woensdag 25 november 2015

My Attic featured in I Like Blogs Magazine

I has already been a couple of weeks since I received the latest "I Like Blogs" magazine but I definitely wanted to share it with you because My Attic is featured in this creative magazine! In 2012 me and Evert made our own wooden Christmas tree which I wrote about here. When I Like Blogs asked me if they could publish this diy in their Christmas edition I was off course excited! It has been three years since we used this wooden tree but this year I'll might use it again. Although I love a real Christmas tree as well... Maybe this year I'll just have two tree's!

Thanks to I Like Blogs for featuring my diy project in your lovely magazine!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 23 november 2015

DIY Flowerpots for Vtwonen

I made these diy flowerpots for my latest Vtwonen blog after being inspired by a couple of similar ideas on Pinterest. I still had some paint left from the Flexa workshop that I gave in October at the Meet The Blogger event and I decided to use it for this project. The terracotta flowerpots I bought at Ikea some time ago because I loved the design and shape, they were perfect for this diy!

With tape I created a graphic pattern on two of the three flowerpots and filled it in with yellow and mint green. For the best result I did the painting part twice but it didn't take too much time because the (wall) paint dried up quickly! For the third pot I made a template of half a circle and used it to draw the pattern on the pot with a pencil. After that I used a small paintbrush to fill in the pattern. I'm very happy with these updated flowerpots that are now on one of my favourite thrifted drawers!

As you can see, my cat Def, was not that excited as I was! He still wanted to be in the picture though...

Pictures by Marij Hessel

woensdag 18 november 2015

Gevonden op Marktplaats Wintersalon

Last Friday I payed a visit to the pop up store "Gevonden op Marktplaats Wintersalon" in Amsterdam. The first edition of this original concept took place in June 2014 which I wrote about hereImmediately I was a fan of this idea and again founder Julien Rademaker made beautiful and inspiring compositions. Julien has been a collector for years and decided to share his favourite finds on his blog. As you can see, he has a great eye for design and styling. 

For the next couple of months (untill the end of January) everything at the shop / exhibition is for sale, I especially loved the collection of graphic art! I must say this temporary shop is definitely worth a visit! You can find the Wintersalon on the KNSM-Laan 301 in Amsterdam.

Pictures by Marij Hessel

dinsdag 17 november 2015

Miniplants for Vtwonen

Last week I wrote a blog for Vtwonen about miniplants. I think they're just too cute and they're fun for styling as well. A little pop of green can easily make a shelf or cabinet light up! I would like to share with you these three styling ideas for miniplants. 

As you can see I collected some of my favourite vintage teacups to use as tiny flowerpots. I have a big collection of teacups but I don't use them very often to actually drink tea or coffee with. So I thought this was a nice moment to use them in a different way!

This drawer Evert & I found on the fleamarket in Lille a while ago. The seller told us that this drawer originally was used in a workshop for little tools. I painted it in a mint green and I'm now using it for my crafting supplies like brushes, tapes, stamps, ink and much more. I made some space for these plants to show you that little drawers are a nice spot for succulents & cacti as well!

To create a minigarden I used a group of miniplants and placed them together in a flowerpot. I think it's nice to see al these different colours, shapes and structures together. There are lots of ways to use miniplants in your interior, I hope I've inspired you with these tips! For the original (Dutch) article click here!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

vrijdag 13 november 2015

Thrift Shop

Lately I haven't had a lot of time to visit any thrift shops and I was starting to feel a little restless... Well maybe that sounds a bit dramatic but let's say thrifting just makes me very happy! Last Friday I made some time to visit a couple of thrift stores and off course I took some new treasures home with me! At one store I found a box full of beautiful doilies and I picked out the best ones in white and pink. As you can see they have some embroidery as well, aren't they cute? The pink teacup and the lilac bedspread I found at the same store and together I think they make a beautiful pastel composition!

I used the lilac bedspread in our guestroom and styled it with some accessories that I thrifted earlier this year in Belgium. The lamp is very kitsch but that is probably the reason why I like it so much... The little bird illustration we also found in Belgium during our thrift shop tour that we made this summer. These small things can make me very happy!

You can read more of my Thrift Shop posts here!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 9 november 2015

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plantshelfie

I joined the UJB community about one year ago. The first blogpost I wrote for Urban Jungle Bloggers was about a Plantshelfie as well and now Igor and Judith decided to bring this classic back! This time I used my workspace to create a green setting. Evert and I made this little wall cabinet from OSB boards which I wrote about here. In the meantime, my workspace has changed a bit but the cabinet is still there. I collected some of my plants and made a little hanging garden above my desk. It's always nice to have some greens around when you're working right?!

The desk I found at the thrift shop an painted it in a mint green. I'm still not sure what to do with the top so if you have any suggestions, they are more then welcome!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

zaterdag 7 november 2015

Styling with an Autumn Bouquet for Vtwonen

I was very flattered when Vtwonen asked me a couple of weeks ago if I wanted to blog for them. I'm very excited to tell you that I will be blogging about greens, one of my favourite topics to blog about! Now I have another excuse to come home with some new plants once in a while...

My first blog is about styling an autumn bouquet. I picked out these beautiful branches at the gardening centre because they are a perfect fit for this time of year. You can style these branches in many ways, I decided to show you three settings with different vases. I collected many of my vases and divided them into three groups, you can see what a difference these vases can make! You can read the article (in Dutch) for Vtwonen here.

The glass vases are almost non-excisting and therefor not distracting from the shape and colours of the branches. It's almost as if the branches are floating.

When you only use white vases, it doesn't really matter which shape they have or if they're vintage or modern design. The colour white makes them easily blend in with each other. I think the white makes the whole setting more fresh & modern.

During my trips to the thrift shop, I often stumble upon retro vases that I just can't resist taking home with me. For this setting I collected some vases in brown shades with different patterns & shapes. These vintage vases really bring out the warm colours of the branches even more so I think it's a great match!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

zondag 1 november 2015

Today's Crush: The home of Andres Shaw & Duncan Russel-Smith

I always get inspired by interiors with an unexpected twist. Interiors that tell the story of the people who are living in it. A good example is the interior of designer Andrea Shaw and her partner and furniture maker Duncan Russel-Smith who live in Geelong, Australia. The house is filled with art made by Andrea and friends, vintage furniture, homemade pieces and lots of greens. What's not to love? Read the complete story here!

Source: The Design Files

dinsdag 27 oktober 2015

And the winner is....

As promised I chose a winner of the Qazqa Lazy Lamp Give Away today! A lot of enthusiastic reactions came in through Instagram and on my blog, so much fun to read your comments about how you would use the lamp in your own home!


When I organize a Give Away I always have trouble picking a winner. The most honest way for me is to pull straws (in The Netherlands we say "lootjes trekken"). And so I did! I'm happy to say that Anouk Oceanne is the winner of the beautiful Lazy Lamp! I hope you will have a lot of cozy nights at home, reading a book on the couch with a little help from the Lazy Lamp!

Off course I want to thank everyone else who joined this Give Away!

woensdag 21 oktober 2015

Colour of the year: Ochre Gold

A couple of weeks ago I got the opportunity to give a workshop with the new Flexa colours of 2016 at the Meet The Blogger Conference. The workshop was about creating a graphic artwork with tape and your favourite colour palette. It was so much fun and I was very impressed by the result of all the participants! You can read about it hereDuring the workshop, we also used the colour of the year "Ochre Gold", a very warm and strong colour that combines perfectly with light pastels or even dark earthy colours.

Again I had the great opportunity to work with Flexa. This time they asked me If I wanted to use Ochre Gold in my home, and so I did! I was already busy changing our bedroom so this was the perfect moment to give it a complete new look! After collecting and considering a lot of ideas, I decided to paint halve of the wall in Ochre Gold and finish it with a small yellow line.

I'm so happy with the result! It gives our bedroom a warm glow and I think it's a perfect match with our teak furniture & green plants! I still have a lot of ideas for some finishing touches of our bedroom like new curtains and some frames on the wall... But for now I'm very excited about his new look!

For more information of the Colour Of The Year 2016, click here!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

zondag 18 oktober 2015

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plants & Flowers

For this month's UJB theme "Plants & Flowers" I was a little delayed but that's the great thing about this community, it's ok!! This weekend I found the time to visit the garden center in my home town where they always have new plants and flowers that I haven't see before. When I'm shopping for plants, I never leave uninspired! This theme brought out a whole new sense of creativity for me and when I was just looking at the results of other Urban Jungle Bloggers, I feel like I'm not the only one, it all looks so great!

My intention was to only get some flowers because I already have enough plants at home... It may not surprise you that I came home with a couple of new plants as well! I especially loved the flower shaped succulent called Echeveria, isn't it beautiful? The second plant I bought because of the intense dark red colour. This one is called Sienna Sunset Peperomia Schumi Red (I decided to look at the names from now on).

When I got to the flower section, there were a lot of autumnal flowers and branches so it was hard to pick just a few! I chose the black berries, the kale flowers and an artichoke. The shapes and structures of these plants & flowers are fascinating and together they make a beautiful colour palette!

Pictures by Marij Hessel
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