dinsdag 30 juni 2015

Thrift Shop

This weekend I had to re energize from a busy workweek. The best way for me to relax is to pay a visit to the thrift shop... The timing was great because I found the most amazing retro vase the moment I entered the shop. When I asked for the price the employee told me I would take home something really special with me if I would buy it. He was right! I love the ethnic pattern and the shape! I think it's my new favorite thing...





Pictures by Marij Hessel

zondag 28 juni 2015

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Make Your Plant Pop!

Plantcolorpop, again a fun and original theme Igor & Judith came up with for this month! This theme also made me realize that I hardly have any colored walls at home... A bit strange for a color lover like myself! Does this mean that our interior is in need for some changes? It's always good to have an excuse right? For now I used some colored paper in my favorite colors pink, mint & yellow. I love the way these beautiful plants pop combined with a colored background! I want to wish all the Urban Jungle Bloggers a nice summer break (and everyone else as well off course)!




zondag 21 juni 2015

My first Woven Wall Hanging!

For those who follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I did a hand weaving workshop together with two of my friends. The shop where the workshop was hold is called "Handmade Heaven" and is based in Amsterdam. The talented girl Nom, who gave us the workshop, teached us the basics of weaving and helped us to create our personal woven wall hanging. I must say it takes some time and patience but the result is worth it! You can use all kinds of different yarns, colours & patterns so when you get the hang of it, you can create the most beautiful weavings! Nom kept telling us "this is your first one so don't be to hard on yourself!". I think my first wall hanging turned out pretty cute and I decided to hang it in our guestroom. If you're interested in following a workshop like this, pay a visit to www.nomvolvankleur.nl!





Pictures by Marij Hessel

donderdag 11 juni 2015

DIY Storage Jars

I use my glass storage jars every morning when I make my breakfast so I thought it would be nice to give them a touch of colour! It's way more fun to keep your food in glass jars because it looks much better than the packaging they originally came in. With this DIY you can update your own jars exactly the way you like them! I used my favourite colours green, ocher, pink & white.

This is what you'll need:

- Spray paint in the colours that you like
- Tape
- Tweezers or a needle
- Alphabet stickers
- Glass jars



Step 1: Completely tape the part of the jar that you don't want to paint. Give some extra pressure to the edges so the paint won't get underneath the tape.

Step 2: Use the alphabet stickers to create a word and carefully place them on the jar with the tweezers. 

Step 3: Start spraying! Use several layers of spray paint until the glass is completely covered. Don't use too much paint at once otherwise the paint starts dripping. Let the paint dry for about 30 minutes until it no longer sticks.

Step 4: Carefully remove the tape and use the tweezers (or a needle) to remove the stickers. And you're ready!






Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 8 juni 2015

Today's Crush: The Home of Paula and Pete Mills

Again I'm in love with an Australian home that I found through one of my favourite websites The Design Files! Those Aussies have a grate sense of taste don't they?! This family home is owned by illustrator Paula Mills and her husband Peter who's working as a lawyer. They live here together with their three daughters Lia, Rosie and Liberty. Their beautiful home is based in Warrandyte, a suburb of Melbourne, and is surrounded by nature!

It's such a fresh and colourful home with so many nice details that I like. The white base makes the colours pop out even more. I love the fact that it's not overstyled but it all fits together like an eclectic mix of personal treasures!










Pictures via The Design Files

vrijdag 29 mei 2015

Hotspot: Vaen Utrecht

A while ago I visited a couple of nice places in Utrecht which I wrote about here, here & here. On that same afternoon I made a stop at this cute little store VAEN where you can buy vintage furniture, lighting and accessories from the 20th century. 10 Years ago Jeannette and Esrha started their webshop, years later they found this lovely place in the centre of Utrecht to start their "live" shop! When you're in the neighborhood you should pop by!







Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 25 mei 2015

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Show Your Plant Gang!

It's so cool to see all those Plant Gangs from bloggers all over the world through Urban Jungle Bloggers! I'm happy to show you my very own Plant Gang! I gathered (almost) all of my plants and thought the Tomado shelving unit was a perfect place to make a composition of my green friends. As you can see, some of them are in glass and some of them are in terracotta or porcelain. I love to mix them all together in different sizes, structures and shapes! For all my UJB posts, click here!







Pictures by Marij Hessel

dinsdag 19 mei 2015

Designday Maastricht

This Saturday I visited Designday in Maastricht which was a pretty long drive but totally worth it! It was the 10th edition of this design event including young and/or new designers that are very approachable to talk to about their brand & products. A lot of designers were new for me so it was great to talk to some of them and hear about the story behind their designs. I would like to share with you some of my favourites!


Pou-Belle Design stands for innovating products made from disposable materials. This vase is still a prototype and is made out of concrete and recycled (and now powder coated) PET bottles found on the street! Who knew waste could look this good?!


"Wanderlust", a design created by students of Fontys, an academy for creative industries. A piece of art that you can share with your friends and take with you on your journeys and trips to make you feel at home wherever you are!


A very strong presentation by V3RS, an Eindhoven based design duo committed to hightech craft and innovative design. The "Shades Pendant" is a dimmable pedant lamp where the transparency of the 3D printed material creates a colour gradient.


Ikruitfabriek: Ingrid Kruit designed an impressive collection of lamps made with different kinds of wood, built up layer by layer. Especially for Designday, Ingrid made a new design inspired by an old miners lamp from Limburg.



The Belgian Studio Sergeant, consisting of three young designers, stands for honesty, functionality & happiness. The playful "Jeanne" stools are made of oak and climbing rope. The "Daniel" table is a design inspired by quasicrystals. You can create a big table by combining smaller tables with each other. I love the colours!



This big and impressive industrial "Wecklamp" is a design by Chris Ruhe, a traditionally trained joiner. It comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes so every design is a unique piece. 




Francoise Oostwegel
 shows a collection of graphic & modern lamps. Designing the "Lamp Zuid" collection, Francoise was inspired by the Limburg province in the South of The Netherlands. For the wood she selected a Limburg style type of oak wood because of the beautiful wood grain and the fact that oak trees grow in her hometown. I love the combination with copper!


These organic shaped side tables are designed and made by It's Latta. The patterns and combination of wood with ceramics were very surprising!


Pictures by Marij Hessel
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