Scenes of a Scandinavian Summer

03.09.18

Hey guys, it’s Holly! Long time no see. Last summer my family and I took to the road for a three week adventure through Denmark and the south East coast of Sweden, in search of nature, serenity and that Scandinavian charm we all love so much. We also camped for the very first time, and I am pleased to report that we survived, unscathed and still married, after staying at three different camp sites along the way (OK annnnd a boutique hotel and charming bed and breakfast because, well, balance)! It occurred to me that I shared some snaps over on Instagram but not here, and after revisiting the images for a photo album I’ve been making from the trip recently, I thought I’d channel the Scandi vibes once more and share some of what we saw and did with you!

Our journey took us from the Netherlands, through Hamburg, Germany, on to the south West coast of Denmark, across a few ferries to the south East coast of Sweden, hopping along the coast until we boarded a ferry to Gotland, and then all the way back home again. I’ve gathered a few of the highlights and for anyone wanting to embark on a similar adventure (with family in tow or solo) with some addresses we went to that we would recommended visit again.

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Inside Scoop: A Monochrome Hillside Abode in Norway

05.06.18

 

Hey guys, we are dropping in today to share a beautiful, Nordic home tour we shot while visiting design duo Kine and Kristoffer in Drammen, Norway late last year. Remember we took you on a tour of their studio? Both spaces have recently published in a 24 page spread in the Norwegian magazine Interiør Magasinet and we are thrilled to share their home with you today too. With sweeping views across the valley and their own bamboo furniture designs peppered through each space, Kine and Kristoffer have created a deeply personal haven rooted in their appreciation for sustainability and function, all with a minimalistic yet warm Nordic aesthetic. We think you’ll love it, so read on for a full tour!

When design duo Kine Ask Stenersen and Kristoffer Eng relocated from Oslo to their home town of Drammen four years ago, the main agenda was finding a home for their growing family. Expecting their first child at the time, they fell for their hillside abode for the space, functionality and sense of tranquillity it offered.

“We spent our twenties living in Oslo, but we are both originally from Drammen. We never thought we would move back home, not until we had our son and we suddenly we had someone else to think about besides ourselves. At the same time, Ask og Eng came into the works and having a space here in Drammen instead of Oslo made more sense logistically.” The couple made the leap and found a charming home overlooking Drammen suitable for family living, and just a stone’s throw from their studio space. Get the full scoop

Old Project, Fresh New Update

24.04.18

Today we’re excited to share this impromptu little shoot we did during a recent installation at a client’s home, giving an old interior design project a fresh new update with some new accessories and lighting. We wanted to show you this because it is a great example of a relatively small yet impactful styling project. Get ready for some serious selfie envy!

I (Hedda) completed this renovation in 2015 (before our merge as Avenue Design Studio). I was hired to help renovate a 1890’s townhouse in The Hague from a tired old office building to a beautiful family home. It was a 6-month, full tear-out project on four floors and the end result is still one of my personal favourites; it even includes a separate granny flat / rental apartment on the ground floor. The original period features were brought back and highlighted during the build, and the base we created is truly timeless. This is illustrated by the gorgeous kitchen featuring a terrazzo worktop with built in terrazzo sink, oak-lined niches creating ceiling-high shelving and a collection of beautiful ceramics, kitchenware, and accessories. We loved returning to this gorgeous project after so much time has passed to see that it’s just as lovely as it was when it was first installed.  Get the full scoop

Project H | The Kitchen

17.04.18

You’ve seen the bedroom, home office, living room and today we are excited to show you the Project H Kitchen. This space wasn’t a full redesign but rather a ‘restyle’ using the existing kitchen base and general layout and adding depth, texture and a few key pieces to result in a cohesive relationship to the rest of the room, which opens into the living spaces. Let’s jump straight in!

When we started this project in 2016 the bedroom and home office upstairs were the primary focus, and later the downstairs area became a priority. Our client wanted the same sense of calm and consistency we were able to deliver in the upstairs rooms, and when she returned to us for phase two of her home redesign with the request to finish off her living room and kitchen the brief was to use as much of the exiting elements as possible while layering in key pieces and texture, with the goal of marrying the spaces in terms of style.  Get the full scoop

Studio Scenes | Rusty Cool Moodboard

06.04.18

Who doesn’t love a good moodboard? Here in the studio we rely on mood boarding to keep our work and aesthetic fresh, current and consistent. When we moved into the studio over a year ago, one of the first projects we undertook was making a giant moodboard so we could visually express our ideas and it’s become a favourite element of the studio for all of us, is a conversation starter with our clients and makes for a bit of fun each time we change things up! We thought we’d drop in today to share our most recent inspiration board with you today.

The moodboard above was our first and gosh, was it fun putting it together. You can see more of it (and the rest of the studio) HERE. We had ideas and inspiration coming from everywhere having just merged to form Avenue Design Studio and it was so gratifying putting all of it together to create a central style board that we felt was a representation of where we were taking Avenue together. Fast forward many months, several projects, and even more inspiration and it was time for a change. Here’s what our team came up with for fall/winter, which we will be changing up again soon with the change of season. Before we do, we felt it was worth documenting our rusty cool moodboard and sharing with you. Take a peek! Get the full scoop

Project H – The Living Room

22.03.18

Annnnd we’re back with another wrapped up project (happy dance!) and this time you may have recognised the name in the header. The Project H bedroom is by far one of our most pinned, liked, commented projects ever and we are still getting emails and compliments on it two years on. We showed you the home office shortly after the bedroom went live, and today (better late than never, right?) we are pleased to share with you the recently completed living room.

With a strong preference for neutrals, our client returned to us for phase two of her home redesign with the request to finish off her living room and sitting areas, as well as the kitchen. She had already invested in a few key pieces and inherently has a wonderful eye for design, but was missing the red thread that ties everything together. Over the course of many months, we slowly replaced all the major furniture, and then installed new rugs, lighting, curtains, art and accessories. The goal was a textured, clean living area that felt calm and serene. Detailed but understated. The client was happy with a base of oak floors and crisp white walls but we wanted to warm up the space, using a palette of whites.

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Project R | The Guest Bedroom

23.02.18

Today we have the final Project R space for you  – the guest bedroom. We hope you’ve enjoyed these room tours! This room is on the top floor of our client’s home and was the last piece of the puzzle. We pulled this room together really fast because the client’s family were coming to stay in a matter of weeks, so there was not me to waste. The results though are calming and warm, layered and full of texture. Let’s step inside.

Quick recap! We were brought in to help our client (a renovator and project manager) to help design and warm and inviting family home, layering in personality, style and cohesion throughout all the spaces. We brought in lovely warm tones on the walls, beautiful art, accessories, designed some functional furniture and generally just brought this home to life. It was a fun project and we are delighted to see the whole house feature in the February issue of vtwonen magazine. Now, let’s get into the guest room!

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Project R | Little Girl’s Bedroom

21.02.18

Are you guys enjoying the Project R series? Today we are back with another room reveal, this time a sweet little girls’ space. Our client enlisted us to help her with her home at the end of 2016, with the goal of adding style, personality, function and a overall sense of cohesion to her newly renovated family home. We layered in a muted colour palette, lots of texture and cohesive accessories to bring this family home to life. We are so thrilled to see the whole house featured in the Dutch magazine vtwonen this month that we thought we’d give you guys the full treatment, sharing our sources along the way! We have shown you the living room, the play room and now the sweetest little girl’s room we think you’ll love.

Our client was deeply inspired by a very special room tour she had spotted here on the blog that you might recall – Lola’s bedroom. So much so, that for her own daughter we adopted many of the same ideas including half painted walls, soft linens, clever storage solutions and a sweet palette fit for a princess. It’s always such a compliment to know that our spaces inspire others and we were more than pleased for the same love to be applied to this room as it was in Lola’s. With the bed and a few heirloom pieces already in place, we layered in the softness to create a charming space that any little lady would love!  Get the full scoop