Oscar Properties Stockholm Sweden

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I love these striking residences designed by Oscar Properties based in Stockholm, Sweden. The apartments are all understatedly chic—modern with warm, livable touches. Combing through all the different properties in their portfolio was inspiring to say the least. I think the Lyceum above may be my favorite. Which would you choose…?

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36 Hours in Paris

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Yesterday my boyfriend booked me a ticket to join him on a trip home to England in early September and I couldn’t be more excited. Experiencing London with my funny Englishman and his family will be a dream come true. We’ve also decided to take the train to Paris for one night and I’m determined to make the most of our 36 precious hours there. Though I’ve been several times, it was ages ago so I’d love your help! Where should we stay on our one night in Paris? Any restaurant recs? How would you spend 36 hours in Paris? I can’t wait to hear your suggestions and promise to publish full London and Paris travel guides upon my return! Merci beaucoup!

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Flora Soames Interior Design

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How gorgeous is the above kitchen designed by London designer Flora Soames? Located in a Victorian townhouse in Notting Hill, the palette was inspired by a piece of art in the owner’s collection. The Shaker style cabinetry was a collaboration with Quartet Interiors and is painted Farrow & Ball ‘Down Pipe’ with a memorable backsplash using Ashley Hicks Moroccan tiles by Popham Design. The ikat curtains, farmhouse dining table, and stately living room all add to the stylish space. I only wish we could see more!

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How I’d get the look:

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Blue Velvet Ikat Applique Pillow / Lavender Spotted Silk Pillow / Sputnik Chandelier / Suzani Salad PlateVictorian Cake Dome / Suzani Serving Bowl /Blue Swirl VaseVienna Dining Chair /  Isa Ikat NapkinsRed Ceramic Table Lamp /  Wayland Gregory Leopard Salt and Pepper Shakers /

(photography via Mel Gates for House & Garden, Flora Soames, and Quartet Interiors)

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Movie Spotlight: Testament of Youth

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Saturday night my Dorset boy and I went to see Far From the Madding Crowd and I absolutely loved it. Novelist Thomas Hardy was from Dorset and the book and film are set in its stunning countryside. They’re releasing a Penguin Classic version of the book this month and I can’t wait to add it to my bookshelf. The trailers included Testament of Youth, which hit theaters on Friday. Based on British author Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir (she left her studies at Oxford to serve as a nurse), the film looks fantastic though heart-wrenching. I just ordered the book in hopes of reading it first. You can watch the Testament of Youth film trailer here. Have you read the book or seen the new film…? Would love to hear.

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Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain

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