Catching up + Meet The Blogger Amsterdam

02.10.13

Hello! How are you? You may have noticed things have been a little quiet around here lately, so I though I’d stop by to share a few things with you. If you’ve been anywhere near my Instagram feed, it’s because {among a million other commitments that have grabbed my attention lately and kept me away from the blog} I spent the last three days in Amsterdam for Meet The Blogger, an annual blogger’s meet-up and conference which always inspires and energizes me.

I attended the event in London in March just in time for the launch of Avenue Lifestyle, so I was thrilled that the event would be held a little closer to home this time, taking me to beautiful Amsterdam for a few days of connecting and being inspired. I was delighted to finally meet my blogger pal Ciara from Style Serendipity, who flew over from Ireland especially for the occasion. Though we hadn’t met in the flesh befotre the event, it was like catching up with an old friend. We literally did not stop talking the entire weekend! She arrived in the Netherlands on Sunday morning, and came to Delft to spend the morning with me and my family at home. From the platform at Delft station, until the moment we parted ways on Tuesday evening, we talked. And talked. And talked some more. If you love my blog, you will absolutely adore hers. Though she’s a trained violinist, she also does the most gorgeous prop and editorial styling, and is branching out into interior styling too. Naturally, that was the topic of most of our conversation and it was refreshing to swap notes with such a creative girl and plan exciting collaborations for the future.

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We headed to Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon to soak up some gorgeous sights without a real plan in mind. By some strange coincidence, just as we stepped off the tram onto what looked like a promising area to explore, I ran into a friend whose Amsterdam loft I recently photographed for Houzz. Given that I don’t know the city at all and very few people in it, I was so surprised! She directed us to a beautiful little street called the Spiegelstraat which was lined with delightful little antique shops spilling their gorgeous goods out onto the pavement. For some reason there happened to be live jazz playing along the streets that day and the energy was buzzing. We trotted along together humming L.O.V.E, soaking up the stunning Dutch facades and gorgeous weather. We wandered past the Rijksmuseum and headed to meet a close friend Nathalie from Nu interieur|ontwerp for dinner. After a glass of wine and delicious sushi, we headed back to the loft that we were all sharing. Between the three of us, it was an absolute ball and perhaps a little too much fun as we hardly slept at all!

We hired bikes to cycle to and from Meet The Blogger, which was hilarious because Ciara hadn’t ridden a bike for about two decades and could barely propel herself forward before stumbling off the seat, which was far too high! A bumpy start and some road rage from crazy Amsterdam cyclists later, and we found ourselves at the Westergasfabriek, the chosen venue for the event. It is a beautiful industrial collection of old factory buildings. The day was made up of several workshops by inspiring women including Victoria of SFGirlbyBay, Tina of Traveling Mama and the legendary textile design queen Tricia Guild. A boat tour to the Designers Guild studio topped the day off, especially as I managed to chat to Tricia herself and get a photo taken of her for my mum, who is her biggest fan. What a gracious and inspiring woman she is.

Day two was held at the annual Woonbeurs, a gigantic lifestyle fair. I attended last year, so was excited to go back to see what’s happening in the world of interiors and lifestyle, and what the trends for the coming year would be. I decided against taking my camera because it is an extremely busy fair, and I wanted to enjoy it without being stressed out, and connect with some of the bloggers that were there too. I ran into Jansje Klazinga, an amazing photographer who shoots for the biggest lifestyle magazines in the Netherlands and abroad. She and I started working together on interior shoots a few months ago, so it was great to see her there. I was also delighted to meet and spend the afternoon with Tina from the gorgeous blog Traveling Mama. She presented a workshop at the event about staying positive and keeping inspired and it was a highlight for me and so many others. We shared lunch, exchanged photography stories, wandered the fair and enjoyed a lovely dinner together with Ciara at the end of the day, before she jetted back home to Copenhagen and Ciara caught a flight back to Ireland. After dinner I gave both girls a good squeeze and headed back home with a full heart and very, very tired eyes. What a wonderful few days spent in a beautiful city with the most brilliant company.

Back home again, I am now preparing for my workshop that I’ll be giving at the Engaged wedding event this Saturday so have spent the day gathering supplies and trying to keep calm!! I’ll be demonstrating crafty DIYs for people to make for their big day so it will be a fun afternoon. If you’re interested in coming, I will be giving the first workshop at 15:30, and then rotating slots with the girls at Nu interieur|ontwerp who will be giving a moodboard making workshop, for the rest of the day. Next weekend, I am headed to the Frankfurt Book Fair to sign copies of my book collaboration and meet some of my co-authors! After that, it’s full steam ahead for the move to our new home! Chatting about interiors all weekend has me so excited to start this new chapter of our lives.

Well, that’s it for me! I have more exciting news to share with you tomorrow, but the image above is a tiny hint 🙂

Until then,

Holly x

* Image by Holly Marder

6 Responses to “Catching up + Meet The Blogger Amsterdam”

  1. bring your new book on october 26th! it will be great to share it with the Kinfolk guests.

  2. Lucy Chen says:

    Hi Holly, thank you for introducing Ciara. I’ve visited her blog and really loved it, and have subscribed to her feed. 🙂

  3. mel says:

    Wow Holly, what a whirlwind of a moment for you! MTB sounded like a great time, I hope that I can go to one soon, it would be so good for the soul. Mel x

  4. Doris says:

    Holly, sounds like exciting times ahead! Good luck with your workshop and sounds like Meet the Blogger was a lot of fun. xD

  5. Ciara says:

    Still reeling from all our wonderful fun at the weekend! Thank you so much for everything, can’t wait for our next adventure! x

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