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December 31, 2012

Best of 2012 {your favorite posts}

This is the top of 2012... what was talked most about, viewed or re-pinned lots. Another year past by and with the blog nearly 5 years online, I never thought I would still be here ;) And Waugh!! This weekend I saw the counter of my blog passing the 3 million! As I was talking with some fellow bloggers over lunch last week, we said, with most readers clicking a like or pinning straight away, we sometimes have no clue who is reading our posts and how great it would be to see you leave a comment to say hello now and then ;) I really love to read them and it makes me often click on the link and explore new places ;)  

Thank you all so much for your kindness and friendship in the last year and most of all for being such a loyal bunch of readers and coming back post after post! Also a warm welcome to all who joined over the last months as well! I hope to see and hear lots more from you in the next year! 

I wish you all a very healthy and happy new year, ROCK ON XXX

The home of Andrea Falkner Campi designed by my Italian design hero, Paola Navone. Meeting Paola Navone in person this year in Paris was also one of my personal favorite moments of 2012: An Industrial white home designed by Paola Navone

This picture from the stunning bedroom of the daughter of fashion designer Hanne Graumann by Wichman and Bendsen I scannend from Elle Decoration. In this post about bedrooms with chalkboard walls 

Probably one of the most pinned pictures of last year is this tipi. A picture by Jeltje Janmaat for Sukha Amsterdam , a concept store in Amsterdam. See the whole post here: Welcome to the wonderfull world of Sukha-Amsterdam

In 2011 I showed a picture of what I thought was the perfect picture. A year later I found a picture from another view of the same room. Seeing how many of you saw this post makes me believe that you to thought it was all perfect once again! : Another perfect picture

You also loved the updates on my kitchen renovation and my babbling about concrete floors, beautiful lamps. Kitchen Inspiration and my masterplan.  I got quit some emails from people telling me on how they made their own masterplan and just started finally changing their homes. The finished pictures were shown on Emma's Designblogg. Her blog was one of the first Scandinavian blogs I started following years ago and I am happy to finally meet her in person this next year.

I first showed The Parisian home of Paola Navone in 2011( Simple + Serene + Paris ) And was happy to show more about it this last year. What I am loving most of the work and home of Paola Navone is the combination between designer pieces and self made really simple things like the huge dining table in the kitchen : More of the Parisian loft of Paola Navone

You also really loved my Pinterest snapshots, And I loved making them. If you have a Pinterest account yourself then you are very welcome to join me at my Vosgesparis Pinterest accountMore about these snaphot posts: Pinterest snapshots & Pinterest snapshots-part 2

This picture of my studio I have re-found on lots of other blogs and pin boards Although spending much of time on my kitchen table. I still use my studio to make photos and collect ideas: New pictures from my studio  

I made lots of moodboards with washi tape for a long time now and this year I used several clipboards around the house. In my bedroom I have a huge one! Not only can I store a good deal of my poster collection on it I also love the nonchalant and industrial look of it.

One of your favorites was also the chalkboard weekend I did en of January and I loved how you all sent in ideas and pictures: Blackboard walls + pallet benches 
December 29, 2012

Blog crush.... Deas & Mia

I am having a little blog crush on the home of Norwegian blogger Line from Deas & Mia
It has all the colors I also use myself and like most in a home. Happy weekend all !

December 27, 2012

hey Amsterdam...

Seems like a good day to go downtown and make some new pictures for my other blog These I made some time ago with the Iphone at a little shop called Cotton Cake situated near the Albert Cuyp Market. They have a great collection and a beautiful simple layout with an amazing big industrial cupboard in the back from (one of my sponsors) Quip and Co !

December 26, 2012

Giveaway - Win an industrial lamp from 360volt!

Today we have a very cool and industrial giveaway from 360volt! It is also the last giveaway of our End of the year 2.0 edition. 360volt is an unique shop in my hometown Amsterdam and I love to have them on the blog. You can visit their store, located on one of the lovely canals downtown, but also buy their lamps online.  

Each item is authentic and unique as all industrial lamps at 360volt. With A collection of over 100 different models 360volt is one of the largestspecialized
in industrial lights in Europe!. All vintage lamps are suitable for incandescent lamps, saving, halogen and LED bulbs and are therefore directly to use.

For you, we have chosen this giveaway, expand your interior with this unique item and illuminates these dark days. To make it completely unique and totally appropriate for your interior, you can choose your own cotton wire! Choose from over 10 different colors!

To have a chance to win this giveaway leave a comment under this post, and tell us the color of your choice you would like the cotton wire to be. 

         Congratulations to Caterina from Denmark for winning this giveaway

360volt give away - Win this lamp!

Omdat ze gewoon zo mooi zijn! Elk exemplaar is authentiek en uniek zoals alle industriële lampen bij 360volt. Een collectie van meer dan 100 verschillende modellen maken 360volt een van de grootste, gespecialiseerd in industrieel licht in Europa!. Alle vintage lampen zijn geschikt gemaakt voor gloeilampen, spaar, halogeen- en ledlampen en zijn dus direct in gebruik te nemen. 

Voor jou hebben we deze give away gekozen, verrijk je interieur met dit speciale item en verlicht deze donkere dagen.
Maak de lamp helemaal naar jou eigen smaak en helemaal passend bij jou interieur door je eigen stoffen snoer er bij uit te kiezen! Je kan kiezen uit meer dan 10 verschillende kleuren. zie daarvoor:

Om kans te maken op deze lamp laat je een commentaar achter onder deze post en vertel je ons welke kleur snoer jij zou kiezen                      
Congratulations to Caterina from Denmark for winning this giveaway
December 24, 2012

Christmas wonder world at SUKHA AMSTERDAM

Wishing you a very happy Christmas eve from under the white tree at Sukha Amsterdam. Ain't it a beautiful and serene corner! Sukha is truly in my top 3 of most beautiful stores in town. Being able to transform the look of the store every time into a completely new wonder world shows how strong their concept and the talent of the styling team is! Once again a big 'thank you' to Sukha for sending me these pictures. Good luck and onto more beautiful and inspiring projects in 2013.

And to you, my loyal bunch of lovely readers. Thank you for being here! 
Merry X-Mas to all of you X

 All pictures in this post are taken and copyright by Jeltje Janmaat.
Find Sukha Amsterdam at Haarlemmerstraat 110, near central Station and if you are up for a walk in this area have a look at my Amsterdam City Guide.

This is how Sukha looked early this year in April 2012 : Welcome to the wonderful world of Sukha Amsterdam and here you can see pictures of the fall - September 2012 : BACK .... to the wonderful world of Sukha Amsterdam
December 23, 2012

Giveaway - Win a wonderful authentic Moroccan tray

What a beautiful giveaway of El Ramla Hamra. A wonderful authentic Moroccan tray Ø 76 cm. Hand Beaten and therefore unique. The trays are vintage and therefore already decades old. These blades are timeless classics and are beautiful in every interior style. Nice on the table with candles on it or also decorative on the wall.

El Ramla Hamra takes you away  into a mix of Moroccan crafts and contemporary lifestyle. El Ramla Hamra likes distinctive products to sell and strives for a unique character. Get inspired and see how beautiful your interior can be with a Moroccan touch. Besides the beautiful trays El Ramla Hamra also sells stylish woven fabrics, trendy mini tajines of tadelakt, trendy leather poufs but also beautiful fashion accessories.

How can you get involved?
Leave a message under this blog and mention why you want to win this Moroccan tray.

Do you want to create an additional chance on this great give-away and stay informed about their inspirations and products:
  1. '' Like '' the El Ramla Hamra  Facebookpage
  2. And leave on the El Ramla Hamra facebookpage the following message: '' I want the Moroccan tray''
        Ps The winner may pick a tray based on availability at that time.
Congratulations to Emanuella 'Cafelab Architettura' for winning this giveaway 
See all our giveaways here

El Ramla Hamra wishes  all readers of Vosgesparis 
a beautiful and healthy new year

Wat een mooie give-away van El Ramla Hamra. Een prachtig Marokkaans authentiek dienblad van Ø 76 cm.  Handgeslagen en daarom uniek. De dienbladen zijn vintage en dus al decennia oud. Deze bladen zijn tijdloze klassiekers en staan prachtig in elke interieurstijl. Mooi om je kaarsen op te zetten of bijvoorbeeld als decoratie aan de wand.

El Ramla Hamra neemt je mee in een mix van Marokkaanse ambacht en eigentijdse lifestyle. El Ramla Hamra houdt ervan onderscheidende producten te verkopen en streeft naar een uniek karakter. Laat je inspireren en kijk hoe mooi jouw interieur kan zijn met een Moroccan touch. Naast de mooie dienbladen verkoopt El Ramla Hamra onder andere ook stijlvolle geweven doeken, trendy mini tajines van tadelakt, hippe leren poefen maar ook mooie mode-accessoires.

Hoe doe je mee?
Laat een bericht achter onder dit blog en vermeldt waarom jij graag het Marokkaanse dienblad wilt winnen.

Wil je een extra kans maken op deze geweldige give-away en op de hoogte blijven van hun inspiraties en producten:
  1. ‘’Like’’ dan El Ramla Hamra Facebook pagina
  2. en laat daar het volgende bericht achter: ‘’ Ik wil een Marokkaans dienblad winnen''

Ps De winnaar mag zelf een dienblad uitkiezen op basis van beschikbaarheid op dat moment
 Congratulations to Emanuella 'Cafelab Architettura' for winning this giveaway 
hier voor meer giveaways

El Ramla Hamra wenst alle lezers van Vosgesparis een mooi en gezond nieuw jaar!

Christmas moodboard

One of the best things of having your birthday early December, just after Sinterklaas (Dutch Santa Claus ) is I can start early with the first Christmas decoration. 

December 21, 2012

Giveaway - Win an Amish barn star from Hudson River

Hudson River would like to thank the readers of Vosgesparis for their support during the past year. You've been fabulous to us as we've launched our business. As a way of saying “Thank You “, we are going to  be putting on our party clothes and giving one of our 107cm Amish barn stars to a Vosgesparis reader at the stroke of midnight Dec 31st  
All you have to do to be eligible to win is leave a comment under this post and like us on facebook or subscribe to our newsletter on the Hudson river website..... We'll do the rest.

As the festivities heat up in the Jordaan  December 31st, we'll put all the entries into our big  martini pitcher, give them a shake and pick the winner from the mix.  Our first email of 2013 will be to notify the winner, find out which color is preferred and to get shipping information.

Congratulations to Stephanie Koster de Graaf for winning our giveaway! Happy new year to all of you!
                                         See all our giveaways here

Win een Amish barn star van Hudson River

Hudson River wil alle lezers van Vosgesparis bedanken voor jullie support gedurende het laatste jaar. Veel van jullie zijn persoonlijk in de winkel geweest dit eerste jaar en dat vonden wij geweldig, Thank you! Om jullie te bedanken trekken we graag onze party clothes aan en geven een van onze 107cm Amish barn stars aan een van de Vosgesparis lezers weg klokslag middernacht op 31 december!
Om kans te maken op deze ster laat je een commentaar achter onder deze post en 'like' je ons op facebook of schrijf je je in voor onze nieuwsbrief op de Hudson river website..... Wij doen de rest!

ALs het feest losbarst in de Jordaan op ouderjaarsavond, stoppen we alle namen in onze grote martini pitcher en trekken een winnaar.  Onze eerste email van 2013 gaat naar de winnaar om te vragen welke kleur je wilt en waar hij heen gestuurd mag worden.

Fijne Kerstdagen en een gelukkig en gezond nieuw jaar.
Voor alle andere giveaways kijk je hier

Deze giveaway is gesloten en de gelukkige winnaar is Stephanie Koster de Graaf! Gefeliciteerd! 

ohhh Hello winter...

Wishing you all a magical wintertime with lots of snow and starry nights ....

pictures: 5. -unknown-
December 20, 2012

My home in Decorate Workshop - A book by Holly Becker

I had to keep things quiet for a real long time, but last year Holly Becker of Decor8 and author of her first book and bestseller Decorate and Debbie Treloar visited my home. Holly asked me if she could photograph my home for her second book. Decorate Workshop I am really happy the publisher sent me some of the pictures of my home that you can see in the book

Decorate Workshop - Design and Style Your Space in 8 Creative Steps - was released in the UK in October, published by Jacqui Small , and in the US in November, published by Chronicle Books. Holly recently 
presented her book for the first time in London. An American book tour will follow in May 2013 - read all about it here on Holly's blog. 

It’s has become a beautiful book and I am really proud and honored to be part of it - to be true I was a bit shocked to see my home on the opening page of the book- How amazing is that! Thank you so much Holly! The book is filled with decorating tips, inspirational homes and blank spaces for taking notes and exploring your own decorating style.  

All pictures (C) Debbie Treloar