Archive for January, 2014

Scenes of Tuscany: The Chianti Region

January 31st, 2014

It’s taken me a few days to get settled back at home again after a whirlwind long weekend in Tuscany, Italy. I arrived last Thursday evening to a rainy Siena, not that I cared very much because as I frolicked my way to the hotel, all I could do was smile, my eyes darting this way and that to soak up the Italian splendor that surrounded me. Even in the pouring rain, in the driveway of my hotel, it was just beautiful, so by the morning of day two, I couldn’t wait to get out there and capture some of the magic I was seeing. In case you missed it in last week’s post, I jetted over to Tuscany to join my friend Ciara from Style Serendipity while she styled the most incredible bridal shoot for Sibo Designs with the photographer duo Brumley and Wells. It was a busy two days spent with a wonderful team, but I managed to steal a few minutes away with my camera, and I’m so pleased I did. This beautiful part of Italy really needs no introduction, so I’ll let you get lost in the images and discover the magic of Tuscany’s Chianti region yourself.

Tuscany by Holly Marder

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Off to Tuscany!

January 23rd, 2014

Hello! It’s only Thursday and I haven’t been this excited about the weekend in a long time. That’s because today, I am jetting off to the Tuscan hills for a long weekend! I’ve never been to Italy but have wanted to ever since I came to Europe six years ago. In those first couple of years before I settled in The Netherlands I traveled Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain and spent time living in the UK, but never ventured over to Italy until just recently when the perfect opportunity presented itself and my ticket was booked before I could say, Ciao Bella!.

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Simply Slow Get Togethers

January 21st, 2014

Hello! I hope you all enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing weekend. Have you heard of Simply Slow before? They are a small group of like-minded individuals who organise events that aim to spotlight the uniqueness of common products, materials, food and design found in the every day. These events draw on authentic crafts, encouraging attendees to get together, learn a skill and discover the process behind ordinary materials and age old processes. I love the concept, and have a sneaking suspicion you will too!

SIMPLY SLOW / Photography by Jitske Hagens / Styling by Stefanie Maas

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Wedding Files: The Caterer!

January 16th, 2014

Ooooh, I have exciting news to share today. We have chosen the caterers who will be taking care of the food and drinks at our wedding this May! The puzzle is slowly coming together and I feel that now that we have catering organised, the rest will flow together nicely. We are very excited to be sharing our special day with Femke and Eddy, the husband and wife team behind the successful catering service and cooking school Hééérlijk.

 Liesbeth Klaase and Femke Ditmars, Photography / Marlous Snijder for Oh Marie! Magazine

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Inside Scoop: Cosy Winter Cottage

January 14th, 2014

Winter seems to have finally appeared here in the Netherlands after a very slow start to the season and the icy temperatures have me thinking back to a shoot I recently did of the Scandinavian inspired weekend escape of interior designer Nathalie Fransen and her family. Below are a selection of my favourite images, but the tour featured on my Decor8 column called ‘Homes with Heart‘ so pop over to Decor8 to get the whole scoop of this cute cottage! Ready? Let’s start in the bedroom…

Photography: Holly Marder / Styling: Nathalie Fransen / Nu interieur|ontwerp / Holly Marder

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Blue and White Table: The Video

January 3rd, 2014

I know we are done with Christmas and all, but I promised I would share with you the video of a recent styled shoot I did for Style Me Pretty Living. I shared the stunning images, taken by Anouschka Rokebrand, just recently and now it brings me much pleasure {and a million butterflies!!} to share the video installment that was created by Ray Pluym Cinematography.

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Welcome, 2014: Reflecting and Resolving

January 2nd, 2014

Happy New Year guys! I hope you all celebrated the eve of 2014 in style, and are geared up, ready and inspired to make the coming year a fabulous one. The past year went by so fast, and I have much to be grateful for. So today, feeling fresh and revived, I am doing some reflecting on the past year and putting forth a few resolutions to make sure this year is even better than the last. Here we go!

Photography by Holly Marder/Avenue Lifestyle

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