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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Bed 2

Bed 1

Bed 4

Bed 3

Bed 5

Bed 6

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

FRESH SCONES FROM YVONNE’S KITCHEN

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

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium

January 22nd, 2015

It’s always a buzz when I see my work in print. This week something sweet popped through the letterbox – the home tour I shot for my decor8 column made the cover of the German title Sweet Living Magazin! Sweet Living has been wonderful about supporting my work, and have featured me on the cover on several occasions now, but it remains exciting every time. For this feature I went inside the charming Belgium home of Yvonne Eijkenduijn, a photographer, blogger and the author of the books Yvestown in the Kitchen and the Weekend Ontbijtboek {a gorgeous little breakfast book}.

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Yvonne and her husband Boris have spent the best part of the last 6 years renovating their home on the Belgian border, which dates back to 1896. The results? A space that exudes love, light and Yvonne’s feminine sense of style. Throughout the renovation, the couple have maintained the home’s original features, giving it a fresh new lease on life while respecting the history behind the property. You can read all about the renovation process HERE.

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Yvonne and Bo have been renovating their house in stages, doing one room at a time over the course of the past 6 years. They are almost finished renovating the ground floor and will be focusing their attention upstairs.

Their living room is their most recent project. They stripped the brown-carpet laden floors in favor of crisp white wood, installed a wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling book shelf and TV unit and breathed fresh new life into the original fire surround which was previously dark wood and stretched up to the ceiling. You can catch a glimpse of how this room looked before HERE (from a story I did on this house a few years ago) and read about the process of this space HERE and HERE. So much detail work was done in this room, including pops of Cath Kidston floral wallpaper and beautiful classical moulding, all finished off with Yvonne’ signature ‘Scandinavian Pretty’ style.

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

If Yvonne’s home isn’t a beautiful example of consistency and attention to detail in decorating, then I don’t know what is. With each and every choice she has made concerning furniture, colour and accessory choices, Yvonne has been consistent, careful to ensure every room echoes her signature aesthetic – English country meets Scandinavian style.

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

The dining room in the same space features a pastel pink china cupboard which houses a prized collection of china which Yvonne has scoured over the course of years. I love the spray of vintage side plates on the wall, as opposed to a more uniform arrangement. Yvonne customized an Ikea sideboard with a slab of wood on the top and sides, adding a sense of earthiness to the space, contrasting nicely with the sweet pastels. A Piet Hein Eek floor lamp adds an industrial touch.

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

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The room above is Yvonne and Bo’s sitting room. They use this space to relax, unwind and read. The space was first used as Yvonne’s home office, but the front room (shown below) is now the home office and the place where Yvonne gets creative, shoots images for her blog and books and writes.

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

The home office employs the same light, bright touches seen throughout the rest of the house, with floral wallpaper and feminine touches as far as the eye can see. Yvonne combines vintage pieces she has acquired over the years from markets and antique shops, with contemporary design pieces. Read about her favourite vintage finds HERE in a piece I wrote for 91 Magazine.

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

The kitchen is the hub of Yvonne’s home, and the place where she creates the magic that happens in her books. Its a functional space, bursting with personality. While I was shooting her home, Yvonne was busily baking the most heavenly scones. I’ll have to share the recipe with you!

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Through that little blue door is a guest bathroom – the prettiest guest bathroom I have laid eyes on to be precise – complete with pale blue and white polka dot wallpaper and vintage accessories. The portuguese tile underfoot is a surprising, charming element.

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Inside Scoop: Sweet Pastel Style in Belgium // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

The kitchen leads out into the mud room, where the garden can be accessed though French doors.

I have visited Yvonne at her home on several occasions and each time has been such a lovely experience. It’s like stepping into another world, where everything is lovely and sunny and endlessly charming. I have seen this home grow since first stepping inside it’s doors in 2011 and am so grateful to have shared a glimpse into Yvonne and Bo’s interior and renovation journey. They have certainly been inspirational to me and my own renovating process. Thank you both so much for allowing me to document your story on so many occasions.

If you want to read more about this home and all of the goodness inside it, hop on over to decor8 to read the full article and see more lovely snaps.

Those that read German can pick up a copy of Sweet Living Magazin too, now on sale at newsstands throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

So What do you love about this home? Anything you would like to recreate in your own home? 

Holly x

New Year, New You: Refresh Your Home and Style + a Giveaway!

January 19th, 2015

Well guys, the new year is in full swing and I have hit the ground running. The first two weeks of this year have just flown by and every day has been a busy one. Has it been the same for you? How has your year started off? I feel as though Christmas was months ago! In the last few weeks we have made progress in leaps and bounds at home with the renovation, and while I am living in what I can only describe as a giant tool box, I am seeing smooth walls, fresh paint and progress all around me and I am finally starting to see what I have been envisioning since a year ago. It’s refreshing and exciting, and very tiring as we are doing everything ourselves, but because of that the process has been so incredibly rewarding. Finally, the fun bit has begun – the decorating – and my Great.ly shop is proving a great source of envy, I must admit. I have stocked the shop with lots more gorgeous products over the last little while, all of which I want in my life! From art to interior accessories, jewellery and lovely kids items, there’s a ton of gorgeous happening in there, all in support of their talented makers and all to inspire you to refresh your home, life and self for a brand new year. And the best bit? I’m giving away $50 worth of gorgeous jewellery from Inbal Designs so read on to see what’s in stock and find out how to win something lovely for yourself or someone special.

Avenue Lifestyle: Refresh Your Home and Style + a Giveaway!

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So how do you refresh for the new year? One of my favourite ways to refresh my home is having a good clean out of things that don’t inspire me anymore and adding a few new accessories that do. These pillows and accessories are so beautiful and would add style to any space, but I’d love to see these in the bedroom, with some fresh flowers in that stunning Keith Kreeger vase on the bedside table, the candle propped up on a couple of books and the cushions scattered amongst some linen pillows on a freshly made bed. I think my husband would kill me if I decided to redesign our bedroom already, but you go for it!

Avenue Lifestyle: Refresh Your Home and Style + a Giveaway!

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In January I always treat myself to some new things for my wardrobe. I find at this time of year I tend to be a bit down in the dumps, with grey European skies all around and the after effects of missing my family at Christmas time. A special new thing to wear perks me up every time, so I went a little crazy in the shop this month. I have stocked some lovely new items of jewellery and a stunning tote, as well as a few gorgeous, contemporary pieces of jewellery from Inbal Designs {seen above numbered 5, 8 and 9, plus lots more in the shop}. The talented designer from Tel Aviv is offering Avenue Lifestyle readers the chance to win $50 worth of jewellery! Sound good? Find out how to win below.

Avenue Lifestyle: Refresh Your Home and Style + a Giveaway!

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Don’t you just love these bright, bold and colorful works of art? As you know I am a big Lola Donoghue fan, so have lots of her lovely pieces in the shop, but I have also discovered the work of Kristi Kohut, who does the most vibrant abstract works. I also love Jaime Derringer’s abstract art, and have a few pieces by her too.

Avenue Lifestyle: Refresh Your Home and Style + a Giveaway!

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My little girl is obsessed with flamingoes {thanks to a dress she was given last summer by a very special somebody and has not taken it off since!} and all things pink. Is anyone else’s little girl obsessed with pink? In her bedroom, I try to tone down the pink with muted and pastel tones and all of the items above would look perfect in there. While we work away on the rest of the house, I’d love to see something fresh and fun for her room too, and if she saw that cushion she’d just about go nuts! I also love this print by my friend Leonie of By Miinti who just started a fun line of illustrations and accessories. Also love this felt ball garland and these adorable wooden dolls. So many sweet things for little ones in the shop!

Now back to the giveaway!

HOW TO WIN:

Simply comment on this post below for a chance to receive the gift card with $50 to spend on jewellery by Inbal Designs. Tell me: which is you favourite item by Inbal Designs? Bonus points if you follow Avenue Lifestyle on Facebook and Instagram.  Note: The gift card is only valid for the Inbal Designs items stocked in my shop. The lucky winner will receive an electronic gift card to shop Inbals’ items in my boutique. Giveaway closes Friday, 30 January.

That’s it! My favourites are her stacking rings and hexagon earrings. What about you?

Holly x