DUTCH DESIGN WEEK: NLXL & PIET HEIN EEK DINNER PARTY

Last week I was in Eindhoven covering the Dutch Design Week with a group of 15 bloggers (#BlogTeamDDW). The blogging community has changed since the early years (I started blogging in 2006!) and to be honest I have had some moments doubting if I should continue with this blog. But I came back from Eindhoven fueled and inspired. I had missed this feeling and I loved being part of a group again. So thank you Holly (Decor8) for organising this great trip!

One of the highlights was a dinner organised by Dutch Company NLXL. For the introduction of their new wallpaper collection “Timber Strips” by Piet Hein Eek they did something special. Design legend Paola Navone came over from Milan to cook a dinner for a small group of friends and members of the press, which included our team of 15 bloggers! It was such a lovely evening with great food (Paola Navone made a delicious Risotto alla Milanese for us) and wonderful company (which included Rosanna Orlandi, Piet Hein Eek and XLNL founders Rick & Esther).

Timber Strips Wallpaper is a another collaboration with Piet Hein Eek. With this collection NLXL is going back to its roots: an esthetically strong collection of faux wood wallpapers. Rick Vintage, NLXL Creative Director: “Seven years ago our first collection, Scrapwood Wallpaper, proved to be a game-changer in the industry. It set the standard for digital wallpaper collections and is probably the most imitated wallpaper design to date. Today we introduce its successor: Timber Strips Wallpaper. The next step in hyper realistic faux wood wallcovering.” Piet Hein Eek: “This collection is more than ever inspired on the idea that our wallpapers should provide an artificial alternative for a wooden wall. In this case by using 3d timber strips.”

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A TYPICAL SWEDISH COUNTRYSIDE HOME (FOR SALE)

If you dream about Swedish country living then this 18th century house might be the perfect home for you! This beautifully restored house was built in 1785 and has well preserved original features. There are eight rooms with a total floor plan of 216 sqm. It is obvious that the current owners have put a lot of love in their home, it is so very pretty and it looks typical Swedish to me. The house is for sale, the price is around 1.2 million euro.

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A SERENE, NEUTRAL COLORED COTTAGE IN BYRON BAY

Lotte Barnes and Lia-Belle King, co-founders of stylish boutique Worn, have decorated their 1900s principal’s cottage in the Byron Bay Hinterland (Australia) in a neutral color palette. I love that they prefer handmade items or works that have a personal element to their creation and therefor they mostly buy directly from craftsmen and artists. The couple on their design aesthetic: “We like our home to be a harmonious reflection of the environment outside, but also of our personal and locational journeys. “The practice of wabi-sabi [beauty in the imperfect and incomplete] influences our aesthetic, making for a space that is humble and calm, but also artistically interesting.”

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THE FASHION FILES: A LITTLE BIT OF RED

For interiors I mostly turn to calm neutral colors but for fashion I do like to add some color to my wardrobe. I especially love to add a little bit of red like a red sweater or accessories like these red mittens and scarf. All the items featured here a from Everlane (a great shop for stylish & good quality, yet affordable, fashion items).

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A STYLISH MODERN HOME IN SAN FRANSISCO

This lovely home in San Fransisco has been designed by Regan Baker Design. I love the mix of modern design & art, mid century design classic and a Parisian touch.

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AFFORDABLE ART FROM THE POSTER CLUB

THE POSTER CLUB is a Copenhagen-based online store offering an unique curated selection of high quality posters and art prints from both upcoming and established artists. Their inspiration mainly comes from the trends in Scandinavian lifestyle, fashion and interior design. In THE POSTER CLUB store you can find anything from black and white drawings, to abstract art prints and edgy photo art. I especially like the Hepworth collection created by Atelier by Mintstudio. These limited edition of art prints were inspired by the British artist and sculptor, Barbara Hepworth, who became a world-recognized sculptor in a period where female artists were rare. She is especially know for her organic, simple shapes and her refined sense of texture and colours.

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DIY: A SOFT CUDDLING TOY MADE FROM AN OLD SWEATER

This cute bear made from an old sweater is a fun (and not too difficult) diy project. You can find full instructions here on Dekotopia. The site is in German but you can use Google translations to translate to your language.