Decorating Tips

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

January 4, 2012

There is this amazing space in 101 Woonideeen magazine, a decorating mag out of the Netherlands, that I’ve been dying to share with you ever since I first saw it in their November issue. I love the space for many reasons but primarily, I’m nuts about this amazing DIY wall unit that the homeowner, Tinta, made for her dining area. There is even a DIY tutorial in the issue as well as on their website (in Dutch). I think it’s the absolute best shelving unit ever because of all of the little nooks and the sheer quirkiness of it. I also really like how she has styled it, so many fun things to look at.

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

Sorry the photo below isn’t super clear, it’s all I could find online and the resolution isn’t so hot but at least you can see the display unit that I’m so ga ga over.

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

Do you spot the fun kid’s book on the shelf, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly? from Chronicle Books? I do, and it’s such a lovely book I highly suggest picking one up for decorative purposes AND to read! I own one and love it.

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

I really like the mood board above that Tinta shared in the issue showing the overall palette for her apartment design. Such a fresh and inspiring mix of color, texture and pattern. She is also a fan of Tara Hogan’s work over at INK + WIT which made me so happy since Tara is a friend of mine. Tara’s work is more and more popular in Europe, I see it in magazines from time to time and hear people talk about INK + WIT whenever they speak of stationery that they love from the US. Go, Tara!

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

Here’s the shelf again, I know, but I’ve added an image from the living room which is laid out so beautifully I think. Ah, what a sweet home.

By the way, I’ll be in their next issue for February so if you get this magazine look for me! :)

(photography: ernie enkelaar)



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  • Reply Mara Rae January 4, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks for the tip on the children’s book. It looks amazing! I think I’m going to have to get that one for my son. :)

  • Reply Rebecca @ beautiful square feet January 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Wow – those colours go so well together too!

  • Reply Lily January 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    It is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Nicole January 4, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Oh my goodness, the vase on the shelf is exactly the same one that I recently found at my father house in the cellar. The vase belonged to my grandmother and now stands on a bedside table! LOVE it! The Post is just beautiful, Holly!

  • Reply Judy January 5, 2012 at 10:20 am

    They’re so fun!!! :D So cuteeee!! I never think to do like this, but now I really desire to have a try!!!

  • Reply Rebecca January 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I think you are well within you rights to go gaga over this unit, it is so quirky and individual! Each little nook is like a mini display space for each picture or object, love it!x

  • Reply Kate January 6, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Very special, very abstract, very imaginative, I like this style! !

  • Reply Bonnie McCarthy January 7, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Beautiful post & color palette! So pale & clean -seems just right to kick off the new year! And still more owls! They have been hot for a while now, any indication of the trend waning? Just curious!

  • Reply MoodKids - Maike January 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Yes I’m a big 101-fan too! Every month a happy moment with the new magazine. The blog is fun too!

  • Reply Tara Hogan January 25, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Thank you Holy for the credit : ) Love this post and 101 Woonideeen magazine!

  • Reply Cristina January 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    This shelving in some way reminds me of this one:
    (even if this is for the bathroom)


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