Archive for March, 2015

Beautiful Bedrooms for Little Girls

March 26th, 2015

My good friend Tessa Weerdenburg, one of the two interior designers behind Nu interieur|ontwerp, recently had her three little girl’s bedrooms featured in a beautiful children’s interiors book called Mini Woonboek, compiled by Tom Cole of the interiors blog, Woonblog. I have loved Tessa’s home for years now, and in particular, the bedrooms of her daughters Roos, Lieve and Bente. When I saw the images Tom had made for his book, I just had to share them. Each sweet space is positively brimming with personality, Tessa’s delicate decorating and hand made touches.

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Tas-ka {in the same print as the cushion in my bedroom tour!}. The bed is a design by Nu interieur|ontwerp.

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Style Files: Anne Black + GIVEAWAY!

March 24th, 2015

One glance at my Pinterest boards and you’ll see I’m into ceramics, in a big way. I always feel a little buzz of pleasure each time I add a beautifully hand crafted ceramic piece to my growing collection and love how each piece has a story. I picked up the most beautiful hand made ceramic plate at a small studio we drove past during our honeymoon in France and though it was a pricy item, it will be forever treasured and will be a reminder of those perfect few days together in the French countryside. When I was recently introduced to Anne Black ceramics, I instantly loved her collection of simple yet stunning ceramic pieces. As I love nothing more than learning about makers, their craft and process, I couldn’t help but shoot some questions over to Anne and find out more. Hope you enjoy this little peek into the world of Anne Black today, and be sure to enter the giveaway below as we have a beautiful ceramic piece up for grabs!

Bloom.Contain300dpi // When did you start taking an interest in ceramics, and what is your background?

I went to Waldorf School as a child and different craftsmanship was a part of school life which I always liked a lot. Such schools focus on hands-on activities that encourage creative play. So I was quite comfortable with making clay things at an early age. After graduating, I went to the design school in Kolding (a town in Denmark) and graduated in 1996 with a master in ceramic design. Actually I was told many times that I could never make a living being a ceramicist. That was a perception of ceramicists in those times. I am not saying that it was easy and I had other jobs to support myself, but I guess the dreams will always win if you don’t give up on them.
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Styling & Photography Masterclass at Vitra

March 20th, 2015

I recently had the pleasure of working alongside the immensely talented photographer, blogger and stylist behind beeldSTEIL, Wendy van Woudenberg. We were approached by the team at Meet the Blogger to present a styling and photography masterclass for aspiring photographers and stylists (most of whom are bloggers) at the Vitra showroom near Amsterdam. We were both delighted to be working together, and are thrilled that the masterclass was a great success! Below a little peek into our day.

IMG_7126 The day flew by for Wendy and I and we were both so busy we forgot to take our own pictures! The above image I took on my iPhone the day before while setting up for the event. There are a couple more over on my Instagram feed too. Wendy and I combined our very different styles and put together this little vignette, featuring our favourite design objects from the Vitra showroom, some vintage pieces we both loved, a vintage kilim rug that I badly wanted to take home with me and some greenery. It was a true mix of our two styles and made a pretty backdrop for our presentation, which was beamed onto the white wall above. Get the full scoop

Hôtel Henriette, Paris

March 3rd, 2015

There’s a little slice of heaven in the middle of Paris and it’s called Hôtel Henriette. I mentioned in my last post that I was sent over to Paris to photograph a family home in Saint Germain en-Laye, and was booked into a room at this gorgeous, gorgeous boutique hotel located on a little cobbled street in the south of the city, a stone’s throw from the Les Gobelins metro station. I won’t say any more. I’ll simply let these images of each and every thoughtfully designed space, speak for themselves.

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Every one of the hotel’s 32 rooms has it’s own colour scheme and a charming Nordic boho look and feel, all conceptualized by the hotel’s owner Vanessa Scoffier. Formerly a fashion editor, the designer has had an infinity for scouring flea markets from a young age. The rooms feature expertly sourced, quirky vintage mirrors and lighting fixtures, whimsical wallpapers, and a hand selected colour palette. Get the full scoop