kinfolk style christmas giftwrap

We have decorated a tree, covered our house with twinkling lights and I am wearing my favorite wool sweater (even though it feels like Spring outside.. stupid global warming.. :( ). You would say we're all set and ready for the Holidays. But wait! There is something missing under our tree. The only thing we can find now is Nalu, trying to get her head around why there is a tree inside. We definitely need presents. Lots of pretty gift-wrapped presents.

I always support the makers, the small brands and local stores. We don't want a city centre full of flagship stores do we? So I buy my gifts from artists, the cute bookstore in town and of course at my friend Rena's shop: Hear Hear Amsterdam.

A few weeks ago I decorated her shop window for Christmas and on December 23th I will be there to wrap your Hear Hear presents! Kinfolk style, so lots of kraft paper, twine and eucalyptus. It's my Christmas gift to you! Be sure to stop by for the prettiest handmade ceramics, books, jewelry and accessoires, have it wrapped and put it under your tree. Easy does it!

You don't need a lot to create something beautiful for your loved one. Kraft paper, twine and a pretty twig. Maybe add a personal label or write a sweet message on the paper, but that's it! I used different types of dried eucalyptus for these presents, but a few sprigs of pine-tree, berries or even a dried hydrangea will do. And you can always mix it up in terms of twine. Maybe a different color for each family member?

Will I see you the 23th? I can't wait to send you home with lots of beautiful gifts (both inside and out)!

Hear Hear, Heisteeg 8, Amsterdam Opening times on Dec 23: 11:00 - 19:00

See you then!

♥ Anne

still life paintings come alive for oh marie

oh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingOh my, on shoot days like last Tuesday I don't even know where to begin with counting my blessings! First of all, I headed towards an old toothpaste factory (our gorgeous shoot location) with a sea of flowers, vintage props and lots of botanical books and prints. Second, I got to work with one of my photo heroes, Melissa Milis, again. Beautiful Bertina was our model, we had an indoor shoot on a rainy day, talked about weddings during lunch and well.. the biggest blessing of all: we got these amazing results! 

For the editorial shoot of Oh Marie's new theme - Natural History - I felt inspired after seeing some still life paintings by Rachel Ruysch. That was what I wanted to do, bring those paintings to our century! In a new way, a more light and poetic way. I found the perfect backdrop in de Nieuwe Stad, a cool industrial place in Amersfoort. Exposed brick walls, cement floors and great light! Below some backstage pictures Melissa made during our shoot day. Amazing space right? They actually had to strip down the entire place, because those pretty bricks were covered up with boring white walls. Hard work pays off! oh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingoh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingoh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingoh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire styling This is me in my element.. surrounded by a sea of flowers. Give me shoots like this every day! If I ever get tired of being a stylist, I will definitely open a flower shop. Or maybe I'll do both, since it will take a looooooong time before I get sick of this ;) Hello, just look at these photos! I would have guessed this shoot would be good. But our little golden team did even better than I expected! I can't stop looking at them ♥ oh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingoh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingoh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingoh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingoh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire styling Don't be sad, there is more! These were just some of my favorites. You can see the full story here or at the Oh Marie website. While you're there, check out the pretty downloadable wallpaper by Angels-Trumpet!

Enjoy! ♥ Anne

photography: Melissa Milis | model: Bertina Bartlett | concept: Anne van Midden | styling: Anne van Midden and Marlous Snijder | location: de Nieuwe Stad, Amersfoort

outdoor weddings, sunny days

forest wedding - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire StylingWhen you plan your wedding, the big question always is: What will the weather be like? Especially if you have your mind set on an outdoor wedding, like most of my couples, it can be quite tricky. Although you should always opt for a plan B (hire a tent, go for a nature-like venue like a greenhouse or a barn), a lot of luck can do the trick.

Wedding season has started and until now, mother nature has been on our side! I have had two outdoor weddings, last week and the week before. Two weeks ago I set up this beautiful ceremony arch in a forest for sweet Hylkje&Sander, they got married after being together for 16 years. The day before and after was grey, rainy and horrible but Saturday the sun came out and everything was perfect!

Their wedding day was filled with family, love, personal touches, DIY projects and lots of lace. I saw a tiny preview of the photos Hanke Arkenbout made and let me tell you: They are gorgeous! (cliffhanger, sorry guys!)Kinfolk style wedding in a greenhouse - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire Styling Last Thursday me and my assistant for two days Joëlle de Visser drove up to Groningen, for a Kinfolk style wedding on a beautiful location. We set up the ceremony on the waterside, with pollard willows as a natural backdrop. Cocktail hour looked like a high tea party in an English garden, the guests were walking around barefoot in a field filled with daisies. And dinner was served in a greenhouse covered with grape vines. So beautiful! Kinfolk style wedding in a greenhouse - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire StylingKinfolk style wedding in a greenhouse - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire Styling I hand-lettered all the 'Bon Appétit!' cards and the signs for the cake table. These personal elements are the perfect finishing touch for your tabletop. A great way to add a little extra or to say thank you to your guests. The eucalyptus branches are always a winner, they smell great, I can prep them the day before the wedding, as they stay in shape forever* and they are a match made in heaven for this Italian style set up.

*unless you are setting everything up in a greenhouse on the first tropical day of the year (in the Netherlands 30° degrees is a LOT), because the heat flattened them out. The candles melted too, so next time I will go for a more last minute approach. You live and learn ;) Kinfolk style wedding - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire Styling Trust me, moving around heavy furniture and tree trunks is not something you want to do with this kind of weather. But a lot of water and a short break every now and then was all we needed to create a dream set-up for cuties Liza&Martin! Their entire wedding looked absolutely stunning (patting myself&Joëlle on the back now) and so did they! I can't wait to see the pictures Rox&San made and to show you more, like the ceremony, the super adorable ring bearer and of course the happy couple!!

See you soon! ♥ Anne

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from tajine to pizza: 6 vegetarian food blogs

Warning: This post can cause some serious cravings. So grab some snacks, keep your grocery list close and enjoy!

6 favorite vegetarian food blogs: For worldy, colourful and tasteful recipes

Why these blogs? Because they excell in photography, foodstyling and recipes! On these website you will find recipes that make me very happy, so expect a lot of worldy flavours, avocado, sweet potato, chickpeas and nuts. Almost every blog is 100% vegetarian of even vegan.

We actually almost never eat fish or meat anymore, ever since our WWF expedition to Borneo, where we saw what our modern consumer lifestyle does to the earth and it's habitants. We now only eat biological meat or fish, maybe once a month, at the most.

After our honeymoon to Costa Rica (promise: pictures will come sooooon!) we started with weekly menu's. This probably sounds very old fashioned, but I love those slow Saturday mornings lookings for recipes together. And we cook and eat with a lot more love and care now, we try to buy seasonal veggies only and visit the farmers market and the greengrocer a lot more. No more perfect shiny greens from the supermarket! (I mean, why? You're eating them anyway). I kind of hate to say cliché things, but I feel so much better now we are eating better! And I have never enjoyed my meals more :) (bonus: they look gorgeous!) dolly and oatmeal - 6 vegetarische kookblogs - Inspire Styling blog One of my new favorites is Dolly and Oatmeal. Last week I made Lindsey's pink quinoa salad, with oven roasted beets, blood orange and a chimichurri dressing. And oooh my, that was so good!! Chimichurri sounds pretty exotic, but is so easy to make! I served the salad with a wholegrain French bread and dipped that in that dressing. A great (vegan) alternative for good old pesto!!

As a stylist I get really picky about how food looks, more than the average foodie I guess. But that pink and green salad totally passed!! So pretty :) Actually, all the recipes on these 6 blogs are perfectly photographed and styled!! the first mess - 6 vegetarische kookblogs - Inspire Styling blog The First Mess is a website that never lets me down. Whenever I need inspiration, I find it here. I don't think I will stop cooking until I have tried everything Laura comes up with! You can easily fill a dozen weekly menu's with this one (trust me). And.. this has nothing to do with cooking but everything with relating to a blogger.. I love her about page photo! It makes me happy :)green kitchen stories - 6 vegetarische kookblogs - Inspire Styling blog Always a winner: Green Kitchen Stories, a very popular blog, even by non-vegetarians (labels are just labels).  The photography and styling are amazing, for the pictures alone their two cookbooks (the Green Kitchen and the Green Kitchen Travels) are on the top of my wishlist food bandits - 6 vegetarische kookblogs - Inspire Styling blog A Dutch blog, which I only recently discovered. Untill today I have seen nothing but really nice stories and beautiful photos, so I am hooked! Food Bandits excells in sweet (vegan) baking recipes and 'messy' styling. And I love the texts by 'woman behind the pineapple' aka Suus, she has a very fun tone of voice. The Morning Rituals series are wonderful to read, they make you dream of lazy Sunday mornings with coffee and bread fresh from the oven. my new roots - 6 vegetarische kookblogs - Inspire Styling blog Sarah of My New Roots is a 'whole food eater', which basicly means she doens't let processed food with lots of junk ingredients in her kitchen. (insert applause here) Maybe whole food sounds really lame and boring, but there is nothing lame about those overwhelming coloured bowls, all the comfort food and 'the best coconutsoup ever' (or so she claims, I haven't tried it yet ;))! krautkopf - 6 vegetarische kookblogs - Inspire Styling blog The best thing about Krautkopf (well, second best.. after their English blog), is how easy you can search by season. That is the best thing you can do anyway, eat with the seasons, nothing has to be flown in from across the world and everything tastes so much better! Come one, those watery strawberries from Egypt in the Winter or fresh, juicy strawberries from your own backyard on a warm Summer day? I dare you to pick the first! Same things about veggies.. remember, there's is more to life than brocolli and tomatoes people! 6 vegetarische kookblogs - Inspire Styling blog Hungry yet? I warned you! I had a delicious lunch while writing this, but I can hear my stomach roar already :)

What are your favorites recipes or (vegetarian) food blogs? Share them with me and other readers in the comments below! I can't wait to discover even more food inspiration!

Have a lovely weekend! ♥ Anne

*dives into her kitchen cabinets to find a yummy snack*

Oh Marie is back in town!

Oh Marie launch party - @ohmariemag on instagramOh Marie! Magazine is back again! Marlous and I launched the new website this Sunday, in the company of our little tribe of bloggers, photographers, illustrators and other creatives. We had a lot of fun at the launch party and I loved meeting and talking to a lot of online friends. Applause for the tribal outfits, I saw some awesome combinations! I think we can all agree Vera Bertens 'indian cats' sweater ruled the place!

I never expected to recieve gifts, but my table is filled up with presents, sweet cards and a LOT of Tony's chocolate bars now. And I must say, you guys know the art of giftwrapping! So much pretty packages, it felt like my birthday :)

Speaking of birthdays.. Nikki&Lisa rocked the cakes table with their heavenly creations! I took home 3 plates filled with leftovers, so I am probably have to take a detox month in April (remember that pile of chocolate..) Sugarrrr overload! ;) Oh Marie launch party - @annevanmidden on instagramOh Marie launch party - @annevanmidden on instagram Oh Marie launch party - @immerurlaub on instagram It was a lot of work to finish everything for this deadline but we nailed it! Marlous and Casper took care of the website, while I worked on the launch party. I never take the easy way, so I wrapped up 50 tiny cactusses (autsj), made stamps to customize the napkins&menucards, collected caketoppers, plates and glasses, created macramé planthangers&wall hangings and made flavoured water/lemonade (in my brand new taps that kept on leaking). Marlous and I transformed the little greenhouse at DRUK into a desert like tribal heaven in under 2 hours. And it looked great!

I am so proud of everything we did already and I can't wait to do so much more for Oh Marie! Marlous wrote something on the website that explains how I feel about it too: Oh Marie! is like coming home. A home where creative people can find each other, where you are not weird or and exception, but part of a family. And I couldn't be happier with my new place in this amazing family! *add a thousands smiles here*

♥ Anne

PS: Anki already wrote a blogpost on Zilverblauw about the launch, with some pretty pictures you want to see! :)

instagram photos: portrait by Lonneke via @ohmariemag, styling details @annevanmidden, greenhouse photo by Ellen via @immerurlaub

pulling all the strings for Oh Marie..

macrame wallhanging work in progress | Inspire Styling..in a quite literal way! This is a macramé wall hanging in progress, the first I ever made.

I am really surprised by how easy this is to make! I have three of them ready now, waiting for their 5 minutes of fame at the Oh Marie! launch party. Because a party needs decoration and our TRIBE party needed some boho touches. Hence the knotted wall hangings. And a lot of succulents! Our living room looks like a seventies sun room (aka Instagram heaven!), haha!

Only two more days! Marlous and I are drowning in a pool of deadlines and neverending to do lists, but we are more excited than stressed out and can't wait to show you the new site! We are super proud of our header and invitation, illustrated by the fabulous and talented Mouni Feddag. She makes the most amazing work and was more than happy to create a tribal piece for us. You should check out her other work, I love her version of Charlie&the Chocolate Factory and adore the Columbia Road flower market illustration! Oh Marie Tribe - launch party prep | Inspire Styling I tried to make some tribal patterns myself, but didn't really like the final result. I had some troubles scanning the waterpaint, all the colours seem to fade away as soon as I put it in Photoshop. Bummer. Oh well, you can't be great at everything, can you? (it's a process, I am learning..) I do like this iPhone photo I took of my sketches :) Oh Marie Tribe - launch party prep | Inspire Styling Oh Marie Tribe - launch party prep | Inspire Styling My favorite place to go prop-shopping (besides our local thrift store) is the always amazing garden centre Eurofleur. I can not leave without plants here, they make me want to turn my home into a botanical garden. These colorful guys didn't make it to my shopping cart..  but a lot of other things did. Boom! It's a cliffhanger, because I am not sharing everything!

If you are curious about more launch party details join our tribe at #ohmarietribe on Instagram! And don't forget to check the Oh Marie! website this Sunday for the reveal!!

Feel inspired? If you want to create a wall hanging yourself, I have used this tutorial from Free People as a starter. After I learned the basics, I experimented with different patterns. I will post more photos after the launch!

Have a wonderful weekend! ♥ Anne

lazy sunday mornings: happy weekend!

lazy sunday mornings - happy weekend | Hanke Arkenbout Photography | Anne/Inspire StylingFriday afternoon.. almost weekend! What are your plans for this weekend? In the Netherlands there is some sweet spring weather coming, are you going to the woods or the beach? Or having a lazy day inside? Feel free to share if you want!

I have been reflecting on my own work&website a lot lately and am thinking about a little restyle. My mind is already bursting with ideas! But those plans have to wait a while, because we are re-launching Oh Marie! Magazine next week. And that means.. deadlines, shopping for party decoration, some deadlines, filling up an entire website, taking a break to look at cute kitten videos, more deadlines.. Ah well, you know what they say: If you love what you do, you don't have to work another day in your life! :)

Have a lovely weekend dear readers!! ♥ Anne

*photo by Hanke Arkenbout Photography from our 'lazy sunday' styled shoot*

cold feet in a desert landscape

Tribe shoot for OhMarie Magazine | Photography by OAK&FIR | Styling by Inspire Styling&OhMarie MagazineToday I have a little behind the scenes action for you guys. Last week I styled the 'Tribe' themed photoshoot for the re-launch of OhMarie! Magazine. I came up with a desert/prairie/cowboy feeling and we found the perfect photographer in OAK&FIR and the perfect setting in these beautiful dunes. But the temperature was everything but desert-like.. it wasn't freezing (anymore), but with just 5 degrees celcius it was more like a desert night than day!

And oh my, our poor model Nikki had to pose barefeet, dressed in tiny shorts, in that cold, cold sand. But she kicked ass and although her fingers and legs were kind of blueish in the end, she looked gorgeous! It is always a delight to see your concept come alive, but with this bursting-of-talent-team, it was better than I could think of!

These photos are some Instagram pics from me and Marlous (OhMarie pack leader). The preview above is by Danique from OAK&FIR (don't you love her new brandname? It fits her work perfectly)behind the scenes OhMarie Tribe shoot | photo by @annevanmidden | Inspire Styling behind the scenes OhMarie Tribe shoot | photo by @annevanmidden | Inspire Stylingbehind the scenes OhMarie Tribe shoot | photo by @ohmariemagbehind the scenes OhMarie Tribe shoot | photo by @annevanmidden | Inspire Stylingbehind the scenes shoot - OhMarie - Tribe Team selfie! As you can see, I am not the most photogenic person in the world, with my eyes half closed and all. In my defense.. my head was half frozen! It's a good thing I am usually BEHIND the camera/scenes and not in front of it, haha ;)

I loved working on this shoot, we all know each other so working together was quite easy. We had a lot of fun, playing with puppies passing by, trying to cover up Nikki as she was changing her outfit in the middle of the dunes, lunching on the cold sand and laughing at ourselves.. we made quite the appearance, dragging big bags full of clothes and a vintage peacock chair along. Shootdays are the best!

I can't wait to see the story in OhMarie Magazine! ♥ Anne

dark days before Christmas | styled winter shoot

dark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van MiddenNot too long ago I teamed up with talented Hanke Arkenbout again to create a beautiful styled winter shoot, for some (Christmas) inspiration. On film, because Hanke is queen of all analogue photos!

You might know Hanke from the Lazy Sunday shoot we did last year. If you don't know her yet, be sure to check out her amazing work! I think she captures life, love and details in a beautiful way and she has an amazing eye for gorgeous light. The shoot we did a few weeks ago isn't typical for Hanke, because most of her pictures are light and breezy, but she nailed this one!! Black candles, dark fabrics, a lot of different textures.. It all looks so good on film!

My inspiration for this shoot came from those moody days before Christmas. You can feel the Holidays coming closer, there something festive in the air, but the days are short, dark and grey. You can turn on all the lights and pretend it's bright and sunny.. or you can let in the darkness and just go with it. Bake the best chocolate cake in town, light some candles and get cosy with wool blankets and coffee (black of course). Embrace those dark winter days!

Great soundtrack for this shoot: Tori Amos - Winter dark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot - photography by Hanke Arkenhout - styling by Anne van Midden6dark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot - photography by Hanke Arkenhout - styling by Anne van Midden21dark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Midden dark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Midden I hope you love our styled winter shoot as much as I do and found some inspiration in these pictures :) There will be a lot more inspiring images in 2015! Although I have some great things planned, there's always room for more. One of my ambitions for the new year is do the styling of editiorial shoots for (online)magazines, if you want to help me realize this dream, please drop a line at anne@inspirestyling.com!

I hope you have an amazing Christmas! Enjoy, relax and have fun!!

♥ 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

something new at Engaged 2014

Engaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire StylingSometimes you have to try new things. Last year visiting Engaged with my fiancé was one of those things. We were a bit sceptic, because wedding fairs/events can be a bit dull and not really original. But we had to change our minds because of Engaged. It is the coolest wedding event in the Netherlands, with a lot of creative and stylish vendors that understand the beauty of a bohemian/vintage/outdoor wedding. We spoke to a lot of talented people last year and got some interesting contacts out of it. It was a great day, nothing to be sceptic about!

This year, my colleague/videographer Jamy (Life from the Inside) tried something new: Enter as a vendor for Engaged 2014!  He asked me to design&style his stand and we ended up in a cool co-op stand together. We promoted each other with flyers, stories and of course with our wedding video.. which played on loop all day, so I saw it about 50 times ;) Jamy and I made a great team, I am really happy he asked my help and love how 'our' stand looked! Engaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire StylingEngaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire Styling The theme for Engaged was 'winter wonderland', but without the polarbears and fake snow ;) The theme worked out great! There were string lights, wooden blocks and rustic settings all over the event.

My concept for Jamy's stand was to really bring out a vintage, bohemian style, with a masculine touch. No pink or pastel for us, but a warm, forest cabin feel with plaid blankets, wooden furniture and glowing gold accents. It was the perfect match between both of our styles and the theme for the event. It was our little living room, so everyone could sit and watch Jamy's work feeling comfortable and welcome! Engaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire StylingEngaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire StylingEngaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire Styling We had so much fun all day with our 'neighbors': Eva from La Nou Nou and Jasper from SayKaas! Then again, all the vendors were super sweet and talented and it was really nice to meet the people behind the hashtags! ;) Engaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire Styling Engaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire StylingEngaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire StylingEngaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire Styling Engaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire Styling I am proud of our stand, all the accessoires fitted right in and the chalkboard turned out really cool! And most important, Jamy was very excited about what I did :) If you are interested in a custom made design for a stand or interior, feel free to contact me!

We can look back at an amazing Engaged weekend! We had fun setting everything up the day before, talked to a lot of interesting people, made some couples very happy with our ideas and thoughts about their plans and went home feeling satisfied (and tired!).

It was a great day, thanks to Judith&Boaz for organising it all and taking care of all the vendors. We'll see you next year! :)

And above all, thank you to all the visitors!! You were the best!

♥ Anne