One Day Young, by Jenny Lewis / Sunday Morning Art

DesignJoyBlog / One Day Young, by Jenny Lewis

One Day Young is a delightful project by London based photographer Jenny Lewis picturing Hackney-born babies during the first 24 hours of life. The touching and beautiful portraits of mothers with their newborn babies is the perfect ode to all mums, today and everyday, cherishing the extraordinary bond formed between the mother and the baby from the moment of birth!

These beautiful images of loving mums and their amazingly cute babies can now be found on the book One Day Young by Hoxton Mini Press. In the book the photographer shares 5 years of portraits of mothers and newborns in these precious first few hours of a life long bond.

You can check out more of these heart warming photographs on the artist’s website.

Happy Mother’s day!


via My Modern Met

6 DIY projects for Mother’s Day

DesignJoyBlog 6 DIY projects for Mother's day

Oh that happy day is coming!! Sunday is mother’s day!! To help you and your lucky mama,celebrate in style, here are 6 wonderfully pretty DIY gift ideas.

1. Flowers, flowers, flowers! Which mum doesn’t like flowers? Make her happy with this beautiful giant ‘flower blocked’ bouquet by Paper & Stich

2. Make it for less! For the cool mums a beaded pendant necklace by A Beautiful Mess

3. I know, one shouldn’t really give an apron to a mum… but this one is so gorgeous that you can get away with it. A DIY no-sew floral apron by Sugar & Cloth

4. Oh my God, these Flamingos are my favourite of them all! And you can eat them because they are Flamingo Macarons also by Sugar & Cloth

5. Tiny little flower bouquets she can keep all year long by Oh Happy Day!

6. And if your mum is anything like me she definitely needs a few of these leather cord organisers by Delia Creates

Happy weekend!


Cabanas no Rio, another paradisiac retreat by Aires Mateus

From the same owners of Casas na Areia, this second, equally gorgeous Portuguese getaway, Cabanas no Rio doesn’t fall short neither on natural nor architectural beauty.

DesignJoyBlog // Cabanas no Rio by Mateus Aires

This project, also by Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus, is located in the natural reserve of the River Sado, only one hour south of Lisbon in the village of Comporta – Portugal. Away from the riffraff, this region is well known for its beautiful white sandy beaches, green immensity of the rice fields, the typical fishermen’s houses and, being in Portugal, unique food and wine. My kind of paradise!

This project was based in the «use/reuse and recycle» of two old huts, once used by local fishermen’s. The two new ones, with 14 square meters each, were both built off-site and transported to Comporta by truck.

The living areas are divided between the two cabins, on the first one there is a a small kitchen equipped to prepare simple meals, and on the second one is the bedroom and en-suite bathroom and shower, that can be used both outdoors and indoors. How great is that?

From the architects:

The wharf is medieval and assembled with wood. Its identity is kept long beyond the material’s resistance, an identity that allows it to change, to replace, keeping all the values. The construction is entirely finished in “costaneiros” wood, a first and last boards sawn from a log. The structures are then submitted to the climate vulnerability, assigning them a unique personality.

All photographs by Nelson Garrido.

Courtesy of Cabanas no Rio.

Link with love xx

Viner studio | Sunday Morning Art

Oooohhh… Hello Ladies!

designjoyblog_viner studio_AvenueRx(medres)Brooklyn based painter Jonathan Viner‘s works primarily with oils to create these beauties. Painted with perfect skill, these ladies are young, they are beautiful and they are cool. What more could you want to look at really?

But ladies, don’t worry. Viner has got something for everyone! Though not as lush and glamorous as his female muses, his man do have a quiet coolness about them that we could even call sexy… I mean, who doesn’t like a guy with a kitty or, on the more surreal side, a hipster standing on a sofa with a yellow painting? Excellent!

Limited edition prints are available on the artist’s online shop.

Happy Sunday!

All images Copyright © 2014 Jonathan Viner

Courtesy of the artist.

6 Ikea Hacks: KURA Children’s beds

DesignJoyBlog 6 DIY Ikea KURA Hacks

It’s so difficult to find good and creative furniture for kid’s and all of the nice ones are so expensive!! I think it’s pretty fair to say that most families end up having one of these at home, no? KURA beds are not only affordable but they are very versatile. Here are some lovely hacks and with a little creativity and some tools you can transform your child’s room from the boring ikea look to a fabulous childhood wonderland.

Happy weekend!

1. Such a wonderful little forest house via Ikea Hackers

2. Here’s a proper little wooden cabin via Ikea Hackers

3. A fire station via The Share Space

4. This cute modern cabin via Vintery Mintery

5. Wich would love to have their own ball pit? via Rusta Upp

6. And the easiest of the all using stickers from StikkiPix

DIY Throw Blankets

DesignJoyBlog_6 DIY Throw Blankets

Although the spring is only a month away, the weather has been so cold this past week here. Beautiful, fluffy and lovely these throw blankets will help to keep you warm for these last few days of winter.

Happy weekend!

1. A cozy flannel throw to keep you warm by Let’s Go Sunning

2. This lovely blanket of love from A Beautiful Mess 

3. Let’s not forget the boys with a lovely Gentleman’s Fleece Throw via In Honor of Design

4. For the little ones, this colourful knitted treasure via The Purl Bee

5. As spring is coming… via Design Mom

6. Super fluffy Faux Fur and Flannel via A Beautiful Mess

The Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam’s coolest hangout

If you’re looking for a cultural and historical experience as well as a comfortable place to stay in Amsterdam the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy is definitely the place for you. However strange it is to know that your room may have been occupied by prisoners, this building’s history is as appealing as its wonderfully creative interior design.

DesignJoyBlog // Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam 5 star room

Since its construction in the 1920s as a hotel for migrants waiting to board the ships of the Royal Dutch Lloyd, the Lloyd ‘lived’ the history of the 20th century. It served as a refugee camp for Jewish people in the late 30s, a German occupied detention center in the 40s and a youth prison for nearly 30 years from the 60s onwards and until 2001 it was a living and working space for local artists. Lucky for us, the brushstrokes of these artists have left as many marks in the interior of the building as the decades of being used as a prison.

DesignJoyBlog // Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam Facade Voorkant- door Allard van der Hoek

In order to restore the building to its original purpose as a hotel, the dutch architectural firm MVRDV was commissioned and in 2004, after major renovations, the Lloyd Hotel was successfully mutated from a youth prison to a ‘one to five star’ hotel and Cultural Embassy. The interior design of the common areas and suites was a collaborative effort of over 40 interior designers and artists, among others, Claudy Jongstra, Atelier van Lieshout, Christoph Seyferth, Ineke Hans, and Richard Hutten.

The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy was the first one-to-five star design hotel in the world offering a home to travellers of all classes. The rooms are rated according to design, size and comfort but the common areas are shared amongst all guests fostering a rich cultural experience.

In addition to being beautifully designed (they have Richard Hutten to blame for that), the Cafè-Restaurant has a great menu with simple, yet very well executed, french and southern european dishes. With friendly staff, affordable prices and a lovely Terrace during the summer this is one of Amsterdam’s nicest spots.

The Cultural Embassy promotes exhibitions, conferences and other events which are open to all guests and the local community. There is even a permanent exhibition ‘Lloyd History’ tells the story of past through old photographs, a 1928 video, documents and other objects. Even if you’re not a guest at the hotel, this place is definitely worth a visit!

All images courtesy of the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy. Link with love.

Guest Post | Danish Street Art by Interiorwise

Hi, ‘Design Joy’ readers, I’m Daniélle and the author of the blog Interiorwise, where I write about my obsession with interior, DIY and places that inspires me in my decoration – I decorate to the level where a room makes me feel more happy, more relaxed and even more curious!

I’m truly honored to be guest blogging for Julia today, who I sincerely thank for allowing me the way into the world of ‘Design Joy’ and you! I live in Copenhagen and in these days the city is “suffering” great under constructions and thats our luck! Because the transformation of the city has brought us even more creativity and art to explore in the streets! And, that’s what I´d like to share with you!


 This little monkey means so much to me! I actually don’t know whats in there but for many years I’ve passed by the monkey every morning and it just makes me smile… it actually looks you straight into the eyes😉

Though I am a Scandinavian Ive ditched the minimalistic Scandi look! I am a huge fan of challenging and blurring boundaries, and I love to place things in a room or a spot, where you wouldn´t normally find or expect them to be! To me, that’s when interior design turns into interesting eye candy!

These photos are from Vesterbro the very heart of hipsters in Copenhagen!

Street Art! It’s in the name, it belongs in the street, but why? When you drag it inside my experiences are that its imaginative and raw universe carries such a contrast to the “home” that it adds a cool, dynamic and personal surprise.

These photos are taken in an abandoned hall where creativity has no limits!!

The rebellious nature of street art gives me the feeling that the city actually belongs to all of us. And if you go for a walk in Copenhagen or a lot of other places – by taking a closer look at the neighborhoods where street art thrives, thats often where I see the largest number of people actively using the street. In Copenhagen, this is where people relax and meet, how is it at yours!:) I think it describes the effect that street art adds to our homes precisely and nicely! SO, let them kids play – it’s no longer forbidden to draw on the walls, OR… ?😉

If this doesn’t make you wanna go ballistic on your walls then I hope at least these Copenhagen street photos will inspire you to forget all about do’s and dont’s interiorwise and to look for inspiration anywhere, … that’s when interior design becomes interesting and personal😉

My journey on Interiorwise is to hunt for stuff that you might not look after yourself and I do my best to avoid mainstream and trends. I believe that style hasn’t got anything to do with money – if it talks to me I’ve succeeded!

ALL THE BEST to all of you and a special thank to Julia for letting me guest your blog!❤

/Daniélle, Interiorwise

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