Archive for April, 2013

Inside Scoop: Eclectic Brussels Apartment

April 24th, 2013

Hello! I am back today with another ‘Inside Scoop’, this time featuring a gorgeous eclectic apartment I photographed for my most recently published Houzz column. For this tour, I ventured to the Brussels home of colour specialist and interior designer Corinne Kowal, who authors the blog Emerald Green Interiors. You will notice if you head over there that I am currently guest blogging for her while she spends some time with her newborn son. I can’t wait to share these inside images with you, because I had a ball shooting this space. Corinne and her husband are renting their home, and it was so interesting to see that the apartment’s modern lines didn’t hinder Corinne’s ability to infuse their contemporary home with her favorite design styles. In this light and bright family home, Art Deco, antique, retro vintage and modern pieces all weave together to form an eclectic mix of old and new. And the best part is that all of these styles merge together so seamlessly thanks to Corinne’s cleverly selected colour palette. I hope you enjoy these insider’s shots you won’t find on the article!











I hope you enjoyed that little peek into Corinne’s Brussels home. If you’re keen to know the story behind this home and see more imagery, head over to Houzz and have a read.

Have a lovely Wednesday. I will be out shooting another inspiring interior, so stay tuned!


* All images are by Holly Marder for Houzz

Industrial Dining in Copenhagen

April 22nd, 2013

I recently discovered this gorgeous industrial restaurant which has been making me want to head for Copenhagen (and not just because the stunning Danish Princess Mary is Australian!). The hip and happening Höst Restaurant opened late last year, offering an urban eatery with rural and industrial references. I loved the first image so much, I wanted to see more and find out about the design process. A bit of digging revealed not only more gorgeous imagery, but also some insight into the Scandinavian restaurant’s aesthetic. Danish architect firm Norm joined hands with design house Menu to bring Copenhagen-based restaurateurs Cofoco their 10th restaurant, where Scandinavian design pieces offset the warehouse setting.

Though the overall look is minimal, the large space is nonetheless cozy, thanks to recycled materials that form the basis of the industrial style interior, including dented zinc, uneven slabs of granite and concrete, rustic wood and cast iron. That the materials are all generously battered with age is what makes this space so uniquely textured. Industrial pendants, contemporary Scandinavian design and custom created dinnerware and barstools by Norm result in a striking contrast where old meets new.





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Bright pops of green in the restaurant’s conservatory to give diners the feeling of being outdoors, while floods of light contribute to the space’s quintessentially Scandinavian aesthetic. I have read that the menu echoes the restaurant’s rural and organic theme, offering new Nordic cuisine that blends tradition with contemporary methods of food preparation.

What do you think: do you also love the industrial interior of this restaurant? Feeling tempted to duck off to Copenhagen for the weekend?

If you live in or plan on visiting Denmark, make sure you book a table at Höst. The restaurant is located at Nørre Farimagsgade 41; 1364 Copenhagen.


* Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen / Petit Passport

Delicate Florals Inspire in a Spring Spread by Anthropologie

April 19th, 2013

Spring is in full swing here in the Netherlands, and this last week we have been enjoying some warmth and sunlight, two things I was beginning to think I would never see again. This week, we ate dinner outside for the first time in about a century (OK, it was really just a few months) and I also began sprucing up our little garden now that it’s warmer because we love hosting barbecues in the warmer months. All this time outdoors thinking about spring-summer entertaining has got me gravitating towards the gorgeous spring inspired dinnerware by Anthropologie.

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Are you as crazy about Anthropologie’s delicate floral patterns and dreamy colours as I am? I love the turquoise and peach combo the best, and how you can make a gorgeous and eclectic collection of plates using lots of different designs.

My favourite item in the spread are the floral plates in the second image. Yes, I think they’d look quite pretty on my wooden garden table! What about you? What are your favourites?

Have a happy weekend!


* All images by Anthropologie






Inside Scoop: Industrial Rotterdam Renovation

April 17th, 2013

Hello! I can’t WAIT to share some images I shot during a recent Houzz project. It was so lovely to meet the sunny Stella Verbrugge, who showed me around her and her husband Joeri’s recently renovated 19th century row house in Rotterdam. Their house is part of a neighborhood project that last year scooped the Rotterdam Architecture Prize for modern urban renewal. I absolutely love the huge 5 meter window that drapes the space with light, and the exposed brick wall that their architect advised them to do which extends all three floors. A light colour scheme and that gorgeous pistachio green all make for a seriously cool home for this savvy young couple to start their family in! Want to know more? Read their story in the Houzz Tour {here}. For now, enjoy this inside scoop of one of my favourite homes I have seen so far!

















Don’t you love all the natural materials and the simplicity of this home? I also loved seeing little quirky touches here and there. It’s those small personal things that make a house a home.

What makes this couple’s story so interesting is that they purchased this place in an initiative called Klushuizen, whereby the local municipality sells derelict old houses for a steal so that young creatives can renovate them to their former glory. It’s a wonderful way of improving some of the less attractive areas of the city and attracting young professionals and families, and these places are usually quite large too. I have seen many of these houses since writing for Houzz that have been purchased by architects looking to add a stunner to their portfolio.

Stella and Joeri really got down and dirty during the renovation process to try to come in on budget. They spent weekend after weekend doing crazy jobs such as exposing all that brick and laying the wooden floors themselves. Are you as impressed as I am?

Thank you so much, Stella, for inviting me and my camera into your home!


* All images were taken by Holly Marder for Houzz.


Spring Styling at Home

April 11th, 2013

Is it really spring? Here in Delft, the Netherlands, things are looking a little grey (and just a tad depressing). Though temperatures have picked up a teeny tiny bit these last few days, we are still experiencing chilly days and rotten weather. So while hanging around the house in socks and slippers, I thought I would get behind the camera to perk up my day! Let me share with you a few snaps taken in my bedroom.

I picked up this pair of sweet little antique marble-topped bedside tables not long ago and am still undecided as to whether or not I’ll paint them. I’m always a little hesitant to put paintbrush to wood, so I might just sit on that idea for a little while longer. I do love the marble tops though and think a crisp shade of grey would look great. Throw in some fresh blooms and a few pieces of art and that’s a pretty vignette, I’d say!









A lot of my things I have picked up at the antique markets that line the streets of Delft in the summertime, such as the two little framed butterflies. I like to combine antiques and vintage items with more contemporary items to create an old-meets-new Scandinavian-esque contrast. In this setting, I love the simplicity of wax flower and tuberose, sitting amongst a backdrop of fresh and neutral hues. A little pop of saffron yellow perks up the palette, too. The little bird watercolor is by Dimdi on Etsy. I did the artwork behind the butterflies. It’s not exactly Picasso, but I love the putty colors and texture. The other night, my fiancé told me he thought it looked like something he had just flushed down the toilet! That’s love…

Fiddling around the house creating pretty corners makes me happy. As we are renting, I sometimes feel a little limited when it comes to decorating (hanging artwork, without having to refill the holes when we move, painting walls without having to repaint it all white again) but in the meantime, I still have fun styling our little space and hope these images inspired you in some way to get busy in your own homes this spring, grey skies or not!

Have a great day,


* All images are by Holly Marder


Wedding Files: A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

April 5th, 2013

Hi there! Back again today with my ‘Wedding Files’ column, this time taking you through some beautiful photography that has had me swooning lately. In case you missed the first post in this series, in this column I will be sharing ideas and inspiration as I plan my own wedding over the coming year. We are planning a relaxed and romantic garden party for us and our guests to enjoy in the spring of 2014. While we are still settling on a suitable venue and starting to think about the details, we do have a clear vision of how the overall event should look but mostly feel. In my last post, I shared images that tied in with the vintage meets boho meets rustic romantic garden party (a tongue twister, I know) theme we are going for. Today, I would like to share another handful of beautiful images with you that have inspired the type of photography I would love to recreate for our big day.

Photography is such an important part of the wedding day. As the only tangible memory the bride and groom can keep forever as a reminder of that one day, it should really capture the essence of the event. Selecting a photographer that can relate to you as a couple and bring back all the emotions and energy of your day is a challenge. I showed you a few snaps in my last post by the seriously talented photographer Laura D’Art, but love her work so much I have added more here. I love the deep tones in her images and the emotion they invoke, while being so utterly simple. But there are so many more talented photographers out there, like the amazing Jose Villa whose work is all over the biggest wedding blogs and Marianne Taylor, voted the UK’s best wedding photographer in 2012. I hope these stunning images put you on cloud nine, like they did me…


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I just love the soft colours in all of these images, the way the sunlight dances through each frame and the love that is captured so beautifully in each image. I love the light, airy and romantic feel that each of these photographs invoke.

In exciting wedding-related news, I got together with the designer that I have chosen to create my wedding gown this week! Over four hours, the two of us pulled together ideas for the dress, sketching designs and selecting fabrics as we went along. I am so excited that it is now officially in the making! I shall remain tight-lipped in terms of details of course, but for a sneak peek of what we got up to, check out my Instagram profile! You can follow my wedding inspiration on Pinterest, too.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Image credits: 1 & 2 D’Art Photography; 3 Brumley and Wells; 4 Leslee Mitchell; 5,6 & 7 Marianne Taylor Photography; 8, 9 & 10 Jose Villa; 11 Matthew Morgan Photography.

Inside Scoop: A North London Victorian Family Home

April 2nd, 2013

Hello! I hope that you enjoyed a peaceful Easter weekend. Ours was spent juggling a bad bout of the flu with an energetic toddler, while trying to get out and savor as much sunshine as we could after months of complaining about the weather! I was also bowled over when a bunch of our friends turned up at our house on Friday night to throw me a surprise Birthday party. Things like that are always so humbling, and I am very grateful to have such kind and thoughtful friends. I’m only sorry I was donning slippers and disheveled hair when they all arrived!

Over the long weekend, my latest feature for Houzz published and I am so pleased to see the gorgeous North London home of Monique and Trevor getting loads of positive comments because the work they put into their Victorian home is highly commendable. You can read their whole story and see more images {here}. For now I wanted to take you into their charming family home and share a few of my favourite pics from the tour. Enjoy!









The gorgeous woman pictured above with her adorable daughters is my sister’s best friend Monique, and the owner of this gorgeous home. Monique has known me since I was a little girl sporting bad hair and baggy clothes, and it was such a pleasure to spend the day with her catching up on our girls in between me racing around with my camera! I love how she and her husband, Trevor, combined their fresh modern style with the home’s original Victorian features, and the girl’s bedrooms are amazing. Each has it’s own original fireplace, high ceilings and a peaceful colour palette.

A huge thanks to Monique for opening up her doors to me, and I hope that you enjoyed this little sneak peek. Make sure you get the whole scoop over at Houzz!


*All images are by Holly Marder for Houzz