SIMPLE AND STYLISH CHRISTMAS DIYS

24 November 2014

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Last year’s Christmas DIYs post was one of my most popular ones so I thought I’d show you a couple more simple and stylish ideas to decorate your home and get you in the festive spirit without breaking the bank or taking up too much valuable shopping time.
 

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A simple wreath made form evergreens brings immediate festive cheer to the home. No need to get it perfect, just use some nice copper wire to bind the greens together.
 

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Counting down and lighting a candle every advent Sunday before Christmas is a real Northern European tradition. I like the minimalist style of spray painting some old bottles as candle sticks and adding large numbers. With the wax drips it’s going to look more rustic the closer it gets to the big day.
 
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A simple and stylish wrapping idea with brown or white paper and a simple black star that can serve as a name tag. Be generous with the twine and wrap it round a few times.
 
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There are a gazillion different fairy lights on the market but I like these simple white ones which look quite magical in a glass jar.
 

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These pine cones are so cute dressed up with simple paper ornaments for Christmas.
 

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Ok, this one does take a little longer if you want to make it from scratch but I love the simple triangle shape with some string to display Christmas cards, ornaments or anything else festive.
 
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Save your money on wrapping paper this year and go for brown paper and simple string instead. Adding some evergreens will give a rustic flavour.
 
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Last but not least, for the very time-poor amongst you, drape some fairy lights around the house, put your feet up with a nice glass of something and… relax. That’s what Christmas is all about!

 
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MOOD BOARD | AUTUMN VIBES #02

22 November 2014

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Before we hit the season to be jolly some last autumnal inspiration for you all via my Pinterest feed. This year Autumn really has delivered all that was expected – gorgeous colourful leaves, fruit and seeds, some sunshine accompanied by glorious golden sunsets as well as the warmest Halloween on record.

Enjoy these last few days of calm autumn vibes before the Christmas storms sweep you away.

 
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KIDS CORNER | BLACK AND WHITE KIDS ROOM IDEAS

20 November 2014

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I’m thinking about changing the boys bedroom when we move in a couple of weeks and have been toying with the idea of keeping it very minimal and black and white – well, as much as a kids room actually can be minimal.

Researching kids room ideas on Pinterest and the wider web has made me realise how much fun it is to furnish and style a kids room and that I’d love to incorporate a few vintage pieces like an old school desk or some vintage gym equipment. Speaking of which an old leather mat would be awesome as my youngest one loves standing on his head and doing forward rolls. My love for DIY which had been on the back burner whilst the boys were still babies is slowly rearing it’s head again and I’ve got a few ideas and projects that I’m currently researching. More soon!

I love the idea of painting part of a wall with black board paint so the kiddos can let their creativity flow and hopefully won’t paint on any other walls… Hmm… might be wishful thinking so let’s start with getting their beds and bedding sorted.

I was surprised at how little choice there is for black and white kids bedding but I can always reply on Agata from Rafa-Kids to come up with the most stylish solutions – isn’t the sheep blanket below to die for. Alternatively, I can dive straight into my first DIY project, buy some fabric and sew some bedding myself. Oh, isn’t inspiration late at night just wonderful!?
 

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PLACES TO GO | ONDER DE LEIDINGSTRAAT

19 November 2014

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Oh, how I love the internet, my window to the world that let’s me discover beautiful new and exciting places like Onder de Leidingstraat, a deli and cafe in the hip Strijp-S district of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Today’s shots of this cool as well as inviting space have been taken by the talented Renee Arns who lives locally.

Onder de Leidingstraat serves healthy salads, pasta, sandwiches, soups, cakes and coffees made with fresh seasonal and mostly organic ingredients. You can take-away or eat in and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. It’s a contemporary space with exposed pipes, rough plaster walls, simple furniture and gorgeous industrial pendant lamps. I especially like the quirky DIYs like the black barrels and coffee table made out of wooden palettes. Some neon yellow pops of colour lift the atmosphere and I bet there’s a cool background track playing.

So next time you’re in Eindhoven make sure to pop in and enjoy one of their home-made goodies.
 
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MODERN RUSTIC CABIN IN THE PYRENEES

17 November 2014

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Let’s kickstart the week with a gorgeous example of Modern Rustic with wonderful textures and contrasting materials. A beautifully renovated stone house in the Spanish Pyrenees that retains it’s character despite the modernisation.

Restored and modernised by architect Carlos Nicolau his brief was to create a weekend get away where his clients could relax and live a simpler life. They wanted a complete antidote to their busy lifestyles in the city and reconnect with nature. The dilapidated building is an old farm in the mountains and needed it’s facade restoring as well as a new roof, running water and electricity.

I love the large open-plan living area divided by a minimal concrete fireplace open on two sides so the flames are visible from the bedroom and the living area. The exposed oak beams give a great sense of height and rest on three original stone pillars. The new floor-to-ceiling oak framed windows bring in lots of light and the deep window frames serve as extra seating to admire the view – perfect for some daydreaming.

Another favourite of mine is the clever bespoke kitchen island designed in black metal which looks like a large table and has ample space for preparation and cooking. The in-built storage doors are made of large oak boards that blend well with the flooring.

This is a cabin after my own taste and I love the combination of rough and smooth surfaces, cold and warm materials and the muted colour palette. I’m pretty sure I’d loose myself daydreaming on one of those window seats.
 

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