Sliver of light cubro light cubro light cubro light cubro light

Minimal lighting, yes please. Unexpected minimal lighting, double yes. A cube of Poplar wood. A colourful cord. A thin sliver of slight. The Cubro light is just one of the beautiful accessories and furniture designs by Carapace Design

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September means summer is all but over. Time to get my butt back in line. ‘Summer bodies are made in the winter’ comes to mind but that’s a story for another day. Let’s just leave it at a need to curb churros in caramel sauce movie nights in bed (or have I said too much already..).

But more importantly same goes for the blog. I updated the template but got summer lazy and still need to work on the details. But that’s not all… This is my blog. It’s my outlet, my reflection. A big part, that I have been uber hesitant to post, is family. I love taking pictures of my kids, of our fun, goofball moments. Then there us the balancing act between feeling like a super hip mom and a total slummy mummy searching desperately for nirvana. Basically the non-glam, down-to-earth crazy happiness and everything in between. Realness with the pretty. So I will be posting pics and writing about that every now and again.

Mondays are food because weekends see me spending oodles of time in my kitchen or searching for fun new food-spiration. Yep, I’m a baker but want to showcase recipes, ideas and products associated with food as well. Plus I cook with the same crazy love of flavor and want to share that too. Flaky empanadas with rum and creamy roasted red pepper sauce anyone? Tuesdays remain for my love of clothes, shoes, accessories, basically anything fashion-oriented. That’s doesn’t change. Except that I will be working in some outfit posts. Every day I stand excitedly in front of the wardrobe. That’s a big part of me, so that belongs here as well. Thursdays is design showcase day. Products, ideas, projects, designers, brands that caught my eye and excite me. Lots of beautiful things but also interiors, architecture and conceptual projects. Fridays are home days. Home is everything and so I’m always busy. Projects, new products but also capturing moments like slow starts on the weekend. Saturdays are my moment of reflection. When I feel crazy, happy, excited, loved up or anything in between, I write.

I’m not promising five posts a week. Heck, I have a job, two kids, a partner, a daily 'work off the caramel churros' exercise routine and I do love a lie-in. But at least you know what The Designed life, my Designed life is about...

Kitchen design; Niels Datema & Serax Niels Datema Serax Niels Datema Serax Niels Datema Serax Niels Datema Serax Niels Datema Serax

I spotted the most amazing culinary products while on a day trip in Arnhem eons ago. I'm definitely planning a weekend breakfast shoot with my amazing purchase but I can't wait that long to show you the designer who caught my eye.

Niels Datema is a young versatile designer that studied in Eindhoven (yea), designing also furniture and lighting but it's his tableware and culinary products that have me most abuzz. I'm stoked that Serax brought several into production because my inner kitchen princess is drooling... homemade bread anyone?

Slow weekends & Ikea Skogsta hack slow weekends Ikea Skogsta hack slow weekends Ikea Skogsta hack slow weekends Ikea Skogsta hack slow weekends Ikea Skogsta hack slow weekends Ikea Skogsta hack slow weekends Ikea Skogsta hack slow weekends Ikea Skogsta hack

I enjoy sleeping in and especially staying in.  A good weekend is a slow weekend…spent in bed. Waking with the sun streaming through the windows, having a late breakfast under the covers and spending the day online. Reading, shopping and working here. Basically glued to a screen with munchies at hand. 
But since I’m a crumb-a-phobe with an overheated laptop, it was time for a bed tray. When I saw the Skogsta cutting board from Ikea, I knew exactly what I wanted. I mean it’s the perfect size for my laptop, so how amazing would it be as a bed tray?
I think it’s pretty darned amazing. Oiled to bring out the wood grain and a set of hairpin legs and we’re good to go. The hanging hole makes the perfect spot to guide my cables or pop my magazine in.
This is my perfect slow weekend. Lazing in bed in my oh-so wrong it’s right bed robe, with an amazing amount of pillows and cushion. My ultimate breakfast treat of extra strong, super sweet percolator coffee with a plateful of homemade Italian cookies form my favourite delicatessen. And after that surfing like crazy till I need my next snack...
 Have a great (slow) weekend!

P.S. the Australian snapper (salted caramel & almond nougat dark chocolate) is addictively good..

Cool enough cool enough cool enough cool enough

Recreating the ordinary into the meaningful? Attachment to everyday objects? Products that reflect, intergrate and enhance our day to day life? Less design, more stories! Quite a feat but I think Cool Enough Studio pull it off. Stylish and minimalist.

I spotted this design studio at S2 20, which is an amazing Nordic inspired webshop, that you should definitely check out. I immediately made a purchase and promise I'll get around to shooting that spread soon but I couldn't wait to showcase this brand's idea and aesthetic.

The sleekest mirror around that begs to be looked at as well as looked in. Huhu cushion is a godsend for a fidgeter like me. The minimalist and oh so versatile hanger..think shoes or even annoying spaghett-straps. For me the perfect piece for my nervous routine of selecting my entire outfit, down to the shoes, the night before...

Fashion wishlist! fashion wishlist!

What of the the things I hear most when I'm slightly distracted on my phone is "you're shopping aren't you?" I try to defend myself with the trusty "I'm just looking". Here's is what I'm just looking at now...

This smooth raw-edge draped skirt from Cos has been on my mind for weeks. Same goes for the perfect accessories for the coming autumn winds; the felt hat with a twist with the snake chain. From Lanvin. I hate to admit but Zara is a go-to for cool, affordable fashions. Current favourites; stone leather culottes yes please and the oversized blouse with split back for effortless cool. Loving white trainers and these toecap snakeskin trainers by Adidas are nigh on perfect. 


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