A trend that has been around a few months now, but is still going strong, is chalk board paint on the wall. A black wall might sound like a bold choice but as a chalk board it easily turns the tip. For parents it is a great way to let the kids freely draw and write on the walls, and for grown-ups a quirky solution to make lists, leave memos, or decorate with quotes, inspiring verses or alternate drawings. Make the wall even more versatile by adding a layer of magnet paint.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could customize and design your own stools and cushions in chic patterns and high end fabrics? At The Velvet Lab you can do just that! The velvet fabrics are from Royal Dutch Textile Mills J.A. Raymakers & Co in The Netherlands, who are velvet manufacturers since 1773. They produce a specialty brand for fashion and interior accessories like stools, cushions, loungers and lamp shades. The concept embraces that all of their products should be of craftsmanship combined with creativity. On their website you can design and customize your bespoke piece of furniture or accessory. What I love most are the chic patterns like the pide and silhouette, and their subtle colour palette like plum, sapphire or rose.
I can spend hours in a bookstore browsing different books. So I was very excited when another bookstore opened in the center of Leiden, right on the corner of where I do my weekly shopping. Bookstore Babooka is a luxury book shop with collectors items and coffee table books that you can’t get any where else in town. The interior is modern with Jake Phipps lamps in front of the window. More than 250 titles are on display: from architecture, interior design, art, photography, to automotive and fashion. Titles by renowned publishing houses like Taschen, Te Neues and Phaidon and Gestalten.
Also in the shop is the book Goat, Greatest of all time, about Mohammed Ali. Taschen has created the book that is epic in scale and as unique and vibrant as the man himself. It is a tribute to his life and therfore reflects the scale of his achievements. The collectors item is 34 kgs (75 lbs) and is 50 cm x 50 cm (20″ x 20″) in size. Nearly 800 pages of archival and original photographs, graphic artwork, articles and essays – many of them previously unpublished – chronicle six decades of his life in stunning detail.
Owner is Niels Vreeling. Niels had been dreaming about a bookstore for ages. The front of the space is the bookstore and the back houses his graphic design studio Azeta. Also on display is a The store also has a web shop.
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I’m so excited that aqua is one of the trend colours this spring and summer. I see so many great furniture pieces and accessories out there in my favourite colour. The blue hue pairs well with coral, white, black, grey, vibrant pink, orange, or yellow. I noticed that a lot of accessories are a combination of aqua with a natural material like wood or wicker. Love it!