THE SOCIALITE FAMILY
a sample of smart & cool families
STORIES, STYLES, INTERIOR DESIGN & FAMILY…
Contemporary families in which, when I look back, I grew up in too.
Parents with eye for detail, vision, design, vintage…
Things I took for granted maybe…
“They all share their unique vision
on how to harmonize family life and interior design.”
Beautiful photography and inspiring interviews.
You want to read, know about and find out every detail.
Something to look forward to,
in a world full of ‘fast forward’…
Where loads of images are jumping up and down
on your screen all day.
Instead, here… Just sitting down,
going nowhere, admiring the beautiful images
and the lovely inspiring stories.
I can go through this website for hours
even though I don’t have time for that at all.
A visual diary of design…
The big extra at THE SOCIALITE FAMILY
is that for most of what you see,
they’ve tried to find something likewise
or the exact version (yes!),
like that particular chair from the editorial,
a specific light or some gorgeous accessories.
So because of a certain family with taste for design,
you will find your precious piece to spice up your home.
And you will get inspired by reading all the lovely stories
of the (mostly) creative or entrepeneur-ish owners.
Yes they happen to be real people,
and therefore it’s not a showroom
but the home of a family with a big heart for design.
And where they are allowed
to actually sit on that beautiful design couch,
drink from that handmade cup
and eat from that plate at that gorgeous table. ; )
My heart goes boom!
Photography: Constance Gennari & Eve Campestrini.
Photography, capturing in one moment…
It is a profession.
I see a lot of people who are technically educated
but don’t have had the capability to capture ‘it’.
‘It’ is the magic, the moment, the vibe
plus the choice for film or postproduction.
You don’t need a lot of ingredients, but the right ones.
Magic between model and photographer, working as a team.
Photographer Michelle Marshall and
model Sol (Select Model Management London)
worked together more than once!
And the combination of those two
has create my favourite portraits.
The one I want on my wall.
Contemporary street, but also timeless.
Ingredients as #denim and # blackandwhitephotography
is something which will always get my attention.
But it needs to be really brilliant in every detail to want it on our
There’s such a silent beauty in it.
Sol reminds me also of my oldest son
who has not his age yet,
but is heading towards it and to an independent life.
Something I’m not always looking forward to,
letting him go, taking care of himself.
If I look at this portrait I know he will be fine.
#wishfulthinking and all maybe, but that doesn’t matter.
This portrait is telling me a story.
We are in that moment too.
I can look at it over and over again.
Never boring. That makes it brilliant!
Growing up in a contemporary artistic family had many positive sides.
My parents were open minded, our big house had room for a swing
in the livingroom, a climbing wall, we could cycle through the house.
Not too many strict rules.
The girl and her brothers, at that age, had not many complains
Then the girl, me, became a teenager.
Besides by being embarrassed by my artist dad,
which I think is quite normal for a teenager…
I was embarrassed as well about some car choices
my parents made.
Can you imagine…
Volvo Amazon, 245 GL
Citröen HY, DS, 2CV
Rover P5B 3.5 litre
Obviously not a very objective vision,
because they were cool
and later happen to be stunning wannahave-cars.
The main reason for this:
quite some time the car broke down while touring.
With that in the back of my mind
I’ve created an aversion against vintage cars.
Just wanted them to do the job,
by getting me somewhere.
But if you think my only wish is to just drive any car
which for sure would bring me from A to B,
then you’re wrong…
The interest in innovation, design
and the exterior looks is extremely big!
Much bigger. I have to admit.
So… OUR SECRET CAR CRUSH was born!
Secret because I also grew up with values like
‘be kind to our planet’,
‘don’t be too greedy’… Share…
How can you admire a machine
which polutes the planet?
Car crush because I can really admire
a particular car design or car brand.
And then a little devil in my head says…
No, all no good for the planet.
You can understand I’m extremely happy
and thankful for the rise and shine of electric cars
at most of the car brands…
For sure for the heart we have for our planet…
but it also…
… makes me feel less guilty.
Even without the electric cars (being common yet),
the best of both worlds is
just writing about cars, test-driving
and writing reviews in my own way!
And not be the owner.
I can be objective in a good way.
Give a visual opinion.
Get input from the technical sides,
without boring you…
And photograph it in our own way too,
to make the story complete.
Cars which are just cool, beautiful, wannahaves
for yes ‘a independent woman with kids’, haha!
In contemporary pantone-colours. Hallelujah!
No, this is not shallow…
This is heart for design,
You have to drive them to football
or swimming lessons, to birthday parties
or to the grandparents anyway.
Eighter way I want to make quite sure
it is fast and getting me there,
looking contemporary beautiful.
And is just comfortable enough.
Comfortable as in
The luxury of a button or sensor
which opens the backdoor automatically
when you’re arriving with all the groceries…
So, soon you can expect our first review ever
of such a COOL WANNAHAVE CAR
(we were able to test last november);
The MINI Cooper S ALL4 Clubman
Have a lovely weekend!
Driving or something ; )
First of all, our sunny friend will show up,
as promised by the weather-boys-and-girls…
And even though there won’t be some sparkling sunlight,
there for sure will be a
FREE ENTRANCE COOL EVENT!
On Sunday, April 2nd, Let it Grow‘s
GREENHOUSE FESTIVAL! will take place
in our city Amsterdam! Experience firsthand how plants, flowers and green technologies
are being used to shape happier and healthier cities.
You will find the gathering of many talented innovators,
architects, artists, chefs and tech entrepreneurs.
Specialized in urban green.
Using plants and flowers to improve our lives.
and ‘moodboards-on-pinterest’ can come to life…
Inspiring to the max! Out of your comfort zone!
For free people! Bring friends & family!
For sure you’ll come back feeling enriched,
inspired and very eager to get your hands dirty!
p.s. More boys-and-green-inspiration at our green in da house!
We feel it!
The beautiful contemporary kidsbrand from Amsterdam
has launched their newest collection, #no.03.
Designer In-Yeo Couperus is a storyteller in every way.
With her fabrics, her colour-choices
and the way she wants her collection to be photographed.
We’ve met her for the first time, last summer, in Paris at our favourite KID,
What a beautiful personality she is, inside and outside.
She happen to live around the corner in Amsterdam.
You could say we’re neighbours.
Small world! 😉 We love that!
Small, independent, authentique…
A lady with an eye for detail.
Nothing is good enough until it is proven to her.
You can be sure her designs are of a very high quality,
comfortable, yet sophisticated.
Simplicity is the keyword,
although with all the refinement and the tiny details,
it doesn’t cover it for us.
The forms of clothes are maybe archetypisch simple,
but it is all about the details
which makes a collection just good or fantastic!
In-Yeo is the colour-master! It looks so simple, but it is incredibly refined.
The colours for her collection are so well chosen.
‘Sandy skin’, ‘Washed sunny yellow’ en ‘Dark night summer blue’.
Collection no.3 is about… yeaaaaahhh… SUMMER!
With your toes in the sand.
Enjoying the little things in life, which are actually pretty big!
Can’t wait for this moment!
If you would like to find out more about this lovely talented designer,
follow her IG and pinterest account.
In a way that you will understand her way of observing the world.
And it is gorgeous and thoughtful, but in a natural way.
Refined is the best description for In-Yeo and her REPOSE AMS.
Luckily In-Yeo decided to upgrade the sizes for the collection from 2-12 yrs,
(before 2-6 yrs), so we can enjoy these wannahaves for a much longer time.
And in case of being kind to the world,
the idea that the quality is so high,
makes that a lot of other kids can enjoy these designs.
No waste and contemporary enough
to still be a wannahave…
the vibe, the colours and the images are giving us a lovely childhood story.
We want to be in it…
Photography: Anna Ciolina
(Beautiful work Anna!)
In-Yeo’s IG – post/image – heart – heart…
We secretly want to write for girls too,
but it happen to be we’re stucked at the boys’s side ; )
We were waiting for something like this!
The face plates of CASE STUDYO X JEAN JULLIEN!
What a brilliant collaboration…!
The characteristic and humourous illustrations
of the world-renowned funny French Englishman
JEAN JULLIEN, has created new friends at the breakfast-table.
CASE STUDYO is a publisher and producer of artworks by contemporary artists.
Like Parra, Grotesk, Andy Rementer, Boris Tellegen.
What we love about this is,
that they are triggered by the changing boundaries of the art world,
different forms and places of creative expression
and the abolishment of predefined rules
they do not limit themselves to a certain style or visual language.
Creative freedom which results in something which we can actually use,
but we also believe it is almost fine art
(yeah we know we have to be careful by saying that)…
Who doesn’t want those at the breakfast-table every morning?
It’s not possible for grumpy young dudes to stay grumpy!
And tired parents will find their innerchild… ; )
So much fun guaranteed!
Although like said before, it will end on our wall,
at our crib, as ART!
To make sure it won’t be broken…
We have a clumpsyness in our genes,
so for everybody’s safety we’ll protect it.
But the main reason…
It’s too COOL, too awesome,
BIG BIG WANNAHAVE!
What do you think?
Using it or staring at it?
Up to you…
We don’t know yet!
It makes us smile anyway!
Thanks BRILLIANT CLUB OF CREATIVES!
We have a big preference for this image.
It is soooo strong!!!!
Although the whole campaign is gorgeous.
You have to understand
that this campaign needs to represent Fall 17/18.
In black and white it’s timeless.
But if you take a closer look,
the details can tell you something about the timing.
The model with the beautiful eyes,
and especially with his stunning big eyebrows.
His cool, secure look.
A structured top
(which is even better
in black and white photography)
& a prop (the table)
which is real, not perfect!
Therefore this portrait gives the impression
he’s on a location
(his home or at the studio of an artist)
where he feels comfortable.
You believe it and it is still fashionable.
It is all about the details.
Dennis is widely recognized for his ability
to always make the models look absolutely stunning.
His lighting, fashion-sense and thoughtful postproduction
is visible throughout his work
and the CIFF KIDS campaign makes no exception.
Neat yet sophisticated
the images capture the beautiful kids,
with a touch of adulthood
and an elaborated sense of style.
We want more…
Photography: Dennis Stenild
We are big fans
of Dutch Illustrator LOES RIPHAGEN‘s book
‘Trunk for the Nose’
or in Dutch ‘ Bij de neus genomen’.
That book is illustrated by a cutting paper (collage) technique,
which makes ‘the jungle’ becoming alive.
Actually for us it is art…
The cover of the book is open and looks like a showbox…
A black cover with the title in gold.
Really awesome and very unique!
As a follow up she’d made
which is something like
A booklet where she is teaching you
how to create a beautiful paper cut animal yourself.
In very easy steps with examples.
And if you will make a version on your own,
she will be delighted when you send her a picture.
Well, we will Loes : )
So obviously we’ve ordered this ourselves,
as we have a creative dude at home
and we are big fans of her work.
But this will be a great gift for birthdays,
Xmas or just creative days with the kids anyway.
ENJOY A LOVELY CREATIVE WEEKEND!
Images: loesriphagen.nl / thecoolheads.com