October 19, 2018

Autumn cooking & spices | w/ Style

Mid October already and we still have lots of sunny days here in Holland, something that makes me really happy. Although out of all seasons I love Summer most, also this moment between Summer and Autumn has its charm. With interior fairs coming up, new collections and feeling creative and full of energy after a beautiful Summer it is time to do more indoors again and prepare and restyle my home for winter.

Fall also means a change of what we eat, don't you think? While on warm days I love to wok a quick meal with fresh herbs, mushrooms and lemon grass, in Autumn I love to take some more time to prepare a meal. I can really enjoy a big pan of pumpkin soup, and the smell of fresh bread and potatoes out of the oven this time of the year. I also tend to use different herbs, during Summer fresh mint and basil are favourite, at the end of the year I use more dried herbs like thyme and oregano.

bulthaup spice jars
With my kitchen undergoing a small update I loved to try out the different bulthaup accessories we got to style and photograph, just like we did with the bulthaup Solitaire. When it comes to storing spices bulthaup offers a set of six small glass jars. I personally do not have a really big counter top and love to keep it a bit organised and have enough working space. Therefor I store a lot of my daily cooking necessities in the drawers under my cooker including my spices.

Through their shape the spice jars are easy to store in the drawer under your cooker if you do not have a place to display your everyday cooking necessities like me. If you are the lucky owner of a bulthaup kitchen you can use the
functional Prisms to custom-equip drawers and structure your drawer with the freely movable dividers according to your preferences, the spice jars will fit perfectly. 

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

October 17, 2018

Pure Minimalist collection by Ameé Allsop

Pure Minimalist is a minimalist furniture collection created by Australian born and New York-based  architectural designer Ameé Allsop. The collection is about calming the senses and enticing a poetic change, much like her recent move from Brooklyn to the beaches of the East End. The 2018 collection is handmade in New York with select travertine and solid American ash. More information on this collection can be found at Ameé Allsop.

       Searching for the essence, this collection of furniture explores 
the balance between form and purity of material
Ameé Allsop -

Photography by Glen Allsop and Nicole Franzen
October 15, 2018

Minimal light design by Vibia | Tempo

Minimalism is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Barcelona, Vibia might be a beautiful exception though! Next to the small kitchen update I am planning, my home is in need of a new lighting solution, As you might have read I find this really difficult, continuously coming across to many options might be one of the main reasons. 

Founded in 1987, Vibia is a design-oriented lighting manufacturer based in Barcelona. With 'Tempo' Vibia presents three designs in two sizes in this collection of pendant lamps. I especially love the wall mounted version and I could easily see this next to my bed. The collection is inspired by degrees of luminance and the interplay of opacity, translucence and transparency. Have a look at the Vibia website for all different sizes and options of Tempo and many other lighting solutions.

pictures via Vibia
October 12, 2018

The Five Seasons by Marcel Wanders for Alessi | w/ Style shoot

October already, I can hardly believe Summer is slowly ending! On the other hand I am looking forward to the new season and redecorating my home for Autumn. I love to bring in some darker colours, maybe paint a wall, bring in some carpets and light the candles around the home a bit earlier to let their fragrances fill the home.

I don't know about you but I love my candles to be more than just a candle, I like to see them as small accessories for my home and I want them to fit my interior. No surprise you won't see any colourful candles or scented candles other then just simply black, white or a muted brownish autumn colour at my home.  

Finding new scented candles, room sprays or diffusers that fit my taste can be hard if you love them to look as good as possible. When we got the opportunity to work with Alessi and create some images of 'The Five Seasons' collection I was happy to find out their new collection would perfectly fit our homes. Not only from a design point of view, also the use of plant based wax and fragrances as bergamot, vetiver, cedar wood and moss to name a few, are really the kind of fragrances I love.

The Five Seasons
The idea of the home fragrance and its possible reinterpretation through the language of design has fascinated Alessi since the mid-1980s and this new chapter dedicated to home fragrances is now written by our very own Dutch Marcel Wanders, who also happens to be one of Alessi’s most fragrant

A collection of organic formed objects is created, using precious materials like porcelain and mahogany, we see a perfectly shaped ash wood tray, lava stones, and other elements inspired by nature. The scents were created with the advice of one of the most important perfume makers in Grasse, the world’s perfume capital known for its cultivation of flowers and sophisticated production techniques. 

The personalities of the five new fragrances are suggested by their highly evocative names referring to the four seasons: “Brrr” mature, fresh and bright as Winter, with notes of bergamot, lily of the valley and musk. 
“Ahhh” young and delicate like Spring with the freshness of a mystical garden and with notes of cardamom, hyacinth and vetiver. 

“Hmm” stands for Summer, warm and inviting with a bouquet of figs, red fruits and mixed woods. Complex, dense, smokey and sensual “Grrr” has a mix of incense, cedar wood and moss like a perfect Autumn day. 

Sardinian Lava stone fragrance diffuser
The lava stone fragrance diffuser was a bit special to me, not only because I love lava in general but the black lava stone chosen for “The Five Seasons” comes from my beloved Sardinia. A small ash wood tray accommodates the lava stone and an essential oil and dropper. This composition is offered exclusively for “Shhh”, the most intriguing collection that is mysterious, spiritual, obscure and enveloping, with hints of eucalyptus, rose and patchouli.  

Leaf fragrance diffuser
According to Alessi, the Mahogany leaf fragrance diffuser is perhaps the piece that best captures the spirit of the collection. The porcelain bowl, white for the four seasons and black for the season of transcendence, is circular with a slightly rounded base.

The leaves used to diffuse a different scent for each season, are made from sapele mahogany, chosen for its porosity and colour, which enhances the silhouette of the design. There are five different leaves to choose from, each one paired with a different fragrance, six leaves can be used in the diffuser at the same time, we loved to use two of the 'Ahhh'. 

The Scented candle come in two different sizes in black or white porcelain bowls, last for around 40 hours. Each candle is closed with a decorated ash wood lid made by artisans from the Valle Strona, an area of Lake Orta close to Alessi’s headquarter. The lid can also be used as a base. 

Last but not least, instead of burning candles I often use Room spray, and I personally love it. The Five Seasons Room spray, pictured in the first picture evokes memories of the original glass perfume bottles and its atomiser produces a perfect puff of perfume. The use of Room spray comes from an age-old ritual to treat oneself to a wonderful moment of calm, something still relevant for many of us these days as well.  

This post is written in collaboration with Alessi | Pictures © w/ Style 

Concept w/ Style | Photography Wen van Woudenberg | Styling Desiree Groenendal 
October 10, 2018

A concrete house by Whispering Smith architects

Let's talk concrete! One of my personal favourite materials and to be found in almost every room of my own home. I love the raw feeling of concrete but could never live in a complete concrete box, I always need a good dose of white and wood combined with it to soften the concrete. This minimalistic home located in Perth, Australia has the perfect mix of materials and the outside of the home shows how beautiful soft the use of concrete can be as well.

Whispering Smith: "We are a staunchly feminist architecture firm working across both residential and commercial projects. They specialize in working with clients on innovative approaches to delivering architecture and we are champions for millennial housing, sustainable architecture, local craft and friendly minimalist architecture. House A is the first of three carbon neutral dwellings in Scarborough made from high recycled content concrete panels and whitewashed recycled brick. The house is 3 storey mini tower with a garage underneath and a loft on top. Minimal land, minimal house, minimal life"

Photography Ben Hosking