Archive for January, 2016

Mini Makeover: My Vintage Kitchen Trolley

January 26th, 2016

I must admit it’s been a while since I undertook a small makeover project in my own home. We’ve spent two years concentrating on the bigger bits of our renovation – painting stairs and walls, updating the kitchen, tiling, plastering, filling holes, installing lighting, sanding floor boards, painting woodwork, the list goes on – that the idea of doing a smaller scale DIY job has felt a bit like climbing a mountain. But most of the jobs I have around the house are small enough to take up just a couple of evenings in front of Netflix anyway, so without too much hesitation, I gave a gorgeous little vintage hospital trolley that I’ve been deliberating about painting a mini makeover and I tell you, it’s given me the motivation and energy to do more little jobs at home that I’ve been putting off for ages.

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I was given this trolley by my friend Lauren who bought it when she moved to the Netherlands for 9 months, and I’ve had my eye on it since the day we rolled it rattling through the shop, stuffed it into the back of my car and brought it home to her little temporary studio. It finally became mine the day she left to go back to Australia, which made our goodbye a tiny bit sweeter. Before she could say ‘look after it!‘ it was in my kitchen, styled with all my bits and pieces on it I’d been sneakily imagining for months! But though I loved it’s pale army green colour and it worked well with everything else in my kitchen, I felt it was lacking something.  Get the full scoop

A Charming Bakery in Delft

January 22nd, 2016

Just before the holiday break I was asked to shoot a centuries old bakery in the centre of Delft that has recently changed hands to a charming couple, Thomas van Bavel and Patrick van Holsteijn, who are energetic and passionate about their line of work and the craft behind baking. The bakery has been around since the sixteenth century and it’s new owners are keen to breath fresh life into it while maintaining it’s nostalgic and historical charm.

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I created a series of images for the new website – created by the lovely Merel de Neve, who I hired to rebrand my blog recently – both of the bakery itself and their staff, as well as the products. And yes, I ate a LOT of carbs that week. And yes, it was worth it. Get the full scoop

Style Files: Silke Bonde + Win a Print!

January 16th, 2016

I been following Copenhagen based artist and brand designer Silke Bonde since first discovering her delicate and minimalistic line of watercolour prints some time last year, in awe of her graphic, nature inspired works and simplistic aesthetic. As I am always curious to know a little bit more about artists and get behind their creative processes, I reached out to her with questions I’ve been aching to ask, and am delighted to feature Silke and her work here today, with a stunning collection of images created by Studio Oink, Chris Tonnesen and Sofie Brünner. And of course I am even more delighted that we will be giving away two of her stunning prints! Have a look below on how to snag one for your home. What a fab way to kick off the year, don’t you agree?

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|| What is the background behind your label Silke Bonde and how long have you been in business?
 
When I was little I really enjoyed my own company especially when I had something creative to work with. I could sit for hours and work on the same thing, I guess I had a good imagination. I was always the creative one in my class and I enjoyed having that role. While studying entrepreneurship design in Copenhagen six years ago I started blogging. I mostly blogged about my creative projects and paintings at home and suddenly someday someone asked if they could buy some of it. I was surprised and happy. Shortly afterwards I built my own webshop and then it all started. That was four years ago.

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AVENUE news to welcome 2016

January 5th, 2016

Hello and happy new year to you all! I hope you are feeling well and rested after a cruisy two weeks over the holidays and are rearing to go for a brilliant 2016. I really needed the rest and took it like a BOSS and now my hands are itching to get back into it. I thought I’d kick off the year with a little bit of news from behind the scenes here and share with you a fun new video I had made for the blog by the talented videographer Koen Folkerts of Narratief. Over the last little while you may have noticed things are looking a bit different on the blog lately. After nearly three years, I decided it was time to freshen up the blog and simplify things a bit. Styles evolve and change as our environment changes, and working in such a visual field I felt it was important to update some visual aspects of the blog as time goes on. Today I am going to walk you through the most recent changes, though we plan to add more little updates to help you to navigate this blog better in the next few months and leave you with a bit of a giggle as you watch my new video!

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Back when I launched my blog and business, my style was a little romantic and very feminine. Not that’s it’s not nowadays, I would still classify my style as both of those things but I tend to be more drawn nowadays to simplicity through styles, texture, materials, graphic details, delicate patterns and muted to minimalistic colour palettes. Over the holidays I received (finally!) the beautiful book The Kinfolk Home for Christmas and found that so many aspects of the design aesthetic represented in the book resonated with me, and though I have simplifying things in many aspects of my life, this book inspired me on a deep level and has had me thinking differently about the way I see and experience home and the things I fill it with. Get the full scoop