dinsdag 16 december 2014

3 Ways to Wrap #3

It's time for my last wrapping theme: Festive Green Wrapping! I used the same Ikea boxes as I used with the Monochrome Wrapping theme. The gold wrapping paper, white ribbon & cute tags I bought at Ikea as well. I really loved the Christmas collection at Ikea this year! The pine cones and mini trees I got at Action and the ceramic snowflake at one of my favorite shops Dille & Kamille. The green fir branches give the presents a fresh & extra Christmassy touch! You can take a look at the other two wrapping themes here and here!

Enjoy wrapping!!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

zaterdag 13 december 2014

And the Winner is...

As promised, today I'm announcing the winner of the Serax Paperpulp vase Give Away! A lot of reactions came in here on the blog and via Instagram, thanks you guys! Because it would be impossible to pick a winner by myself, I drew lots. And the winner is....

Liza Veenendaal from the colourful blog Confetti Lab! Congratulations Liza, I hope you'll enjoy the beautiful vase! I hope it arrives before Christmas! Thanks to everybody who joined this Give Away, I hope to make you happy some other time...

Will you send me a private message Liza?

Picture by Marij Hessel

dinsdag 9 december 2014

3 Ways to Wrap #2

I promised to give you more wrapping inspiration so here's my second theme "Sweet Pastel Wrapping"! I did some low budget shopping and found the round gift boxes, the coloured paper, tissue paper, ribbons & cotton yarn at Action. The sticky pom poms you can buy at the Ikea papershop and the paper punch I got at Pipoos. As you can see I made some oversized pastel confetti with the paper punch. Off course you could also use it inside a gift box to make it extra special or put it in a little envelope with a cute Christmas card! With the cotton yarn I made little pom poms and glued them onto one of the boxes. When you make little cuts in the lid of the box you can make a little star with the yarns as well!

Wrapping a gift can be so much fun and it makes the giving of the gift even better! Later this week I'll show you the third and last wrapping theme!

woensdag 3 december 2014

3 Ways to Wrap #1

It's December! Don't you just love this time of the year? It's all about spending time with your close family and friends, decorating your home and off course a lot of gifts! That's why I thought it would be nice to give you some gift wrapping ideas... Today I start with Monochrome Wrapping, black & white it is! I made three simple graphic prints in Adobe Illustrator. If you don't have the resources to make your own prints, just look for them on the internet or draw them by hand. I bought a set of boxes and some ribbons at Ikea and Action. The little christmas tree I made with a piece of thick black paper.

Later on I'll share two other wrapping theme's with you. It involves two of my favourite things (pastels & greens) so make sure to check them out! I wish all the Dutchies a lot of fun with Pakjesavond this Friday!

You can still join my Serax Paperpulp Vase Give Away here!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

vrijdag 28 november 2014

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Cosy and Green bedroom

If you've read my latest Urban Jungle Bloggers post you know I just joined this green community. I love it! This month's theme is "Cosy and green bedroom". Very appropriate because lately it's getting colder and aren't we all longing for our warm and cosy bedroom when this time of year arrives? Our bedroom is completely black and white, the only room in our house where I didn't use any colours. For this theme I decided to add some greens and a hint of light pink with the blanket. I also used the Lemur poster by Kris Tate which I wrote about earlier... I think the plants give our bedroom a fresh look!

If you want to join Urban Jungle Bloggers as well, click here!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

zondag 23 november 2014

Give Away: Serax Paperpulp Vase

This Saturday I bought myself some nice flowers for my new Serax vase! It brightens up the room doesn't it? I often tell myself to buy flowers more often but when you're not at home that much you can't really enjoy them right? Anyway, I did enjoy them this weekend! The Dutch website Vouchercloud offered me to use a discount code and I used it for this beautiful Paperpulp Vase by Serax. Dutch designer Debbie Wijskamp developed this vase by experimenting and recycling paper. I love the bold gesture it makes in my living room!

Luckily, I have the honor to make one of my sweet followers happy with this vase! To join this Give Away you simply have to leave a comment on this post or here on Instagram. I'll let you know who's the winner on December 13th. Wouldn't it be a nice Christmas present?

Pictures by Marij Hessel

zaterdag 22 november 2014

Today's Crush: Emma's Vintage

Today I'm loving the home of Swedish stylist & writer Emma Sundh from Emma's Vintage. Like the name of her blog suggests, Emma loves vintage! Together with 2 of her friends, she owns Vintage Fabriken, a blog and webshop that offers vintage clothing, accessories, books and stationary. The multitalented Emma lives in Stockholm in this adorable country house together with her man John. What a handsome couple! I love the styling of their home, the vintage items, the colours... It's just so damn cute!

Enjoy your weekend!!

Pictures via Emma's Vintage

zondag 16 november 2014


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
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