Tuesday, July 31, 2012

VT Wonen - behind the scenes

I am pretty sure I am not the only one loving Dutch VT Wonen magazine to bits...  and I was really happy to win their floor competition last year. For those who recently joined my blog, have a look at my behind the scenes post. Not only was I happy with the floor but also with the fact that my favorite stylist Frans, did the styling for the magazine shoot.


On the VT Wonen website you can read regular blog posts from a small team of contributors, recently joined by the lovely Jantine from April and May. In their latest behind the scenes blog, the favorite blog Top 3 of VT Wonen Stylist Frans Uyterlinden. Great to be in such good company as my own long time favorite EmmaThank you! 
Picture via April and May 
Monday, July 30, 2012

The colors of my home...


Hello all on this last Monday of July... I woke up really early today and found a little sun shining in my kitchen and illuminating (hehe) my Ay Illuminate lamp in a wonderful way. And it made me realize how much I love the different colors of my home... here' a little impression made this morning. Have a happy week you all with lots of sunshine !
 






Sunday, July 29, 2012

Adding a French touch {DIY for your bedroom or garden}

 

I added this picture from Hotel Deseo in Mexico on my Facebook page yesterday, I thought this was such a beautiful way to get some shadow and making a cozy corner in your garden.

But it would also be easy to do at home. By using some rope and bamboo, or even by making a bamboo frame only and attach it to the ceiling on four points. Last years summer I made some pictures of an installation like that at MERCI. Hope it will give you some inspiration on how to make something like this for your own home or garden.  









  Pictures MERCI: (C) Vosgesparis
Saturday, July 28, 2012

A sneak peek - EST Magazine the fashion issue


A sneak peek of the new EST Magazine, to be launched this Monday. If you do not want to miss out on this online magazine with news and homes from all over the globe and the latest Trendreport from my talented friend AnoukB you can subscribe here  Also check out their latest giveaway




Photo Credits: 
Cover picture:Toby Scott 2:Victoria Simpson & Robyn Lea 3:Gorty Yuuki & Mexico travel by Mr&Mrs Smith 4:Marjon Hoogervorst
Friday, July 27, 2012

Casa Olivi {the renovation of an historical building}


As you noticed I am pretty much on a virtual tour and traveling around lately. Here is another great project I found. It is called Casa Olive and is located in Treia, in the heart of the Marches, Italy. 

The renovation of this historical building took 4 years, conducted by the 2 swiss architects Markus Wespi and Jerome de Meuron. The outside style has been preserved as the building is protected by the Italian Cultural and History Administration, but the inside has been entirely re-organised according to a luxurious, high comfortable and minimalist style. 
More info on renting this beautiful holiday home at the Casa Olive website









Pictures: (c) Hannes Henz  - thank Hannes you for letting me use them on my blog

Note: Please respect the photographers wish to not pin or re-use these pictures on other websites, thanks ;) 
Thursday, July 26, 2012

Spanish home in concrete and white

After the black and white sophistication of Karl Lagerfeld in my previous post I jump back to my favorite subject of this week.. Beautiful homes in sunny places. After all it is summer!

This is the Spanish home of Dutch couple Jeanette and Merijn and their two children, who moved to Spain 5 years ago. The build their own home - with Bed and Breakfast -  just outside the village of  Benissa on the Costa Blanca. With lots of white walls , concrete floors and though elements it is certainly a place I would like to stay for a little holiday break.

   













Photographs (C) Marjon Hoogervorst - Styling Anouk B 

Karl Lagerfeld


I thought the little cut out portrait of Karl Lagerfeld on this building side along one of the canals looked really cute, like an unexpected piece of sophistication in an total mess.




This is a picture I made of a drawing on the wall of Stock the restaurant next to Amsterdam concept store Options. In Amsterdam we have a say 'rare vogels' meaning 'strange birds' The Damrak where Options is located has lots of Strange birds passing by...

So when the building of Hotel Exchange with its concept store Options and its restaurant Stock was finished. All people who had been involved were asked to draw a 'strange bird on the wall of Stock. Hotel Exchange being a fashion boutique Hotel concept, all bird are fashion related too. 


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summer home on the Isola di Palmarola


Seeing this beautiful location at first I thought it was some summer home located on yet another Greek  Island. But after some research I found out it is located on the Italian Island of Palmarola.  An Island about 10 kilometers before the coast of Ponza in the beautiful Tyrhennian sea with appareantly only one habitant!.....  Please take me away to this Island a.s.a.p.





All pictures (C) Maz Zambelli
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