Archive for the ‘Colour’ Category

Weekend Bedroom Makeover

December 16th, 2015

Hey guys! Dropping in today to share a mini-project I’ve been working on. I was hired to turn a bedroom in a rental house into a calm and inviting space for it’s resident, despite the existing elements that needed to remain in place – outdated wallpaper and bulky furniture that needed to stay in the room. I’m sure there are many of you who read this blog that rent houses and face the same situation, you want a lovely room but can’t do anything too dramatic to the actual space so I thought I’d share with you what we did to this bedroom.
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This space was a little tough form the get go because of the wallpaper, the size of the room and the existing elements that had to stay. Nonetheless, the client wanted a light, bright and calming space she could retreat to at the end of a busy day. I could handle that. I presented her with the below concept to get the project started.

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Five Days in Marrakech

December 6th, 2015

Hey guys, I’ve returned from a lovely few weeks in South Africa enjoying some down time with my family and soaking up as much sunshine as possible. It was a lovely time, catching up with everyone I miss so much while we live abroad and watching our children play together and develop bonds that will hopefully last a lifetime. While away I co-taught in the Blogging Your Way e-course alongside Holly Becker and Jack and Tina Fussell and (between a very temperamental internet connection) it was so wonderful engaging with everyone and seeing their enthusiasm for blogging, styling and photography. While I am still kinda in holiday mode though, I thought I’d share some holiday snaps from my recent trip to Marrakech, which I’ve been meaning to do for ages now. That place. It opened my eyes to a whole new world which I am aching to get back there. Here’s a glimpse into the city that stole my heart and an account of five days in Marrakech I will never forget.

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I went to Marrakech with my dear friend who left her life in Australia to come and live in my home town of Delft for 9 months. While she was here we celebrated 15 years of friendship and our birthdays (together, in the same time zone, for the first time in 7 years), so to mark the occasion we went away for some quality time together before she went back home. It was a wonderful adventure, which had us both in a complete daze for the entire duration of our stay.

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Style Files: Sofacompany

September 28th, 2015

Sofacompany is a young label with a striking range of Danish designed sofas that caught my eye during a random internet browse some months ago. We got in touch, chatted, discussed ways we could collaborate and I was later asked to photograph their showroom based in Arnhem, the Netherlands. They have since moved to a new showroom (an old car garage located on Vlamoven 37, Arnhem) but the industrial space I visited was filled with quirky and fun sofas in a range of different styles and colours to suit all tastes, plus the team was so warm and lovely to work with so it was a pretty good day all round. If you don’t know of them already, I am excited to introduce to you Sofacompany, with a few of the images I shot for them and an in-depth interview behind the label with the company’s location and marketing manager, Rein Aalbers.

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// How would you describe Sofacompany products and what interiors best fit the brand’s aesthetic?

Sofacompany designs sofas, chairs, chaise longues and tables inspired by the interiors of the 50s, 60s and 70s. You can call it retro, but it is Scandinavian design with a modern twist. Almost all of our chairs and sofas have beautiful oak wooden legs typical of this era. What makes Sofacompany unique, however, is being able to design your own sofa, choosing from 1500 combinations to create a sofa that combines your favourite fabric, colour, type of model and type of leg.

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Best of Etsy: Cushion Crush

September 24th, 2015

Hey guys! Long time no see. I’ve been doing many things over here behind the scenes, one of them shopping profusely, day in, day out, for the very fortunate people I call my clients. I know. It’s hard. The other thing is binge watching New Girl on Netflix during the evenings, which is proving to be a problem, mostly for this blog. Moving right along, nothing to see here, back to shopping. I do a lot of that over on Etsy because the range is just so huge and most of what you find is hand made and of very good quality. I shop accessories a lot on Etsy when I’m looking for special pieces to finish off the spaces I am working on. Lately, that’s been a couple of bedrooms and the odd living room so I’ve been bringing in gorgeous cushions left right and centre – and that’s not including the 15 beautiful cushion slips I brought back with me from Marrakech. So I thought I’d throw together a little collection of the cushions I’m currently crushing on in case you’re looking for a few cosy touches to bring into your fall homes this season.

 

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A couple of well chosen cushions can be just what your living room or bedroom needed to pull everything together and create a lovely whole.

I’m really into textural pieces at the moment – African mud cloth with bold patterns in subdued black and whites, Turkish kilim cushions with beautiful muted palettes and striking woven designs, and plain and simple yet classic linen pieces that balance out colour and pattern.

 

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..  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 ..

I love all of the cushions in the above selection because they’re neutral yet still have the ability to transform a sofa or bed. In each collage we have put together pillows that can sit pretty alone or work really well as a collection. I own cushion 1 in the above board and combine it at home with a Ferm Living black and white kilim I bought a while back and this african mud cloth cushion in black and cream.

My favourite shops for cushions on Etsy right now are Boho Pillow and One Fine Nest. They are always updating their collections with lovely creations and I am loving the monochromatic style and interesting patterns of the African mud cloth textiles they use a lot in their collections.

Which cushions would I put together from the above selection? I like subtle yet textured so would go for a mix of 3, 4, 6 and 8. For a pop of colour and pattern though I’d throw 1, 4 and 10 together on a bed, maybe with a 2 tossed in there too to shake it up a bit.

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.. 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 ..

I love mixing patterns and varying textures, and the above cushions all look good together so it’s a no brainer and would be super easy to bring any of these cushions together in your space. What would I put together on a sofa? I love those palm leaves so would throw 18, 19, 14, 20 and 21 on a cream couch in a heartbeat.

So guys, what is YOUR favourite cushion and how would you mix it up? If you’re having trouble deciding and don’t quite know where to start with matching your favourites together, the general rule of thumb when mixing and matching cushions, or any textile really, is to:

> Pick 3 patterns in a complimentary colour way and in a range of scales to combine together. For example: a thin stripe or zig-zag (such as 14 or 4), a medium size geometric (such as 2), and a floral or kilim (such as 18 or 11)

Make sense?

Have a great day, guys, and I’ll see you back here shortly for a peek at a very cool brand of sofas and my recent trip to Marrakech.

Holly and team x

All Images via Etsy |First image courtesy of Project Sarafan | Collages made by my awesome assistant Malou Muizer

Moody Blue Interiors

September 15th, 2015

Temperatures are dropping fast and days are turning in much earlier now that summer is on it’s way out, making me drawn to moody hues perfect for fall. Though I’m typically drawn to light places, I do love the impact a dark element or two can make to a space. I’ve been working on a bedroom restyle for a client recently and we’ve been toying with using Farrow & Ball’s ‘Stiffkey Blue‘ on the walls which I’m a bit excited about, and then last weekend I took the plunge and painted the inside of my front door ‘Railings‘ by ‘Farrow & Ball’ – a deep, black/blue colour which has warmed up our entry way very nicely. Dark blue, while a little scary at first for those who are timid to the idea of rich lashings of colour on their walls, works well in pretty much every room of the home, so I wanted to show you some spaces that really make it work and how.

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Dark blue walls add an instant mood factor in a living space, amping up the cosiness and giving a space drama. I love dark blue walls paired with lots of texture and interesting textiles. Side note, this space is making me long for the textiles I just spend five days pining over in Marrakech. It was epic. Will share more about that later. On with the dark blue walls!

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Inside Scoop: Nostalgic Meets Modern

August 18th, 2015

So I thought it was time for another Inside Scoop and show you through this home I photographed for my decor8 column a couple months back. Literally, this is one of the most interesting and refreshing homes I have been inside with it’s eclectic but clean mix of retro and vintage pieces; bold lashings of colour throughout yet a calming palette resonates. It’s not easy to pull off this much vintage in one space but homeowner Guida, a delightful Portuguese woman sharing her waterfront home with her Dutch husband and two sons, gets it right. She strikes the perfect balance between old and new, throwing in the kitsch but not at the detriment to her sleek and sophisticated sense of style. And lucky for me, she lives a stone’s throw from my place so I get to pop in a marvel at her stylish sensibilities pretty much any time I want. In fact, that’s how I discovered her home, through peeking through her windows on my way into town pretty much daily for about a year! When I finally rang the doorbell, I was so glad I did. I was delighted to see that it was just as lovely from the inside as it was from the curb. Here’s the scoop!

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You can read the full story and see more images over on decor8, but here’s a quick recap of the feature I wrote on this gorgeous home. Guida and her husband Bas bought this home, which dates back to the early 1900s after falling for the space, beautiful water views and close proximity to their home town of Delft, The Netherlands. Little was needed little to make it feel like home, though the couple broke through one of the walls to create a light and spacious open living and dining area and removed tired carpeting from the upper floors and stairs, giving them a fresh coat of paint.

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Simple Styling with Vintage

June 12th, 2015

Hey guys, remember this house with the red floors? It belongs to friends of mine who have since moved and have opened up the house as a BnB for travellers heading to The Hague. Last week I received a frantic phone call from the owner, a good friend of mine and talented architect, saying that the house had suddenly received three bookings for the following day but was still empty (they’d only managed to get in the basics – beds, linen and a 4 meter table), and could I please go in an style it with props until they had a chance to bring in all the bits and pieces. I’d been working on an event that week and had been collaborating with a local vintage supplier so I made some calls and hit the shops. Pronto. I had 24 hours to style a two story, three bedroom house for it’s guests arriving the following afternoon! I thought it’d be fun to show you some of the spaces and how I did some simple styling with mostly vintage. It’s amazing how little you actually need to create a fun and inviting space, and I love using vintage pieces for the personality they bring to a space without too much effort.

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The house has fire engine red floorboards throughout, so I brought in items that would compliment the floors, add some fun and whimsy yet keep it calming at the same time for tired travellers looking to unwind. I brought in lots of texture and a neutral palette of creams and whites with pops of burnt reds and black for contrast and depth. As I was very short on time, the basis of the spaces needed to be pretty plain, so I brought in varying patterns to add interest and offset all the white and clean space. Here’s another view of this bedroom:
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Best of Etsy: 12 Vintage Rugs You’ll Love

April 15th, 2015

I shop a lot for my clients. I shop in stores and I shop online. It’s a hard life, honestly. A lot of the time it’s good quality basics I’m after but sometimes the things I’m looking for are a little more unique. Accessories, lighting and textiles. I shop Etsy a lot for unique, one-of-a-kind and handmade items as the choice is so vast and the quality, in my experience, is very good. Because I use Easy so much and think it’s an awesome resource for online shopping, I’e decided to take you guys on my shopping outings from now on and start sharing the cool stuff I find because I see a lot. This is the first column in series I’ll be writing called ‘Best of Etsy’. Today, let’s shop vintage rugs!

10ea2171bf436252c7489cbd25474d37 Rugs are so important to a space because they ground each area and create a sense of cosiness and completion that you just don’t get  without one. They are a fabulous jumping off point for the colour scheme of a room and can set the style tone too. Get the full scoop