Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sløjd boards by Morten Høeg-Larsen

While visiting ShowUp this weekend the first thing that caught my eye when arriving at Westergasfabriek, the beautiful location of this years ShowUp, was a bunch of wood leaning against the huge building. It happened to be some raw wooden planks from Morten Høeg-Larsen of Sløjd. And once inside I fell in love with the story behind the wood and the boards.

Sløjd is a joint venture between Morten and Claus Meyer, co-founder of restaurant Noma in Kopenhagen. Fascinated by people in countries like Japan and Vietnam displaying their craft and skills on the street. Morten set up a small street-carpentry after being invited to have an outdoor shop during the Copenhagen Cooking Festival to make his boards.



At ShowUp he was doing the same and worked on the boards while telling about how he goes on the look for that one piece of wood and the process before it is on our counter tops. I am quite fascinated by the tables above as well which I found when checking out the website.







By making the cutting boards he wants to show how quality kitchen tools can still be made locally, instead of in far away foreign factories. All wood is selected by Morten himself and the boards are handmade in the Swedish countryside, just outside Ystad. 


pictures 1-3 via By Midde | 4-8 by Vosgesparis

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ferns & Terrariums | Creating a Glass Covered Green World



After posting my moodboard inspired by succulents and the DIY rock garden, the images of the small courtyard, and especially those fresh green ferns, didn’t leave my mind. Continuing this green theme, I started a new Pinterest board, and as I was pinning away I discovered lots of unique ways to arrange the green in your home, and my favourite discovery was to display plants by using terrariums!

I love that they come in all kinds of different sizes and shapes, and I’m not the only one, because you see them everywhere these days! They’re low maintenance, versatile, and easily allow you to create a tiny glass covered green world.


Ferns originate from subtropical regions like Southeast Asia and South America, are happiest in a humid climate, and purify the air which in turn helps to create a healthy humidity in your home.
Watch the video in this post and learn how to make your own terrarium. A beautiful row of different sized terrariums is almost like a work of art, and as ferns variate in size, colour, and shape, you can combine them endlessly, making your collection all the more fascinating.




Written in collaboration with http://Mooiwatplantendoen.nl where you can also find more info on Ferns and many other plants

Pictures via http://Mooiwatplantendoen.nl | Translation: WRDS by Santina


Thursday, August 21, 2014

It's all about contrasts | Louise Roe AW 2014

Louise Roe launched her new collection and it is all about contrasts! The collection shows her love for architecture by using graphic lines of the city of Copenhagen, shown in the city hurricane candles and the tiles theme in the lines of the black and white bedlinnen.

New also are the copper hooks, next to copper the collection shows a feminine light rose and a masculine bottle green. Secondary colours are dark blue and the essential black, white and grey tones. The metal colours copper, gun metal and brass continues to give the exclusive touch to the entire collection. I am a fan! 

Hook in copper

city hurricane in smoke glass  

via Louise Roe with thanks
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A white apartment in Amsterdam

A huge white apartment in Amsterdam designed by MAMM. A renovation project of a duplex unit in an 85-year-old building. Living in Amsterdam myself I am curious to know in what area this building is situated. It feels like a mix of an old attic and an office building in one.

MAMM opened up the staircase and half of a floor at the upper floor to bring in as much light as possible. i can imagine the view from that roofterrace.






Pictures ©
  mamm design


Monday, August 18, 2014

IKEA contest | Pin your ideal Bed & Bathroom and see it come alive at IKEA

Whenever starting a new project or room at home I have always loved mixing different products to design the kind of room that comes close to the idea I have in mind at first.
I believe that the first idea you come up with is always the best and for me that's always based on a certain atmosphere I want to create.


I love a combination of basic and new sometimes even shiny elements, combined with something raw, such as an industrial piece of furniture, and naturals such as wood, bamboo, rattan or rubber. No need to tell you I prefer things to be monochrome in combination with soft grey tones.


When IKEA challenged me to make a Pinterest board and design my ideal bed & bathroom and asked me to invite you to do the same with some great prices to win, More on that at the end of this post! the combinations above were the focal points for my new Pinterest board: 
#IKEAcatalogus – A new bed and bathroom! 


Today IKEA launched their new Pinterest board showing items from their new catalogus : IKEA zoekt interieurontwerper! |IKEA is looking for an interior designer| From this board and other inspiring pictures I found, I created my own Pinterest board #IKEAcatalogus – A new bed and bathroom! showing my ideal bed & bathroom. I'd love to challenge you and make your own inspiring Pinterest board to join this competition with great prizes to win!

How to join the contest
1: Create a board: #IKEAcatalogus – (your own title) 
2: Pin as many pictures as you want from the IKEA zoekt interieurontwerper!, any other IKEA boards and everything that inspired you to create your ideal bed & bathroom.
3: Don't forget the hashtag #IKEAcatalogus or IKEA will not be able to find your board!

The winner with the most inspiring board will be invited to bring her or his Pinterest  board to live, and create the actual rooms at IKEA Amsterdam together with one of the IKEA interior designers. You will also receive an IKEA gift voucher worth 
€2.500. The contest will run from today till September 12-2014. 



See my own Pinboard here: #IKEAcatalogus – A new bed and bathroom! scroll down to see how I made it, now show me yours! Good Luck and see you at IKEA Amsterdam! 


picture via IKEA
Here is how I designed my ideal bed and bathroom
Having a bright bedroom at the moment I thought I'd challenge myself to create a bedroom with some more darker tones. I guess in the ideal life I should have two bedrooms, one for summer and one for winter! How great would that be!
Here are the wish lists I started with to create and pin the mood board


Bedroom wishlist
* Definitely one black wall - 
I love to write on them and black is a beautiful backdrop for my monochrome poster and photo collection.
* Ribba leches - They are my all time favourite IKEA pieces, great for quickly changing pictures, I'd need some black ones to add at he new black wall!  
* A black clothing Rack - I love to easy choose from my favourite pieces and it is highly decorative.
* An old industrial table or cart as a bed side table, ideal for magazines and candles.
* Some bed lights - for reading  and cozy ness.
A huge mirror - I love free standing mirrors.
* A lazy chair - a lazy chair to drop my clothes on instead of on the floor... 
* New boxspring with a thick mattress - Having a boxspring for years I would love to have a new one and an even thicker mattress for it, I love the luxurious feel.
* A bedhead - ideal when working in bed with the laptop on lazy Sunday mornings and on my wish-list for years.
* Soft bedlinnen - with some darker tones for cold autumn and winter nights
* Knitted blankets - for extra an extra cozy feeling.
* Lots of cushions - the more the better I'd say and preferably in different fabrics. Maybe some velvet for a bohemian feeling.
* Rug - a rug under the bed for a nice out of bed feel.
* Some blinds - I love how you can catch the sunlight with them.
* Curtain rail - a cool industrial curtain rail.
* Linen curtains - an old favourite and I love to see them a bit longer.
* Candles - for a cozy light and a warm touch on cold winter nights. 
* And finally storage - as one can never have enough storage and I love a decorated but uncluttered bedroom at the same time. I'd probably go for a wall with some white cabinets, adding a black marble countertop And display my favourite photo books and some art objects.

Bathroom wishlist
* A light grey concrete floor and soft bath rugs.
* Big white sink - I'd love to get rid of the small sink I have. Wouldn't mind it standing on a concrete countertop.
* White shiny cabinets to store accessories we do not need to see.
* An Industrial cabinet in dark grey to store beautiful bottles and towels
* several mirrors - to make it a bit more playful
* Baskets with plants
* an old wooden bench or stool
* A bath! - because I never had one.


Written by Vosgesparis in collaboration with IKEA
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