Coffee Moments

The Ferm Living Plant Box is not just for plants. What I like about this design is the versatility. After using the metal box for books and plants close to my kitchen and as a storage box in the bathroom. I now created a coffee corner in my living room. For a relaxed start of the day with my favorite magazines within reach. Using the special plate the Plant Box can easily be turned into a side table. 

During the IMM fair in Cologne last month I visited the Ferm Living stand themed “The Home”. I was impressed by their beautiful styling combining all (new) products. Also, Ferm Living presented an inspiring new catalog with beautiful photography, interviews and a product overview. 

“Our home is connected to so many feelings and memories that it can be hard to pin down. It is a journey with no end-point with constant surprises and new angles. Having a home and feeling is about more than things, home is where people come together and where life happens. The Home is an exploration of the little scenes that can take place every day”. Their stand and catalog take you through each room of the Home showcasing the existing and new collection combined in personally decorated spaces. To show you how design can shape your life and make it comfortable - Trine Andersen”. 

Next to the new furniture and products coming up I was enthusiastic about the new additions to the existing Plant Box. Like a metal box container, a metal divider and a square tray made of oak. This will provide even more possibilities to use this box in every space in the house.

This box is also suitable for smaller living to create an indoor garden, as a room divider or stylish storage solution. But there is also a smaller version available to fit in the windowsill. As a small wall box or a round standing version. All in various beautiful colors, like black, grey, dusty blue, dark green, red-brown or taupe. Easy to use separately but also nice to combine different versions. 

Photography and styling beeldSTEIL | Wen van Woudenberg

In collaboration with mister design

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Travel w/ Style

Looking back on 2018 with a big smile. It was a year filled with great collaborations and inspiring travels with my friend and partner in crime Desiree from Vosgesparis. Our first year for w/ Style Agency and looking forward to another year of working together! We complement each other well and have a lot in common. Like our love for traveling and discovering new places. 

We had an amazing trip to the Vipp shelter, a sunny stay at the Alexandra Hotel in Barcelona and last but not least, we discovered charming Malmö last Fall. We are happy and thankful for these experiences and trust in our agency. Can’t wait to grab my camera for our next travel. We have two planned in Spring already. On our special Travel page we show selected destinations, travel tips and favorite brands. If you are a brand or have a location we can’t miss, feel free to contact us for information and possibilities. 

Photography beeldSTEIL for w/ Style

December Moments

In December I like to do something extra at home, as most people do. I used to have a big Christmas tree, but since I live in a small city apartment I keep it minimal with lots of candlelight. This also has to do with my taste that has been changed in recent years. Now I love to add some extra details and use home decoration accessories I can use throughout the year. I also felt more uncomfortable to use a tree for just one week and then throw it away. Instead, I found a cute 20 cm little ‘tree’. I will keep it as a plant after the festive season so I can use it again next year. And maybe it will be a little bigger by then.

For decoration, I like to use Items that can easily be transformed depending on the occasion. That’s why the hanging tealights by Ferm Living are so perfect. The design is minimal and timeless. They also provide an atmospheric and warm light. The hanging tealights are available in two different shapes: oval and a bigger round version. Both designed by Trine Andersen, founder of Ferm Living since 2005. A Danish brand specialized in small home furniture and accessories with a versatile and innovative collection: simple, functional, sustainable, high quality with a graphic and traditional Scandinavian look. The tealight holder is made of solid brass, whether or not finished with a black powder coating. To use on the wall or in front of a window. Or hanging from the ceiling as I did. One tealight or a few grouped in different heights. 

Since January is mostly a grey month with shorts days over here, I will keep using the tealight holders and style them in a different way after December. I love to do this on New Years Day. It became a kind of tradition: making small changes around the house creating new still lifes for a fresh and inspiring start of the new year. 

Last but not least: I wish you a very Happy New Year! Wen x

Photography and styling beeldSTEIL | Wen van Woudenberg

In collaboration with mister design

Jitney by Farrow and Ball

This Fall Farrow and Ball introduced 9 new colors in addition to their current collection. I was the lucky one to receive a test set to try out the new tones. Farrow and Ball is an English company specialized in paint and wallpaper since the mid 40s. Their paint is chalk based with rich pigments. Resulting in hues that respond characterfully to the nuances of light throughout the day, After painting and playing with the small cans and colors I came to the conclusion that the color called Jitney is my current favorite.

I’m familiar with Farrow and Ball for a while now, love to use their paint for both projects and at home. Pavilion Grey, an elegant Swedish mid-gray, and Down Pipe, a deep grey with blue undertones, are examples of colors that I have used regularly in photo and styling shoots. The new colors are ranging from an exotic pink, a deep red to a soft off-white and a down to earth blue. Each blended with rich pigments and fine quality ingredients for an extraordinary depth of color. 

Jitney is a sandy brown hue, an earthy color which is muted yet uplifting. And beautiful when the daylight comes in. This color strengthens the natural look and materials in this shoot. It fits the ceramics, black details and light wooden table. During the day Jitney is more sandy/greyish.  As soon as the evening comes in, it becomes more brownish and warmer in tone. At first sight, it might seem a bit dull. But it’s quite the opposite, Jitney is a warm and calming color which varies from warm to a slightly cooler tone. I like the way Farrow and Ball paint changes according to the light. 

Photography and styling beeldSTEIL | Wen van Woudenberg

In collaboration with Farrow and Ball

Malmö w/ Style

On invitation of the city of Malmö we traveled to Sweden for a few days to visit South Sweden’s largest city. Autumn was visible in the city, not only in the different parks but also in the narrow streets around Lilla Torg, a charming cobblestone square with half-timbered houses. In one of the streets around the square, we discovered Noir a tiny coffee place with a cozy green terrace with a real French vibe. 

We stayed at the tenth floor of Studio Malmö, part of the Story Hotels, with an amazing view over both the city centre and the ocean with the iconic lighthouse. A lively building with different rooms, meeting and workspaces and a large reception area. We had lunch at the hotel restaurant Salads and Smoothiesgreat for healthy food and good coffee.  Being huge Japanese food lovers we were blessed with rooftop Restaurant Kasai serving the best Sushi in town. Walking more than 10 kilometers a day and with low temperatures outside during the evening, we couldn’t think of a better way to finish the day then having some wine and try out the different sushi and Japanese specialties. 

Selecting some places on forehand gave us enough opportunities to see different parts of town and while walking we discovered Zakka, a beautiful small Japanese concept store with a very kind shop owner. Another favorite store we visited was Grandpa, an inspirational Scandinavian lifestyle store with a great welcoming atmosphere. A cool layout and a nice collection of homeware, stationery and fashion. Next door to Grandpa is Absmåland what seemed a small store with cafe from the outside, turned out to be a large and cozy shopping experience with a hand-picked range of home accessories, art and fashion focussed on organic and recycled materials. We loved this area and part of Södra Förstadsgatan street and did some shopping at Designtorget, a must visit for Scandinavian interior accessories and design. 

Closer to the hotel we visited Interior design store Olsson & Gerthel and tasted some Swedish specialties at Konditori Katarina. Since August 1959 they serve high-quality pastries, we enjoyed some real sweet tasting including the famous ‘kanelbulle’ with lots of coffee to keep us warm.

Malmö isn’t that big and we only took a bus once, it is a city that’s easy to discover by feet and walking through the old town there is so much to see. A bit outside of the touristic area we found Atrium the most beautiful breakfast spot where we had a breakfast we still talk about.. Not only the food was delicious, the cafe - mostly visited by locals - was so well curated, with a tiny vide and a separate large minimalistic room filled with plants.

Atrium is worth a visit and excellent to combine with a visit to Ribersborgs Kallbadhus which is on walking distance. We can only imagine how it will be during Summer at the sea, from here we could see Malmö city with its iconic Turning Torso, a residential skyscraper and the tallest building in Scandinavia, at one side and the bridge we passed to reach Malmö from Copenhagen on the other side. The Bathhouse is a stunning piece of architecture that extends into the sea. At Ribersborgs you can take a sauna bath and swim with a sea view.

We loved discovering this charming city and would like to thank the city of Malmö for having us and experience it in our own way.  

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