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March 31, 2015

GIVEAWAY | AUPING bedlinen for a fresh bedroom makeover

March was pretty much all about travelling and celebrations. Celebrating my blog anniversary and celebrating life! Flying to Iceland on invitation of the DesignMarch 2015 Festival was, next to our London blogtour, certainly one of the highlights, and next to lots of design, I enjoyed some beautiful wonders of nature in a to me new part of the world.

March 30, 2015

Terrarium workshop at West Elm

It was a pleasure to hang out with the at{mine] girls, Helena and La, and I think they did a great job showing us some of the most interesting places and getting us to meet the designers behind some of the best UK brands... London is a big city and I was really happy the Addison Lee’s cabs took us to a number of the tour’s destinations.

March 29, 2015


Hope you enjoyed this week of Celebrations... and please remember you may join all 7 giveaway's! Lets finish with Ay Illuminate! A brand I have been talking about many times and that you probably will know best for their amazing Lamp collection

March 28, 2015


We are nearly at the end of the Birthday week and I hope you joined all the giveaway's that you loved so far! Today's giveaway is another favourite item of mine!

March 27, 2015


I am madly in love with all the inspiration I find in my favourite magazines and online on the many blogs I follow, I actually started this blog after discovering a French blog early 2007. Before that I posted pictures from my home and flea market finds online and was a member of an online forum where I used to hang out with like minded people who loved decorating and talking about design. My nickname used to be Vosgesparis and after discovering blogs it looked like a great way to show my pictures and some description at the same time.

I simply called it Vosgesparis because I thought a name wasn't that important and it was just for the people I used to hang out with... and here we are, 7 years later, the nickname became a brand and I still love to blog and celebrate my 7th blog anniversary with you!

March 26, 2015


Hope you are enjoying our giveaways so far. Today I love to introduce you to WRDSThe concept, founded in 2014 by two sisters from Amsterdam, is a combination of design, music and words. All things I personally love and could not live without! 

March 25, 2015


photograpy Rune Lundø | styling by me

Today another beautiful giveaway from Denmark! London designer Samuel Wilkinson designed the Hoof SW1, a stylish and unique table for &Tradition. The word "hoof" originates from the protective part of the feet of ungulate animals. In contrast to most tables, the leg ends of Hoof are sharpened like pencilses and left in natural wood to avoid the paint from chipping off from being knocked when cleaning. 

March 24, 2015


I love Scandinavian design and I know you do as well! Let's continue our week of giveaways with the fabulous String from Sweden! Well known for their outstanding shelving system. The shelf was originally created in 1949 by the Swedish architect and designer Nisse Strinning and with different sizes and materials you can draw your personal shelving system that best fits your home. There is also a new addition to the shelving system called String works, you might have seen it on the blog in last years post.

March 23, 2015


Hello and welcome on this Monday morning, this upcoming week will be about celebrating and surprises! Seven is my lucky number and with Vosgesparis turning 7 years today, I have every reason to have a party! A party I want to celebrate with you, because without you I wouldn't have been keeping it up for all these years! A big thank you to all my readers and blog friends!

For the next 7 days, I will team up with 7 of my favourite brands and designers who all loved to celebrate with me on this occasion and kindly donated some of the best prices for you! 

March 22, 2015

Workshop & Dinner at The New Craftsmen | Blogtour London

One of the main sponsors and co-organizers of our London Blogtour is at{mine}an online community for home and design lovers, where members do the sharing. The site is currently in the Beta version and all members of our Blogtour team have early access to a website ahead of the general release to the public. If you are curious to discover, follow the link and ask for an invite to become a beta member as well! Meanwhile we will keep you updated when the new site goes live!

March 20, 2015


Hurray!! it is my Blog's birthday next week.... Vosgesparis will be turning 7, I loved every minute of it and I can't wait to celebrate with you guys as a big thank you for staying with me over the past 7 years!

Stay tuned for a week full of amazing giveaways from my all time favourite brands... 
starting this Monday March 23! After this week I will be back with the usual inspiration and coverings from my recent Design travels to London, Iceland and more.
Thank you so much for your support
xxx Desiree 

March 19, 2015

Nest | Styling in a London apartment

For our London blogtour we teamed up with Nest, an online and in-store for contemporary furniture, sofas, armchairs, modern lighting, storage solutions, gifts & accessories. If you are looking for some new furniture for your home or maybe some smaller accessories or gifts visit their Sheffield showroom or have a look at the newly designed website with over 15,000 products from designer brands such as Artek, Cassina, Ercol, Flos, Foscarini, Hay, Muuto, Tom Dixon, Vitra and many more. 

We styled some corners with different products in our London apartment near Portobello road. I personally really loved the 3 small Muuto 'Balance' vases and their matching metal tray, the colour just beautifully matched the ashes in the fireplace.

March 18, 2015

Play is a state of mind | DesignMarch Reykjavik Iceland

I just came back from Iceland this Sunday, with a big lack of sleep but also really happy after 4 days in Reyikjavik. I was here on invitation of the DesignMarch 2015 festival as a media guest to cover the event and Icelandic design. DesignMarch showcases the best of the Icelandic design scene with several exhibitions, pop up events, parties and the Reykjavik Fashion Festival.

March 17, 2015

Styling at Folklore | London

Folklore is a London based home and lifestyle store where you can find a selection of functional design for your home, products are selected on integrity, simplicity and craftsmanship. When they first opened in 2012, I wrote a small blogpost about the store and as always it is great to actually visit a store I wrote about. 

March 16, 2015

Buster + Punch | New showroom and Led Buster launch

Last week I was a few days in London for another Blogtour, it was the 5th time we travelled together. And thanks to at{mine}, co-organiser of this London Blogtour and our other sponsors |more about them later| we had some amazing appointments with different designers, and some of the finest and most iconic ventures in Great British design and craftsmanship.

Our first stop, right after dropping of our bags in the huge Nothing-hill apartment where we stayed, was Buster + Punch. I immediately fell in love with the Rock 'n Roll vibe! The showroom 
located in the historical Hop Exchange is dominated by a beautiful custom made Boneshaker 79 motorcycle. 

March 12, 2015

GIVEAWAY | Simply Chocolate copper Easter eggs

With Easter less then 3 weeks away and officially Spring next week It's time for a new giveaway! When you have small kids, I think Easter is a great moment to spent some time together and hopefully enjoy this year's first rays of sunshine. Hiding easter eggs, setting up the breakfast table, and bringing Spring in to your home with some fresh flowers. The most used colours for Easter might be yellow and green... but I have something else in mind!

March 11, 2015

Top 5 of the best new designs | Guestpost by Nordic Design

Just back from Blogtour London, I am packing again... I will travel to Iceland for Design March and I am so excited about this trip as I have never been to Iceland before! Catherine is the editor of the fabulous blog Nordic Design and the Shop Directory, and I asked her to write a blogpost about her own travels... Tomorrow we will have a little Easter giveaway and see you on Monday with some news about our blogtour and the winners of my two previously giveaway's! Enjoy Catherine's finds!

March 10, 2015

Eat well Travel often | Coffee and wine

Eat well travel often! Is a little quote I noticed on the wall of Muy Mio. And that is exactly how I enjoy life at his bests. This Spanish bar and restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch and they serve a great coffee but you can also have dinner and drink a good wine. Being a true coffee lover and not a real drinker, I mostly have a glass of white wine when eating out- so this sounds like the perfect place to go. This restaurants interior and use of color and material totally appeal to my taste on how I love to eat outdoors. 

March 9, 2015

Inspiration for your hallway | New Styling ideas by Pella & Marie

Like I showed last week, doing something different with a piece of furniture of which thousands alike are found in many homes, big change if you buy an IKEA cabinet like the one in this post, really can make the difference! 

March 4, 2015

INNSIDES launches in Copenhagen | Win a MENU lamp worth €180

 is a platform that shows top-notch interior designers who have stylish, creative and most of all quality projects. I love browsing around at this website looking at the beautiful interiors and getting inspired by the different projects. Innsides shows the work of both German and Dutch designers and is now also live in Copenhagen, and there are more cities coming up

March 3, 2015

From boring to interesting | Bathroom ideas

It might be the fact I am not that happy with my own bathroom at the moment that I am looking a lot at bathroom pictures. Although I have a cabinet for towels and 3 smaller ones giving me enough space to hide away the things I don't need to see every day, I am missing a bit of a waugh factor that I do see in other spaces of my home. I am bored with the simple old tiles and would love to replace the sink.

March 2, 2015

Second Skin collection | Dutch design by July Adrichem

Second Skin is the beautiful new collection by Dutch product stylist July Adrichem. Graduating in 2012 as an Interior Stylist at the Artemis Academy she started working at Piet Boon® where she worked for two years, creating several styling products used for national and international projects. She worked on new prognoses and created themes for mood books and colour palettes to apply in styling projects.