Inside Scoop: Belgian Country Charm

29.06.17

Just recently we jumped in the car and drove to the bottom of the country and just over the Belgian border, to style and shoot a charming old country house. The moment we stepped inside we fell for the striking patterned floor tiles (original to the house and discovered by accident) and the rest was history. Aside from being completely charming herself, the home of Liza van der Stouwe of Atelier Rozijntjes, her husband Vincent and their three children is far too charming not to share, and having recently featured in vtwonen magazine, we felt it was high time we brought you a long overdue ‘Inside Scoop’. We hope you enjoy this full home tour of a family abode bursting with Belgian country charm every bit as much as we enjoyed documenting it. Let’s jump straight in, shall we?

Living a country life in Belgium wasn’t exactly the dream for high school sweethearts Liza and Vincent, who took over the rental of their 182m2 house a decade ago, falling for it’s charm, spaciousness and sweeping views the moment they stepped inside. The elderly landlords granted liberty to update the dated interior to their heart’s content with one condition – that the wooden staircase and upstairs floorboards remain intact. Get the full scoop

Trends We’re Coveting Right Now

08.06.17

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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Scenes of Milan

08.06.17

Hey guys! The weeks are disappearing before our very eyes as we are busy installing our first interior design projects as a duo (three projects rounding off this month!), shooting several projects for beautiful brands including Rex Kralj, Vertigo Bird and People of the Sun (in Greece!) as well as developing our remote interior design package. We’ve had lots of enquiries coming in from you lovely folks who read this blog and for that we are very grateful. And though time has flown by since we returned from a trip to the Salone del Mobile in Milan we thought we’d drop in today to share some scenes of this urban, bustling and green city for you, and then later today a few trends we picked up on while there.

We had both never been to Milan prior to this trip. In fact, aside from this recent visit, I myself have never been to Italy at all (except for a fleeting two day stint in Florence), a situation I endeavour to rectify on the short term. Obviously, as we were attending the design fair it was all “work work work work work” so we stayed away from tourist sites and focused on wandering the streets (mainly in the Tortona – where we stayed – and Brera areas) and in an out of shows and presentations, stopping intermittently for wine, olives and people-watching. Get the full scoop

Avenue Studio Tour: Before & After

10.05.17

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

Q&A with Holly and Hedda

08.05.17

Hi guys! After months of secret-keeping and scurrying about behind the Avenue scenes getting all manner of things organised, I finally revealed to you that there are now two faces behind this blog -that interior designer Hedda Pier and Avenue Lifestyle (interior styling, editorial and photography studio) have joined forces under the name Avenue Design Studio. In case you missed it, click here to catch up!

With much excitement, we rolled out the announcement accompanied with fresh images taken by the lovely Hanke Arkenbout at our new studio in The Hague, along with an all new ‘About‘ page. But we thought you might like to get to know us as a team a little bit more, and learn a bit about how our partnership came about, so we put together a series of questions which we each answered individually, from the heart. We felt it only fair to throw Hedda right into the deep-end and get her to answer a few questions first, followed by mine. Let’s jump straight to the hot-seat!

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