Friday, January 31, 2014

Living | Black and White

via mydubio

Trends in interior decoration change just as fast as trends in fashion. Neon, copper and now marble are all over pinterest and the blogosphere. But just as fashion has its little black dress, interior deco also has an evergreen: black and white. There are whole blogs dedicated to this color scheme that feature only images where black and white are the predominant colors. 

One of those blogs is April and May. I follow this blog since quite some time now and I'm always astonished that the black/white/neutrals theme doesn't get old. Once you're at it, you should also check out their shop. Here they sell lovely home decoration like vases, pillows, plaids..... all in, yup you guessed it, blacks/whites/greys/neutrals.

A Merry Mishap is another blog that I've been following on Bloglovin since some years now.Scrolling through this blog always inspire me to reduce color in my own home.

I dicovered Joyce's Blog MyDubio just recently, when her Instagram account got recommended as "people to watch" by She's got great taste and posts regularly about fashion, interior and lifestyle topics - all in monochomatic black&white.

via April&May
Inspired by all the color scheme, I put together a little collage with some lovely items to decorate your home with.

1.White vase 2. Golden vase 3. Lamp shade 4. Geometric pillow 5. Star pillow 6. Fur carpet 7. Chair


Monday, January 27, 2014

ArtRebels & Ikea Limited Edition | Harlekins and Stars

Just found out and had to share: Ikea is bringing out a Limited Edition collection designed by artists of the network ArtRebels. Ikea and ArtRebels came up with a unique and fun collection during a workshop in Copenhagen. The result is a great mix of colors, shapes and geometric patterns on pillows, cups, bowls and boxes. But the collection includes also furniture and counts 30 different items in total.
The collection will be available at Ikea starting this Saturday. Let's see if some of these items will move in with me ...
Check out the whole collection here.

images via Ikea
images via Ikea

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Scandinavian Trio Part 3 | Bloomingville

Last but not least: Bloomingville. Also Scandinavian, also very pretty. You can find their full catalogue here with all products of the new collection. Bloomingville does not only offer home decoration items but also a vast selection of furniture for a clean, light yet cozy home. 
Here are some of my favorites:

There's more after the jump...

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Scandinavian Trio Part 2 | Ferm Living

Today I'd like to show some pictures of the new collection of another favorite: Ferm Living. Always a favorite, always pretty. In the new collection the copper was substituted by gold. I guess that means copper times are over, which makes me really sad because I like the warmth and color of copper. I'll still be using it in 2014 - whatever the trend!
Ferm Livings focus is as always on geomatrical shapes and patterns. The black and white cutting boards for the kitchen are my favorite of the new collection. Maybe I'll even find a way to DIY some....

Next up: Bloomingville!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Scandinavians do it better: House Doctor

The new collections are out! Winter sale is going slowly to an end and one can see the spring/sommer collections peeking up everywhere. What I 'm looking forward to the most are always the new collections of the fantastic Scandinavian trio: House Doctor, Bloomingville and Ferm Living.
I've checked out the lookbooks already and would like to show you my favorite pieces.
Starting today - House Doctor!
The new stuff is beautiful, I especially really love the lampshades and all the wired products.
If you want to see the entire lookbook, just follow this link.

See more after the jump...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Pallet DIY: Kitchen Shelf for Spices and Kitchenware

Today's tutorial has been in the works for a really long time. It's also finished since quite a while but I just haven't gotten around to posting it. What a shame. But now I'll finally show you how I created extra storage in my kitchen for spice jars, spatulas and pot holders.
The pallet I used for this project I found on the street. There is a copy shop right at the corner that always puts out these pallets onto the street at night. In my opinion, what's been put on the street is free to take so I took one home with me. 
I added hooks and ledges and hung it up on the wall.
Here is the full how-to:

What you need
  • a wooden pallet 
  • sanding paper (coarse and fine)
  • white paint and brushes
  • hooks
  • magnetic knife holder (from Ikea)
  • wooden ledges for spice jars (cut in the length of the pallet)
  • a metal flowerpot with a hook
1. Hammer in all nails that might stick out so you don't hurt yourself when sanding

2. Sand your pallet with the coarse sanding paper first, then finish with a finer sanding paper

3. I then painted my pallet with white wood paint. But you could also you any other color. How about petrol blue or mint green? 

4. I added three wooden ledges, a magnetic knife holder and 6 white hooks. Plus a metal flowerpot for pens and scissors.

I'm using the pallet/shelf thingy since a couple months now and I love it! I think you should invest in some nice spice jars when they are displayed prominently like this.

Have fun crafting!


Friday, January 17, 2014

Typography Bliss

via villa smilla
I love this print so much, it might be hanging in my kitchen soon....
It can be purchased at the lovely online shop Villa Smilla.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

DIY Project: Leather Pillow

My new couch called for some new couch pillows - DIYed naturally. I'd like to show you one of them today together with a little tutorial to tell you how to make one yourself.

What you need:
  • leather scraps
  • scissors
  • fabric glue
  • plain pillow case (mine was 40x40 cm)
  1. The first step is making the stencil for cutting out the leather shapes. I used a rhombus with the measurements 4,5 cm by 7,5 cm (see picture below for reference). Cut out in thick paper and use the stencil to trace the rhombus onto the leather. Cut them out. -> I needed about 52 shapes and I used 5 different colors of leather.                                                                                               

  2.  What I did next is taping a rectangle with the measurements of the pillow case on the edge of my desk (40x40 cm) with washi tape. This way I could lay out the leather rhombuses and see if I had enough and arrange the pattern I wanted.

  3. When I had the right layout on my desk, I glued the leather pieces onto the pillow case with fabric glue (can also be any other good glue since I would not recommend washing this pillow case anyway).

  4. Let dry properly and you're done. Now you have a pretty simple new couch pillow that will be sure to catch the eye of every guest you'll invite onto your couch.

Happy DIYing!

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