New in the Shop: Lola Donoghue Art

September 10th, 2014

I have loved the work of Irish artist Lola Donoghue since I first discovered her on Etsy about two years ago and my heart still leaps with joy a when I see her work. Spontaneous, bold, abstract and ultra feminine, her colourful paintings are quite something. So when I discovered that she has recently started selling her works on Great.ly, it took me all of about ten seconds to jump online and swiftly stock some of her pieces in my art shop. She is a wonderfully talented artist, and it brings me so much joy to support her work.

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Based in Galway, Ireland, Lola studied a Fine Art degree and postgraduate diploma in Art & Design education, as well as courses in Fashion design, Fashion illustration and Printmaking. She has collaborated with large scale brands including West Elm and her work has also been featured in several top publications including Elle Decoration Sweden, Vogue.mx, Glow Magazine Canada, Bash Magazine Ireland and House and Home Magazine Ireland. Both her originals and prints are affordable, not to mention beautiful and unique enough to change the energy of any space.  

Here are the pieces I have stocked in my shop:

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CUT YOUR OWN PATTERN‘ {30 x 40″}

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OUT OF HER LOOP IV‘ {36 x 36″}

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SHIMMER SHIMMER II‘ {30 x 40″}

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GLOAMING III‘ {30×40″}

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OUT OF HER LOOP‘ {30 x 40″}

Aren’t they gorgeous? I just need to have that first one ‘Cut your own pattern‘ in my life! All items are limited edition fine art giclee print with a white inch boarder, printed onto gorgeous Hahnemühle paper using Epson printers and archival inks. Each print will be signed and titled by Lola Donoghue underneath the print in the white border.

I just loooove her work. I’d love to see one of her pieces paired with a Gretchen Kelly original with fine black lines and lots of movement.

Happy shopping, folks!

H x

 

Inside Scoop: Monochrome Amsterdam Abode

September 9th, 2014

It’s always a buzz to see my work featured in a magazine, so I was thrilled to see some of the images I took of the Amsterdam home belonging to Desiree Groenendal of Vosgesparis featured in the latest issue of SOFFA Magazine {pages 130-143}. Her high contrast abode, which I shot for my Decor8 column a few months back, has been home to the interior design blogger for the past 25 years and over the years she has given it her signature monochrome, industrial, Nordic sense of style. Here’s a peek at the feature, plus more shots of her home.

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

Images of the kitchen and bedroom featured in SOFFA. Here’s a quick glance at a couple of spreads from the magazine:

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The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

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The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

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Pure, simple, industrial and tough are words which Desiree uses to describe her 85 m2 home, based in the newly converted former Eastern docklands area of Amsterdam. The blogger and stylist prefers to keep her Scandinavian style space uncluttered, clean and minimalistic, with strong Northern European references that rely on tough materials and high contrast. “I am really fond of the clean uncluttered look,” Desiree says.

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

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The kitchen is the result of a remodel Desiree undertook in the summer of 2011 to create a more open plan living, starting with the removal of several walls and doorways including the wall formerly separating the kitchen and living room, instantly adding light and space. At the same time, Desiree had her kitchen remodelled, which now features sleek white cabinetry, a built-in fridge and a black chalk painted wall. “I liked the combination of black, white and a touch of wood, and the black wall brings in some depth,” Desiree explains.

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

Desiree prefers a monochrome colour palette, relying primarily on black and white to form the basis of her interior. “I used to have more colour in my home when my kids were at home, but over the years my style has changed.” Against a high contrast canvas, Desiree combines old, industrial items with design pieces and Nordic made furniture. “Scandinavian furniture is simple but well made. Clean design combines beautifully with craftsmanship, but what I love most is the strong emphasis on family business and their clean, contemporary take on old craftsmanship,” she says.

Some of this interior’s most striking features are the exposed concrete areas on otherwise bare white walls. “I love the contrast between the concrete and the white,” Desiree says. “It is almost like a painting or a work of art.” This feature can be seen in the living room where Desiree has used concrete features to display magazine clippings and objects, as well as in the bedroom.

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

The home of Desiree Groenendal {Vosgesparis} // Photography by Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle

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In the bedroom, crisp whites dominate. “It feels good to wake up in a white and light space. I like the space to be uncluttered,” Desiree says. A coatrack displays items worn on a daily basis, while the rest of Desiree’s wardrobe remains behind closed doors.

Desiree’s high contrast, monochromatic, industrial aesthetic largely relies upon the raw, the imperfect. “I love imperfection. Walls don’t have to be perfectly finished, and it’s the rough edges which I love most about my own home. A bit of the unexpected, with nice combinations of various materials. All a bit unpredictable.”

Keen to find out more about this home and the process that went into decorating it? Read my column on Decor8 for the full scoop, or click here to read the feature in SOFFA Mag.

Big thanks for Desiree for welcoming me into her home and allowing me to share her story, here, on Decor8, in SOFFA Magazine and it’s also featuring in a few more publications over the coming months too. I’ve gotta say, I take my hat off to her for having such a disciplined sense of style, which is so evident in all facets of her life from her blog to her wardrobe. You’re a rock star, Desiree!

H x

Photography by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

Our Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty

September 8th, 2014

I’m not planning on walking down the aisle again, so seeing our wedding featured on the pages of my all time favourite wedding blog Style Me Pretty comes not only as a huge and very exciting surprise, but also as the closure of one of the biggest, most intense, most beautiful chapters of our lives thus far. The news came while we were enjoying a long weekend in France {a mini honeymoon, courtesy of my brothers and sister in law as a wedding gift} and couldn’t have been better timing! Reason enough for us to have an extra special toast to a fabulous, emotion filled day and a beautiful start to a long, love-filled marriage.

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Our images, beautifully captured by Anouschka Rokebrand on both film and digital, and our gorgeous wedding video by Ray Pluym, are our most treasured sentiments, and I am beyond thrilled to see them grace the pages of Style Me Pretty, one of the most read wedding blogs on the internet. Our big day came with it’s fair share of  obstacles {as most weddings do, I’m sure!} but it really was the most beautiful day of my life. Huge thanks to our dear friends and family, many of whom travelled across the globe, for gathering together to celebrate with us, our amazing vendors who made it the amazing day it was, and extra special thanks to Anouschka and Ray for giving us these images to treasure forever.

Read the full story of our day over on Style Me Pretty.

For the full wedding album {all five parts, no less – whaaat?! The photo’s were just too gorgeous to keep them from you!} click here, and click here to watch the video.

Holly xo

Behind the Scenes at Avenue Lifestyle

September 1st, 2014

Hello friends! I’ve been rather absent from this lovely space for the last couple of weeks. My apologies, but it’s been a very busy time for me shooting interiors, editing work for submission, styling beautiful editorials {ooooh that bit was fun, can’t wait to share!}, and taking on some new interior styling projects locally. Funny how the blog, which is actually responsible for bringing all of this beautiful work into my life, is the first to suffer! But today I am excited to welcome an all new month with an all new and much improved ‘About Me’ page, updated with a selection of images taken on film by Hanke Arkenbout. You might recall her name because she was the immense talent behind the gorgeous mother-daughter shoot I had late last year. Here are some of my favourite snaps from our session together at my home.

Behind the Scenes at Avenue Lifestyle // Photography by Hanke Arkenbout

Behind the Scenes at Avenue Lifestyle // Photography by Hanke Arkenbout

Behind the Scenes at Avenue Lifestyle // Photography by Hanke Arkenbout

Behind the Scenes at Avenue Lifestyle // Photography by Hanke Arkenbout

I am fortunate to be able to operate my business from the comforts of my own home. As you know, we have been renovating our house since we purchased it last November, and still have tons to do. So while we have been working on getting the studio upstairs up to scratch, I have spent the last 6 months working away at the dining room table, which has been fine as most of the time I am out and about anyway either shooting and styling interiors, or meeting with clients at their homes. The studio upstairs is now finally ready, but before I set myself up there and share my new studio space with you, I wanted to share some snaps of what things have looked like over here for the last little while, a little peek behind the scenes.

Behind the Scenes at Avenue Lifestyle // Photography by Hanke Arkenbout

Behind the Scenes at Avenue Lifestyle // Photography by Hanke Arkenbout

Behind the Scenes at Avenue Lifestyle // Photography by Hanke Arkenbout

Behind the Scenes at Avenue Lifestyle // Photography by Hanke Arkenbout

Behind the Scenes at Avenue Lifestyle // Photography by Hanke Arkenbout

Behind the Scenes at Avenue Lifestyle // Photography by Hanke Arkenbout

I just love Hanke’s style of photography and the soft rawness of her images. It was a really tough job selecting which ones to use for my profile page! While she was here, she ventured around the house and snapped a few more spaces, which I will share with you soon. In the meantime, pop on over and read the new page. A lot has evolved for me since I launched this blog early last year, and I wanted a profile page that reflected that. Onwards and upwards, right?

Have a great week,

Holly x

// Images by Hanke Arkenbout Photography

Ferm Living A/W 2014 Collection

August 15th, 2014

Have you guys seen the new Ferm Living Autumn/Winter collection? The Scandinavian homewares brand has launched the most eye catching range of products, and is quite possibly my favourite collection yet. I must admit I wasn’t really into the pastel hues and neons from their previous collections but this, my friends, is right up my alley. Moody tones and textures meet bold graphics. Their simplistic Nordic style that is so recognised is captured to perfection once again, this time in colours and materials that are really speaking to me. Here are my favourite images from the new lookbook.

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This collection is all about moody blues, blush and ochre tones (LOVE this combo), merging warm hues with bold, graphic pattern. Their kilim collection of cushions and rugs is ethnic yet contemporary, adding a subtle touch of bohemian style to the Scandinavian style interior. Their new wallpapers follow suit with ethnic and geometric influences.

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Some of my favourite products in this new collection include basically all of their kilim cushions, particularly this one, the leather and canvas magazine rack,  their mohair throw blankets, all of their kilim rugs, their brass salad servers, their tea towels and their nifty little shelf hangers

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What do you love from this collection? Don’t you love the moody colours this season? I always love seeing how a collection comes together in a catalogue. I think the stylists and photographers at Ferm Living did a fantastic job with this one.

Tell me: Just for fun, if you could choose anything 3 items in the new catalogue, what would they be?

Holly x

Images courtesy of Ferm Living