I recently discovered this cute webshop called "SMUG"! The actual shop is based in Islington, England and is run by Lizzie Evans who is an interior and graphic designer. It's pretty clear Lizzie has a great eye for special and unique products & brands. I just love the selections she makes! For instance, look at the SMUG Christmas Gift Guides for dad, mum, her, him and kids. This webshop has a fun and creative style & I hope I'll get to visit the "live" shop one day!
maandag 9 december 2013
maandag 2 december 2013
This weekend me and my sweet man made our own wooden christmas tree. I was inspired by this image on Pinterest and figured it would be a great DIY project!
This is what you need:
- 11 round sticks with a diameter of 1,7 cm in several lengths
(on the first picture you can see which measurements we used)
- 1 round stick with a diameter of 3,5 cm and a length of 190 cm
- a drill
- 2 headpieces (speed drill) as shown on the picture to make round holes
- a tapeline
- a saw
Use the thickest stick for the tree trunk. First put dots on the places where you want to place the round holes (we used a spacing of 15 cm in between the holes). Place the stick on a solid surface or use a workbench, use the "speed drill" headpiece with a diameter of 1,7 cm and carefully start drilling the holes into the stick. Make sure you keep the drill straight!
Now for the foot of the tree, use the "speed drill" headpiece with a diameter of 3,5 cm. Make a 3,5 cm hole in the middle of the two shelves as shown on the picture.
You can place the thin sticks into the holes now, the longest at the bottom and the shortest at the top. Now it's starting to look like a tree!
To finish the foot, place the 2 shelves on top of each other crosswise and add a piece of leftover wood underneath the upper shelf to fill up the height difference. Place the stick of the tree inside the hole of the foot and the foot will keep the tree balanced. For some extra security you can add some screws to keep the tree & foot together.
Now, let's start decorating!
Pictures by Marij Hessel
woensdag 27 november 2013
As you may have seen on Instagram, last Sunday my mother opened her exposition "En Face" at gallery "Bel Etage" in Amsterdam. We were all very proud and impressed by her beautiful work and the perfect location! These pieces are created by the fascination with a character behind a face. These portraits made of East Indian ink, are a mixture of memories and imagination. You can visit this exposition until the 8th of February 2014! For more info click here.
Pictures by Marij Hessel
maandag 25 november 2013
Today I want to share some easy Christmas ideas with you. Believe me, an over-the-top Christmas is so much fun and I love it! But these simple and sometimes almost minimalistic decorations are just as beautiful. Just use natural colours and materials like paper, pine branches and wood. This way you'll create a peaceful and light christmas home, less is more!
dinsdag 19 november 2013
More and more, I'm getting into the Christmas mood. I really feel like decorating our home and making my own christmas ornaments. If you want to see which ornaments I made last year you can read about is here, here and here! I already have some ideas in mind for this year's Christmas and also spotting some great DIY ideas on Pinterest! Here you can see some of my favorites...
3. Nalles House
4 & 5 My Little Fabric
woensdag 13 november 2013
I love Etsy! You can find the most unique and special products & gifts! It's nice to see that a lot of creative talent comes together through this awesome company. I selected some new favorites of mine for today. Enjoy!
1. Graphic pillow cases by Depeapa
2. Hanging planter by HRUSKAA
3. Elephant print by Vapor Qualquer
4 & 5. Fake Tattoos by Morning Boutique
6. Postcards by Hamutelet
7. Wooden hanging lamp by IUMI Design
8. Succulent kit by Oh No Rachio
dinsdag 5 november 2013
Today I'm loving the products of the Swedish brand I recently discovered via Instagram: "Winterbird Co". Everything is handcrafted in Sweden by the designer herself "Sarah Sandstrom" or made by small local businesses. The patterns are graphic but with a hand drawn touch. The postcards with illustrations are lovely as well! If you're looking for a unique gift for you or someone else, this is the place to be!
zondag 3 november 2013
Today I took some pictures of our home again. I really love my Tas-ka pillow cases I made of their tea towels earlier. My new catch is the graphic/flower pillow case I bought at Joost Janszen! In our kitchen we used some old leather skate straps my mother found at the thrift shop (where else!) to hang some supplies. Our new thrifted chair is already adopted by our cats, it's not fair! I'm not sure how long the cover of this chair will last since Def wildly attacks it once a day...
Today we also hung this hanging plant which I made with some Zpagetti in black and white. I never thought I would have this much green in my home but now I just can't get enough! On the 7th picture you can see the DIY duvet cover that I made with a potato & some textile paint. It already made me smile this morning when I woke up! The "party time" screen print by "Oh So Pretty Party" I bought at Aya Living in Utrecht.
Pictures by Marij Hessel