Thursday, March 26, 2015


Hope you are enjoying our giveaways so far. Today I love to introduce you to WRDSThe concept, founded in 2014 by two sisters from Amsterdam, is a combination of design, music and words. All things I personally love and could not live without! 

I asked the sisters..where is WRDS about....
"Together we create unique designs with positive 
song quotes of international bands and singer-songwriters. The designs consist of text creations and photos that fit the song quote, which we print on special materials like hard foam and brushed aluminium. We call them Artwrds; art with a message, that bring a positive vibe into an interior. Although every Artwrd is a one of kind, we do have a scandinavian look & feel"

In the wrdsshop, they offer a collection Artwrds with more than 20 different song quote designs, a de luxe version on aluminium and several postcards Words, music & designs are very personal, that’s why they also enjoy designing custom-made Artwrds.

I personally find it really hard to choose my favourite Artwrds, not only is their art work amazing and really my style, also the photography with their products is amazing!

For this giveaway we give one Vosgesparis reader the chance to 
win their own Artwrds design. Surf to the Artwrds gallery and let us know your top choice(s)!

Leave your personal choice in a comment in this post... and as always leave a contact email or your blog address. We will announce a winner in about a week... and don't forget to have a look at our previous giveaways, you can still join those too! 

picture 4 © WRDS | All other pictures Photography Simone van Rees | Styling AnoukB  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


photograpy Rune Lundø | styling by me

Today another beautiful giveaway from Denmark! London designer Samuel Wilkinson designed the Hoof SW1, a stylish and unique table for &Tradition. The word "hoof" originates from the protective part of the feet of ungulate animals. In contrast to most tables, the leg ends of Hoof are sharpened like pencilses and left in natural wood to avoid the paint from chipping off from being knocked when cleaning. 

The stable of designers that &Tradition work with are connected by a desire to push manufacturing techniques and to find innovative uses for materials. Although &tradition is influenced by their Nordic heritage, they handpick design talent and production facilities internationally and across the ages. This is part of their remit to reshape, redefine and reinvent materials, techniques and forms, helping them to find a unique position in the international design market.  

Hoof SW1 table by & Tradition
Today we are giving away a Hoof SW1 table in grey. To win this Danish design table, simply leave a comment, and your contact details in a comment in this post.

Photography Jonas Bjerre-PoulsenIn collaboration with &Tradition and Fonq

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


I love Scandinavian design and I know you do as well! Let's continue our week of giveaways with the fabulous String from Sweden! Well known for their outstanding shelving system. The shelf was originally created in 1949 by the Swedish architect and designer Nisse Strinning and with different sizes and materials you can draw your personal shelving system that best fits your home. There is also a new addition to the shelving system called String works, you might have seen it on the blog in last years post.

String Pocket shelves giveaway
In this second giveaway we offer you the chance to win your very own Pocket shelves in a colour and material of your choice. On the String website you will find different colours to choose from... When you found your favourite pocket shelves, simply leave a comment in the post below with your choice and don't forget your email. We will announce a winner next week!

PS don't forget to scroll down and check out yesterday's giveaway!

pictures via with thanks

Monday, March 23, 2015


Hello and welcome on this Monday morning, this upcoming week will be about celebrating and surprises! Seven is my lucky number and with Vosgesparis turning 7 years today, I have every reason to have a party! A party I want to celebrate with you, because without you I wouldn't have been keeping it up for all these years! A big thank you to all my readers and blog friends!

For the next 7 days, I will team up with 7 of my favourite brands and designers who all loved to celebrate with me on this occasion and kindly donated some of the best prices for you! 

For this first giveaway I teamed up with Nomess... a Danish brand I first got introduced to while decorating a Bloggerzone at Designtrade [now Northmodern] I used several clear boxes in the office part of my stand and fell in love with the great storage solutions they offer. To celebrate 7 years of Vosgesparis, Nomess kindly let me choose 2 prizes for you to win, simply let us know which one you would love in a comment under this post, don't forget to leave your contact details.

Giveaway #1 Balsabox Personal Black 
A multi-functional box designed to store your personal belongings. The built in sliding tray make it easy to get extra organised and help you locate all the little but important items. The lid doubles as a mirror – lift the lid and place it vertically in the back of the box and you have a portable beauty station. It is made from the lightweight balsa wood. 

Giveaway #2 Set of 3 clear boxes with lid | mini, medium and tall
My all time favourite item by Nomess! A set of 3 clear boxes. Use them in your office, bathroom or just like myself in the living to showcase your favourite items! The set consist of the 2 you see below and a larger one.

Let us know which prize you would love to win | #1 Balsabox black or #2 Set of 3 clear boxes and we will announce two winners next week.

photography 1 | 2 | 3
Sunday, March 22, 2015

Workshop & Dinner at The New Craftsmen | Blogtour London

One of the main sponsors and co-organizers of our London Blogtour is at{mine}an online community for home and design lovers, where members do the sharing. The site is currently in the Beta version and all members of our Blogtour team have early access to a website ahead of the general release to the public. If you are curious to discover, follow the link and ask for an invite to become a beta member as well! Meanwhile we will keep you updated when the new site goes live!

On Gerard's, co organizer of this tour, zine Walnut GreLa Bergman co-founder of at{mine} says she thinks our blogtours are a wonderful real-life example of what is at the heart of the at{mine} experience "members connecting and engaging around a passion for interiors and sharing their story to inspire others".

The new Craftsmen
We posted several pictures on social media already |#BloggersAtMine| of the events organised for us, and one I really enjoyed was a visit to The new craftsmen. The New Craftsmen works with a selection of Britain’s finest craft makers to showcase the materials, skills and craft products of the British Isles and represents a network of over 75 makers working in textiles, silverware, furniture, ceramics, jewellery, glassware and beyond.

The Mayfair shop we visited for a workshop & a delicious dinner with the owners and several designers showcase and sells a carefully selected range of products, limited editions and exclusive collaborations, which can also be purchased online.

Lola Lely 
One of The New Craftsmen makers is Hanoi born and London based furniture and product designer Lola Lely who joined us this morning for a workshop.

I quite admired her Trestle table based on the iconic trestle used by a multitude of craft practices over the ages. "The table features a patchwork of coloured stains in indigo, dark grey, & black – in reference to denim work wear and the ‘boro’ indigo patchwork traditions of Japan. The stained & ebonised geometric forms give a sharp, asymmetric & distinctly modern edge to this utilitarian piece, which incorporates decorative features inspired by dovetail joints typical to traditional woodworking" |source: Lola Lely interview with Bungalow5 |  

Workshop by Lola Lely
Lola Lely took us through the creative processes of dyeing and stitching and making our own placements for the evenings dinner. 

Not an easy task for many of us who are more writers, stylists and photographers then crafters. It was great thought to work on something together and chat with Lola Lely and learn more about her work. 

An inspiring dinner
Later that evening we had a delicious dinner and some great discussions and meetups with several designers, in the back of the store, a beautiful area with lots of plants and a table that had some great visible marks of having survived many creative meetings and dinners. Our placements fitted the scene very well!

Mindful Living - in collaboration with Gareth Neal

Taking a close look at how the objects we surround ourselves with can affect our mood &
well-being, from March 24 to April 18 2015 The New Craftsmen presents Mindful Living, in collaboration with furniture designer-maker Gareth Neal.

We have asked Gareth Neal to strip back his life to a pure set of objects that can fulfil his needs both mentally and physically.
- What would his living environment be?
- Which 10 pieces would he choose for his environment that enable his way of living?
- What meaning do these pieces – whether practical or emotional – have to him?
- How would this way of living – the environment and the pieces within it – make him feel?

Gareth’s Mindful Living interpretation consists of new work designed & made by Gareth as well  as collaborations, & work selected from among the makers of The New Craftsmen. Highlights
include the new Brodgar cabinet made by Gareth in collaboration with Kevin Gauld; a new addition to our Brodgar series of furniture inspired by the traditional straw work of Orkney.

There will also be a new textile range from Emily Watts’s knitwear brand The Good Shepherd – which draws inspiration from the modern landscape of Shetland – as well as a collaboration with Billy Lloyd that sees the two designer-makers craft an all-purpose set of stackable ceramic vessels fit for cooking & communal eating.

The products will be housed in an architectural structure designed by Gareth in collaboration with ‘The Bothy Project’ – a network of small-scale, off-grid art residency spaces in distinct

London blog tour is sponsored by: at{mine}, B&O Play, Buster + Punch, Folklore, and Tiipoi
Photography © 1 Anna Gustafsson | 2-5-6-7-8 Desiree for Vosgesparis | 9 Linda Elmin  for #BloggerstourLDN | 10-11 The new Craftsmen 

Friday, March 20, 2015


Hurray!! it is my Blog's birthday next week.... Vosgesparis will be turning 7, I loved every minute of it and I can't wait to celebrate with you guys as a big thank you for staying with me over the past 7 years!

Stay tuned for a week full of amazing giveaways from my all time favourite brands... 
starting this Monday March 23! After this week I will be back with the usual inspiration and coverings from my recent Design travels to London, Iceland and more.
Thank you so much for your support
xxx Desiree 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Nest | Styling in a London apartment

For our London blogtour we teamed up with Nest, an online and in-store for contemporary furniture, sofas, armchairs, modern lighting, storage solutions, gifts & accessories. If you are looking for some new furniture for your home or maybe some smaller accessories or gifts visit their Sheffield showroom or have a look at the newly designed website with over 15,000 products from designer brands such as Artek, Cassina, Ercol, Flos, Foscarini, Hay, Muuto, Tom Dixon, Vitra and many more.

We styled some corners with different products in our London apartment near Portobello road. I personally really loved the 3 small Muuto 'Balance' vases and their matching metal tray, the colour just beautifully matched the ashes in the fireplace.

London blog tour is sponsored by: at{mine}B&O PlayBuster + and TiipoiPhotography © Susanna Vento & Linda Elmin1 Anna Gustafsson | 2-5-6-7-8 Desiree for Vosgesparis | 9 Linda Elmin  for #BloggerstourLDN  
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