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July 31, 2018

Quick -Step laminate NDSM apartment shoot | w/ Style

This last week w/ Style got the opportunity to work with Quick-Step in a new apartment at the Amsterdam NDSM area. NDSM, short for Netherlands Dock and Shipbuilding Company, was a shipbuilding and repair company based in Amsterdam until 1979. Now, the neighbourhood is becoming a new living area. Over the last years NDSM has become a popular area and I personally love the raw edges.

Old buildings are getting new functions, and new buildings are built, solving the housing problem in Amsterdam, combining the area’s rich history with a modern 2018 twist. A charming and rugged plan with inviting hotels, restaurants and initiatives in direct connection with the boardwalk that will be built here.

Choosing the right floor
The apartment we got to shoot in collaboration with Quick-Step has the Amsterdam Marina at its doorstep which was one of the main reasons we thought of a dark laminate floor with the same sturdy character as you see on the old ships in the Marina. The apartment has floor to ceiling windows on one side, and with the white walls the residents chose for, this edgy dark floor certainly gives this newly built apartment a lot more character.

Choosing the right floor in a new apartment is such a difficult decision for most of us and raises a lot of questions. Where do you start? What atmosphere are you looking for in your new home? What kind of floor suits your lifestyle and budget? It was great to get involved in this project, following all the advice on the Quick-Step website, visiting different stores and talking things through with the residents who both have busy lives and wanted to move in really fast. What also really helped was the Quick- Step Pinterest board we made, with inspiring images of different floors.

Newcastle dark oak Laminate floor
Looking back at some of my very first makeovers and experience with different laminate flooring, it was an easy decision to work with Quick-Step again! After thorough research on the website, comparing different floors and looking at the possible styles, specifications and properties, we made a selection of three. These were narrowed down to two final choices, with the beautiful dark oak floor being the clear winner! I am happy the residents loved the Quick-Step Newcastle dark oak laminate floor (ELIGNA | EL3581) as much as we did.

For the underlay, we picked the Quick-Step Unisound, which is perfect for apartment buildings like these, with its 17 dB noise reduction, and it also reduces the reflection sound of walking around the apartment.

After two days of painting, it was time to get the floor installed by one of Quick-Step’s master installers. In less than 48 hours he transformed the apartment into a cozy urban chic home. In my own first home I remember it took me weeks to get the apartment ready and install and glue the laminate floors which had to be glued together.

Luckily Quick-Step has a 'Uniclic' click system which means the installation is faster than ever before. Even replacing planks or moving the floor is really simple: Simply lift up the panels. Overall an easy to lay floor, and getting a professional do it for you makes the whole experience even better.

I collected ten reason why to choose Quick-Step Laminate for your home which you can find at the end of the post. The residents are really happy with our choice and their new neighbourhood…. Going to work by taking the ferry is certainly one of the reasons, especially during Summer.

Ten reasons why to choose Quick-Step laminate for your home

170 floor types
With over 170 floor types there is a laminate for every taste, from all white to fumed oak to black and every shade in between including stone and concrete. Use the handy floorplanner on the site to see how the floor of your choice could look in your home after uploading a picture of your room. 

Uniclic click system
The Quick-Step 'Uniclic' click system! Which practically means the installation of long planks has never been faster. 'Uniclic' is suitable for both left-handed and right-handed, no matter in which corner of the room you start laying your floor.
Replacing or Moving
Replacing planks or moving your floor is simple too; with Uniclic, you can simply lift up the panels.

Perfectly level

The tongue fits perfectly into the groove, resulting in a floor without level differences. This basically means no wear and tear at the edges.

Impact resistance
With the correct underlay, you can even place laminate on underfloor heating without hassle. And the robust core panels of Quick-Step laminate floors provide a solid, pleasant sound which means they are also ideal for apartments or houses with several floors.

No color difference
With Quick-Step laminate floors you can reorganize as much as you like. When exposed to normal levels of (sun) light, the floors keep their original tone, year after year.

Scratch resistant
The ultra-resistant layer makes Quick-Step laminate flooring up to ten times more resistant to micro scratches.

Permanently antistatic
Every Quick-Step floor has been treated with an antistatic surface. This way, you don’t need to worry about annoying electrostatic discharges. What’s more, thanks to the treatment, your floor will attract significantly less dust than other floors.

Seamless and easy to clean
With no open joints where dirt could get stuck in between it’s really easy to keep your floor nice and clean.

A water resistant glued base plate and the tensile strength of the click systems provide excellent, splash-proof protection against surface moisture.

Written in collaboration with Quick-Step | Pictures © w/ Style | Concept w/ Style | Photography Wen van Woudenberg | Styling Desiree Groenendal

A special thanks to Paper collective for their posters and Aiayu for the bed covers.
July 30, 2018

H&M Home | New furniture collection

H&M HOME recently extended their collection with a selection of small furniture, such as tables, shelving, stools, mirrors, pendant lights and lamps. The new collection features a diversity of styles and materials – from modern lines in powder-coated steel and marble to natural, organic shapes using wood and straw.

Basically there are two main stylistic directions, one being modern and minimal featuring clean lines and cubist shapes with linear shelves and sideboard, black-coated steel frames and striking cylindrical lamps. The second direction is more glamorous yet rustic with soft shapes and natural materials with key pieces such as the soft fabric pouffe's in light beige or black and stools with organic lines in natural wood or black painted wood. The new collection will be available online and in select markets from end of July.

July 26, 2018

Raw and minimalistic pottery by Wu Wei Cheng

It took me some time to get in touch with Wu Wei Cheng, a Taiwanese potter I discovered some time ago on Instagram but today I love to show his work. I fell in love with the raw minimalistic appearance of his tea pots and cups. Being a self-taught potter Wu took about ten years to grow from a beginner to an experienced practitioner with a distinctive style.

His pottery looks almost made with brut force and every piece has a prominent carve on them. He is into architecture and interior design and might be even more a sculptor then a traditional potter. When he works on his pots and cups he doesn't follow 'the rules', while most Taiwanese potters focus on the actual purpose of tea drinking, Wu wants to be more creative and create beautiful sculptures with his tea utensils.

pictures Wu Wei Cheng

July 22, 2018

ARU TO NAI | Monochrome art by Daijiro Hama at Ashes to snow

When shopping in my neighbourhood I sometimes pop in at Ashes to Snow, a hair atelier with a relaxed, artistic atmosphere where you will also find selected design, objects and art pieces from like-minded creatives from various disciplines. The gallery presents, promotes and sells the work of young artists, photographers, designers and craftsmen. You can get you hair done but also pop in for a coffee and a read and enjoy the various installations.

Daijiro Hama is a Kyota based artist and his work caught my eye  today,  he makes use of traditional Japanese material and technique while incorporating his own historical and cultural experiences. Daijiro Hama aims to express invisible existence created by contrast in black and white. Not the best pictures because of the light, but still wanted to share this with you.

Daijiro Hama: "As soon as I started to use black and white, it became difficult to go back to colour. It was all about the lights and darks, I was like ‘wow this is a cool world’ This was the beginning. These days it’s not about the colours but it’s more about the blending, the shading, the contrast. I am so much more interested in that then before and want to explore it more."With his monochromatic compositions he invites viewers to explore the depths of what you see and cannot see and the interpretation and reflections of ones soul and mind.

pictures ©vosgesparis // Amsterdam Next

July 18, 2018

A perfect escape by Ark Shelter | Into the wild cabin

With Summer holidays approaching I thought it was the right time to show you this ultra small black 40 sqm shelter designed by Slovak Studio 'Ark Shelter' which seems the perfect solution for your own Summer cabin or weekend home in the wild! Thanks to its smart technology, the house is a self-sufficient unit with solar panel, water collector, glass roof and even a jacuzzi, you could place it wherever you would like your getaway to be!

July 17, 2018

Unique kitchen and home design by KBH Københavns Møbelsnedkeri

With a background as a guitar builder and graphic designer, Co-founder and owner of KBH Københavns Møbelsnedkeri Kim Dolva, build the perfect kitchen and storage facilities in his family home. 

July 15, 2018

Exclusive wallhangings for high-end interiors by Milla Novo

With the bohemian and seventies retrieval in our interiors we also saw crafts like macramé coming back. I have never been a fan of an urban jungle and the macrame plant hangers aren't my thing at all but I do love to show you more of the work of Milla Novo. 

July 11, 2018

Perspective Studio Shoot for Residence Magazine

Over Summer we will visit Belgium to photograph the workspace of Arno de ClerqI showed his work several times on the blog before and I loved to see some pictures this week showing his work in the shoot by Andy Liffner for Residence Magazine.

This amazing barn is the background for the collection of Perspective Studio and their current Summer residence for the next six weeks. This Summer retreat owned by the nearby located Bakery in the north-east of the island of Gotland is a real dream space with high ceilings and white chalked walls where the selected pieces all stand out perfectly. Definitely worth a visit, find out more at Perspective Studio

Photography Andy Liffner 
July 10, 2018

TRAVEL | A beautiful restaurant in Madrid | La Vaqueria Montañesa

Its been a few years ago now, we had our blogtour team and travelled around Europe. We worked with some amazing brands and furniture fairs for around three years. It was fun and damn! we were good in styling, photographing, partying and reporting all together but I am really glad I can do the same collaborations and even more now with our own w/ Style agency.

Our last tour as the team we were, brought us to Spain! It was the first time I visited Spain and I really loved it and stayed a few days longer cooperating with some hotels in Barcelona and Madrid. I loved both cities and especially Madrid was a real hotpot that Summer, I visited many cool shops and restaurants and today I love you to show another find in the beautiful city of Madrid. 

La Vaquería Montañesa is a small restaurant in the Salamanca area not far from Tatel, a restaurant we visited as part of our Cosentino collaboration. How do you like this all white place with concrete floor! The Flos chandelier by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, the furniture from Artek and the pictures of Pablo Zamoracertainly totally set the atmosphere. 

pictures via La Vaqueria Montanesa

July 6, 2018

A monochrome apartment in Vienna

Metal and sturdy furniture, a white couch mixid with a few natural elements! This apartment located in Vienna and comes really close to my ideal home as I explained in my Masterplan 2.0, that just like my first plan is taking way longer then foreseen.... but that is okay. Working on my personal home is always a process and takes time and some saving up, not to speak about taking choices in my case, but it is all taking shape in my head.

Meanwhile I think I have found my new favourite interior designer and photographer duo due to my last post of the fabulous Treehouse in Tulum, Mexico, a new country to explore and what a great destination to travel! See yesterday's post here:

Today's apartment is designed and styled by Annabell Kutucu who explains more about it: "The 300sqm apartment is divided in two units with seamless connection through wooden sliding doors. High ceilings and big windows create an overall spacious feel. The bright open-plan living, kitchen and dining space is the center of the apartment where friends come together for long dinners and endless talks. A composition of custom-made interiors, wooden furniture, rough linen and carpets, selected mid-century vintage finds and unique objects complement the general monochrome and understated design concept"

             Interior design & Styling Annabell Kutucu  | Photography Claus Brechenmacher