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First of all, sorry for the mega-long post but there were just too many amazing photos to choose from that I couldn't settle for only showing a few. As you can see, every space, every room and every detail has been cleverly thought about at Casa Cook. The hotel, the first of it's kind designed by a team at Thomas Cook, is designed to appeal to the trend-conscious and design-savvy traveller, someone looking for a space that is inspired by the latest interior trends whilst still feeling like a home, with personal touches and a laid-back vibe. (There is even an in-house yoga team with daily classes and a store where you can buy some of the furniture and accessories found across the hotel!)

Casa Cook is made up of multiple quintessentially Grecian low white buildings, all nestled into the rugged hillside of Rhodes island. I love how the modern buildings, with their large black framed windows and flat roofs, stand out against it's stark and rustic surroundings - but the landscape hasn't been lost inside, with furniture and lighting made featuring natural materials like leather, rattan, jute and bamboo. Another aspect I love is that every room (yes, every single room) has direct pool access with white hammocks floating over the blue water, yes please! 

I stumbled across the amazing boho/scandi gem that is Casa Cook whilst looking for inspiring interiors for my (soon-to-be) new flat and was pleasantly surprised to see it was an off-shoot of Thomas Cook. I realise that there's hardly a shortage when it comes to boutique hotels, but I love that Thomas Cook has created a design destination that can be more attainable at a lower cost. Let's hope this is the start of a long line of boho boutique hotels from them! 

Still dreaming about the cool monochrome palette matched with natural textures and tropical touches? Get the look below:
murrayandolive 1. Large Wicker Hanging Lamp from Out There Interiors
2. Triangle Cushion Cover from H&M Home
3. Patterned Cushion Cover from H&M Home
4. Viktigt Basket from Ikea
5. Fladis Basket from Ikea
6. Butterfly Chair from Mink Interiors | Similar from Amara
7. Wool Pom Pom Blanket from Bohemia
8. Alseda Stool from Ikea
9. Hee Lounge Chair by Hay from Nest
10. Agna Rug from Cox & Cox
11. Cement tiles from Mink Interiors 

Photos by Georg Roske for Casa Cook

The Dream Travel Destination for 2016: Casa Cook, Rhodes

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26 July 2016
Hello hello Blue Monday! Apparently today is the most depressing day of the year, because of the bad weather, everybody desperately awaiting payday after Christmas, our lack of motivation and us already failing (albeit not admitting to) our new resolutions. Although I can definitely say I've experienced these bad feelings over the last couple of days, I say we ditch the blue Monday rubbish! Why does it have to be a blue Monday just because others tell us it is? We're in control of our experiences and emotions - so I'm spending mine getting inspired by the Dulux Colour of the Year - Cherished Gold. Now gold is something that isn't quite for me, but I do appreciate a little metallic accent - especially when paired with greys, whites (and my new favourite colour of the year) Pantone's Rose Quartz. If, like me, you enjoy a fleck of gold, take a look at my favourite pieces...
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I think that gold, or any metallics for that matter, are really easy to style and introduce into any space - they tend to fit nicely in any interior and sit comfortably in all styles. For example, if you're going for a girly and on-trend space, mix with white and accents of pink, or for a more rustic/traditional look style with a mixture of blue hues, from mint to navy. How would you, or do you, style gold? I love how gold accents look in a monochrome or very simple room! murrayandolive
1. Hexagonal Gold Magnetic Blackboard, from Holly's House | 2. Crosley X UO Record Player, from Urban Outfitters | 3. Regency Side Table, from Urban Outfitters | 4. Brass 'Hello', from West Elm | 5. Gold Metal Lounge Chair, from Holly's House | 6. Bristol Table Lamp, from Heal's | 7. White Marble and Brass Shelf, from Holly's House | 8. Kolam Braided Round Rug, from Urban Outfitters

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Cherished Gold Interiors

18 January 2016
murrayandolive 2016 is the year for retro pastels, mixtures of rich metals and stone textures, and dreamy interiors worthy of a Wes Anderson film, and I'm very happy about it - all thanks to Pantone's Colour of the Year, Rose Quartz. If you told me a year ago that in 2016 I would be daydreaming about pastel pink walls and a velvet pink sofa I would have definitely laughed. Now it's quickly becoming my favourite trend for the year and I'm really excited to see it being celebrated across furniture, interiors, fashion and stationery (hello pink everything!). If you're looking for some Rose Quartz inspo, you've come to the right place...murrayandolive murrayandolive murrayandolive
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I don't think I'm quite ready to jump straight into clashing pastel walls, even if I've always wanted to live on a Wes Anderson set, but I wouldn't think twice about filling my room with pink accessories and stationery. Below are some of my favourite pink and copper pieces at the moment - what do you think about the trend? Thoughts on a postcard!
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1. Ambit pendant lamp by TAF Architects for Muuto | 2. Pale pink Kelim rug from Holly's House | 3. Aurora round chair from Mia Fleur | 4. Dusky pink jungle leaf cushion from Holly's House | 5. City Toile wrapping paper from Holly's House | 6. Patina antiqued copper tea lights from Mink Interiors

Dreamy Rose Quartz Interiors

12 January 2016
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The start of a new year not only brings long lists of goals and resolutions but welcomes exciting new collections. And H&M Home is one that I'm sure you've been looking forward to just as much as I have. Making a name for themselves as every flat-lay lovers dream, H&M Home's new spring collection looks just as promising and swoon-worthy as we all hoped. Last year's highly covetable trends have been given a little update, with the title of 'must-have metal' now sitting comfortably with brass instead of copper, and uber-tropical patterns now taking a more natural stance with ferns and muted greens. 
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H&M Home's spring collection is all about the urban jungle; house plants sit pride of place in every room, whether they're featured on bedding, cushions, plates or just sitting pretty in a rustic wooden pot. As I expected, I really love the collection, especially the mix of warm golds and feminine pinks with the cooler hues of green. It all just makes me wish I was living in a cool warehouse apartment in LA - anyone else?murrayandolive
The collection houses a wide range of colours and tropical inspired patterns, from dominating leaves to simple geometric repeats. I love how lots of different types of materials are celebrated, with metals, rustic woods, wool and even jute. Below are just a few of my favourites pieces - what do you think of the collection?murrayandolive
*All images via H&M
H&M Home's Spring 2016 collection is now available online and in stores. Anyone fancy popping to one with me? 

H&M Home Spring 2016 Collection

7 January 2016
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December is here and how the hell did that happen? I can't quite believe the year is nearly over, it's been a pretty big one for me, what with becoming freelance and starting a new career (but more on that later). Here's to December and everything we've got to look forward to...
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1. Seeing everywhere come to life, with all the towns and villages full of lights, music and people, and Christmas in London is why it's my favourite city with Liberty and Fortnum and Mason showcasing amazing decorations and baubles, ice skating rinks next to historical beautiful buildings and just a generally excited (yet hectic) atmosphere. 

2. Berlin! I'm off on a little adventure to Berlin for the first time next week and I've been wanting to explore the city for so long! I'm looking forward to catching up with one of my besties and having her show me around all her favourite places, as well as exploring the Christmas markets and interiors shops, finally getting to try the famous Burgermeister, seeing the Berlin Wall along the East Side Gallery, hopefully experiencing the Jewish Museum and indulging in lots of German beer... the list goes on!

3. Finally feeling the weather change and embracing the cold weather with lots of layers and knitwear, making gloves and scarves essential! Fingers crossed we see some snow this year, surely the flurry we had the other weekend can't be it. Also, the winter weather also means that a daily hot chocolate is almost an essential and no longer an indulgence - everyone knows calories don't count in December...

4. I'm looking forward to doing lots of extra Christmassy stuff. I want to make sure I really enjoy this holiday; making as many mince pies and jam tarts as possible, embracing all the cheesy songs, tacky decorations, classic films, relaxing days by the fire with a food baby, spending lots of time with my loved ones, enjoying an egg nog or two - and taking lots of photos to remember it all!

What are you looking forward to this month? 
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