Fashion Raindress Bybrown

12/20/2014

 

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Fashion Raindress BYBROWN

In the Netherlands, winters usually means rain and wind. And because we cycle a lot it’s good to know there’s finally a fashionable and stylish way to deal with the changing weather: the Raindress designed by BYBROWN. A fashion label based in Amsterdam that stands for raw elegance and edgy tailoring.

 

“By marrying technology and fashion I have tried to create the ideal wet-weather style. I want woman to put this Raindress on and feel fabulous and ultimately make rain a positive thing. Something worth dressing up for”says Melanie Brown. British designer and the driving force behind the brand.

 

Dancing in the rain

The Raindress is made from an industry approved technical material, which is 100% waterproof, 100% windproof and has a breathable membrane. Made to fit over normal clothing and engineered for the bicycle. The back of the cape and the skirt are weighted for wind resistance and there is a reflective strip at the back. With two loops at the front, the dress fits securely on either leg. A sash at each side allows to bring it in at the waist and a hood provides extra protection with visibility. Fashionable and easy too: in five simple steps the entire dress fits into a bag.

 

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photography by Jasper Abels

Photography tips for a starry Christmas bokeh

12/18/2014

 

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Photography tips for a starry Christmas bokeh

This is the best time of the year to try bokeh photography. Bokeh is the Japenese term for blur. It’s a way to capture a creative atmosphere in your images. There are different ways to create a bokeh effect, this one is quite simple. Beside your camera, all you need is a pair of scissors, a pencil, black cardboard and the figure you wish to create. Christmas tree lights are perfect as a light source.

Turn your Christmas lights into little stars

Take a black sheet of heavy paper and make a circle in same size as the lens of your camera. Then cut out a little star in the middle of the circle. Of course you can choose any kind of figure you like. Just be shure it’s not bigger then two centimeter. Then tape the paper circle on the lens of the camera. I used a 50mm F 1.4 Canon lens. Set the aperture wide open (a low aperture number) it makes the bokeh effect stronger. If you don’t have a steady hand or shooting in low light then use a tripod. Set the shutter speed to a minimum of 1/50. You have to focus manually, so turn off the autofocus when necessary. Then focus on the subject, the Christmas tree with its lights. That’s when the magic happens! Don’t be afraid to turn up the ISO when required. You can change the size of the lights by varying the distance to the tree. This all may sound complicated (it’s not) and it may not immediately succeed. However, the result is beautiful. Dare to experiment and play.

Summarized

  • cut a circle of black cardboard in the size of your lens
  • then cut out a little figure in the circle
  • stick the circle on the lens with tape
  • choose hand-held or a tripod
  • set the camera aperture wide open
  • check the shutter speed
  • increase the ISO if necessary
  • focus manually on the subject
  • play and enjoy!

 

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 © 2014 beeldsteil.com
photography and styling by Wendy van Woudenberg

 

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Kitchen Art Inspiration

12/15/2014

 

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Kitchen Art Inspiration

At first I saw the picture above on Pinterest last week. It got my eye mainly because of the photo art on the wall and the minimal styling. The image link brought me to an article in Est Magazine. A digital design magazine about global living with an Australian twist. Maybe this space seems a bit too impersonal and perfect for you? Well, that’s because it’s a projection of a proposed interior for an apartment development in Barcelona by Katty Shiebeck. A Spanish interior designer with a very personal style and aesthetics.

Still, I love the combination of the white marble back wall and the black kitchen. Especially the wooden kitchen unit in the middle. The photo art on the wall immediately caught my attention visually but also because of its larger size. Simple and very effective, a beautiful eyecatcher. This inspired me to dive into my own photo archive again.

Now all I need is a kitchen wall this big and empty ..

 

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via Est Magazine

On My Shelf a First Hint of Christmas

12/12/2014

 

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On My Shelf a First Hint of Christmas

Now on Elv’s blog my kitchen ‘shelfie‘. Elvera asked me to share it for the blog item ‘on my shelf’. Inspired by her favourite Instagram hashtag.

This year I’m late with the Christmas decorations compared to previous years. But slowly little hints of Christmas are entering my home. Starting on the open kitchen shelves Botkyrka by Ikea. Still favourite because of the simple design and the material it’s made of: powder-coated steel.

Like many things in my home, it’s all in the details. No striking and gleaming decorations for me. The X cup is a good example of a minimal yet beautiful Christmas hint. The wooden stars give a more graphic look and feel than the traditional festive season decoration.

My love for beautiful ceramics is still going strong. Lately I combine it more and more with used home accessories. Like the two glasses that I found on a vintage market in an old town in the Netherlands. Hand-blown from the late seventies. A nice contrast with the modern white tableware. Now they serve as a plant holder, next week I might use it for candles or wine. That’s the beauty of open shelves and accessories, I can change it again and again.. Love to do that, especially at this time of year. I could spend hours on styling and creating new combinations.

Thank you Elvera, I wish you all lots of fun decorating!

 

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© 2014 beeldsteil.com
photography and styling by Wendy van Woudenberg

My Life in Instagram

12/11/2014

 

 

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My Life in Instagram

Heavy rain and strong winds here these days

It makes me want to drink tea and light the candles throughout the whole day

I’m trying to find peace in these hectic December days

Peace in running, yoga, reading, blogging and of course photography

Shooting inside and outside with my DSLR

And capturing details and simple everyday moments with my iPhone

The #visualstory will continue in the upcoming year

The old year isn’t over yet and I’m already making plans for the new one

Creating new collaborations and exciting projects for 2015

To give you a little hint

It has something to do with photography, art prints and teaching ..

I’ll keep you posted!

 

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iphoneography by Wendy van Woudenberg

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Architecture Dinesen Showroom Copenhagen

12/08/2014

 

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Architecture Dinesen Showroom Copenhagen

Dinesen is a Danish company, now run by the fourth generation. Ever since 1898, the company has been driven by a passion for wood in the field of unique flooring. Wooden floors that respect the personality of the tree and preserve nature’s riches. Dinesen recently opened their new showroom in Copenhagen. Designed by the Danish design studio OeO.

The latest addition to Dinesen is a 600 square meter large showroom in a historic setting next to the lakes in Copenhagen. What was once the gathering point for actors and poets is now a refined universe, inviting people in for an extraordinary experience with wood of the finest quality.

The new showroom is divided into two separate parts each of which displays the diversity of the product range by Dinesen. One part is designed like a private apartment and takes the exclusiveness of the long and wide wooden planks to a new level. The other part of the showroom is a raw and playful universe, which presents another, more creative Dinesen and demonstrates that the family business is so much more than flooring.

I like the concept of creating a new space in an existing room. The wooden structure blends with its surroundings, at the same time it strengthens the contrast between nature and the raw white plastered walls. The handcrafted wooden furniture and structures are especially designed by studio OeO for the showroom.

 

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photography by Anders Hviid

Winter Scarf by Hackwith Design House

12/03/2014

 

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Winter Scarf by Hackwith Design House

While browsing the internet I came across the online Apartment 34 Holiday Gift Shop by Apartment34. I fell instantly in love with this beautiful gray scarf designed by Hackwith Design House. If I had a Christmas wish list the shawl would definitely be on it. It’s made of raw cotton and has white salvage ends. And very important: it measures 61″ x 45″. I like big scarves to keep me warm on crisp winter days. Do you need some holiday gift inspiration? Except for the shawl, there are many more wonderful items in the shop.

Hackwith Design House was founded by Lisa Hackwith in 2010 and launched its website in September 2013. They are specialized in limited-edition clothing made in Minnesota. HDH pieces are unique, comfortable, and designed to last while being a go-to favorite of your closet.

 

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images: Apartment 34 Holiday Gift Shop

Architecture Black House Tumle

12/01/2014

 

 

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Architecture Black House Tumle

Yet another beautiful home – I have a weakness for black Swedish architecture these days. This small family house was build in 2010, designed by Johannes Norlander Arkitektur. Situated on top of a hill in Torslanda, north west of Gothenburg. The shape of House Tumle is inspired by its natural environment. The two floors measure 168 square meters and houses a kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedrooms and a work area. The monochrome interior is basic and minimal. So it won’t distract the attention from the stunning view. It even overlooks the North sea. Instant love ..

The six facades are cladded with fine corrugated,  powder coated metal sheets with window frames in coated aluminum. From an distance the building  appears  abstract, like an icon of a house, approaching it, more physical and present.

 

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photography by Rasmus Norlander

Cosy and Green Bedroom

11/30/2014

 

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Cosy and Green Bedroom

Some green plants can stimulate a better night’s sleep so I’ve been told. It provides a cleaner and healthier environment which has a positive effect on your night rest. Worth a try I think! Greens make your bedroom cozier, that’s for sure. My bedroom is small so I keep it simple. With a few branches from the Pistache tree on my Piet Hein Eek cabinet. A small cactus and a plant that can’t stop growing. It seems to grow longer and longer every day and it didn’t fit on the wall shelf in the living room any more. Now it’s got enough space to continue growing.

It’s cold and moody on the last day of November. A good reason to stay in bed a little longer this morning. Surrounded by warm blankets and a good read.

 

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On the wall two Cubit cabinets. which are part of a versatile modular shelving system. Made from mdf with a satin lacquer finish, made to fit books and music formats. I use it to store accessories, parfum and jewelry. Such as the hand-crafted copper bracelet by SIMON&ME. My favorite one, I it wear daily. The cactus fits perfectly in the empty Skandinavisk glass candle holder.

 

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© 2014 beeldsteil.com
photography and styling by Wendy van Woudenberg

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series hosted by Igor | Happy Interior Blog and Judith | Joelix. Every month the UJB share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, diy and green tips & tricks #urbanjunglebloggers

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Fritz Hansen seven chair anniversary edition

11/26/2014

 

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Fritz Hansen seven chair anniversary edition

More than any other designer, Arne Jacobsen pioneered the concept of Nordic simplicity. And his stackable Series 7™ chair earned Arne Jacobsen and Republic of Fritz Hansen a prominent place in design history. In 2015 the Series 7 chair celebrates its 60 years anniversary. We mark the occasion by making two special editions of the chair only available in 2015.

Wow, I love the two jubilee models! The original colour palette designed by Arne Jacobsen comes from the sixties. Now Fritz Hansen added two limited edition colours: pale pink with 24-ct gold-plated legs and dark blue with powder-coated burnished legs. One feminine, the other masculine. Inspired by the notion that ‘opposites attract’. The iconic chairs are beautiful separately, but also together. The dark blue with burnished legs is my favorite: minimal, a bit industrial yet very elegant. And as always, beautifully styled!

 

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