If you ever dream of one day embracing the country life, this post is for you my dears! Life is full of surprises, at least for Amanda Brooks and her husband, artist Christopher Brooks.

After living the fast paced life of the NYC fashion industry, Barney’s creative director Amanda Brooks decided to take a year off and travel with her family to their summer home in Oxfordshire, England. What was supposed to be a one year adventure, became a complete lifestyle makeover.

The Brooks have been enjoying the English country life for five years now with no signs they’ll ever return to the city.  If you keep scrolling through their charming home in the Cotswolds, you’ll understand why.

Cafe Design | English Charm

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No surprise, I love collecting design reads. Magazines, books, you name it. Over time, I’ve bought numerous books that promise great stories of interesting projects, hoping to get a glimse into the magic that happens behind the curtains yet so many of them end up being a  disappointment… So today I’m sharing with you a short list of my favorites, published within the last year or so, that I constantly turn to for inspiration and why not, a good laugh!

Cafe Design | Books

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Happy August, dear friends! Yes, it’s August already…but I don’t know where the time went.  Life has been pretty hectic around here. We’re back to work after a month long vacation and trying to get into our much loved routine. While traveling to visit my family, hubby and I realized that after one week -10 days tops- we both start feeling antsy and useless and need something to do. I’m not complaining, long holidays can be great for some people but can turn too stressful for us. Lesson learned 🙂

Anyway, I actually love this time of year. Trees start to lose some of their leaves and the first signs of transition between seasons are visible. But I’m not ready to let go of summer just yet, so I prepared for you a lovely little beach house tour. The interiors were designed by none other that Tom Scheerer and I’m amazed by the variety of textures, different blues and dreamy textiles found throughout the home. Furnishings, wallpapers and light fixtures are all swoon-worthy.

Every-single-one-of-them!

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

Imagine walking into your home and be greeted by this…

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Time flies when you’re having fun and I just realized it’s been a while since I’ve written a Fabric Friday post.  So here it goes! Today it’s all about a classic beauty – the Toile-de-Jouy. ¨Most commonly referred to as Toile, this fabric has a delicate decorating pattern consisting of a white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting  fairly complex scenes, generally of a pastoral theme, a couple having picnic, or an arrangement of flowers. The pattern portion usually consists of a single color, such as dark red, black, but sometimes blues, greens and yellows.¨(Wikipedia)

Cafe Design | Fabric Friday - Toile de Jouy

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