Vosgesparis is an interior design blog with a focus on scandinavian design and ideas on decorating with minimal colour & maximum style. Connecting with readers from all over the world, Vosgesparis is best known for its monochrome and minimalistic, yet stylish view on design.
Casa Pyla is the beautiful brainchild by my long time French friend Karine and her family. I can't even remember when Karine and I first met, I am sure it was online somewhere in 2007 maybe when she was still running her successful online store Bodie and Fou. Over the years we met in London where she lived for 15 years, Paris and Amsterdam. We have always stayed in touch and following and encouraging... something very important in any good friendship I think, each other with everything both on our blogs and in real life.
Since moving back to French she not only renovated their family home but also started a new project Casa Pyla, a multi-disciplinary creative studio for branding, styling, photography and interior consultancy. Casa Pyla is also available for Location hire and Summer rentals! For me knowing Karine for so long I recognize her as she calls it effortless chic style, it is minimalistic in a French way.
Summer Rentals From June to September Casa Pyla is availably for Summer rentals and can accommodate up to 10 people (14 in fase two). I have been following renovations through Karine's blog and Instagram and can't wait to see what will happen to the home in phase two that will start in October. Casa Pyla is located two minutes from the beach and 5 minutes from all shops and restaurants in Le Moulleau (Arcachon), it’s the perfect base to explore the region with friends and family and make your Summer a memorable one! Book your stay!
There's been a lot of talking about painting and kitchens on the blog lately, and I hope to finish the first work and painting before Summer holiday's. Sometimes it takes time to make the final plans, but what I have learned over the years is that my first idea always is the best and eventually I will always come back to what felt best at first.
Talking with Niels Strøyer Christophersen (founder of Frama) some time ago about my kitchen and my fight between light and dark he told me: "Sometimes the space decides and not us...if the space decide.. what would it choose do you think" Definitely food for thought and such a good way to approach a space, don't you think? With this in mind I thought the new Frama space above the store perfectly showed how the team gave the old building lots of room to speak and shown its history.
Bare walls, a small corridor and different rooms, including a small quest apartment with a kitchen and bathroom and lots of space to work. A space with a perfect imperfect look, I hope you will have the chance to experience your self some time when in Copenhagen.
When an invitation to join a Monochrome masterclass by Paint & Paper Library hits your mailbox I am curious to find out more! At the event space, the beautiful location of Enter the loft, huge pictures on painter’s easels showed different interiors all in Monochrome colours Ruth Mottershead and her colleague Vincent with his charming French accent, explained the different paired combinations and how to combine them in an interior.
I thought the new collection ‘Monochrome’ by Paint Library looked quite sophisticated. I think one of the most difficult things when adding colour is finding the perfect colour combination. Also when it comes to a monochrome colour scheme at home finding the perfect balance and matching colour is difficult.
In my previous post where I talked about finding the perfect colourfor my home I explained how ‘The Little Book of Colour’ offers a variety of related colours to help you make the best combinations. The good news is that the Monochrome collection consists of six nuanced pairs of black and white shades, tonally formulated to be used together in chic, subtly harmonious relationships.
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Monochrome collection explained by Paint & Paper Library Each white tone has been carefully selected for its versatility: all six whites can be used as striking, independent, all-over shades, but appear equally effectively as beautiful, plain whites within a scheme of tonal similarity.
Each black tone has been judiciously designed to be used with its monochromatic partner, in lesser or greater proportion, to dramatically change the interplay of light and space in a room, while at the same time effortlessly coordinating with existing materials and surfaces in the interior scheme.
Each white and black pair adopts the hue of the Paint & Paper Library ‘Original’ colour shown alongside it, thus presenting six options of varying undertone, including ochre, pink, warm grey, cool grey, blue and green. A few examples...
Clean White & New Black: These ‘Original Colours’ are currently extremities on Paint & Paper Library’s renowned colour card. The palest white and darkest black, each can be used to bring more depth to a classic, cool grey interior.
Eau de violette & Pontefract - With a visibly pink undertone, this elegant combination brings perceptible warmth without the use of any yellow pigment. It is particularly smart against darker hardwoods and pinkish stone or marble.
Minim & Kolh pictured below - A beautiful white in its own right, Minim is clean without being too bright, and is very stable in north and south facing rooms. Kohl is a charismatic neutral black with a suggestion of warm charcoal. The new collection will be available from September 2019
You might have read the last post about my home changes, have a look here if you missed it: Soft Minimalism | Masterplan 2.0 In the post I showed you a few inspirational pictures and talked briefly about trying out some colours from the Little Greene collection and my search for the perfect colour to fit the atmosphere I have in mind.
Running this blog, I come across many paint companies and get to visit different colour events where new collections are introduced. It must have been some years ago I first got to meet Little Greene, an independent, British paint manufacturer, committed to the socially and environmentally responsible production of high quality paints and wallpapers.
With records dating back to the year 1773, the Little Greene Dye Works of Collyhurst Wood, on the outskirts of Manchester is one of England's most ancient industrial sites for the making of paints and dye solutions. More about the history of Little Greene can be found here
A Grey Colour card I personally really don’t like strong colours, and I have been using mostly plain white and black over the years. Recently I painted a bedroom wall in soft grey and I loved it so much I decided to learn more about, and study different colour options to use at home. As many of you I love to use Pinterest when working on something new. The pictures in this post are some of my favourites from my Colour moodboard.
Impressed by the ‘Grey’ colour card of Little Greene I decided to try out different shades of grey. I discovered there are many shades of white and even if they all look the same a small nuance can give a total different feel to a room. I personally really love that particular colour of freshly plastered walls and it was this almost stone like colour I was after.
The Grey collection consists of a palette of 28 greys, four variations in seven degrees of intensity, and embraces shades of grey from the palest, almost white, tones through to charcoal, brown and blue-black hues. A proven palette of graduated greys, which have been formulated using four naturally-occurring pigments as standard: verdigris, umber, ochre and red oxide. These pigments have, for many centuries, been used to create harmonious, balanced and tranquil interiors…. Just what I am after for my own home!
I have always learned that even if a colour looks great on the colour card, once tested in your home it can look totally different. Testing different colours from the Grey colour card confirmed this theory, I ordered a few sample pots from the different variations except for the ones at the far left of the colour card as I thought those would look to cold, and it is a more warm colour I am after.
Once testing at home I discovered the colours I thought I would love most actually didn’t matched the light in my home after all. So far so good… I selected two colours, the lighter Tusk 237 and a matching variation Limestone 238, another favourite is Mortor 239 which is a bit darker. The three colours match beautifully together. Little Greene has a great guide called ‘The Little Book of Colour’ that offers a variety of related colours for interiors to help you make the best combinations. The colour card can be found also in my Pinterest album: New colours for my home
Finally it was good to see, after showing the two colours to a friend who I asked to design the actual kitchen’s work space, in consultation with me, the colours I have chosen perfectly fit the plan she made. Now it's time to finally finish installation, order products and start painting soon.. I will keep you posted... meanwhile have a look at Masterplan 2.0to keep up with my latest home changes.
'Tusk' colour sample on my wall & new ceramic Below a colour test with the colours all next to each other I did first
When it comes to different cultures, Japanese customs and minimalism are at the top of my list. The sophistication they surround themselves with in the kitchen and their houses in general really appeal to me. It is no secret I love shopping at any Muji store whenever I get the chance and actually visiting Japan is high on my bucket-list.
When I think of Japan, I think of beautiful materials and small smart solutions in the kitchen. A super fun starting point for our new series w / Style photo shoots with the different bulthaup accessories. Last month we shoot the sturdy Natural Cutting boards which are a great addition to your kitchen inventory and a practical accessory to always have on display for cutting and chopping.
This month I would like to show you the maple wood cutting boards, these handy cutting boards can be used multifunctional in the kitchen, as well as on the table with beautiful Japanese snacks or your own favourite dish off course! Do you recognize the Japanese theme in our photos and do you like the Japanese Furoshiki knot technique as much as we do.
I have been waiting some time for the reveal of the third room of the 'Vipp Hotel'. You might remember my blogpost about the first ánd second room of the brands hotel concept. Last year Wen and myself kicked off our collaboration as w/ Style with a stay at both the Loft in Copenhagen and The Shelter in Sweden. Still thinking back a lot of the Shelter which was one of my most treasured experiences ever. At both locations I got the opportunity to test the Vipp kitchen, at the Chimney House guest can also experience the brand’s new furniture collection in a home-away-from-home.
‘Vipp Chimney House’ a former water pumping station built in 1902 is named after its towering chimney, Danish architect, David Thulstrup brought the old building back to life while retaining the charm of the architectural shell from the beginning of the 20th century, the original, industrial space has been extended with a cutting-edge, modern overlay. Ceiling height amounts to 8.5m in the atrium with skylight view to the old chimney. Arch doors in steel-framed glass, custom terrazzo flooring, a modern steel staircase and open access to a private terrace are some of the architectural highlights of the Vipp Chimney House. Two bathrooms, two bedrooms and a large open plan kitchen, dining and living space occupy the 200 m2.
David Thulstrup: “For me it was a dream architectural project, from the strong gestures of the building to the finest interior detailing. I was encouraged to make it edgy, and with that I wanted to add the personality, comfort and aesthetics of a private residence. I wanted people to feel at home.” Book your stay via vipp.com
Visiting the New Works Showroom in Copenhagen, designed in collaboration with Lotta Agaton, was definitely one of the highlights of 3 days of Design for me. Beautiful greys in warm hues next to natural and earthy materials and colours. A perfect backdrop to the many pieces I could easily see in my own home. More about the design of the showroom can be found here
Looking back on what if I remember well was a blogpost introducing the brand in 2017 [New Works |Objects of Copenhagen] I loved to see with my own eyes how the brand developed and presented their collection in this beautiful setting showing a sophisticated mature brand with a masculine edge just how I like it. Even though it has been a while I think 'New works' should not be missed and be part of the favourite places and brands I cover on the blog, some press and pictures I made during 3days of Design.
Soft minimalism is probably the mood and term that best fit my masterplan 2.0 as I love to call the changes at home I am realizing at the moment. It looks like it is taking ages before I can show you some actual results and believe me, I wish it would have been done by now. But I am patient, some things took really long to deliver and actually need some more work before they can properly been installed. It actually gives me time to think a bit longer and experience the empty space before redecorating. While I have not only ripped out my kitchen, maybe a bit to soon, but also the floors I still live in this atelierlook kind of home I showed you before, meaning bare concrete floors and most furniture stalled in my storage. The good news is I got some beautiful newly plastered walls and testing all kind of colour samples. I already selected some new colours, and will choose some more fitting the mood I am aiming for, once I decided on the floor.
The picture above designed by Benoit Viaene kind of show what I have in mind, but I will make a proper mood board with my inspiration and show the different samples I tested from Little Greene and We are Wow Makers, a brand I used in my bedroom and kitchen before.
Travelling is something I really enjoy and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to travel to different destinations thanks to my blog and you, my readers! My latest collaboration brought me to the heart of Transylvania, yes the country of Dracula, but more about him later. Despite being a fan of Vampire stories, Transylvania never had been on my radar, until I met the team behind Tisca two years ago.
As you might know I have been working on the Domotex fair the last two years, where together with a team of international bloggers I covered the fair and took part in our panel talks. One of the brands that really stood out both years, was Tisca, well known for their beautiful hand-woven rugs. We all love the brand and were really happy to be invited to discover their story in Transylvania.
Tisca rugs are made in the district of Cisnădie, a town near Sibiu. I was so impressed by the beautiful green landscape when flying over our destination, you might have followed me on stories, you can still find a picture in the highlights of the landscape. The first evening we spent tasting local specialities, I loved the small hotel and the village we were at. So different from all the fancy hotels and city life we mostly see during these kind of trips. I made lots of pictures, both for the blog and to share in my stories and I hope you enjoy my impression of the factory and our days in Transylvania on the blog today.
Visiting the factory The next day we visited the 10.000 square factory where we learned a lot about the different collections.... I must say the traditional rugs of the Olbia collection in different shades of white and structures are my personal favourite, but believe me if I tell you there is a carpet for every taste and you can even design your own!
We met some of the 150 members of staff, during a tour along the process of manufacturing the Tisca rugs. We saw huge piles of wool all from different parts of the world, such as New Zealand, Sardinia and Iceland to name a few. had a look into the selection of different wools, Tisca spins almost all of its yarns itself in different levels of thickness. In addition to wool linen, jute, sisal, cotton, mohair and synthetic fibres are used.
Walking through the factory we followed the different processes and saw the mixing, spinning, dying techniques and washing, and got in touch with the different people in each section. I loved how they were all patient to explain and show us their work and most of all touched by their happy faces and to see how proud they all were to be part of their contribution in the process of every rug. ‘Tisca rugs made with hand and heart’ is the slogan of the company and I can only agree after visiting the work floor and meeting all the lovely people.
GOTS, Global Organic Textile Standards
Before heading to the actual weaving plant, where we got to see the different weaving techniques and the actual production of each rug, and not to forget weave our own small rug. We visited a special department of the manufactory. Here the ‘Respect’ collection of rugs from Tisca is weaved that fulfils the requirement of GOTS, according to which the environmental requirements of the entire production chain and the social criteria with which compliance is required are defined at an exacting level.
Weaving techniques and textures We also got the opportunity to weave a small rug ourselves and experienced that weaving is a real skill that the local people gained over the years and patience is needed to make the many different and unique rugs.
Roughly there are two different techniques for manufacturing a Tisca rugs and I have to quote the Tisca team here: “Tisca rugs are either woven or braided. With braided rugs, the seamstresses make the twines of yarn into plaits, before joining them in a spiral form working from the centre outwards to create a rug.”
“With the handwoven rugs in Transylvania, the classic plain weave approach is used. This technique allows for two-sided use with both flat-woven rugs and pile rugs. The most varied collection available from Tisca, the Olbia collection, also consists of woven wool rugs. The collection has 26 different textures from classic flat-woven single colours to exciting textural landscapes and modern design.”
Seven other facts about Tisca textil GmbH you should know
Tisca textil GmbH is one of the top addresses for almost 50 years when it comes to handmade rugs from high-quality wool.
With 96 colours, a variety of yarn thicknesses and 26 possible textures a never ending variety of rugs can be designed when combined.
Tisca rugs are woven in linen weave and therefore equally beautiful on both sides and can be reversed as often as you like.
Tisca is the only manufacturer that offers the ability to manufacture the complete collection in widths up to 6 & 8 metres and in any length!
This makes Tisca the only possible provider when it comes to the entrance hall of a luxury hotel or the rooms in a palace for example.
Tisca does not throw away any leftover yarn and maintains two small workshops near Cisnădie in Bogatu Roman where women make high quality rugs out of the waste yarn which arises during the weaving process in the main plant.
The social Bogatu project is run by the women themselves, they stay independent and their rugs are of excellent quality, affordable and very popular.
Transylvanian hospitality I really enjoyed our Transylvanian adventure, from meeting the team, seeing the different collections and the weaving process to making our own rug and having lunch with homemade specialties at the garden of one of the Tisca team colleagues in Cisnădie. We also got the chance to visit Sibiu, where a local guide told us more about the rich history of the very old town.
On the last day we made a little road trip and visited the famous Bran castle, which is often erroneously referred to as the home of the title character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. There is no evidence that Stoker knew anything about this castle, which has only tangential associations with Vlad the Impaler, voivode of Wallachia, the putative inspiration for Dracula.
The castle is now a museum dedicated to displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie and although I expected and maybe hoped for it to be darker, it was definitely worth visiting as the castle is really beautiful and I loved wandering through the many corridors and rooms.
Thank you so much Andreas, Ines, Karina and all the lovely people we met for a few amazing days.
Last but not least some images from the town of Sibiu, above it's us leaving our hotel
This post is written in collaboration with Tisca rugs
Terwijl de zomer al lekker op weg is en onze zomervakanties zijn geboekt zijn veel van ons alweer bezig met de voorbereidingen voor de eerste najaarsbeurzen en zo ook w/ Style!
InCoDa, Interieur Collectie Dagen, is een vakevenement voor woning- en projectinrichting waar de nieuwste collecties op het gebied van vloeren, stoffering, wandbekleding en raamdecoratie centraal staan. Van zondag 15 tot en met dinsdag 17 september 2019 ligt de focus in de Gorinchemse evenementenhal op netwerken, inspiratie en kennisdeling.
Luxaflex Inspiratiecafé Nieuw op InCoDa is het inspiratiecafé in samenwerking met Luxaflex Nederland waar interieur bloggers en Instagrammers in gesprek gaan met retailers en door middel van lezingen en workshops laten zien hoe je met een blogger of influencer kunt werken of je winkel Instagram worthy kunt maken.
Op 16 september zijn wij op InCoda waar wij in twee sessies meer zullen vertellen over hoe je als bedrijf of merk een samenwerking kunt starten en vormgeven met een agency als w/ Style. Wat kun je verwachten van een samenwerking met een influencer en wat zijn de valkuilen, wij gaan graag met jou in gesprek over styling, fotografie en online branding in het Luxaflex inspiratie cafe.
Ook zullen we je via onze Social Media kanalen een sneak peek geven vanaf de beursvloer en je nieuwe collecties, trends en onze persoonlijke inspiratie laten zien. Meer informatie op het InCoDa Blog
Inspiration cafe powered by Luxaflex | w/ Style at InCoDa 2019 While Summer is well underway and our vacations have been booked, many of us are already busy preparing for the first fall fairs and so are we at w / Style!
InCoDa, Interior Collection Days, is a professional event for home and project design where the latest collections in the field of floors, upholstery, wall coverings and window decoration are presented. From Sunday 15 to Tuesday 17 September 2019, the focus in the Gorinchem event hall will be on networking, inspiration and knowledge sharing.
Luxaflex Inspiration cafe New at InCoDa is the inspiration café in collaboration with Luxaflex Netherlands, where interior bloggers and Instagrammers get in conversation with retailers on how to work with bloggers and influencers or make your store Instagram worthy
On September 16 we will be at InCoda, in two sessions we will tell more about how you can start a partnership as a company or brand with an agency such as w / Style. What can you expect from a collaboration with an influencer and what are the pitfalls, we would like to talk with you about styling, photography and online branding in the Luxaflex inspiration cafe. We will also give you a sneak peek from the exhibition floor via our Social Media channels and show you new collections, trends and our personal inspiration. More information can be found on the InCoDa Blog
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