A Mini Getaway in Paris

February 25th, 2015

Helloooo! It’s been a long time. Longer than I planned, I promise. Things have become very busy on my end and then I took a little trip to Paris, a mini getaway of sorts, linked with an interior production I was sent over to photograph. If you follow along on Instagram, you’ll have had a glimpse into my Parisian getaway. As I went there for work {with my husband, our little girl and two very good friends who are over from Australia in tow} I made a conscious effort to leave my camera packed away when out and about. Photography for me tends to be all encompassing. I am all in or all out. I get totally in the zone and it’s hard to pull away again. When I shoot interiors, I sometimes get so in the zone I forget to eat, usually meeting four o’clock in the afternoon with a light head and shaky hands. So I decided to leave the photography side of things for the interior I shot {a beautiful family home in Saint Germaine en-Laye} and leave the camera at the hotel {more on that later!} the rest of the time. Except once.


This, my friends, is the breathtaking view atop the Eiffel Tower. We’d spent the weeks leading up to our 6-day getaway reading to our little girl Lola about all the things we would see and do, and got her particularly excited about the Eiffel Tower. So despite the rain, wind and blistering cold, we ventured to the fourth floor with one very giddy and equally stunned little girl in tow to marvel together at the views.




The grey, foggy skies made Paris all the more beautiful in my eyes. A Parisian skyline faded into the distance and gold clad spires peeking up through the fog. The sea foam waters of the Seine winding gracefully through the vast and beautiful capital. So beautiful. But so cold. These images were snapped in seconds; it was an in-the-bag-out-the-bag affair that relied largely on the ability of my frozen fingers to adjust the settings.

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One little lady was so impressed by the views below, she forgot all about the icy temperatures. Before heading up the tower I stripped one of my Australian friends of a cardigan, suspecting that it would be icy up there, and relinquished my scarf to wrap Lola up warm. Of course, as law would have it, the day you actually need the hat and gloves you packed for your child but hadn’t needed until now, they are nowhere to be found.

When finger tips were sufficiently frozen and lips were turning a pale shade of blue, we headed down again and straight into a cab bound for a warm cafe.



So guys, that’s where I’ve been. Before this I was drowning under a very large to-do list but I am slowly emerging and have a couple of super cute somethings to share with you this week.

Thank you so much for following along on Instagram and checking back every day for new posts.

Holly x

// Images: Holly Marder

Great.ly Giveaway: The Winner!

February 2nd, 2015

Hey guys! Those of you who entered my Great.ly giveaway will be wondering who our lucky winner is, no doubt. So here it is, congratulations to lovely Jenna Oh, who loved the little gold and pearl stacking ring! Happy shopping for lovely Inbal Designs jewellery my Great.ly boutique!

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I had some help selecting our winner, as you can see. Lola picked out our winner from a little bowl and was so excited to be involved.


Congratulations, Jenna! I hope you love whatever lovely goodies you choose with your $50 voucher. Please comment below with your email address so I can get your voucher over to you.

Thank so much to all who entered! And of course a big thank you to Inbal Designs and Great.ly for teaming up to give away goodies to the lovely people who read Avenue Lifestyle. Will be running more lovely giveaways on the blog over the course of the year so stay tuned!

Holly x

Featured: Bedroom Project in Couch Mag

January 30th, 2015

Hey guys! Dropping in to share some news with you, of the very exciting type. My bedroom has been featured in the January issue of COUCH magazine, a gorgeous German publication! I’ve photographed countless homes and seen the most beautiful spaces over the last few years, so it is quite surreal for me to see my home {one room counts, doesn’t it?} splashed on the pages of a glossy mag. But there you have it. The bedroom, in all it’s simplistic glory, has made a fully fledged, 6 page feature. Check it out!


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How awesome is that?! It’s incredibly gratifying, after all the blood, sweet and tears we poured into this room {mainly from my husband’s body but still, every project needs a foreman!} to see it pop up in magazines and all over the internet as a source of inspiration to so many.

We applied such simple ideas to the space that I must admit I was initially a bit concerned about even sharing it out of fear it wouldn’t be inspiring enough, but in the end it was those simple, cost effective, easy-to-replicate elements which have had my images of this room pinned and shared the world over so many times over the last few months. Funny isn’t it?

Online, the bedroom has been shared on some of my favourite blogs, including SFgirlbybay, vtwonen, My Scandinavian Home blog and Hannas Inspo, and many more. I am humbled and energized to share more interiors I have been working on over the past months. Naturally, I am also eager to share more of my home as we work our way through each room, so stay tuned because more room tours are in the making!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Holly x

Food Files: The Best Scones Ever

January 28th, 2015

The other day I took you on a tour of Yvonne Eijkenduijn’s lovely home in Belgium, telling you all about how she spent the day baking while I was photographing away. I was treated to a delicious lunch followed by the most heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth scones fresh from the oven. Soooo good, were Yvonne’s scones that I thought it almost unkind to not share the recipe with you. So folks, whip up a batch of amazing with Yvonne’s easy recipe below!

Food Files: Yvonne Eikenduijn's Best Scones Ever // Avenue Lifestyle


400 gr plain flower
25 gr white caster sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
50 gr unsalted butter (softened)
250 ml low fat yoghurt
200 gr raisins
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 200 C

With a spoon stir the flour, sugar, bicarbonate and salt until it’s one mixture.

Soften the butter in a microwave. Add butter, yoghurt and raisins to the rest of the mixture until it’s a fast and sticky dough.

Scoop the dough on a well floured surface, dust the top of the dough with flour. Pat the dough about 4 cm high and push a 6 cm scone cutter firmly through the dough.

Place on a baking tray (with baking paper) about 2 cm apart.

Beat the egg and lightly brush the tops of the scones with the egg.

Place for 12-14 minutes in the oven.

Food Files: Yvonne Eikenduijn's Best Scones Ever // Photography by Avenue Lifestyle

I must have eaten three or maybe even four of them that day. So good. The last time I ate home baked scones were when I went to London to help my sister give birth back in 2010 and all she wanted to eat was scones. They were good, but these were good!

Yvonne’s latest book Weekend Ontbijtboek {The Weekend Breakfast Book} is full of lovely recipes like this to try, and her first book Yvestown in the Kitchen is just as inspiring, with kitchens as gorgeous as the recipes made in them. I was very lucky to be given a peek into the digital copy of her first book before it hit the shelves, so am delighted for her to have done so well for herself. She just finished writing her third book this week in fact – can’t wait to see what she’s come up with this time!

Thanks so much Yvonne for sharing your recipe {and home} with us!

Holly x

Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} / Recipe: Yvonne Eijkenduijn


Birds by Emma von Brömssen

January 26th, 2015

I recently started following Swedish artist, textile, pattern, fabric and wallpaper designer Emma von Brömssen on Instagram and before I knew it I was on her website, in her shop, and delighting in her charming poster collection of birds made from leaves, berries and twigs.

Birds by Emma von Brömssen // Avenue Lifestyle

Birds by Emma von Brömssen // Avenue Lifestyle

I think these quirky little creatures are so sweet, and I love Emma’s product styling too. My favourites are the  little guy with the pink and green leaves and the peacock above!

Birds by Emma von Brömssen // Avenue Lifestyle

Birds by Emma von Brömssen // Avenue Lifestyle

Birds by Emma von Brömssen // Avenue Lifestyle

Birds by Emma von Brömssen // Avenue Lifestyle

Cool, right? I love how detailed Emma gets her birds to look with such a minimal selection of natural materials. Find more lovely images and shop these lovely posters in Emma’s webshop.

Emma has produced work for several beautiful brands, including a tile and cushion design she developed for the Nordic brand House of Rym. The way she describes pattern is testament to a deep seated passion for design and creation. “A pattern is like music. The rhythm of the flow will take you on a journey through the pattern.” So inspiring!

Have a lovely Monday,

Holly x

Images // Emma von Brömssen