maandag 1 februari 2016

Thrift Shop

Yep, I did it again... While visiting a couple of thrift stores with a friend I came across this colourful piece of embroidery (I have a thing for embroideries lately). It really makes me long for spring with all those lovely flowers. Can you imagine how much patience it must have cost to make something like this? Because of the soft pastel tones it looks perfect above our couch next to my thrifted vase, wooden candlesticks and the round mirror I bought at a flea market.

I also found the cup and saucer which I instantly loved because of the green dots! The marble coaster and teapot are the result of an earlier thrift hunt. Can't wait for my next trip... Have a great week!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

dinsdag 26 januari 2016

Imm Cologne 2016

This Saturday I got up early to meet up with a small group of fellow bloggers to travel to Cologne & visit the fair "Imm Cologne". We were invited by Thonet to visit their stand & hear all about the history of this iconic brand. A range of new designs were also presented at the Thonet stand like the "Bentwood Table 1060", their in and outdoor collection "Thonet All Seasons" and the "Lounge Programme 860". The collections show that Thonet is a classic design brand that will never get out of style!

I had a great and inspiring day, thanks Thonet for inviting us!

After our tour on the Thonet stand we took a little walk to Design Post which was very close to the fair. Design Post is a showroom open for design fanatics and professionals (like architects and retailers), with international interior design brands who show their latest collections. As you can see we were surrounded by beautiful designs, shapes and colours...

Back to the fair we payed a visit to String (what's not to like?!) and again it was very nice to learn more about the story of this brand. The stand was beautiful with a lot of black and white. As you know I'm a big fan of colour but I can certainly appreciate a dose of black and white from time to time! I was also very impressed by the "String Works" collection with an adjustable desk which is perfect for a flexible work environment!

After admiring the String collection, we had some time to wander around the fair on our own. I made a selection of my favourite images so take a look!

Beautiful, deep & soft tones at Menu:

Loved these shades of red, rust brown and orange together at Muuto:

Cutest clock ever by the Japanese brand Karimoku New Standard:

"Das Haus" designed by Sebastian Herkner:

"Guest of Honour Sebastian Herkner is designing a round, transparent version of "Das Haus" for the international interiors show imm cologne that is open on all sides. It is circular, more or less transparent and has almost no solid wall elements. Nonetheless, Sebastian Herkner's house promises to be a sensual experience – a house that is soft and aromatic, colourful and communicative, and which is able to change its form like a chameleon."

Artek for Vitra:

This brand I wasn't yet familiar with but I was pleasantly surprised by the collection of the Danish brand "Woud":

How amazing are these marbled tables by Snedker Studio?! After years of experimenting, Pernille  Snedker Hansen has developed a technique to create these beautiful marbled patterns on wood and paper. Here you can read more about the process:

Again dark, deep tones and rusty shades at &Tradition:

Something different at Petite Friture! Cool styling, materials, colours and prints at this original brand from France.

Fresh colours and shapes at Harto from Paris:

Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 18 januari 2016

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Kitchen Greens

This month's Urban Jungle Bloggers theme is "Kitchen Greens". The kitchen is a place that I like to spend time in... I actually really love to cook when I have some time on my hands. Right now I'm in a healthy phase again (with me it comes with phases) so I try to use as much fresh ingredients as possible. Fresh herbs are the perfect example of kitchen greens but at the moment I didn't have any. I do have a couple of cute small plants to spice up my kitchen! Recently I found this little cacti family at the gardening centre. I had to take them home because of their little yellow flowers, did not see those before!

That other little plant, I don't know the name of, I have for a long time now and this one keeps doing so well! It doesn't need a lot of attention so it's a keeper. If you're curious about the rest of my kitchen? There's a reason you're not seeing it! There's still a lot that I would love to change but maybe it would be better to get a complete new kitchen! Oh well... Maybe one day... But for now I'm just showing you some details ;)

Pictures by Marij Hessel

vrijdag 15 januari 2016

I Love My Type Give Away Winner

In the first week of January I proudly showed you my new poster that I received from I Love My Type. I also shared with you the Give Away with this awesome brand. There were a lot of nice reactions on my blog and on Instagram as well! Thanks so much for joining everyone!

This time I decided to let my love pick the winner because he doens't have a clue who is who so I thought this is an honest and easy way to pick the winner... And so it happens that the winner of this Give Away is the lovely Instagram & vintage loving girl from Opslag Verliefd! You can pick out a poster of your choice from the beautiful collection of I Love My Type! Congrats!! I will contact you this weekend...

Picture by Marij Hessel

woensdag 13 januari 2016

DIY Cacti for Fashionista magazine

This month the restyled Fashionista magazine is out with a complete new look! I'm very proud to be featured in this issue with a fun and easy DIY! Even though cacti are plants very easy to maintain, sometimes we're just too busy to take care of our green friends and they might end up dried out or neglected. If that is the case with you, this might be the solution: fake cacti! They will live forever and don't need any attention at all!

This is what you need:

- foamboard or cardboard
- Green and white paint
- A black marker
- Rice
- Flowerpots ( I got these at Ikea)
- Utility knife
- Cutting mat
- Pencil 

Step 1:

Print out some cacti templates ( you can find one on my DIY Pinterest board:, cut out the shapes & trace them onto the foamboard with a pencil.

Step 2:

Cut out the cacti shapes from the foamboard with a utility knife.

Step 3:

Paint them in different shades of green. Use the white paint to create the different shades of green. Leave them to dry.

Step 4:

Use the black marker to draw some spines onto the cacti and put the pieces together to create a cactus. 

Step 5:

Fill up the flowerpots with rice and put the cacti into the rice.

All done!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 4 januari 2016

Give Away I Love My Type!

I was very thrilled that the young & Danish brand I Love My Type contacted me to see if I was interested in a collaboration. They offered me to pick out my favourite framed poster from their beautiful collection... It was a difficult decision but I thought the Wild At Heart poster would be perfect for our home because of the colours and the combination of flowers and graphics. I think it looks great above our couch together with my new thrifted ochre blanket! Take a look at the complete ILMT collection here, it's very fresh!

Give Away

Great news... You can now win a framed poster of your choice from the I Love My Type collection! You can even choose the size you want. Sounds good right? Just leave a comment underneath this post and I'll choose a winner on January 15. You can follow ILMT on Instagram here and on Facebook here.

Good luck!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

donderdag 31 december 2015

Happy New Year!

When I think of New Years Eve, I think of gold! For my weekly post on vtwonen I bought myself some beautiful branches with a golden coating at the gardening centre. Because the colour of 2016 is Ochre Gold I used our bedroom wall as a backdrop which gives the gold an extra boost!

If you have planned a New Years Eve dinner or brunch you can use some golden twigs to decorate the table. I used my golden cutlery that was in my goodiebag at the opening event in Amsterdam (yay!). As you can see, with a little touch of gold, everything becomes more festive and NYE proof! 

Have a great party and I'll see you next year!

Pictures by Marij Hessel

woensdag 30 december 2015

Bye bye 2015!

The end of 2015 is very close so it's time to look back at some of my favourite moments of this year! It really has been a good year full of creativity, nice collaborations and great events. I have a lot of reasons to be thankful! It also has been a busy year and I have a feeling that 2016 will be pretty busy as well... But I'm ready to work hard, follow my dreams and have some fun while doing it! I hope 2015 was a great year for you as well! If you have had some setbacks, I hope you have family and friends to fall back on and cheer you up. I like to think that a new year comes with a clean slate and with a positive attitude, you can achieve anything!

These are some of my favourite moments of 2015...


It was great to collaborate with a brand like Flexa. At the Meet The Blogger event, I had the opportunity to host a Flexa workhop which was so much fun! Later on I used the Colour Of The Year "Ochre Gold" in our bedroom and I'm still in love with it.


This year, Christmas came early for me because in August we did a Christmas shoot for Mollie Makes magazine at our home. It was pretty difficult to get a real Christmas tree at that time of the year but in the end it worked out and I was a little sad when it had to go back to the owner once we were done shooting! The pictures were made by Henny van Belkom.


I'm very happy that vtwonen decided to work with bloggers more and more because we can do some great things together! In August, the "vtwonen loves blogs" magazine came out where I was featured in together with a group of inspiring bloggers. We were all invited for a lovely lunch at the vtwonen headquarters to celebrate our collaboration. Since November, I'm also blogging weekly for vtwonen about my love for greens!


In 2015 there were a lot of great events that I went to and met up with fellow bloggers. This is always very inspiring but more important, a lot of fun! It's great to meat up with people that have the same interests & eye for detail (and don't bother me taking pictures of everything because we all do it!!). The event that stuck with me the most was the lovely "Snor Festival". The location was amazing, the weather was good, the people were nice, food was delicious and we got to see Anki & Casper from Zilverblauw launch their book "Shoot!"


I love traveling (who doesn't?) and a great plus of my job at Costes is that I get to travel to amazing places on a regular basis! The best trip of 2015 definitely was New York City... I love the atmosphere and the people. You can feel at home very easily here because this city makes you feel very welcome! This place, Tiny's and the Bar Upstairs, is where we had breakfast a couple of times, isn't it cute?

Pictures by Marij Hessel
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