August 28, 2015

TRAVEL | Taturo Atzu | the garden which is the nearest to God

Although it can be really busy in town with the many visitors Amsterdam welcomes every day, I am still deeply in love with my hometown. 
I live in a quiet area myself and within no time I am downtown to enjoy the small shopping streets, or bike along the canals. Did you see the pictures and giveaway of last weeks family boat trip I made? Amsterdam still amazes me from the water!

There is always something happening in town, and I really wanted to show you the wonderful pictures Silvia made of the project of 
Taturo Atzu on the roof of the oldest church in town. Silvia is an Italian photographer and we previously worked together on some blogpost and the article for the vtwonen love blogs magazine. 

These pictures were made during a photo shoot on the roof with Tania, a jewellery designer from Sydney. You can see those pictures on Silvia's website, and maybe you love a photo shoot with her yourself!

Japanese artist Taturo Atzu is internationally renowned for his temporary art projects which transform our experiences of monuments, statues and architecture. Atzu's first public project in the Netherlands centres around the historic weather vane and the small roof turret, with the Angelus Clock, of the Oude Kerk. The project will run till September 6!

Come Closer is a series of public gatherings on the roof of the Oude Kerk. The evening programme, running from August 13 to September 6, brings together thinkers, musicians, artists, Amsterdammers, neighbourhood residents, and the curious up in art installation “The Garden Which is the Nearest To God”

by Japanese artist Taturo Atzu: a panoramic terrace with a spectacular view over Amsterdam. In the midst of a city in motion, Come Closer offers a moment of reflection. For 12 evenings special guest speakers share a new perspective, a unique story or a performance with the public. High above the city in the open-air, a sort of contemporary hagenpreek (open-air sermon), Come Closer invites you to listen, look, experience, think collaboratively and to speak up. You will find more information on the events here | text and info via de Oude Kerk

pictures ©Silvia Falcomer
August 26, 2015

Inspiration for your home | A quick makeover with natural materials

Here at Vosgesparis 'we' are still in a Summer vibe .... with the patio connected to my living, the room feels twice as big and the fence I finally made and painted white is the best thing ever.... it allows me to open up my curtains, let the light flow in and enjoy some privacy at the same time. I will share a little update soon.

Summer for me has always been the moment to tone down the blacks and bring in more natural colours and materials. With all the original and handcrafted materials and creative people traveling around the world to find those hidden treasures, it is really easy to bring some unique items into your home. Wether it is a small basket, a pile of beautiful fabrics, or an new lamp, they all will add a natural touch to your home.

Here are some of the latest items available at Couleur Locale an on-and offline store with a large collection of handcrafted items, there is a selection with trends and themes such as Summer, ethnic, natural, wood and blue love... the ultimate Summer colour! which all perfectly fit this post. When travelling they often come home with something new to add to their collection, also selected unique items by other globetrotters such as Sukha and Love warriors are available at the stores and online... enjoy and get inspired! 

pictures © first picture via couleur locale | All other pictures ©Jeroen van der Spek | Styling Cleo Scheulderman

August 25, 2015

Mr Benjamin's Loft | A dream home in the Amsterdam canal belt

This last friday I was invited at the opening of The Loft, a beautiful evening with an intimate private dinner and party afterwards at Prinsengracht. This is the third edition, and 'the apartment' is fully decorated with Mr. Benjamin in mind...

Mr. Benjamin is a fictive person and wandering through his home you can discover more about him... see what he reads, what art he likes, and sit on his couch, just like in the previous Loft editions everything will be for sale from the smallest note book to the furniture and carpets.

Eginstill kitchen
What really stood out for me was the new kitchen by Eginstill. The kitchen made out of hand made wooden cabinets covered in galvanised steel has a beautiful green colour, a black marble countertop and a blueish steel wall behind the sink. Small wooden shelves are attached to the wall with magnetic leather straps all illuminated by 2 black industrial hanging lights from Harvest and company I 

I also really loved all the beautiful greens and the amazing black and white pictures for the Marie-Stella-Maris foundation. I made some Iphone -party- shots and hope to show you soon more! 

The Loft
Cristofori Concert Hall
Prinsengracht 583-V (ring the bell)
website: Enter the loft

area: Negen straatjes
Open from Tuesday to Sunday till September
Keep an eye on the facebook page for special events.


pictures by the loft - vosgesparis and myscha oreo
August 24, 2015

TRAVEL | Ashes to Snow | Hair atelier and art gallery

When working on an article about my city guide for the vt wonen love blogs magazine, I wrote about yesterday, I decided to stay a bit closer to home instead of going downtown. The area close to the Eastern docklands where I live, is welcoming many young entrepreneurs lately. One of them are the owners of Ashes to snow, an hair atelier with a relaxed, artistic atmosphere where you will also find selected design, objects and art pieces from like-minded creatives from various disciplines.

The gallery presents, promotes and sells the work of young artists, photographers, designers and craftsmen. You can get you hair done but also pop in for a coffee and a read and enjoy the various installations. At the moment we visited them to make these pictures, almost six months ago, the Dream Scapes | Memory Lapse exhibition with photography by Ramona Deckers and Liza Nijhuisthe was displayed in the totally white space, a beautiful contrast with the huge window that is covered with black paint, an amazing environment! More info on the Ashes to Snow website or on Amsterdam Next

pictures © silvia falcomer for vosgesparis | amsterdam next

August 23, 2015

Cool new places in town X vtwonen love blogs magazine

With finishing almost all my blogposts about Spain last week I love to take you to my hometown this week as I have to share some great projects with you! Lets start with something I worked on almost six months ago and finally can show you this week! If you have a subscription to vtwonen magazine, you probably received the magazine this weekend, if not you will find the magazine in stores this week, including a little extra!

This month the second edition of vtwonen love blogs is out and in the magazine, next to a small intro, you can find out more about my work, collaborations and my Amsterdam city guide APP and blog and how I use the APP myself. I will also give a sneak peek at some of my latest interior and lifestyle finds in town photographed on a rainy day with Silvia, and of course I will share more pictures of these cool places and some more of Silvia's work on the blog and on Amsterdam Next the coming weeks, grazie per lavorare insieme su questo progetto Silvia!

vtwonen love blogs
is a magazine made by the favourite interior and lifestyle bloggers of vtwonen magazine, selected by the editors and blogger platform Meet the Blogger, we share our work, homes and favourite places. Not in the Netherlands? you can order the magazine online, written in Dutch.

All bloggers attending the Meet the Blogger Amsterdam Conference 2015 will get a free copy of the magazine, are you a blogger and do you love to meet your fellow bloggers, and follow exciting workshops at the Meet the Blogger conference in Oktober?