zondag 28 september 2014

Consol Solar Jar

The Consol Solar Jar harnesses the power of the sun to provide a lovely warm glow that lasts for up to six hours. This product is environmentally friendly because you can charge it with sunlight or even daylight! The lamp is handmade in South Africa where it employs more than 60 formerly unqualified men and woman from the townships Alexandra and Soweto.

You can use the Solar Jar in various ways. For instance as a little lamp outside while having a late summer dinner or party. You can use it for camping and of course when the power goes out... 

I had the opportunity to test out the Consol Solar Jar, which is a product that really suits me! 
Because of my addiction for greens I immediately thought of using it as a terrarium! I used a small succulent and placed it in the jar. I left the jar outside to charge in de sunlight and after 6 hours I had myself a new terrarium lamp!

You can get your own Solar Jar here! Discover more Consol pruducts here.

Pictures by Marij Hessel

zondag 21 september 2014

Braderie de Lille

This year, me & Evert visited the "Braderie de Lille" for the first time. We were very curious about this event that dates back to the 12th Century and takes place on the weekend of the first Sunday of September. Luckily I did some research beforehand so we kind of knew which area's to go to. Funny enough, the neighborhood where we first started, turned out to be the best in my opinion! This was the area where most of the antique dealers where based at. But is was very interesting to see a big part of this gigantic market!

Our first find was a cabinet with a lot of little drawers, we loved it right away! This cabinet was originally from a garage where it was used for all kinds of small tools. We also found two  enamel tins and a clock! Tired but satisfied we drove home with our found treasures...

The enamel tins & clock are now in our kitchen, the tins I use for rice and tea. Unfortunately the clock is not yet working but we're hoping to find someone who can fix it for us! The cabinet was already beautiful but I decided tot paint it in Richmond Green by Le Noir & Blanc and I'm happy I did! The cabinet is perfect for my little office to store things like masking tape, stamps and other crafty things.

The small boxes on the wall I found at Xenos & the glass planters I bought at Flying Tiger. I'm very happy with my new wall, it really is an addition to my workspace!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 15 september 2014

Opening First or Second

This Saturday I drove to Alkmaar to visit the opening of the First or Second conceptstore. The faces behind this great project are Jantine & Vivian (April and May) who worked very hard to restyle, furnish and decorate this beautiful store. The 1OR2 Villa is decorated like an amazing luxurious home where anyone would love to actually live in! Everywhere I looked I saw beautiful design, illustrations, art, accessories, vintage furniture, food and fashion! In the Villa, there's a Kids area & an Art area as well. At the 1OR2 Cafe you can sit back and relax, enjoy a cup of White Label Coffee and buy yourself some delicious chocolate. 

I'm very proud that a selection of the Costes collection is showed in the villa. For those of you who didn't know this about me; this is the fashion brand I work for! It's great that our collection is featured at this inspiring place...

It was great to be a part of this grand opening. I had to restrain myself from buying all kinds of things! But I'll be back soon...

Pictures by Marij Hessel

dinsdag 2 september 2014

Today's Crush: The Home of Marthe

Thanks to the Blog Favorites of Desire to Inspire I came across this cute blog called Marsipan og Smilefjes. The Norwegian Marthe blogs about her lovely home full of cute corners and beautiful pastel details. Unfortunately I can not read her Norwegian blogposts but I can look at the pictures! I really like the mixture of vintage with modern design... I'm in love! 

woensdag 27 augustus 2014

VTWonen Blogazine

A while ago I was contacted by Meet the Blogger & VTWonen if I was interested to be featured in their upcoming Blogazine together with a selected group of national & international bloggers. Of course I was honored to be a part of this inspiring magazine! This weekend I received the Blogazine together with the latest VTWonen magazine, I was so thrilled! It's also really nice to get to know more about my fellow bloggers by reading about their way of working and the things that they stand for. I'm very proud to be in this magazine together with such talented bloggers! Let me show you the result...

Get your own Blogazine here!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

woensdag 20 augustus 2014

A Happy Home

This weekend I made some pictures of our home again. I bought our new dining table on my birthday. I think it fits much better with the rest of our interior & I've been wanting a round dining table for a while now. First I was thinking about painting it white but now I'm not so sure anymore... What do you think?

The mint in our garden is growing fast so I can drink as much mint tea as I like. This week I also ate the first pickle out of our garden and I'm still waiting for the tomatoes to be ready.... It's pretty cool to grow your own vegetables and I'm already thinking about trying to grow some new things next year!

I got the beautiful cookbook by the talented blogger Yvonne from Yvestown for my birthday and I love it. The recipes, the pictures, the design.... Can't wait to start cooking but only browsing through this book is a treat! 

As you can see my cacti & succulent addiction is getting out of hand ;) A couple of weeks ago me and my friend Martine did a DIY with these planters. We dipped them into a bucket of  white latex, let them dry and drew some patterns on them with a black water-resistant marker.

I love being at home, being surrounded by my favorite colors and patterns, trying out recipes, being lazy together with my man, watch movies, read magazines... Enjoying the little things in life!

Pictures by Marij Hessel
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