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Vitaly: hand-crafted jewelry from Bali

15 mei 2014 | By | One Comment

Brands like Vitaly touche me. This story is more than inspiring, it shows that it sometimes takes a self-reflection and appreciation of nature to create something beautiful. I surely can’t wait to get my hands on a piece of Vitaly! Below you find some jewelry, mostly in matte black, wood and gold – my favorite colors. Another beautiful part of this jewelry is that all pieces are unisex – so good for both worlds!

I believe everything happens for a reason, whether it’s good or bad in the beginning. Vitaly’s story proves that. Founder Shane Vitaly Foran put his corporate job on hold due to a growing sense of a burn-out. During six weeks of pilgrimage through Indonesia he found Ubud, a small haven for artists where he spend three weeks in a state of introverted reflection. After dreaming of hand-crafted jewelry, Shane produced some simple designs with the help of some local craftsmen. After a huge enthusiasm through social media, Shane decided to take the risk of a lifetime. Truly inspiring! Along with close friend and business partner Jason Readman they invested their last pennies in their vision. Vitaly was born! A brand that embrace the lifestyle and personalities that have inspired it – from stage diving, fine art to body art.

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14 mei

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Spotted: Mineheart

14 mei 2014 | By | 3 Comments

Many of you know that I’m a huge fan of British Design. I featured many great UK-based designers on the blog and one thing they all have in common is: daring design. They know that design is creating something different, something out of the ordinary, but they also believe that design can make you smile! And so does this great brand which designs the ‘Lovable Collection’: Mineheart.Their mission, caught in the name, is to express their passion to create freely, without restraint. All Mineheart products are produced in the UK by passionate and local designers. If you look closely to the whole collection you wouldn’t believe that this brand is less than 5 years on the market!

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ineheart was launched in 2010 by the designers Brendan Young & Vanessa Battaglia. They are known for their playful approach to design and innovative re-appropriation of materials and imagery. The brand stole my heart due to their lovable eye for design, daring approach and sense of humor! Get inspired and entertained with a selection of this great brand!

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Romance meets simplicity. The ‘King Edison’ pendant lamp is a combination of simple Edison light bulb with on the inside a miniature brass chandelier. A lovely and out of the ordinary combination if you ask me!

 

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Mineheart makes it possible for everyone to have luxury walls. Above you see the Palace wallpaper, below ‘White Bookshelf’ and the ‘White Panelling’. A clean and minimal illusion captured in a wallpaper – fabulous right?

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Because Mineheart manufactures everything in the UK, it’s possible to alter accessories to match your home with little extra costs for the buyer. Like the Artistic Cushions below. The print is a classic wooded landscape but it has been altered in a ‘characteristically irreverent fashion’. You can make this cushion your own by choosing the colour of the drip. I would definitely go for Royal Blue or maybe just plain White 🙂

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On the side of the Artistic Cushions you find the ‘vandalized’ portrait of Madame Blush. No it’s not the result of urban street girls, in fact this cheekily defaced French queen is on purpose. Mineheart is full of surprises! Like the detailed ornate frame which is not what it seems; it’s printed! The little ceramic bulldog below is ‘Delf’, a playful twist on classically patterned China. Completed with blue floral transfers and crisp gold details on ears and toes.

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Meet General Mustard, Lady Peacock, Tom Green and Lord White… These cushions are made for Mineheart by Chad Wys. The ‘classic revisited’ unusual printed portraits are contemporary and traditional. Their names might ring a bell, they’re from Great Expectations, Dorian Grey, Wuthering Heights and even Cluedo!

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Rembrandt with a twist
‘Air’ is part of a Renaissance Collection and features a reminiscent of classic Dutch (!) Old Master paintings. The woman is drinking from a large glass of purest swirling air. The gold plated detail on the ornate frame features the title ‘Air is not enough’. Funny wouldn’t you say. The image is is by Himitsuhana and created by the designers of Mineheart.

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Last but not least my personal favourite piece done by Angela Rossi for Mineheart: “Cousin Parker”. An animal portrait series with military details. This quirky gentleman is made with love and a sense of humor. And like Madame Blush; the ornate frame is printed on the canvas. Gotta love what this brand is doing in the world of interior and product design! I’m glad they were brought to my attention!

I hope Mineheart made your day start with a smile too!

More info on Mineheart, go to their website or follow them on Facebook.

Stores in the Netherlands are very rare, only Archipelago in Amsterdam sells this great brand. Fingers-crossed more will follow soon! I’ve put the Archipelago store in Amsterdam on my list for the weekend, hopefully I can spot it myself !
Keep you all posted!

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09 mei

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Happy Mothersday all!

9 mei 2014 | By | No Comments

// The Love Explotion, Fantasy Collection Lladró by Jaime Hayon

Normally I’m not that into ‘commercial days’ full of marketing tricks that stimulate you to buy a lot for your mom – only on this particular day. I’m more of the in-between surprises 🙂
But, like may others I think, I’m going to visit my mom and dad this weekend!

To stay in the ‘art’ feeling this week on the blog, a piece of fun art by the great creator and joker Jaime Hayon!

Have a great weekend!

07 mei

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Finally some unique art for the home!

7 mei 2014 | By | 2 Comments

New art for my home has finally arrived! Sunday I picked up the one-of-a-kind painting for my living room wall. The piece, created by Rick van den Berg, was planned for my new blue bedroom, but I couldn’t help myself to give it a more prominent place. This way I enrich my living room even more, especially because it’s an unique piece of art made for me.

If you are a regular visitor of my blog you’ve probably noticed I got a thing for birds… and this artwork adds three more to my home. The beautiful Blue Jay’s guard ‘Mother Earth’ in the middle. If you look close you can count all the feathers, it’s that detailed!! A signature of Rick, who’s not only great at painting nature, but also creates realistic portraits. The abstract way of ‘protected nature’ in the heart of the painting adds an interesting layer, one that intrigues me. All together a composition I couldn’t imagine but one that instantly caught me.

Have a look for yourself!

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06 mei

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Photography by Juliette Bates

6 mei 2014 | By | No Comments

I guess this week it’s ‘art week’ on the blog! Art always moves me and so does Juliette Bates with her ‘freaky’ photography. As I mentioned before, I love the dark, occults and the freaky side of nature. That’s why I enjoy visiting Bleaq – from friend and fellow blogger Jantine, and it might be the reason I’m a huge horror-fan! Anyways, I found these great photos by Parisian Juliette Bates I really had to share with you all. A different contrast between life and death. And a series of forgotten houses.

A different inspiration than I’m known for, but this is all part of the big journey on the blog. So enjoy ‘Histoires Naturelles’ & ‘Sleepy Houses’  by the amazing Juliette Bates!

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05 mei

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Inspired by street art #4

5 mei 2014 | By | No Comments

New month, new graffiti inspired by street art piece. This time one with my favorite colors: black, white and grey. This beautiful piece of artwork is situated near Rotterdam Central Station and just a 5 minute walk from my home. Like the previous ‘Inspired by’ post, this urban graffiti piece is also from a Brazilian street artist – they’ve got some great skills! Speto, a 40 years old graffiti pioneer, like to portray things in a simple and playful way – mostly in black and white. This – so far – untitled mural is also part of the Brazilian Urban Art festival in Rotterdam, 2009.

What I most like about Speto’s street art painting, are the modern abstract lines with an almost ‘Picasso’ drawn female figure. The dark strokes are a huge contrast with the white. The brown brick wall is part of the whole mural. Below the graffiti piece you’ll find some hip-hop inspired black and white photographs, which really fits the area because of the “Hip Hop House” near it. A playful picture perfect! All street art colors create a minimal and urban color scheme.

While searching for the right selection of interior accessories and furniture I immediately thought of the Cartoon Table by Seletti, the geometrical shaped Paper Vase by Pepe Heykoop and the playful porcelain ‘My Robot’ by Seletti. Seletti is known for his different look on interior design and ‘playful’ is the first thing that comes to mind.

Enjoy the minimal color palette and urban playful inspired by street art mood board selection!

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02 mei

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Frame Store; where fashion meets design

2 mei 2014 | By | No Comments

Monumental residence Felix Mertis in Amsterdam is given a new life: Frame Store. Frame Magazine is translated in an actual retail store where fashion meets design. i29 Architects created a 3D-experience of Frame’s vision on interior, product design, fashion and architecture. The Frame Store’s space will host numerous events and even exhibitions organized by both Frame Publishers and FOAM Photography Museum Amsterdam.

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30 apr

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750 square meters bold design apartment

30 april 2014 | By | One Comment

This 750m2 apartment in Sao Paulo by Studio Guilherme Torres is filled with bold objects, designer furniture and accessories, and books of great artists like Jeff Koons, Keith Haring and Taschen. Torres’ work is full of outspoken objects and designer chairs, lightning and wall objects. Daring is what I love and although I feature lots of minimal apartments, I adore the bold! The 750 square meters apartment offers space for bold and beautiful furniture and still looks clean. Dare to come in this bold design apartment and get inspired by great masters, contrasts and decoration.

The VM house done by Studio GT is like a monochrome museum full of eye catchers. Torres even used lightning by our great Dutch Designer Marcel Wanders (MOOOI). The Horse lamp in the dining room and the Rabbit lamp in the bathroom. Everywhere in the apartment you find a touch of radiant orchid, Pantone’s color of the year. Only one room is fully colored. Find out for yourself!

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28 apr

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Interiors in music videos

28 april 2014 | By | No Comments

While I was searching for music videos from the 90’s last weekend I stumbled on some kind of pattern. You see, I was enjoying songs from the 90’s like Natalie Imbruglia with Torn where she is singing in her apartment which gets demounted during the music video. So I searched for all the music videos which I remembered featuring interiors.

Well here’s the pattern: all music videos which feature interiors by female singers are about love and relationships going wrong. Off course with some expectations. The only man who really loves his place – I guess to show all his ‘bling’ – is 50cent. Besides that it’s mostly women singing about hard relationships. Enjoy all different interior styles in the music videos which feature interiors I selected. And if you don’t like the song, just mute and watch. Let’s start with this ‘I’ve been wondering around the house all night’ by Bryan Adams and Melanie C.

Enjoy all my selected interiors in music videos!

When you’re gone by Bryan Adams & Melanie C – 1998
The house is connected with some kind of maze, but overall the home is very minimal, modern and white with some green accents and outspoken furniture and interior accessories.

Torn by Natalie Imbruglia – 1997
The set is decorated as a little industrial and basic cabin with some primary colored furniture and natural floors and walls.

Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson – 2004
This house is personally my favorite! An industrial loft with masculine decoration and a lot of blue. I would definitely move in – after a clean up off course! 🙂

4 In The Morning by Gwen Stefani – 2007
What else could you expect from Gwen Stefani besides some gold and glam. This house looks comfortable, yet natural, glamorous and luxurious.

Please Don’t Leave Me by P!nk – 2009
I’m a huge fan of P!nk so I had to share this one. I like the little Stephen King (golf club, clown (IT), axe) scenes in it. It could truly be her house with modern and classical accents. And off course the little eye catchers like the hand cuffs on the wall in the bedroom and the painted dog portraits. Her bedroom even got a little boudoir look-and-feel.

I end this little collection with a music video from a while a go in which colors are styled to match outfits. A music video where retro meets modern, minimal meets clean, futuristic meets moving furniture. It’s Say My Name by Destiny’s Child from the year 2000. A music video that start all orange and ends orange in a  mix with red, white and blue – exactly the Dutch flag. A little out-of-the-box ode to our King Willem Alexander.

Have a great week!

PS: If you want to add some music videos to the list with lovely interiors featured in music videos, feel free to comment below 😉

25 apr

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Copper & Greys

25 april 2014 | By | No Comments

I love the industrial touch in this interior. The combination of copper and greys are vibrant yet warm.

Have a lovely and warm weekend!