the sensual scent of Iceland

"inspired by a natural pool in the Icelandic highlands... "

Love her love for photograpy,  
visual illustrations and her feel to create 
the most distinctive fragrances based on her art works

a little while ago I was kindly invited by
 Icelandic visual artist & perfumer Andrea Maack to have a look at her 
beautiful and breathtaking instagram gallery and in addition to that beauty
I received a previewsample of her new fragance DUAL.

Dual is designed for the modern fragrance customers and will be one of 
the first launches of the new unisex fragrance collection by Andrea Maack 
 From the very first moment that I've smelled 
 this unique and fresh fragance,  this sensual scent of Iceland 
has definitely been noticed on my wishlist! 

DUAL will be launched before the holiday season 

                                                                                 photos 1,2,4 via Andre Maack photo3,5 elvs


graphic and geometric

 this gorgeous monochrome apartment,  
where we can admire stylish graphic patterns and geometric shapes ,
(love the wallpaper from the Claesson Koivisto Rune collection)
really made me smile today!

love the styling by Linnea Salmen... 
love the atmosphere...   just love it all!!!
see more at fantastic frank here

                                                                                                                                  found via Residence.se with thanks!


fonQblogevent #weekendsnapshots

a showroom filled with eyecandy and design wannahaves, 
a great presentation by designer Gerard van den Berg of labelvandenberg
an inspiring workshop (with great tips) by Femke of Fest Amsterdam
and a very informative workshop by the (photography-) team of Zuiver.

Really had a fantastic time this weekend at the FonQblogevent.
This event, where I met about 30 fellow interiorbloggers, 
 was organised for the secondtime by the team of dutch contemporary 
online store fonQ.nl  and it was such fun to be a part of it...
Thanks Tessa and Marcella for this amazing and most of all very inspiring day!

ps. you can find some reviews that I wrote about some 
of their designproducts here and here 

at dutch online store FONQ.nl you can find more than 40.000  colorful and special products 
that make life just a little more fun with unique gift and design products and a wide range
 in terms of living, cooking and garden.


giveaway - sterrenhoudt

A little while ago I "met" Judith of Dutch webshop Sterrenhoudt 
at the always inspiring instagram world where I was attracted by her beautiful feed
which is inspired by the home &living,  kitchen &cooking
and paper &cards products of her shop

 today - and the coming 3 weeks -  Sterrenhoudt is offering this amazing giveaway:

What can you win?

* a beautiful christmas giftbox or
* the article of your choice from the sterrenhoudt shop! 

you can make a chance to win this giveaway the coming 3 weeks!
every week on friday we will anounce one lucky winner

This is how to join in:

 * let us know which product you would like to win at sterrenhoudt (here)
and leave a message in the review section of the choosen article
where you tell us why you would like to win that article
it's allowed to choose more than one item - we understand that choosing can be so difficult :) 

* leave a message below 

Do you all know Sterrenhoudt
Judith  is the owner of dutch online-shop Sterrenhoudt where you can find beautiful 
scandinavian interior-kitchen and lifestyle accessories by well known brands as House Doctor, 
Nicolas Vahe, tama towels, Arrogant,  Martin Moore, Sterrenhoudt and many more. 
Judith is constantly looking for new trends and items and opt for high quality and unique
 products that are truly valuable and that you will cherish! She thinks it's important to let you 
look forward to receive the article that you have chosen and unpacking must be 
a real party and feel like a gift! 

good luck! 
the winners will be announced at this blogpost on friday

the winner of week 1 is :  -  Hessel van der Werf  -
Congratulations Hessel! you are the first lucky winner of this festive giveaway :)
 please let us know your adress at elvsblog@gmail.com


dark poetry


"Devoted to the allure of sumptuous lace and bold accessorising, 
the poetic elegance of a modern gentlewoman is revealed."

I think I might have found the perfect outfit... 
really fell for the beautiful and delicate
 "dark poetry"  festive collection from & Other Stories

find all about this collection here


early ideas - xmas

just visited the inspiring blog of Tine K Home
where I admired these beautiful decoration and styling ideas of 
Pernille Gromkjaer Taato (which you can find here
 just love this beautiful simplicity!

already said it on instagram a few days ago while I was sharing 
some of my early christmas decoration ideas,
 slowly I'm getting in the mood for some green, white and
 natural Christmas inspiration... 
Do you already have some decoration plans? 

                                                                                                                                                               photos Trine Bukh


warm and cosy

I was attracted straight away when I saw this
 gorgeous airy apartment for sale in Stockholm this morning...

just love the natural soft tones combined with 
the subtile grey and brown shades, 
the black kitchen with its details in brass and marble and
 the perfect and creative styling ideas of Linnea Salmen 

see more here 

                                                                                                 photos Joakim Johansson