APRIL AND MAY HEARTS

28.11.14

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gift boxes by Iittala

27.11.14


With the holidays ahead you can't get enough inspiration for gifts. Most of you probably already know Iittala from it's beautiful glass and tableware collection.

Iittala started as a glass factory and today it offers a collection of objects that are made to last a lifetime. They don't just create beautiful objects but believe in timeless design that will never be thrown away. All the Iittala products can be combined in so many ways depending on your taste and style.

For the upcoming holidays Iittala offers the perfect gift by 3 unique gift boxes with different themes: A toast to us, Let's enjoy good taste and Light up your life. We used the products from the box Light up your life for the above pictures. The box contains the Alvar Aalto bowl (designed in 1936!) and 3 different glass candle holders. The beautiful color blue, shapes and details makes this an ideal gift for someone special.

You can find all the gift boxes here and with the 3 different themes there is a perfect box for everyone.

Images by April and May





december shopping

In need of some beautiful and original Christmas presents? Of course you can visit our byAprilandMay shop :) but you should definitely check out Etsy as well! Love to find some special products for my dearest ones! 

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Give away Mooigoed!

26.11.14

We are having a great give away today from our blogfriend Mooigoed!

Together with Mooigoed, the online shop where minimalistic design go's hand in hand with beautiful decorated details, we're offering you a chance to win this minimalistic design Mantel Clock!

What do you have to do?

- Leave a comment why you would like to win this clock
- Follow Mooigoed on Instagram
- Share a post from the give away with #mooigoed on your Instagram account
- To increase your chance on winning follow Mooigoed on facebook

We will announce the winner next week..

xo April and May & Mooigoed

Photography by Fiks Studio

Daylight Home by Ma-Style Architects

25.11.14




This home combines a lot of wood together. The color of the wood and the contrast between the different textures is perfectly balanced and we think the cubic structure, ceiling and patterns of sunlight are amazing. Ma-Style Architects added laminated wood, sky lights and roof-beams giving the house a nice distribution of natural light by adjusting the way of letting daylight in.

For more pictures of this minimal light house in Toyokawa and other beautiful projects of Ma-Style Architects click here.


Arts & Science

24.11.14

Arts & Science encompasses a brand and seven shops, all based in Tokyo and is created by stylist and creative director Sonya Park. Her work is based on quality that gets better and more beautiful within time. Highly skilled craftwork, comfort and materials that age well, together with unique looking designs is what makes this brand so great.

Unfortunately for us Tokyo is a bit far away but we love being inspired by people and concepts like this. And for those who are living nearby...you are lucky :)


APRIL AND MAY HEARTS

21.11.14

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ROWENSCO Prints

20.11.14

Decorate that blank wall in your room or office space with these unique prints from Rowens Co. 

Rowens Co is a branch of the design label Robert Warren Designs that consists out of prints, artwork and cards. Besides the prints with quotes and memorable sayings that make you think or smile, there is also a wide range of christmas/season prints. Perfect for a gift or decorating your own home with this upcoming holiday season!

Check out more of his work on Etsy.

Ohmyhome ceramics

19.11.14

OHMYHOME is a new interior label from Holland and they have just launched this beautifully shaped handmade ceramic line made of natural speckled clay. Besides the ceramic line you'll also find some other beautiful designs/products in their webshop like posters, prints and lamps. Check it out here :)

1or2 cafe by Norm Architects

18.11.14




Most of you already know we have created a brand new concept for a store in the Netherlands called First or Second. The store opened in September this year. We have collaborated with Norm Architects for the cafe in the store. Norm Architects has taken care of the design of the 1OR2 cafe where an open structure and a japanese/scandinavian feeling were the key words in the design process.

In the cafe you can experience all the products of MENU and sit down to enjoy some delicious coffee and chocolates. We are proud to have collaborated with the always inspiring guys behind Norm Architects and the great people from MENU. It's an honor to collaborate with such great teams and to inspire each other and create new and beautiful things.

The First or Second store is located in Alkmaar (the Netherlands), more information here.

Thank you Wendy from Beeldsteil to work with us and for capturing the cafe. 

Design: Norm Architects | Styling: April and May | Photography: Wendy van Woudenberg (Beeldsteil)



Anine Bing

17.11.14

The clothing line from Anine Bing is simple and very easy to wear. It's a perfect match between great quality and the perfect fit. Because the styles easily go together you can mix it all up. The clothes are made of the finest materials, all according to Anine’s rock-bohemian style and Anine gets her inspiration from music, L.A. , flea markets, bloggers and from life at large.

Being not only a fashion designer but also a mom of two children and a singer/songwriter we admire all the things she has accomplished. Be inspired by the great sense of style in a pure and feminine way and follow Anine here on instagram.



New Studio Norm architects

15.11.14

Let's start the day with the new studio by Norm Architects. They always have a beautiful way of showing their minimalistic signature with timeless simplicity, simple shapes and lots of white and grey tones. We love how the designs, styling and photography come together. Beautiful and very inspiring every time. Great work Norm-team!

For more photo's click here.

Have a great weekend!

April and may hearts

14.11.14


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copper calendar

13.11.14

This copper 2015 moon phases calendar is simple and serene. The large wall calendar is handprinted on  Stonehenge paper. And, also available in silver, gold or grey print on black paper.

Check out the different calendars ( and also the other nice products.. what do you think of these shirts for your little one? )

regent street warehouse

12.11.14

A three level warehouse space with a great atmosphere. The use of materials works absolutely fine: wooden beams, concrete floors, white walls and all the black structures. Warm and raw at the same time.

by Techne - photography Ben Hosking