Wallpaper love: Sandberg

I love wallpaper. The only reason I don’t have any wallpaper at home is because I can’t choose one and because my taste doesn’t necessarily correspond with that of my mister. I do love how it brings life to a room and really sets a specific mood. The difficult thing with me though is that I’m actually very eclectic (although obviously pastel tones are a favorite) and love so many styles. One that would fit very good in my current interior are these two lovely nature inspired wallpapers by the Swedish brand Sandberg. You can google for any retailers near you or if you live in Holland you can get them at one of my favorite Dutch interior designers (and webshop): Femkeido. Lovely aren’t they? {photo credits Sandberg the wallpapers are called Skymning and Gryning }

Illustration: Hsiao Ron Cheng

Life is busy with the usual stuff and days are flowing by. I’m looking forward to warmer days and summer. We will go to France again and I’m even secretly planning our vacation next year to America maybe! Little V. is three now and talks about everything. The other day he said: “I want to be BIG like Goofy.” *love* These paintings by Hsiao Ron Cheng (Taiwan, 1986) are really beautiful. I love her work. You can buy one of her prints here. Have a nice week everyone!

Fashion: Dennis Diem AFW 14

I got an invitation to attend the show of Dorhout Mees during the Amsterdam Fashion Week. I’m a big fan of her work so it was a pleasure to go. I thought her collection was beautiful, but the main colors didn’t appeal to me as much. I did however like her nature theme and think her work always is beautifully organic. I also saw some shots of the AW14 collection Opium Dream by Dennis Diem. I really liked his ethereal collection very much so I chose to feature some photo’s on the blog. I love collections that really emphasize the feminine and I thought Dennis really was successful in doing exactly that. The flow and cut of his dresses is really magnificent! His dresses are dreamlike but have a touch of the dark side… Remember his name! {Photo’s copyright Ganbaroo}

Blog favorite: Hysj

I’m totally in love with these two ladies. I’m an avid reader of their blogs By Fryd and Hilde Mork where they do nothing less than making art. They have an aesthetic that really resonates with me. They also have a shop where they sell beautiful quality pieces. If you are quick you can still join their giveaway! (I certainly am) {HYSJ 01 // AUGUST 2013 copyright HYSJ}

Brand: What we do

O my! I’ve discovered this lovely Danish brand What we do on Instagram. They do everything from web design to illustration and also recently introduced these beautiful plywood prints. I love the ones with the fox and the rabbit, but they are all very pretty. Check them out here or on their blog. One of each please!

Illustration: Joel Pinkman

These illustrations by Joel Pinkman which I found on one of my favorite current blogs The Jealous Curator just make me smile and I thought they are very fitting since everyone around me is talking about New Year’s resolutions. I’ve decided to skip the usual resolutions for once like dieting, exercising etc. I will not drive myself crazy by listing everything I think needs changing and then after a couple of months having to conclude most of it didn’t stick. I’m intrigued by resolutions though, I’ve read once you have to incorporate a change for 27 days in a row because that’s the amount of time your brain needs to view the change as routine. I thought this is ironic since I was born on the 27th and the number 7 has always played an important part in my life. So for me more mental resolutions like just taking the days as they come, listening to my body and to its needs, trying to float through life positively and staying true to me. How about that! O, and I totally agree with Rivka’s resolutions which you can read here.  And if you will now excuse me, I’m gonna eat a cookie (or […]

Fashion: Lesia Paramonova

While we are in the middle of the warmest winter in ages (you don’t really hear me complaining) I can easily get away with looking at summer collections past and present. According to the Russian fashion designer Lesia Paramonova her brand LES (Russian for ‘forest’) attempts to merge humans and nature. This is why you can see a lot of floral prints, animals and transparent materials in her collections. The photo’s of this collection are from her summer 2012 collection and I think they are really beautiful. Soft materials with flowers and animals, pure and feminine. Like a dream. Do check out her latest collection at her Tumblr site. She makes her own illustrations too. {all photo’s copyright Lesia Paramonova)

Happy New Year 2014

I’m looking forward to a new year since 2013 hasn’t been the best of years for me personally. I do hope 2014 will be better and happier and I wish that it will be for you too! So here’s too a wonderful and dreamy New Year!    {design by me: Aurora design}

Exhibition at FridayNext: Lyndie Dourthe

You all know how much of a fan I am of the French Lyndie Dourthe so when I heard that her work would be exhibited at one of my favorite stores in Amsterdam: FridayNext, I just had to go! It was a small but lovely exhibition that is certainly worth the visit. Her little globe universes always are so beautifully intricate and detailed to perfection. I would love to have one of her works someday, but in the meantime I will just have to look at these photo’s.

Photography: Annie Marie Musselman

Sometimes you see a book that really makes an impression. That happened to me in Frankfurt when I saw this beautiful book with photo’s by Annie Marie Musselman by Kehrer Verlag. The book is called Finding Trust and features photo’s taken at the Sarvey Wildlife Center of different animals that were rescued by the center. They suffered a trauma of some sort and needed to literally find trust again in life. The book really shows the vulnerability of animals and their innate innocence. I think humans have a responsibility to care for them, since we are the stronger species, but unfortunately we rather take advantage of our position. There seems to be no room in our self-made environment for wildlife anymore and we see fit to expose them to horrible pain and death. Of course this is devastating and it needs to stop. There is so much we can learn by looking at nature. About innocence and unconditional love and how we are all ONE. Photographer Annie Marie Musselman started this project seven years ago and while documenting their lives she was also involved with helping the patients. In turn they helped heal her from the grief of her parents […]