Archive for the ‘Interior’ Category

Living Room Makeover | Before & After

April 21st, 2017

Hi guys, I hope you had a peaceful Easter break. I thought I’d return today with a peek at my living room. Truth be told, I have hesitated to share it because it is not finished (in my eyes) and we are in fact in the throws of planning a fresh new renovation project, in which most of the living room will be changed. Nonetheless, I promised you a tour so lets’ jump straight in, including the ‘before’ pics as always AND a ‘Shop the Look’ so you can shop your favourite pieces. Enjoy!

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When we signed the papers to our 1920s row house in Delft, The Netherlands, we were on a complete high. At least, until we walked in the front door, keys and champagne in hand, realising the work that would be involved getting it to a liveable state. We sank our champagne and headed straight for the building supply store, with the plan to have the house freshened up and ready for moving in the space of two weeks. The basics were done (walls were painted, floors were priced up) and then slowly, very slowly, we tackled the rest, room by room. I wrote about the progress (forever ago!), shared with you the bedroom, my home studio (herehere and here), Lola’s bedroom, and more recently, the kitchen. What an adventure this house has been! There have been highs and lows, times where we flew through the relentless to-do list, and times where we stood completely still. Every single thing we did to this house was with our own two hands, making the journey a long and tiring one, but the destination all the more rewarding.

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Annemieke Boots Ceramics Studio Tour

March 22nd, 2017

I am sure I don’t need to remind you about my obsession for ceramics and stoneware, however I do think this bunch of images I shot recently that support that (very healthy) obsession need to be shared with you (as I can only assume you share the same loves as me), immediately. One toe inside the door of Annemieke Boots‘ light-filled Amsterdam ceramics studio and the rest was history. Too much inspiration to name so let’s dive straight into the tour, shall we?

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One glance at her studio and you will see that Annemieke’s work is inspired by Scandinavian simplicity, her designs derived from pure, simple forms. “My work is light, fragile and has something sweet, something soft about it. It is an extension of myself.” With a keen eye for detail, Annemieke admits that she once strived to make each and every piece exactly the same and uniform, but as her love of the discipline grew she came to appreciate the beauty in imperfection. “I have realised that the dents and bumps the occur naturally are precisely what makes hand-turned pottery special. Each item is carefully made with love.” Are you as excited as I am to see the rest of her studio? Click through to see the whole tour!

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Kitchen Makeover | Before & After!

February 24th, 2017

Hey guys, not sure if you remember but about a thousand years ago (a thousand, three… same thing) I wrote about the kitchen makeover we were planning in our new home. I shared the inspiration with you thinking we’d whip it together in no time, but life happened and with two floors upstairs to work on, a growing business, full schedules and a toddler we had our hands full. Slowly we chipped away at it, taking breaks in between to concentrate on other spaces, but for several months our kitchen has been at a point where we are satisfied functionally and aesthetically. So without further ado, I am thrilled to share some images of our tiny but lovely kitchen having worked hard to transform it from a tired, drab old thing into a fresh, functional and pretty space, and all on a shoestring budget!

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Since purchasing our place in November 2013, we’ve spent the best part of three years slowly renovating it, doing all the work primarily ourselves. Nothing major, but it was enough to keep us sufficiently occupied for a long time, drain a decent amount of energy as well as euros from the bank account. You know how these things go. They start small and then add up until the original plan gets out of hand and then you do nothing because everything just feels too hard. Renovating our home has been a slow, organic process as we tackled the never-ending list of jobs bit by bit. We had bought a house, a car and got married all in the same 5 month period, so pennies were flying out faster than we could earn them and pausing between each job was a necessity. Long story short, it took a while – as all the best things do – but let’s jump straight into the before and after, shall we? Get the full scoop

Book Collaboration: How to Hygge + Giveaway!

February 12th, 2017

Hello! I am back in the swing of things again after a long, long blog break due to a super-charged first couple of weeks back at work. There are some big changes going behind the scenes here at Avenue and I am excited to share it all with you over the coming couple of months, but for now I am excited about something else – a gorgeous book entitled How to Hygge that hit the shelves late last year, featuring my own photographs on it’s lovely pages. And to celebrate this beautiful book, I will be giving two copies away as a very small token of my thanks for your support in 2016. Knowing that there are people out there who read and are inspired by this blog motivates and drives me to be better in a creative sense, gives me courage to grow and explore and for that I am deeply grateful.

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In How to Hygge, renowned Scandinavian cook and writer Signe Johansen explores the culture of hygge, shares the secrets of Nordic living and shows you how to adopt these elements into your everyday life. She explains the secret to feeling contentment, inner happiness and the art to living your best life, which Nordic countries have long been experts at despite the cold and lack of light much of the year. Translated roughly as ‘cosiness’, Hygge (pronounced: Hoo-ga) is all about warmth, conviviality and community. Its the celebration of nature, simplicity and togetherness.  Get the full scoop

From Studio to Guest Room

December 21st, 2016

Like many of you, my workspace doubles up as a guest room when we have friends to stay. Not all of us have multiple bedroom homes and when friends come for the night, I find myself scrambling around trying to make room for them, hunting high and low for the blow-up mattress, which never holds up for the whole night no matter how much you pump it up, and then worriedly lying awake wondering if they’re are comfortable or whether they’re lying with their bums skimming the floor. I thought it was time to add a new element to the studio that would comfortably accommodate our guests when needed while doubling up as a pretty prop in the studio the rest of the time.

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I searched and searched for a sofa bed that would fit the bill but nothing was quite right. I didn’t want it to look to sofa-ish or chunky. I wanted slender lines and something that is quick and easy to turn into a bed. It had to fit the look and feel of the studio, which is very light and airy. At OTTO I found this wooden fold-out sofa and though at first glance it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for in that the pillow it came with was a little chunkier than I was looking for and the buttons made it look a little too classic, the base was gorgeous and simple however and I knew I had found the piece that would enable me to go from studio to guest room in one fell swoop, while still looking and feeling fresh and stylish.  Get the full scoop

Style Files: Artisan Homewares by Artha Collections

December 9th, 2016

You’ll know from previous entries in the Style Files series that I love nothing more than discovering a young brand and learning about the creative process that goes into their product. When Swiss based independent homewares label Artha Collections reached out a few months ago, I was taken not only by their range of products but of their story and admirable vision to use modern day commerce to influence the lives of artisans around the globe. Their  products are made in small creative communities spanning from Tibet to South Africa, Bengal and beyond and are of exceptional quality. So much so that I used two of their hand woven pieces in this recent bedroom project. It brings me so much joy to be able to work with independent labels in helping them to grow by collaborating together.

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Knowing the kind of consciousness and responsibility that is behind the lovely Artha wares, it has been even more of a pleasure working with them these past few weeks to style and photograph their winter campaign. Below, a peek at some of the scenes I created for them in my home using their table linens, pillows and woven baskets.

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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

3 Ways in Bed with EMMA

November 15th, 2016

A busy lifestyle has meant that sleep has become more important that ever before for me and my family, so with an intense few months behind us, today’s topic couldn’t have come at a better time. We are big sleepers in our house. Weekdays are tough getting out the house on time, but weekends don’t start for us until well after nine o’clock. Even our five-year-old likes to linger in bed (thank the stars!) and when she does get up she creeps downstairs, grabs and apple and turns on the TV while we get in an extra hour of shut-eye. It’s her little ritual that we are so grateful for (we know that all our friends’ kids wake up at sparrow fart, which, and I don’t know for sure, but can only assume occurs around 6am or earlier). Once up however, I have my own little ritual, which I thought I’d share with you. Making the bed. It is the first thing I do each day and something I regard as very important for my sanity, productivity and general happiness. Today I am excited to share with you 3 ways I make my bed each day with Emma. Who’s Emma, you ask? Keep reading.

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I am often asked whether I make my bed every day the way you see them in my photo shoots, and I must admit, I do. Bed making is said to have profound affects on your mental health. Psychological benefits include the formation of good habits, the promotion of daily productivity, and a better night’s rest leading to a more positive day. A lot of people think I’m bonkers, but apart from my obsessive bed-making being a genetic thing (my mother was an avid bed maker), it is something that I genuinely do every single day regardless of my plans for the day or my mood. Unless I have a) just given birth or b) am dying, that bed gets made. Now, I don’t strive for perfection every day, but I do the best I can with the time I have.

Usually my husband makes breakfast while I make the beds, so time taken to straighten the sheets is usually dependant on what he makes for breakfast. Cereal means I have about two minutes to throw the covers up and wrangle unsuccessfully with pillows before throwing my hands in the air and moving right along. Eggs buy me about eight minutes and enough time to do a bit of tucking in, and porridge oats give me a good ten minutes. I have a few set ways that I tackle the task, each varying in complexity and style. But regardless of what I choose, a well-made bed that beautifully beckons me to slip between it’s crispy covers starts with a fabulous mattress, which is where Emma comes in. Meet our new (and dramatically improved) mattress that is as pretty without covers as it is with. Get the full scoop