By the end of the season 8 of Project Runway (besides imitating Tim Gunn’s famous line “Make it work” ) Gretchen Jones managed to get everyone’s attention. Her rocker chic bohemian style is super cool! I can imagine her apartment, a place to want to hang around for a while and check out all the details, the decorations, the mix-match accessories hanging around the place.

Photos by  for Yo can see the rest of the shoot here.

There is always a room in your house that could do with a makeover, right?

It’s almost the end of the Woonbeurs Amsterdam  (interior Design fair), Sunday, 30 September is the last day. It’s a six-day event of interior design inspiration, ideas and trends. Unfortunately, I am not able attend the fair. So, to keep me (and you) updated and inspired, here are the latest images I found from one of the best Dutch interior magazine vtwonen.

[ images found via vtwonen] 

TIKAU means sustainable and durable in Hindi. TIKAU is a finnish company that has a passion to help encourage and maintain traditional handicraft in Indian villages by working together and employing people there. … The products are beautiful, natural and I love the idea that if you buy a product from the TIKAU you are supporting sustainable development in India!.

Find out more about TIKAU Share project here: Design Helps Living Room is a Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 event, demonstrating and generating ideas about the ways that design can bring about well-being. The Living Room will present various other cases of how design can be applied to the empowerment and sustainable development of under-privileged communities.

[ images and source Tikau website ]

{ Above photo by: Susan Jimenez }

Meet the blogger event in Amsterdam was a full day of inspiration, meeting other creative blogger and taking part of workshops presented by successful bloggers and them sharing their tips and experience. It was fantastic experience and my head was buzzing for days with positive thoughts and inspiration from the 1 day event. … And I couldn´t not have asked for a more exquisite location that the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam.

There were quite a few guest speakers on the day but the keynote speaker, who is a hugely successful blogger, Frida Ramstedt of Swedish interior design blog Trendenser inspired me the most. Frida is an amazing business woman who has written books, done TV presentation, radio interviews, worked together with interior designer magazines, helped put out Ikea’s first catalogue for the iPad, and has recently created her own iPad magazine.

Frida talked about building your brand, finding your niche and becoming an expert at something: ‘Don’t focus on what you can’t do today. Focus on what you want to be able to do tomorrow’ and a great tip to find your passion: ‘Where does your mind go when it wanders?’.

Have you spotted me by now?
Later on the day I sat through two workshops; Blog Styling by Pippa Jameson and Product Photography by Yvonne Eijkenduijn. Both of them had something very good tips to share on improving your blog and photography styling. What makes a good picture? Every picture tells a story.

{ Bloggers from left to right: Frida Ramstedt, Pippa Jameson, Danielle de Lange and Yvonne Eijkenduijn }

{ Photographer: Jurriaan Hoefsmit – see the rest of the photos by meet the blogger: here }

There was so much hype around the film The Descendants, that i decided to check it out. It was OK. Beautiful Mr. Clooney was good but Shailene Woodley was fantastic in it – first time i see her act. It was surprisingly funny at times and there were some very beautiful scenes of overcast, rainy Hawaii. Unfortunately, the story didn’t quite grab me – i seemed more interested in the sets, the classic Hawaiian style homes…and wishing i had a tropical Hawaiian place…

I LOVE Hawaiian style, it’s like a mix of fresh, modern style with new and old things and lot of art  hangings on the wall or as a center piece. I see lot of contrast in texture, individual pieces, plenty of wood art (you got to have a long board) and bright colours. Both pictures above, inspire me to go out and look for tropical (floral) fabric to cover up my boring poor couch.

How about a surf shack at the back of the house? It looks so cosy and cute.

And since i can’t grow a palm tree in the city of Delft. A painting with a palm tree in it will do thank you!!

{ source.: All home interior photos found via houzz — Old Photo of hula girl found via all posters
Two tropical Hawaiian paintings by Danny Braddix and Hawaiian tropical road painting found  here. }

It’s been sometime since my last post. But sometimes busy days, new changes in life can take over inspiration. Today, i have something to share…..As i awoke to the beginning of my Sunday morning, i looked out my window — surprisingly very sunny out and warm. A few thoughts popped into my head that stayed with me for the rest of the day. Spring is slowly shinning through, yeaiii! — time to change my bedroom curtains and i would really love to find a summery duvet cover.

Simplicity is a good start. Love the red embroidery bed cover — oh red! you are always my first choice, via digma and i need a beautiful painting, hanging above my bed, via bolig pluss.

But then i see the colour yellow and it makes me happy just looking at it  — i wonder if i would wake up every morning EXTRA happy having a yellow duvet cover over me? Aaaah i can say yes any day to modern bohemian style, specially when it looks so effortlessly and bright. Love the jewelry, the butterfly details via havenspie and coco+kelly.

Lovely room for a lady, not sure if i could convince my man to go for the look though? lace curtain is a great idea via, msmuse olive-green room inspiration via, pinkwallpaper.

I’ll take that gorgeous blue/purple velvet bed cover! Spring, winter anytime of the year, will always look cool and so right in a bedroom, via from scandinavian with love and the roses found via pinterest.

Now that i’ve found some colourful and diverse inspiration  — let’s see what my bedroom looks like but summer time!!!

For some little eye candy inspiration, Swedish interior stylist and set designer Lo Bjurulf is the woman to discover here. I first came across her work (the pink room, see last image below) a while back last year without knowing who she was. Then just recently via a danish website (that i am sorry i can’t remember!) had a post on her work and a link to her portfolio at agent bauery.

After spending so much time admiring the room settings, the fabrics, looking into all the details, I found it difficult  to select just a few photographs from her portfolio. I particular like both the above and below photographs, both styles are very pretty and a little girly – love the frills, the couch, the different types of fabrics. And the set up of this lovely tea tray.
How can you not like this great spacious PINK room? It’s eye candy living, its fun and I would love to see the other rooms too!
{images: agent bauery}

I like wallpapers designs but just not in my house thanks. Still, i think wallpapers are fun to look at … Notice the tinny little teapot around the necklace? … Yummy wafer cones filled with no ice cream but instead, scarves stuffed in the ice cream cones! …  Black, lovely bird coat hanger that looks better hanging on the wall than hidden inside a closet … Cute owl illustration wallpaper that would probably make me feel sleepy just looking at it.

{ necklace – jasna.janekovic } { Gelato – Ditte Isager } { Coat hanger – here } {Owl – design sponge }

Oooh I love big wooden tables! But add a layer of bright fluorescent (epoxy) and it’s magic!
Flat Table Peeled Design by Jo Nagasaka of Schemata architecture office and based on the traditional Japanese ‘Hassoku dai’ – meaning ‘eight-legged table’.

“We added a layer of coloured epoxy poured on a wooden surface which grain had been peeled out to create different depth and by doing so, varied intensity in colour.” — Jo Nagasaka }

{ source via M.E. Design Magazine }

Recyclart is a really great website to inspire you and get you in the mood to recycle things (trash!) you thought you would never need to see again … Such as a license plate into a fruit bowl (see above)You’ll find quirky, strange, useful, cool products – made from recycling, reusing, up-cycling materials … You can even find tips and links to the original artworks – to help you get started on your next ‘eco friendly’ project! I just love the idea, the challenge of reusing a material (trash!) and transforming it into one-of-a-kind, treasure!

As you can see, creative recycling is not only a second-hand art, but rather, it’s a lifestyle indeed … Recycled book bench, LP book and magazine rack made with bicycle inner tubes!
How about, recycled cinder blocks for the garden?!{ all images found via Recyclart }

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