Big news, PART 1 I have to say. Wait there is more? Yes, buckle up, there is a lot to come over the next few weeks. You might have noticed a new logo here on top, but also here and here. Well that’s only a minor change. Let’s pull the confetti poppers and shout out one of the most exciting announcements. I skip the introduction part of the story and go directly to the climax. Here we go! House hunting is over. We found a place – our first own home. To be precise, we will move into another apartment in Amsterdam, yet this time our very own one. Why will we move? Well, it still needs to be built. Thus, all the time to properly prepare for moment X. So you know what that means, I guess. It’s going to be a decoration extravaganza, styling heaven and a fearless, out of proportion DIY shebang. Why? Because it’s nothing less than a huge, empty space waiting to be dressed with things creative and colorful.
From floor, to kitchen and living area, to bedrooms and bathrooms – everything ready to be transformed into a home with heart. If you could hear my excitement! I’m oh-so ultra excited. It’s practically winning the lottery, though not really literally, as buying a place has kind of the opposite effect. Still, I won the decoration lottery. So let’s start with the inspiration phase. Finally, my book The Decorate Workshop by Holly Becker can prove itself to be useful.
Over the coming weeks, I will be studying the decoration bible and in 8 creative steps will try to find out what personal decor style our new home shall get. I would say challenging, especially when she and he are not always in the same opinion when it comes to wall colors and toilet brushes. But hey, long live romanticism.. I’m sure we will get through this. I definitely score higher with my master in interior decoration by Holly Becker 🙂
Hello friends and decoration lovers. Yesterday I have been shopping at Rare Bird Amsterdam. I’ve always wanted to say Hi to the lovely owner Nancy and her beautiful decoration, gifts and vintage shop on Marnixstraat 127. Finally, I took the time to explore every single corner of this bright and colorful shop – and I enjoyed it. Thank you Nancy for giving me the opportunity to look inside your shop.
Rare Bird is actually celebrating its 2 year anniversary. Definitely, a good time to pass by and check out the pretty honeycombs or lamps from Studio Snowpuppe. I also love the idea of hanging plates onto the wall. And guess what – at Rare Bird Amsterdam you’ll find the material to do so. But you better be quick, cause they are a bestseller on the Dutch market, cause people realized that eating from plates is one thing; but hanging them onto the wall, that’s the real deal.
Read the full story about Nancy and her shop Rare Bird Amsterdam and get decoration ideas with the honeycombs I bought after the jump. Continue reading
Hello and Happy Weekend everyone. Last weekend I have been busy working on a nice DIY project that I’d like to share with you today. After the last Real Talk I thought I need to share something more cheerful, colorful and bright with you.
It all started a few weeks ago where I wrote about decorating small spaces. After we moved into our sweet home we first started working on all other rooms except the guest room. We never really new what to do with it, since there are no kids yet and also not guests everyday. That’s why we invested more time and effort in making the rest of the house cozy. However, after a while I had this urgent need to do something with my free time. Since I knew what color means, I loved everything creative, but I never thought I would end up putting my work on a blog, cause at that time, the internet wasn’t even existing. Moving to Amsterdam and being inspired by diversity and creativity everyday I wanted to do get hands-on as relaxation after a stressful work day in a big organisation. So there was the blog, but no space for all my things. You know the end of this story; The guest room had a purpose. I wanted to transform it into a craft room / home office where I can garner my ideas and inspirations and find freedom to forget all routines around me.
The room is very small, so I cannot have one of these amazing huge studios I’d love to have and that I pin about everyday. Therefore, I started with gathering decoration ideas for small office spaces and showed you some examples. Like this I could imagine how our small room might look. During that process I got really inspired by those pin walls / mood boards that you can use for collecting postcards, paper items, ribbons or whatever floats your boat.
Seeing these pin walls and looking at the white wall of my newly declared craft room, I was sold. Yes, I want that pin wall there too.
I think it is a wonderful tutorial and DIY project for a rainy weekend. I put together all steps how to make your own pin wall and how to decorate it. Have a look at all steps and the list of materials you need after the jump. Continue reading