Project K: A Light and Bright Bedroom


I’ve been working a really lovely project for the last half year or so. I’m calling it Project K. Project K is the home of a lovely couple based in the east of The Netherlands who purchased their first home a year ago, asking me to design and style it’s interior after seeing my bedroom makeover on this blog. I have had the time of my life turning their gorgeous house into a home for them and their two small children, creating a warm and inviting living, kitchen, dining, kids play area and master bedroom. Today, I am excited to show you their master bedroom!

When they purchased the house it was in very good shape – the previous owners had done some light renovations meaning that we had gorgeous oak floors and a very simple but lovely light and clean white base to work with. We hardly had to do anything in the bedroom which was just as well because by the time we got to the bedroom, the budget was nearly up having done quite some work in the kitchen and having furnished pretty much an entire home. But you don’t need much to create a comfortable, cosy bedroom and so I got to work on a concept that aimed at retaining as much light in the space as possible while still felt relaxed, clean and a little quirky.

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My client was crazy about my bedroom so I wanted theirs to reflect the same light, airy style that my room embodied. One thing she really wanted was the same drop pendant light I used in my own space, the ‘Tammel Pure’ lamp by Jet de Bruin. Other elements she liked about my space was the mix of vintage and new items, the textures and the simplicity.

The colour scheme I limited to white, ivory, black and a hint of ochre, which I brought in through in the gorgeous vintage rug I found at Emily’s House London and curry coloured linen pillow cases from Couleur Locale. I created that display of clothing hooks very easily using simple wooden hooks found at a local hardware store and dipping them in paint – I used Farrow and Ball’s ‘Railings‘ to contrast against the white walls. The pillows made from African mud cloth are possibly my favourite pillows ever. I love the graphic design and texture they add while still being fresh and modern. They are from a shop called One Fine Nest on Easy (shop more cushions on Easy HERE). The wool throw blanket I brought back with me from Marrakech.









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Those windows were far too gorgeous to hide so we brought in simple white linen curtains and kept everything around them basic and light. I found the original figure drawing at the flea markets and had it framed. A collection of vessels both new and vintage adorn the window sill, some gifts, some flea market finds, the large one from Hello Blackbird and the small earthenware cup from The Fine Store.

The bedside table, flying birds and brass lamp I bought vintage. For the shoot I brought along a cute little modern bench by the Japanese brand Karimoku which I found at The Fine Store. The client preferred the chair, but I thought I’d show you the bench anyway as an alternative idea:



What do you guys think? This was such a fun home to work on – can’t wait to show you more! In the meantime there’s lots more to show you that I’ve been working on, including my travel photographs from my recent trip to Marrakech which I’ll be back to share with you in the next couple of days, plus a weekend bedroom makeover guide and more.

For now though, I need to get back to writing course material for the Blogging Your Way e-course I am teaching in November on photography and styling. There’s so much to share, I can’t wait!

Holly x

Styling, concept & photography: Holly Marder for Avenue Lifestyle | Assistance: Malou Muizer

5 Responses to “Project K: A Light and Bright Bedroom”

  1. Stephanie says:

    Great job, Holly, from plan to the result. The calmness and simplicity of this bedroom make me want to move right in.
    Excited to learning from you in the new byw- course. See you there, soon.
    xx, Stephanie

  2. Ilse says:

    Absolutely lovely, as always!

  3. Cate says:

    Your bedroom is my all-time fave as well and love what you’ve done here! It’s so fresh and calm, which is just what you want in a bedroom. The pom pom throw brings it altogether beautifully, Cate xxx

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