The New Ikea catalogue!


Anyday now the new Ikea catalogue will be distributed. Yesterday I attended the Pre-launch party of the new catalogue here in Amsterdam. The venue was spectacular; the new rooftop bar in the Double Tree Hilton hotel. The PR team put in great effort and decorated a room identical to the cover of the new catalogue. Even the view looked similar!

De nieuwe IKEA gids

The cover of the new Ikea catalogue

The collection shows a lot of known and loved items, but also many new arrivals. The PS 2014 wardrobe for instance. It looks like a metal case, but also like a locker. It has a nice industrial feel to it either way. I am particularly smitten with the small Knopparp two-seater sofa. It comes in both bright yellow and grey, and is a steal at €69,99!And I love the Strandmom chair. I wrote an article about this great piece two years ago.

De Knopparp is een kleine tweezitsbank voor nog geen 70 euro!

You gotta love the Knopparp sofa!

IKEA PS 2014 garderobekast

IKEA PS 2014 wardrobe

At the door we were handed a goodie bag, or rather basket, with among other items the wonderfully nostalgic Dekad alarm clock

Dekad, de nostalgische wekker van Ikea

Dekad, de nostalgische wekker van Ikea

Did you know that the Ikea catalogue is the largest period publication? It is printed in a staggering circulation of 217 copies in 49 countries worldwide, and translated in 32 languages.

 

Rivea London – Alain Ducasse’s new restaurant


In posh Knightsbridge, in the tres chic Bulgari Hotel, lucky Londoners can wine and dine in Rivea. This restaurant is the second by this name by renowned French chef Alain Ducasse. Like its counterpart in St Tropez, the restaurant comes with a stunning interior. Polished mahogany walls, lights beige and blue colour palette and luxurious fabrics for curtains and upholstery, guests will feel like royals. Architectural digest says ‘the space evokes a casually glamorous day on a yacht’.

Italian architects Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel and Partners signed for the design.

Photo: Pierre Monetta

Photo: Pierre Monetta

Louis CK’s Shelter Island summer retreat


I have a secret crush on Louis CK. And now that I have seen the new house he bought, even more.
It’s located on an actual island in the far end of Long Island, nestled between Gardiners Bay and the Shelter Island sound. It can only be reached by ferry, and is a good 3 hours drive from Manhattan. The location alone is worth it, but look at this house. It’s gorgeous!

Louis CK’s Shelter Island retreat / Photography Daniel Gale / Sotheby’s International Realty via Curbed/Real Estalker

He reportedly paid $2,440,000 for the 4,957 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 3.5 bathroom mansion. It looks like it was designed by a German architect who liked Tudor style and watched the Adam’s Family. And it somehow even looks Eastern European. But I love it; both inside and out.

Louis CK’s Shelter Island retreat / Photography Daniel Gale / Sotheby’s International Realty via Curbed/Real Estalker

Louis CK’s Shelter Island retreat / Photography Daniel Gale / Sotheby’s International Realty via Curbed/Real Estalker

Look at that amazing sun room! Or that vintage kitchen. I hope Louis won’t rip all that character out. He seems pretty mellow and down to earth so I wouldn’t be surprised if these characteristics are what attracted him to the property.

Louis CK’s Shelter Island retreat / Photography Daniel Gale / Sotheby’s International Realty via Curbed/Real Estalker

I want a private dock too :-(

What do you guys think?

Sleep in a suspended bed on the island of Sicily


Monaci Delle Terre Nere is a boutique country hotel set amidst a Sicilian Estate in the foothills of Mount Etna. This Sicilian retreat is deliberately small and discreet, providing an unpretentious hideaway tucked away from hurly burly of life”.

Thus claims the website of what indeed looks like the perfect getaway! Owner Guido Coffa stumbled upon this old Villa and decided, more or less on the spot, that he’d own it and restore it back to the glory it once had. And he succeeded. 

One of the eight rooms, the one with suspended bed, in the Monaci delle Terre Nere boutique hotel on the Italian island of Sicily.

Photograph through Wallpaper/ Monaci delle Terre Nere

With the smallest 3D printer you can draw in the air!


This is amazing! Launched just yesterday on Kickstarter, this little gem of a pen, the LIX, is the new deal in 3D printing!

3D objects created with the LIX pen

A railway depot turned into a lovely home


I love this house that Elle Decor featured on their website recently. Jeweler Federico de Vera revamped an abandoned railway station into this marvelous and very stylish home. Read the rest of the story here.

Railway station turned home

Mind you; it’s his weekend home. It inspires me to rethink my plans for our cottage. It’s lovely as it is, but can do with a bit of a spruce up. It’s still a bit too cluttered and I am not sure I can still fool myself into thinking the faux-wood paneling has a Mad Men feel to it. Maybe a lick of white paint on the wall for a start…

our cottage. I was thinking white for the walls and a darker colour for the window panes

And maybe a slate grey for the outside with white for the window panes and doors. And a red and white scheme for the shutters….

Jon Hamm’s modest NYC Penthouse


Take a look at the floor plan of this apartment.

It’s nice enough, sure, but does it look like a succesful 10-time Emmy nominee actor lives here? Well, he does. Mad Men’s Jon Hamm shares this 2 bed, 2 bath with actress ladyfriend Jennifer Westfeldt. And they have put it on the market.

It’s not their primary residence, that’s LA, but they likely spent quite a bit of cash on renovating it. I love the sunroom in the back. Especially the window panes. But I would have done more with the space. Probably turned it into a conservatory with lush plants and flowers. And maybe I would’ve panelled the walls with low bookshelves. And the rug is very blah….

Despite its humble size, the apartment is listed for $2,450,000… It’s hard to believe, but I actually think that’s a trick to get it sold fast. The terrace is a massive commodity in NYC as is the view of Central Park. The price therefore surprises me a bit. However, true to NYC fashion, there are monthly charges of $3,661. That does include taxes, a part-time doormen and porter, a live-in super, storage rooms and free laundry facilities.

The building was designed by renowned architect Rosario Candela. He was most famous for his many NYC apartment blocks. Apartments in his buildings are popular because both kitchens and bathrooms tend to have windows, as is the case in this particular property

Source and images: The Real Estalker