I am a big fan of Lofts. The idea that all rooms in a house are situated in one space gives me a satisfying feeling. Being in the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom all at the same time kind of just makes sense to me. I always take my breakfast with me to the bathroom when doing my make-up in the morning, I drink tea wherever I want, which results in finding used mugs and glasses everywhere around the house all the time haha. I change seats while watching a movie all the time just because and the doors to every room are always open. Conclusion, I don’t like small, closed-off spaces. I much more appreciate airy, light spaces and home should for sure be a place where you’re most comfortable right?
I’ve dedicated this post to show you the most beautiful Loft apartments I’ve came across while browsing the internet. Not for a random reason though, although it easily could’ve been that way. During the past months, well actually the past year (time flies) I’ve been investing on finding myself a cool house somewhere in the Netherlands to start my own perfect project. A home that looks awesome, is situated in or close to the centre of the city but is still a peaceful and airy place. I’ve found myself a loft apartment which is still under construction but will be finished somewhere around spring time next year. It’s not a very big home, but there are some very cool things to it. For example the loft is 5 meters high, the bathroom cubicle will serve as an extra 2nd etage in the room and one whole wall will consist of windows.
It’s gonna be very industrial and the project asks for the future home owners to think of smart ideas to make it ‘your home’ since it’ll be produced with the minimum of needs and luxury of a house. No nonce, no polishing. I gotta come up with an idea to get onto the ceiling of the cubicle, a stairs or something comparable at least. I came up with the idea to create a podium in the living area to make looking outside easier and make use of the hight of the space. I’ll be situated on the 7th floor with a view on some of the old Phillips factories and next to that mostly trees.
I have a ton of ideas and a lot I’ve already decided on. A small apartment asks for smart solutions. Being able to store all my stuff in order to keep the space airy, calm and beautiful on itself, is prio one. Think of raw materials like unpolished cement- walls, ceilings and floor, rough (ply)wood and steel constructions as beauty on itself. Lighting will be a challenge as well as storing all my clothes haha! I’m mostly looking forward to decorate the place with rugs and animal skins, a new couch, my million plants, vintage industrial finds, a set of wishbone chairs and my archive of artworks and prints I’ve collected troughouth the years.
Here’s a summary of images I use as inspiration, that reflect my future project or/and just to dream away by. Enjoy!
A city that totally stole my heart. Without any expectiations I decided to take a trip with one of my friends and see what’s going on there. Some of my friends already told me this city is just perfect for me, I had to see that myself.. and if they were right. Full of enthusiasm I’m now writing and selecting images about this amazing city. In a few words Kopenhagen and it’s citizens are calm, friendly, creative, down to earth, colourful and fashionable. You see street art everywhere that colour the gorgeous and rich architecture throughout the city. Parks and nature around every corner. No trash or dirtiness anywhere. No rush nor stress is felt while walking down any street. People like their space and respect others’ aswell. Bikers are well respected as well and so they created private bike lanes next to the broad car lanes and sidewalks. I’ve spotted a lot of gorgeous restaurants and bars with interesting menu’s and fantastic interiors. A street that is my fav is vaernedamsvej. You;ll find the fantastic ‘playtime’ shop filled with typography posters, mugs, stationary and wonderful staff. Situated next to the fantastic ‘Rist’ coffee place, Café Central and across from Granola Restaurant. All the best of Kopenhagen in one street. There’s a couple of great food markets in the centre and across the river to check out ow and don’t forget to visit the Botanical Gardens and the meatpacking district. Find some more imagery and tips on my instragram as well!
Ever lay in bed, staring at the ceiling and realise it’s not that much of a great and inspiring view? well.. let’s upgrade! Why not paint your ceiling for a touch of colour instead of the walls. It might not be the first thing to think off. We all know it’s tough work to paint, especially above the head, but it can really upgrade a room. Let’s take a look at some images to see what’s the effect of a painted ceiling.
Black works well when you have a lot of space and a high ceiling. It gives you the illusion the room is a bit more compact.
The beauty of this is that the painted ceiling can give the whole room a gorgeous coloured reflection of the light. This causes a fantastic cozyness. I’m sure the pink ceiling gives the room, and the people in there, a fabulous pink blush glow. Kind of a nice thing in the bedroom not? Don’t we all want to look fabulous in there? ;)
I think painting the ceiling is a perfect solution to add a firm dose of colour to your room, without having to paint all the walls, or make it one big colour filled room. The walls stay clean, white and that way you keep it calm. Coloured walls can make placing a closet f.e. a bit harder. It’ll break the line of a wall. Take the one with the olive green ceiling, if you’d paint the wall behind the bed green instead of the ceiling and place the same pink nightstands in front of it together with the macrame wall hanging.. you’ll get a total different look. It’ll be much more of a contrasting and overwhelming appearance. Though, that I’m sure looks really nice as well, where talking about the benefits of the painted ceiling now.
Recently I did a restyle of the Hairdresser shop ‘Simon Says’. A mens hairdresser shop that kind of missed some life and cozyness in the interior. A place where lots of costumers like to come by, have a beer or take a seat on the bench outside to enjoy the sun. I changed the placement of the counter which now is a vintage workbench. A vintage table and old school chairs are placed in the front of the shop so people can take a seat, have a look in a magazine, hang around and wait for their turn in a relaxed setting. I painted the wall in waiting area black, and decorated it with some old enamel plates. To top we added two old factory lights, and cheered the place up with several plants, magazines and some photo frames.
The last and certainly not the least city I visited was Chicago. A city of which I only know its scenery from the series ‘Shameless’ and the cabaret movie ‘Chicago’. A city that had to surprise me.. And damn well did. Cause Chicago is amazing!
I stayed right next to the Lincoln park in a perfectly clean and friendly hostel, with (for the first time during my travel) al lot of other travellers. I got there on a beautiful sunny day. And what is best to start of with exploring the city on my own? Right, time for a stroll down the Lincoln Park, from north all the way to down south. It even included a free entrance to the Zoo and Botanical Garden yay! Made my day! Ended with a stroll done the beach.. yes, there’s a beach! It’s a lake beach but still, the lake is so big it feels like an ocean.. and sat down one of the piers with an amazing view on the Gold Coast, the Manhatten of Chicago. To end this already perfect day I met some other travellers and spend some time with them going to Jazz/Blues bars the rest of the stay as well. One lovely English girl joined me while exploring the city for a couple days. Together we went to the John Hancock building, jumped in the elevator and got out at the 96th floor to splurge our money on a bottle of tempranillo wine and a gorgeous sunset view over the whole city. At that point my trip was just perfect.
Chicago is amazing for a couple of reasons really. People are friendly, it’s not super big, the metro is easy to travel with and the architecture is really gorgeous. The brownstones right next to more modern buildings create a pleasant scenery together with lots of trees and parks, and it’s situated right on the shore of lake Michigan. There’s a fair amount of good Jazz/Blues clubs and they can give you a wonderfull night out on any day of the week really. Lastly there is a lot of art and musea which makes the city really inspiring, educative and fun to walk around in. Vegetarian of vegan? Not a problem, literally any restaurant I went to had a vegan dish or pastry.
From Montreal I hopped on a bus and drove up to Ottawa in a couple hours. My stay was cool, chose a hostel that used to be a prison in the early 1900. Rooms where still the exact cells and even the doors had bars, death-row cells where still there to check out and it even had a small exhibition on the history of the building. Anyways, a Chileen guy who had been living in Ottawa for about a year, was eager to show me around town. And so he took me and a Parisian traveller around to see the lake, waterfall, canals and parliamentary. Ottawa is the Washington of Canada and has some buildings that obviously make you think like you’re in London! And even the tower plays the same tune as the Big Ben, kinda funny!
Next I took a train to Toronto to go see two of my friends from Canada. We went to AMFI together when we were doing the International Fashion Magazines project and stayed in contact after. I couldn’t be more excited to spend time with them! We had a blast and it is honestly so cool to see a city from a ‘local’ perspective. Watching movies in one’s loft, secretly checking out the University they graduated from, stay over at my friends’ place and hangout with lots of their friends.
Funny fact, Toronto kinda seem the be a small version of New York, with its mini verion of Manhatten, Timesquare and the Flat Iron building. Though Toronto has a real charm to it that it is a lot smaller, friendlier, bike-able and cheaper. It has a fair amount of street art as well, which inspires while taking a stroll down the centre, while trams, the old retro ones, pass you by and add a nostalgic feel to the whole scenery. One slight down side, which would be the only thing that holds me from moving there… it’s freakishly cold during winter time. Bummer. Gotta go back in summer time though.. Would love to hang around there and have drinks in the park on a warm summer night!
Try to think of French and English culture, the architecte, the streets, the people.. and imagine how that will look like if you both mix that all up and build a city with it. Well.. I’ll help you a little. Look at the images below, this is Montreal. A city that to me is the precise result of both cultures mixed together.
A city that is gorgeous, has lots of amazing buildings, great street art all over the city, cute shops, lunchrooms, restaurants and a mountain! A mountain, well hill, The Mont Royal, on the edge of the centre that will give you an amazing view over the city if you climb it. A slippery walk trough the snow that is more than worth it. And although it was super cold and there was still snow everywhere, which gives a gorgeous white sereen scenery, I can definitely imagine this city will even look more beautiful in summertime.
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