Archive for October, 2011

Unlikely vases

October 23rd, 2011
I adore fresh flowers. As a child I would sneak into the garden and pluck the prettiest blooms I could see and then run to my Mum with a grin from ear to ear as I thrust the freshly picked bunch at her, knowing that we would be able to marvel at the beauty of our garden from inside for days to come.

As a big girl, I am equally as fond of fresh flowers as I was back then, and living in the Netherlands feeds that simple pleasure. The flowers here are amazing and so cheap! I buy a bunch on a weekly basis, and always enjoy arranging them into vases, and particularly enjoy discovering unlikely homes for my blooms…

Via Love Made Me Do It

 Here in the Netherlands, cherry blossoms in full bloom mark the start of the spring. I just adore a stem of these glorious pink blossoms, but am always at a loss as to how to house them as the branches can be quite heavy. The use of a pair if gum boots is ingenious! 

Style me Pretty

Using a battered old tin to hold a bouquet of flowers with similar hues to the tin is creative and very pretty with a vintage touch.

Jessica Laurenxo via The Littlest Things
A newer tin (previously a tin of cookies perhaps?) makes just as pretty a statement, especially when using flowers that compliment the colours on the tin. This would look lovely on a bedside table, or on a breakfast table setting in the garden.

Via Pinterest

I love the use of these hanging upside-down repurposed light bulbs to hold a couple of dainty stems.

Via La Gatta Sul Tetto

These sturdier hanging glass jars make the perfect home for a heavier bunch of blooms.

This dainty little hanging vase was cleverly created using a vintage glass bottle and some wire. So simple!

Holly Marder

In my first ever blog post I was inspired by vintage teacups. After writing the post, I arranged a collection of flowers from my garden in one of my own vintage teacups and was delighted with the result!

Trisha Bink Design

Ordinary glass jam or honey jars make excellent vases, and recycling is good for the environment too.

Matthew Topolski via Here Comes the Sun

These vintage soda bottles make excellent vases to hold long stems, especially when grouped together like this.

Dottie Angel via Domestic Nest Diary

This vase was created using a soda can. These days, packaging of products has become so important, and for good reason. When something is attractively packaged, the desire to recycle is so much greater.


Recycling pretty cans and bottles is a great way to store your blossoms. I do the same with the pretty glass Arizona Ice Tea Bottles below and they add a touch of colour and a vintage charm to my kitchen window sill.

From Greenwich via Pinterest

I love in the image above the use of a milk jug as a vase to hold a small bunch of garden blooms. It adds perfectly to a country style breakfast setting.

Enjoy finding creative ways to show off your beautiful blooms!
Love, Holly

Colour Files: Pretty Pale

October 15th, 2011
Though I adore colour, I have a thing for white. And beige. In fact, anything pale hued always seems to draw me in. I could be standing in front of the most beautiful collection of cushions, in all the colours of the rainbow and I bet you any money I would reach out for the cream, beige or charcoal coloured one! No matter how hard I try, the pale tones always win. But isn’t there something so calming about creamy whites? A soothing pale pallet has inspired me to compile this week’s blog.

Mia Linnman via Mlle Magpie

This gorgeous bedroom accentuates the white floor boards and bed linen and soft curtains with brown accessories in the form of a gorgeous vintage chest, some vintage suitcases and a wooden chest of drawers. This room has a French country feel, and is so pretty and relaxed.

Concrete and Dust via Pembroke Hall

Oh, this room is so minimalist, yet so lovely and fresh! I could flop down on those crisp white sheets and never wake up…

Jenn Hannotte via Russet & Empire Interiors

This living room incorporates shades of white, beige and charcoal to create a soothing space that ticks the trendy box, with varying textures that warm up the space. The pale tones are grounded with the camel coloured accessories.

Living etc. via Nest Pretty Things

I love that the only hint of any colour other than white is through the wooden kitchen counter and those gorgeous old wooden pantry doors. The white cabinet in the far right side of the room is a good way to display a collection of white crockery to add to the theme. 

Laura Fulmine via The Style Files

This space is minimalist, but has character and texture thanks to the gorgeous antique writing desk. A perfect place to sit with a pen and paper and dream up something beautiful. A vase full of hot pink St. Joseph lilies would really brighten up this space.

Nuevo Estilo via Desire to Inspire and Department of the Interior

I love this room for so many reasons. The unusual wooden headboard is so stunning and creates a focal point in this relaxed bedroom. Texture is added to enhance the pale tones with the bedspread and cushion. A lovely place to have an afternoon nap after a morning swim in the sea.

Via Desde my Ventana

This is such a gorgeous room and a perfect home office, with those high ceiling and light just pouring in from everywhere. Those are my favourite flowers too. Don’t you just love the way flowers can brighten up a pale hued room and add a pop of colour where some is needed? Turquoise is one of my favourite colours to team with white. With the sanded wooden floors, the retro desk lamp and trestle style contemporary desk, this room has a lovely eclectic feel about it.

Faire Houre via Pinterest and Interior Design Musings

Colour is injected into this room via book spines and wooden accessories. I love that the white floors and minimalist colour choices make this contemporary eclectic loft space appear large and looming, while the chunky furniture brings in comfort and style.

Via Sanctuary

I love how wooden floors painted white can open up a space and make it appear so much larger. The pale pallet of this room means that any colour in this room is injected via the accessories. The mish-mash of furnishing styles gives this room an eclectic charm about it, which I just love.

Via Nest Pretty Things

Another example of how white painted wooden floors enlarge a room. This attic-come-bedroom is a truly soothing oasis that I imagine would be the perfect place to let the mind roam and the soul recharge. A few colour pops here and there make the space fun.

Next time you are standing in front of the paint swatches at your local DIY store, don’t think twice as you reach for that shade of beige. A pale pallet is not only subtle and soothing, it also enables you to change the look and feel of your space as the seasons change.

Love, Holly

Wishlist: The Eames Eiffel Chair

October 7th, 2011
I am in love.

The Eames Eiffel chair is a classic design by American husband and wife design duo Charles and Ray Eames, known for their major contributions to contemporary architecture and furniture. They worked in several fields of design including industrial and graphic design. They pioneered innovative technologies during the 1950s, revolutionising 20th Century furniture design. Such designs were the fibreglass, plastic resin and wire mesh chairs designed for the US furniture manufacturer Herman Miller. Highly influential in the world of design and imitated time and time again, the Eames Eiffel chair skillfully combines modern art with affordable yet durable materials to create perfectly balanced, functional furniture.

The Eames Eiffel chair was a landmark design in its time, the first industrially manufactured plastic chairs. What made them an admired design was the contemporary, simple structure that would cradle the body. The designers were enthusiastic to work with new materials at the time, focusing on new plastics because this material was versatile and could be moulded into shapes that would conform to the shape of the body. The design is as popular today as it was back then, though manufacturers nowadays embrace eco-friendly materials whilst maintaining the authentic design. Varying base types, shells and colour combinations are now available, making the chair trendy all over again.

New York Times Magazine via Feathered Nest

More than just an accent piece, the Eames Eiffel Chair is a comfortable, durable item which looks at home in all environments. The Eames’ works are said to be real ‘designs for life’. They’re iconic art pieces and objects of desire, while being absolutely practical.

 The Eames chair has a retro feel about it, whilst still maintaining a contemporary edge. The iconic chair features minimalist maple wood legs, black metal struts and a curved seat for stylish simplicity.

The Eames rocking chair is ideal for a nursery, but is edgy enough for a living area too.

The chair looks great in pretty much any setting: modern, country, eclectic…place this versatile item just about anywhere, and with any other item of furniture and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Nuevo Estilo via Delight by Design

I am looking to update my dining area with four of these beauties. I love that they are not too large and overpowering when placed in a small space, whilst still making a statement and complementing a vintage/eclectic inspired space.

Do you also dream of owning the Eames Eiffel chair?