January 14, 2018

DOMOTEX | Framing Trends & How to collaborate with bloggers

I am back from Hannover where I spent some days on invitation of DomotexWith a small group of bloggers we visited several brands and joined two discussions for the audience at the "Framing Trends" area, led by Holly Becker. Although I expected a small fair there were actually more halls then I expected and many... many more carpets from all over the world than I ever saw. At fairs like this you can't focus on everything, so I was glad we had a small tour where we visited some of the brands that were selected for us.

January 10, 2018

Introducing w/ Style | my new collaboration

2018 is on it's way! And as said before I couldn't think of a better way to kick of the year than travelling to Copenhagen , and Sweden with w/ Style, our new company, on invitation of Danish kitchen manufacturer Vipp! Over the last years I have been working with both Dutch and international leading brands and Design fairs, I love to collaborate, not only with selected brands but also with fellow bloggers and other creatives. I truly think that we can inspire each other and let's face it, working together is just more fun than sitting in front of your laptop on your own.

It's almost ten years I keep Vosgesparis up and running on my own, the emails with 'hi team' or 'can you connect me with your ceo' still make me laugh, as many people think there is a whole team behind Vosgesparis, sorry to disappoint you, it is just me! Don't get me wrong, I love being a bit of an einzelgänger and can perfectly work alone but sometimes it is nice to connect and talk about your work with someone who is in the same position.

Introducing w/ Style
Some years ago I connected with Wen van Woudenberg, the creative mind, photographer, (photo) stylist and owner of photography and visual concept studio beeldSTEIL. After annual trips to Milan Design week, countless cups of coffee all year round, and collaborations on different projects, we decided to team up and work together.

Although we both have our unique style, we share an interest in minimalism and interior design, by working together we inspire each other. 'w/ Style' is our collaborative project and we are looking forward on all things to come, and of course we would love to work with you. Collaborating brings out the best in both of us, the results of which can be seen in our new project and exciting plans for 2018.

Both of us will actively maintain our individual brands and blogs but we aim to collaborate as much as possible, expanding the online coverage and impact, with three websites, two blogs and multiple social media channels.

Learn more about us and how we work at our brand new website w/ Style 

© w/ Style
picture from our photoshoot in collaboration with Vipp 
January 8, 2018

DOMOTEX 2018 | Leading trade show for floor coverings

DOMOTEX, the world's leading trade show for floor coverings, now packs even more interior design and lifestyle inspiration thanks to a guest appearance by Holly Becker, one of the world's foremost interior design bloggers and a dear friend of mine. On January 12 2018 Holly will be taking the stage at the DOMOTEX's new "Framing Trends" showcase in Hall 9 at 10 am, where she will give a presentation on how to work with Bloggers and Influencers to market your product.

January 5, 2018

Ultra Black is the new Black | Philips 4k OLED Television

Hello from Sweden, where I am currently enjoying the amazing Vipp shelter, total silence, trees, stones, mos, a lake and a cozy fire burning all evening. In my previous post I mentioned we got a new television over Christmas, and did you noticed I painted a wall in my living deep black? I have to admit that after discovering the size of the new television, I thought it would be best to paint the wall behind it as dark as possible, a good excuse also to go back to black as I really missed a dark wall at home.

I love this ambience, black always feels a little chique, 
almost like a hotel lobby, everything black in front of it kind of disappears and everything else really stands out. The Philips 4K Oled television is huge, I never had a television this big and really do not fancy most of them. This one made out of aluminium and steel is a real design object though which even if you are like me, not into gadgets but do love design, really can appreciate.

This Summer I changed the layout of my living and for the first time since I live here my couch doesn't stand in front of the long wall or the window, remember I created the six meter bench! This means that the television is two meters further away and not longer part of the sitting area I created, and it's not always easy to read subtitles when watching a movie or your favourite series.

I have been told that thanks to the ultra black pixels and the Ambilight light effects of the Philips 4K Oled, the result is the clearest and most vivid picture Philips ever had to offer and watching from a further distance has become way easier now, this gives me so much more options for the layout of my living. I do love to watch television but really does not fancy a sitting area designed around it.

Nothing can beat a black wall and I totally love this new corner in my living, as you can see I improvised a bit and I still need to hang the television on the wall or find a fitting cabinet for it, I haven't decide yet, and thought I could shop for inspiration at one of the interior fairs I will be visiting in January, any tips and ideas are welcome! 

- written in collaboration with Philips -
December 30, 2017

Black walls and a fire place at home | Masterplan 2.0

I am still working on my masterplan 2.0, a lot slower then I thought it would go though but let's face it, there aren't just enough hours in a day right! I have nothing to complain work wise except for not getting any further with things at home as fast as I would like. Finishing the changes in my kitchen is now taking some months, despite the hard work of my friend who is coming over to do magic with her paint brushes when we find a little time to continue the job.

I did made some changes though though! I have a new kitchen bench instead of the numerous amount of chairs and I love it! I am still looking for some small tiles for the backsplash and other things too and I hope to share it with you later when the wall is finished and when making some new pictures. 

Meanwhile I came across an amazing fireplace by Ewald Bosgoed .... I am so in love and need to go back to his store some day soon to see if we can collaborate on something, I posted the picture below on Instagram where you might have been drooling over it already.

I love this time of the year a
nd luckily I started to feel better over Christmas when the kids and some friends came over, I even managed to cook my kids favourite dishes for dinner and we had a lovely evening after all. 

For Christmas we got a Philips 4K Oled television and I know it's a bit cheesy and it's not a real fire place but oh my.... Since taking the television out of the box I have been enjoying the different fire places available through Netflix in between watching my favourite series these days. The moving fire, the sound, I love everything of it and with the amazing Ambilight effect it all seems so real, what else can you wish for this time of the year.

written in collaboration with Philps