picked berries, chased other children, and rode my bike.  There’s something about those first few days of warmth that make me a bit wild.  I want to break all the rules, ditch all my responsibilities, and just play.  I remember years ago when I lived in Chicago I made my boyfriend drag our mattress outside to the backyard on the first semi-warm day so we could sleep outside.  He thought I was crazy and spent the night shivering.  I loved it.  Here are a few spots that I could easily while away an afternoon.

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Working from Home in Style

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For some people working from home sounds like hell.  For me it is something I would love to be able to do at least part of the time.  My dream would be to create a quiet, beautiful space within which to work.  Here are a few lovely home offices.  What about you?  To work at home or not?

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Affordable Basics from Zara Home

Zara Linen Bedding

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As you might expect, Zara Home has all kinds of trendy, fashionable items for your home.  What you might not know is that they have great basics.  They are not dirt cheap but they are affordable for what you get.  The materials are good, they are made to last, and they look a lot more expensive than they actually are.

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Dreamy Greek Island Home

Santorini 1This dreamy Greek island home was featured on Elle Decor.  It’s beautiful, airy and spacious, and is mostly white with a few statement pops of color.  It’s the perfect balance of minimalism with warmth.  There’s just one question: when can I move in?

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Caro’s Barcelona Flat

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I was in Barcelona this past weekend visiting friends.  It was amazing: gorgeous city, lovely friends, delicious food and sunny, warm weather.  But I will write more about my trip tomorrow.  Right now I want to talk about my friend Caro’s flat in Barcelona.  I fell in love with it while I was there.  I love her use of color and how each nook looks so special.  She mixes different colors and patterns beautifully to create a unique look that is all her own.  Her flat makes me what to redecorate and to add some of the special elements that are missing in my own home.  What do you think?  How do you make your home feel special?

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