zondag 16 november 2014

JUNIQE

A couple of weeks ago I was approached by the German based Juniqe, a webshop with eclectic art prints, apparel and accessories. The people behind Juniqe work together with artists who are already established and artist who are still emerging. Their mission is to offer exciting and affordable art to everyone. 

I was offered to pick out a framed print and when this Lemur print by Kris Tate caught my eye, I immediately loved it! I think it's a very original and fun print and it makes me smile every time I look at it! How cute are all of these little Lemurs together?! The print fits perfectly on our recently purchased vintage dresser which I'm also in love with... We found it on Marktplaats and the owner told us it was made by the father of Dutch designer Jan des Bouvrie! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely Sunday everyone!





Pictures by Marij Hessel

donderdag 13 november 2014

Heathy & Homemade

When I was at the Meet the Blogger Conference in November this year, I was talking to Femke (Femkeido) & Suzanne (&Suus) about cooking and blogging about it... It got me thinking because lately I really enjoy cooking & trying out new recipes! So why not make it a regular thing to share a recipe once in a while? 

Since a couple of months I've been getting most of my groceries at a local country store. This little store offers vegetable packages for a very reasonable price! Every weekend I visit this store to pick up my vegetable package & other fresh products like cheese & yoghurt. Together with this package comes a newsletter with all kinds of information about the vegetables and a lot of inspiration for recipes, I love it!


One of the recipes I tried this weekend was a Beet Salad. It's very simple! You'll need:

4 tb balsamic vinegar
4 tb olive oil
100 gr pine nuts
200 gr feta cheese
500 gr beets

First boil the beets until tender and peel them. Mix the balsamic vinegar with the olive oil to make a dressing and add some pepper & salt. Add the beets to the dressing. 
Toast the pine nuts and cut the feta cheese into cubes. Sprinkle the pine nuts onto the beets and add the cheese just before serving so it stays white. Add some greens and start enjoying this healthy & easy salad!




Pictures by Marij Hessel

dinsdag 11 november 2014

Trend Watching Blogevent by Fonq

This Saturday I visited an event organised by Fonq in collaboration with the Dutch brand Zuiver. This event took place at the showroom of Fonq, it was great to meet the people behind this successful company and to listen to their stories! Of course it was a lot of fun to see a couple familiar faces and some new faces from the blogger world...

The event started off with a presentation by Fonq about the history and identity of the brand. The collection with living & lifestyle related products is getting bigger and bigger but the people behind this company only select products that they actually like and support. 
After that,social media guru Kirsten Jassies gave us an inspiring presentation about making your blog more successful. She had some very usefull tips, I'd love to use them all! It was the second time I saw Kirsten give a presentation and she really knows how to inspire and motivate people!

One of the brands that Fonq sells is Zuiver. A beautiful brand which offers affordable design with a scandinavian twist. Caroline from Zuiver told us all about the company, the collections and the upcoming trends for next season! Three important trends are Coppermania, Nordic & Explore and Discover. 


After the presentation we had a styling workshop with products from Zuiver. With the three trends in the back of our heads we had a short amount of time to collect our favourite products and create an inspiring composition. I really loved the combination of the warm ocher chair (omg) with the copper side table (cupid) and the copper lamp (torch). To finish it all of I grabbed the big plant, the two Vitra Wooden Dolls and of course a little cactus! 

After the workshop me and Souraya from Bintihome were talking about the products we used and found out we almost used the exact same products, take a look at her blogpost here. Almost scary right? I had a fun and inspiring day, excited to create some new ideas for My Attic! If anyone could make the days twice as long I would be very happy! So much plans and so little time...



Pictures by Marij Hessel

donderdag 30 oktober 2014

Little Greene: Dare With Colour!

A while ago I received an invitation from Little Greene to visit their stand at the Woonbeurs, get to know more about this brand and pick out four samples from the new colour collection called "Highlights". 

"These beautiful ‘new’ colour combinations were created using natural earth pigments and often contained black, given a muted quality that is generally associated with what we believe to be ‘true’ historical paint shades, even though this soft quality was frequently the result of aging on the painted surface rather than the authentic, intended hue."

With "Dare with Colour", Little Greene challenged a couple of bloggers to give their own interpretation of their new collection. I picked out the colours Marigold, Green Verditer, Shallows & Sage Green and decided to combine three of them together in a graphic pattern on the wall. These three colours are not the most obvious combination but I think they work very well together! If you would use these colours separately, they would show a completely different look.

This challenge fitted me perfectly because I love to use colour in my home, especially as highlights! If you want to see or read more about the Highlights collection and Little Greene, click here!







Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 27 oktober 2014

DDW Part 2

After visiting the graduation show at the Design Academy Eindhoven, we took a Mini Design Ride to Strijp S where we started at Liekeland. This amazing illustrator (I'm a big fan!) presented her work in a super cute mobile shed, decorated in her own unique style which I love! Lieke told us she's working on her own ceramics collection, I can't wait... Outside the shed there was Magnus the mountain goat, a character from one of her latest illustrations!




After this we went to the always inspiring Piet Hein Eek area. There's so much to see in the showroom and it's very impressive to see the massive workspace through the big windows. What I like about Piet Hein Eek is that his designs are statement peaces, grand gestures, they just demand your attention!






There were a couple of other brands represented at the Piet Hein Eek area as well. The beautiful lamp collection called Bolt by Tonone is an industrial series inspired by the passion for traditional mechanics. Key element in this series is the joint construction that can be adjusted with a wignut-shaped tool. The collection is available in black and white.

I really loved the Fossil porcelain tile collection designed by Kasia Zareba with a hand drawn pattern inspired by the prehistoric imprints of plants and animals on rock formations. Read and see more about this collection here.



The way that Lotty Lindeman & Wouter Scheublin had presented their collection was very subtle yet impressive. The pastels and greyish colors really complimented the designs. On the picture you can see their well known Tentlamp

The collection of bags on the brick wall is the work of Imke de Jong. Functionality was just as important to her as the design itself while developing these bags that are made out of enduring materials. 

Another designer who made a huge impact was Steven Banken. This collection called Tannic Acid is the result of a chemical reaction between oak and iron oxide. This combination creates a dark blue or almost black color.





While we were on our way back (time was flying!) to the DDW Bloggerscafe at Coffeelovers, we stopped by at the mini festival Open Up where you could eat, drink, shop, take a workshop or lecture and visit an exposition. Unfortunately we were a little bit in a hurry but we did spot these beautiful Vederlicht candles by Kaarsrecht. At Kaarsrecht you can order custom made candles and take a workshop as well!



We also stopped by the Karwei stand at the Ketelhuisplein. The concept was very interesting and creative! All of the furniture at this booth were made out of one wooden board. Every piece of furniture had its own manual to take home and make one of these designs for yourself!

There's so much I wish I had seen at the Dutch Design Week but didn't have the time for... Next year I'll definitely take more time to see as much as possible! This day gave me so much inspiration, can you imagine what it will do to me when I see twice as much?!

 

Pictures by Marij Hessel

zaterdag 25 oktober 2014

DDW Part 1: Design Academy Graduation Show

Yesterday I visited the Dutch Design Week together with a team of very nice bloggers. We first met at the Bloggerscafe which is created by Lonneke from Bubbelmint! It's a lot of fun to meet and talk to people who have the same interests!

Suzanne from &Suus was head of the team and gave us some good tips where to go and what to see. It was impossible to see everything in one day so we had to make a choice between the different districts. A couple of us decided to start at the Design Academy to see the graduation show. There was so much to see, all kinds of creative designs and projects created by design students who put their heart & soul into these projects...

This is a selection of the designs that caught my eye:










1. Revealing Beauty by Katja van Heugten
2. Size by Maartje Slijpen
3. The Technologist vs the Layman by Saar Scheerlings
4. Cool Shelter by Franciska Meijers
5. Wovet, Wood Weavings by Martina Lasinger
6. An Invitation from Home by Debby Yu
7 & 8. Dark Matter by Joel Booy
9. Fervent Carpet by Siem Lenders & Anne Pabon

Pictures by Marij Hessel

donderdag 23 oktober 2014

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plant Shelfies

This month, I decided to join the Urban Jungle Bloggers community! When I was at the Meet the Blogger Conference on the 4th of October, I attended the presentation of Elena Gardin & Igor Josifovic which was about Green trends and the rise of Urban Jungle Bloggers. I already knew about this awesome concept but never really took the time to take a closer look and to read the story of Igor and Judith. After the presentation I was determined to join this green community!

This month the theme is all about plant shelfies. I recently made these two pictures while styling some corners in my home with a couple of mini plants. Aren't they cute? I used two of them to put in the small glasses with a cork detail I bought in Copenhagen at Sostrene Grene. In the mirror you can see more green details in my living room. I just love to have some greens in my home!



Pictures by Marij Hessel

dinsdag 21 oktober 2014

DDW Bloggerscafe

This Friday I will be going to Dutch Design Week. I was pretty happy to receive an invitation from Suzanne (&Suus) to join a project initiated by Lonneke (Bubbelmint). Lonneke has been working on a new concept, the DDW Bloggerscafe. During the Dutch Design Week this will be the place where all kinds of creatives like bloggers, their followers & designers, can meet offline, share inspiration, enjoy some good coffee and work on their blogs if they feel like it! The DDW Bloggerscafe is open for everyone during DDW.



Picture by &Suus

Lonneke gets help from 3 amazing bloggers, Anki, Suzanne & Esther. Each of them created a team of bloggers who will join them for one day on the DDW and blog live from the Bloggerscafe. Curious about the blogger teams? Read more about it here! I can't wait to see what's happening at DDW and to meet the other bloggers from Suzanne's team! If you're in the neighborhood this Friday, feel free tot stop by at Coffeelovers where you'll find the DDW Bloggerscafe!



Picture by Zilverblauw

zaterdag 18 oktober 2014

Fashionista Interior Special

This week I received the Fashionista Interior Special. Me and my talented friend Martine styled and photographed four theme's (Pretty Pastel, White on White, Boho Ibiza & Animal Kingdom) with DIY & shopping inspiration. I'm very happy with the result and proud to show it to you!


For the theme Pretty Pastel we used my workspace and turned it into a sweet candy-coloured room. As a DIY we decorated some pushpins with nail polish. The little round pin board I made earlier as a little DIY project. After styling this room I didn't want to change it back.... I especially love the triangle rug by Broste Copenhagen! 





For the White on White theme we used our bedroom which luckily is pretty white itself! We removed everything that wasn't white & added some cool white items. For instance the By Nord duvet cover with the polar bear. As you can see, our cat Def was in love! The little hints of wooden details gives the room a warm touch. As a DIY we made a romantic dreamcatcher with lace, ribbons and feathers.





For the Boho Ibiza theme we created a little wardrobe corner with bright colors and bohemian accessories. Of course this theme wouldn't be complete without a few cacti! As a DIY we made some colorful clothing hangers by using different kinds of cords and wrapping them around the clothing hangers. You do need some patience with this one!





Last but not least we created a little wilderness in my attic for the theme Animal Kingdom. We decorated the wall with a couple of cool animal illustrations & wallpaper by Eijffinger. The tropical plants give it an extra jungle feeling. As a DIY we painted a leopard print on a simple white lampshade. This lamp really was the finishing touch! 

I hope you like this production, feel free to let me know which theme is your favorite!






Pictures by Marij Hessel
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