An stunning stylish office space: The Danish Fashion and Textile Association Office

Ever thought about a dream office to work at in the most stylish environment? Well, the Danish Fashion and Textile Association office will probably bring you very close. There might be a trend brought up by Danish culture. Their headquarters look more than a private apartment than a showroom or office itself. I guess by now you have all seen the images of the Muuto offices in Copenhagen (if not, have a look here).

Danish Fashion and Textile Association Office  An stunning stylish office space: The Danish Fashion and Textile Association Office

Architect and designer Helle Flou, founder of quite new Copenhagen-based studio HelleFlou, was responsible for the design of these offices now. The studio works within fashion, retail, housing, hotel, restaurants, and offices.

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Danish Fashion and Textile Association Office 6 An stunning stylish office space: The Danish Fashion and Textile Association Office

My first impression when seeing the mid high open workspaces was of rather being skeptical and I still am, to be honest (must be a freelancer thing :-)  But if the briefing was of an open working area with several departments to live close by, it has been solved and executed in a brilliant way. It looks really stylish, feels like being home, and you have much more private space when sitting desk to desk.

I have a closer eye on Danish design since I went to Copenhagen in May, it is probably one of the hottest markets right now when it comes to spot new trends, and these offices, I believe will mark a turning point for future projects.

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Travel Treasures: Naples, Italy

Naples is my favorite place to be in Italy. It’s difficult to choose; I mean which part in Italy is not nice to pay a visit? I haven’t seen all just the larger cities and would love to go to the Amalfi Coast. Long time on my wish list now. But back to Bella Napoli: when visiting, I work in the Chiaia area where I spend most of the time. What you see below is the stunning Galleria Umberto, a shopping mall you shouldn’t miss (the shops are no big deal but the architecture is breathtaking). I don’t know how many pictures I have taken already, that glass dome never fails to surprise my again.

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It’s been a 4 days working trip but the strolls at the evenings, dinners and very early morning walks in the neighborhood made it a really nice stay. I got the habit two years ago of leaving the hotel early, having a coffee and going to see the area before my work day starts. I makes me feel like stealing a little bit of extra time and getting to see more of the place where the business trip has led me to. It’s the perfect formula.

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Naples trip Travel Treasures Chiaia Travel Treasures: Naples, Italy

Strolling through the narrow alleys is one of my greatest pleasures early in the mornings and it allows me to do a quick research of the shops I want to visit if my schedule allows me to:-)

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I love these marble artisan shops, they still work in there and seem to be quite busy. Where else do you find that in Europe nowadays?

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This time we have discovered the area around the port being pedestrian now. We went there every night once we had dinner for the first time. The trattoria, “Zia” (Aunt) Teresa was created in 1916 (the pic above gives you the view from the terrace) and it was the name of the energetic woman who daily prepared tasty meals for the fishermen and workers of the place. It’s been lovely food, just make sure you order from the menu. If the owner recommends directly, you might have a slight surprise when receiving the bill.

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The sunsets were all equally beautiful and after a long working day a true gift. See those pink clouds over the Vesuvius volcano? Naples is just utterly romantic during summer.

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What fascinates me about the city is the authentic feeling you still have in so many parts of this huge town (second biggest in the country), it’s not too crowded with tourists, food is extremely nice, globalization is there but not that present as in other parts such as Milan, Rome or Florence. It’s a paradise for photographers in the search for a certain decadent look. I know, precisely that ‘decadent impression’ has nothing romantic for the locals yet it makes it so special for us foreigners. However, I always try to contribute within my very own little world as much as I can and will hopefully go many times still (already thinking of planning a trip in December).

What is your favorite place in Italy to visit and why?

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An eclectic home in Paris

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Interior designer Sandra Benhaumou has lived for years in New York and London and came back to Paris where she shares this apartment with her husband and three children.

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The house was renovated, keeping its original features – floors, tiles, moldings and respecting the Haussman code – but opening the interior space to create an open-plan living area. Walls were painted in white and the rooms were filled out with a quirky mix of mid-century modern furniture and art pieces. That ceiling lamp form the 60s (Arteluce)  is a true beauty, you don’t  need much more art in the room but I believe she has combined her love for photography here in a vey inspiring way.

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eclectic paris apartment An eclectic home in Paris

There is a bit too much of bold colors for my taste in these images here, I would take out the yellow vase and red chairs since these elements seem to be the most important ones here in a quite neutral environment. Your eye goes directly to these spots. Sometimes I wonder if that has been the stylist’s work or if it’s the owner’s taste. I have nothing against color pops from time to time but it’s all about balance in an image for me. And personal taste too, let’s be honest!:-)

I like the contrast here: the very stylish living, the kind of industrial chic kitchen and the bedroom which could be found in an Scandinavian environment too. You can see someone has been very well trained here, what I like most is the way how art pieces have been integrated in this home!

Via Elle Deco Spain.

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Micro Trend: Greenhouses

Greenhouses or glasshouses are so trending! You’ ll find them in many different styles now, pre-constructed or as a DIY project in mini versions. When doing some research, I have learned quite a bit. Domestic greenhouses are used mainly for growing plants, vegetables and fruits, ok, nothing new here but there is a long tradition behind.

Already in the 13th century, greenhouses were built in Italy to house the exotic plants that explorers brought back from the tropics. They were originally called giardini botanici (botanical gardens). The French called their first greenhouses orangeries, since they were used to protect orange trees from freezing. England had its golden era during the Victorian era, as the wealthy upper class and aspiring botanists competed to build the most elaborate buildings.

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Interiormagasinet 

Today you can have pre-constructed greenhouses in a quite minimalistic look (how stylish are the black framed right now?) or you go for a more romantic design. The original idea has evolved, and nowadays they are used as added living rooms such as dining spots, home offices or reading nooks. Or how about having your bedroom built in nature?

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Designed by Ville Hara and Linda Bergroth

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Gang and the Wool

We could say they belong to the Macro Green Trend where it’s all about living as close as possible to nature, bringing plants into our homes and get our extra dose of relax and oxygen without needing to move to the countryside. Plus, there is the effect of a more sustainable living being able to grow your own fruits and vegetables.

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Via Claus Dalby

I have never thought about it before but it seems DIY greenhouse kits have made possible to bring costs down, and make it easy to build your own little paradise in your available space. That sounds so tempting! If you go to some of the provider sites, they state that their greenhouses will match the architecture of your home and can suit any existing foundation. Ok, another reason to move out of the city.

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Barbara Groen Photography | Les Potagers de Thomas

So, two things I have on my wish list: attending a shibori dying course and having an extended living space in a greenhouse. What are coincidence both are not offered in Barcelona :-) What’s on your bucket list?
If you are interested in reading some more trend posts, please have a look here.
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Blossom type

I love a pretty floral type! All letters you see below are crafted by digital art director Alice Mourou and it’s so interesting to see the making of pictures too, they give you the perfect example of how delicate the flowers and tools were during the crafting process.  You can see almost all letters and numbers here.

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DIY Leather Travel Tags with Transfer

Make Leather transfer Essentials DIY Leather Travel Tags with Transfer

Hi dearest eclectic trends readers! It’s Mette from Monsterscircus and I’m always looking so much forward to spend some time with you. Today we’ll make something vacation related, sounds great, huh?
It’s travel time and whether you’re taking off on a business trip, family vacation or a romantic getaway, you can keep your luggage safer with these customized leather tags.

DIY leather tags with transfer supplies DIY Leather Travel Tags with Transfer
Supplies:
Acetone (work next to an open window or go outside)
Gloves
Glue
Leather
A pair of scissors
Revolving Leather Hole Punch
Furthermore:
A piece of paper (the smoother the paper the better your transfer will be)
A computer
Laser printer or get a copy printed in your local copy shop
A cotton cloth

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Step 1

Create your desired design and print it. Remember to mirror your design!

Step 2

Cut two similar pieces of leather.

Step 3

Apply glue on the backside of bother pieces and press them together.

Step 4

Cut off two of the corners.

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Step 5

Punch a hole at the end of the tag.

Step 6

Prepare the printed design for transfer, cut off excess paper but not too much.

Step 7

Face the design onto the leather.

Step 8

Apply a bit of acetone on the cotton cloth.

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Step 9.

Firmly press down your left hand on both the paper and the leather, and now you’re going to slide the cotton cloth from right to left.

Step 10

Repeat sliding the cloth until the paper becomes translucent and you can see your design.

Step 11

Remove the paper and see the lovely result.

Step 12

Cut a leather string.

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Step 13

Tie the string to the tag.

Voilá! Ready, set, go!

DIY leather tags with transfer DIY Leather Travel Tags with Transfer

On the backside of the tag, you could make a transfer with your name and address, but remember to use a print friendly font that’s easy to read and transfer.

DIY leather travel tags with custom transfer DIY Leather Travel Tags with Transfer

So, how do you think it looks? Customized travel essentials, ooh darling, don’t you just need this for your next take off?

DIY leather tags with your own custom transfer DIY Leather Travel Tags with Transfer

If you’re not going anywhere, don’t fear, you’ll still have an excuse to try this one out.

Make stylish key hangers or try the transfer technique on your leather planner. But be sure to try this one out a couple of times before using the transfer technique on your darling leather goods.

That’s all for me today, so until next month take care and enjoy summer!

Please see some more of Mette’s creative DIY projects here. We hope you get inspired and enjoy the crafting moment.

 

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