A while ago we spend a few happy days in the chic The Toren Hotel in central Amsterdam. The Toren is located on Keizersgracht in a typical wealthy merchant building constructed in 1618. The family-owned boutique hotel was designed by Win van de Wetering and is a stone throws away from the lively Joordan neighbourhood and around the corner from the Anne Frank Huis. Win's design is opulent and warm but not overwhelming. Unfortunately, I forgot to take my own photos of the hotel.
I was sorting through photos of my recent trips (I travel frequently and am always behind with my photos) and thought you may enjoy seeing these photos of Abruzzo in central Italy. Its a great region for holidays as it is off the beaten path and it offers absolutely everything: pristine beaches, rolling hills topped by ancient farms, culture and art, magnificent churches from all time periods and Roman monuments, and the mountains in the national park for plenty of nature, hikes, skiing and climbing and even wolves (yes!). The local food is great, too, and because of the three micro climate zones very varied. The Provincia di Teramo, for examples offers day trips with a knowledgeable tourist guide for 3 Euros (ask for Pietro).
I wanted to explore the industrial style I blogged about last Monday further and came across this 350 squaremeter loft in a former factory in the banlieue parisienne. I like the mix between modern and sleek and vintage and rustic. Living in a flat with spiral staircase leading to a gallery is my dream.
I am excited to tell you about a splendid poetry book that will be launched tomorrow by a dynamic poetess and illustrator duo, Mademoiselle London.
Katya and Franki, the lovely two British expats Ladies from London behind Mademoiselle London live in Paris and created this funny and touching book about Paris. The book is completely bilingual.
You can have an exclusive sneak peek of the book here.
If you happen to live in the Paris area you should not miss the launch party Saturday night. Until then I leave you with one of their poems.
I was asked to write a guest post for Design Refuge, a wicked new design blog for blogger, which the lovely Dagny featured yesterday afternoon. So hop over and find out what we do here in Paris in autumn.