Private Styling Workshop in the Studio

December 19th, 2014

This week I hosted a private styling workshop in my studio for the first time. Exciting to see the space be used for what it was intended – a place to inspire creativity! My ‘student’ Nailia recently began her wedding planning and styling business ‘Best Day Ever Events‘ and was looking to do a workshop with that yielded styling tips, tricks and inspiration that she could put into practice immediately, as her wedding agenda is already filling up for 2015.

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography by Holly Marder.

Nailia assisted me a little while back when I was putting together a couple of styled tables for the Engaged event I was hosting a workshop at for over 40 people, and when he contacted me about a private styling workshop I was delighted. I mean, I’ll take any excuse to play around with props all day!

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}.

In a bright area under the eave of the studio, I laid out all the props we would be using during the day. For Nailia’s private workshop, I wanted to show her a few things that I do as a stylist when given a brief from a client, as well as give her the opportunity to ‘play’.

I style interiors mostly, but also do lots of editorials and have done the odd wedding, but I always apply the same techniques. So to begin with, I gave her a client brief, describing the bride and groom and what they want in terms of style for their big day. I wanted to make this session as valuable and relevant for Nailia as possible to make sure she could take the tools she learned home with her. From the brief, she created a moodboard {with some of my best tips and tricks to help her along the way} and then got started making her pretend bride’s vision come alive. What she came up with was so lovely, I had to get the camera out and capture it to show you guys too!

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

The client brief went a little like this: The bride and groom are a young couple getting married in October. Their budget is around 10-15k, so not huge but enough to make it a super gorgeous celebration. To save some money, they are having their wedding on her parent’s farm inside an old barn, and will be celebrating with 50 of their closest friends and family. They want a low-key BBQ style dinner and trestle tables. Their favourite colours are blues and greens but the overall colour scheme should reflect the fall season. The key element they want for their reception is romance.

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Nailia’s did such a great job interpreting the brief. She blended the old with the new, bringing in contemporary round white dinner plates and pairing them with mismatched vintage plates in green and blue. She went for a simple yet lovely centerpiece of a potted pink plant propped inside a glass jar. Sprigs of the pink plant were tied into tiny little bouquets and used to adorn each side plate.

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

She paired simple silver cutlery with vintage pieces, which is smart as most wedding venues/caterers will already have simple silver flatware but adding some old thrifted knives and forks to the table adds so much charm. Looking at the table now, I’d say that those dried twigs in the centre of the table weren’t really needed. It would have been even more lovely without, but then again, I’m a less-is-more girl and those sprigs/twigs {what are they?!} do throw in the fall factor.

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Nailia hand stamped little lables and tied them with wool to each napkin. This detail adds a lovely touch of texture but doesn’t take away from the sweet little floral thing happening in the centre of the plates either. Long stemmed brass candlesticks added the romance factor, and finished off Nailia’s table.

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Didn’t she do a great job? I think she translated the brief very well, being careful to keep things on the budget friendly side with simple, cost effective ideas. It’s so lovely to see the different ways people interpret styles but also props. I had most of this stuff lying around as part of my prop collection and she used things in ways I wouldn’t even have considered. So in the end we both took away some inspiration!

We had time for one more table, but this time I gave Nailia no brief. I wanted to allow her the time and space to create freely, so she did just that. Here’s what she came up with:

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

I love how fresh and simple this table is. It could be so lovely for wedding tables but equally as awesome for a relaxed dinner at home with friends. Love the little sprig of dried whatever-that-plant-is-called in the centre of each plate. I foraged for those with my little girl in the fall and haven’t had the heart to throw them away so it was nice to see them come out today!

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

My favourite element on this table was the wool wrapped she around the terra-cotta pot. It’s so simple, yet adds a graphic element to the table. Nailia used simple round white dinner plates again, paired with crimson vintage side plates plates with a tiny earthenware bowl to finish it off. Linen napkins and table runner add to the simplicity of this table, keeping it light and unfussy.

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Between potted succulents, Nailia added white candlesticks of varying heights and sizes, and a lovely, surprising touch: a ball of unravelled wool kind of spilling out into the centerpiece.

Styling Workshop in the Studio // Avenue Lifestyle. Photography: Holly Marder {www.avenuelifestyle.com} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova {www.bestdayeverevents.nl}

Nice job, Nailia!

I’m really pleased with how the day went, and that Nailia felt she had learned some new things by the end of it, felt more trusting in her own aesthetic and felt inspired.

Hope you guys enjoyed that little peek into the studio today!

And no, you can’t see the whole studio or even more than I have already given away here and on Instagram, because there’s a FULL before/after tour in the making and you’ll just have to wait. But I can tell you that things are looking great up here so far, guys. I’ve been slowly tackling it little by little and it’s starting to really resemble the creative space I’ve been envisioning since we bought the house a year ago. And while things up here are taking shape, the same is happening downstairs in the living, dining room and kitchen. Watch this space!

Back on Monday with an awesome Copenhagen home tour I styled back in March! Have a great weekend.

Holly x

Photography: Holly Marder {original to Avenue Lifestyle} // Styling: Nailia Yermakova

Pantone Colour of the Year 2015: Marsala

December 15th, 2014

The world’s leading colour institute Pantone has announced their Colour of the Year for 2015. I’m excited because I always look forward to finding out what will be the hue that will influence product development and purchasing decisions in the fashion, beauty, interior and graphic design industries for the new year. The team at Pantone scour the world each year for that one colour, which they recently announced. Last year’s pick was Radiant Orchid, a dynamic and bold hue not for the faint of heart. This year, a little more subdued but equally as bold with a degree of luxury to it, Pantone have announced Marsala as the leading color for 2015.

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Marsala is multifaceted colour with a sense of elegance and sophistication, while being earthy and somewhat neutral due to its brown undertones.

“The most interesting thing about Marsala,” Pantone’s executive director Lee Eiseman says, “is that even though it has this grounded influence – this kind of earthy undertone that we see in this wine red – at the same time it has a sophistication, so there’s something very versatile about the colour.”

Pantone predicts Marsala will be a colour used widely in all industries from fashion to interior design, but in particular plush furnishings. “It’s a colour that will lend itself well to texture. Because of the strong undertone of brown and yet it’s essentially a wine red, you have all kinds of variation going on within the colour to begin with, so when you think of that in terms of texture, I think it will play wonderful tricks on the eye. I think we’re going to be looking for variations of the colour in plush textures in particular,” Eiseman says.

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For those looking for inspiration on implementing Marsala into their homes over the coming year, I have put together a couple of palettes combining colours that I feel work beautifully with Marsala.

I’d love to see an interior that weaves in burgundy, pink and nude tones with pops of Marsala against crisp whites. The image above is feminine and delicate yet dashes of deep burgundy and wine red ground the palette giving it substance and drama. The above palette (from top to bottom) includes: Radicchio by Farrow and Ball, Brinjal by Farrow and Ball, Colonial Rose by Behr, Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore and All White by Farrow and Ball.

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I’d also love to see Marsala in a space alongside olive and pistachio greens and neutral shades or browns and vanilla. The image above just speaks to me. The softness of the greens are so calming yet the rich burgundy gives the palette a boost of life. The above palette includes (from top to bottom): Radicchio by Farrow and Ball, North Creek by Benjamin Moore, Creekside Green by Benjamin Moore, Donald Kaufman DKC-8 and Elephant’s Breath by Farrow and Ball.

Marsala also pairs well with metallics (anything with a brown, coppery feel), teals and blue/greens as well as orange and rust tones, according to Eiseman.

What do you guys think? How would you use Marsala in your home? I would love to see a vintage kilim rug in shades or Marsala. A dash of rich colour without being overwhelming. On the whole , I really like Marsala and look forward to seeing how it translates into interior design over the coming year.

Tell me, which is your favourite Marsala combination?

Holly

Image credits: 1. (clockwise from top left) Pantone, Jonas Ingerstedt, Nicole Pletts, Urban Outfitters; 2. Sania Pell, photography by Joanna Henderson; Kirstie van Noort; Paint swatches by House Beautiful, exact names of colours can be found in the article above. 

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid

December 11th, 2014

It’s been a while since I took you guys into a beautiful space, but today do I have a treat for you! You may have read over on Instagram that I spent a couple of days shooting in Madrid a few weeks ago? Well today I’m excited to walk you through one of the interiors I got to capture – a light, crisp apartment in downtown Madrid, and the results of a mammoth refurb headed by interior designer and my blogger pal Corinne Kowal who turned it’s interior from dark and dated into a bright but soothing space full of charm. Let’s get this party started, shall we?

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Corinne, who is a designer and colour consultant and the face behind Emerald Green Interiors was introduced to the apartment in February this year when she was contacted by a house hunter who had found a flat for a client to purchase and was looking for someone to take on the renovation process.

“My first impression of the flat was gloomy to say the least: very dark, old and outdated, barely any windows and a small space that lacked practicality with tiled floors and dark wood,” Corinne says. “I wondered who would be willing to buy such a place. Apart from the terrace and the amazing location it didn’t have many positive points. You can see some before pictures and a floor plan here.”

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Situated on the last floor of an old building, the flat is located minutes away from Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Puerta del Sol, in the very heart of the historic city center of Madrid. It’s owner purchased it as an investment property to be rented outfor short term stays to tourists. “I had the immense luck to have a client that entrusted me completely with the refurbishment of the flat and allowed me complete freedom throughout the entire process.”

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

The original layout made the small space feel even smaller, so the first thing Corinne did was rethink the floor plan. “I started thinking about the layout and how a simple switch between kitchen and bathroom would enable us to create an open living space with a small opened kitchen, and how by moving an outside wall we could bring back into the flat a bedroom that seemed more like a storage space accessible only through the terrace.”

Thinking long term in terms of renovation, massive oak floors were installed through the entire flat as well as custom made cement tiles in the bathroom and kitchen area. The existing small velux windows were replaced by large ones, another one was added in the terrace facing bedroom and a panoramic window installed in the living room.

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

“I knew from day one that it would be used as a holiday and short-term rental, so as much as I love color I knew that I would be starting off with a neutral base and adding color through furniture and accessories,” Corinne explains.

“The inspiration mood board that I created came together organically and drew its inspiration from the colors of the city and the terracota roofs. Terracota, greys and slate blue. I wanted to keep a certain urban feel but also to use local materials, associated with Spain, as well as vintage furniture. The images of the Baixa House in Lisbon were a huge inspiration in terms of the feel I wanted to achieve.”

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Off the living room is an open floor-to-ceiling kitchen sourced at Ikea. Corinne had beautiful custom ordered cement tiles installed in both the kitchen and bathroom, contrasting with the oak floor and adding pattern and texture to each space without being overwhelming.

Walls throughout the apartment were kept light grey to offset the white woodwork, apart from the wall in the bathroom which was painted Juniper Ash, by The Little Greene. To break up the light walls Corinne curated a unique and eclectic collection of art to scatter throughout the apartment, which were sourced both locally and through the web before being framed by Heredero de Crispin.

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Both bedrooms feature colourful linen custom made headboards , vintage rug in terra-cotta and blue tones, one-off vintage pieces and spray of artworks above the bed. Vintage one-of-a-kind wall sconces and vintage side table lend character to each space, while newly installed velux windows ensure the slanted ceilings yield plenty of natural light. Beautiful and fresh flowers are hard to come by in Madrid, but single stemmed floral arrangements sourced at Sally Hambelton are a beautiful and sculptural finishing touch.

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

The large panoramic windows installed in the living room open the space out, transforming the space from dreary to  vibrant. The sofa was an Ikea purchase, finished off with a set of walnut legs. The cushions and rug from Chhatwal & Jonsson weave in the colour palette of blues and orange tones. At the base of the slanted ceiling, Corinne had an Ikea ‘Besta’ cabinet installed, maximizing this area of the living room. Two plastic woven chairs from Ikea were updated with custom made upholstered cushions, while the vintage coffee table adds texture and charm to the contemporary space.

The wall of windows in the living room leads out onto a charming balcony with sweeping views over downtown Madrid.

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Inside Scoop: Vintage Meets Modern in Madrid // Photography and styling by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Everything about this space appealed to me, but in particular the scatterings of art in the bedrooms and that view! What about you guys? If you’re heading to Madrid and would be interested in renting this lovely apartment, it will soon be available for rent through Spain Select.

Looking for addresses for one-of-a-kind vintage pieces in Madrid? You can find various vintage shops in the Rastro and Las Letras districts. Corinne picked up the wall sconces and bedside table in the master bedroom from Tado. The vintage chest of drawers in the guest room was sourced at Vintage 4P and the wire bedside table was picked up at Igoo. The vintage coffee table in the living room was found at Lou Y Hernandez.

Well that’s it from me! Hope you guys enjoyed this tour. What did you like best? I’d love to read your comments about the apartment in the section below, or if you have any cool tips to share with us for any interior savvy readers who might be traveling to Madrid.

In the meantime, if you’d like to see the entire renovation process, including the demolishing of the walls and all, click here. I always love to see the before images and Corinne has the whole scoop for you!

Holly x

Photography & styling: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} // Interior design: Corinne Kowal {Emerald Green Interiors}

Food Files: Roasted Squash and Lentil Soup

December 5th, 2014

As the year draws to a close and icy temperatures prevail, I am turning my energies towards the kitchen and creating meals that are easy, nutritious, substantial and beautiful. And though I’m no Nigella Lawson, I do love food and cooking and the creative process that lies therein. But every now and then I hit a wall {read: my husband starts complaining} and am in need of fresh inspiration. Cue, food stylist Ajda Mehmet. A couple of weeks ago I headed over to Belgium with Ajda in tow to shoot a sophisticated Belgian interior with a food element to accompany the shoot. It was a big day for us both with lots of work getting the place styled up and ready to photograph {with, like, a thousand stairs to run up and down}, which wasn’t helped at all by the glorious fumes of Ajda’s roasted squash and lentil soup wafting through the house. I’m not sure if it was that I’d been teased into total submission all day by the heavenly smells rising from the stove or whether I was just so hungry by the end of the day that I would have gnawed on my own arm, but this soup? It was good! Now, I’ve been witness to the magic of Ajda’s cooking on several occasions now, so I knew it would be good {just the other week I posted about her apple and pear crumble, which I’ve made twice since!} but this soup has changed the way I view soups forever.

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Roasted Squash and Lentil Soup

You will need:

1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2 inch cubes

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2 inch cubes

1 large carrots, peeled and halved

2 onions, peeled and quartered

4 cloves of garlic, peeled

Handful of thyme

Olive oil

Sea salt and cracked black pepper

1 tsp garam masala 

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp smoked paprika

200g red lentils

2 litres of chicken or vegetable stock

Juice of 1 lemon

Sea salt and cracked black pepper

 

To garnish:

Crème fraîche

Hemp seeds

Garden cress

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Toss all of the prepared vegetables and sprigs of thyme into a large roasting tray, drizzle generously with some good olive oil and season with sea salt and cracked black pepper. Roast in the oven for approximately 45 minutes, turning halfway through, until all of the vegetables are soft and have begun to singe and caramelise on the edges.

When the roasted vegetables have about 20 minutes left to cook, you can make a start on the lentils. Place a large, heavy-based saucepan on a medium heat and add a lug of olive oil. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, add the garam masala, cumin, cayenne, coriander and paprika and stir with a wooden spoon for about a minute. Add the lentils and continue to stir and cook for a further minute until all the lentils are coated in the spices and oil. Pour in your stock, increase the heat to high and bring the lentils to the boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat back down to a simmer, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes.

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At this stage your roasted vegetables should be ready. Add the entire contents of the roasting tray to the lentils, sprigs of thyme and all, pour in the lemon juice, stir well to combine and cover and cook for a further 10 minutes to allow the vegetables to take on the flavour of all of the spices. Once the soup is ready set it aside to cool for about half an hour.

You can use a hand blender or a regular blender to purée the soup, although you may need to do it in batches if using the latter. Once the soup has been blitzed and is completely smooth, taste it and season well with sea salt and cracked black pepper. To garnish, sprinkle over some hemp seeds and garden cress and a generous dollop of crème fraîche.

Lovely served with sliced, crusty bread, toasted with grated gruyère cheese!

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Doesn’t that look great? Thick and creamy, spicy but subtle in its flavors, this dish is a perfectly warm and comforting addition to the cool temperatures we’re getting now in Northern Europe. Thanks so much Ajda for sharing it with us! I’ve never really been a soup eater personally, having grown up in warm South Africa and Australia, but this recipe is so good, it’ll be soup, soup and more soup {and perhaps a little crumble} for us all winter long.

Bon apetit, or eet smakelijk, as they say here in the Netherlands!

Holly x

Recipe and food styling: Ajda Mehmet // Photography: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle}

Christmas Gift Guide: 12 under $100

December 3rd, 2014

Hey guys! Can you believe it’s December already? The year has just sped by and as we approach Christmas, I thought I’d drop in with a Christmas gift guide with 12 fabulous pressies under $100 to help you with any Christmas shopping you might still need to do. All of these lovely items have come straight from my Great.ly shop, where I have personally stocked and curated the prettiest of wares, all hand crafted with love by creatives around the globe. If you want to read more about Great.ly and why I started a shop, click here. In the meantime, let’s get shopping!

Christmas Gift Guide by Avenue Lifestyle

I’ve loved the linen napkins ever since I opened my boutique and would love a set of these in my Christmas stocking! I’d also love a Wild Folk candle to burn next to my bed and have my bedroom smelling like jasmine. Love the up cycled amber jar it comes in! My Mum, who was my first Great.ly customer, purchased this gorgeous beaded necklace for herself and (not so secretly) wish she’d bought if for her darling daughter, so now I’ll have to steal it on my next trip home! There’s another one in my shop which is equally as lovely too. A great gift! And how darling is this little hand painted planter pot? Perfect for a tiny succulent, would love one on my desk.

Christmas Gift Guide by Avenue Lifestyle

That beaded wall hanging has been on my wish list for a while now. Love the shapes, materials and boho modern feel. And speaking of shapes, I LOVE these origami fridge magnets! Our fridge could certainly benefit from a little bit of bling, I can tell you. They are laser engraved and cut from light maple wood with a 3D effect and come in a set of three. I think this leather and copper air plant holder is such a different and interesting item to gift to someone special, don’t you think? Love the blush colored leather strap and it’s so lovely against the light green walls too.

Christmas Gift Guide by Avenue Lifestyle

I do love a pretty pouch and I’ve stocked several in my boutique. The screen printed products by Year Round Co. are so gorgeous and highly practical. They have great bags and lovely colourways, so click here for more of what’s in stock. This little wristlet in sage green with cognac leather trap is so sweet and great for your travel bug friend, and it also has an antique brass zipper. Pretty! For something a little more edgy, this olive green canvas and brown leather pouch by Orchid Sage is super cute. Receiving something for the home is always lovely and I personally can’t get enough cushions in my life, so would just love to receive this lovely cushion with the words ‘Take Heart’ embellished onto it. I love the message the words deliver, to feel hopeful, confident, encouraged and emboldened, and in brassy gold? Bang on trend! And this hand-turned wooden bud vase is delightful and a beautiful object to style with at home.

For your interior and design loving friends, I can’t recommend the book ‘Decorate’ more highly, and not because I am a columnist over at decor8. The book’s author Holly Becker {decor8 founder} poured her heart and soul into her first book and it has tons of great info and inspiration all to do with decorating. I literally read it from front to back, which I never do with book like this. A great read with very inspiring imagery.

I could seriously have picked so many more beautiful things for this post, but these are some of my very favorites, and I hope you love them too!

Have fun browsing the boutique and supporting creatives who make a living creating the beautiful gifts that you can give to those you love this Christmas.

Holly x

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