The Boyscouts

The Boyscouts is a fashion accessory label from The Netherlands. Each collection consists of products ranging from jewelry to bags and accessories. Love this theme with the subtile geometrically shaped rings, bracelets and necklaces, the clean photogra…

sketch ink prints

Beautiful black ink prints, notebooks, posters and accessories in the SketchInk shop, perfect as a gift or just to spoil yourself :) Love the photography of the prints as well.. have a look and enjoy :) 

Café Coutume Aoyama

Cafe Coutume, known as one of the hottest craft cafes in Paris, has also landed in Tokyo and opened in April 2014. The washed walls mixed with plenty of white looks amazing and we love the lightness, the white grid ceiling and the fact that they have u…

linie design rugs

In love with the beautiful patterns, colors and feeling of the rugs from the Danish brand Linie Design. All their rugs are designed by Scandinavian designers and handmade by Indian artisans. You can feel the Nordic touch and elegance of the modern carp…

SNUG toyblocks calendar

Because it’s still January. And we love graphic calendars :)Snug Studio via Etsy.

soft simplicity

Today we are inspired by the combination of soft colors and naturel materials. Leather, round shapes, concrete, copper & brass, oak. And with a little hint of black to make it powerfull. Enjoy and have a lovely day.- 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 

Loft Szczecin in Berlin

We love the interior of this modern loft in Berlin! The color palette is amazing with the white, grey and black shades mixed with the warmth of wood. Especially the bathroom looks absolutely stunning!Want to more images of this home? Click here.Furnitu…

Sunday shopping | Get the Blues

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Ace Hotel London

We like the vintage-industrial vibe in this Ace Hotel situated in Shoreditch; London’s most creative district. A place with a lot of great design, culinary innovation, galleries and theatre. Would love to go here some time and stay in this Hotel.P…

New table for menu by Norm Architects

The new Snaregade Table from Norm Architects designed for Menu is just perfection. The table comes in two versions, rectangular and round. Love the dark color and the geometric lines which makes it look very fresh and clean.Check out the Catalog 2…

ADesign items

In the ADesign shop, you’ll find the most simple and well designed items for your desk. The magazine holder, the 2015 pocket planner and the sculpture are just a few examples of the perfect items in this shop… Have a look.. and enjoy :…

Bamboo Baskets

Our blogfriend Accessorize your Home added these beautiful natural/black bamboo baskets from House Doctor to their collection. The baskets are perfect to clean up your stuff in a stylish way, to organize your desk or to show off your plants like above….

SS15 collection Ferm-living

Ferm-Living came with some beautiful new products for SS 2015. The products and the images are wonderful with the soft colors, the green and the geometric shapes! Would love to add some of these new products to my home!You’ll find more of the new colle…

Loft FOR by adn architects

This loft appartment named FOR by ADN Architects is situated in Brussel, Belgium. We love minimalistic and open spaces like this and when we first spotted this loft we had to see more of this space.The living space with the whites, industrial details m…

KAV winter collection

We like to introduce you to the beautiful label named KAV, designed by fashion designer Dikla Einat from Israel.The color palette with it’s soft shades of gray, white, cream and black is just stunning and we like the minimalistic look and loose fit. Yo…

easy sunday

Easy sunday – walnuts & cheese.Have a good one!Wooden cheese board from the Somewhere store

Renewed INTRO Restaurant

This is a renewed restaurant in Finland named INTRO. We like the serene and sophisticated look together with the urban and industral details. Also the mix of natural wood, white walls and lights, mixed with the geometrical patterns on the floor is some…

mess project prints

Minimal, clean prints from Greece, need we say more?Find them and more other paper goods at the Mess Project shop.Enjoy your day!

Orphan Socks

New great products from our blogfriend Orphan Socks. Love the kind of natural wooden and unique items! Small, beautiful and making us smile every time we see them… and you’ll need them, because, like she says; you are unique. For all t…

HotelSP 34

Hotel sp34, a new boutique hotel in Copenhagen, is a great example of a modern yet warm interior with it’s soothing grays and warm accents.. The 118 rooms are simple and minimalistic what gives it a clean and airy feel.We really like the slate-coloured walls, white linens and wooden floors along with smart and creative details like the individual headboards on the bed. Definitely going to visit Hotel sp34 on our next trip to Copenhagen!Photography: Brøchner Hotels

Costes favourites

We like to mix fashion and interior together and love getting inspired by brands like Costes; a young Dutch fashion label. Each season we take a look at the new collection and pick our favourites to share with you on our blog. (See earlier posts for mo…

bean cafe & roastery

This cafe and roastery in Fitzroy has beautiful high ceilings and is designed with economic materials such as painted pallets. The space used to be a cold warehouse and is turned into a warm, but industrial cafe. Love to get my saturday morning co…

Rali-Living Odds family

Meet the Rali-Living Odds Family!Rali-Living is a design label based in Amsterdam where high quality materials go hand in hand with a lot of love, care and eye for detail and we are in love with their products. I mean; don’t these cute cuddle pill…

Andtradition – True Colours

Antradition launches True Colours vases! A serie of seven vases made from copper, steel, brass, and aluminium, designed by Dutch designer Lex Pott.True Colours is Andtradition’s first collaboration with Lex Pott. Each vase in the series is made from a …

Give away set Finch And Agnes

We start the new year with a cute give away from Finch and Agnes! Well… actually not one… But two!At Finch and Agnes you’ll find beautiful coloured, comfortable and high quality minimalistic clothes for your little one. And now you have the chance …

tine k collection 2015

The new collection of Tine K home is online with lots of green, concrete and rattan. Looking forward to summer vibes already :) See the full collection of Tine K home here.

Noire Kuu light – hem

The Kuu light, ‘moon’ in Finnish, is made from leftover sunscreen fabric which allows the Kuu to filter light beautifully. The design is simply and gives a warm feeling. Just like the other designs, this light fits perfectly to collection of the b…

shared office space

You might have noticed that we are having a new, beautiful office space which we are re-designing at the moment, so we can move in at the beginning of January. To give you some inspiration, we love to show you this 1970’s office block in Melb…

maayan paz

We like to introduce you to Maayan Paz; a women’s clothes brand based in Tel Aviv. We like that the clothes are casual with an elegant touch. Specifically the blue dress with the exposed back and layered design, stunning! Follow Maayan Paz on face…

april and may hearts

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eat, drink and be merry with Oatgasm

We just discovered the amazing blog, named Oatgasm, from the 17 year old Meghan Elizabeth and we have found a few recipes that we are definitely going to try this Christmas. Besides her cooking skills we are very impressed by her talent for photography, styling and writing!”Over the years, I’ve become a ruthless writer and poet, a striving photographer, a future Horticulturalist, and a recipe-developer with an ever-growing passion for this myriad thing called life. Be it in the face of flowers, the fear of the unknown, the fragility of evanescence, or in the spontaneous freedom of everyday life, I try to capture a sense of intimacy, beauty, and adventure in everything that crosses my wayward path; even if it happens to be found in a bowl of oatmeal, which is just about where this blog began.”These are only 4 of the many delicious recipes on her blog. Wanna see more? Visit her website! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with you loved ones, xoxo April and May

RaFa-Kids blanket Give away

We have a new great give away from Rafa-Kids! And this time you even get to choose which one of the above you would like to win!Rafa-Kids makes great looking, high quality and affordable design objects for children! These blankets are made of wool so they will keep you warm in de winter and cool in summer. It’s a big size so it’s perfect to wrap it around you and your child.What do you have to do?- Like Rafa-kids on Facebook- Leave a comment what item you like the most at RaFa-kidsWe will announce the winner next week!Love and Happy Holidays,RaFa-kids and April and May

VIPP shelter

Everyone who knows us, knows that we are in love with the brand Vipp! Beautiful, simple, functional, long lasting products, which design is based on materials and usability. And now they have created something new and absolutely amazing; an operational living space named the Vipp shelter that consists a large kitchen with dining/living area, a separate bathroom and a loft. The idea behind it is going back to basics; back to nature with basic functions in a compact space all wrapped in the Vipp DNA.“If you are cold you heat up the fireplace centrally positioned in the shelter for an equal distribution of heat; if you are warm you slide open the xxm2 parallel windows to create natural air-condition. By locating the house in the deep deciduous woods, we are able to take advantage of the leaves as sun shading in the summer months. In the winter, when the trees lose their leaves, the building’s black exterior absorbs sunlight and with the fireplace, there is a reduction in fuel consumption”.Below you’ll find a interview with the designer Morton Bo Jensen:Q&A Shelter – Morten Bo JensenHave you ever thought you would be designing a house? Yes and no. Although it may be an academic consideration, we started out with our usual approach, as if it was a product. The difference lies obviously in the scale of the project, which is new for us. Basically we see the house as a product (such as a caravan, yacht, private jet, etc.) and not as a piece of architecture – hence also the name ‘shelter’.How would you say that the Vipp house reflects the Vipp DNA? The Vipp DNA is clearly expressed in the basic concept of the shelter as a product that is available in a particular form and in a certain colour. It allows us to design the product down to every detail, providing a unique experience of quality, when taking the shelter in use. In addition to that, the shelter is built on a steel frame with a facade of painted steel – a material we have 75 years of experience in processing.Would you call yourself an architect after having designed a house for Vipp? I do not think a title like this makes sense. My job as a designer at Vipp is to interpret and execute what Vipp stands for. The shelter opens a whole new dimension to the brand and it emphasizes the way I believe that all brands should work with the design. Find and stick to the deep essence of your brand and use that as a platform to create every new product – we like to think of it as a kind of essentialism.Did you have an architect or engineer to help you throughout the process? Every new product we develop, we seek to anchor in what we stand for as a brand; that is functional, long lasting products, which design is based on materials and usability; this initial process defines the concept, which secures a certain vippishness. When it comes to the execution of an idea, we are humble and consult various experts to ensure the best possible result – so we talk to both architects, engineers, toolmakers just to mention a few.What do you think Holger Nielsen would say about taking his technique for bending metal into a bin and turning it into a house? Good design never goes out of fashion! Hopefully he would be both pleased and surprised that the seeds he once sowed have grown into what Vipp is today.Vipp is something very Danish, why did you choose to place the house in Sweden? It is true that we originate in Denmark and that one can trace many Scandinavian traditions in our approach to design. But we do things with a global mind-set – for customers all around the globe, who like this particular approach to design. Therefore, the shelter is intended for locations in any corner of the world. This means we have no special ‘Danish’ feelings for the first location and when we found the perfect spot in Sweden, we were instantly in love.Does the house come fully assembled, so that you just need to have a plot to place it on?Yes, pretty much. 2 large (40 foot) modules and two smaller are fully assembled and transported to the plot in Sweden, where they are bolted together and the waterproof Protan folio is welded together. On every plot there has to be made an individual foundation which of course differs from location to location. Furthermore there has to be established water, electricity and sewerage. From here it is plug ’n play.How big is the house (m2)? 55 m2 + an attic.How many rooms does the house have? There is a large kitchen with dining/living area, a separate bathroom and a loft.Is it possible to add an element/section to make the house bigger?No. It’s an essential part of the concept that the design is completely fixed; everything down to the smallest detail is designed in advance. And during time we will only add small incremental improvements. We like to call it the Porsche 911 approach.The house comes fully equipped with Vipp products; does this mean that the only thing a potential buyer needs to decide is the colour of the products and elements? We have made it even easier for the customer – there’s no need to choose colour, products nor kitchen modules etc. We have decided everything on beforehand!Is the house made in your own production? We don’t have our own production facilities. Instead we work together with a small selection of very close partners, which we aim to build long lasting relationships with.How can you buy the house? As soon as we are ready, you can ‘buy’ it in our online store – or at least get in touch with our staff and we’ll guide you from there.We are looking forward to see more of this great project!

our love for green

‘Mooi wat planten doen’ is an initiative of the Flower Council of Holland and is dutch for ‘Beautiful what plants do’. It has been proven that you feel better with plants around you and thanks to the Flower Council you can experience this in the First or Second store in Alkmaar.You’ll find a wide variety of indoor plants, often several cultivars of one kind. Both hanging as standing plants. Totally green or colored blooming and we picked some of our favorites to share with you!A dark green room plant like this Alocasia Calidora gives your living room a fresh look. It ensures peace and simplicity, but is on the other hand a true eye-catcher in your workspace or living room.Macramé plant hangers are very trendy right now! It takes a little time but it’s simple to create them. Fun for yourself or as a (Christmas)gift.We also really like these mini Succulents. Make your own little garden by mixing them up and put them together in a low box and they fit perfectly into different spaces.For more tips for the (busy) plants lover, DIY & give-away-tips, plants for XS to XL rooms and all the trends in the field of plants… You’ll find it all here!Images by April and May

Christmas paper decoration

These handmade paper print sets from Mettaprints are amazing! Perfect for a store window, lobby, Christmas party or your living room. They can also be made in a number of other materials that you can find on their website. We love different Christ…

Minimalistic home by KUOO architects

Kuoo architects offers complete realizations of private interiors and public spaces, as wel as furniture designed specifically for client’s needs. Above you find one of the projects that we really like. The combination of sophisticated textures, noble materials and basic colors in this house is beautiful. It’s simple and at the same time well thought trough and functional.For more amazing projects click here!

Emerald Details

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New collection Bococo

We love to show you the new collection of our blogfriend Bococo, a culturally inspired brand based in London.They have designed a beautiful new handwoven collection made by local artisans in the Philippines, were weaving is existed for centuries. We th…

Christmas Elf Give away

Another give away for you and because it’s almost Christmas you can win this super cute Christmas Elf!The Christmas Elfs from the Danish Signe Blomquist are made of untreated oak wood and are available in 3 different sizes. Together with our blogfriend…

give away: wooden mirror from Orphan Socks

With the upcoming holidays we like to treat you with some nice gifts. This week we are giving away this beautiful mirror available at Orphan Socks.This wooden peg and mirror is designed and manufactured in France and available in two different shapes a…

the village

The new &Tradition showroom The Village opened a little while ago but we still couldn’t resist showing it. Earlier this year we visited Copenhagen and were told about the design of this new showroom. It sounded impressive only hearing about it but …

Parc Boutique

Parc Boutique in Minneapolis is that place where you can find special items that are carefully curated by Thao Nguyen. Handmade jewelry, accessories, shoes and clothing are among the collection sold in her store.The winter lookbook is truly inspring wi…

gift boxes by Iittala

With the holidays ahead you can’t get enough inspiration for gifts. Most of you probably already know Iittala from it’s beautiful glass and tableware collection.Iittala started as a glass factory and today it offers a collection of objects that are mad…

december shopping

In need of some beautiful and original Christmas presents? Of course you can visit our byAprilandMay shop :) but you should definitely check out Etsy as well! Love to find some special products for my dearest ones!  1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Give away Mooigoed!

We are having a great give away today from our blogfriend Mooigoed!Together with Mooigoed, the online shop where minimalistic design go’s hand in hand with beautiful decorated details, we’re offering you a chance to win this minimalistic design Mantel …

Daylight Home by Ma-Style Architects

This home combines a lot of wood together. The color of the wood and the contrast between the different textures is perfectly balanced and we think the cubic structure, ceiling and patterns of sunlight are amazing. Ma-Style Architects added lamina…

Arts & Science

Arts & Science encompasses a brand and seven shops, all based in Tokyo and is created by stylist and creative director Sonya Park. Her work is based on quality that gets better and more beautiful within time. Highly skilled craftwork, comfort and m…

ROWENSCO Prints

Decorate that blank wall in your room or office space with these unique prints from Rowens Co. Rowens Co is a branch of the design label Robert Warren Designs that consists out of prints, artwork and cards. Besides the prints with quotes and memor…

Ohmyhome ceramics

OHMYHOME is a new interior label from Holland and they have just launched this beautifully shaped handmade ceramic line made of natural speckled clay. Besides the ceramic line you’ll also find some other beautiful designs/products in their webshop like…

1or2 cafe by Norm Architects

Most of you already know we have created a brand new concept for a store in the Netherlands called First or Second. The store opened in September this year. We have collaborated with Norm Architects for the cafe in the store. Norm Architects has taken …

Anine Bing

The clothing line from Anine Bing is simple and very easy to wear. It’s a perfect match between great quality and the perfect fit. Because the styles easily go together you can mix it all up. The clothes are made of the finest materials, all according to Anine’s rock-bohemian style and Anine gets her inspiration from music, L.A. , flea markets, bloggers and from life at large.

Being not only a fashion designer but also a mom of two children and a singer/songwriter we admire all the things she has accomplished. Be inspired by the great sense of style in a pure and feminine way and follow Anine here on instagram.

New Studio Norm architects

Let’s start the day with the new studio by Norm Architects. They always have a beautiful way of showing their minimalistic signature with timeless simplicity, simple shapes and lots of white and grey tones. We love how the designs, styling and photogra…

copper calendar

This copper 2015 moon phases calendar is simple and serene. The large wall calendar is handprinted on  Stonehenge paper. And, also available in silver, gold or grey print on black paper.Check out the different calendars ( and also the other nice p…

regent street warehouse

A three level warehouse space with a great atmosphere. The use of materials works absolutely fine: wooden beams, concrete floors, white walls and all the black structures. Warm and raw at the same time.by Techne – photography Ben Hosking

Maartje van der Noort

This is a small selection of the work from the talented dutch illustrator Maartje van der Noort. Besides drawing she also likes to experiment with applying the drawings to different materials like special paper or textiles. Her style is soft and simple with a spontaneous touch and you can see the honest love she has for it back in each piece. There’s just something about it…

For more of her work come visit us some time at the First or Second Store in Alkmaar where we have the whole collection available! Or go to her website and read more about her work.

Thank you Maartje for inspiring us and making our walls pretty. :)

Maartje van den Noort

This is a small selection of the work from the talented dutch illustrator Maartje van den Noort. Besides drawing she also likes to experiment with applying the drawings to different materials like special paper or textiles. Her style is soft and simple with a spontaneous touch and you can see the honest love she has for it back in each piece. There’s just something about it…

For more of her work come visit us some time at the First or Second Store in Alkmaar where we have the whole collection available! Or go to her website and read more about her work.

Thank you Maartje for inspiring us and making our walls pretty. :)

Mae engelgeer

Because this week is the third edition of Wool Week and it’s all about celebrating the special and natural quality of wool, we thought we’d make a post about one of our favorite woolly designers!

Above you see the new collection from Mae Engelgeer, a textile designer from The Netherlands. Her studio is located near the city centre of Amsterdam. This is the place where she designs her collections. The beautiful and colorful eye catching products she makes are like a piece of art in every interior!

Happy Wool Week everybody and thankyou Mae, for making us fall in love with your designs over and over again.

Mea engelgeer

Because this week is the third edition of Wool Week and it’s all about celebrating the special and natural quality of wool, we thought we’d make a post about one of our favorite woolly designers!

Above you see the new collection from Mea Engelgeer, a textile designer from The Netherlands. Her studio is located near the city centre of Amsterdam. This is the place where she designs her collections. The beautiful and colorful eye catching products she makes are like a piece of art in every interior!

Happy Wool Week everybody and thankyou Mae Engelgeer, for making us fall in love with your designs over and over again.

Minimal black and white home

We love the clever contrast between the black and white and the materials and forms in this modern house that was built in the 1950s by architect Andre Wogenscky. Specially the little fire-place in the corner and the thought that everything is custom…

looks by need supply

These pieces…

Need Supply has a wonderful selection of great clothes, shoes and accessories that you can’t find on every corner of the street. The collection is very creative with a unique feeling but still very wearable because of its beautiful minimalistic and clean appearance as you can see in this lookbook. Their collection is wide enough for anyone and you’ll always find unique pieces that are one-of-a-kind!

Curious? For the whole A/W collection visit their website.

Light and Ladder plant holders

Give your miniature plants a nice spot with these beautiful handmade ceramic cups from Lightandladder. They are matte on the outside and glazed on the inside that creates a white smooth matte look. A beautiful way to add a little greenery to you’re hom…

Via Martine calendar

This is great! On Via Martine you can make your own personal month- or birthday calendar with your favorite Instagram photo’s on it. On the printed monthly calendar you have a 10 x 10 cm frame and on the birthday calendar you have a 6 x 6 cm frame fo…

The shop of the new

On or next trip to Copenhagen we definitely wanna visit this beautiful new shop named ‘The Shop Of The New‘, launched by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri. The shop is a showcase for diverse and eccentric objects complementing the furniture collection from Københavns Møbelsnedkeri with a selection of graphic art prints, kitchenware, skateboards, clothes etc.

They also collect ideas, images, stories and visions to share them with you on their website. You can take a look at what interior designs they have been involved with, what they are dreaming of, and what keeps them in balance. So if you’re interested you can check out their website here.

mango premium collection autumn 2014

It is always a pleasure when the Mango Premium collection is available. This collection is a limited edition made from the finest materials and with a sophisticated style. Great pieces with a more classic and minimalistic feeling. Deep blue makes beaut…

Maria Lies illustration

These illustrations are from the talented Maria Lies based in the Netherlands. Her style is playful and cute and it makes you smile inside. This beautiful ‘window’ on the wall in the First or Second store is also her work. We get a lot of compliments…

the new zara mini lookbook

The new ZARA mini lookbook is online and also this time we worked on the concept and styling of this lookbook. Cute, cozy and graphic with a beautiful color palette to really get you in the autumn mood. We feel proud to work on these kind of proje…

ETSY

Check out these beautiful hand crocheted and hand knit items from Lacasadecoto! The natural colors are lovely and the patterns will add lots of fun to your home. Like this? Visit Etsy for many more beautiful products from Lacasadecoto.

Lacasadecotó

Check out these beautiful hand crocheted and hand knit items from Lacasadecotó! The natural colors are lovely and the patterns will add lots of fun to your home.

 Like this? Visit Etsy for many more beautiful products from Lacasadecotó.

Spotted the brand Hem

I dont’t know about you, but we love this new designs from the new brand Hem! The designs contain a certain Scandinavian lightness what we really like about it. The photography looks absolutely beautiful too, very refreshing and well styled.Hem teams u…

a guest room

The photographs of this guest room from Cassie, a graphic designer and photo stylist based in Saint Louis, are beautiful… The styling is simple but so pretty and fresh looking. The room actually is very tiny but all the whites and the ‘less is more’ …