September 28, 2018

Alexandra Hotel Barcelona | Travel w/ Style

I love to show you the other hotel we stayed in Barcelona which in my opinion was the perfect mix of Spanish hospitality and design with a Scandinavian touch. I think the lobby says it all! The Alexandra Barcelona Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton is a designer boutique hotel where fascinating history meets modern details and avant-garde. Designer furniture from the ‘50s and ‘60s and local photography in both public spaces and the rooms is combined with the original mosaic flooring, framed ceilings and natural oak details.

Located in one of our favourite areas on Carrer de Mallorca in Eixample and close to the Passeig de Gràcia, the fashion, culture and commercial heart of Barcelona, it was the perfect spot for discovering more of Barcelona. Visiting one of the beaches of Barcelona, but also going a bit further to a smaller town more south along the coast for a day.

The hotel offers 109 rooms of different styles and categories and 4 exclusive suites for holding all kinds of conventions, meetings and banquets. All completely equipped with the best service and technology. We stayed in a beautiful big room with a balcony looking over the green trees and a corner seat filled with cushions in the spacious bay window. Next to the bathroom there also was a beautiful white bath in the room itself. And how about the view over the roofs from the balcony bath?

Alexandra Barcelona offers excellent dining experiences including a Catalan gastronomic breakfast buffet with local quality products, a two-floor brasserie featuring ingredients grown in their own vegetable garden, a Charcuterie bar with Catalan specialties. Spain was hot and just like in the other hotel, have a look here: Cotton House hotel, if you missed it, hotel Alexandra has a swimming pool for guest next to the cozy restaurant and patio area.

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This post was written in collaboration with Hotel Alexandra  | Pictures © w/ Style 
September 26, 2018

A new minimalistic kitchen in solid wood | Reform X Dinesen

At home I am about to change a few things in my kitchen, I am actually planning things since last Summer, but time passed by while painting and being undecided what else to change beside taking of the huge and shiny extractor.... I guess I was also maybe not totally happy with how the colour came out at the end and although I was looking for a more softer look, I secretly also missed the black backsplash.

Eventually I will find a solution to make it work again, meanwhile I am looking around and dreaming away after an email I received 
about the new 'UP' kitchen from my friends at Reform that I love to share with you. 

For those who are not familiar yet with Reform, they are a Copenhagen based company that uses IKEA's metod line of kitchen elements as a base giving everyone the opportunity to have a new designed or update their kitchen with architect designed fronts and table tops with a very affordable total price. 

September 24, 2018

An amazing white home by a Swedish blogger

After a few days crying out loud, well not really of course, because Summer seems to be almost over. I am finally getting a bit on track again with both the blog and catching up with the online news. Busy strolling through the blogs of some of my online friends to see what they have been up to blogging wise and cleaning my home after five weeks of travels and staying home doing nothing else but enjoying the sun in between... How I loved this Summer!

While most of the blogs went on a kind of Summer break I did found some news around like the wonderful news update of my friend Allan of Bungalow5DK and his couch design collab with Sofa company. On his blog I also came across a wonderful home and story of a girl who is running a blog just like me for over ten years but I never ever heard of before... and she seems so well known in Sweden. Now I ask you how can this be?

Sweden’s most successful blogger, Isabella Löwengrip started blogging when she was only 14 years old and now has build not only a successful business but is sharing here everyday life with more than 1,5 million readers. Her brand new home is just amazing and totally up my alley, seems like a dream she worked for very hard. 

pictures courtesy  Isabella Löwengrip 
September 21, 2018

bulthaup b3 | Personalize your kitchen to perfectly fit your home

Previously I wrote about how I love open spaces, also in my own home my living and kitchen are connected to each other which gives the home a nice flow. What was a separate smaller kitchen and a middle sized  bedroom are now the heart of the home where I love to cook and work at the huge table. I was lucky to be able to choose the look, and design my kitchen during a small renovation a few years ago within the possibilities given that time.

We are all unique and live different in our homes, we have other needs in our kitchens and our houses look different. Some have great features from the past and other are more contemporary. When it comes to designing your new kitchen, bulthaup b3 gives you the freedom to let your design ideas and dreams be fully realized fitting perfectly the character of your home to the smallest detail of your new kitchen.

Every kitchen needs a centerpoint and depending on your personal taste and circumstances you can either choose for a floor-standing island creating a more sculptural look in the room or a foot-supported island to cook and gather around. The multi-function wall creates storage space, supports functions such as the water point, and connects the furniture with the room; this spatial connection is tangible when the wall supports hanging elements. The result is the appearance of a floating kitchen.

Because of the endless possibilities in materials and design both the island and the multi-function wall of the b3 kitchen can be fully personalized to become part of your home.


The material you choose for your b3 will definitely put a stamp on any living space and is of course really personal and maybe also a bit influenced by the fact if you love to follow and use certain trends in your home. Whether it be century-old bog oak, through-dyed laminate, or surfaces with multiple layers of lacquer though, every texture and finish of each b3 is individually accomplished by craftsmen and unique.

With an eye for detail the different materials are used to build your kitchen, the bulthaup b3 veneer front for example is a custom-made, one-of-a kind-creation made from a unique trunk. The veneer master craftsman selects exactly the right veneers for each kitchen. He puts the veneers together by hand to create a harmonious surface. The result is a homogeneous unit in your living space. While The solid wood fronts are 13 mm thick and consist of five layers: Three solid wood layers, sandwiched together with two fine aluminum layers, create an attractive edge.

Wood communicates well-being and warmth while a high-gloss surface can make the room look bigger and matt lacquer is calming to the eye. Or maybe you prefer a minimalist appearance and a kitchen in bulthaup laminate. Stainless steel recounts the personal story of your kitchen. It develops traces of use over time, creating an individual patina and unique character. Combined with materials such as laminate, lacquer, or wood, metal is the ideal design element for creating an atmosphere of thoughtful elegance.

Find out more about the different materials and see the craftsman at work: Materials

Reinterpretation of the bulthaup b3 island
This year's Milan Salone showed us a redesigned b3 island! The reinterpreted bulthaup b3 island lends itself to modular planning, following the personal preferences and needs of its users. Functions that were previously positioned on the wall in the area behind the work surface are now located in the island. Whether it is an end-to-end worktop or an open sink, the island is the center of gathering and conversation, allowing people to prepare food and cook together comfortably and efficiently.

On the kitchen side of the island are the sink, preparation surface and hob. Directly below the end-to-end work surface, small pullout modules house the utensils needed for each functional area. The pull-out functional board below it accommodates kitchen tools, accessories or even spices. 

The opposite side of the island provides storage space for things that are needed in the adjacent dining and living area. Laminate was chosen as the material for this island: anthracite for the work surface and flint for the fronts. b3_island_9172 In line with requirements, the pull-out functional board offers direct and rapid access to key utensils or serves as an extended work and storage surface. The contents of the trays can be arranged with total flexibility, reflecting the wishes of their users. 

Create space where you need it
Storage space is one of the most important requirements of any kitchen. Being able to create a kitchen based on your habits and needs is just amazing I think and the habit of creating space where you need is is something I also use in my own home, being it a kitchen drawer or a simple hook there where you need to hang your bags. 

Creating space where you need it is also very different for everyone. Some like to take the option to organize their cabinets behind doors and other may want to display personal objects openly. Either way, the bulthaup aesthetic ensures that all your items are beautifully presented, concealed inside or out on view. I personally love the Pocket door unit shown above where aesthetics and functionality are beautifully balanced. The doors are solid and heavy, and yet simple and light to operate. Kitchen utensils and electrical appliances can be stowed away perfectly behind the closed doors. 

Small appliances that we daily use can also be hidden behind sectional shutters. With the shutter open, they are within easy reach whenever you need them. They can also be just as easily shut away. When closed, the sectional shutter naturally blends in with the kitchen’s overall appearance and is available in aluminum or various colors of laminate. 

In the wall unit additional storage space can be created with function boxes including elements such as knife blocks, chopping boards, or mixer faucets. Whatever solution you prefer, every function box includes embedded light fixtures. bulthaup creates the ideal conditions for you to work and design your personal workspace and everything has been thought of, from the high quality of the surfaces and the right lighting to unique waterpoints, bassins and of course there where we cook our food the fireplace, the ideal place for frying, steaming, and poaching.

The b3 creates the perfect balance between form and function, find a selection of different options at this special page: Form and Function

The kitchen is a place where people feel at home. It's where they cook, come alive, and work with their hands and the right tools. It's essential that kitchen utensils and ingredients are close by. The inner workings of a kitchen says a lot about the personality as well as the cooking and eating habits of its user. bulthaup b3 offers the perfect storage space ensuring that users can access their personal utensils easily whenever they need them. More solutions can be found here: equipment

w/ Style Photography & Styling

bulthaup offers different accessories for even more easy storage solutions and personality to your kitchen and we had the pleasure to create a series of images with a few selected items for bulthaup, which we will show you more of in the coming weeks in a returning series of blogposts.

Meet bulthaup at the vtwonen & design fair | October 2-7 2018
At the vtwonen & design fair at the Amsterdam Rai bulthaup will showcase several inspiring setups with the bulthaup b3 island as well as the new bulthaup b Solitaire tables and elements.

Solitaire elements will form the connection between the tables and the bulthaup b3 island setups. The b3 island setups, executed in the most up-to-date materials, invite you to work together in the kitchen and then enjoy the result at the table with friends, family and acquaintances. 

Rai Amsterdam - Stand number 10- 024

Bezoek bulthaup op de vtwonen & designbeurs
De vt wonen & designbeurs is de plek om inspiratie op te doen voor het interieur. U vindt er de nieuwste ontwerpen volgens de laatste trends onder één dak. bulthaup is ook deze editie weer van de partij en toont een inspirerende stand waarop naast een tweetal bijzondere bulthaup b3 eilandopstellingen ook de nieuwe bulthaup b Solitaire tafels en elementen worden gepresenteerd.

De b Solitaire tafels vormen het hart van de stand en worden omringd door de Solitaire elementen die de verbinding vormen tussen de tafels en de bulthaup b3 eilandopstellingen. De b3 eilandopstellingen, uitgevoerd in de meest actuele materialen, nodigen uit om gezamenlijk aan de slag te gaan in de keuken om vervolgens te genieten van het resultaat aan tafel met vrienden, familie en kennissen.
Datum: 2-7 oktober 2018 - RAI Amsterdam Stand nummer: 10- 024

Written in collaboration with bulthaup | All pictures by bulthaup

September 19, 2018

Bastone collection by Finnish designer Antrei Hartikainen

Antrei Hartikainen is one of the designers I keep bumping into after first meeting him over dinner in Helsinki some years ago. I have been following him ever since, as I think Finnish design really has something different from all other Scandinavian design and I like it a lot! At Ambiente earlier this year he already told me about the furniture he was designing and I love seeing the result. The 'Bastone' collection Antrai  designed for POIAT Products Oy consist of a cabinet and a sideboard.

Antrei: "The Bastone collection moves naturally in the frontier of art and design, and showcases filtered light and reflections of shades as well appreciation of craftsmanship. The exterior of both the cabinet and the sideboard are partly open, partly covered by round and narrow strips of wood."
Antrei Hartikainen (b. 1991) is a master cabinetmaker and designer from Finland known for his exquisite works in wood. The award-winning pieces, including functional products and pure artworks, achieve heights of sensuality, elegance and craftsmanship that place them with the finest examples of modern Nordic carpentry. You might have seen his Fiori and tables pictured below on the blog before, a few examples, see more at Antrei Hartikainen

September 17, 2018

An all white dream Spa | Willow Urban Retreat

Remember the beautiful serene Parisian SPA in wabi sabi style I wrote about on the blog before? Today I love to show you Willow Urban Retreat in Armadale, Australia. Meme Design realized an almost holistic experience by using advanced air purification systems and low toxicity building materials to encourage restoration, support and advocate human wellness. The retreat consists of a wholefood cafe, a movement and meditation studio, a day spa and a detox facility. Willow urban retreat is a beautiful space and ofcourse I was interested to learn more about the design.

Meme Design: 'Working within two narrow heritage buildings, the two titles are opened up with the insertion of a central courtyard, an oversized arch to the shop front and long skylights along the perimeter of the building, maximising space, volume and natural light. Further arches slice through the dividing wall to connect the café and spa, encouraging circulation within the multipurpose space. Arches seem fitting within the Victorian vernacular and inform a spatial language of soft, seamless curves at intersections and meeting points between wall, floor and ceiling."

"The palette of materials includes natural stone and jade green onyx, a continuous hand applied cement render and a hand poured, pigmented cement bar. Finishes are understated, minimal and robust to withstand high usage and the interchangeable programs at the retreat."

More pictures at Meme Design

Photography Sharyn Cairns
September 14, 2018

Cotton House Hotel Barcelona | Travel w/ Style

A few years ago I visited Spain for the first time with a small group of bloggers and we had an amazing week together discovering Spanish design in collaboration with RED. I have been in contact ever since with my Spanish friends and we still meet each other if we happen to be in the same location whether it be my home town Amsterdam, Ibiza, Cologne or Milan and I was happy to see them again in Barcelona this Summer.

Together with Wen I visited Barcelona and Madrid this last month and stayed in different hotels that we will cover on our Travel w/ Style page to give you a small impression. Our first stop was at the Cotton House hotel in Barcelona. The Cotton House hotel is located on the former site of the ‘Cotton Textile Foundation’ A 19th- century building centrally situated within walking distance from several tourist attractions, and only a few steps away from shops and delicious restaurants.

The Cotton House Hotel
We were welcomed by the lovely team and were really impressed by the beautiful entrance of the building, a vestibule covered in mirrors. The building is really elegant with several great rooms and lounges where the bar and restaurant are located, a luminous glass conservatory and a 300 sqm terrace filled with beautiful greens. Impressive stairways: one, a grand marble staircase, and the other, a spiral staircase built in the 50's that received much acclamation among experts in architecture.

The staircases lead to the old library and the space now called “L’Atelier” which was the office to which guild-members withdrew so that their tailors and shirt-makers could take their measurements. The Cotton House recovers the essence of this tradition by offering its guests an artisanal tailor service provided by the professionals of Santa Eulalia, the most prestigious tailor establishment in Barcelona. A tailor from that firm will come to the Atelier to take guests measurements, advise and select unique fabrics of the highest quality to make the desired garments.

The decoration of the 83 rooms, including five spacious suites, is inspired on cotton through a chromatic combination of the white, black and sepia of the cotton plant and everything it evokes: softness, comfort, delicacy and naturalness, which are materialized in the fabrics and textures of the very highest quality. The rooms have been designed to offer all possible comfort: the bed linen is made with sheets with 300 thread count mercerized Egyptian cotton and 600-g towels, honeycomb bathrobes and slippers, and cosmetics of the prestigious Ortigia brand, made with 100% natural products from the Mediterranean area.

It was really warm when we were in Barcelona and it was great to start the day with a breakfast in the beautiful garden. You might have seen our stories on Instagram with the beautiful shot from above taken from our balcony also. What I loved most about our stay though was the early morning swim in the exterior pool located at the sixth floor and seeing the city wake up before breakfast. 

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This post was written in collaboration with the Cotton House | Pictures © w/ Style