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

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*

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