Archive for December, 2011

Beat the chill: Cosy up your home this chilly season

December 20th, 2011
While my fellow blogger Lauren is feeling the heat over in Australia, it’s getting increasingly chilly here in the Netherlands. Autumn came and went in the blink of an eye and we are feeling winter’s chill. Getting cosy is on my mind…

Design Attractor

There’s something magical about this little Scandinavian living room to me. I would love to be sitting in front of this little stove with a good book in my lap, a cup of tea on the little sidetable and my toes sunk into that deliciously warm sheepsking rug…

Via Dressed by Style

A lovely thick beadspread helps to keep the chill off on those cold wintry nights. A warm rug keeps those toes from freezing off. This bright and breezy bedroom looks ready for winter.

Country Living

This thick cable knit throw (Martha Stewart Collection) has cosy written all over it. I adore the antique cast iron bed frame too!

Paul Massey via Living Etc.

Another beautiful knitted throw is a great example of how to cosy up your bedroom for chilly nights in the simplest way possible.


I love Anthropologie’s knitted “Heirloom” throw! It has a fun quirkiness about it and a rainbow of pretty colours to brighten up gray, wintry days.


Speaking of Anthropologie, how sweet is this “Oh to dream” quilt cover? With it’s whimsical charm and soft pastelly colour pallete, it’s lovely for big and little kids alike.


Though minimalist and fuss free in its design, this living room is given the cosy factor through the addition of a faux fur on the leather couch. 

Sending you warm and fuzzy thoughts from chilly Holland!

Love, Holly

Sweet dreaming: headboards to inspire

December 7th, 2011
I’m dreaming of gorgeous headboards. There are so many beautiful and original ideas out there to create one of your own. Here are some ideas to suit any style.


This has got to be one of the most cost effective ‘headboards’ I have seen, but I love the simplicity and interchangeability of it. All you need is some chalkboard paint and a steady hand.

Graham & Co.

This wall of vintage books stacked neatly in built-in shelving is so simple yet makes a huge statement, especially against crisp white linen. The wooden ceiling just completes the picture. I love this idea for a guest room. It just looks cosy and inviting, is busy and rich in detail but not cluttered in the slightest.

Bella Notte via Bodie and Fou

 I love this antique brass headboard against an otherwise minimalist and contemporary backdrop.

House Tweaking

This headboard was created by Dana from the gorgeous blog House Tweaking out of a few planks of salvaged wood, a lick of yellow paint and not much else. The uneven edges and rough texture of the wood give it a rustic feel, while the yellow painted ‘Love’ and matching ruffled cushion inject a splash of fun. Learn how to create one of your own here.

Letters of Vintage

This bedroom also has a distinct rustic feel to it, thanks to the gorgeous wooden headboard, It looks striking against the navy wall too. This romantic room would be fitting in a country cottage, with sprawling gardens overflowing with pretty blooms like the ones on the bedside table… 

Dreamy Whites

I have always loved this room for its creative use of old barn doors as a headboard and its distinct vintage aesthetic. The chandelier adds a touch of sparkle and glamour to the room, while the vintage sideboard and folding chair give it that country cottage feel.

Creative Inspiration via Sweet Home Style

Here is another example of using old wooden doors as a headboard. The one in this ecclectic bedroom is slightly lower than the previous one, but still creates a statement and looks very balanced. The hints of blue in the wood are picked up in the bed linen, and the fuschia roses complete this very pretty picture.

The Shabby Nest

If you are lucky enough to live in a home that sports an original mantel piece, then I just adore this idea of turning the mantel into a headboard. It is truly the central point of this feminine bedroom. I adore that side bench too!

Not my beautiful home

The detailing in this headboard is so rich that little else is needed in this room or it would be too intense. White linen works really well against the blush and charcoal pallette.

Lonny Magazine July/August 2011 issue

I saw this headboard in the July/August issue of Lonny Magazine. It is rather contemporary and would be quite easy to recreate. Some plywood and foam to create the board, covered with a heavy material and studded with brass studs in a pattern you like. Seems like a no brainer to me and it looks great, wiht just the right amount of detailing.

The Valentin bed from have a lovely range of fabric headboards, this one being no exception. It’s a classic quilted headboard which would work well with lots of different styles. I particularly like how it takes on an industrial edge in the image above when paired with a bare concrete wall, unvarnished wooden floorboards and low hanging pendant lights. 

Which headboard is your favourite? 

Holly x