Ever stumble upon something where you just think, “YES – this is something I would have organized!”. That’s how I felt when I saw the video and read about this Dutch wedding event called Engaged. While the theme isn’t anything I’d explore professionally or host an event around, the overall concept is definitely one I can get behind and that I really like. I guess it’s because it feels very American to me and that is something I often miss about living abroad – Americans do wedding, craft and blog events REALLY well don’t we? (With the exception of our big, cheesy mainstream ones hosted by massive corporations.) It’s different in Europe, where lots of these things are just taking off – most of the events can be feel very typical “trade show”. So I applaud these girls for launching this event in The Netherlands. Could set a new standard here and launch a refreshing new trend in this part of Europe. Want to watch the cute Engaged video first and then I’ll tell you more? It’s in Dutch but you’ll get the gist of it.
This event, to be held in
Rotterdam DELFT on UPDATE: October 5, 2013 will not only include a curated group of vendors for brides-to-be and their grooms to mingle with and learn from, but also yummy food and various DJs that you can hang out with – all in an inspiring space. They will even host a dance party so bringing your dancing shoes is strongly encouraged. The organizers, Janina and Judith, assure you that there are no boring stands, leaflets or flyers (so typical at the usual wedding fair), just real and fun experiences. And for only a €25 admission fee, you really can’t go wrong (€32.50 at the door)
Engaged is still accepting vendor applications so if you are interested in attending and reaching brides, definitely fill out this form ASAP!
I’m already married and I want to go – looks so cute! So, will you be attending?
Hello again friends! My last post featured a blogger from Norway but wow, have I got a surprise for you! More Norwegian design inspiration! I found a site called Norske Interior Blogger that recently hosted a “Show us your living room!” challenge. They share all of the entries and link out to some great “real” living room spaces – especially helpful if you have a spruce-up in mind since Fall is on its way. Here is a delightful mix, an interior cocktail, of living rooms from Norway that I hope you’ll enjoy as much I did spending what felt like hours combing through all of the entries. Some of my faves are below. Which one catches your eye, I wonder?
Fru Therkelsen - see the other half of the room below…
Click here to see more gorgeous homes and to find the bloggers behind them all.
So… Do you have a favorite? Which living room do you like best? Why?
(images linked to their sources)
I’m forever getting lost in Scandinavian blogs like Home By Linn that is authored by a 27-year-old blogger and mom based in Rogaland, Norway. I could look at them all day! Their light, bright rooms and how amazingly pulled together spaces always look – it’s nothing short of inspirational. I often wonder how people manage in spaces so well-edited and perfectly clean, but knowing some of my friends who do live this way, it is possible if you are very tidy and constantly minding yourself. I have a friend in Denmark with toddlers who lives in an all-white home and yes, she has a live-in housekeeper but still – her home is spotless without a fingerprint in sight. I have a housekeeper who visits once every two weeks and still, it’s hard to manage keeping things so clean and there is only two of us (with one on the way!). So before my baby arrives, I’ve been thinking more and more about uncluttering, throwing a big sale at my home and streamlining things.
I’ve also been thinking about investing in some nice new pieces of furniture too and some cozy rugs for Fall/Winter since I know we’ll want to spend a lot of time at home with our new baby when the little one arrives in January. My mother is planning to come spend a few months with us this winter too so I think the nursery will be her room and the baby will just sleep in our room so she doesn’t have to stay in a hotel. But this means also preparing the room for baby and grandma. So there is much to be done and I’m nearly halfway through my pregnancy so I need to get to work on this sooner than later. Who knows how I’ll feel later this year! I’ve been looking at lots of gorgeous homes lately online so I can pinpoint exactly how I envision things around my own home. As soon as get everything pulled together, I’ll share some photos on decor8.
Until then, we’ll all have to find inspiration through wonderful blogs like Home By Linn. Her style is so simple and pretty so do visit her blog, it’s amazing. Don’t miss her other blog, Life By Linn, either.
(images: home by linn)
Well this is a first. A blog post about nursery design. You can tell someone is pregnant around here, eh? :) After all of your supportive and helpful comments in my baby announcement post, I decided that I’d occasionally share some of my nursery and kid’s room inspiration going forward to encourage new moms, moms-to-me like me and to even shine some light on the topic for those of you who aren’t mothers (nor plan to be) but are still curious about how to pull together a nice nursery. Whether you want children or not, I think every woman has a least a friend or two who has children and this is where you can be the become the coolest auntie ever with your amazing knowledge of nursery design (smile).
Darling bedroom in Brussels via Milk.
Okay so I guess it’s best to say first that nursery design is completely new turf for me. I know how kid’s room design works but babies are uncharted territory. I also can’t find books that suit my taste because most nurseries are super theme-y or matchy matchy and that isn’t for me. I’m definitely not into the catalog look. When I search online for baby room inspiration, it seems photos come with a thousand comments from moms with a million zillion opinions – mostly critical or self righteous, which really surprises me because I never thought nursery decor was such a hot topic – almost like there is a ‘right way’ to create a nursery or raise a kid and if you aren’t following protocol as a new mom, then you have something to be ashamed of. It made me wonder if maybe you guys know of blogs that are encouraging and have helpful communities built around them that mostly share children’s room design? I’d love to find those. I digress… Back to my own thoughts on the nursery…
Colette Bream cushions on etsy
The best learning for me is always hands-on, fall down, get up again and keep trying – so I’m going to approach nursery design in my typical Holly style. I know color theory, how to create “zones” in kid’s rooms, I get the importance of a good floor plan but I’m following my heart with the rest and see where it takes me (and my wallet). So far it seems like the bed will be white and I’m thinking to go for a convertible crib that turns into a toddler bed later on. I’m also going for simplicity as one trip to the local baby superstore over the weekend taught my that every company in the world is trying to entice you into buying lots of product you don’t really need. I found a foldable baby bath that I thought was totally helpful and that won’t take up much room so I may order that soon. I also have my eye on a few strollers but at over ONE THOUSAND EUROS each, I’m thinking maybe I need to put more thought into my spending. As for room decor, I definitely am leaning towards grays, blues, greens and yellows for a boy and grays and for a girl – lots of floral Liberty prints, creamy whites, mustard, some red, greens, every color really but with a neutral base. My aesthetic is much more European – particularly English and French, not so much the typical American nursery with everything perfect and matching. That works for lots of my friends and it’s beautiful, but the rest of my home is so haphazard and mismatched, the nursery will most likely be the same – quirky and very much a reflection of my personal style. Then later, the little one can make their own decor choices but for now, it’s a room that I’m more than excited to get started on!
In this post, I’m sharing some of my favorite nurseries and rooms for kids that I’ve found online so far that click with me. I have NO clue if I’m having a boy or a girl yet, I’ll find that out early next month, so I’m not really thinking about “boy” or “girl” decor right now. Just focusing more on a vibe I’m going for, what I like, and how I imagine this new little room in my home.
Gorgeous monochromatic simplicity by kjerstis lykke. You can barely see it, but I love the old blue wooden cabinet.
Little french loft apartment nursery on Planete Deco.
Sweet art arrangement using simple washi tape by julias vita drommar.
Twinkle lights under a shelf near the crib from Sissy & Marley. I also love the little rug on the floor.
Sweet color scheme from Play Spaces on Pinterest. I also like the layered rugs though not so practical with a clumsy mom holding an infant! The mix of patterns is also so pretty.
Boy’s room in Brussels via Milk. You can totally see the English sensibility here – his mom is a Londoner.
What do you think of these rooms? Where do you go online for kids room inspiration? I’d love some tips!