maandag 30 maart 2015

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Happy Green Easter!

When this month's Urban Jungle Bloggers theme was announced, I didn't immediately had an idea. So what do you do when you're not inspired? You go to the Thrift Shop! When I was browsing through the store, my eye fell on this glass egg planter, perfect! I also found a very hideous yellow flowerpot. But the longer I looked at it, the more I started to love it! I bought a couple of mini plants and placed them into the egg, not that easy I can tell you... But it worked out and I think this mini Easter garden looks great in my living room! Happy Green Easter everyone!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

vrijdag 27 maart 2015

DIY Pastel Easter Eggs

Easter is coming so I thought it would be nice to share this DIY with you guys! I think Easter is a great public holiday to get creative without making things complicated... Everybody can decorate eggs in their own way & there is so much inspiration to be found on Pinterest for instance! I made these cute Spring inspired pastel eggs with a water resistant marker, some fresh flowers, wool felt, lace ribbon & a couple of tiny fabric roses. The wooden egg-cups I bought at Dille & Kamille.

I used white eggs because they go great with pastels but off course you can use regular eggs as well! You can start with drawing some cute & simple faces on the eggs. If you mess up, just use another egg! After that you can cut several shapes from the wool felt. I made a little bow, a hat and scalloped tape to decorate the egg-cups. Now start dressing & decorating the eggs and egg-cups! For the "floral hair" I removed the top of two eggs and cleaned them, you can use them as a mini vase!

These pretty eggs will definitely brighten up you Easter breakfast or brunch! Enjoy!


Pictures by Marij Hessel

zondag 22 maart 2015

Thrift Shop

As you may know, I'm a pretty big fan of thrifting and find it extremely hard not to buy something when I find a nice piece... So even if I don't need it at all, I often convince myself I'll find a nice place or purpose for it! For this reason I try not to visit thrift shops every week! However, lately I've collected a couple of new treasures that I just couldn't resist taking home with me. I'm developing a new addiction: retro flowerpots.... I love the shapes & patterns they have! Then I also have my soft spot for ceramics, believe me I have enough teacups and teapots! But the two brown ones are just too damn cute right? 

The framed old school embroideries I found together with the little bedside table. I wonder which stories go with these pieces...

Pictures by Marij Hessel

dinsdag 17 maart 2015

Today's Crush: Oh Marie!

This Sunday I was invited to the launch of the new Oh Marie! website at the inspiring place I blogged about earlier: Druk in Utrecht. It was a great party with delicious snacks, great styling & a lot of cool people! Oh Marie! was founded by Marlous (also blogger at Planet Fur) who has a team of very talented people that she's working with. Anne, creative partner of Marlous is a stylist & concept developer. Diana, a multitalented social media & marketing expert, who also owns a Bed & Breakfast in Rotterdam! The team is complete with graphic designer Casper who makes the website look perfect!

Oh Marie! is a very refreshing, colourful & creative community where you can find the most beautiful images, illustrations and interesting articles! Get inspired and take a look!

Right now there's a free wallpaper download by Mouni Feddag on the Oh Marie! website... I absolutely love it so it's on my computer as we speak! You can read an interview with Mouni and download the wallpaper here.

Images via

donderdag 12 maart 2015

Hotspots De Kledingbibliotheek & Urlaub

This Monday I showed you the cool coffeebar "Koffie Leute" at "Druk", today I want to add these 2 interesting places to the Hotspot list! "De Kledingbibliotheek" and "Urlaub" are also based at Druk in Utrecht. De Kledingbibliotheek (in English: Clothing Library) is a place where you can borrow designer, vintage & fairtrade pieces for a couple of weeks. The girls behind this unique concept: Maud, Karin & Evita, make sure the clothes are properly cleaned! The purpose behind this concept is to support the idea of sharing & recycling what we have instead of focussing on possessions and material things. They also want to support a group of (young) designer by giving them a platform. What a great idea!

Behind De Kledingbibliotheek, in a beautiful glasshouse, you'll find "Urlaub", an initiative founded by talented illustrator Ellen Vesters. The name Urlaub is an ode to the holidays Ellen spent in the creative city Hamburg. At Urlaub you can follow several workshops. For instance how to make silkscreens, how to illustrate, write or photograph. A great place to come together and create new things!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 9 maart 2015

Hotspot Koffie Leute Utrecht

This weekend I visited one of my favorite city's Utrecht for some hotspots! I started at this new & awesome coffee bar called "Koffie Leute". It's housed at "Druk", a place where different creative entrepreneurs have established their unique company. You can follow workshops at Urlaub, borrow an outfit at "De Kledingbibliotheek", buy organic soap at "Werfzeep" and learn all about the perfect cup of coffee (or just enjoy one) at Koffie Leute! What a great place! The interior of this coffee bar is a mixture of vintage finds and fun oddities which create a homely atmosphere. I think I've said enough, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves! Definitely a place that I want to visit again!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 2 maart 2015

Today's Crush: The Home of Designer Lisa Marie Andersson

When you see the work of designer Lisa Marie Andersson you wouldn't be surprised with the amazing & creative home she created for herself. I just love every single thing about it, the vintage furniture, the ceramics, her origami pieces and the touches of green! I must say she made the best out of a relatively small apartment. Lisa Marie is the designer behind the paper and clothing label Up The Wooden Hills. On her blog you can follow her latest work and read about her personal inspiration. Check it out!


donderdag 26 februari 2015

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Hanging Planters

This is my fourth Urban Jungle Bloggers post and I'm very excited that I joined this cool green community a couple of months ago! It's a lot of fun to work on a different green theme every month and it's a good excuse to invest in some new plants every once in a while. I recently won the cutes book ever called "Me and my Plant" by the Dutch publisher "Snor" with the Give Away that Judith & Igor organized! How cool is that?!

This month's UJB theme is "Hanging Planters". With some Zpagetti cord & two baskets I made these hanging planters and hung them on a ladder that I placed between two beams on my attic. I bought a new hanging plant called Coral Breeze which is the big one on the right. I also used the Consol Solar Jar that I wrote about earlier. The result of this project is that I want these hanging planters on the ceiling in our living room now! To be continued....

Pictures by Marij Hessel
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