Merry Christmas

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Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year! I am taking a break from blogging and will be on a short trip to London. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas time with friends and family!

-S

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Entryway inspiration

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When people enter your house, the first thing they see is the entryway. Yet often this space isn’t that inviting and doesn’t reflect the style of the rest of your home (as is the case in my home). There are several easy ways to decorate your hall way that I really like (and want to try). First, placing a long rug, makes this space look warmer and easily adds some color or pattern.

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Make a statement: add some color by painting one wall or hang a large painting. I  love the way the coat rack  is placed just above where the grey paint stops.

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A wooden bench in your hall is multifunctional and looks lovely in an all white space.  This bench by House Doctor looks just perfect. Big buttons on the wall are great to display your favorite bags or other accessories.

Hope you like it, have a lovely weekend! S

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Friday finds: Unstationary

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I just love stationary.  I have a crazy washi tape collection and more sticky notes, note books and writing paper than I could use really. I collect the stationary mainly for its design, and when I do not use it I just love to look at it while working in my office. Pretty stationary makes me really happy. I also couldn’t stop looking at this great stationary line Unstationary by Dutch design duo Ontwerpduo. Do you like it too? what are your favorite stationary designers, brands? -S

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Bedroom inspiration: green accents

I really like my bedroom, but from time to time I need to change things! What I want to do is to add some color in my white and grey bedroom by using different tones of green. I used these pictures for inspiration and made a collection of pretty green bedroom accessories and already ordered the candle in velvet green! This candle by Ontwerpduo is a candle and candlestick in one, smart right? I am also loving the fish print cushion by Windstilte that I found at the Woonbeurs (Dutch Living Event)  last October in Amsterdam.

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Friday finds: Christmas decoration wish list

Are you also already thinking about how to decorate your home for Christmas? or maybe you have already started? Ever since I saw these lovely candle holders by Kähler Design in Dutch interior design magazine 101 Woonideeen last year, they are on my wish list. I recently found out that besides the Avvento collection – green and grey candle holders in the shape of trees – there is the Cono collection with beautiful brown candle holders in pine cone shapes.

Also lovely is the ceramic Christmas tree decoration by Kähler Design in the shape of a tree, snowflake, dove and bell. Cant wait to start decorating now!

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Inspiration: mix and match chairs

I am a fan of mixing and matching chairs. I like to combine pretty design chairs with vintage chairs that you paint yourself in any color you like.  Mixing different types of chairs in different colors makes a dining area more unique even while keeping everything else clean and simple, like these photos show. Personally I love grey, blue and green colors, but I was surprised to see how great it looks to include some yellow as well.

There are a couple of design chairs that go very well with vintage furniture. My alltime favorite chair is the Eames plastic armchair (3). I really like the one above, in grey purple with a wooden base. Also great are the dining chairs by Muuto, available in many lovely colors (1) (5). A statement chair is of course the Bertoia chair (2). Finally a chair that seems to be a real hit these days on blogs and in interior design magazines is the J110 chair by Hay (4). What is your favorite dining chair?

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Blogging your way Moodboard

As you may have read in a previous blog post, we enrolled in an online blogging course by Holly Becker from decor8 called Blogging your Way Bootcamp. One of the assignments she gave us was to create a mood board showing how you imagine your ultimate blog to look like. Mood boards can be digital or handmade.  I chose to make ours by hand, using pictures from my favorite interior design magazines, wall paper in several colors, tape, stickers and cards. The bird card is by Dutch company Zusss, I love its simplicity and the color. I picked a cool color palette, with shades of blue and grey and touches of soft pink and green. We also included some pictures of tiles in the same color palette since we would like to have tiles in the background of our blog, or use tiles, blocks or squares in our logo/blog name. This exercise really helped us to think about how we want our blog to look and feel, but above all it was just a lot of fun to do and I would highly recommend it to all bloggers who just started blogging and are working on their blog design.

On pinterest I collected some of my favorite mood boards created by fellow Blogging Your Way students.  Follow us if you like!

-S