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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.

PATTERN TREND | LINES

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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Avenue Studio Tour: Before & After

May 10th, 2017

Hello everyone! Are you dying to see the new studio space as much as we are dying to share it with you? Well, the full scoop is at the ready and we couldn’t be more pleased. We got the keys on the 1st of January and whipped it into shape in record time so we could get to work as fast as possible, and with as little interruption to our current workload as possible. It took us about two months in total to get it ready to show you guys, and we are so in love with the results. Calm, functional and inspiring was the goal and is very much the result! Love it when a plan comes together.

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In case you missed it in our partnership announcement a few days ago, the studio is located on the top floor of a beautiful big building in The Hague. The building is majestic and boasts spectacular architecture. It is a former oil company headquarters which now functions as offices and flexible working spaces for professionals from all sectors. When we were looking to move away from our home studios and into an external studio space, the location was as paramount as the first impression – it had to be practical and pretty in equal measures! With both boxes securely ticked (the studio is located exactly between both of our houses), and the perfect space secured, we got straight to work with designing the space. Here’s the full scoop, plus a few before and progress shots because we know you love those! Get the full scoop

A BIG Announcement!

May 7th, 2017

I’ve been hinting that there’s been something exciting brewing behind the scenes here at Avenue for a while now, something that has been all encompassing, scary, thrilling and at the same time calming. Today, finally, after months and months of scheming, organising, analysing and planning, I can share my news with you. I have a business partner! I now share Avenue with Hedda Pier, an interior designer who is not only highly skilled but has been one of my best friends since living in The Netherlands and someone who has unwaveringly offered me support, inspiration and encouragement. That there are now two faces behind a business and brand that has become almost a personal extension of myself is both thrilling and terrifying, for both of us, but I have never felt more calm, creative and in control as I have since we merged in January officially as Avenue Design Studio.

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The past two years has been incredibly fast moving for me work-wise and I have grown in leaps on both a personal and professional level. I have split myself between the two sides of Avenue – designing for projects and photographing for magazines and brands – while having two interns who work every day (from the studio in my home), as well as maintaining the blog and social media accounts. I have travelled for work, which is always wonderful but also puts a strain on the work load back home not to mention family life, and have at times been overwhelmed by the fast pace of my working life and the impact the last year of juggling has has on the things I aspire to be doing more of – shooting projects, spaces, people and places, creating original content for the blog, creating and seeking out inspiration in new forms, building new relationships and having fresh new experiences. At the end of the day, if you’re constantly running, there’s little time and energy for creativity and making strategic plans to ensure goals are met. I have big goals and only one set of hands. I see potential in the business I have grown, but have at times felt paralysed with fear to take risks (big and small) and have felt a missing element for a long time. Someone to share the ups, downs, accomplishments, epic fails, inspiration and experiences with. Someone who shares my passion and dreams. I am a people person and solo enterprise can be a lonely thing, I can tell you. And while I regularly collaborate with other creatives, I have intrinsically felt this void for a while. Get the full scoop

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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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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