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Some of my favourite links … May 2022

Cushion styling tips, a travel quiz & a Japanese cheese maker in this month’s roundup.

Achieve an interior-designed look with these pairing and styling tips.
5 tricks for styling cushions & pillows like a designer

Travel Quiz! 
I’d love to hear your results! Mine was “Seeing the Northern Lights in Lapland”. I’m totally up for that! 
QUIZ: Where should you go on vacation next?

I might not be able to stay in any of these, but they offer great snippets of inspiration.
Inside 9 of the world’s most stunning holiday homes

Image credit: Kapsimalis Architects/Photography Julia Klimi via livingetc

Truly Japanese cheese?! I can’t wait to visit this place!
One woman’s quest to create truly Japanese cheese

It took me years to figure that I’ve got sun allergy. Maybe you are suffering from it too?
Is your itchy rash a sign of a ‘sun allergy’?

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Some of my favourite links … April 2022

Small living room ideas, strange European traditions & Japan’s wrathful ghosts in this month’s roundup.

Got a small living room?
Small living room ideas to make a tiny room feel bigger

Image credit: James Merrell via Living Etc.

I might convince Mr M to sign us up for the Wife Carrying Race 😀
12 of Europe’s strangest traditions

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I enjoyed this colourful list even though some of these are more regional rather than national costumes
Traditional national costumes from around the world

Japan’s terribly feared wrathful ghosts
Onryō Spirits inhabit a purgatory of revenge and cosmic rage

When life gives you lemons … store them properly!
This storage hack keeps your lemons fresh for months

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Some of my favourite links … March 2022

Tiny house in rural setting

Discover tiny houses, travel destinations & DIY hair masks in this month’s roundup.

Tiny house in rural setting

Are you tiny house crazy? I am!
The most inspiring tiny homes

Small colorful southern European seaside town

Have you been to any of them?
The most beautiful small towns in Europe

Japanese cherry blossom tree in rural setting

Ooohhh – I’m bookmarking some of these!
15 beautiful Japanese villages you absolutely have to visit

Hands massaging hair mask into blonde wet hair

Some of these sound yummy enough to eat!
12 DIY hair masks if you’re in serious need of hydration

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Some of my favourite links … February 2022

Woman walking urban street with yoga mat on back

Got a small kitchen?
12 handy organization ideas for small kitchens

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And 2 of them are in Japan!
10 healing spots around the world, from hot springs to salt flats

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For a colourful pick-me-up take a look at this fun Instagram account of a woman who dresses up like products and everyday objects.
Taryn De Vere | *Possibly* the most colourful woman in Ireland

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Japandi aesthetic has been around for a while, but what exactly is it?
What is Japandi Design? Here’s everything you need to know

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Guess why I searched for this information 🙈
How to unshrink clothes (and prevent them from doing so in the first place)

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Being an avid walker myself, I learned a lot from this article.
15 benefits of walking that will make you want to lace up

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Some of my favourite links … January 2022

Light box reading "Movie Time" surrounded by popcorn on light blue background

Who doesn’t love a good IKEA hack?!
IKEA Kallax hacks – how to turn basic storage into bespoke designs

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I have travelled a lot, but the Northern Lights are still on my list!
12 best places to see the Northern Lights around the world

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I’ve been a fan of her unique & quirky style for a long time.
Helena Bonham Carter is the red carpet rebel Hollywood needs

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Japan’s countryside gems
Why rustic hamlets host some of Japan’s most striking modern architecture

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Slowing getting through this list
40 best Netflix original movies of all time

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For those of you doing ‘Dry January’ or thinking about slowing down a little on the booze front
What happens when you stop drinking alcohol?

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Some of my favourite links … October 2021

Bed with white linen, bedside table with lamp and decoration

A great example of how to incorporate your travel finds in your home    

This cosmopolitan apartment in Rome reflects its owner’s lifelong travels

Which Tokyo hood made the list?

The 49 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

Bring. It. On.! 
I’m a big fan of colour blocking

Victoria Beckham is bringing back extreme color-blocking

If you didn’t know, now you know

A visual guide to all the different types of pumpkins

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Some of my favourite links … August 2021

I love the use of colours and textiles in this house:

30 years in the making, this festive Cartagena vacation home was worth the wait

This is not what I expected from a rock star’s home! Watch the video of the guided tour to discover how the other half lives:

Step Inside Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo’s soulful Los Angeles home

If you didn’t know, now you know:

Should you cook with butter or oil? Well, that depends

I’m pretty sure there are more new sites than listed here, but I’m glad to see Japan’s Iriomote Island mentioned:

The newest UNESCO World Heritage sites, in photos

Some good advice here if you don’t want to use potentially poisonous substances in your (edible) garden:

4 steps to an (almost) bug-less garden

It’s not just physical rest we all need:

The 7 types of rest that every person needs

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Some of my favourite links … July 2021

This South African beach house is an absolute dream.

A contemporary beach house that perfects coastal style

We might not be able to afford staying in those hotels, but I love referring to the pictures for interior inspiration.

Inside the world’s most beautiful new hotels

This is much needed – Tokyo nights are hot hot hot!

How to sleep in the heat: 6 steps to a cooler night

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Some of my favourite links … June 2021

I’ve long been a fan of interior designer Matthew Williamson and really enjoyed this virtual peek into his own home.

Tour Matthew Williamson’s home in London – a beautiful boho apartment full of colour and vintage finds

I thoroughly enjoyed my virtual wander through this amazing exhibition.

Sony World Photography Awards exhibition

Got some unused pasta, lentils or rice hanging around in your kitchen? These recipes might just be what you need.

11 recipes to help you spring clean your pantry

Mystery solved! I’ve been wondering about those hand signals.

Why Japan’s rail workers can’t stop pointing at things

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Some of my favourite links … May 2021

Hopeful thinking we might one day get back to being able to travel fairly easily…

30 trips to plan a year in advance

I’m going to try this next time I have an unripe avo

This brilliant 2-minute trick will ripen avocados on the spot

Japan’s most secluded train station is inaccessible by foot

Koboro Station