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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