Cruels & Joys of the new season

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Spring has started! Let’s celebrate with some lovely sunshine. This was in 2010 on one of the most beautiful beaches of Cape Town: Clifton 3, our favourite! Concerning sunshine, we get tons of it in our new apartment! As we live on the 9th floor with a balcony facing south, we can enjoy sunshine all day.

As you might have noticed, blog updates weren’t as regularly as I wished. Some weeks have been quite quiet. As everything has its reasons, so did I. We have just been very busy with our new apartment, which is getting more and more ‘almost finished’ (as we know interior is never finished, right?). Though we feel very much at home, which is extremely important.

Besides the home, other factors are on my mind too. I’m busy with my master thesis which asks a lot of my spare time, work which truly is a delight with all the new spring/summer collections and sports (are we going to be the champion this season again?).

So about spring, I have got enough running for me but what about you? Do you have any special plans? What do you like most about spring?


Inspiring Homes / Whites & Woods

Ever seen a complete home in neutral colours, without it being boring? There’s tons of white, there’s some black and then there’s a fair amount of wood.

Though the colour palette is neutral, the distinct items draw attention like the little rocking chair, the beautifully simple baskets in the bathroom and the living room seats. This home is clearly run by someone with a great taste for interior design. The Toronto based cottage is the home of Canadian’s House & Home editor Suzanne Dimma.

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Inspiring Homes / Concrete Craving

“No, it looks way too cold, I already get chilly when I look at it.” “But you can install underfloor heating?” “Don’t care, I don’t like it.” Those where his final words, so no more arguing, no concrete floor for me. I can’t even speak to his mind by showing this apartment of Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, a Danish designer, stylist and photographer and the founder of Norm Architects. Norm Architects also happens to design for Menu, which is directly noticeable by the minimalistic and geometrical style they use through their designs, resulting in timeless but innovative items. With perfect aesthetics, that is.

This way of designing is also reflected in the interior of Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen. His home, close to Copenhagen shows his fine feeling for refinement. The light and open spaced house is a combination of sleek design and natural materials. The gigantic closet in the bedroom does not reach all the way to the ceiling, indicating there is some sort of hidden room in there, creating some sort of mystical touch..

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Travel Inspiration

Who doesn’t like to travel? To explore the world around you? Examine new cultures and habits and see what beauty the earth has to offer? Personally, I love to plan my next trips, find out which place I want to discover and dream about walking around in remote area’s in distant countries.

I get really impressed by following @natgeo on Instagram, for example. The beautiful images keep me dreaming about the trips I’ve already made and the trips I should make in the future.

What inspires me also is the idea of having a massive vintage world map on the now empty wall in our living room. We are looking around to find the perfect world map to place on our wall. I’ve had this idea for quite a while now, though now I have the favourable circumstance to actually place one.

How do you feel about world maps? Do you like the idea of having a huge map on the wall? If you have any tips of a giant (vintage) maps, please let me know!

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Menu / Jewelry Box

Jewelry is one of the hardest items to organise and store well. One should be careful not to mess up subtle hangers and necklaces. Some jewels can be so small and not to mention precious, that it’s wise to keep them save in a little box. Menu’s minimalistic jewelry box might just be the perfect answer.

The neat large mirror comes in very handy. It’s not too big and it can be stored away easily. Though it’s too pretty to store away. It might just be the perfect place to store my growing watches collection.

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Inspiring Homes / All about the Details

‘Couldn’t be white enough’ would my mother in law say. If someone’s into white interiors, she is. Though this isn’t the home of my mother in law, but it sure could be! This frost white home belongs to interior design and photography blogger Elisabeth Heier and is full of perfect details. The crisp white throughout the interior creates a clean base causing the interesting details to stand out even more. The paintings, the greenery, the stack of magazines and the interesting shapes and materials. It’s all in the details.

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Best Wishes

I hope everyone has had a fantastic 2014. My friends and I always like to do a recap of the year. What were the best moments and which ones were not that great. Last year, 2013 I had a very steady year. No great accomplishments nor any interesting events happend back then. I can’t say 2014 was the same for me. It was one hell of a bumpy ride. With some sad but also a lot of beautiful events, that is!

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Inspiration / Table Decor

When the real hassle about the food has been resolved, the next issue pops-up. How to serve it? Als you probably want to splurge a little, as it’s a special event, you’re using your finest dishes and tableware. I’m showing you a couple of options. Just keep it save, keep it simple.

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This table setting has the right amount of gold in it, without looking overdone. Combined with the little greenery, the nuts and all the white, this looks like a perfect setting. Gold is just a colour that screams Christmas to me, thus making it almost irreplaceable on the table.