Archive for November, 2014

Featured: Floral Inspired Bridal Shower

November 23rd, 2014

Hey guys! I hope you have enjoyed the weekend and are ready for a productive and inspiring week ahead! To kick start the week, I have another styled editorial to share with you. A few months back I teamed up with photographer Anouschka Rokebrand and food stylist Ajda Mehmet on something a little different, a styled a bridal shower inspiration session. I gathered together a handful of lovely ladies to model for us and brought together an event that was all about fun and flowers, using the prettiest of props and the freshest of florals. The results are every bit as lovely as I was hoping they would be, and seeing them feature on the pages of Style Me Pretty makes my heart sing.

Floral Inspired Bridal Shower Inspiration // Styling and creative direction: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} / Photography: Anouschka Rokebrand A little bit about this shoot: When Anouschka asked to create a bridal shower styled shoot, my first thoughts were that it had to be fun with a fresh and feminine theme fit for a group of gorgeous girls to enjoy together. It had to have a joyous feel to it because bridal showers are all about celebrating love and happiness, right? I decided early on that flowers would be the inspiration behind the shoot and as most showers come with an activity for the attendees to get involved in, that activity would be a floral wreath/headband making workshop. I wanted to create an event where the bride-to-be’s closest friends could gather together in celebration of the imminent nuptials by creating a fresh flower crown. To make it as ‘real’ as possible, I also coached the models on how to make a floral headband so they could be photographed actually making one and wearing it afterwards. Get the full scoop

Madam Stoltz / Deens Giveaway Winners!

November 17th, 2014

The giveaway I’ve been running to win a lovely piece from the Madam Stoltz A/W ’14 collection courtesy of Scandi interiors webshop has come to a close and I’m excited to announce the winners!

madam stolz giveaway winners Congratulations to Liubou, who won the wooden salad bowl from the kitchen collection, Valentina who won the copper wire basket, and Katerina who won the black candleholder! I hope you enjoy your lovely new items as much as I have enjoyed making this giveaway possible. Please send an email to with your full name and postal address as soon as possible so can get your prize off to you.
Thanks to all who entered this giveaway, and to who made it possible!

Holly x Get the full scoop

Yvestown Winter Fair Workshop

November 17th, 2014

Hey guys! Excited to announce another workshop I’ll be giving at the end of the month. This time, I’m heading to Belgium for the gorgeous home of Yvonne of the blog Yvestown for the Yvestown Winter Fair to host a creative Christmas gift wrapping workshop. During a fun and interactive day I will show attendees how to wrap their Christmas gifts in style using the prettiest of fabrics as well as fresh and dried flowers and foliage!

IMG_5840 Bring along any gifts or cards from home that you’d like to wrap, items purchased at the fair you’ll be giving to a special somebody, or simply have fun practicing your wrapping skills with the props I will have on hand! Get the full scoop

Orchard to Kitchen: A Fall Inspiration Shoot

November 14th, 2014

Fall is a wonderful time of year to get amongst the orchards at harvest time to pluck some crunchy goodness to take home and turn into something warm and sweet. All too often we forget to soak up these simple pleasures. So today I thought I’d take you from the orchards of De Olmenhorst into food stylist Ajda Mehmet‘s kitchen with a collection of dreamy, fall inspired images snapped by the awesome Anouschka Rokebrand, as part of a styled session we collaborated on recently. And the best bit? It comes with a gorgeous recipe for you that I demand that you try this weekend. Seriously.

View More: This shoot was all about celebrating the very best of harvest time in the fall, the crispness in the air, the appreciation of life’s simple pleasures, the perfection of imperfection. That sense of nostalgia that hits when you take the first bite of an age-old apple crumble, all conjured up in a beautiful set of images. The familiar, captured simplistically, yet beautifully and full of emotion. Get the full scoop

Style Files: Susan Connor

November 11th, 2014

I’ve discovered a designer that I can’t wait to introduce you to. Meet Susan Connor, a textile designer based in New York and the name behind the most gorgeous collection of textiles and homewares I’ve seen in a long time. Not only is thew self taught designer incredibly talented,. but she possesses a truly admirable ability to find beauty in the simplistic, tune into life’s finer details and live an honest and creatively inspired existence. It’s a rare quality that draws me in because I suppose we live in a time where we are all trying to find peace and meaning in the busy lives we lead. As I browsed her collection and read her story, I knew I wanted to know more about her creative process. My appreciation for textiles goes back to when I was a young girl and used to accompany my mother {a former interior decorator} as she shopped for fabrics – careful to involve me in her selection process – all the way up to my fashion design days after high school. And as an interior stylist it’s what I get most excited about as a project comes to a close – layering in the textiles. So when I laid eyes on the beautiful collection owing to the thoughtful and thought-provoking artist behind them, I had to know more. In her search for meaning, quality and beauty in simplicity, Susan Connor has founded a label that draws on careful craftsmanship and fine artistic detail, resulting in stunning homewares I know you’ll fall for. But don’t just take it from me. Read all about Susan and her work below.

studio-8 Susan: My interest in textiles goes back many years, although not in a direct sense. I’ve always loved what handmade textiles bring to life, they add such richness, not only with their patterns, but with the way they feel. But it was not until recently that I decided to create a collection of textiles, myself. I’m self-taught, drawing upon my love of art, texture, history and artistic living. Get the full scoop

Madam Stolz A/W 2014 Collection + GIVEAWAY!

November 7th, 2014

Well folks, fall is in full swing so I thought I’d embrace the chilly temperatures with a little inspiration and a giveaway! Plus I’m still celebrating my vtwonen award and I wanted to give a little something back to you guys – the lovely folks who keep this blog rolling. Have you heard of Deens before? Deens is an online boutique offering a variety of homewares brands with Danish roots, including Madam Stoltz. If distinct nordic wares highlighting copper, marble, wood, brass and natural textiles are your thing, then you’re going to love the new and very moody Madam Stoltz A/W ’14 collection and exclusive Avenue Lifestyle GIVEAWAY! Read on to see what’s currently in store, and find out how to enter.

madame stoltz a:w 2014 1 Get the full scoop

Styling With Vintage Portraits

November 6th, 2014

I spend a lot of time in and out of vintage stores, browsing market stalls and shopping on Etsy for one-off pieces, and something I’m always on the lookout for is original art. Good pieces are hard to come by but every so often you get lucky. This past summer I picked up some fabulous originals at the markets and I can’t wait to get them framed and on the wall. But lately I’ve been drawn particularly to vintage portraits and how they work in different interiors. Here is a selection of some of my favourite interiors that have incorporated vintage portraits, with some tips on how to make the look work.

portrait 12 Get the full scoop