Marz Designs Giveaway: The Winner!

August 1st, 2014

I’m hoping to send one of your lovelies off into the weekend very happy because today I announce the winner of the Marz Designs Bright Beads giveaway, where one of you will win their very own ‘Art’ pendant light from the brand new Smoked Ash collection!

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This beautiful pendant is designed and produced in Australia by Coco Reynolds, who entrusted me with the styling and photography of her new collection of dark chocolate hued wooden pendant lights. You can see more of the collection here or visit Marz Designs to see their other stunning lights. I was thrilled to be able to give one of these lovelies away. Here’s how I randomly picked our winner:

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Big congratulations go out to Tonia Tzortzi, who will be placing her ‘Art’ pendant in her newly painted office space!

Thanks to all of you who entered this giveaway and for your support, without which I wouldn’t be able to give away such beautiful items on the blog. And of course huge thanks of course to Marz Designs for offering one of my readers an absolutely beautiful and very generous gift!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Holly x

Styling & Photography original to Avenue Lifestyle

Currently Loving: Terra-cotta

July 31st, 2014

I rarely use the word ‘trend’ because in my work and life as a stylist I try to avoid following trends but rather create spaces out of a genuine appreciation for a certain product, element or simply, a feeling. For clients, I try to translate personal inspiration and experiences into a concept for their home’s interior, filling it with the items they truly love to create a personal and inspiring space for them to call home. Here on the blog, I avoid writing about current trends because I myself don’t follow trends per se. I am aware of what’s trending in the world of interior style, and I do find that I am more drawn towards certain styles than others because they’re in my direct environment, but I won’t rush out and buy the latest trend if it’s not a genuine fit with what I love. So I hesitate to suggest terra-cotta as being a micro trend at the moment, but as I see it appearing more and more in interiors I must say, it seems to have risen back from the 90s and I’m really liking it!

Currently Loving: Terra-Cotta by Avenue Lifestyle

Currently Loving: Terra-Cotta // Styling & Photography by Holly Marder for Avenue Lifestyle

I do kinda feel like the word ‘terra-cotta’ conjures up images of red/brown sponge painted walls and matching tiling, cushions, lampshades and curtains, with a damask floral sofa and puffy brown leather recliner in the corner. You know the type of room I am talking about. But in the fresh, Nordic style interiors that are so popular right now in which white is the base colour and the combination of old and new are the key ingredients, I have to say, I’m a little bit obsessed. It falls into the ‘naturals’ category that I love so much- materials and elements such as marble, wool, brass, and woods such as oak and walnut – but a little terra-cotta in a modern bohemian interior goes a long way.

I used a collection of terra-cotta pots I scoured from and thrift stores and garden shops to carry through the cognac tones and natural tones in my recent bedroom project, which have since made their way to various other areas of my home because I love them so much. I’m considering putting them outside for a while so they weather ever so slightly like the ones in the images above and below.

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Currently Loving: Terra-Cotta by Avenue Lifestyle // Image by Chillhiro

I like terra-cotta best when used in a clean white space, among other natural products, elements, textures and tones. I like it best in accessories for the kitchen, such as the gorgeous earthenware mug above {of which I have two in our kitchen cabinet}, or used as vessels for succulents and herbs. Pots look best when grouped together with others of varying sizes and a couple of odd vessels in a different colour or with a pattern to them. I adore those dipped terra-cotta kitchen wares by Sue Pryke.

Do you have terra-cotta items in your home? What are your favorites? I recently added 8 terra-cotta serving dishes to my collection at home for my wedding, dotted on the tables among vintage bowls and serve-ware. They looked great, and I love that I get to keep them and that they’ll age more beautifully with wear, as terra-cotta does.

Who knew I had so much to say about terra-cotta?!

Back soon!

Holly xo

Image credits: 1. {clockwise from top left} Etsy; Julias Vita Drömmar; Lovely Life; Etsy; 2. Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle 3. {clockwise from top left} Decorator’s Notebook; Ikea; Kristoffer Paulsen for Broadsheet; Sue Pryke; Teixidors 4. Chillhiro

Inside Scoop: Family Friendly Abode by a Dutch Design Duo

July 28th, 2014

Did you guys have a good weekend? I had the great honor of doing the flowers and venue styling for one of my closest friend’s wedding and am feeling exhausted but fulfilled. Here’s a peek at the bouquet I rustled up late last Thursday night for her, which she was thrilled with. {Phew!} Back to work today, and I noticed it’s been a while since I posted on my ‘Inside Scoop‘ column and took you through an inspiring interior that made it’s way behind my lens recently. So to kick off the week, take a tour around the cheerful family home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink, filled with pastel tones and unique one-of-a-kind finds, which I recently photographed for my Homes with Heart column on Decor8. I had such a great day shooting this lovely fresh space, not to mention the couple’s adorable daughter {who was loving being behind the camera}. Check it out!

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

“We both love a clutter free home,” say the couple behind the Dutch label Ontwerpduo. “We like things that have a function and are beautiful at the same time.” The duo live within meters of their design studio, making their Eindhoven, Netherlands, family home a practical abode for their young family. But as practical as it is, their modern home is laden with pretty details that mix the old with the new, their own designs as well as the work of fellow designers. Their distinct flair for design has resulted in a charming home filled with quirky details and pops of colour.

My favourite item in their home? A self drawn map illustrating all of the bike routes the couple have taken together over the years through Europe, which hangs above an industrial style self-designed metal cabinet in the living room.

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

A pastel pink painted concrete floor, makes for a surprising touch to the downstairs floor, working in really well with the one and only prop I took along with me to the shoot, a vintage kilim rug which was a wedding gift from my mother. It’s muted tones worked really well with the colour scheme, and the couple loved it so much they purchased one similar shortly after the shoot for themselves!

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Dutch designers Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of Ontwerpduo // Photography and Styling by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

I love how this design savvy couple has turned a modern, conventional townhouse into a unique and cheerful home that resonates with their unique sense of style. But their design know-how has also given them the ability to come up with unique ideas and solutions for their home. Exhibit A: The Bedroom.

“We have a very weird bedroom. The 2×5 meter space was the only room in the house which would accommodate a double bed and a wardrobe, so Nathan built our bed between two walls, with curtains at the end of the bed for privacy and also a kind of luxury,” Beunders explains. “It feels very large, despite the size, but it also turns out to be a very useful bed because the baby can’t fall out of it. In the weekend we love to spend our morning hours all together here.”

Clever, right? I also love that they can retreat to a calming white space at the end of a busy day with children and a day full of colour. I have that with my bedroom and it’s blissful.

You can see more images from this tour and read the full story over on Decor8.

In the meantime, have you entered the Avenue Lifestyle / Marz Designs giveaway yet? It’s amazing and you could win the most stunning light ever for your home. Do it!

See you back here shortly for more inspiration for the home.

Holly

All images by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

Bloomingville A/W 2014 Collection

July 24th, 2014

It’s been very hot here in The Netherlands for the last week so it’s strange to imagine that frosty temperatures are a matter of months away. And as much as we are soaking up every inch of the summer sun, after laying eyes on the new Autumn/Winter 2014 catalogue from the Danish interiors line Bloomingville, I must admit I suddenly have the urge to snuggle up into cosy evenings, light candles and fill my home with moody tones, textures and Nordic design.

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Bloomingville A/W 2014 | Avenue Lifestyle

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I’m loving the grey blue and deep purple tones in this new collection, as well as the textured natural baskets. Their storage solutions this season are also gorgeous. Would love to have one of those cabinets in my studio – just enough storage for stationary and books. I also love that geometric shapes and combinations of warm woods with cool metals have filtered into this new collection too.

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Bloomingville products are available for purchase at various retail chains around the globe. Click here to find a store or webshop near you that stocks their items.

I hope this post has sent you off into the weekend with lots of inspiration. As for me, I will be pouring my energy and love over the next two days into the wedding of one of my very best friends, who has entrusted me with the styling and flowers for her special day.

See you back here next week,

Holly x

Images courtesy of Bloomingville

New Marz Designs Collection + Amazing GIVEAWAY!

July 21st, 2014

Kicking off a new week with something pretty awesome for you guys. When I was asked by the talented Australian lighting designer Coco Reynolds of Marz Designs to style and photograph her brand new ‘Bright Beads’ wooden pendant collection in Smoked Ash I was really excited as I adore her work and love working with inspiring designers and creators. So today I have for you a giant scoop of gorgeous images I snapped as part of this lovely new collection, plus the most amazing giveaway ever. You guessed it, folks. Avenue Lifestyle and Marz Designs are giving one lucky reader one stunning pendant light from the new collection. Read on to find out how to win, and in the meantime, drool a little bit over these black beauties.

MarzDesigns lighting - Styling and photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

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Marz Designs is a young Sydney based design company in which timeless and innovative designs and functionality and quality are their primary focus. Marz Designs was established by Coco Reynolds. Constantly inspired to push the boundaries of various mediums and functions, over the course of her design career, Reynolds has developed her own quirky and unique style.

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“I developed the Bright Beads in conjunction with How We Create for Saturday InDesign 2013 as a case study to represent the relationship between designer and manufacturer. We used local wood turners to lathe the timber beads on the day which form the basis of the pendants, so everyone could witness first-hand the process in which they are made and an insight into what goes on behind the scenes. The idea stemmed from making jewellery as a child, I would thread glass beads onto string to make necklaces and other embellishments. In the same way these pendants can be custom made to meet specific requirements, at any length and in any configuration.”

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These newly released ‘Bright Beads’ pendants are made completely from Smoked Ash which is a solid oak timber that undergoes a special smoking process, a method that can attain an even and consistent dark colour to the heart or core of the timber. The process gives the timber a beautiful smokey fragrance.

Want to see more? Shop Marz Designs pendants.

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When asked to style and photograph this beautiful new collection, I knew instantly the direction I wanted to go was natural and neutral, employing various textures and a minimal use of colour to allow the product to strike the right contrast. My inspiration came from natural textures and materials such as linen, wood, marble and woven textiles.

I photographed three different pendants – the Art, Alice and Aztek – in three different settings to illustrate how and where they might be used. You might recognize the bedroom I used, and I also went into the homes of the interior designers behind Nu interieur|ontwerp. Tessa’s neutral living room {and adorable dog Saar, who clearly approved of what I was creating on that sofa!} lent a sense of comfort and cosiness that I wanted to give these smoked ash beauties, while Nathalie’s light, bright and white kitchen with it’s striking lines and simplicity made for a contemporary and calm backdrop for these shapely stunners.

And now, for the exciting part, the….

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Alright, alright. So you wanna know how to be in the running to win one of these stunning ‘Art‘ pendants for yourself?

All you have to do is:

1. Tweet this post with the comment: “I’ve entered to win a stunning #MarzDesigns pendant on @avenueblog #brightbeadsgiveaway”

2. Then come back to this post and comment below stating what you love about the pendant and where/how you would place it in your home. * Please include your email address, twitter handle and the country in which you live

3. Head on over to Facebook and like MarzDesigns and Avenue Lifestyle. If commenting on any of our posts, use the hashtag #brightbeadsgiveaway

The winner will be chosen at random on Friday, 1 August 2014, and will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The pendant will be shipped out on Monday, 4 August. Worldwide entries are accepted.

GOOD LUCK!

Holly xo