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London visit
 
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Last week I went to London with my family.  We had such a great time!

We visited London because my blog was shortlisted for Best Interior Lifestyle Blog International and we went to the award night of the Amara Interior Blog Awards. Read more about the evening in my previous post.

We found a really lovely Airbnb in Maida Vale. It was situated in one of the lodges around the corner of Clifton Road. It was very easy to travel around the city with a bus stop in front of the apartment and the underground station Warwick Road at the end of Clifton road.

The first day we arrived, we went downtown, walked near the Thames and the London Eye, the Big Ben and House of Parlement. Unfortunately the Big Ben is being repaired and was totally covered. It was cold and we had a warm whiskey at one of the stands and sat by the fire.  We went back to the apartment and had a good night sleep after all the traveling we did and the impressions of the city.

Near our Airbnb

There were a lot of nice little shops, bars and restaurants near our Airbnb. We enjoyed coffee and lunch at Baker & Spice.

London visit, Baker & Spice
London visit, Baker & Spice

Coffee at Baker & Spice.

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Hanging flower baskets everywhere.

London visit, Absolutely Flowers & Home

Absolutely Flowers & Home, loved this shop, I wish I could have brought some of these plants and flowers home!

London visit, Absolutely Flowers & Home
London visit, Clifton Greens

Autumn vibes at Clifton Greens on Clifton Road.

Colours of London

London visit, Inspire & Create

I love the coloured doors and houses in London.

London visit, Inspire & Create

Green door in a street near our Airbnb.

Notting Hill

London visit, Notting Hill

The next day we went to Notting Hill and Portobello Road, we were very lucky the weather was great and sunny all the days we were in London. We enjoyed walking around, the shops and having a coffee on the terrace of The Distillery. We went to the famous Notting Hill bookshop and bought a book about Wabi Sabi, Japanese wisdom for a perfectly imperfect life from Beth Kempton.

London visit, Notting Hill

Dream Houses.

London visit, Notting Hill

Love this red leaved tree with the classic car in front of it.

London visit, Biscuiteers

More colours in Notting Hill

London visit, Biscuiteers

Pastel houses.

London visit, Biscuiteers

The beautiful shop front from Biscuiteers, they sell hand iced biscuits and cakes.

London visit, Biscuiteers
London visit, Biscuiteers

I want them all, they look so beautiful and delicious!

London visit, Biscuiteers
London visit, Electric Cinema

If we could have stayed longer we would have loved to watch a movie in this Theatre.

In the evening we went to the award night of the Amara Interior Blog Awards, read all about it here.

London visit, Harrods

The next day we went to the Natural History Museum and later in the afternoon we also visited Harrods. The amount of luxury things they have is always overwhelming. It was very busy, our feet were hurting from walking so we had a cup of tea in the cafe. I had to take a picture of these beautiful flowers from Neill Strain Floral Couture.

After one more night in London we had to go back home, still so much to see and do, can't wait to go back, until next time!

 

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Amara Interior Blog Awards London
 
Amara Blog Awards 2018

Last week I went to London to the Amara Interior Blog Awards. My blog was shortlisted for Best Interior Lifestyle Blog in the International category!

We decided to go with the four of us (me, my husband and our two sons) and have a couple of days together in London with the family. I will tell you all about it in another blog!

One Marelybone

The ceremony was held in One Marelybone, a former church now one of the leading unique venues of London. The evening was amazing, I felt overwhelmed by it all. The beautiful interior, the food and drinks, my blog in the Award Guide, is this real?

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And the winner is?

The ceremony was led by Michelle Ongundehin, she is the former editor-in-chief of British ELLE-Decoration.  Finally my category was announced. My blog was on the big board together with A house full of Sunshine, House of Hawks, MarilenStyles and Peony & Page, and the winner is? House of Hawks! I have to say I was a little disappointed but also relieved, I didn't know I could be so nervous! Congratulations House of Hawks! Unfortunately she wasn't at the awards because she lives in Dubai.

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Gin cocktails & canapés

After the ceremony we were having gin cocktails and we enjoyed the rest of the evening. I met Francesca from Fall for DIY, that was amazing as I have followed her blog for years. I also met blogger Hester, she is actually Dutch like me but lives in England, her blog is Hester Handmade Home. The Italian blogger Mariana from Interior Notes and her friend Giulia and Claire from Pillar Box Blue who won Best Craft Blog.

Goodies

Time went by quickly and before we knew it the evening was over and we left with a big goodie bag. Can't wait to try everything!

Amara Blog Awards 2018 Goodie Bag

1. Orla Keily house, pillow cover 2. Amara, photo frame 3. Printed, notebooks 4. Missoni Home, towel 5. Tom Dixon, tea light 6. LSA, egg cups 7. Farrow & Ball, Sulking Room Pink No. 295 8. Voluspa, Room & body mist 9. Eve Mattress, Eye mask 10. Gorilla Glue 11. Fat Boy, key chain 12. Leica, pen 13. Scented card, Max Benjamin For Amara

Thank you so much Amara for a great evening and hope to see you soon London!

 

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Instagram photos turned into Art
 
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Finally I made time to write this post about the talented artists who make art inspired by my photos on Instagram. Every time an artist sends me a message about what they have created I can't wait to have a look. Each of them have a different style and technique and they are all unique and special. It makes me so happy that my photos are an inspiration to others.

In this post I am sharing some of my favourite artworks, you can slide to see the photo and the illustration. If you are also inspired by my photos and made a drawing or painting, please send me a message of what you have created and maybe I will share it on my blog next time!

Here are some of my favourite Instagram artworks, don't forget to slide! ↔

Illustrated by Young K.

llustrated by Harriet Lowther

Instagram illustrations

Instagram illustrations

Instagram illustrations

Instagram illustrations

Harriet also made a pin of this illustration, you can buy it in her Etsy shop! I have one too and I am so happy with it.

Illustrated by Georgie Ravenscroft

Painted by Maryse Kok

Painted by Holly Hoffman

Illustrated by hakunamatata_0_

Drawing by Bibipar

Illustrated by YirAn

Painted by Panícula

Drawing by Yiota Efthimiou

Painted by Raíssa Bulhões

 

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Inspired by nature: soy candle
 
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I was so excited to receive a soy candle from Handmade Candle Co. Their botanical blends are inspired by nature, adventure and the great outdoors.

I chose Cedar & Patchouli and the smell is absolutely amazing. It reminds me of a breezy summer evening, when you just went to the beach and the air is filled with the smell of Jasmine flowers mixed with Patchouli, Vanilla and Cedarwood. Need I say more?

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The candle is hand-poured with natural soy wax, cotton core wicks and blended with fine fragrance oils. I love the fact that the soy wax is renewable, sustainable, non-toxic and bio-degradable.

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hmcandle.co soy candle
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The apothecary container mixes well with my vintage brown bottles and plants and together with the fragrance of the candle I am in botanical heaven. You can see all the products of Handmade Candle Co. on their website.

This post was made in collaboration with hmcandle.co

 

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