donderdag 2 oktober 2014

at the woonbeurs!



yesterday I visited the Amsterdam Woonbeurs 
where you could find me at the bloggerscafe
together with a group of inspiring dutch bloggers
and our lovely host Kirsten Jassies
and it was amazing... I really enjoyed the day!

Before we went to the bloggerscafe
we started  with a sneakpeek at the inspiration
houses of the dutch decoration magazines
and during the day I have visited and admired the whole fair
where I made lot's of photos

I have met so much nice people, seen so much inspiration
but we also joined a little styling event organized 
by the people of the woonbeurs
Together with my blogfriends Christine of House of C and 
Susanne of Suus Loves we borrowed some props 
of some sweet standholders
 (thank you so much Designlemonade, by Zenz, studiodewinkel, and Burbri!)
and really had a great time and lot's of fun by
creating a stilllife..

The Woonbeurs is open until Sunday the 5th of October...
have a great time if you are going!


dinsdag 30 september 2014

# on my shelf - Therese Sennerholt







One of my favourite hashtags on instagram is the #onmyshelf one
just love to admire all these beautiful styled shelves
 (or whatever used... tables, cabinets, cupboard)

 but most of all the added personal touch 
 gives us the idea getting to know each other a little bit...
and that is what attracts me most!

because it thought it would be fun to share and to
be inspired by each other's creative ideas 
 I have asked some of of my favourite bloggers/IGers to share their "shelfies"
  accompanied by some words or a short story... 

just love her stunning graphic prints, quotes and sayings, 
postcards and photo art but also her styling and 
amazing instagram still lifes (see it here
 and  she has just launched her new collection Shapes + words 

this week talented and successful designer 
 Therese Sennerholt 
shares heres... 





Therese wrote me: 

The main focus in my living room is my black Chesterfield couch and then
 the wall of long shelves where I keep coffeetable books, 
personal details, boxes from items i have bought, 
and a mix of things that mean a lot to me.
 I have even saved  wrapping paper from a gift with personal words on it, 
just because I like it. 
So the shelves are storage but also decoration to the room.

 I like things in order so I try to keep the items in straight piles,
 but somehow there always end up tear sheets from fashion magazines
 and other stuff that makes the perfect imperfect. 

I just launched a new collection of prints and postcards, 
and on the wall you see one of the postcards, 
I am all into patterns and shapes right now, 
and the new collection is inspired by fashion and clean lines. 

I also love shoes, its my IT-thing, i don't always wear the shoes i buy, 
sometimes i put them on my shelf as a piece of decoration. 
The black crocodile boots are from Lykke Li's co-lab with &other Stories 
they are todays favourites.

 I always listen to music as well, 
so my computer is always attached to the speaker from Jawbone, 
right now I am listening to Banks, just love her sound. 
It gives me peace of mind, and gives me energy to be creative.


photos: Therese Sennerholt 




maandag 29 september 2014

Woonbeurs Amsterdam

photos WB2013 by elvs

I almost can't wait... 
this week - on Tuesday the 30th -  the biggest event for interior and design 
in the Netherlands  the "Woonbeurs Amsterdamwill open its doors!

really looking forward to discover and to be inspired by
the latest lifestyletrends,   the young designers 
and creative presentations in Design city,
 but also to be surprised by the decoration and styling ideas 
at the inspiration houses of  five leading nl interior magazines 

On wednesday - the 1st of october -  you can find me at the Bloggerscafé (at the designhall)
 where I will be "liveblogging"  in great company of 15 fellow bloggers 
 let's meet there... Are you going? 


read all about the Woonbeurs here and have a happy new week!

ps. you can find some impressions of last year here, here here, here, and here






vrijdag 26 september 2014

Mountain ABC - coco lapine giveaway



photos elvs

I told it before (here) I really love the beautiful multi faceted work 
and I know there are many of you who love it too.


Sarah is a Belgian designer (Coco lapine design) and stylist (working for Fantastic Frank)
living in Berlin with a enormous passion for graphic design and interior
She's also a great inspirator on instagram with her very inviting feed

A few weeks ago Sarah has launched her new work
- the beautiful Mountain ABC -
A great addition to her excisting collection of posters and jewelry, 
so I am so happy to have Sarahs giveaway on the blog today
such an amazing start of the weekend!


What can you win?
 a mountain for every letter of the alphabet, 
shaped out of different paint strokes on paper...

a beautiful poster - the mountain ABC -
designed by Coco Lapine design
size: 50cm x 70cm - 170 g

How to join in the giveaway:
- leave a message at this post 
-  like coco lapine design on facebook
or twitter/IG if you don't have a FB account
like elv's on facebook 

good luck...  the winner will be anounced in two weeks!


Wish you all a happy weekend...


                                                                                    special thanks to stoermetaal!


donderdag 25 september 2014

all is pretty



I have always admired here beautiful blog 
ALL IS PRETTY (even her webshop is a source of inspiration)  
and ofcourse her amazing Instagram feed,
where Annie Lindgren shares her daily life, 
is on my daily "to visit'" list!

 this month her stunning home, 
 - decorated with a combination of beautiful scandanvian design,
 warm natural tones, vintage accessories, photos and prints - 
 is featured in the latest edition of the Plaza Interior magazine
wished I could see it all...


                                                                                                                styling: Pella Hedeby photos: Kristofer Johnsson

woensdag 24 september 2014

# on my shelf - Hege in france


One of my favourite hashtags on instagram is the #onmyshelf one
just love to admire all these beautiful styled shelves

 (or whatever used... tables, cabinets, cupboard)
 but most of all the added personal touch 
 gives us the idea getting to know each other a little bit...
and that is what attracts me most!

because it thought it would be fun to share and to
be inspired by each other's creative ideas 
 I have asked some of of my favourite bloggers to share their "shelfies"
  accompanied by some words or a short story... 

this week Hege Morris -  founder of the always inspiring blog
(love her Tuesday tips and diy projects)  Hege in France 
and nominated for an Amara Interior Blog Award
 (category - best design inspiration blog)
shares hers... 
           





Hege wrote me: 

I've had this IKEA shelf for ages and not known where to put it. 
Last week I realised that it fits on the wall behind 
the door to our bedroom, with only a couple of centimetres to spare.
 It has transformed the empty space completely
 and it's a lot more pleasant to enter the room. 

I've decided to put things that inspire me on the new shelf. 
I'm a believer in city centres as I don't like shopping centres. 
I prefer small independent shops instead of seeing the same shops everywhere,
 so when I found this quote in ID magazine I instantly ripped it out! 
Since moving back to Scotland I'm totally obsessed with
 the architecture  in the city centres here. 
The buildings are amazing!
It's a shame to see some towns struggle with 
competition from large shopping centres.  

A colour I really like this season is dark green like on the page
 with the guy with the tattoos (love tattoos!).
 I've just had a tester pot of paint made up in that colour 
- it's called Peacock Blue.
 I'm not sure what to do with it yet,
 but there's probably a DIY project to come on my blog. 

I know my new shelf will constantly be changing, but I like that. 
I think change it's good for you. 


 Ps. Would you like to share your #shelf??  Feel free to join in.. and send me a mail!

maandag 22 september 2014

first or second store

We think in choices. 
Choices in life. 
Choices in design. 
FIRST choices and SECOND choices. 

We have a passion for interior, design, materials, 
creating stories and experiences. 
We love to share all of this with you. 

FIRST experiences lead to SECOND moments. 

We want to create your story 
A story at home that is nothing but you. 
You are our FIRST priority. 






photos elvs

 This weekend I was invited for
a special dinner at the beautiful new 
First or Second concept store in Alkmaar (northern Netherlands)

The First or Second concept store
 is founded  by Jantine and Vivian (April and May)
and from the moment I entered the shop 
I felt their great passion for interior, design, fashion, art, 
children rooms, prints and materials but also second hand items!
 I was greatly inspired by the originality and the appearance of their shop
 (that will be changed every 3 months to a new theme!)

Besides all the beautiful styled corners in the store, 
there was the decorated and furnished home, the 1or2 VILLA
which is - just like the 1or2 CAFE -  part of  (and located in)
  the conceptstore and a real eye catcher.
I could spend  hours in that amazing home 
and yes I really would love to live in there!!

After our tour in the VILLA Jantine and Vivian took us to the 
cafe where we had some drinks, a delicious meal
 (prepared in the beautiful Kvik kitchen of the villa) and a nice cup of coffee!
Surrounded by the stunning designs of 
Norm architects and  Menu and accompanied by
lovely and inspiring people I really had a fantastic evening!

just loved the warm and very personal atmosphere in the store 
and it was a pleasure to admire 
what Jantine and Vivian have accomplished in a very short time ... 
It was great to be there... thanks sweet ladies!


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