Last two days were busy but fun! On Monday I attended the Meet The Blogger Amsterdam event. Despite a severe cold I had a wonderful time meeting up with familiar faces and getting to know some new bloggers. And yesterday I attended the Woonbeurs in Amsterdam which is the largest Home Decor Fair in The Netherlands. All major interior brands, and some smaller labels, are present with a booth presenting their latest collections. Each year also most Dutch interior magazines can be found on the Woonbeurs with a special ‘house’ designed in the style of the magazine. My favorite this year was the VT Wonen house which is featured above and below (images 1 – 4). The house is a huge barn decorated in a mix of industrial and country style living. A lot of natural materials were used so was right up my alley. Artisans were showcasing theirs skills (there was even an old fashion barber shop!). It all had a Kinfolk vibe, which by the way I am seeing more often.
This home located in Bloemendaal at the Dutch coast was built in the 1920′s. Although it has been renovated to offer all modern comforts, the house still has some historic elements such as the stair case (featured in the last image). The decor is kept simple and oozes serenity and unity. I love the wide wooden floor planks, we have a similar floor ourselves in our home. The pendant light with forest print in the kids room is the Shady Tree light from Dutch designer Nicolette Brunklaus.
This beautiful home in Sydney’s Bellevue Hill is owned by Cassandra Karinsky. The apartment is not large (only one bedroom) but it has been decorated in great style and the light is just wonderful. The place is filled with ethnic handmade handicrafts but yet has remained a modern feel. I could move in right away, not only because this is very much my style but also because it is located in one of my favorite cities!
Last month Norm Architects launched their new Flip Around table for Menu. This multifunctional product is a tray, a table and a stool in one. The tabletop can be taken off which then becomes a tray. Isn’t this clever? I love it when an item is beautiful looking and functional at the same time! The table is madE of high quality ash wood and plastic. A mix of the new and the classic – and the mix of different inspirations and aesthetics is a big part of the design.
Regulars readers of The Style Files know that I love to feature summer houses. I take pride in trying to find the most beautiful homes so you can dream away with me. Now summer is over in this part of the word I will focus more on autumn and winter inspired interiors but that doesn’t mean that I stop featuring gorgeous holiday homes. From today I will start a new series called ‘Weekend Escape’ in which I will feature a gorgeous home every Saturday or Sunday. Today we ‘escape’ to the Spanish island of Formentera where this modern villa is located. This newly build home is beautiful but I personally prefer the more rustic style houses. I do love the exposed walls and the beamed ceilings though.
This building used to be a store but it is now the beautiful home of the owner of popular store Sukha in Amsterdam. Who has been to the Sukha store knows that this home is decorated in the same style. Lovely soft neutral tone colors are combined with natural materials. Simply beautiful!
I loves the clothing from French fashion designer Isabel Marant and also this year the Etoile Fall/Winter collection did not disappoint me (au contraire – I could spend a fortune on this collection). The beautiful look book was shot by photographer Karim Sadli. Isabel Marant designs are quite expensive so I am thrilled that she has designed a collection for H&M (which means affordable!) which will be available mid November. You can see a sneak peek of this H&M collection in the last image of this post.