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I took an Apartment Journey


My personal heroes at Apartment Therapy shared some wonderful photographs taken by a guy in his apartment. He was forced to spend some time at home due to a sprained ankle which was a break from his otherwise hectic working life. He started playing with his Hipstamatic app on his iPhone. The result was an amazing series of pictures of his home. “I started looking for unique angles, small vignettes arranged by my girlfriend, or gathered in their own organic way (messes). I looked for textures and viewpoints that I miss in my daily busyness. I even caught a couple of cat naps that I rarely see when working late hours.”

The pictures made him look at his place with different eyes. Only after seeing these images he realized the uniqueness of it. He saw things he never noticed or never appreciated up to then. Apartment Therapy recommends trying this yourself. They say “This is such a great exercise on multiple levels – it adds to your emotional connection to your home and creates an opportunity for design improvements. Taking a step back and seeing your home’s objects, arrangements, colors and textures through photos allows you to evaluate and appreciate them in a different way, opening up the door for both change and acceptance.”

So I did. I didn’t use the same lens as I believe that is one of the ones you pay extra for but I still like the result, a lot. And it works. I see my place through the eyes of a first time visitor now. It’s great! I had to force myself not to look as a photographer or as a designer but just look for unusual angles, shapes, forms or items I would otherwise not have captured. A lot of the pictures didn’t work at all, but quite a few came out pretty nice if I say so myself.

If you feel like sharing pics of your own apartment journey please do. But also please share them with the guys at Apartment Therapy as they inspired me in the first place. They always do.










Living large in small spaces


My stylish and fabulous friends at Apartment Therapy (who have yet to meet me and decide to let me do their PR in the Netherlands but will, one day) areon their annual quest for the coolest small homes around the globe. Pretty much an American party but the contest does allow international submissions. 

If your house is 1200 square feet or less. You can submit 5 pictures and a floor plan. There are 5 categories: teeny-tiny, tiny, little, small and international.  You can bring out your votes too.

1200 square meters is a whopping 111 m2 by the way, which is another great example of the fact that everything is bigger in the US, even small apartments… 111m2 is considered pretty big for an Amsterdam pad. Mineis 140m2 and makes quite a few people green with envy.

Below a few examples of current entries.

Mobius' 295 square feet (27m2) NYC studio

Mobius' 295 square feet (27m2) NYC studio

Antony's 300 square feet (28m2) Brooklyn 1 bedroom flat

Antony's 300 square feet (28m2) Brooklyn 1 bedroom flat

Rajiv's Bangalore (India) 500 square feet (45m2) 1 bedroom flat

Rajiv's Bangalore (India) 500 square feet (45m2) 1 bedroom flat

Walter Bosse, German ceramist


During one of my daily fixes at Apartment Therapy, I saw a great little gadget that caught my eye. It was an ashtray in the shape of a porcupine or hedgehog (what’s the difference?) that was made out of several tiny hedgehogs stacked into each other. The folk at AT were so impressed they created a little video to show it’s craftiness. You can check that here

It is a designed by German ceramist Walter Bosse (1904 – 1979). His most famous works are little statuettes of fairytale- or children’s illustration like animals. He used porcelain, glass, metal but is most famous for his use of wrought iron. He managed to design some his work so that it combined art with functionality. He designed egg cups, coasters, cigarette tempers and ashtrays. The hedgehog was such a success that it is actually featured on Bosse’s tomb stone!

Walter Bosse cat shaped egg cup

Walter Bosse cat shaped egg cup

 

As soon as I saw the ashtray, I knew I had to have it. I don’t smoke (anymore) but my husband does so I decided to buy one for him. He smokes cigars, and the ashtray is far too small to support those, but anything is allowed when it comes to art buying right?

I found and bought one on Marktplaats and it was delivered yesterday! It looks very distinguished in my newly decorated office.

Walter Bosse Hedehog Ashtray

Walter Bosse Hedehog Ashtray

Bosse's tombstone in the Austrian Bezirksmuseum

Bosse's tombstone in the Austrian Bezirksmuseum

Apartment Therapy


This is an amazing site and I hope they don’t mind me posting about them.

Tips for the square footage/meterage challenged among us.  How to live large in a studio, 1 bedroom or single room. Amazing photography and savvy text. I want to do their PR!

www.apartmenttherapy.com


image by apartmenttherapy.com

image by apartmenttherapy.com