Inside Scoop: A Monochrome Hillside Abode in Norway

05.06.18

 

Hey guys, we are dropping in today to share a beautiful, Nordic home tour we shot while visiting design duo Kine and Kristoffer in Drammen, Norway late last year. Remember we took you on a tour of their studio? Both spaces have recently published in a 24 page spread in the Norwegian magazine Interiør Magasinet and we are thrilled to share their home with you today too. With sweeping views across the valley and their own bamboo furniture designs peppered through each space, Kine and Kristoffer have created a deeply personal haven rooted in their appreciation for sustainability and function, all with a minimalistic yet warm Nordic aesthetic. We think you’ll love it, so read on for a full tour!

When design duo Kine Ask Stenersen and Kristoffer Eng relocated from Oslo to their home town of Drammen four years ago, the main agenda was finding a home for their growing family. Expecting their first child at the time, they fell for their hillside abode for the space, functionality and sense of tranquillity it offered.

“We spent our twenties living in Oslo, but we are both originally from Drammen. We never thought we would move back home, not until we had our son and we suddenly we had someone else to think about besides ourselves. At the same time, Ask og Eng came into the works and having a space here in Drammen instead of Oslo made more sense logistically.” The couple made the leap and found a charming home overlooking Drammen suitable for family living, and just a stone’s throw from their studio space. Get the full scoop

Inside Scoop: Belgian Country Charm

29.06.17

Just recently we jumped in the car and drove to the bottom of the country and just over the Belgian border, to style and shoot a charming old country house. The moment we stepped inside we fell for the striking patterned floor tiles (original to the house and discovered by accident) and the rest was history. Aside from being completely charming herself, the home of Liza van der Stouwe of Atelier Rozijntjes, her husband Vincent and their three children is far too charming not to share, and having recently featured in vtwonen magazine, we felt it was high time we brought you a long overdue ‘Inside Scoop’. We hope you enjoy this full home tour of a family abode bursting with Belgian country charm every bit as much as we enjoyed documenting it. Let’s jump straight in, shall we?

Living a country life in Belgium wasn’t exactly the dream for high school sweethearts Liza and Vincent, who took over the rental of their 182m2 house a decade ago, falling for it’s charm, spaciousness and sweeping views the moment they stepped inside. The elderly landlords granted liberty to update the dated interior to their heart’s content with one condition – that the wooden staircase and upstairs floorboards remain intact. Get the full scoop

Interior Design Reveal: Project Kralingen

21.07.17

Hey guys, dropping in today to share one of our most recent interior design projects! We started this one in January this year for a young couple – one of whom is architect partner Stefan Prins of Rotterdam-based Powerhouse Company – who have spent the last three years tirelessly designing and building their dream ‘green’ home in an up-and-coming neighbourhood in Rotterdam. It was such an honour to have been asked to help them with the interior design and we are all thrilled with the results. Take a tour of their beautiful, contemporary home below!

When we started this project, it was the middle of winter and the house was in the throws of being built. Our clients were ready for a warm and cozy home and literally couldn’t wait to get started on the interior design after all the design and build work. We didn’t need any more persuasion before getting straight to work on the concepts for the living and dining area. We have corralled together our design inspiration, the design process and of course the full tour of the finished spaces.
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ProjectDelft | Sustainable Kitchen Renovation

26.04.19

Hey guys, Holly here. If you follow us on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve been working on a secret project behind the scenes – my own home renovation. It’s been a rather epic adventure that I’ve kept tightly under wraps for the last year while I navigated the chaos that was unfolding around me including living in the middle of a building site, a busy schedule at the studio working on other design projects, the usual hustle and bustle of family life, and all the while growing a human! Now that the dust has settled (literally) I am ready to share the results with you. On our Instagram feed you can find the whole renovation progress under our story highlight called ‘ProjectDelft‘. After a suspenseful three days sharing the dirty work, it brings me so much pride and joy to share with you the first reveal of this series – our brand new kitchen!

Step inside our new and drastically improved ground floor, through a set of glass doors that brings you directly into a beautiful kitchen, designed by Avenue Design Studio and brought together in collaboration with Ask og Eng, our friends in Norway who make sustainable kitchens and furniture out of bamboo. As you might remember we visited them at their home and studio to create a series of photographs a while back and it was there in their Drammen workspace that I feel in love. Hard. The grain, the finishes, the organic properties and minimalistic sensibilities of the material were speaking to me in a big way. When it came to designing a kitchen for my own home shortly after that trip, I wasted no time in reaching out to Kine and Kristoffer of Ask og Eng.   Get the full scoop

A BIG Announcement!

07.05.17

I’ve been hinting that there’s been something exciting brewing behind the scenes here at Avenue for a while now, something that has been all encompassing, scary, thrilling and at the same time calming. Today, finally, after months and months of scheming, organising, analysing and planning, I can share my news with you. I have a business partner! I now share Avenue with Hedda Pier, an interior designer who is not only highly skilled but has been one of my best friends since living in The Netherlands and someone who has unwaveringly offered me support, inspiration and encouragement. That there are now two faces behind a business and brand that has become almost a personal extension of myself is both thrilling and terrifying, for both of us, but I have never felt more calm, creative and in control as I have since we merged in January officially as Avenue Design Studio.

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The past two years has been incredibly fast moving for me work-wise and I have grown in leaps on both a personal and professional level. I have split myself between the two sides of Avenue – designing for projects and photographing for magazines and brands – while having two interns who work every day (from the studio in my home), as well as maintaining the blog and social media accounts. I have travelled for work, which is always wonderful but also puts a strain on the work load back home not to mention family life, and have at times been overwhelmed by the fast pace of my working life and the impact the last year of juggling has has on the things I aspire to be doing more of – shooting projects, spaces, people and places, creating original content for the blog, creating and seeking out inspiration in new forms, building new relationships and having fresh new experiences. At the end of the day, if you’re constantly running, there’s little time and energy for creativity and making strategic plans to ensure goals are met. I have big goals and only one set of hands. I see potential in the business I have grown, but have at times felt paralysed with fear to take risks (big and small) and have felt a missing element for a long time. Someone to share the ups, downs, accomplishments, epic fails, inspiration and experiences with. Someone who shares my passion and dreams. I am a people person and solo enterprise can be a lonely thing, I can tell you. And while I regularly collaborate with other creatives, I have intrinsically felt this void for a while. Get the full scoop

Trends We’re Coveting Right Now

08.06.17

Earlier today we shared some snaps of our recent trip to Milan to visit the Salone del Mobile, the international furniture and trade fair attending by hundreds of thousands of industry professionals each year. It was certainly an eye-opener as a first time visitor and at times overwhelming with the sheer amount of information to take in. We returned to the studio with a suitcase filled with fresh and inspiring new catalogues, samples and contacts in the industry, as well as some fresh new inspiration and lots of energy to put some of the trends we spotted into action! We have scoured the net since returning to the studio and have put together our top 3 trends that we’re coveting right now, showing you how to make them work in your own homes and projects.

PATTERN TREND | LINES

Not that stripes or lines of the vertical and horizontal nature are original by any means, but we have spotted more and more examples of primarily vertical lines in architecture, interior design (from materials to finishes) and textile design of late and we can’t help but be drawn in by the simplicity yet intricacy they bring to spaces and structures alike. Clean, contemporary and striking, it’s incredible how a vertical collection of lines can elevate a space. We had already been applying this inspiration to several projects, but here is a collection of examples that are totally floating our boats right now.

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Project R | The Guest Bedroom

23.02.18

Today we have the final Project R space for you  – the guest bedroom. We hope you’ve enjoyed these room tours! This room is on the top floor of our client’s home and was the last piece of the puzzle. We pulled this room together really fast because the client’s family were coming to stay in a matter of weeks, so there was not me to waste. The results though are calming and warm, layered and full of texture. Let’s step inside.

Quick recap! We were brought in to help our client (a renovator and project manager) to help design and warm and inviting family home, layering in personality, style and cohesion throughout all the spaces. We brought in lovely warm tones on the walls, beautiful art, accessories, designed some functional furniture and generally just brought this home to life. It was a fun project and we are delighted to see the whole house feature in the February issue of vtwonen magazine. Now, let’s get into the guest room!

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Project R | The Play Room

14.02.18

We’re back today to share another space in the Project R home we recently wrapped up – did you see the living room? We are so thrilled to see this home featured in a huge 16 page spread in the latest issue of vtwonen magazine that we are taking you on a room-by-room tour all week. Today we are taking you through the play room! With two young children our client wanted to create an inviting space where they could play, create, relax and explore. Here’s what we came up with!

A bit of a recap on this project: When our client enlisted us to help her with her home at the end of 2016, the goal was to add style, personality, function and a overall sense of cohesion to her newly renovated family home. Characteristic, layered and collected with a muted but joyful palette and an overarching family atmosphere was the brief. Let’s jump right in! Get the full scoop