life lately: perfect autumn days

fresh homemade bread - annevanmidden on InstagramLife has been good lately. We are having a wonderful Indian Summer here in the Netherlands and I love seeing the first signs of Autumn in that gorgeous golden sunlight. The colors are changing, there are berries and rose hips all around and the market is overloaded with pumpkins. This is my season! 

All pictures are taken from my Instagram. My account is featured on both Teske de Schepper's website and on the vtwonen blog, yay!! For more snaps from my daily life, color inspiration, homemade bread experiments and all kinds of Autumn perfection, join the fun: @annevanmidden.autumn berries - annevanmidden on Instagramcampfire popcorn - annevanmidden on Instagramautumn colors - annevanmidden on Instagramsunday morning - annevanmidden on Instagramautumn breakfast - annevanmidden on Instagrammacrame workshop emily katz - annevanmidden on Instagram It will always be hard to be self-employed, but the beauty of everyday things help me to think positive. And of course, good talks with friends help too! The most important thing is: I still love what I do! That said.. if you need a stylist for your photoshoot, interior or wedding.. Don't hesitate to contact me! I would love to do some outdoor shoots and foodstyling projects this fall&winter!

♥ Anne

tiny signs of spring and a vintage cabinet

life lately, feb2015 - @annevanmidden on instagramCan you smell it? Spring is in the air! I love the tiny signs of change everywhere! Fresh tulips at the flowermarket, little pop of colours in mostly grey gardens, rays of sun through my windows.. Spring is coming!

I have been working on the weddings of some lovely couples, so I am all over Pinterest these days. Collecting ideas and searching for the best tableware, props and materials. These weddings are going to be so good! Small hints: elegant, bohemian and forest weddings! :)  My husband is quite suspicious about it all, because in his eyes all I do is meeting super nice people, eating cake, drinking tea and chatting away (on the phone), for hours and hours, even on a Friday night.. "How is this work?" Pure envy, I'm sure!

Anyway, here are some bits and pieces from my daily life in February. I was enjoying our home a lot, worked on the big pile of deadlines for Oh Marie! and admired all the colours at the flower market. I didn't buy them, because flowers tend to die really quickly in our house. I love nature, but I guess the feeling isn't really mutual. Maybe I will give it a try next week. I also cuddled my sisters enormous cat on her 25th birthday (my sisters! I mean.. a 25 year old cat? Really?) and had a fun day in Amersfoort with sweet friend Marloes. Yes, cakes were involved. And she drew that awesome quote on our toilet door!!

But most of all: I gazed at my new precious vintage treasure, a gorgeous cabinet that replaced an old white cheapo thing in our living room. I love it!! I have been working at the dinner table ever since we got it, because I like the view more than my workspace view ;) Picture after the tulips! :) collected, Inspire Styling home | @annevanmidden on instagramflowermarket | @annevanmidden on instagramvintage cabinet, Inspire Styling home | @annevanmidden on instagram kitty | @annevanmidden on instagramProcessed with VSCOcam with x1 preset Told you.. enormous cat. According to her human slaves, my sis&her boyfriend, she is on a diet and eats hardly anything. Well yeah.. maybe not at her own house.. ;)

Cuddle away! ♥ Anne

the smell of the Holidays

the smell of the Holidays, eucalyptus branches | Inspire Styling journalAre you getting ready for the Holidays? I'm slowly getting into that good old Christmas vibe! The pretty lights everywhere, darker days, songs on the radio.. I love it! Especially in my hometown Amersfoort, which already is a postcard come to live without all the Christmas decorations. You should definitely pay a visit this December, if you can :)

This weekend I bought some Eucalyptus branches from the flower market. I was quite hard to pick something, all those lovely berries, leaves and pinetree wreaths.. But Eucalyptus was this weeks winner and their scent is giving our home that typical Holiday-season smell. the smell of the Holidays, eucalyptus branches | Inspire Styling journalthe smell of the Holidays, eucalyptus branches | Inspire Styling journal We still have to get a Christmas tree, but untill then these branches will do the trick! (can't wait for a tree though!)

Enjoy and be merry! ♥ Anne

home tour in our mix-match kingdom

Sweet Annelies from creative lifestyle website AlliHoppa visited our house a few weeks ago to shoot a home tour. It was a bright and sunny day, we chatted away, drank tea, enjoyed a homemade looking applepie and I showed her around in our vintage/plant/patterns/mix-match kingdom. She shot a LOT of photos, did a little interview and asked me impossible things like: "what's your favorite piece of furniture?" (that was like Sophie's choice to me).mix match, vintage, bohemian home tour | Inspire StylingI laughed so hard when she stepped into my studio and stumbled: "I have never seen anything like this!" ...I am quite the collector, my workspace is a room filled with notebooks, pencils, pretty pictures, plants and well, just about anything you can think of! :) mix match, vintage, bohemian home tour | Inspire Styling behind the scenes at the AlliHoppa home tour | Inspire Stylingbehind the scenes at the AlliHoppa home tour | Inspire Styling mix match, vintage, bohemian home tour | Inspire Styling This little preview is a selection of my own pictures, from our living room only. The complete home tour (including my workspace!) shot by Annelies is online now, make sure you check it out on her website!

Let me know what you think! ♥ Anne

 

green overload at woonbeurs 2014

I visited the Woonbeurs last week and one thing was pretty obvious: plants definitely are back in our homes! The entire fair looked like a greenhouse! And yes, there was some black&white, pastel and a few tiny leftovers of the neon trend. But overall, it was green, green and more green! Needless to say.. I loved it!woonbeurs 2014 - plants | Inspire Styling journal I posted some pictures that same day with the popular #urbanjunglebloggers hashtag on Instagram. It's great to see that nature is everywhere now, I do hope people will see it as more than just a hype and don't forget about their plants and environment as soon the trend is over. But I can see some changes happening and I think a big group of lovely human beings will care for our beautiful world. Including myself, of course :)

Here's what I saw and liked at Woonbeurs 2014.. *iPhone pictures only* woonbeurs 2014 - plants | Inspire Styling journal Like I said.. lots of plants everywhere. These pretty guys and much, much more! The plant 'garland' was quite popular, I saw these at multiple stands. In this collage two of them: bottom right and upper left :) woonbeurs 2014 - Six and Sons stand | Inspire Styling journalwoonbeurs 2014 - Six and Sons stand | Inspire Styling journal This stand belongs to the always fabulous Sixs&Sons, they sell vintage items and new products. If their name doesn't ring a bell, you should check out their collection! I love just about everything they have :) woonbeurs 2014 - Combitex stand | Inspire Styling journalwoonbeurs 2014 - Combitex stand | Inspire Styling journalwoonbeurs 2014 - copper sunburst mirror | Inspire Styling journal A sunburst mirror is still on my wishlist and this one was looking pretty cool! You can see a part of the More Than Classic/Eigen Huis&Interier home reflected in the centre. They had a tropical/sunroom vibe going on, but in a very polished way. Hence the shiny mirror.. :) woonbeurs 2014 | Inspire Styling journalwoonbeurs 2014 - VTWonen | Inspire Styling journalwoonbeurs 2014 - Karwei stand, styling by StyleCookie | Inspire Styling journalwoonbeurs 2014 - Karwei stand, styling by StyleCookie  | Inspire Styling journal The StyleCookie ladies did a great job styling the Karwei stand! Everybody loved it, it was one of the most inspiring stands on the fair. They combined a lot of plants, vintage items, creative solutions and DIY ideas for a complete re-brand of a DIY store. Well done!woonbeurs 2014 - beetles dress - Inspire Styling journal This dress made of beetle shields made me think twice. I love it, I even designed a tropical paradise collection once, based on these shields. But I wonder where they got these beetles, since there were a LOT of shields. I will try to think positive and assume they were collected in a good way.. *still thinking twice though*woonbeurs 2014 - Puur Anders at Ariadne at home | Inspire Styling journal My dear collegae Miranda from Puur Anders was working at the Ariadne home, to inspire visitors and promote her new collection. Remember the gorgeous 'hidden memories' shoot we did? Miranda was working on some new items with these pictures on it! So cool to see the process and to see our photos come to live in her work. woonbeurs 2014 - Puur Anders at Ariadne at home | Inspire Styling journalwoonbeurs 2014 - Plint stand | Inspire Styling journal I had a great time at the Woonbeurs, especially because I saw a lot of my Instagram/Twitter friends. It's kind of like a game, to match the profile pictures with real life persons, but it's so cool to meet social media friends. And I had so much fun with Jurianne, Geertje, Imke (always present!) and her sister. I even ended up at a cocktail hour/reception/farewell party at the 101woonideeen home (so so sad they won't be there next year!!).

Woonbeurs 2014: Great networking, drinking, laughing, sharing stories and getting inspired! :)

♥ Anne