Best of Interior Blogs Award 2016

14.09.16

Hey guys! You may have seen on Instagram that I spent the weekend in Munich, Germany. I went down to attend and celebrate the book launch of another beautiful book I collaborated on this year – ‘Best of Interior‘ the third book in the series ‘Wohnen aus dem wahren leben’ produced by the German publishing house Callwey Verlag. The book features the work of 15 talented European interior design bloggers, their photography, ideas and trend forecasts for the coming year. To coincide with the book launch, Callwey honoured the contributing interior bloggers with an award ceremony to recognise the creative work they are doing. I am thrilled to have been not only nominated for an award (along with the 15 book contributing bloggers) but am deeply honoured to have won one of them too!

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The deciding jury consisted of Gudy Herder, a trend and interior expert from Barcelona, Ricarda Nieswandt, who reports about interiors on her blog 23QM Still, and Happy Interior blogger Igor Josifovic. Together they selected the three best submissions in the categories Best Creative Idea, Best Individual Style and Blog of the Year Get the full scoop

Project H Studio Reveal: Before & After

11.09.16

Hey guys! Do you remember the Project H Bedroom Before & After? Sloped ceilings, a palette of nudes and naturals, dramatically draped  bedside pendants and bed linens to make your heart skip two beats? Yes, that one. Well today I am excited to show you another completed room in this lovely penthouse apartment near Amsterdam, the Project H Studio Reveal! Complete with a few before’s, a ton of after’s and a Shop the Look at the bottom of the post, I have every confidence you’re going to love this fresh, green, minimalist home office as much as I loved creating it. Let’s go!

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Like the bedroom next door, this was a challenging space to design around because of it’s sloped ceilings that curve from 3 meters at it’s highest point on the one side of the room to almost down to the floor on the other. What the space really needed was storage space to house the client’s clothing (since there is no hanging wardrobe space in the bedroom, if you remember), the printer/scanner and other unsightly office supplies, and a clever solution for her cat litter trays and other bits and pieces we all tend to accumulate over time. Here’s a look at the space as it was when I was called in: Get the full scoop

Decorate for a Party

05.09.16

As a columnist for Holly Becker’s blog decor8 for the last three years, I am probably a little biased, but you cannot deny that Ms Becker is a incredibly talented, creative and bursting with drive and passion. She has been in the blogging biz for a decade and has authored several books on decorating. I continue to write my column ‘Homes with Heart‘ on her blog with joy each month and have always been honoured that she regards my work as good enough to feature on the pages of decor8. So when she asked to shoot some stories for her latest book, which she has co-authored with the delightful and equally talented Leslie Shewring, I was absolutely over the moon. After many months of hard work, it brings me so much joy to share a few peeks inside their book Decorate for a Party: Stylish and Simple Ideas for Meaningful Gatherings published by Jacqui Small / Quarto, available now on pre-order.

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This is Holly Beckers’ fourth book alongside Decorate which she wrote in 2011 and Decorate Workshop, written in 2012), and the second she has authored with Leslie after the success of Decorate with Flowers. What an accomplishment! When I started photographing about five years ago (more out of necessity than anything else in the beginning), I never imagined I would one day have my work showcased in a book, let alone one belonging to two women I have long admired. Capturing spaces, people and scenes has become not only internal to the work that I do as a stylist but also a passion and appreciation that runs deep into my heart and soul. I have worked hard to build up my skill with no formal training, and being asked to collaborate in this capacity on a project this beautiful is so deeply gratifying that I could almost burst. Get the full scoop

Lola’s Bedroom: Before & After!

03.09.16

Hey everyone! I have been dying to share this space with you for, well, about two and a half years in fact. It is a sweet little girl’s bedroom belonging to my daughter, Lola, and it has been in the making for a really long time. I am a little ashamed to admit how long this project has taken me to complete, but in all honesty, with a full schedule of interior design and photography projects on the go, I end up putting my own home and house to-do list on the back burner. Some things just a little time, and thankfully Lola has been a pretty laid back customer and hasn’t minded the delay. During the summer break, I made Lola’s bedroom my focus and I am thrilled to finally, finally share this sweet space with you. You might remember I shared a sneak peek of it a while back (like, two years ago #mybad). Well brace yourselves for an epic before and after, folks. This one was a long time coming, but with this tour I hope I’ve well and truly made up for it!

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Quick recap: We bought our home 2.5 years ago and have been slowly renovating and decorating it ever since. A lot happened in the first few months, as it always does, and then the pace slowed down while we recuperated after getting married, buying a house and replacing our car all in the same 5 month period. Though we’ve done things in between – painting the staircase/hallway, bringing in new furniture, and doing some exterior work – we seem to have really picked up the pace these last couple of months and are moving quite quickly again. We’ve been working in the kitchen, living room and garden and I will share these spaces with you in the coming few months. I shared our bedroom last summer, then my studio tour went live a few months ago, I did a studio update more recently and now I am excited we have wrapped up another room and that our sweet Lola loves it every bit as much as we do.
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Simple, White and Crafted with Love

02.08.16

My obsession with ceramics continues, guys. Not only is my own collection at home growing at a rate faster than I can accommodate my delicate new friends, but I continue to fall in love again and again over Pinterest too. But I’ve been noticing I seem to be drawn most to white ceramics, or is it a trend I am cottoning onto? Perhaps my recent visit to a beautiful ceramics studio has me dreaming of minimalistic pieces in varying shades of white, packed with texture and etched with subtle detailing. Either way, simple, white and crafted with love seems to be the object of my affection these days and the theme for some of my favourite ceramic finds below too. A drip here, a smudge there and a bit of a dip too, I’m sure these snaps below will have you as smitten as me.

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Here’s a little sneak peek at a beautiful feature I photographed at the studio of ceramicist, stylist and multi-disciplinary designer July Adrichem. It was the most inspiring day, spent with gorgeous and multi talented July and my friend Lotte who is a wonderful Dutch writer – I love collaborations like this, I returned home with a full heart and a bursting memory card. I adore July’s minimalistic designs and delicate palette and I can’t wait to show you more. For now though, a few more inspiring snaps that have me awash with inspiration. Get the full scoop