August 26, 2020

A new project | it's all in the details when working on a masterplan


Anyone else love to focus on smaller details when working on a new project or buying a larger piece of furniture for your home? I bought these two cushions, and hidden in my cabinet they help me set the tone and coming in the right mood for the next step in my own masterplan! The idea on how to shape your house into the home you always dreamed off, which I called my masterplan years ago, was really loved by so many readers over the years. It was not about quickly buying stuff and settle down but on creating along the way. And it is still very much alive ;) 

Masterplan 2.0 was bringing me in a different direction, away from the former homes I created in black and white and more mature and rich in material use. A beautiful dark kitchen, different flooring, all walls painted in soft colours, lots of new lights and more to come. And the latest the beautiful doors by KOAK design for my Pax cabinets. Have a look here if you missed it Minimal IKEA Hack with KOAK design | Pax cabinets upgrade 

Today it is chilly and windy and it almost feels like autumn even though it is still August, the month which for me means Summer holidays normally. I am slowly thinking forward and how to make the living more cozy as we will be staying a bit more at home I am afraid and I have some ideas taking shape already. 

pillowcases bought at Archivestore - full oak doors by KOAK Design

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August 24, 2020

Casa M by Pietro Franceschini

Casa M by Pietro Franceschini

A country house near Florence that once belonged to a popular Italian painter was transformed by Pietro Franceschini to become the perfect residence for its new owner. Concrete floors and a unique selection of one-of-a-kind items found place next to the old charm of the wooden beams and cracked doors. Thank you for sharing your work once more on vosgesparis! 
August 19, 2020

Minimal IKEA Hack with KOAK design | Pax cabinets upgrade

Minimal IKEA Pax cabinet hack with KOAK Design at the home of vosgesparis

Having stored most of my possessions to make room for plastering and painting, I was in no hurry to put things back. Like many of you I decluttered even more than I already did these last months and with things put away for so long it was a great moment to reflect and think again what to keep and what to give or throw away. I started with all the different furniture pieces, a small table, a locker, stools, some drawers. Over the years I collected different furniture pieces and the first thing I did was selling all these and keeping only the pieces that I really love. 

Next I decided to build 2 ceiling high cabinets of a meter wide each and use my studio space, which I am not really using at the moment, for storage. One cupboard serves as a linen cupboard and wardrobe and the other provides space for my papers, camera tools, photo books, printer and other 'office' stuff and some accessories to exchange. My goal is to make everything I don't use every day fit into these two closets, while continuing emptying the last bit of my storage room.

A Pax cabinet upgrade with KOAK Design
Being a true believer of only surrounding yourself with things that make you happy and you really love, I decided to give the two cabinets a beautiful upgrade. While working at Beurs Eigen Huis earlier this year I got in touch with KOAK Design, a Dutch company born in 2009 out of the urge for smart and affordable interior solutions with real materials. After finishing their own home the couple behind KOAK Design realized their idea was applicable to many more houses.


Minimal IKEA Pax cabinet hack with KOAK Design at the home of vosgesparis

I luckily made a picture of the material and finish that caught my eye at the fair and by chance I ordered 4 solid oak doors with a black finish, as I had seen on the 20x20 test panel. KOAK Design works a lot with solid oak wood. Each front has a unique drawing, the oak wood can be very light in color when finished with whitewash or very dark brown to black if treat with a stain. I chose for the last option the doors are even more beautiful than I could imagine. 

As you can see in the pictures, the base is made with simple PAX cabinets with shelves and drawers. I also bought the hinges, the doors made by KOAK Design are ready for installation, which is just as easy as with the regular IKEA Pax doors. Not only does KOAK Design apply this concept to the IKEA Pax (wardrobe) cabinet and IKEA Godmorgon bathroom furniture. They are well known for their different kitchen fronts

Minimal IKEA Pax cabinet hack with KOAK Design at the home of vosgesparis

A peek in the wardrobe I use for textiles and some of my clothes that aren't on my clothes rack.Below a look into the other cupboard, which now function for all things work and office. 

Minimal IKEA Pax cabinet hack with KOAK Design at the home of vosgesparis


On the other side of the room I have kept the picture rail for now and I also painted the whole room in 'Tusk' by Little Greene, glad and I left the concrete wall exposure, have a look here how it looked before. The industrial cart now functions as the place where I keep my books again, and the good thing is I can always exchange it again with the kitchen cabinet I styled in this Reels video definitely one of the advances to invest in less but multifunctional furniture. As for the cabinet doors, I might add some handles or leave it like this, I actually love the minimal look for now.  

Sustainable materials
All doors are made in their workshop in Abbenbroek, Netherlands and I was happy to read that KOAK Design mainly works with European oak and bamboo. Both natural materials that are already very beautiful untreated. Earlier this year I made a moodboard for the Domotex fairground and wrote an article for the blog about sustainability in which I mentioned Bamboo being a good alternative for hardwood. Bamboo grows very quickly,  and selective felling means there is by definition no deforestation. Bamboo has a high hardness, stability and durability, read more about it in my article here.  

Minimal IKEA Pax cabinet hack with KOAK Design at the home of vosgesparis

Minimal IKEA Pax cabinet hack with KOAK Design at the home of vosgesparis

Written in collaboration with Koak Design
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August 17, 2020

A new dining table | HAY Result & Pyramid collection


Especially these days with a beautiful kitchen I am really happy with, I dream a lot of people around my kitchen table, having dinner, laughing, good conversations and drinking a glass of wine together. I really miss these moments and it has me made think of how important certain people are in my life and the joy of sharing meals around a table. I love my self designed all metal kitchen table, but lately I do think a table with a wooden top might be more inviting and cozy. I don't know what I will decide but I am looking at different options. 
August 11, 2020

Scandizzo House, Toorak by Studio Kennon

Scandizzo House, Toorak by Studio Kennon

A beautiful kitchen on the cover of Australian Elle decoration and some research... Writing articles for the blog about beautiful products and spaces after finding a picture I love, is often a lot of searching, reading captions and stories and finding the right credits. Happy to show you some images about Scandizzo House, in Toorak by Studio Kennon, a Melbourne-based practice creating architecture from private homes to grander civic gestures, each project is considered for what it will contribute to the human experience, and how it will fulfil our need for connection. 
August 3, 2020

Pietro Franceschini first furniture collection | Olympus

Pietro Franceschini furniture collection Olympus
Bling Bling Ottoman // Photography Angela Simi

Pietro Franceschini is an architect and designer based in New York and Florence. He was educated in Italy, Portugal and United States and after receiving his B.Arch cum laude from Universit√† degli Studi di Firenze and his M.S.Arch with 1st class honour from Pratt Institute. He worked as an architect until a year ago when he started a new project: PF | STUDIO, an interior and furniture design practice.