November 14, 2018

Autumn in Malmö | Travel w/ Style

On invitation the city off Malmö we travelled to Sweden for a few days to visit South Sweden’s largest city. Malmö is only 20 minutes by train from Copenhagen airport and with our hotel within walking distance from Malmö central station it didn’t take us long to have our first coffee downtown.

Autumn was visible in the city, not only in the different parks but also in the narrow streets around Lilla Torg, a charming cobblestone square with half-timbered houses and a striking painted commercial wall. In one of the streets around the square we discovered Noir a tiny coffee place with a cozy green terrace with a real French vibe.

- Story Hotel -
We stayed at the tenth floor of Studio Malmö, part of the Story Hotels, with amazing views over both the city centre and the ocean with the iconic lighthouse. A lively building with different rooms, meeting and workspaces and a large reception, with a self checkout option.

There are a few restaurants in the hotel and Salads and Smoothies is great for a healthy snack or light lunch. Being huge Japanese food lovers we were blessed with rooftop Restaurant & Bar Kasai serving the best Sushi in town. Walking more than 10 kilometers a day and with low temperatures outside during the evening, we couldn’t think of a better way to finish the day then having some wine and try out the different sushi and Japanese specialities in our very own hotel restaurant.

- Zakka -
Selecting some places on forehand gave us enough opportunities to see different parts of town and while walking we discovered Zakka, a beautiful small Japanese concept store with the kindest shop owner we could wish for.

Another favourite store we visited is Grandpa, an inspirational Scandinavian lifestyle store with a great welcoming atmosphere, a cool layout and a nice collection of homeware, stationery and both mens and woman fashion.

- Zakka -

- Grandpa -

Next door to Grandpa you will find Absmaland what seemed a small store and cafe from the outside turned out to be a large but cozy green shopping experience with a hand-picked range of home interiors and fashion in organic or recycled materials. We loved this area and part of Södra Förstadsgatan street and visited several other stores, had some liquorice tasting at Lakrids and did some shopping at Designtorget, a favourite for Scandinavian design.

- Konditori katarina -

Closer to the hotel we visited Interior design store Olsson & Gerthel where we admired the prints of S.Vendin who we got to speak about his work and sculpture heads which, being on huge demand in the area, are about to travel to China. To try out some Swedish specialties we visited Konditori katarina, since August 1959 they serve high quality pastries and we enjoyed some real sweet tasting including the famous ‘kanelbulle’ with lots of coffee to keep us warm during the chilly afternoon..

- Konditori katarina -

- Atrium -

- Atrium -

Malmö isn’t that big and we only took a bus once, it is a city that’s easy to discover by feet and walking through the old town there is so much to see that otherwise you would have missed maybe, from beautiful houses, unexpected small stores to a cemetery with a lane full of red coloured trees and cute dogs sitting on the stairs of their home.

A bit outside of the touristic area we found Atrium the most beautiful breakfast spot where we had a breakfast we still talk about! It was definitely worth skipping the hotel breakfast for. Not only the food was delicious, the cafe, mostly visited by locals, was so well curated, with a tiny two table vide and a separate large minimalistic room decorated with plants and beautiful lamps.

Atrium is worth a visit and excellent to combine with a visit to Ribersborgs Kallbadhus which is on walking distance. We can only imagine how it will be during Summer to walk along and swim in the sea, from here you could see Malmo with its iconic twisted tower at one side and the bridge we passed to reach Malmo from Copenhagen on the other side. The Bathhouse is a stunning piece of architecture that extends into the sea, when we visited it was really sunny but windy and cold. At Ribersborgs you can take a sauna baths with stunning sea views, ice cold sea baths in wintertime and swim in summertime but also take a massage.

After a the cold experience it was time for a lunch break and we headed for Saluhall an indoor food market located in an old train station. It has a great industrial vibe and like most food markets there were many options to choose from.

We loved discovering a new city and would like to thank the city of Malmö for having us and experience it in our own way. More pictures on our Travel w/ Style page and Insta stories .
See how we and others experienced this friendly city by using #MakeitMalmö and visit to learn more before visiting.

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November 12, 2018

A beautiful raw and white photo studio in Hamburg

How was your weekend? In my case some are more active then other and last weekend I mostly spent at home in front of my laptop. The weekend started with a beautiful invitation though by imm Cologne with-and at the workspace of Studio Truly Truly, the 2019 designers of 'Das Haus' at the upcoming fair in January. It will be the third year I will be visiting and covering the trade fair for imm and I am so honored to be asked back for 2019. I will let you know more of the program and what I will be doing soon! 

The upcoming week I will be fine tuning our workshop about 'creating visual content & blogging' w/ Style will be giving for Elle Decoration netherlands. And I will show you more of our trip to Malmö and a small report from Dutch Design week! Let's start this week though with some beautiful architecture and images from p89 Studios, an 8000 qm outdoor, 500 qm indoor daylight foto and film studio in the north of Hamburg.

pictures courtesy p89 Studios with thanks 
November 10, 2018

From ethnic chic to Scandinavian functionality | Willow and Coconut

Born out of the passion for life and connection, Willow and Coconut is a brand new online store for everything from ethnic chic to Scandinavian functionality offering a range of timeless items in home accessories and everyday lifestyle products. Finding that moment to connect with family, friends and new people can feel like absolute magic, explains Sabine Winkel, owner at Willow and Coconut

"When it was time for me to decide what I wanted to spend my time on, I decided I wanted to be part of the journey in people’s connection. To help them create spaces they wanted to be in and make them better. What you look at every day, the products you use all decide the course of your day. That’s where Willow and Coconut comes in.

Not only will we share our passion for beautiful products in our store, but also take you on a journey in a lifestyle that thrives on connection in every sense of the word. The connection with yourself, your family and friends, on big occasions, small occasions and those little unexpected moments, collectively they decide who you become and how you feel."

Interiors are the start of it all. From the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed. Your home is your sanctuary. It’s what inspires your desire to get up every day and where you feel safe to unwind and relax. Your interior says a lot about who you are and who you want to become. Willow and Coconut offers you a beautiful selection of home accessories to create your perfect sanctuary.

Concept & Styling Studio AnoukB | Photography Karin Holtdijk for Willow and Coconut
November 7, 2018

An eye catcher for your kitchen | Bread container by bulthaup

Last month I was a few days in Malmö for our Travel w/ Style pages. I really enjoy travelling, staying in different hotels and trying out local specialties. I am a huge lover of bread and despite eating as much gluten free as possible, I enjoy tasting different types of bread when traveling. What I love most is the artisanal freshly made bread with a great texture and lovely bread crust. Not only great to taste but also beautiful to look at. 

Beautiful bread deserves a good bread container to stay fresh and tasty as long as possible. The 15-liter bulthaup bread container in stone stores moisture, and releases it slowly keeping the bread, from drying for a longer period of time. The bread can be sliced evenly on the lid made from untreated maple wood that can be taken off the bread container and easily be used on your  table. 

The bread container is a real eye catcher for your kitchen and I personally love the natural colour in combination with the light wood. We placed the bread container in our industrial trolley where it perfectly fits the darker colours and the deep grey wall. 

This post is written in collaboration with bulthaup Nederland
Concept w/ Style | Photography Wen van Woudenberg | Styling Desiree Groenendal
Pictures © w/ Style
November 4, 2018

Five minimalist bookends that caught my eye

Selecting products for a personal Trend report the other day I came across the bookends above and I thought it would be nice to look around and see if I could find any other bookends that look as sculptural as these by Ferm Living.

Although I am not reading that many books nowadays, I sold or gave away most of my books except for a few that mean a lot to me or are great to look at, obviously mostly interior and photography books as you can imagine. Off the books that I have, I love to add a few on exposure. Mostly they end upon on one of my tables or a window sill, I am blessed with deep window sills on one side of my home which I really love.

Using bookends I just only did when I had cupboards filled with books but the ones showing today deserve to be in the spotlight in your home as they are made of beautiful material and all have a minimalistic shape I love. The 'Luru Bookends' by Ferm Living pictured above in black and white marble not only keep your books stay in place but also look great when standing alone I think.

One of my favourite designers is Henry Wilson and his sand-cast gunmetal bronze 'Fin bookends' come in two sizes and will oxidize and darken over time, to restore a like-new finish they can be polished.

Granit bookends by Silje Nesdal are made from leftover granite stone after the process of making tombstone monuments. The sharp edges stands in contrasts to the visual softness and the playful colors in the granite. The stones are utilizing their natural weight, so the granite bookends stand firm. These bookends give a new purpose to material that would otherwise be discarded. 

'Tulum'  is a real object that even standing alone is a nice addition to your bookshelf, found via Wallpaper store and designed by Elad Yifrach for L'Objet. "Inspired by Mayan history and architecture, L'Objet's 'Tulum' collection fully embraces the brand's design approach whereby international influences are reinterpreted with a contemporary aesthetic. The 'Cubisme' bookend is a flawless demonstration of this, managing to look at once ancient and modern, with its geometric forms, sharp angles and abstract features." 

'Sculpture' by Kristina Dam consists of two marble pieces that forms the two bases of this bookend, when you place your books in between the bookends blends in and become almost invisible.

Pictures via the respective designers

October 31, 2018

Couleur locale store visit in Knokke

Although I love design, and all things raw and black maybe even a bit more, there is also a side of me that loves to add some natural touches to my home, but most of all I want items to tell a story. A beautiful basket or pot sourced abroad, a lamp that shows clearly the material it is made off and ceramics you can imagine the artisan shaping it into the right form.

We do not all have the opportunity to travel around the world but luckily some people have made it their job, sourcing for outstanding pieces often coming from different craftsman. Ruth and her husband Hendrik of Couleur Locale are passionated 'light travellers'   

Ruth: "Departing for travels and still having to pack my luggage an hour before the taxi arrives has become a habit. We have truly adopted the concept of “light travelers”, very handy for the outbound trip however for the return trip “heavily loaded burden animals” is the more applicable term for us.

Packing this late definitely isn’t recommended. It’s just the consequence of combining 3 stores, 2 web-shops, a blog, a wholesale, 5 children, 3 cats… It remains a source of stress although, luckily, I can shrug it off in the taxi and laugh about the situation afterwards."

Couleur Local - Knokke
The Couleur Locale location in Knokke I am showing you a sneak peek off on the blog today shows a mix of vintage and design from all over the world and stands for 'globetrotting inspiration for your home'. Next to the brick stores there is also a webshop where you can find a lot of the items Ruth and her husband personally selected during their travels. 

The fact that Ruth takes little with her when travelling she could recommend to all of us. You actually need a lot less than what you would think when traveling, something which actually also holds true in everyday life as well.

Surrounding yourself only with the things you really love and with objects that actually tell a story from the maker or its country is therefore something I still believe in. The store is beautiful redesigned by Henrik who is  an architect and breaths their travels and the colours from the different African countries they love to travel to.

Find the store at Lippenslaan 275,8300 Knokke-Heist in Belgium.

Couleur Locale also has a large childrens collection and I couldn't ignore this beautiful scenery.... the wall and that baby bed are just amazing don't you think! I earlier wrote about the Couleur Locale bed linen in my latest bedroom makeover and I could really recommend their bedlinen, have a look: Bedlinen in different shades of grey from Couleur Conceptstore

This post is written in collaboration with couleur locale who is a sponsor of my blog, more info about sponsored content can be found here: advertising
styling Cleo Scheulderman | photography Jeroen van der Spek