tiny adventures: rainy dunes on Texel

dunes, texel / anne van midden / inspire stylingDon't get me wrong, I love warm summer days.. to spend the entire day outside, eat in the garden, walk around barefoot, feeling the salty water and sand on my skin. I love it. But I loved these dark clouds too!

A week ago we spent the weekend at Texel and after a sunny day on the beach we walked out into the forest and the dunes next to it. With clouds gathering above our heads and raindrops falling down it felt more like November than July. But in stead of going back to the car we walked on and snapped some pictures of these sloping hills filled with blossoming honeysuckle. Oh, how I wish I could make you smell that sweet summer scent! dunes, texel / anne van midden / inspire stylingdunes, texel / anne van midden / inspire styling dunes, texel / anne van midden / inspire styling dunes, texel / anne van midden / inspire styling

tiny adventures: golden hour between the trees

golden hour between the trees | Inspire Styling blogThis Easter weekend my love and I went to Texel. For those who have missed it, my husband is born on this island in the North Sea and his family still lives there. So every family visit is a weekend away, which is lovely. To have that true mini holiday feeling we always try to get out, just the two of us. To our favorite forest, heathland or the beach or course. I love the peace I find there every time. I can hear Stefan laughing about this sentence, because most of the time I get really excited about the beach. There is something in that salty air that makes my head go bananas! ;)

Last Saturday we sat inside at my father in laws and I saw that gorgeous sunlight through the window. I made Stefan get up instantly, we jumped in the car and chased the sun. They don't call it golden hour for nothing, it doesn't last forever! I actually ran some bits to make sure I could catch the last light of that beautiful sunny day. And I don't run. Period. It was worth it the exception! Time for me to prove it.. Enjoy :) golden hour between the trees | Inspire Styling bloggolden hour between the trees | Inspire Styling bloggolden hour between the trees | Inspire Styling bloggolden hour between the trees | Inspire Styling bloggolden hour between the trees | Inspire Styling bloggolden hour between the trees | Inspire Styling bloggolden hour between the trees | Inspire Styling bloggolden hour texel - Inspire Styling blog24golden hour between the trees | Inspire Styling bloggolden hour between the trees | Inspire Styling blog It doesn't look like a flat Dutch island at all, does it? I'm in love with this place and this light! :)

♥ Anne

back in town after our honeymoon in Costa Rica

Anne van Midden - Cahuita, Costa Rica honeymoonBack in town, so back to real life! With a heart filled with green leaves, tropical birds, colorful flowers, the most beautiful butterflies, Costa Rica towns and new friends, it's time to get started again. I am so happy to be working on a lot of fun projects, so it doesn't hurt as much to say goodbye to our honeymoon and hello to real life!

I have a LOT of photos to sort out and some videos Stefan made with his GoPro... but I will be back with a report of our wonderful trip! It was sooo good! :) ♥

Have a great monday! ♥ Anne

honeymoon a go go! leaving for Costa Rica

Borneo rainforest - Anne van MiddenI took this photo during our WNF trip to Borneo, 3 years ago. It was my first and only trip overseas and it was amazing. I have been dreaming about these green leaves ever since and am just in love with all those shades of green!

This photo is a little reminder: I will be travelling through Costa Rica this month. If you send me an email/message, I will answer it when I get back. So if you don't hear anything.. it's not you, it's me! (honeymoon and work are like oil and water, you can't mix them!) :)

Follow me on instagram for updates and 'happy couple on a tropical beach/I hate you' photos! ;) @annevanmidden

♥ Anne

tiny adventures: greenhouse wanderers

greenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalA few weeks ago, on my birthday, me and my love wandered through a small, old greenhouse in Utrecht. It was an Autumn day and although the leaves were turning yellow and red, the air was warm. Mother Nature made the most of the Indian Summer this year.

Strolling through greenhouses is my favorite thing to do, so if I know there is such a place in a city I visit I will look it up. I guess I'm not really a city-let's go shopping-kind of person. I used up the full percentage of my iPhone to shoot a lot of pictures, as I wasn't carrying my camera with me that day. So much beauty! greenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journal These massive waterlillies (Victoria amazonica) are the show-stopper of the Oude Hortus. They are absoluty amazing, so delicate and strong at the same time. The leaves can grow up to 1,5 meters in Summer, worth checking out I would say! greenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalgreenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalgreenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journal Even fallen bougainville petals have the most beautiful color! This is magenta at it's best! We tried to grow a bougainville in our garden, but the Dutch climate is way too harsh on this pretty Medditerranean plant. Adding to bucketlist: Spotting a bougainville in it's natural habitat! greenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalgreenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalgreenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journal These little crawling plant was incredibly soft and airy, it felt like some sort of bouncy cloud. I actually petted this plant, very gently of course. Do not do this if you can't be careful! (PS: Look at our hands! They say: "We are married!" :) ) greenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalgreenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalgreenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalgreenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journal I have been to Utrecht lots of times, but I never knew about this small gem in the city centre. The Oude Hortus is part of the Universiteitsmuseum, the entrance fee for just the greenhouse&garden is close to zero. The greenhouse itself isn't really that big, but the atmosphere is nice and the garden very pretty! The perfect place to escape the busy streets and shops. You can even take a break at the Gingko café, where they serve coffee, cake, lunch and wine. One of the oldest Ginkgo trees (250 years!) grows in this garden, hence the name.

Oh and we found out you can get married at this place! Can't wait till I can plan&style a wedding here!

If you happen to be in Utrecht, remember to visit this beautiful, calm place behind the Dick Bruna museum :)

♥ Anne

tiny adventures: first autumn days

My favorite month has started: October! I love everything about Autumn.. the crisp air, the deep red, orange and yellow leaves, , snuggling with a wool blanket on the couch on rainy days, chestnuts, pumpkin soup, scarfs, knitwear and going outside! On one of the first Autumn days (well, actually it was more like Indian Summer!) we enjoyed the purple haze on Texel. The heathland was so beautiful!first autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journal Stefan decided he would try some filming, since he is always waiting while I take pictures. We tried filming these maple tree seeds, because they do that cute helicopter thing when you throw them in the air. It looked super cool in real life, but on film it wasn't really visible. Oh well, maybe next time! :)

I hope I get to do a fall wedding soon, I can't wait to use these seeds as confetti!! first autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journal My backpack probably looks pretty out of place here.. Stefan was carrying it, untill he found some kind of cave/bunker. There were bats inside and everything. And my man is crazy about bats, so he crawled inside this tiny hole. The bag didn't fit, it found a temporary place on this tree :) first autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journal Remember the thing I said about it being Indian Summer like? Well, on most moments it was great, the sun was shining and it was warm enough to take our jackets off. Untill the rain came... oh that crazy ass rain! We ran through the woods to find shelter and rewarded ourselves with some hot chocolate at a café. I have to remind myself to buy a rainproof coat someday.. ;)

After a few more showers, the sun came out again and we made a pitstop in a beautiful field. I love heathland, the entire landscape changes from green to purple and back again. And to see the sun lighten up those tiny flowers.. sigh! first autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journal My mother-in-law took these pictures of us with a tiny caterpillar. I have no idea how we found this guy, I guess Stefan saw it walking somewhere. He always spots the tiniest animals, it's like he has some kind of radar! first autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journal We went into the woods so I could do a little familyshoot of Stefan and his mom. A great way to practice my new lens with people instead of leaves and flowers. Some photos turned out a bit blurry because I am still getting to know my camera, but most of them are so sweet! This is one of my favorites, look at these lovely people! family shoot in the woods | Inspire Styling journal After her own shining moment Janny shot these really cute photos of us. I love them! first autumn days | Inspire Styling journalfirst autumn days | Inspire Styling journal Enjoy this lovely season and don't forget to step outside every now and then!

♥ Anne

tiny adventures: tiny streets of Den Bosch

After some busy weeks working on the backstage room for Doornroosje I presented the finished room in the first week of September. I am super proud of how it turned out, it looks great! I can't wait to see it in use and hear what the artists think! 3voor12 Gelderland posted a small interview with all the designers on their website. The text is somewhat incorrect, but the short video is quite nice. Have a look if you want :) Last weekend Stefan and I had a weekend off and stayed at my aunt&uncle in Den Bosch. I love this town, it is beautiful, historic and there's lots of green. There is always something happening, it is alive and bubbly, people are friendly, generous and love to sit down to enjoy a long dinner. And this great place in the South has a cute bonus.. I keep finding confetti! :)flower confetti | Inspire Styling journal We walked around, explored all the tiny streets and alleys we could find, visited a medieval market and of course.. sat down with my family with a lot of good food and even more wine (oops.. I'm still feeling that one). But despite the Sunday hangover, it was a great weekend! street - Inspire Styling journalvine | Inspire Styling journalroses | Inspire Styling journalmedieval market, arrows - Inspire Styling journalowl, hawk | Inspire Styling journal Oh, those eyes.. he looks so cute and cuddly! Which he is not.. This was at the medieval market, some falconers showed off their gorgeous birds. There were a lot of owls and hawks, in all shapes and sizes. I loved all the patterns on their beautiful feathers! Usually medieval markets aren't really my thing, but they did a good job on this one. I was quite impressed with all the old furniture and props, the decor was very detailed. And well.. those owl eyes might have won me over.. :)flower pots | Inspire Styling journalyellow berries | Inspire Styling journalpainted wall | Inspire Styling journalstreetstyle | Inspire Styling journal This street was a dream.. the painted Gustav Klimt-like wall, all the flowers, cute houses, a community garden. We instantly started talking about moving here. Stefan took a 'streetstyle' picture of me, the visual proof I fit in perfectly here ;)

Btw.. how cute/amazing is my fluffy 'Big Bird' cardigan? I found it at a second hand store a couple of months ago (when it was 30 degrees), it's finally chilly enough to wear it! :) canal, Den Bosch | Inspire Styling journaldown by the water - Inspire Styling journalhollyhocks | Inspire Styling journalhollyhock flowers | Inspire Styling journal Stefan threw these fallen hollyhock flowers in the canal, thinking it would look really cool when they opened a bit. But they didn't fall pretty, just flat on the water.. A bit sad but the colours are beautiful! windowsill | Inspire Styling journalSt Jan cathedral, Den Bosch | Inspire Styling journalSt Jan cathedral, Den Bosch | Inspire Styling journal This beautiful ceiling belongs to the Saint Jans cathedral. It is a very impressive building! We never visit churches for religious reasons, because we don't believe anything, but I like the architecture of most old churches. And just look at those reflections on the wall!

If you don't know this town, you definitely should book a weekend someday! Den Bosch is the best place to shop, I especially love the little streets with vintage and local stores. And although the big square is super crowded on Saturdays, the flower&food market is great. I always buy flowers here to give to my aunt (Anna, I was named after her!), snowberries this time. There are a lot of great cultural things to do, like visiting the cathedral, joining a boat tour, or going to one of the many theatres&museums. If you don't feel like spending or doing a lot, do as we did.. just stroll around and enjoy all the pretty corners in this city! And take it easy on the wine ;)

 

tiny adventures: blackberry picking after nine

For most Dutch people the Summer vacation has begon and this weekend was a good start with warm, sunny weather. We both have to work so we're not going anywhere this Summer, but we like to create our little mini vacations in the weekends.wander into a forest - Inspire Styling Journal On Friday we had a amazing evening in our garden with friends, lots of great (&pretty!) food and wine. Saturday morning we went out to get icecream and decided it was to hot to spend the day outside.. so we switched to total couch potato mode and watched a movie with our feet in a tub with cold water ;)

After a late evening picknick dinner in the grass we drove to a forest/heathland to cool down a bit. It was a bit to dark to take proper pictures, but I kind of like the blue light and hazy feel to it.blue flowers - Inspire Styling Journalforest road1 - Inspire Styling Journalheathland - Inspire Styling Journalyoung pinetree - Inspire Styling Journal We tried to avoid the forest grounds and the ticks that live there so, unlike usual, we sticked to the main paths. Lucky us found a lot of blackberry bushes there, scared a few mice by showing up so late and picked some berries. wander - Inspire Styling Journalforest road - Inspire Styling Journalblackberries - Inspire Styling Journalpicking blackberries - Inspire Styling Journalblackberry picking - Inspire Styling Journalblackberry picking - Inspire Styling Journal (2)I made Stefan take a lot of photos of the blackberries in my hands, I knew how I wanted it to look but it's quite hard to take pictures through someone else's eyes ;) But I married the perfect man, because this picture turned out beautiful!

The next morning I shot a little 'summer breakfast' foodstyling series with our blackberry harvest, check it out here.

Have a great summer! ♥ Anne

let's be adventurers (about this journal)

Anne van Midden - Cahuita, Costa Rica honeymoonWELCOME

Hi there! You might have read my 'about' page or scrolled around my work. And now you found my little personal corner, my online journal. I hope you like what you see&read here, I hope to inspire you by sharing stories about me, my life, my styling work and interests. You will find some behind the scenes pictures, work in progress and updates about the projects I am working on.

For all the lovely brides&grooms out here: I hope to help you out with my regular (Dutch) wedding inspiration posts. Posts about themes, practical tips and the best ideas for your wedding. You can also find inspiration in my portfolio, where you can look at the weddings I have styled and of course, my own wedding in the woods.

Most of all I hope you are willing to travel with us. Because a lot of stories will be about me and my love, about what we do and the places we go. Right now, those places are not the places you will find on the average 'wanderlust' Pinterest board. It's the places close to us, the park in our neighboorhood, a forest on a 30 minute bikeride from here, the beach on Stefan's birth island or a village we drove by with our firevan.

Sure, we want to travel the world, see the Northen Light, count birds in a rainforest (check!! Our Costa Rica honeymoon made this happen!), roadtrip in America, climb mountains, gaze at stars in an African desert and discover new countries. But we can't do everything now, so we just make plans, dream and explore our own country first.

You can join in on our adventures by following my journal and check the category 'adventures'. I love capturing all the beauty we come across with my camera and sketchbook. Expect a lot of plants, berries, forests and photos of my man. Stefan loves running around, exploring less-travelled paths and shooting videos with his gopro. And sometimes he grabs the camera to snap pictures of me picking berries, spotting birds and playing in the shoreline. These are our adventures and no matter how small they may seem, they are grand to us.

I hope to see you around! ♥ Anne

-- Loving you is the greatest adventure --