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Design Inspiration: Reykjavik, Iceland

Earlier this winter, my husband and I spent a long weekend in Reykjavik, Iceland. I wasn't sure what to expect with the architecture and design, but I fell in love with the design at so many places we visited. Here are a few of my favorites.

This restaurant, Rok, was just as beautiful inside as it was outside. I love the all black exterior with the vertical siding and the copper gutters.

The inside of the restaurant was just as great (as was the food!). There are so many materials being used here and I love how the stone walls and leather and linen banquette warm up the concrete floors and black steel windows.

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Cafe Paris had one of my favorite interiors. While red is not typically a color I gravitate towards, the red tile floor with all of the wood details felt so warm and inviting.

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Another shot of Cafe Paris.

The dark green walls and the leather banquette in this bar felt so warm and cozy. The perfect place to step out of the cold for a drink.

We had breakfast at the Laundromat Cafe one morning and one of my favorite design elements here was the use of these retro, fringed lamps on the bar and the tables.

One of the highlights of the trip was lunch at Fridheimar, a greenhouse located along the Golden Circle. Walking up a path in a woodsy area with light snow falling, into a warm, packed greenhouse to have lunch (the most delicious tomato soup and fresh bread) was something I will never forget. In fact, I have been thinking ever since about how I can get my own greenhouse at my house.

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Here is a shot of the bar area at Fridheimar.

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