april and may hearts

19.9.14

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MENU A/W 14

18.9.14

Menu is doing great. Their new collection is looking simple and beautiful.. and the photography is amazing. We love the fact that they keep on growing and that they work with the most great designers.
Can't wait to see the products in real!

MENU A/S 
Available at First or Second

First or Second | we are open

16.9.14

As you might have noticed we have been a little bit absent the last weeks. The reason for this was the opening of our store First or Second in the Netherlands. The last week we have worked like crazy to get the whole store ready before we opened our doors on the 13th of September.

We are very proud and amazed by all the wonderful people who have helped us and all the great response from the people who already visited us.

For now above a short impression from the store. More about our 1or2 VILLA, 1or2 CAFE, 1or2 KIDS and 1or2 ART the next couple of weeks when we will be shooting some beautiful pictures and give you more information about the concept and our store.

You can ofcourse follow us on Facebook and instagram to stay updated.

We are glad to be back!







australian home

9.9.14

This home in Australia is warm and minimalistic at the same time. The consistent use of warm wood, concrete and black steel makes it very sophisticated. You can find more images of this home here.

Photography by Tara Pearce
via Nordic Design

weekend snack

6.9.14

Your favorite movie and a huge bowl of popcorn. In style :) 
Brown butter and rosemary popcorn with seasalt and grinded pepper. Let the weekend begin!

You can find the recipe at Covet Garden

Enjoy! 

and the winner is...

5.9.14


We've got 3 winners! Congratulations to Dagny, Celine and Lamana. Thank you all for the nice responses!
Please send your details to loren@juliakostreva.com and you will receive your new print as soon as possible. 

xoxo April and May & Julia Kostreva

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hagedornhagen give away

4.9.14

Next week, the new store First or Second will be open. To celebrate this, we will be having some great give aways on the blog of the brands that we will be selling in the store. Starting with the brand Hagedornhagen.

Together with Hagedornhagen we are giving away one of their Pompon prints, the PP3. 

What do you have to do to win this print in 70 x 100 cm?

- Like Hagedornhagen on facebook
- Like First or Second on facebook
- Leave a comment on this post why you would like to win
- You have to be able to come and get the print in the new store First or Second in Alkmaar - Holland

We will announce the winner next week!

xoxo April and May


boxwood terrarium

3.9.14

Beautiful glass terrariums with a black or copper frame. We love them! Use them for your favorite plants, on your desk or next to your bed for your most personal belongings. The ones from Boxwood are available in different shapes
Which one is your favorite?

You can find them here

swedish country home

2.9.14





The last days of summer started in Holland.. and we are dreaming about a long weekend in this home.
You can feel the surrounding of nature and together with the use of materials.. YES I could live here.

Images by Thomas Ibsen and Laura Stamer
by Lasc Studio

minister cafe

30.8.14




The Minister Cafe in Poland is based on the concept of the brand Minister Beer. The entire concept of the cafe is a combination of the visual identification of the brand and the interior of the cafe. Which they did very well. We really like the combination of concrete, wood and the soft grey fabrics. The wooden floor makes it a bit more rustic. 

So, going to Poland, visit the Minister Cafe for a cup of coffee.. or beer :) 

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29.8.14

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julia kostreva give away

28.8.14

Do you already know the work from Julia Kostreva?

We are happy to announce that we are able to give away 3 great oversize black and white prints. Which one? You get to choose your favorite: Stay Foolish, Free Admission, 2015, Night Flowers or Keep Going.

What do you have to do to win this poster?

- Like Julia Kostreva on Facebook here.
- Tell us in a comment which poster you would like to win and why.

We will announce the winner next week on the blog and on our Facebook page.

Good luck! xoxo April and May & Julia Kostreva


habitables nightstands

27.8.14

How pretty are these pieces of furniture? 
The wooden nightstands from Habitables are available in two different sizes and in white, black or oak. Or combined. You can choose the simple black &white version, a retro white & oak.. Just how you like it!

color inspiration

26.8.14

Beautiful color inspiration from the brand Jotun. All styled with our favorites designs from Menu by stylist Krakvik D'orazio.

Photography by Margaret M. de Lange