A good combination of old and new design is something I hugely appreciate. On first glance this canal home in Amsterdam looks very modern. But luckily they preserved many historical details such as the wooden beams and the exposed brick wall. The kitchen and dining space is situated in the middle of the long apartment. Very clever, a steel and glass roof gives the kitchen space some extra natural light. The steel staircase leads to the bedroom and workroom. Even though the spaces are mainly white, the wooden beams give the apartment the historic charm you can expoect from a canal home. What a wonderful home, minimalist design with historic charm on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam.
If you happen to be in Amsterdam this week you’re in luck. This week the annual Enter The Loft pop-up is open for public again. The loft is an apartment in Amsterdam where a combination of design, art and craft culminate in one inspiring interior design experience. As always everything you see in The Loft can be bought. I’m sure in the upcoming weeks more pictures of The Loft will appear but for now you can look at these sneak peaks of this years The Loft. The pop-up apartment will be open from the 14th – 22nd of januari at Vijzelstraat 77-III. (If you want to see the lofts of previous years, just look below for links)
I always love a converted space. And this garage conversion in Amsterdam is one of my favourites. As I mentioned before the decor in this converted garage has changed a little bit, it’s now a little bit lighter and more family friendly. But I couldn’t only post one version of this loft apartment because it’s simply too cool! If you’re curious what the apartment looked like before, just click here. Oh! and the industrial loft is now up for sale so I’d say take your chance if you want to live in one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Amsterdam!
A few years ago I came across the most amazing converted garage I’ve ever seen, which I posted back then on my tumblr. The garage is located in one of the most charming neighbourhoods in Amsterdam called ‘De Jordaan’. The garage is converted into an eclectic loft by the Dutch firm Bricks Amsterdam. The loft has amazing skylights that bring in tons of light and the industrial glass walls keep the space open and light. This garage conversion for me is the perfect example of a cool apartment. While browsing the Dutch real estate site Funda I saw that the garage conversion is now up for sale. Between then and now the decor has changed a bit so I will post both versions of this garage conversion in two seperate blog posts so if you’re curious what the converted garage in Amsterdam looks like now just click here.
Jasper Krabbé is an artist from a famous artistic family in The Netherlands that includes actors, artists and writers. Not surprisingly Jasper’s home in Amsterdam breathes creativity. Jasper loves items with character and soul and his historical home from 1892 is packed with items that he found during his travels. From a cabinet found in Indonesia to rugs from India and Morocco the items in this home have travelled a long way to end up in Amsterdam. The result of his passion for collecting vintage items is a stunning unique home filled with character and creativity.
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.
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.
A house with a soul, that’s how the owners Quirine and Roland describe their home in Amsterdam. Not only because of the historic features that are still visible in this 1910 home but also because of the personal collections that all have a special memory for them. The home is divided over 3 floors in the center of Amsterdam and they immediately fell for the natural light. I absolutely love the mixture of styles and the personal atmosphere of this historic Amsterdam home, unfortunately it doesn’t have a garden but when you’re so close to the Vondelpark I guess you don’t really need it!
In the cultural center of Amsterdam stands this 5-star hotel that combines historic architecture with modern design named the Conservatorium Hotel. You know I love historic architecture with modernity, not long ago I shared with you the QVEST Hotel in Cologne where they combined neo-Gothic architecture with modern interiors. The building of the Conservatorium Hotel was designed late 19th-century by Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel as a bank office. In 1983 the building became the homebase of the Sweelinck Conservatorium (that’s were it got its name!) after they were forced to move because the building wasn’t big enough anymore the building was bought by The Set who would make it into a hotel. They asked Italian architect Piero Lissoni to design the hotel and the result is stunning! I love the occasional pop of colour in the interior of the hotel which is filled with Italian design (more Italian design can be found in this apartment in Rome). So if you, as a design lover, want to take a trip to my capital city then a stay in the Conservatorium Hotel might be a good idea.
Sometimes you find a home that is just too perfect, it sticks with you for weeks and you keep looking at the pictures. I’ve been blogging for a few years now and this home is definitely one I will remember for a long time. Dutch company Scotch & Soda created a beautiful home in Amsterdam called Lola’s Place.