zaterdag 15 juni 2019

VIP Launch Hübsch AW19




I was invited by Hübsch for their VIP launch of the Autumn/Winter Collection 2019. I've known the brand for several years now and to be able to get a sneak preview of their newest collection was an opportunity I couldn't resits.

So on June 13 I got out of bed early (very early I must admit) to be in time at Schiphol Airport to hop on a plane to Billund, Denmark where I arrived after a one our flight.


At Billund airport Anders from Hübsch was waiting for me to drive me to the hotel in Herning. We had a nice talk about the differences and similarities between our two countries. My first acquaintance with Denmark, was a great one. In no time we arrived at the hotel where they had arranged a room for me. 


It looks like they know me a bit, my favourite colour scheme ☺ 

After unpacking and freshen up I, together with some other lovely ladies, was taken to the Home of Hübsch where we were welcomed by Daniel Henriksen, one of he founders of Hübsch and led into their showroom. After everyone arrived he introduced himself and the rest of the team and told us what to expect for the rest of the day.


After the first glimpse of their collection, taking pictures of course, getting acquainted and having drinks, we got a tour by the design-team. They told us how the new collection came about, the choices they had made for fabrics, colours and materials, and why. So with this in mind, we got the opportunity to stroll through the showroom again, There was a lot of filming and taking pictures going on as you can imagine.

Next up we got a lecture by trend expert Annette Eckman. She told us all about her places of inspiration, Amsterdam and Lisbon being some of them, and why travelling and living is essential.


She made that clear by sharing her pictures with us she's taken while travelling and showed where she found the inspiration and spotted the trends. You can also find them on her Instagram account.

After listening and sitting down for an hour it was time to get active again. Time for some floral excess!


We where led to the photo studio, a gorgeous room, which was filled with flowers. All organically grown by FLOR


After a short introduction we all got to choose our vase and get creative by making our own bouquet and take pictures of it when finished. I tried to incorporate the colours of the Dutch flag into my arrangement a little as you can see ☺


There where different colour backdrops in the studio where you could style your bouquet for the picture. To show how important the backdrop for the mood of a picture is, I took one with different colour backdrops. Which one is your favourite?

And of course, after being that busy you get hungry, dinnertime! Tables where set beautifully, all with Hübsch products of course, and we got to enjoy a delicious all vegan menu (first time for me) with a perfect matching wine and great company. Of course Instagram accounts where exchanged.


Finally there where drinks & drinkish from ISH Spirits. All 'n all it's been a great day which I have to thank Hübsch for. We really received a VIP treatment and I want to thank everyone who made that possible. Especially Sabrina for being so sweet, warm and helpful during my stay in Denmark. 
T H A N K S !


Next time I'll show you the pictures of all the pretty items I came across in their showroom. I've taken so many so I'm still in the process of selection and editing. Keep you posted though!


maandag 10 juni 2019

Gift Wrapping with cloth





In my closet there's a whole stock of old napkins which used to belong to my mother. I never really use them. Some have stains on them and they have all kind of different sizes. Didn't really know what to do with them up until last week. I thought of a way to make good use of them , they are perfect for wrapping!


I started by cutting of the hem on one side so I was able to pull out some of the threads. The result is that you get a frill on one side of the fabric which gives it a pretty effect. Next I cut the napkin into the right size for the parcel.


When wrapping I folded the frilly part on the top op the parcel. I closed the back with some cross stitches (forgot tot to take a picture of that) and tied it up with a suede ribbon. It's hard to get it very straight and tight around the parcel (which I normally find very necessary when wrapping with paper, OCD I know).

As a finishing touch I used some flowers (OF COURSE) which I got from my garden. This time these little ones which look like tiny buttons. That's why in Dutch they are called "hemdenknoopjes".


So this way my mother's napkins where brought into good use finally.  
There are still many more to be used for all kind of pretty wrapping.


maandag 3 juni 2019

The Poster Club



I got the opportunity to try The Frame Paint by the Posterclub, which they recently launched.


The frame paint is made in collaboration with the Danish design brand File Under Pop. File Under Pop combines craftsmanship and modern technology with the aim of creating characteristic surfaces and finishes. With File Under Pop’s competences within texture and colors, and THE POSTER CLUB’s internationally acknowledged selection of curated art prints and frames, they have jointly developed a unique selection of frame paint to bring out the best in the art prints. 

You can choose from a wide range of colours, matching the art print or your interior. You can find their actual selection HERE



I chose the print from "By Garmi NG02" and the colour Little beige Sambo. This colour matches the ones in the art print.  


All you have to do is to make sure the frame is clean and dry and you start carefully painting the frame evenly with a brusch. When the first layer has dried up you can sand it down lightly, remove the dust and apply a second or even a third layer. 


You leave it to dry for 24 for hours before assembling the frame. When that's done all you have to do is find a good spot for it to hang.



Mine found it's way to the kitchen.

If you're interested to see more possibilities and inspiration you should check their website.



(This post is made in collaboration with The Posterclub)

dinsdag 23 april 2019

The patience of growth


In October last year I received this gift kit from Sprout  

Sprout is a porcelain accessory which makes it possible to grow seeds. You can place it on top of a vase or glass just as you like. But first you have to get in to the process of germination, and that takes time. Sometimes a very long time as I've experienced. 


I also bought an avocado which I cut open to undo the pit and peel it off with a sharp knife.


The other acorns and pits I soaked in water first and just followed the instructions I received with it. You can also find a numerous of videos here on their website. And than all you have to do is being patient and see what happens, checking it out weekly.



One of the seeds started to grow very early




while others took their time ..

The one below grew so fast en high I had to let it lean against the wall or it would fall over. Which it finally did one day. I tried planting it in soil, but sadly that didn't work either.

The avocado pit started to grow roots, lot's off them. After months of watching it develop only under water I had almost given up on it, and the acorn wasn't doing anything. It looked like a failed project.


But than, about five months later, the magic started. The avocado pit and the acorn finally started to grow upwards almost at the same time!




I'm so glad I didn't give up on them. Maybe they just waited for spring to start, while days get longer and temperature is rising. I have no idea but as it is, they sure took me by surprise. Soon I will plant them into soil, but I want to look at them on their beautiful sprout looking pretty just for a little while longer. 


So for those of you who tried but have given up before anything happened ...
Be patient, very patient for it'll happen when you least expect it


maandag 15 april 2019

Marbled Eggs

Getting into Easter decoration I decided to make some marbled eggs. I've done it before a few years ago. I'm sharing the tutorial with you here so you can try it yourself.




What do you need: 

♦ some eggs of course (I've chosen white ones for this marble effect)
♦ nail polish, any colour you like
♦ stir stick
♦ plastic container
♦ water (room temperature)
♦ nail polish remover (for cleaning up afterwards)
♦ rubber gloves (you should use those believe me, it can get messy)




You can boil the eggs (I don't think you can eat them afterwards, with the nail polish on it) or blow them out. I made it a bit easier and just ticked a small hole on the bottom, emptied the eggs (you can make an omelette or mayonnaise perhaps) and than rinsed them with tap water. 


The water needs to be at room temperature, if it's to cold the nail polish sinks to the bottom. You drop some nail polish into the water, the more you use the darker they get, but you don't want it to be to thick, and gently swirl a marble effect with the stick. 

Next dip the eggs under water and swirl a bit wearing the rubber gloves. Take them out again and let them dry. 


And this is how they finally turned out. Each one looks different. Don't be discouraged if the first one fails (mine did) just take a deep breath and try again.



Do try!

And no worries. They don't need to be perfect, they just needs to be marbled ☺


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me.




dinsdag 12 maart 2019

Cinnamon donut balls by Donna Hay



These little donut balls match very well with a cup of coffee or tea.



You need 1 or two muffin molds with 12 holes (depends if you want to make big or small donut balls)

Ingredients:

• 185 g of wheat flour
• 1½ tbsp baking powder
• 75 g of fine granulated sugar
• 175 g unsalted butter
• 1 medium sized egg
• 160 ml of semi-skimmed milk
• 75 g of granulated sugar
• ½ tsp of ground cinnamon


1. Preheat the oven to 180 ° C. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the fine granulated sugar and make a well in the centre of the mixture. Let 125 g of butter melt in a saucepan. Break the egg over a measuring cup and add the milk and the melted butter. Mix everything with a whisk. Pour the egg mixture into the dimple of the flour mixture and beat until it is smooth. Divide the batter over the greased cavities of the muffin mold. Put in the oven for 12 minutes until they have risen and are golden brown.



2. Mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl, mix well and set aside. Let the rest of the butter melt in a saucepan while stirring and allow to cool slightly. Remove the muffin form from the oven and allow the balls to cool in the mold for 1 min. Carefully pour on a rack and brush - if they are still hot - with the melted butter. Roll the balls through the cinnamon mixture, so that they are covered all around. Serve the donut balls hot or let them cool on a rack.




Now all you have to do is sit down, poor yourself a nice hot drink, take your time and enjoy!


maandag 21 januari 2019

Hallway make-over



After the renovation of the living room, it was time to move the focus on our hallway. There wasn't a lot we wanted to change, nothing a little (lot) of paint and some tiny details couldn't fix.

  

I've always hated the switches in my hallway. They were crooked, the wrong colour, old but not old enough to be a original feature of the house that's been build in 1897. While searching on the internet I stumbled upon the website of bakeliet.nl where I found several options for sockets and switches in black bakelite. Newly made but looking like the original designs from the 1930s. They would be THE perfect match!


They even look pretty in a flat-lay don't you think.

I also thought the hallway was a bit to sterile, but wanted to keep it black and white next to the old tiles of the original floor, so I decided to paint the bottom of the walls black. The dark wall panelling turned out to be a great decision. It gave a warmer feeling and brought some optical height to the long space. 


 before / after


switches from bakeliet.nl

And yes the bakelite switches where a great decision. Even though it's just a small change it has a great effect. Family and friends noticed it at once an they all seem to love it. It's as if they've always been a part of it. (Who knows, maybe in the passed some like these where hanging here)
It also called for some new lighting. We had never invested in that before. When we moved in we hung some we had or were given for the time being. Well they were still hanging nine years later. 
I found a great milky white eye-catcher from Hübsch, a Danish interior brand, with some golden details.  Now all that has to be done is to hang frames with several pictures and prints on the wall. Ones there already. The first hole in a fresh painted wall is always the most difficult one don't you agree.

So here it is, the before and after of our hallway. What do you think?


before



after

Little changes can make a big difference