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

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

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