Archive for June, 2013

Hellopillow Giveaway

June 27th, 2013

Hello! Last week I told you that I have teamed up with Delft based interior designers and bloggers Nu interieur|ontwerp and Hellopillow from Paris to give 5 beautiful cushions away. With one week to go until d-day, I thought I’d bring you some more eye candy to lust after and remind you to enter to win one of your own. These images were taken at the lovely Nathalie of Nu interieur|ontwerp’s holiday home. Once again, we had fun styling these beauties, and we hope you like the results!

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Want to know more about the Hellopillow? Find out {here}

To enter and be in the running to scoop one of your very own Hellopillows in either gold or black:

– Comment on the original post telling us what setting you would place your own Hellopillow
– Like Hellopillow on Facebook
– For an extra chance to win, leave a comment over at Nu interieur|ontwerp, and pop over to the Avenue Lifestyle and/or Nu interieur|ontwerp Facebook pages and give them a like too!

The winners will be drawn at random on Monday, 1 July. There will be five winners, each receiving one of the lovely pillows you see here.

Don’t miss out! Hurry and enter before next Monday!

Holly
* Image and styling credits: Holly Marder for Avenue Lifestyle and Nu interieur|ontwerp

Featured: Behind the Blog with Style Me Pretty Living

June 26th, 2013

Well, I have officially died and gone to heaven.

Just before hitting the sheets last night, after a gorgeous al fresco dinner with friends in our little courtyard, I discovered something that kept me up practically all night and has smeared a smile on my face that just won’t go away. I have been featured on none other than Style Me Pretty Living, one of the prettiest reads in the entire blogosphere, in their Behind the Blog series!

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To say that I am excited is a slight understatement. The introduction, written by Abby Larson herself (the founding editor of Style Me Pretty) near moved me to tears before giddy laughter took over as I stared in disbelief at images of me splashed all over the screen. So surreal! Beautiful photography by the mightily talented Anouschka Rokebrand capturing scenes from my remote workspace are even more beautiful than I remembered seeing them on SMP Living. Sigh. Such beautiful imagery should be shared, so below are some of my favourite shots taken for this SMP shoot.

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When I started blogging 2 years ago, a feature like this was something only dreams were made of. I was eager to share and inspire and in turn, to be inspired and to learn. I had a bee in my bonnet and I was yearning for a creative life that took me {even if momentarily} away from the computer and into beautiful spaces, amid talented and creative people. Relaunching and starting afresh with Avenue early this year {though scary} was a step in that direction for me, and I haven’t looked back since. I have met and connected with the most wonderful and inspiring individuals. I have been invited into the most gorgeous homes to document personal stories. I am joining forces with creatives I admire. This is a good place to be.

Admittedly, blogging means being online almost all of the time, so most of mine is spent in my home office. I am so fortunate to have the most beautiful office space, pictured here, within walking distance, where I can come to work, meet clients, be inspired or collaborate with the talented designers who work here full time, Nathalie and Tessa of Nu interieur | ontwerp. Lucky girls, right? The exposed brick, white floors and natural light are all to die for, so it’s no wonder this is my workplace of choice when I need a break from my own four walls.

Well, that’s enough from me and my smiling self! I hope you enjoyed this little insight into the blog and its author.

But before I sign off, I owe a gigantic THANK YOU to SMP Living for the feature, to Abby for introducing me so beautifully and of course, to Anouschka Rokebrand for capturing all of the above so very, very beautifully. I’m thrilled to have collaborated with such immense talent.

Holly x

Interested in the office items?
Desk: Functionals
Chair: Maisons du Monde
White chairs: Rex chair
Magazine rack: Serholt
Stool: Nu interieur | ontwerp
Cushion: Hellopillow
Rug: The go ‘round
Lamp: Artemide ‘Tolomeo’

The Bare Bulb

June 25th, 2013

Hello! This last week I have been working with a client to spruce up her studio space so that it resonates with her brand. The topic at hand these past few days has been lighting options, and an important one at that because the right lighting can do so much for a space. In fact, I was recently chatting to interior architect Chantal Dussouchaud about lighting during an interview and she told me that she always advises her clients to rather splurge on a stunning light fixture than a piece of furniture because of the sheer difference it can make to the room as a whole. With all of this lighting inspiration flying around me, I thought I would share a trend that has caught my eye for quite some time now, the exposed lightbulb.

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Delicate and unobtrusive, a single bulb suspended in just the right spot can really elevate a space, while a cluster of them can add a touch of drama.
I am crazy about these, particularly used in eclectic but minimally decorated spaces, and hope the trend sticks around for a while longer. That little wall sconce is so cute!
Have a super day, and see you back here soon.
Holly
Image credits: 1 Avhem; 2 Helt enkelt + Varpunen 3 & 4 Avhem; 5; Muuto

Inside Scoop: Eclectic Modern Apartment

June 19th, 2013

Hello! Back again today with more gorgeous home inspiration for you to feast your eyes on! This time, the eclectic modern home of Bianca Kempenaar, blogger and founder of a sweet online shop called A Day With Kate. I recently made my way up to her part of the Netherlands, camera in hand, to shoot her light and cheerful apartment for a feature on Houzz. I absolutely loved learning about her and her husband’s story, which you can read in more detail {here}, and discovering her deep appreciation of interiors and design. Her home is a carefully curated blend of retro-modern classics, vintage finds and bang-on-trend contemporary design pieces. With high ceilings and huge windows, the light just dances around the family’s open plan dining and living room, and bright colors here and there really pop against a backdrop of crisp white. Here are a few images from the tour that I’m so excited to share with you!

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I love how Bianca and her husband combine several different furniture styles to create a home that not only tells a story, but also gives a nod to their personalities. And trust me, Bianca is every bit as bright and cheerful as her home! Against a clean, white backdrop, bright colors are carefully interwoven into the home’s otherwise very neutral palette. Don’t you love the way Bianca layers colour and pattern in her home? Though she loves to use both vibrant colour and pattern, she shared with me that she incorporates them into her home with care, through art and accessories. I love the subtle touch of neon pink on her bed linen!

Thanks Bianca for having me in your home for the day and sharing your story with me!

Holly

* Photography by Holly Marder for Houzz

Giveaway, Giveaway: Win a Hellopillow!

June 17th, 2013

Hello! I hope you enjoyed a relaxing weekend and are all geared up for another week. I have some exciting news for you today. I am teaming up with Delft based interior designers and bloggers Nu interieur|ontwerp and Paris based Hellopillow, the creative minds behind the most gorgeous cushions and accessories.

Last week, I got together with Nathalie Fransen of Nu interieur|ontwerp at her home in Delft to style and shoot some of the pillows sent in fresh from Paris. For the shoot we selected a variety of cushions from Hellopillow’s Graphic Mood Collection made up of black and gold graphic designs incorporating beige linen. Against the crisp white backdrop of Nathalie’s newly renovated inner city apartment, in a Scandinavian style setting, the pillows looked fantastic.

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Parisian fashion designer Raphaëlle H’limi is the creative mind behind Hellopillow. With en eye for colour and textile, she launched the label in 2009. Her cushions are inspired by origami and children’s games and are designed employing an artful cutting and folding technique. The results are unique and timeless pieces made from quality natural fabrics and are produced by local craftsman in Paris.

We are so exited to announce that we are giving away no less than five beautiful pillows. To enter and be in the running to scoop one of your own:

  1. Comment below telling us what setting you would place your own Hellopillow
  2. Like Hellopillow on Facebook
  3. For an extra chance to win, leave a comment over at Nu interieur|ontwerp, and pop over to the Avenue Lifestyle and/or Nu interieur|ontwerp Facebook pages and give them a like too!

The winners will be drawn at random on Monday, 1 July. There will be five winners, each receiving one of the lovely pillows you see here.

Think one of these beauties will look great in your home? Hurry and enter!

Good luck!

Holly

* Image and styling credits: Holly Marder for Avenue Lifestyle and Nu interieur|ontwerp