RENT A MODERN AUSTRALIAN BEACH HOUSE

Salt is a unique waterfront property located in Port Stephens (Australia), providing guests with relaxed, luxury beachside accommodation. This modern Australian beach house is divided into two self contained levels and a third freestanding cottage, enabling large groups to stay in the same location with the convenience of their own private spaces. The upper level (Salt One) is the ultimate luxury, featuring high raked ceilings in all bedrooms and living areas. Large glass windows showcasing panoramic views of the bay, Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands. The master bedroom features it’s own private balcony with stunning turquoise water views. Salt Two is located on the ground floor of the main house featuring a private backyard deck, outdoor dining and BBQ area. An additional side deck and bar offering views of the Tomaree & Yacaaba headlands. The entirely freestanding two storey cottage (Salt Three) with private access is located at the South end of the property. Featuring lofty raked ceilings in bedrooms, open plan kitchen, dining and living opening onto a large outdoor courtyard with views of the headlands. The house is located in Shoal Bay (Port Stephens) just 2.5hrs North of Sydney. This pristine and tranquil environment is home to a large variety of sealife. Dolphins, whales and curious fairy penguins are regularly spotted in the bay. The sand of Shoal Bay Beach is warm and welcoming and often fairly vacant, giving guests their own little slice of sanctuary with the gentle soundtrack of the sea lapping against the shore. For more information you can visit the Salt website.

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DENIM BLUE FOR SUMMER

I’m loving denim in a light shade of blue for summer. I have the top featured above (and in third pic) and it is even more pretty in real life! All these pieces are from the latest Madewell collection.

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RENT A LUXURY SUMMER HOME ON SANTORINI, GREECE

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Native Eco Villa is built on a stunning location, right on the rim of the cliff at the village of Imerovigli, Santorini, with the world’s most beautiful scenery. This part of the island has the nickname “the balcony to the Aegean Sea’ for a reason. The building was constructed following the unique architecture of the Island without any corners and with soft and earthy colors. This villa is the first house that acquired the title “Green Key” on the island of Santorini for the ecological way that has been built. The interior is decorated with handmade objects with ecological materials all of unique design. But the very best feature of the house is of course the stunning view. More information can be found on the Native Eco Villa website or here on Luxury Retreats.

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A FINCA STYLE SUMMER HOME ON THE ISLAND OF IBIZA

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This holiday home on the Spanish island of Ibiza has been newly built (by architectal firm Blakstad Design Consultant) in the style of the traditional fincas (= Spanish farmhouses) typical to the island. I love the mix of white walls and rustic wood. It gives such a fresh look! Similar kilim cushions as on the sofa above are available from Le Souk. These are unique cushions made of vintage Turkish rugs.

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SWEET SUMMER SHOPPING: LOVELY PASTELS

Today’s summer shopping post is all about pretty pastel colors. You can find more sweet summer shopping posts here and here.

Above: handcarved lotus bed | cotton-linen duvet cover | pastel colored rug

Above: pillow | capiz chandelier | plates | hanging chair

Above: Tulum baskets

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EASY DIY PROJECT: WOODEN HANGER MAKEOVER

This lovely DIY project is from Rachel Mae Smith’s new book ‘Hello Color, 25 Bright Ideas for DIY Decor’. The book is conveniently Divided into four chapters covering each room in your home: The Living Room, The Dining Room, The Kitchen and The Bedroom. The wooden hangers from The Bedroom chapter are created by using temporary tattoos. You can find instructions for this diy project here on Poppytalk.

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A LAKESIDE SUMMER HOME IN ITALY

This stunning private holiday home in Italy has gorgeous views on Lake Garda. The house, designed by German architect Titus Bernhard, is built on a steep slope about 300 metres above the west shore of the lake. The old ‘rustico’ was rebuilt with traditional dry-stone walls in order to keep the original character and for the building to fit into the surrounding landscape. A spectacular infinity pool was added to the site. The result is a sophisticated home with a rustic atmosphere. Similar kilim cushions (above) are available from Le Souk.

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