Archive for the ‘Colour’ Category

Studio Scenes | Rusty Cool Moodboard

April 6th, 2018

Who doesn’t love a good moodboard? Here in the studio we rely on mood boarding to keep our work and aesthetic fresh, current and consistent. When we moved into the studio over a year ago, one of the first projects we undertook was making a giant moodboard so we could visually express our ideas and it’s become a favourite element of the studio for all of us, is a conversation starter with our clients and makes for a bit of fun each time we change things up! We thought we’d drop in today to share our most recent inspiration board with you today.

The moodboard above was our first and gosh, was it fun putting it together. You can see more of it (and the rest of the studio) HERE. We had ideas and inspiration coming from everywhere having just merged to form Avenue Design Studio and it was so gratifying putting all of it together to create a central style board that we felt was a representation of where we were taking Avenue together. Fast forward many months, several projects, and even more inspiration and it was time for a change. Here’s what our team came up with for fall/winter, which we will be changing up again soon with the change of season. Before we do, we felt it was worth documenting our rusty cool moodboard and sharing with you. Take a peek! Get the full scoop

Trends We’re Coveting Right Now

June 8th, 2017

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.

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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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Four Ways to Create a Kids Space that Promotes Sleep

May 4th, 2017

We are big sleepers in our family. Always have been. Lola has been a wonderful sleeper since she was a baby, partly because it was something that we always nurtured because we love sleeping and weren’t big on the whole night-waking thing or the pre-bedtime breakdown thing. Those are things, trust me, and they can consume you. Not that we have perfected anything parenthood related, but I like to think we have created a pretty great little sleeper through consistency, but also in creating a bedroom for her that beckons at bedtime and is generally a place she wants to be (and sleep) in. I have four tips on creating a cosy space for your wee one that promotes sleep while encouraging play, while being easy on the eye too!

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With a few simple elements to incorporate into your little one’s space for function and comfort, I am going to share with you my secrets on creating a cosy little nook your little one will adore and be proud of. Lola literally spends hours in her bedroom, alone or with a friend, doing everything from quietly colouring, flipping through books, playing with blocks or doing a puzzle. Not only that, at the end of the day, she is happy to turn in and apart from wanting mama to snuggle in with her most nights, has no trouble falling asleep. Hers is a wonderfully balanced space that not only encourages play but also promotes sleep and I would like to share with you the things I have found to be important during my decorating journey.

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Colour Files: Rust and Dust

December 8th, 2016

While many exciting things are going on here behind these pretty scenes, all to be revealed in the new year, I am having a serious dusty pink and rusty red moment. I went on a rare solo shopping afternoon a couple of weeks ago for some autumn/winter wardrobe pieces and the shops were strewn with these warm pink and burgundy hues with earthy undertones. Here are a few of my favourite palette appropriate pins of late and why I think this combo works so well.

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I am always a little surprised by how each new season brings with it fresh inspiration in colour combinations. We have enjoyed ‘Marsala‘ as colour of the year in 2015 and old pink has made a comeback in recent months too, but the combination of the two feels fresh and new somehow. Both hues feel distinctly 70s, particularly together, but are so very contemporary when used right. If my last blog entry is anything to go by, rust and dust are best combined with calming neutral shades to give a generous dose of colour while still being tranquil and relaxing. Here are a few spaces that exercise this theory, very well indeed. Get the full scoop

Pillow Giveaway: FEST Amsterdam!

September 27th, 2016

Hey guys! You remember Lola’s bedroom tour from a couple weeks ago? Today I am excited to introduce a brand to you which you may or may not have heard of called FEST Amsterdam, who’s pretty pillows we used in the design of Lola’s room. FEST is a young Dutch interior label that offers pretty pieces for the home from furniture to accessories. Punchy colours and sleek, Nordic inspired designs are what makes this label distinct. Their pillow collection is delightful and today I’m excited to be able to give away the two gorgeous pillows below to one lucky reader!

Avenue Lifestyle | FEST Amsterdam

Graphic, textured and whimsical, these pillows are simply to cute to pass up. Love them as much as I do? Scroll down to find out this set could be yours. But first, a little about this fun, young label because if you don’t know about them, you should because not only do they make charming products but their entrepreneurial founder is super inspiring too.

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Lola’s Bedroom: Before & After!

September 3rd, 2016

Hey everyone! I have been dying to share this space with you for, well, about two and a half years in fact. It is a sweet little girl’s bedroom belonging to my daughter, Lola, and it has been in the making for a really long time. I am a little ashamed to admit how long this project has taken me to complete, but in all honesty, with a full schedule of interior design and photography projects on the go, I end up putting my own home and house to-do list on the back burner. Some things just a little time, and thankfully Lola has been a pretty laid back customer and hasn’t minded the delay. During the summer break, I made Lola’s bedroom my focus and I am thrilled to finally, finally share this sweet space with you. You might remember I shared a sneak peek of it a while back (like, two years ago #mybad). Well brace yourselves for an epic before and after, folks. This one was a long time coming, but with this tour I hope I’ve well and truly made up for it!

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Quick recap: We bought our home 2.5 years ago and have been slowly renovating and decorating it ever since. A lot happened in the first few months, as it always does, and then the pace slowed down while we recuperated after getting married, buying a house and replacing our car all in the same 5 month period. Though we’ve done things in between – painting the staircase/hallway, bringing in new furniture, and doing some exterior work – we seem to have really picked up the pace these last couple of months and are moving quite quickly again. We’ve been working in the kitchen, living room and garden and I will share these spaces with you in the coming few months. I shared our bedroom last summer, then my studio tour went live a few months ago, I did a studio update more recently and now I am excited we have wrapped up another room and that our sweet Lola loves it every bit as much as we do.
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Colour Files: Trends for 2016

March 23rd, 2016

By now it is quite possible that you know the colours that Pantone selected as the Colour of the Year. For 2016, the world is embracing the two complimentary hues Rose Quartz (a soft, crystal like pink) and Serenity (a pale ice blue) as the two leading hues to influence product development and purchasing decisions in the fashion, beauty, interior and graphic design industries. To be frank, there are not colours I would immediately turn to if designing a grown-up living space however I am seeing more and more spaces popping up on Pinterest that are incorporating these hues, and I must admit, I’m kind of sold.

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This is the first time Pantone – the world’s leading colour institute – has ever introduced two colours as their Colour of the Year. These two tones will be a huge game player in all visual and aesthetic fields and I am really noticing it’s influence in the world of interiors. This year’s selection is a delicate balance between warm and gentle Rose Quartz with soothing, cool and tranquil Serenity and it all feels a little sweet to me, but what I do like about this combo is their take on gender neutrality.  Get the full scoop

Inside Scoop: A Joyful, Eclectic Home

March 7th, 2016

It’s been ages since I gave you the Inside Scoop of a home I photographed for publication, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy shooting them! Between working client based projects (finishing spaces to show you guys, I swear!), running workshops and traipsing around the countryside with my camera, I have been keeping myself sufficiently occupied. But with spring just around the corner, the preppy hues in this joyful, eclectic home belonging to Ingrid Janssen of WOOD & WOOL STOOL made this home an easy pick for today’s feature. With bright Moroccan textiles, unique vintage finds, light for days and those heavenly floors, it’s little wonder leading Dutch interiors magazine vtwonen deemed this home worthy of a 14-page spread and it made the pages of decor8 too. Let’s peek inside!

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Ingrid and Henk’s 240 square meter family abode boasts beautiful oak herringbone floors throughout and bundles of charm so characteristic of 1930s style homes here in The Netherlands, with all the benefits of a modern home. They purchased it newly built, starting with a concrete interior. Their main splurge was the wooden floor they had a local craftsman create. “With the white walls and the unvarnished floor, the base was just perfect,” Ingrid says.

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