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!

xx

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!

Monkey

 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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6 Cool things to do in Amsterdam

I’m so pleased to finally have some time to sit down and write a post! Although I’m very happy to be working (ridiculously hard) on some really fun projects at the moment, I miss the blog… but it’s all going to be better from now on, hahaha or, more realistically, here I am now!

Aside the fact that I somehow can’t even find time to do the laundry (true story, a couple of weeks ago we’ve reached the state of having to shop for new clothes so we wouldn’t have to wear pyjamas to work), my husband and I managed to go away on a little holiday in Amsterdam.

Design Joy // Amsterdam

I don’t know why for all these years I’ve been avoiding going to Amsterdam. I think it’s because when I was younger everyone kept talking about the ‘cafés’ and the ‘naked ladies’ everywhere, I just had this image in the back of my mind that the city would be full of potheads and perverts! Roaming around a decadent city drinking beer and looking at porn. Nothing further from the truth.

Design Joy // I amsterdam

Amsterdam is such an incredibly beautiful city and Dutch design is fantastic, particularly the interiors. We had the most wonderful time there so I’ve selected a few of my favorite places to write about, like a mini city guide. I’ll try to cover everything from a hotel to bars and restaurants, shopping, a bit of art and design, sometimes all mixed together, actually most times all mixed together, pretty much like the city itself.

I’ve added a little preview bellow… I’ll work through the list one by one. This should be fun!

Happy Weekend!

Design Joy Blog // Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

1. The Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

Design Joy // Felix & Foam

2. Felix & Foam

Design Joy // Straatjutter: An exceptionally Long Walk

3. Straatjutter: The beautiful work of Krista Peters

Design Joy // Lion Noir

4. Lion Noir

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5. Bridges, Le Petit Bistro

Design Joy // Droog Flagship Store

6. Droog

Happy weekend!

Image credits:

1. Courtesy of The Lloyd Hotel

2. Foam

3. An exceptionally Long Walk, by Straatjutter

5. Elle Eten

6. Droog

All other images were taken by me.

Link with Love x

Slim Aarons Collection by Surface View

I get so excited when I see good art made popular that it’s actually quite funny!

Slim Aarons Collection by Surface View // Mara Lane at the Sands

This time is Surface View, a UK based Interior Design company that prints incredibly beautiful images in various supports, from prints & canvases to home decor items such as lamp shades and window films. You can chose from various collections, presenting a wide range of carefully curated images in 5 categories: Galleries & Museums, Photography, Classic Graphic Arts, Designers & Collaborators and, my personal favorite, Vintage Archives. I’ve worked with them a couple of times and I was very pleased with the quality of the prints and the excellent customer service.

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Their newest addition is the work of American Photographer Slim Aarons, best known for his photographs of jet-setters and socialites. This amazing collection of twentieth century luxury images includes gems such as the portrait of Louis Armstrong chomping down some spaghetti, Italian mafioso Lucky Luciano having a coffee in Brooklyn and many many more brilliant pictures of garden parties and ski holidays of the rich and famous. Definitely worth checking it out!

5 + 1 Offer from Vitra | Design News

Vitra just launched this great offer for the Summer: buy 5 chairs, get one for free!

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Bring the colours of summer to your table: When you purchase five chairs from the modelsJillHALEames Wire ChairEames Plastic Chair DSWTip Ton or Basel Chair between 1 April and 31 August 2014, you will receive the sixth chair as a free gift at selected dealers.

From Vitra:

The dining room table is the heart of every home: old and young, family and friends all gather around the table to eat, play, have coffee and cake, do homework, talk, celebrate birthdays, do handicrafts, work or come together for festive occasions. As a family table, it is a place of enjoyment and relaxation. It also facilitates communication. Many important daily social interactions take place at dining room tables – across all cultures, regardless of what differences may exist.

And that is why dining tables and their chairs deserve some special attention. How big should the table be? What material is preferred? What colour? And what chairs match both one’s taste and the table?

Vitra offers a wide range of dining table chairs and dining tables in an array of materials and colours. Many additional fresh versions are also now available – and since they are all part of the new Vitra colour library and feature complementary colours, they can be mixed and matched. And this means that just the right combination can be found for all kinds of dining rooms.

Via Vitra

Nordic Interiors and Black & White prints

With all these beautiful pictures of scandinavian interiors going around these days, I find it nearly impossible not to dream of living in one of those homes.

Nordic Charm: B&W Prints

Nordic interiors are the happy place where graphic design meets art, in a fusion of typography and poetry, a lot of black & white, delicate lines and geometric patterns. While this sharp and elegant, yet borderline cold, look may not be for everyone, it is certainly beautiful to look at and here are some lovely examples to be inspired by.

Get the look!

I’ve just recently discovered this great website some of you might have already heard about, and even have your work there, called Society 6. It’s a fantastic online shop where artists can upload their work and sell it in high quality prints or printed on t-shirts, cellphone covers, onesies and different home accessories. It’s a great way for new artists to get their work out there and it’s an even better way to buy great artwork at very attractive prices. I’ve ordered a few things from there, but I haven’t received it yet so I don’t really know about the quality of the materials and the printing, but it looks ok and very affordable. Here is a selection of some of my favorite black and white bold prints to give any home a Nordic Charm:

 

 

Images via 1/2/3&4.

 

 

“On The Move” the Ikea PS 2014 collection

Ikea launches today the new Ikea PS 2014 Collection with the theme “On The Move”. Designed by young designers from all over the world, the collection was inspired by “real homes  – and homeowners – that are in constant motion”.

Urban and modern, this collection is nothing short of Ikea’s “nice and affordable” design standard. The IKEA PS 2014 collection will be available starting in April at IKEA stores worldwide. I look forward to it! In the meantime, here’s the collection:

All images via Pressroom – Ikea