donderdag 11 februari 2016

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Jungle Animals

It's that time of the month again! It's still so much fun to join the monthly Urban Jungle Bloggers themes that Igor and Judith come up with! This time it's all about Jungle Animals... With this theme I immediately thought of the inspiring Justina Blakeney and her amazing Jungalow style that I absolutely love!! Just browsing through her images for a couple of minutes inspired me to get going. Actually I don't have a lot of animalistic things in my home (except for my two cats) so I decided to give the thrift store a go (any excuse will do). I was positively surprised by the cool things that I found! First I stumbled upon some wooden elephant figurines and later on a wooden and a marble (!) rhino. You can imagine how excited I was when I found the hanging monkeys that were just perfect for this theme! It's funny when you have a certain theme in mind, how different you look at things. Otherwise I probably wouldn't even have noticed these fun jungle animals!

Oh and congratulations Igor and Judith with your upcoming Urban Jungle Book!! Very well deserved and I can't wait for the result!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 8 februari 2016

Today's Crush: Cool Plant Styling by Victoria Ling

Today I want to share with you these amazing photo's taken by still life photographer Victoria Ling. Often together with a stylist or set designer, Victoria creates still life compositions for various clients such as Elle Decoration, Wallpaper, Clarks, Marie Claire and many more. She also makes beautiful personal work like this series of patterned botanics called "Plant Cells", it's so cool! The patterns on the plants are created with lots of stickers, it seems like a lot of work but the result is stunning, especially combined with the printed wallpaper! For more of Victoria's work go to her website.

Photography: Victoria Ling

maandag 1 februari 2016

Thrift Shop

Yep, I did it again... While visiting a couple of thrift stores with a friend I came across this colourful piece of embroidery (I have a thing for embroideries lately). It really makes me long for spring with all those lovely flowers. Can you imagine how much patience it must have cost to make something like this? Because of the soft pastel tones it looks perfect above our couch next to my thrifted vase, wooden candlesticks and the round mirror I bought at a flea market.

I also found the cup and saucer which I instantly loved because of the green dots! The marble coaster and teapot are the result of an earlier thrift hunt. Can't wait for my next trip... Have a great week!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

dinsdag 26 januari 2016

Imm Cologne 2016

This Saturday I got up early to meet up with a small group of fellow bloggers to travel to Cologne & visit the fair "Imm Cologne". We were invited by Thonet to visit their stand & hear all about the history of this iconic brand. A range of new designs were also presented at the Thonet stand like the "Bentwood Table 1060", their in and outdoor collection "Thonet All Seasons" and the "Lounge Programme 860". The collections show that Thonet is a classic design brand that will never get out of style!

I had a great and inspiring day, thanks Thonet for inviting us!

After our tour on the Thonet stand we took a little walk to Design Post which was very close to the fair. Design Post is a showroom open for design fanatics and professionals (like architects and retailers), with international interior design brands who show their latest collections. As you can see we were surrounded by beautiful designs, shapes and colours...

Back to the fair we payed a visit to String (what's not to like?!) and again it was very nice to learn more about the story of this brand. The stand was beautiful with a lot of black and white. As you know I'm a big fan of colour but I can certainly appreciate a dose of black and white from time to time! I was also very impressed by the "String Works" collection with an adjustable desk which is perfect for a flexible work environment!

After admiring the String collection, we had some time to wander around the fair on our own. I made a selection of my favourite images so take a look!

Beautiful, deep & soft tones at Menu:

Loved these shades of red, rust brown and orange together at Muuto:

Cutest clock ever by the Japanese brand Karimoku New Standard:

"Das Haus" designed by Sebastian Herkner:

"Guest of Honour Sebastian Herkner is designing a round, transparent version of "Das Haus" for the international interiors show imm cologne that is open on all sides. It is circular, more or less transparent and has almost no solid wall elements. Nonetheless, Sebastian Herkner's house promises to be a sensual experience – a house that is soft and aromatic, colourful and communicative, and which is able to change its form like a chameleon."

Artek for Vitra:

This brand I wasn't yet familiar with but I was pleasantly surprised by the collection of the Danish brand "Woud":

How amazing are these marbled tables by Snedker Studio?! After years of experimenting, Pernille  Snedker Hansen has developed a technique to create these beautiful marbled patterns on wood and paper. Here you can read more about the process:

Again dark, deep tones and rusty shades at &Tradition:

Something different at Petite Friture! Cool styling, materials, colours and prints at this original brand from France.

Fresh colours and shapes at Harto from Paris:

Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 18 januari 2016

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Kitchen Greens

This month's Urban Jungle Bloggers theme is "Kitchen Greens". The kitchen is a place that I like to spend time in... I actually really love to cook when I have some time on my hands. Right now I'm in a healthy phase again (with me it comes with phases) so I try to use as much fresh ingredients as possible. Fresh herbs are the perfect example of kitchen greens but at the moment I didn't have any. I do have a couple of cute small plants to spice up my kitchen! Recently I found this little cacti family at the gardening centre. I had to take them home because of their little yellow flowers, did not see those before!

That other little plant, I don't know the name of, I have for a long time now and this one keeps doing so well! It doesn't need a lot of attention so it's a keeper. If you're curious about the rest of my kitchen? There's a reason you're not seeing it! There's still a lot that I would love to change but maybe it would be better to get a complete new kitchen! Oh well... Maybe one day... But for now I'm just showing you some details ;)

Pictures by Marij Hessel

vrijdag 15 januari 2016

I Love My Type Give Away Winner

In the first week of January I proudly showed you my new poster that I received from I Love My Type. I also shared with you the Give Away with this awesome brand. There were a lot of nice reactions on my blog and on Instagram as well! Thanks so much for joining everyone!

This time I decided to let my love pick the winner because he doens't have a clue who is who so I thought this is an honest and easy way to pick the winner... And so it happens that the winner of this Give Away is the lovely Instagram & vintage loving girl from Opslag Verliefd! You can pick out a poster of your choice from the beautiful collection of I Love My Type! Congrats!! I will contact you this weekend...

Picture by Marij Hessel

woensdag 13 januari 2016

DIY Cacti for Fashionista magazine

This month the restyled Fashionista magazine is out with a complete new look! I'm very proud to be featured in this issue with a fun and easy DIY! Even though cacti are plants very easy to maintain, sometimes we're just too busy to take care of our green friends and they might end up dried out or neglected. If that is the case with you, this might be the solution: fake cacti! They will live forever and don't need any attention at all!

This is what you need:

- foamboard or cardboard
- Green and white paint
- A black marker
- Rice
- Flowerpots ( I got these at Ikea)
- Utility knife
- Cutting mat
- Pencil 

Step 1:

Print out some cacti templates ( you can find one on my DIY Pinterest board:, cut out the shapes & trace them onto the foamboard with a pencil.

Step 2:

Cut out the cacti shapes from the foamboard with a utility knife.

Step 3:

Paint them in different shades of green. Use the white paint to create the different shades of green. Leave them to dry.

Step 4:

Use the black marker to draw some spines onto the cacti and put the pieces together to create a cactus. 

Step 5:

Fill up the flowerpots with rice and put the cacti into the rice.

All done!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 4 januari 2016

Give Away I Love My Type!

I was very thrilled that the young & Danish brand I Love My Type contacted me to see if I was interested in a collaboration. They offered me to pick out my favourite framed poster from their beautiful collection... It was a difficult decision but I thought the Wild At Heart poster would be perfect for our home because of the colours and the combination of flowers and graphics. I think it looks great above our couch together with my new thrifted ochre blanket! Take a look at the complete ILMT collection here, it's very fresh!

Give Away

Great news... You can now win a framed poster of your choice from the I Love My Type collection! You can even choose the size you want. Sounds good right? Just leave a comment underneath this post and I'll choose a winner on January 15. You can follow ILMT on Instagram here and on Facebook here.

Good luck!

Pictures by Marij Hessel
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