Archive for November, 2013

Shop Tour: Harvest & Co. Amsterdam

November 27th, 2013

Hey there! How are you guys? As you know things are a little hectic on my end at the moment with the house renovations {which have kind of stopped now that we are both back at work again} but amid the craziness of my upside-down home, I wanted to drop in to share a gorgeous shop with you! A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a small gathering for some bloggers who are currently enrolled in the Blogging Your Way e-course taught by Holly Becker of Decor8. When I put my hand up to host the event, I immediately knew I wanted it to be held at Harvest & Company, a beautiful interiors boutique in Amsterdam having recently met the owners at a Kinfolk dinner. Filled to the brim with industrial and vintage finds, I knew it was the perfect spot to sit with a few new friends and talk all things photography, camera settings, blogging and living an inspired life. We chatted over coffee and fresh baked carrot cake, and when I was sufficiently talked out, I pulled out my camera so I could share the surroundings with you later on.

Shop Tour: Harvest & Co. Amsterdam / Photography by Holly Marder

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Renovating + Biting Off More Than I Could Chew

November 20th, 2013

Hello! It feels like forever since I wrote something over here. It’s only been a week and a half {an eternity in blog time} but it’s probably because in that small space of time my life flipped on it’s head as we launched ourselves into a lightening fast renovation, followed swiftly by a move into our new home in the space of two weeks. With our wedding fast approaching, the term ‘renovation’ to us initially meant painting the walls and sanding the floors. Full stop. That was all we had time for anyway before we had to hand over our rental home.

And then, keys in hand and giddy with excitement, we stepped inside for the first time since our first viewing four months ago.

What followed the chinking of champagne glasses and leaps {and admittedly the odd frolic} of excitement was a succession of jobs that we wanted done before the move, including a list of things that we had overlooked with rose tinted glasses in our initial viewing.

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LileSADI Giveaway WINNERS!

November 11th, 2013

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great week. I’m starting the week off today with great news for four lucky readers. I am excited to announce the winners of the LileSADI giveaway I have been running with the girls from Nu interieur | ontwerp!


Congratulations goes to:

Judith, who won the End of summer poster
Marloes Pieper, who won the Dimensions cushion
Isabel, who won the Polar Night Bear illustration
Katje Volmerink, who won the set of three art prints

Congratulations, ladies! I’m thrilled that you can add this pretty new element to your home. Please be in touch with us with your full name and address so we can get your winnings off to you as soon as possible!

Thank you for all of the sweet comments and for the extra likes on the Avenue Lifestyle and Nu interieur|ontwerp Facebook pages. Your support means the world to us.

Have a great day!

Holly x

Image and styling credits: Nu interieur | ontwerp

Piet Hein Eek Challenge: After!

November 8th, 2013

Hello! My goodness, what a week it’s been. You might be aware of the fact that I am knee-deep in the middle of a renovation, which is a major reason for my absence from the blog this week. Thing is, we move to the new place in a week, so a LOT has to be done in almost no time at all. It’s an old house and the previous owners had two left hands so we were eager to get stuck in right away to get the place looking and feeling at least a tiny bit liveable in the time frame we’re working with. As my work schedule continues to be manic, and we have a curious and active toddler on our hands it’s been a little, how do I put this…CRAZY! I’ve been looking forward to a renovation for two years, ever since we started looking at houses to buy, and now that I’m there, I’m surprised that it hasn’t been the exciting journey I was imagining at all. It’s been a whirlwind of decision making, calculating, juggling limited time slots with jobs that can be done in those precious hours, late nights and early mornings and the occasional {OK, regular} emotionally charged, exhaustion infused blow-out! So this has been the environment in which the cute little cabinet you see below, was created. Stressful much? Um, yes. I pulled this baby apart, sprawled out in the living room of our new home, and between rubble and complete chaos, my one-of-a-kind Piet Hein Eek original was born – Cool, Calm and Collected – not at all resembling its stylist!


In case you’re wondering what on earth I’m on about, I mentioned recently that I was taking part in a challenge brought together by paint giant Histor and Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, called 101 Karakters. The challenge was to design one of Eek’s original cabinets, of which only 101 were produced exclusively for this competition, based on up to three Histor paint colours. I have been given one of these cabinets to design for the challenge, so with my own home and taste in mind, I came up with a concept in a recent post based on a cool, calm colour palette using Histor’s Damp and Cyber as the main colours. This was the moodboard I came up with:

Piet Hein Eek Challenge

I thought the paint colours would be a little more green, but they turned out a gorgeous chalky gray/blue, which I love anyway. As I love muted colours, I decided to use Cyber on the main body of the cabinet and paint all of the edges in Damp, a slightly lighter shade.

I am crazy about the leather handles my friend’s at Nu interieur|ontwerp make, so I decided to add a pair of their cognac coloured handles to the front of my cabinet. Love the combination of the cognac leather against the muted gray/blue.



I was apprehensive of painting the cabinet at all, because I loved the ‘before‘ look so much, and considered leaving the edges unpainted to reveal the structure of the piece, but I ended up painstakingly painting those edges by hand late the night before photographing it and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. Minus the stress attack mid-project when my cabinet was lying in pieces in the middle of what looked like a war zone and major time restrictions to get it finished before the Thursday deadline, I had a ball doing this challenge and can’t wait to place my new Piet Hein Eek piece in my new home.

The cabinet is now at the Piet Hein Eek showroom in Eindhoven where it will be on display during the 101 Karakters event taking place today. After the event, I get to bring it home, just in time to start decorating the new house!

What do you think? Would you have done anything differently?

Have a wonderful weekend,

Holly x

* Photography, concept and styling by Holly Marder for Avenue Lifestyle

Giveaway LileSADI

November 4th, 2013

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. If you don’t follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you may not know that last Friday we got the keys to our new home, so my weekend was spent kick-starting the renovations that we hope to do in the next two weeks before moving in. The first job was done on Saturday when eight of our amazing friends turned up to help us paint all three floors of our new home. With a clean white backdrop, we are now starting to really get excited about our home and needless to say I have started mentally decorating! When we saw it empty for the first time last Friday, I must admit my stomach did a leap, and not in a good way. I stared with dread at chipping plaster, yellowing paint, an awful kitchen and wondered what on earth we had gotten ourselves into. But after just a few days I am starting to think it might just be OK, as little jobs get ticked off the list one by one.  It’s a lot of fun but also pretty stressful, especially as I am still working so am not able to do as much at the new house as I would like to. I’ll be sharing some before photos over on Instagram so keep an eye out but for now, let’s get started with a new week over here on the blog!

Last week I announced a gorgeous giveaway from Rotterdam based studio LileSADI, who create accessories based around geometric lines, pretty pastels and nostalgic patterns and prints. You saw some of those products in my last post, so today I am back with some new pics to show you and to remind you to enter because next week we will be announcing the winners of four of the lovely products  listed below!




The giveaway is all about the following products:

1. Poster illustration ‘End of summer‘ 50x70cm; printed on 170grams of off-white matte paper (shown above)

2. Cushion ‘Dimensions‘ 45x45cm; including pillow insert of 100% feathers; Inspired by the mysterious colour and light play of church windows (shown above)

3. Illustration ‘Polar Night Bear‘ 21x29cm; designed for the Dutch interiors magazine 101Woonideeën

4. Set of 3 art prints ‘Dimensions’, ‘Graphic Flowers’ and ‘Rise Up’ 21x29cm; inspired by the colours and shapes of church windows in France, signed and dated (show above)


– Comment below stating which product is your favourite and why

– Like LileSADI on Facebook

– For an extra chance to win, leave a comment over at Nu interieur|ontwerp, and pop over to the Avenue Lifestyle and Nu interieur|ontwerp Facebook pages and like them too!

Entires close 10 November. The winners will be drawn at random and announced on Monday, 11 November. There will be four winners, each receiving one of the lovely products listed here. Keen to see more from the LileSADI collection? Pop by their webshop.

Good luck!

Holly x

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