The beautiful furniture pieces seen here in this home in The Netherlands are hand made by the owners. Good news for all of those that are not that handy, these furniture pieces are also sold through their website Huis & Grietje. Large items can not be shipped though and are pick up only (in Sliedrecht, The Netherlands). This house was featured in VT Wonen (styling & photography by Jeltje Fotografie), you can read more here.
I had heard of Westwing (founded by a former ELLE Decoration editor) but I never really looked at their site until last week and I am glad I did as they have some amazing sales. Westwing works together with various (big) brands and every week they offer products with great discounts. You have to be registered (which is easy) and then you get the current offers in your mailbox. If you use this link to register you get a 10 EUR shopping credit. Above and below you can see some of my favorite finds (some of them make great Christmas gifts!). The sales are only valid for limited time and some are ending today. Westwing is available in several (mostly European) countries, if you click on “Internationaal” at the bottom of the homepage you will then see their international websites. Happy shopping!
This bright home in Gothenburg, Sweden, measure only 49m2 but the limited floor space has been used in a clever way. The apartment, located in an old building from 1904, has lots of character. I spot some IKEA items (such as the rattan pendant light) but the distinctive Nordic fire place and the collection of frames, prints and photographs all give the place a sense of uniqueness.
Now the days are getting darker and colder we will be spending more time indoors. During the cooler months there is nothing more welcoming than a cosy space to come home to. That’s why every year I start my ‘get-ready-for-winter ritual’ as soon as the leaves begin to fall. I’d like to add some soft fabric pillows to our couch. A blanket or two thrown over the back of a sofa or chair will instantly add some cosiness. And with a sheepskin rug draped in a large armchair a snug cocoon is created in seconds.
These are all small things to help creating a warm ambiance, but the biggest result can be achieved by adding warm and soft light to the various spaces in your home. Lighting always plays an important aspect in any interior space. But especially in wintertime, when there is limited daylight, we should pay extra attention to the quality of lighting in our homes. Harsh light can make a room look cold and unwelcoming. By using multiple sources of light (in stead of having one single, harsh light source in the middle of a room) you can spread the light and create a warm ambiance. Light fixtures with a lamp shade can really transform a space and make it cosy, warm and inviting. I like the ones featured here from Directlampen as they are very versatile. You can use these lights as a bedside lamp (so you don’t have to leave your warm bed to turn off the light) but they are also perfect to light up a darker corner in your living room.
Online store Directlampen is a great source for finding the right light for your home. They have a large collection of light fixtures with lamp shades. You can find one here in any type, colors, shape and size. And with more than twenty years of (retail) experience Directlampen offers a high level of exptertice and customer service. They have a free service number that you can call when you need need any advice when buying a light source.
Wall lamp Liv (top image) is made made of warm birch wood and black metal. This light is available in various styles. The table light in the second image has white shade and a wooden tripod which gives a Scandinavian feel to the design.
Prepare for winter and get cosy now!
This post was created in collaboration with Directlampen.
The design of this beautiful house in Sweden came from the desire to create a home that gives inner peace and a sense of harmony. It was important for the owners that natural materials were used which are in harmony with nature. Craftsmanship was another important keyword in the process, all carpentry work was done by a local company resulting in a solid, well-designed building. Large windows, a gigantic wooden deck, an outdoor shower, a sauna with direct access to nature, an atrium and a large hanging bed in the garden create a feeling that the house is even bigger than it is as the boundaries between indoors and out are blurred.
I love these beautiful ceramic bows made by Colleen Hennessey. All of these are pieces of art! Colleen grew up in Mill Valley, California, spending most of her days outdoors. She was influenced by the natural beauty around her. Both her parents made things with their hands: woodworking, gardening, and sewing. Trained in sculpture at Kansas City Art Institute, Colleen supported herself as a cook for fifteen years. Ceramics was a natural progression from Colleen’s art, gardening, and cooking. Her rustic-minimal style is inspired by the convergence of her background in sculpture with her passion for growing and cooking food. Each one of Colleen Hennessey’s bowls is simple, functional, and full of understated character. Her work is available from Quitokeeto.