zondag 30 september 2018

Garden finds





I love strolling through my garden and every seasons there are little treasures to be found.

Spring (above left) / Summer (above right) / Autumn (down left) / Winter (down right)



Besides all kind of flowers there are also other things to be found


such as fruit


herbs


and even feathers are gathered by me.


I have to admit that one of my favourite is the magnolia. I'm always excited when it starts to bloom.
And besides admiring all this beauty in my garden, I also like to play with it a little ...





Enjoy all the magnificent colours that autumn will bring us!







donderdag 20 september 2018

Online Babyplants


How cool is that, receiving your plants in the mail! And not the adult version, no the tiny ones so you can follow the whole process of growth.

You can order them at online baby plants, they ship all across the European Union, and within a few days they get handed over to you by the mail man or woman. Even in their package they look great, but it's best to release them as soon as possible, it's a bit crowded in there don't you think ;)


You know me by now, I first had to play with them a little. It's such fun seeing some well know plants in miniature, so I had to take some pictures first and styled them in a few different ways as you can see down below. Fresh green all over my place.

top row : Alocasia Zebrina, Pilea, Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
bottom row : Philodendron Xanadu, Monstera Adansonii, Fittonia Verschaffeltii

(Hopefully I got them all right, if not please correct me)

 in my hand /  notice the zebra like striping on it's stem

two hands-full of joy



After playing (sorry for that) I put them in water (just followed the instructions that where enclosed) so they could get saturated. You only need to do that for about 10 minutes, but I kept them there over night. I needed to get some soil first before I could plant the plugs in a pot :)

(bowls in he middle from Hubsch interior, cups on the outside from Kinto Europe)

And here it is, my plant nursery, gathered all together looking like a tiny urban jungle. For now I planted them using some bowls and cups I had. If they do well (and me of course) and grow just as big as their neighbour standing above them, bigger pots will be needed soon. 


Happy growing yall!


vrijdag 14 september 2018

Totally N U T S


Every year in September nuts are falling in my garden, hazelnuts first, than the walnuts, so you often see me whit a bucket strolling through the borders in search of them. There are always way to many for just our 3-persons family so a few years ago I started handing them out. Not in person though, let me tell you what I do. 


I divide them into small bags. The most fun I have is making the bags look somewhat pretty, so I write something on it ... 

(edition 2014)

dress them up wit a ribbon or something, so it looks like a perfect gift.

(edition 2016)


(edition 2016)

The result always brings a smile on my face. When finished, I put them in front of my house and everyone who wants to can take a bag. All I hope is that it'll bring a little smile on their faces too.


Well it's that time of year again, hazelnut-sharing-preps have started!

I know, I'm totally nuts for making such a fuss about it, but I don't mind a bit. 
After all sharing is caring don't you think.



vrijdag 7 september 2018

Flatlays


I often post flat-lay pictures on my Instagram account, it's so much fun with endless possibilities and it is somehow relaxing to make them. Sometimes I just "throw" some items together and am pleased with the result almost just at ones, but more often you find me sitting on the floor adding, changing, rearranging and strolling through my house and garden for items. 

It all starts by choosing your backdrop. I mostly use a bright one, in this case a white tablecloth, but it can also be the floor, a table top or, very clever, some sticking plastic. You can find it in all sorts of prints, my personal favourite is the white marble. 

After harvesting a great deal of hazelnuts from my garden I thought it would be fun to use them in a not so obvious way and decided to make a hazelnut ice-cream.


I always start with placing the main subject. Rather dull just like this because the colour of the cone and the nuts is very similar so it needs some contrast colour to spice it up don't you agree?


For me green always works, I've got plenty of it around me. I just take my scissors to cut some off in my garden or from one of the plants I have inside.  Oh, and often there is coffee. Don't ask me why, there just is and it is always freshly made. Afterwards I get to drink it as a reward, so maybe that's the reason :)

 I thought this was a bit to much though, and a bit out of  balance, so I removed some again. 
Exit fern! 


And this goes on until I'm totally satisfied, in this case I just had to wrinkle the cloth somewhat to make it look a bit messy which makes it more exciting to look at. 

The final touch is done by editing the picture.


ét voila 

You should try it sometimes.
Let me know when you do, I would love to share some on my Instagram stories.

donderdag 30 augustus 2018

Scandinavisch Design



Diegene die me al een tijdje volgen, hier of op Instagram, kennen inmiddels mijn voorliefde voor het Scandinavisch interieur. De afgelopen jaren is het Scandinavisch wonen (Nordic Living) steeds meer mijn huis ingeslopen gecombineerd met een “touch of me”. 
Ik hou van het gebruik van natuurlijke materialen, zoals hout en inmiddels ook een betonnen vloer, en het minimalisme in inrichting en kleurgebruik wat bij mij zorgt voor rust. Er worden vooral lichte kleuren gebruikt. Begrijpelijk als je bedenkt dat de winters in Scandinavië lang en donker zijn.

Scandinavisch design is een design-beweging gekenmerkt door eenvoud, minimalisme en functionaliteit die is ontstaan in het begin van de 20e eeuw en die opbloeide in de jaren 50 in de vijf Scandinavische landen Denemarken, Zweden, Noorwegen, Finland en IJsland. Een aantal grote designers zijn Arne Jacobsen (Egg Chair)Verner Panton (Panton Chair)Hans Wegner (Wishbone Chair) en Poul Henningsen (PH lamp). Ontwerpen die tot op de dag van vandaag in de belangstelling staan. Alhoewel er verschillen zijn is de eenvoud en de functionaliteit altijd duidelijk aanwezig en wellicht juist daarom tijdloos. 

De laatste jaren staat het "Scandiliving" ook hier in Nederland en België volop in de belangstelling en er vindt een ware revival plaats van de oude ontwerpen die wederom worden geproduceerd, maar er zijn ook volop succesvolle "nieuwe"merken die de wereld veroveren met hun designs. Veelal wordt de samenwerking gezocht met designers en of designstudio's en dat doen ze zeer succesvol. Niet gek dus dat ook hier de bekende interieurdesignwinkels een ruim aanbod laten zien van een groot aantal Scandinavische merken, zoals bijvoorbeeld bij Flinders die zowel in Nederland als in België online te vinden zijn. Ik moet bekennen dat ik heel wat tijd op hun site heb zitten rondstruinen en mijn wishlist is inmiddels veel te lang. 

Laat ik dus hiervoor eens een paar van mijn favoriete, hedendaagse, Deense merken en producten in de schijnwerpers zetten.


M E N U 

Zelf zeggen ze:We want to make the world better, less complicated, a little bit nicer to wake up to. Collaborating with super-talented designers, we make objects to be treasured now and forever”  en wat mij betreft lukt ze dat aardig, kijk zelf maar. Ik koos een aantal van mijn favorieten uit die stuk voor stuk niet zouden misstaan in mijn huis.





Boven:Plint Low salontafel ontworpen door Norm Architects
links onder: Afteroomchair ontworpen door Afteroom
rechts onder: Leonard Hanglamp ontworpen door Soren Rose Studio
(fotocredits: Menu)






F E R M  L I V I N G

Het begon ooit allemaal met behang, maar inmiddels hebben ze een totaal woonassortiment, teveel om op te noemen. Persoonlijk ben ik groot fan van de multifunctionele plant-box, heb er zelf dan ook twee. De ene in de badkamer (vol met toiletspullen) en de ander in de keuken (vol met olie, kruiden e.d.), maar natuurlijk is hij ook geweldig te gebruiken voor planten 😊  

Hun uitgangspunt is als volgt: “we challenge ourselves to shape the future and take pride in creating products that help you balance the contrasts of life”  onder andere zien in de volgende producten.





Boven: Ferm Living Ripple long drink glazen
links onder: Ferm Living Wire Basket met deksel
rechts onder: Ferm Living Plant Box
(fotocredits: Ferm Living)




Hay werd opgericht in 2002. Ik speel al een aantal jaren op mijn instagram flatlays met hun scharen zoals je onder andere hier kunt zien (de twee linker), maar ze hebben nog zoveel meer moois!

“ We strive to make a good design accessible to the largest possible audience”  en daar zijn ze in die korte tijd aardig in geslaagd. Op onderstaande foto’s zie je een aantal van hun producten. Ik ben er van overtuigd dat je deze vast al eens eerder bent tegengekomen, het origineel of een afgeleide ervan. En let ook eens op de namen die ze aan hun producten geven, ik hou van dat soort creatief denken.






Boven: Hay Strap Spiegel
links onder: (Don't Leave Me) DLM bijzettafel ontworpen door Thomas Bentzen
rechts onder: (About A Chair) AAC stoel ontworpen door Hee Welling
(fotocredits: Hay)




simpel kan zo mooi zijn 



(This post is made in collaboration with Flinders)

donderdag 9 augustus 2018

Restyling


Old and new furniture has entered the rooms again. That's the fun part, decorating, styling and seeing how it all comes together.


There's a new (bigger) dining table with the same old Tolix chairs and lamps. 
A small change but it brought a whole new feel to the dining room. 


The same couch and the lamp has switched from the left to the right. Having problems to decide witch colors of cushions I want to use on my couch. Me and colors, a tough combination :)
The previous coffee table got a different destination so a new one is high on my wish list. Still haven't found the perfect one so for now this has to do.
 

To the right you see what destination the coffee table got. We stacked them together to what it originally was meant for, a rack. I guess the content in it will change regularly.


For now it is dressed up like this.


The fire place isn't quit finished yet. Some small adjustments need to take place, but I'm happy how it came out so far. It's hard sometimes to imagine how the final result will look like for real. I had an idea in my head, but my men and the painter weren't convinced at first if it would work. Well it does!


And this corner is still a bit empty. It is waiting for a costume made cupboard. But first things first, it'll come in due time.

In in all of this the new concrete floor is the hero. We should have done this ages ago.


zondag 29 juli 2018

HOME RENOVATION



Finally we started on our project floor last month. Something we wanted to do for years, but never came around to. When we decided it was time to repaint the downstairs thing sort of kept on rolling en before we new we planned a whole renovation of the living room.


First the wooden floor of the dining area had to be broken out. A tougher job than expected, but after that the demolishing team took care of the rest and all that was left ....


... was a giant pile of sand.
 Cracks appeared in the walls but everyone assured me it all would be alright so I had to trust them and let them do their job (hard sometimes though not to interfere  ;) )


We also had floor heating installed. The floor was open anyway so let add some winter comfort to it, we'll never have cold feet anymore. No more rugs needed for that, hallelujah!


And than the big day arrived, the concrete came in which looked like this ...


and after it was "gevlinderd" it looked like this. Now all we had to do is keep all doors and windows closed and wait ... wait ... wait very patiently ...  for it to dry.


A few days later the result started to show


and three weeks later the floor was ready to be polished and finished.
Meanwhile all the walls and woodwork was painted. That's where it all started. We just wanted a fresh painted living room but things got a bit out of hand (recognize that?)


After a two weeks holiday abroad the paint was dried and hardened so we finally could get the furniture in. All pieces felt into place and we're thrilled with the final result. Now the real fun part starts ... styling it! Best being done when my men are not around. Promise I'll share the results with you


dinsdag 8 mei 2018

ice cream



As soon as temperature rises and it is finding it's way above 25 degrees Celsius, by my standard it's time for ice cream. Normally I buy them at the supermarket, but some time ago I got the idea to try and make it myself. The biggest hurdle was to find the right Popsicle form. I wanted a rather particular one which was hard to find, but I finally succeeded at Amazon Germany.


I started the most easy way there is, making a Water Popsicle



They also turned out very photogenic if you ask me. These one were made with water (I added a tiny bit of sugar to sweeten it somewhat)  and some pomegranate seeds. I like the way you can see the seeds through the ice. It turned out to be a colorful one






For the next one I used water with some lemon juice and added a slice of lemon into the mall.


As for the taste ...I have to be honest. They both were very refreshing but didn't have the wow factor, or gave the urge for more. But as I tried these and liked the looks of them so much I couldn't help myself starting playing with this a bit. I decided to make a very special one. 


Not for consuming at all but just for it to be pretty pretty.
My Lilly of the Valley Special


Wanting to take this a bit further and to try and make some serious ice cream I stumbled upon the Instagram  account @ShareLoveNotSecrets and discovered that Marleen has written a book about making ice cream called "altijd ijs" (always ice) You can read more about it here and while reading it it sounded not that hard at all. Uhm maybe I should try one of her recipes first and let you know how that went (me and my big mouth)


For now I just pay attention to the way it looks.