Generator Hostel in Amsterdam is a colorful design hostel in Amsterdam which will change your mind about staying in a hostel. Call me a snob but if you ask me to sleep in a hostel the answer will always be no, nope, never! I slept in a hostel once when I was still in highschool which I believe was a former hospital and it really was just as depressing as a hospital. I can’t say that my former stay in a hostel made me very enthousiastic about hostels in general (plus I’m pretty introverted so I really like to be on my own when I’m on holiday). Luckily for the people who do like hostels you see more and more ‘design hostels’ opening in the world including this Generator Hostel in Amsterdam. The hostel is located in Amsterdam East near the Oosterpark in a former health sciences building and zoological museum but it is now transformed into a colorful, art-filled hostel that’s built to encourage social interaction.
Glamping – which means glamourous camping – is probably the biggest trend when it comes to camping at the moment. Dutch couple Jacqueline en Menno left their home in Amsterdam and created 8 luxurious canvas lodges on the Vinha de Manta estate in Portugal. At Vinha da Manta you can go glamping and have a luxurious outdoor holiday in combination with green living. The canvas lodges have proper beds, a kitchen, an outdoor bathroom and your own private outdoor terrace with stunning views over the valley. I have never been glamping but this Vanha da Manta in Portugal looks absolutely amazing!
I have posted about the projects of Tara and Percy of Jersey Ice Cream Co many times before on my blogs simply because their work is absolutely stunning. Today I will give you a brand new project by Jersey Ice Cream Co that they have just finished renovating and the best thing about this home is that you can actually stay in it! This Rittenhouse apartment already had a good foundation with high ceilings, lots of old charm and a private roof terrace but after Tara and Percy worked their magic it has become a beautiful serene space. The apartment might be small but with the neutral colorscheme and clever design such as the benches against the wall they made it a beautiful serene and functional space, it’s the ideal airbnb stay to unwind after a long day in Philadelphia.
Botanical design is very trendy at the moment and you can definitely see that in Bar Botanique, a new restaurant and cafe in Amsterdam. Designed by the Dutch Studio Modijefsky this bar will get in you in a tropical feeling in no time. Bar Botanique is covered in green walls, ceiling and floor and is decorated with many (tropical) plants. The space, which was formally a gym, a cafe and a bar, has large double height windows that bring in a lot of natural light which is also being reflected by the mirrors hanging from the ceiling. The design of Bar Botanique was inspired by the cafe that was located in this building for more than 25 years, but as you will see they’ve added some tropical touches in the design.
When you go travelling you always want to see as much of the local culture as you possibly can. Now of course you can book a room in a large international hotel but perhaps the best way to really get to know the local culture is to rent a traditional home on Airbnb like this Moroccan riad in Marrakesh. A riad is a traditional Moroccan home with an interior garden or courtyard which gives the inhabitants a lot of privacy and shelter for the Moroccan weather. This riad in Marrakesh is beautifully decorated in Moroccan style with serene neutral colored bedrooms and lovely touches of pink in the living spaces. Next to the interior garden this riad also has a roof terrace where you can relax or have breakfast/dinner in the warm Moroccan sun. This Moroccan riad looks so peaceful and I’m sure it is an amazing place to stay for a relaxing holiday in Marrakesh.
Imagine yourself in France at this new restaurant Le Coucou in Soho, New York. Le Coucou is the first American restaurant of chef Daniel Rose who also has a restaurant in Paris called Spring. Designer duo Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman & Williams designed Le Coucou restaurant with the idea of making the restaurant feel like a home. Le Coucou has a beautiful collection of vintage Thonet chairs, a bar that resembles a kitchen counter in front of an antique upgraded oak door and a hand painted mural based on the work of Hubert Robert (an 18th-century French landscape painter). I must say I find the bar space in Le Coucou absolutely stunning, I love the vintage atmosphere in this French restaurant Le Coucou in New York.
At The Butcher’s Daughter fruits and vegetables are being treated the way a butcher would treat its meat. They chop, fillet and carve fresh produce into the most delicious dishes and juices. All productes come from surrounding farms and it’s the ideal place for a healthy breakfast, brunch or dinner. The interior of these restaurants fit perfectly with the dishes that are being served here, it is made of natural and industrial materials such as wood, concrete and brick and of course the space is filled with plants. Whether you sit inside or on one of the outside terraces you can have a healthy meal in a beautiful setting at The Butcher’s Daughter.
Casa Cook Rhodes is a new boutique hotel in a beautiul luxurious bohemian style, the perfect place to lay back, relax and enjoy the sun. The goal is to connect and inspire like-minded travelers who want to embrace and explore local Rhodes culture. Each hotel room opens out onto a long, turquoise blue swim-up pool and they are all decorated uniquely (the hotel even has its own shop were you can buy items to recreate this luxurious bohemian decor at home). I’d already seen a few pictures of Casa Cook but now Anna Malmberg gave us a tour of the resort and it really took my breath away. I’ve never been to Rhodes but seeing Casa Cook Hotel I’m definitely thinking of making a trip south.
The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn is located in a former textile factory from 1901 near the Williamsburg waterfront. The history and character of the building is still very visible in the interior of the Wythe Hotel, through the entire building you will find exposed brick, wooden beams, steel columns and arched windows. The hotel fits perfectly in the surrounding neighbourhood with its laid back attitude and respect for the local history. Not only the bedrooms in The Wythe Hotel are stunning, the Reynards restaurant and the Ides bar are beautifully designed and with the tiled floor, exposed brick and vintage furniture it’s almost as if you step back in time. The bar and restaurant are managed by renowned Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow of Marlow & Sons so you’re guaranteed a wonderful food experience. The Wythe hotel is a stunning raw, industrial hotel where you can truly experience the local Brooklyn vibe.
I’m always looking out for books about interior design and architecture and I have a large post on my tumblr page that I update everytime I find new inspirational books. Today I came across Let’s Go Out Again by Gestalten. This book is filled with interiors for restaurants, bars and unusual food places some of which I have also posted on my blog (f.e. The Jane Restaurant and Väkst restaurant).