A few months ago I had to miss this bloggers mini-tour with sleepover at Rotterdam's CitizenM hotel because of a tremendous migraine... what a chance to miss... I've been following the concept of CitizenM since their first opening at Schiphol, Amsterdam and was really curious about it. My bad!

I was really surprised when I got another chance (hi Hollie!) to experience this concept, this time during the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

I enjoyed every aspect of my weekend starting with the city, Rotterdam. As a city planner and architecture lover, Rotterdam is the place to be at the Netherlands. I confess that I've not been there many times which makes this trip really special. Starting with the place where CitizenM is established, de oude haven (old harbour), the oldest Rotterdam's harbour with Europe's oldest sky scrapper (the tallest at the time it was built), het witte huis, and the contrast between old buildings (the few that lasted after second world war) and new. What a great location, a big square surrounded by bars and restaurants, plenty places to hang out.

The hotel: once you enter the CitizenM you find it different from everything you have seen, no lobby, a spiral staircase guides you to the first floor where everything happens, the self check-in desks, bar (or CanteenM), living-rooms with Vitra, Tom Dixon, Moooi furniture, books, art and even an area with free i-macs to work. After the self-check in (with the assistance of the nicest staff if you wish or if you don't remember that you have booked with your girl name...) it's time to go and check out the rooms. The rooms are all the same, a sort of module, not very big but with everything that it's important in a room, a XL king size bed, an amazing rain shower and a wall-to-wall window with a great view. A tablet lets you control the entire room, Tv, radio, lights, blinds, temperature, wakeup themes (was not very enthousiast after being waken up by a ping-pong sound), free-movies. You can also use internet at the tablet if you wish, not to mention that the hotel has free wi-fi everywhere.

With all this it was a great stay and a great experience, I'm feeling already a citizen and eager to experience other CitizenM hotels around the globe.

Places to see at Rotterdam:
- Markthal
- Witte de Witstraat
- Kop van Zuid (with Hotel New York in particularly)
- Oude haven
The new Moments AW 2014 collection from House Doctor or the collection perfect imperfections as they call it, is a celebration of the beauty of imperfection. Again lots of textures, mix of materials like brass, copper, plywood and exotic hues moss green, mustard yellow, dusty rose, cool blue, deep burgundy to make the perfect composition at home. Soon at our shop.

Ikea launched an exclusieve design collection in collaboration with the Danish collective ArtRebels. "The idea was to create a product line inspired by ArtRebels universe, cool, young, colourful, fresh, with a taste of Trailerpark music festival."

The result is stunning, lots of pastel colours and graphic shapes. Some new exclusive designs are added, like the chair stool and same were adapted such the versatile and populair Taburet.

In the Netherlands the collection hits all the Ikea shops officially at 1 February and is also excepted online but psssstttttt.... I already scored a few items in Ikea Amersfoort. Happy!

I recently found the work of the dutch interior designer Anja Hesp. Looking at her portfolio this appartement at the Willemstraat in Amsterdam stood up. Her starting point for the interior design was the living/dinning room's copper wall. I love how the warming pipes were left unexposed, in copper too.

photography: Figure of Speech
Raven + Lily is a socially-conscious lifestyle brand founded by Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin, a platform and brand that "empowers woman through design".

Currently Raven + Lily helps employ marginalised women in Ethiopia, India, Cambodia and the United States which results in 4 different collections: jewellery designs crafted with handmade beads and charms from melted bullet cases in Ethiopia, recycled cotton papers, metallic leather jewellery and natural soaps from India, eco-friendly bags and apparel, natural-dyed from Cambodia and hand-poured soy candles made with care by formerly homeless women from LA. 

We're in love with this wonderful story and also with their products. Here our favourites, the perfect gift guide for the upcoming holiday season, an unique gift that gives back to people in the world.

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Today I stumbled upon this apartment located in Sopot one of Poland's seaside town in Eastern Pomerania.

Magdalena Adamus was responsible for the interior design trying to reflect the personality of the people how live there. I think she deed a pretty amazing job.

Catherine Lovatt is a Belgium ceramist artist. She graduated in 1989 at the Sint Lucas Institute in Ghent and worked as a freelance ceramist until 1996 when she decided to place her career on hold. Luckily Catherine made a come back in 2007 and since then she has been working together with renamed companies such as Serax.

She designed for Serax the collection "Family Set", a dish ware series made in stoneware clay consisting of six basic forms based on the cylinder.

via: folkhem.se

via: fjellby

via: ollie and sebs haus

Photography: via swissmiss, via behance, 2nd row, via tellaresque, mokkasin
I promise myself a small blogging break... not that I had to reevaluate the meanings of blogging or find my inspiration again.... no... no... no... I just needed... But today after I stumbled upon this amazing catalogue on issuu... I decided it was too good for not even mention it...

It's about this amazing shop called Parc Boutique, "nestled in the diverse Northeast Minneapolis shopping district"... but where is Minneapolis? Anyway... they also have an online shop and ship internationally, just ask them a quote.

Here some pictures from their lovely look book and at the web shop even more eye candy!


photography: Wing Ta from canary grey; Styling Thao Nguyen