Monday, July 28, 2014

Hammocks & Summer breezes at Sukha Amsterdam


At Amsterdam we are enjoying some lovely summer days these weeks and with a gorgeous hammock Sukha Amsterdam transformed their shop entrance and window with the right vibe to get you in the mood for long Summer nights. I can't wait to finish my patio and hang my own hammock between the trees and listen to the bamboo moving in the wind... 

Sukha Amsterdam launched its own label: Atelier Sukha, introducing a varied collection of fashion, accessories and interior items. Sukha means “Joy of Life’ in Sanskrit and that is what you will sense in all of Atelier Sukha’s fabulous products. All made out of pure, and natural materials like wood, wool, linen, cotton and cashmere. 




Founders Irene Mertens and Sam IJsbrandy, both designers, travelled to the poorest regions in India and Nepal where they jointly developed the Atelier Sukha product line-up with local communities. Their visits were an instant success with many small handicraft companies now making plaids, rugs, pillows, jerseys, blouses, gloves, but also special items one-off items such as chandeliers.

Atelier Sukha is not about glitter and glamour, nor about bright colors or artificial materials. Only pure and natural elements grown locally following ecological principles are good enough for the label.






      Find Sukha Amsterdam at Haarlemmerstraat 110, near central Station and if you are up for a walk in this area have a look at my Amsterdam City Guide.


Pictures © Jeltje Janmaat for Sukha Amsterdam



Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Loft Amsterdam | Must see pop-up store


'The Loft’ is an annual pop-up store ... and different from all other pop-up stores. It's a store with a selection of hand picked furniture, books, art, and many many!! other items all beautiful styled together.... it's an inspiring place, and home to an eccentric person.

Each year organisers,
the Playing Circle will choose a different fictive person with a different character, according to which the collection of furniture, art and accessories will be curated. 

From the carpets on the floor, to the furniture and even the books in the shelves – everything in The Loft will be for sale. I have been here already twice and if you have the change, I think you should go and experience the loft yourself! It's that place where you can wander around and discover new items all the time and where it is hard to leave empty handed.

The Loft will be open till August 15 Check out the page for special events and opening hours: The Loft


















Pictures © Amsterdamnext.com | Vosgesparis
Friday, July 25, 2014

Using old cases | My home


I am looking after this huge case from the M.S. Sibajak, which is the name of a ship that brought emigrants from Europe to Australia and New Zealand in the fifties... I think it is a pretty cool idea it has crossed the oceans bringing people to their new country. And perfect for magazines!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Are you a LOVER or a WARRIOR ?



Are you a lover or a warrior... necklaces in black or white with a leather strap by Love warriors.... My heart goes to the warrior... because of the black, because of the word warrior as it fits the  free spirit mood I feel since I was a kid. Or maybe it's good to be a true warrior and face my fear of birds by wearing the bird skull, that stands for trusting your instinct, which is something I always do and always strongly believe in! But the white necklace represents my love for the light, the summer and a soft summer breeze.

 There’s also the yin & yang in the black & the white.
White stands for peace, cleansing, illumination, purity,
innocence and the highest understanding.
White is affiliated with the planets mercury & the moon.
Employ the color white for :
cleansing, establishing order, illumination & clarity.
White’s mantra is : ‘I am illumined’
text via Love warriors



The warrior has brought her keepsakes from the battlefield :
a black horn tusk held forever by silver,
a tiny bird skull trophy to remind her to always trust her instincts,
~ & a feather that helps her find her way home.
She’s proud to be a warrior,
proclaims it on a silver amulet.
text  above via love warriors

Are you a lover or a warrior ? 
Necklaces can be found at the Love Warriors webshop 
what's your favorite?

look here for lover  and here for warrior



pictures by Hannah Lemholt
Monday, July 21, 2014

Blog crush | Musta Ovi and the house building project


I recently discovered  Finnish blog Musta Ovi which I think means Black door. On her blog Maja, a thirty something Art director as she discribes herself, is documenting the process of building a new house combining Scandinavian simplicity with a Loft style. Add a bit of industrial touches and you have my own interior, which is in my opinion the best of both worlds. What do you think?

I really enjoy how she is showing the progress on every detail, from moodboards to inspiration pictures, to pictures from building materials on the raw concrete and unfinished floors, just how like it! Meanwhile she also finds time to show some DIY projects on her blog. I hope she will leave some concrete exposed to create a true Loft style and I can't wait to see the end result.









pictures via Musta Ovi with thanks 



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