August 11, 2018

Atelier AM | Rancho Santa Fe Villa

Atelier AM was founded in 2002 by Alexandra and Michael Misczynskithey have designed a large range of city and country homes, historic estates, modernist villas and seaside retreats. I thought this home fitted perfctly the home I showed last week on the blog. I would love you to show more homes like this as they perfectly fit my Summer mood. More about this design duo can be found on their website: Atelier AM 

found via Veranda
August 9, 2018

Inspirational design in black & brass by X + I

I recently discovered the work of x+l based in my hometown Amsterdam and I love to show you some of their work. The concrete table was love at first sight, and I think the the matt black concrete surface and its little irregularities are just perfect in my opinion. The legs of the table are made in wood.

x + l
 stands for Xander Vervoort and Leon van Boxtel, two designers with a background in theater and art, through the years they worked for several disciplines: photography, advertising, stage design, fashion and exhibition design and in addition to this commissioned work they focus on interior design working closely together with artisan friends.

in 2013 x+l launched 'parfumobscure', a perfume made with pure and natural ingredients, collected on their travels to India, Japan, France and Italy.
In their online store they sell a small amount of self designed single objects and small furniture pieces in limited series, alongside handcrafted finds from their travels.

Really unique and organic are these gourd pendant lamps, the gourd is a natural material therefor the lamps can show irregularities and varying sizes what separates them from industrial light fittings. The brass table collection consists of different small tables made out of solid patinated brass (3mm) and mounted with brass screws onto a wooden partition, covered in distressed ragged velvet.

August 7, 2018

Blomus MIO collection | w/ Style photo shoot

For every photo shoot we are always on the look for different props to complement and fit the atmosphere we have in mind, and recently we got the opportunity to work with 
Blomus. When working for the Ambiente fair earlier this year I visited several stands and we filmed the different Trend area's where some of Blomus new home accessories already caught my eye. Next to using the brand's planters in our last shoot, we also got to photograph their new dinnerware collection MIO.

The MIO collection, designed by Nina Thöming of Flöz Design, consists of plates, bowls, mugs and pitchers in three different powder shade colours. Next to the beautiful colours, Mirage Grey, Moonbeam white and Agave Green which all mix and match perfectly. The dinnerware comes in different sizes and is also stackable, giving you more space in your cupboard or being creative with on your diner table. What I really love is the matt exterior surfaces in combination with the shiny interior glazing. 

We immediately fell in love with the grey PLANTA planters and I especially loved the bigger black-brown versions which are perfect for planting large houseplants or small trees. They can be used both inside and outside as they are frost-resistant and weatherproof which I love because I tend to change and use pots and plants both indoors and outdoors depending on my mood or needs.

Durable Accessories

Blomus is a market leader in the field of interior design and durable accessories since their start in 1961, and derives from the German tradition of exceptionally good quality and excellent craftsmanship. At Ambiente I already saw some of their extensive collection of brand new basic items, including pottery, smoked cork, linen, concrete and wood, all materials I really love. This new collection shows their ambition to develop and keeping the brand relevant and ready for the future while sticking to their original Blomus DNA. 

We loved working with Blomus and styled and photographed the collection staying close to our own design aesthetics and taste, be sure to check out the new collection at Blomus

This post is written in collaboration with Blomus | Pictures © w/ Style | Concept w/ Style | Photography Wen van Woudenberg | Styling Desiree Groenendal

Thank you Paper collective for the posters and Aiayu for the bed covers.

August 4, 2018

A renovated minimalistic home in Milan

Beautiful colours in this recently renovated eighteenth century home in Milan that once was the residence of a wealthy Milanese family. Casa AG is a ground-floor apartment that was brought into the present by Due Architetti while respecting the past of the building and its imperfections. I love the picture above and the beautiful colours, the table really looks a lot like the one I designed myself, don't you think. 

Polished concrete surfaces alternate with wooden floors, and wood is used to contain the volumes—separating the entrance from the open kitchen by a thick wall-like storage unit, and shielding the bedrooms from the social spaces with a similar divider. The whole atmosphere is just beautiful and minimalistic with the concrete floors and the rustic wooden beams painted white along with the rest of the interiors.

Photography by Simone Bossi
July 31, 2018

Quick -Step laminate NDSM apartment shoot | w/ Style

This last week w/ Style got the opportunity to work with Quick-Step in a new apartment at the Amsterdam NDSM area. NDSM, short for Netherlands Dock and Shipbuilding Company, was a shipbuilding and repair company based in Amsterdam until 1979. Now, the neighbourhood is becoming a new living area. Over the last years NDSM has become a popular area and I personally love the raw edges.

Old buildings are getting new functions, and new buildings are built, solving the housing problem in Amsterdam, combining the area’s rich history with a modern 2018 twist. A charming and rugged plan with inviting hotels, restaurants and initiatives in direct connection with the boardwalk that will be built here.

Choosing the right floor
The apartment we got to shoot in collaboration with Quick-Step has the Amsterdam Marina at its doorstep which was one of the main reasons we thought of a dark laminate floor with the same sturdy character as you see on the old ships in the Marina. The apartment has floor to ceiling windows on one side, and with the white walls the residents chose for, this edgy dark floor certainly gives this newly built apartment a lot more character.

Choosing the right floor in a new apartment is such a difficult decision for most of us and raises a lot of questions. Where do you start? What atmosphere are you looking for in your new home? What kind of floor suits your lifestyle and budget? It was great to get involved in this project, following all the advice on the Quick-Step website, visiting different stores and talking things through with the residents who both have busy lives and wanted to move in really fast. What also really helped was the Quick- Step Pinterest board we made, with inspiring images of different floors.

Newcastle dark oak Laminate floor
Looking back at some of my very first makeovers and experience with different laminate flooring, it was an easy decision to work with Quick-Step again! After thorough research on the website, comparing different floors and looking at the possible styles, specifications and properties, we made a selection of three. These were narrowed down to two final choices, with the beautiful dark oak floor being the clear winner! I am happy the residents loved the Quick-Step Newcastle dark oak laminate floor (ELIGNA | EL3581) as much as we did.

For the underlay, we picked the Quick-Step Unisound, which is perfect for apartment buildings like these, with its 17 dB noise reduction, and it also reduces the reflection sound of walking around the apartment.

After two days of painting, it was time to get the floor installed by one of Quick-Step’s master installers. In less than 48 hours he transformed the apartment into a cozy urban chic home. In my own first home I remember it took me weeks to get the apartment ready and install and glue the laminate floors which had to be glued together.

Luckily Quick-Step has a 'Uniclic' click system which means the installation is faster than ever before. Even replacing planks or moving the floor is really simple: Simply lift up the panels. Overall an easy to lay floor, and getting a professional do it for you makes the whole experience even better.

I collected ten reason why to choose Quick-Step Laminate for your home which you can find at the end of the post. The residents are really happy with our choice and their new neighbourhood…. Going to work by taking the ferry is certainly one of the reasons, especially during Summer.

Ten reasons why to choose Quick-Step laminate for your home

170 floor types
With over 170 floor types there is a laminate for every taste, from all white to fumed oak to black and every shade in between including stone and concrete. Use the handy floorplanner on the site to see how the floor of your choice could look in your home after uploading a picture of your room. 

Uniclic click system
The Quick-Step 'Uniclic' click system! Which practically means the installation of long planks has never been faster. 'Uniclic' is suitable for both left-handed and right-handed, no matter in which corner of the room you start laying your floor.
Replacing or Moving
Replacing planks or moving your floor is simple too; with Uniclic, you can simply lift up the panels.

Perfectly level

The tongue fits perfectly into the groove, resulting in a floor without level differences. This basically means no wear and tear at the edges.

Impact resistance
With the correct underlay, you can even place laminate on underfloor heating without hassle. And the robust core panels of Quick-Step laminate floors provide a solid, pleasant sound which means they are also ideal for apartments or houses with several floors.

No color difference
With Quick-Step laminate floors you can reorganize as much as you like. When exposed to normal levels of (sun) light, the floors keep their original tone, year after year.

Scratch resistant
The ultra-resistant layer makes Quick-Step laminate flooring up to ten times more resistant to micro scratches.

Permanently antistatic
Every Quick-Step floor has been treated with an antistatic surface. This way, you don’t need to worry about annoying electrostatic discharges. What’s more, thanks to the treatment, your floor will attract significantly less dust than other floors.

Seamless and easy to clean
With no open joints where dirt could get stuck in between it’s really easy to keep your floor nice and clean.

A water resistant glued base plate and the tensile strength of the click systems provide excellent, splash-proof protection against surface moisture.

Written in collaboration with Quick-Step | Pictures © w/ Style | Concept w/ Style | Photography Wen van Woudenberg | Styling Desiree Groenendal

A special thanks to Paper collective for their posters and Aiayu for the bed covers.