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

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.

Le Caveau, Lausanne | Restaurant and Bar Design Awards Nominee

So… I figured it was about time I put my own work on the line here for a change. And I am so pleased because, for the second consecutive year, one of my projects has been nominated for the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards. This year my little project made it as one of 43 European Bars, right next to Karim Hashid, Minarc (The Northern Lights Bar I wrote about just yesterday!!!) and last year’s winner, Sandra Tarruella Interioristas. Talk about playing with the big boys! DesignJoyBlog_Julia_Christ_caveau_bellini_web_6 This project is very dear to me as it was quite a challenge in terms of time and budget, which pretty much determined the style and the design process. The first step was just gathering all the elements we had at hand, like the gorgeous bar stools, copper lamps, and the hotel sign. From there pretty much the only option was to go full on bohemian style! Though I have to admit I was very stressed about choosing this particular color palette. Instinctively I knew the dark tones was the right choice, but I just feel so much more comfortable working with pastels and lighter tones. The fact that it’s a bar and a cellar (no windows) made me go for the more ‘risky’ choice and it paid off. The dark tones work really well and the reflections of light on the vaulted ceiling creates a nice texture but without attracting a lot of attention to it, which is what I wanted. If a while back someone had asked me if I’d paint an entire room in metallic taupe I’d probably have laughed…

And here’s a brief description by the designer, a.k.a. yours truly: 

Located in the basement of an 18th century building in the centre of Lausanne, Switzerland, Le Caveau is the wine bar of local italian restaurant Caffè Bellini. The owners wanted to transform this space, which had been used for storage for many years, into an intimate bar and dining area to be used mainly during the winter months.

The biggest challenge was renovating a very old cellar on a budget. The floors were recuperated but unfortunately the vaulted ceilings could not be brought back to stone, instead they were simply re-plastered and painted in a dark reflective tone and different light sources to create texture. We also worked mainly with repurposed materials – such as the wood paneling for the bar and old oak for the big tables – mirrors, colourful patterns, murals and a mix of affordable furniture and more expensive vintage design pieces.

With an eclectic bohemian vibe, cheerful murals, dark tones and soft lights, the space has a unique ambiance that is reminiscent of an old school members-only club. Complemented by colourful vintage design pieces, the big comfortable sofas create intimate spaces for small gatherings, while the more convivial wooden tables and benches are ideal for bigger groups.

Design Bloggers at Home – a book by Ellie Tennant and Rachel Whiting

Have you ever wanted to know what the homes of our favorite Interior Design bloggers looked like? Well, now you can! Portraying over a dozen homes of ‘leading online trend-setters’, including SF Girl by Bay, My Scandinavian Home, Futuristic Blog, Oh Joy!, Happy Mundane and Bodie and Fou, the book Design Bloggers at Home promises to give an insight into the private world and style of some of the most successful Interior Design and Style bloggers. Soon to be released by Ryland Peters & Small, the book is the work of London based duo Ellie Tennant, an interiors journalist, specialising in interiors, trends and design, and photographer Rachel Whiting.

Front cover - home of Jonathan Lo from Happy Mundane

As one would expect, all of their homes are beautiful and creative, reflecting perfectly the style and energy of each blog. In addition to the gorgeous pictures, the book contains in depth case studies of each home, providing lots of ideas and inspiration, and a bonus final chapter offering advice on how to set up your own blog. The book is only launched on April 10th, but until we can get our hands in one here’s a sneak peek of some of the interiors featured in Design Bloggers at Home.

Design Bloggers at Home can be but pre-ordered from Ryland Peters & Small.

Images from SF Girl by Bay, My Scandinavian Home, The Futuristic Blog, Bodie and Fou and Jungalow.

FRIrom – a room for emotion

On the rooftop of St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim, Norway, relatives of patients in critical condition can retreat and find peace of mind inside this small structure – the FRIrom.

This beautiful project was developed as a Master thesis at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The FRIrom is a wooden structure insulated internally, it has a wool-covered mattress and a large pillow, where visitors can sit comfortably and contemplate the skylight. By the entrance, a place for coats and shoes, indicate the room is in use ensuring the visitor’s privacy. The peaceful ambiance created by the minimalist interior is complemented by the pretty origami lights.

Architects: Maren Storihle Odegard and Sunniva Huus Nordbo
Completion: 2013
Address: Kvinne-barn-senteret, St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim
Images via FRIrom and Arkitektur N

DIY: Bye bye expedit

So, probably the last thing the blog world needs is yet another compilation of ikea expedit hacks, but some of these are so cool I couldn’t  help myself… So lets just call it a bonus, in honor of this beloved versatile bookshelf!

Happy weekend!!

1. Absolutely gorgeous mid-century modern sideboard via Ikea Hackers

1. Absolutely gorgeous mid-century modern sideboard via Ikea Hackers

1. Absolutely gorgeous mid-century modern sideboard via Ikea Hackers

2. Creative, beautiful and also a little bit 50s little bar via Ikea Hackers

3. Cheerful playroom seating by I Heart Organizing 

4. Poetic doolhouse via 101 Woonideeen

5. Kid’s room desk by A Little Delightful

6. Practical kitchen island by Decorating Insanity

7. Staircase shelving via Barnacle’s Choice

8. Can we make this bookshelf? via Ikea Hackers

House in Yagi with an Interior Courtyard by Suppose Design Office

I’ve always been a big fan of japanese architecture and, in particular, of Makoto Tanijiri’s Suppose Design Office. This family house in Yagi, Japan, was designed purposely as an “unfinished design” to be completed by its inhabitants. Much in the studio’s style, the architecture allows for a maximum integration between the interior and exterior spaces and even brings a traditionally exterior courtyard indoors.

In spite of the house’s unfinished look, the combination of concrete and wood creates elegant and airy interior spaces.

Photography is by Toshiyuki Yano.

Here’s a project description from Suppose Design Office:

The House of Yagi is designed with the idea of an incomplete/complete form. Unlike other projects, the final stage of construction for this house was not aiming towards a finish stage, but to let the owner experience the sense of completion after living here.

Interior space of the house is designed to maximise the interaction to its surrounding environment. Ground floor material remained the same as the original site, with a single tree standing in the centre to present a natural contrast with the surrounding area. Windows of the 1st storey are kept open without any window shield or glass and creates an interesting interaction with wind and rain.

All these elements are to enhance the experience of unlimited lifestyle that you may potentially have in this house, and minimise the boundary. Through this different interpretation of connecting the exterior and interior space, new ways of living can be explored by the client.

Location: Hiroshima city, Japan
Principal use: personal house
Site area: 155.60 sqm
Building area: 56.24 sqm
Total floor area: 112.48 sqm
(1F: 56.24 sqm 2F: 56.24 sqm)
Completion: June 2012
Design period: April 2011 – January 2011
Construction period: February 2011 – June 2012
Structure: RC structure
Client: a couple and children
Project architect: Makoto Tanijiri [Suppose Design Office] + Ohno Hirohumi [Ohno JAPAN]
Lighting: Original
Products: dining table
Flooring: 1F – masa soil, 2F – elm flooring + WAX (mat)
Internal Wall: exposed concrete
Ceiling: exposed concrete
Construction: Shinkou Kensetsu

via Dezeen

Patterns: beautiful interior design graphics

Simple and effective, a well placed pattern can go a long way into turning a boring space into a topnotch cool one. Using some good old wallpaper, fabric, paint, or a bright bold rug, and these great projects as inspiration you can get your pattern on!

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1. 1960s and 70s’ style bold patterns and bright colors at product designer Mette’s Copenhagen apartment, via French By Design.

2. Wood, green and powerful patterns in a beautiful apartment in Brazil, via Apartment Therapy.

3. Black and white geometry for a classic glamour, via Houzz.

4. The scandinavians know a thing or 100 about elegant patterns, via Ferm Living Blog.

5. This black and white geometrical staircase must be the most beautiful one I’ve seen in a very long time, by Chez Larsson.

6. Delicate forest wallpaper for this hall, via Planete Deco.

7 and 8. Lovely fabrics by Bemz Design Award 2014 french finalists Sarah Martinis and Marion Thomas, via La Maison d’Anna G. Bonne chance, les filles!

9. Design classics and a mix of patterns in this midcentury modern living room, via Lonny.

Pattern_beautiful interior design graphics

Get the look:

1. Lovely Brakig collection from Ikea

2. Fun Feefo wallpapers at Body and Fou

3. Black and white geometrical cement tiles from VIA

4. Pouffes, throws and rugs from the 313 “Triangles” collection by Studio Bertjan Pot

5. Pretty much anything and everything from Ferm Living