Category Archives: DESIGN

TOOLS FOR DESIGNING YOUR DREAM BATHROOM

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Everyone was has ever renovated a house knows that the bathroom is one of the most challenging rooms to design. This is because bathrooms are generally the smallest spaces in a home. Therefore it is essential to use available space as efficient as possible. And with our busy lives for most of us a bathroom is not only functional (for a quick shower in the morning) but also serves as a peaceful oasis after a hard day’s work. It is a place to escape from everyday stresses, and to relax and recharge your batteries. When designing my own bathroom I used an online tool to make the best design choices and to help me visualize all possible options.

Villeroy & Boch, a European company with 267 of experience in designing bathroom products, has two very handy tools. With the Bathroom Planner you can easily create a clear floor plan based on the dimensions of your bathroom. The 3D view provides a clear depiction of the interaction between your bathroom furnishings and sanitary facilities. The zoom feature is very handy as it allows you to view the bathroom from different angles, as well as giving you an impression of how the bathroom will look when you step into it. When creating the bathroom of your dreams with the Bathroom Planner you can win the actual bathroom that you have designed. Isn’t that exciting? This contest runs from 7th May until 31st July.

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With the Villeroy & Boch Bathroom Inspirator you can find inspiration and explore a wide selection of design options. By mixing and matching various products, colors and shapes you can define your personal style. Both tools are very intuitive and user friendly.

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STUNNING STONEWARE PIECES BY BLUE EAGLE POTTERY

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I have my eye on these stunning stoneware pieces from Blue Eagle Pottery, created by husband-and-wife team Robert Blue and Susan B. Galloway. These stoneware items are all handmade and glazed with white, teal, salmon, black, and brown glaze. Available from Mociun.

PICKLE POTTERIE HANDMADE MUGS

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I love all things handmade, especially pottery! This handcrafted mug from Stephanie Adams’ Pickle Pottery is wheel-thrown in California. Pickle Pottery is unique because each piece is hand made and hand decorated by the maker, Stephanie Adams. It is truly a labor of love. Stephanie believes the beauty in the work is seeing the makers make, embracing the Wabi Sabi aesthetic. Each piece is unique, different, and one of a kind. Simply beautiful!

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BEST FURNITURE & HOME ACCESSORIES BY URBAN OUTFITTERS

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When I visited the Urban Outfitters website I was surprised by their wonderful furniture and home accessories collection. Not everything they have match my taste but here is a selection of handmade items that I really love. I would buy that beautiful wooden headboard (image above) in a hartbeat but unfortunately they don’t ship this item to The Netherlands (most items are available for world wide shipping though).

Hand carved wooden headboard.

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Large towel / throw.

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Bohemian platform bed.

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BORDFOLK EGG CUP HOLDERS BY LUCIE KAAS

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These cute egg cup holders from Lucie Kaas will shine on our Easter breakfast table! Danish label Lucie Kaas was founded in 2012 with a vision of bringing stylish yet timeless interior objects into the international design scene. The starting point of this ambition was in the Danish market with a number of re-launches of mid-century Scandinavian designs. The designs of the hand painted egg cups are from the 1960′s and 1970′s. I got mine from Shak Shuka and from Binnenpret. But they are also available from Superlove and from the Lucie Kaas webshop.

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LA FERME LETTERPRESS PRINTS

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La Farme is a creative and letterpress studio based in a small town right above Amsterdam (this must be in the area where I live!) run by Anne Olde Kalter. Anne lives her dream of having a design agency and enjoying ‘farm life’ at the same time. She and her family had moved to the countryside and she tries to create things by hand as much as she can. Her beautiful “Ma’am Step Away from the Computer” print says it all. The poster is a great reminder to stay on track! La Farme has an Etsy shop where you can buy the prints. The ‘It’s OK’ (3rd image) and the “Ma’am Step Away From Your Computer” are also available from online shop BijzonderMOOI.

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ILSE CRAWFORD DESIGNS FOR IKEA

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Well known British designer Ilse Crawford has collaborated with IKEA and created a collection called SINNERLIG which consists of thirty pieces of furniture, textiles and accessories made from natural materials such as cork, bamboo, ceramic and brass. The SINNERLIG collection will be available from Augustus. I have my eye on some pieces!

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