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!


available brands: Minotti, B&B Italia, Vitra, Flexform en Pastoe Menu, Hay, Muuto, AndTradition and Vipp 




vrijdag 19 september 2014

shapes + words




black. white, soft pink and this beautiful touch of magic blue
Always different, inspiring and so creative...

Today talented Therese Sennerholt launched her new collection
 called shapes+words and I just love it!
see more here 
and have a wonderful weekend :-) 

                                                      styling: Lotta Agaton photographer Kristofer Johnsson


donderdag 18 september 2014

painted black








this stunning small apartment
 with its high ceilings and amazing
 large  - painted black -  concrete fireplace 
really caught my eye...

Once again I must say... 
visiting fantastic frank is always good idea ;-) 
see more of this attractive home here



woensdag 17 september 2014

# on my shelf - Paulina Arcklin


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 one of my favorite and very talented interior stylist and photographer 
Paulina Arcklin shares hers in her just restyled (a total makeover)  
and new living room (her former home office)


Paulina wrote me: 

I have these 2 vintage pallet carts functioning as coffee tables in my living room, 
but actually they are more in use as shelves because
 I don’t have any kind of shelf in my house!
 I collect items and style them as a moodboard on top of these tables.
 So I call my tables moodboard tables.

At this moment, there are a few Sixtydays catalogues on my table.
 Sixtydays is a swedish fashion brand which I really love
 (not only the clothes but also the beautiful catalogue photos!) 
Two weeks ago I had such a  great time when 
Sixtydays fashion Designer Efty Kvist visited my home. 
it was amazing... She took  the2 Sixtydays skulls for me as a gift 
and that meant a lot to me...  they are very special!

On my table you can also see my latest deco addition 
 - a big wooden Indian art piece from Hoffz (bought it at Tutze.nl.)
 I love the huge size and I’m using it as a candlestick with a big candle on it. 
All these items together gives a soft ethnic vibe to my industrial moodboard tables. 

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



maandag 15 september 2014

elements







a single large open space 
 a lot of white , light but warm wood, marble, 
 raw elements as the concre floor
 and a total absence of color
 just crushed - just love it all - on this gorgeous apartment in Boston
seen at bobedre
read and see all about it here
and have a wonderful new week!


vrijdag 12 september 2014

weekend









starting my early weekend with this stunning eclectic apartment for sale 
seen at Alvhem
love the serene and clean atmosphere
and oooh these details... they really make the difference!

this weekend we will enjoy spending some time 
with the whole family in a big farm house
  it will be such fun...
the company will be fabulous, the food will be gorgeous 
and the weather predictions are great ;-) 
hope your weekend will be filled with happy things too...
have a fantastic one!


woensdag 10 september 2014

# on my shelf - Jennifer Leveau





 one of my favourite hashtags on instagram is the #onmyshelf one
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

Last week when I was making some plans
to create my own workspace while restyling my shelves - 
I was asking myself:  wouldn't it be fun to share some #shelfies on my blog... 
don't we all love to share and to be inspired by each other's 
creative ideas and knowing a little bit more about it ? 

I have asked some of of my favourite bloggers to share their "shelfies"
  accompanied by some words or a short story... 

this week Jennifer - founder of the beautiful and always inspiring j.levau.blog 
  (love her styling and her very personal stories) 
and owner of the j.leveau webshop  
shares hers... 
                                                                                       

Jennifer wrote me: 

 Actually my "shelf" is a storage combination with doors from the bestÃ¥ series of Ikea. 

When you have kids you need a lot of storage space to be able to clean up loose stuff and hide it!
In our case it had to be a compact storage cabinet and it had to serve other purposes as well.
The chosen (and very practical) BestÃ¥ storage cabinet can be used as a bench...  
or... as a creative shelf for this crazy mother obsessed by interior :-) 

Influenced by my mood of the moment, but also by the change of seasons, 
I love to rearrange and restyle my shelf very often... but I always keep it simple, 
without strong colors,  just natural!

For this fall and winter I am in the mood for nude, shades of grey, hints of green and brass, 
different kinds of wood and cork and knitted textiles and skins.
 I love it when a shelf looks personal with mixes of practical and beautiful items
 (handcrafted ones imparticular) and lots of different materials and shapes.

I think round shapes add warmth to an interior...  as well as images or photos of people. 
To create a warmer atmosphere in your home during fall and winter 
I would like to recommend to add wood, textiles,  rugs and perhaps 
some new posters with warmer colors or shapes. 
Plants are great to add as well. Cactuses (easy to look after and a bit rough and edgy, like me :)) 
are my absolute favourites at the moment :).

On my shelf you´ll see many items by Hay (a favourite brand)  and some items from my shop,
the j. levau shop from which I pick and choose items after mood and trends. 
The poster, from Artek is my latest purchase, just love it! 
                                                                               
                       Ps. Would you like to share your #shelf?? Feel free to join in.. and send me a mail! 
                              

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