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Have you heard of the term ‘Social Design’? Wikipedia says that social design is ‘design hat is mindful of the designer’s role and responsibility in society and the use of the design process aims to bring social change. Mindfulness is the catchword here. Thinking of mindful ways to incorporate in interior design and styling is something I am always intrigued with. So I was all ears when I learned of the social design label Bridge & Tunnel.
Bridge & Tunnel is focused on sustainable and fair production. Based in the German city of Hamburg they produce their range of homewares and fashion accessories with disadvantaged people and refugees. Their designs are mainly based on denim as raw material. But even the raw material is sourced with a social responsibility – post- and pre-consumer waste is being used for the items under the label of Bridge & Tunnel.
I myself wanted to see and feel it and got a cushion made of denim waste. I can tell you one thing – it is super soft and comfy. And honestly, knowing that this material would have gone to waste, makes it even more special. They offer a full range of beautiful cushions as well as throws made of repurposed denim. Additionally, they produce fashion items, bags and other accessories made of denim waste. Thumbs up, really!
Don’t you wonder sometimes when you buy new things for your home – do I really need it? Is it just one more thing? Well, I do even though I am such a collector. But I try to be conscious of my choices. Whether it is second-hand items that get a new life or products based on social design – I like to know that my choices are not senseless. I don’t know about you, but I have a strong feeling that you – my readers – are pretty much like me. Am I right?
If I am right, then you will be happy about this: Together with Bridge & Tunnel I am giving away the same cushion cover as I have at home. Hop over to Instagram to join the giveaway!
This blog post has been brought to you in collaboration with Bridge & Tunnel. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
Photography by Igor Josifovic and by Baroquine via Bridge & Tunnel
Last month was my birthday. Even a special birthday but I am not big on celebrating birthdays. Instead I like to travel and reward myself with new experiences, adventures, and memories. That was exactly what I did mid May. I set off towards the south to find sunshine, tranquility, good food, culture. And I found it – at the Fattoria La Vialla close to the Tuscan city of Arezzo. It was a few months before that I learned about Fattoria La Vialla for the first time. And I learned most about it through my sense of taste. Because Fattoria La Vialla is a place to immerse yourself in good, healthy and homemade Tuscan food!
Fattoria La Vialla is a charming family-run Tuscan farmhouse and winery nestled in the hills close to the town of Arezzo. But the Fattoria is not only the actual farmhouse. It consists of more than 20 guest houses scattered around the area. In the midst of vinyards and olive groves old Tuscan farmhouses have been transformed into rustic guesthouses. Additionally, a museum depicts the real life of a Tuscan farmer family in the last century. The emphasis lies on authenticity – as a guest you will experience the maximum of a real Tuscan farmhouse lifestyle. The same value applies to the food and the beverages produced by the Fattoria La Vialla itself: it is the real and authentic taste of Tuscany!
But the story of the Fattoria does not end with authenticity. In fact it spreads much farther. The Fattoria La Vialla works on the principles of biodynamic agriculture. This concept goes even further than the usual organic farming. In biodynamic farming every aspect and player is considered a part of a lifecycle: the plants, the animals, the people, the farm. In a nutshell it is all about restoring, maintaining, and enhancing ecological harmony. Thus, all products from the Fattoria are labeled with the international Demeter certificate for biodynamic agriculture. To learn more about biodynamic agriculture, check out the Wiki page.
During my visit I had the great opportunity to peek into the daily life and work of the Fattoria La Vialla. From grinding wheat to flour, to freshly baked Stracci (Tuscan cookies with red wine), handmade Pecorino cheese and Ricotta to cooking pasta sauces – it was a joy to actually look above the shoulders of the many people working together. I also visited the shepherd and his sheep as well as the chicken master with his flock of happy chicken. Seeing all of this was a privilege but nothing too exclusive – guests are welcome to tour the production facilities and learn about the Fattoria, its produces and taste all the delicious treats.
To enjoy the delicious treats of the Fattoria La Vialla – whether it’s their food or their wines – you do not have to travel to Tuscany necessarily. Their webshop offers all goodies online – and to be honest, my provisions are almost used up. And trust me, I brought heaps of pasta, pasta sauces, jams, olive oil, Pecorino cheese, Tuscan salami, bottles and bottles of vino…that says something about me, doesn’t it!? But the best I saved for last: La Vialla launched a brand new line of skincare and well-being products! All organic, biodynamic and fully natural to nurture your body and skin! Let me tell you what I got!
Let me start with the well-being aspect: Maybe some of you (Italians) might have heard of ‘Aqua mora’ (dark water)? If not let me explain it briefly: When cold pressing olives in olive oil production, the so-called vegetal olive water is usually a left-over product. But this water contains a huge level of polyphenols/antioxidants (like 20 times more than olive oil itself hence its bitter taste) that are beneficial for the body. Together with the University in Bologna and Milano, La Vialla tested this water and offers now a 16-days cure named ‘Oliphenolia’. Twice a day you drink a tiny jar of vegetal olive water and thus boost your well-being!
Additionally, I have stocked up with a hand cream, facial moisturizer and an intensive serum for the face – all based on olives grown and harvested at the Fattoria. I truly love the products and use them on a daily basis – let me tell you, the facial intensive serum is magic!! Check out my Instagram Stories for a few more details about these products!
If you are intrigued, I invite you to check out the webshop of Fattoria La Vialla or even get in touch with them for an authentic stay in one of their guesthouses in the middle of Tuscany. Up to you!
This blog post has been brought to you in collaboration with Fattoria La Vialla. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
It was just a question of timing: H&M Home is expanding its range of home accessories with furniture and lighting. The new collection will be launched end of July in selected markets and will be available online. Small furniture pieces like sidetables, racks, stools, mirrors as well as lamps and pendant lights will be part of the new H&M Home collection. The design is timeless with a strong nod to classic Scandinavian design.
The materials of H&M Home’s new furniture and lighting collection are reduced and pretty classic: metal, brass, wood and straw. Additionally, the colour palette is rather neutral dominated by black, natural beige and metallic shades with subtle dashes of hues of emerald, dusky pink and grey. And yes, as you might imagine the prices will be rather reasonable as usual with H&M Home – they will be in the range of 20 to 250 Euros approximately.
I am curious and looking forward to the new collection. And I am pretty sure that this is just the starting point and that the collection will grow over time. Let’s see! Happy new week!
One of the big advantages of my new and bigger home is that I can finally host friends. I mean proper hosting with a brunch or dinner. You know, when everyone gets a decent chair and sufficient tableware. That was not really the case in my tiny old apartment. But now, I am ready to be a damn good host. Wanna come over? If so, let me show you some uh-mazing new tableware: the MESH Colour collection by one of Germany’s most traditional porcelain brands, Rosenthal. Take a seat, lean back and enjoy!
Rosenthal’s MESH collection is perfect for people like me who love a mix & match approach. Especially now since they launched a new colour – Forest. The deep green is a perfect addition to my entire dining area styling. It is all moody, natural, with darker accents. The bright pop of the colours Aqua and White add structure to the table. That is what I really like about the MESH collection – the possibility to mix different colours and patterns. It gives you creative freedom, yet it looks matching and stylish. Moreover, I really like the subtle details on the tableware. Have a closer look, you might see them!
I also love the variety in shapes – from round to square, oblong bowls, rectangular platters and tiny round pinch bowls – you can really get playful with your tablesetting. In my case I chose to let the tableware take center stage – not to mention the fact that I had no space for further decoration. But I am pretty convinced that the simple beauty of these dishes is decoration enough. Paired with simple glasses, classic, mat cutlery and linen napkins it nourishes the design loving eye. The belly will be nourished afterwards.
So, what do you think? Would you come over and enjoy dinner with me on such a table? I bet you would! Especially with this damn nice tableware. But be aware: I have counted all plates, bowls, glasses and cutlery! Ha! Happy dining!
This blog post has been brought to you in collaboration with Rosenthal. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
Even after half a year in my new apartment, I am not through with my promised home tour here on the blog. Let’s say life was in my way, ha! No seriously, I am way behind but I am working on it. Last time I took you on a detailed tour through my bedroom (see it HERE), today I am inviting you into my bohemian living room. Are you ready? Let us have a look – and as always, I am very keen to get your feedback in the comments!
My living room captures my bohemian, modern nomad spirit more than any other room. The spacious room has a double function: It serves as a living room and a dining room. To structure the space I was working with rugs. In the lounge area I have layered three rugs on top of each other for a nomadic tent look. Two Moroccan cactus silk rugs and one vintage kilim from Turkey do the trick. The dining area is defined by a large flatweave kilim from Ikea.
The lounge area features a big leather sofa (read more about it HERE), an Indian mango wood coffee table and a comfy lounge chair. I found the two latter products on Home24 and they perfectly accentuate the bohemian look I was aiming at. I love the rich carvings on the coffee table’s sides and well as the wooden frame and green cushions of the lounge chair. It is actually my favorite spot to watch Netflix or read a book. The coffee table is an ever evolving playground with plants, handmade ceramics, favorite books and candles. I also have good news for you too: With the promo code ‘igorhome’ you can get 10% reduction on everything at Home24 during the month of June 2018 (minimum order value 150 Euros). Have a look, they really have great pieces for any style!
Adding lots of cushions and throws for extra comfort and a Moroccan leather pouf (found on Etsy) to rest your feet – what else can I ask for? These pictures were taken a little while ago so there is one new feature missing: Above the sofa I have a wonderful vintage linen cloth hand-dyed in ombré technique with natural indigo. Have a look HERE to see it.
The dining area is defined by the round vintage dining table from Ercol and four J39 chairs by Danish design label Fredericia. A double Billy bookshelf with glass doors stores my books and features some precious decor items and ceramics. Plants and art are placed against the dark grey wall painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe shade. Moreover, a beautiful mango wood sideboard with brass elements serves as extra storage for tableware, napkins and a few bottles of vino for impromptu dinners.
A connecting link is the Danish vintage teak bar cart. A few drinks and glasses to welcome your guests are enriched with plants and a vintage art gallery wall. I hope you enjoyed the little tour of my living room and feel free to comment or ask if you want to know more. In the meantime I will be working on the next room for the home tour here on the blog. Stay tuned!
This blog post has been brought to you in collaboration with Home24. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
With rising temperatures and more sunshine every day, I start to long for summer escapes to one of my all-time favorite destination: the Greek islands. Some of you might know that I lived in Greece as a student. I visited many Greek islands, but one is still on my to-visit list: the island of Milos. But today I will not speak abou the beauties of the island or its amazing Sarakiniko beach. Instead I want to show you yet another reason to visit Milos: a stunning Greek island home photographed by Vangelis Paterakis.
However, I better calm your desires right away: This house is a private home and not available to rent (shoot!!!). But still, it is a marvellous example of a mix between traditional Cycladic architecture and a contemporary interior design. This masterwork was executed by the Greek design practice K-Studio and boasts with natural materials such as stone and wood, neutral tones and organic shapes.
The 19th century house served originally as a storage and utility space. Today it is a summer home with fantastic views of the Aegean from the village of Plaka on Milos. To accommodate modern family life, the design studio restored and adapted both floors whereas the daily life takes place in the lofty, light-filled upper level. The symbiosis of modern and traditional is executed to perfection and due attention to details: modern appliance and state-of-the-art technology coexist with rustic decor and custom handcrafted furniture.
Moreover, the interior styling pays respect to both aspects, a modern life and traditional architecture. Refined pieces, rustic materials and a minimalistic approach let the beautiful architecture dominate the visual stage. The details are simple yet sophisticated in their ability to accentuate the interior’s raw beauty. Crinkled linen sheets, neutral colours, woven baskets and terracotta accents are the key styling ingredients in this Greek island home.
So are you ready for the Greek isles? Packed? I am so ready! Maybe it’s Milos this summer? Who knows!
Photography by Vangelis Paterakis, photography assistance by Mirto Iatropoulou, design by K-Studio, interior styling by Anestis Michalis
I talked about the importance of sleep on my blog a few times. We all know that a good bed and mattress are crucial for a good night’s sleep. But also the bedlinen are incredibly important to enhance your sleep. After all it is the bedlinen that you will ‘engage’ with all night. Covering yourself, uncovering, hugging, cuddling – all of these are essential with your bedlinen (and partners, pets etc.). Thus it is not irrelevant what bedding you choose – think of natural materials, dies, think of the touch and feel on your skin. For all the aforementioned reasons I have always been a fan of linen sheets. After trying various linens for the bed, I think to have stumbled upon the perfect fit for my sleep: the new linen sheets by eve.
Most of you might know eve for their great mattresses. In fact my Urban Jungle partner Judith had tested their mattresses and wrote about her experience HERE. However, today I want to focus on their new range of linen sheets. I am a real fan of linen sheets so I was curious to see if I will feel any difference with these bedlinen. And I must say: YES, I did! These linen sheets are just amazing – soft, crisp, warm and cool, whatever you need. That is the magic of good linen.
I also love the fact that they come in two reversible colour sides. Nine colour combinations are available in total. I have chosen the combination khaki and taupe which fits the nature theme of my bedroom and creates a great visual contrast to the deep blue feature wall.
For me sleeping with linen is like sleeping in paradise – hence the blog post’s title. I only have pure cotton or linen sheets by now and I pay due attention when choosing new bedlinen. Now with the new eve linen sheets I am afraid I have found my new source to restock bedlinen. After all a few more colour combination can not hurt, right? Which colour combination would fit your bedroom best? Make your choice!
This blogpost has been brought to you in collaboration with eve who kindly provided free samples. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
What is your stance on indoor scents? Some love it, some hate it. I definitely belong to the former as I love to burn scented candles in my home. Already a while ago I discovered a fantastic new brand of scented candles called The Nomad Society. I was intrigued by the name already not to mention the beautiful packaging design. And the candle names were like dreamy promises: Bohemian, Wanderlust, Daydreamer, Gypsy Soul. No wonder I become a regular devotee of The Nomad Society.
Currently I am having three different scents of them: Bohemian and Wanderlust in my living room, and Mojave Rain in my bedroom. I like all of them but I have a particular liking for the Bohemian candle (I have the candle burning next to me while typing these words). Maybe because it kind of has my name all over it? Ha, who knows!
The good thing about The Nomad Society candles is that they are all made of pure soy wax and are hand poured in France. They are all phthalate free and poured in small batches. Given their name, they are made for those who roam and wander the world. Are you a nomad with a bohemian soul? If so I strongly recommend you have a look at the magical candles of The Nomad Society. Enjoy & travel the world!
This blogpost has been brought to you in collaboration with The Nomad Society who kindly provided free samples. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
We live in times of abundance and endless choices. More than ever it is important to make conscious choices whenever we decide to buy something new. This not only applies to food and fashion but to interiors too. We might not be able to make the world a better place with our home decor choices, but maybe we can contribute with a small step in the right direction. With this in mind, the young Danish design label WOUD launched a new home textiles collection named WEAVE. But what makes these cushions a better and conscious choice for my (and your) home?
The cushions and throws of the WEAVE collection are a comfy and soothing addition to any home. But they are not only about comfort and coziness. Yes, they are also beautifully designed. The design emphasis is on traditional weave patterns so the collection comes in three different designs: Diamond, Herringbone, and Canvas. The colour range is soft and earthy and the cushions come with round corners and a subtle, velvety feel. But again, it is not only about the feeling and the design. So what makes those cushions special?
First of all: Those cushions come stuffed. And the inner cushion is made of recycled plastic bottles that have been processed into a soft filling. Additionally, the cushion sizes have been chosen to reduce fabric waste to an absolute minimum. Thus these cushions do not only look and feel good, but they ARE good. And they definitely are a step into the right direction – that is towards a better world with less waste.
Do you make conscious decisions when it comes to home decor and interior design? What is your strategy to make your home a better place and your choices sustainable? I am curious!
This blogpost has been brought to you in collaboration with WOUD. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
Writing a book as a blogger is a special experience. When I heard that my long-time friend and Scandinavian design expert Allan Torp of Bungalow5.dk was working on a book, I was pretty excited. I knew there is going to be lots of good Scandi design advice coming from this guy. And I was not wrong! His new book ‘Scandinavian Style at Home’ is like a handy encyclopedia of Scandinavian design for your home. On top of it, the book has kicked off in various languages already such as English, German and French.
To give you a little insight into the book, I have decided to interview the author Allan Torp and ask him a few questions about Scandinavian design. And just as a little hint: At the end of this article I have a little giveaway for you. So read all your way to the end of the text. I promise it is worth it! Let’s roll!
Tell us in a few sentences the core idea of your book.
The book itself is a thorough room by room guide to achieving the Scandinavian style, with description on colours, favourite pieces and how you with easy steps can live like a real Scandinavian. Part of the book is also a whole genesis of this design phenomenon.
I am writing about design icons, must have solutions as well as different aspects of organizing your everyday spaces, I take the readers on a very pleasant and great illustrated journey through modern, Scandinavian homes.
Scandinavian design has been discussed in many books until now. What sets your book apart from the others?
My book is not just another book with beautiful pictures, but it’s a room by room guide on how you can incorporate the Scandinavian style in your own home, almost like an encyclopedia. What to do and what not to do. For each room I have added some of my favorite design pieces that will go very well in that specific room.
Does Scandinavian design always mean minimalistic, monochromatic living?
It sure did. In the 2000s it was all about minimalistic, monochromatic living, and while we still see a lot of white marble and light wooden furniture, then todays Scandinavian design style is a lot more about showing who you really are, adding heirlooms, green plants, fun items found on your travels – you want to create a home that your guests feel at home in, not a museum where no one dare to touch anything.
Name three Scandinavian design favorites that you admire?
It is almost impossible to only name three. I am a big fan of both the designers of the past and many of the new faces. I am big fan of Danish/Italian duo GamFratesi, who have created so many great designs the past 5-10 years for brands liks Gubi, Royal Copenhagen, & Lightyears. I am also a huge fan of Chris L. Halstrøm, whos first commercial design, the Georg collection for Skagerak, got worldwide recognition.
What is the next big thing coming from the Scandinavian design scene?
Introduction of colour. It’s been two decades of everything black and white, slowly we are seeing a new Scandinavian design style with a lot more colour – the super trendy is really going for the bolder colour while most are introducing a lot of earthy colours like browns and greens.
Last but not least: As a Copenhagen local, give us some tips where we should go and enjoy Scandinavian design (and maybe good food and drinks?).
You probably seen the overpriced avocado sandwich on a white marble table at Aterlier September, a go to for many tourists. However, instead you should visit Frederik Bille Brahe new restaurant Kafeteria at the National Gallery of Denmark – it has everything you are asking for: great design, good food and drinks.
Also worth a visit is Skagerak flag ship store not far from the Little Mermaid, it is a great scene of all their great designs and make sure to spot the hand painted wall paper by All The Way to Paris in the sunroom. Finally I highly recommend checking in to one of the new signature suites at the iconic Radisson Collection Royal Copenhagen, it doesn’t get more Scandinavian style than that, beautifully decorated rooms with great views of Copenhagen.
I have good news for you guys! I am giving away one copy of Allan Torp’s ‘Scandinavian Style at Home’ in English(courtesy of Thames & Hudson publisher), one in German (courtesy of DVA publisher), and one in French(courtesy of Pyramyd publisher). Leave a comment under this blogpost and let me know which language you prefer. The giveaway is open until Friday, 20th April 2018. The giveaway is open worldwide. To double your chances join the giveaway on Instagram too! Good luck!
Photography by Igor Josifovic, author portrait via Bungalow5.dk