GO ORIGINALS OR GO HOME

Originals. The real deal. A statement piece. That is what sums up design for us.

Investing in design is something most people don’t do overnight. It is is a process.
You might fall in love with a piece of design furniture when you are young and save up for it to finally call it your own many years after your first encounter. Or maybe you inherit a statement piece from a family member because you were always eying it. Whatever the story is, it is about surrounding yourself with furniture that you will love for the rest of your life.

In my own house I have invested in some originals that took me years to gather. My Eames lounge chair in the living room, my Pantone chair as a desk chair… all items that I still adore. Because originals do not get older – they become more loved.
Originals make your home, they follow us no matter where we live and they tell our story. Of course we  combine it with more affordable design, Ikea and vintage treasures gathered from travels. Yet these statement pieces is what makes it a whole.

In our installations you don’t always see design pieces because welcoming design into your home is so personal. Our job is to combine beautiful yet affordable  furniture and  expose clients to design. We want to show them what a statement piece can do to a room, how it can change the vibe of a space and create a beautiful home. As design is for all ages, for all styles and for all homes.

Vitra has been one of our major crushes so we are happy to be able to call some of their pieces ours. Because Vitra understands design. It is timeless, classic, combines with anything and never goes out of style. If you can affirmatively answer all of these questions, then my friends you are talking about a true Original.

If you are in Dubai, Check out the exposition The Orginals Comes – Stories about the power of good design – from Vitra at the Dubai Design Week

 

 

 

 

 

IN OR OUT: 5 INTERIOR TRENDS THROUGH OUR PINK GLASSES

We like clean and organised so doing a spring cleanup is welcomed all year round with open arms. Out with the old, in with the new!

That does not perse have to mean that you literally through out and replace with new furniture, we use it more along the lines of changing around items you already have, giving a wall a new color and make space for a new accessory to make your home look fresh and ready for a new season.

We have looked at numerous interior trends about materials, colors and shapes and listened to our own instincts to come to a list of 5. Obviously, we are looking at this with our huge pink Live Loud Girl glasses on. Yet our recent trips to Copenhagen and Milan and the new brand launches gave a good insight in which direction trends are going and what we love.

A: Blue versus Brown:

Blue is out, brown is in. Not only in fashion, also in our homes. Who would have thought that the brown color our parents chose for bedding and bathroom tiles back in the day would be hot again?
Where blue is a colder tone, brown belongs to the warm earthy pallet and we see it being used frequently. Ranging from sand to camel and from chocolate to the more reddish tones.
As you might know, we have always been big fans of statement painted walls. They are an easy and affordable way to change the vibe of a room. So if you are looking for a room upgrade, be bold and go for what is totally hot at the moment. Check out the 2019 trend colors of Jotun for some ideas.

B: Crate versus bag

As we like organised spaces we like having enough storage. For kids rooms we play around with mixing and matching different sorts. In adult spaces we love using simple and clean white and wooden storage units
We have come to the conclusion that storage bags have made way for the crate. Crates are easy, simple and stackable. They are available in so many colors so fit any style. For our own home and for our projects, crates are now on the top of our shopping list. Find yours at Studio Mini Shop

C: Pop-of-color versus tone-on-tone

Pop-of-color is still very much in our vocabulary yet for adult spaces we love to use tone on tone. Painting a cabinet, a shelving unit or door in the same tone as the wall makes the room calm and sophisticated. And going all the way out with one tone is also a beautiful new trend.  So where we used to create one feature wall, painting more then one wall or even the ceiling in one tone has a fantastic effect. So make a statement with one color you have fallen in love with and really follow through. The stylist duo Krakvik & D’Orazio have made this trend come alive in their home and their work

D: Monochrome versus Saturated 

In interiors it’s the same with fashion. Remember those pants you wore 5 years ago where now you are like: “What was I thinking?”
We totally have that with the monochrome trend that we loved and used for anything from storage bags to bedding. White was the base and from there we worked using the monochrome trend and graphics to complete a project.
Although we still love to start with a white blank canvas, we go more for organic shapes and warm saturated colors. Using them on their own or combining a few to make a more daring combination. Shop the look: wallpaper + bedding

E: Flowers versus plants

We are huge plant fans. Maybe it has to do with growing up in lush Dutch lowlands or because we miss it around us so much in the desert, but we always want to bring in some greenery in our homes and projects.
In our latest projects however we have loved working with flowers, combining single ones, combining colors, combining them with greenery. We have seen this trend a lot in styling and we totally approve of it. Doesn’t say that greenery is out. Yet bold is definitely found its way with inspirational people flower designers like Poppykalas and what can we say: #ADutchieLovesHerFlowers.

SNEAK PEEK OF THE HOUSE

In my Instagram you might have seen that the hashtags #Movethatbus  #RentalHeaven and #Getridofuglytiles is still going strong. We have moved into our new rental house that luckily feels more like our own home then any of our previous houses. This time around we had the chance to decide on most of the finishes. Finishes that, to me make a big difference in how I feel about my home. Where rental houses often make it necessary to turn a blind eye towards ugly tiles, a hideous kitchen or an unidentifiable color on the wall, this house is the best one yet! A wooden floor (yeah!), a marble counter top (hurray!, grey simple kitchen cabinets and walls on which we can choose our on color (yessss!) make me so happy! For the first time, this is a place that I want to show off and trust me, I will!

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LIVE LOUD GIRL ❤ OMY

You might have seen it in some of our posts before as the Live Loud boys love to use them. Rain or (too much) shine, home or holiday, regular Tuesday or special celebration, they are great entertainment for the whole family.
Are you wondering what we are going on about?
We are raving about OMY, the clever coloring products designed by two French ladies and brought to the Middle East by two others. And for the first time in our career, we feel so passionate about a brand that we have taken the honors to become their brand ambassador to help build the brand in the region.

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