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Inspire & Create is now Style of Green!
 
Spring flowers

Dear reader. So happy to inform you that Inspire & Create has moved to Style of Green!

New name, new look

I have been working on this website for almost a year. It took a long time because I kept on changing and tweaking it. I also was a bit nervous about moving the blog to another place, changing the blog with a name and look and opening a shop as well. Yes, I also have a shop now! In the shop you can buy some of my photos as a print. I will be printing them in my home studio, printed on fine art paper and signed by me. I also will be selling some prints of my art work. More things will be added to the shop soon. I am so excited!

Spring Flowers

Spring already

So much has happened in the last months, time flies, can't believe it is spring already! I finished new projects and photo styling shoots for some lovely clients and now my website is finally online. I am so happy.

Spending time on the things I love

I am looking forward to write more blogs here and make this site my own. Now the website and webshop are finished I am planning to spend a little more time on the things I love the coming weeks like making photos, going outside and make a few visits to the thrift store.

Let me know what you think!

I hope you will come back to visit once in a while. Have a look around on the new website and let me know what you think! Love to hear from you!

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My Best Nine on Instagram 2018
 
 
 
My best nine 2018

Last day of the year, time for my best nine on Instagram!

My Best Nine 2018

These are my most liked photos of the past year. I can't believe I already have 36K followers on Instagram. I am so grateful for all the comments, follows and likes. It makes me happy that people like what I am creating. Making still lifes in little corners of my home.

Looking back on 2018, it was a year of inspirational collaborations. Besides doing a lot of photography for brands, creating websites and blogging, I did some amazing projects as well. Pickmotion has selected some of my photos for their postcard collection. I started writing a column about flowers for Rikiki, a Slovenian Lifestyle Magazine and there was an article about me in the local newspaper.

One of my favourite highlights was of course our visit to London and the Amara Interior Blog Awards for which this blog was shortlisted.

2018 was a great year! Looking forward to an even better 2019, I have a lot of ideas that I want to explore and one special project that I will launch very soon. Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Want to check out your best nine on Instagram? Go to 2018bestnine.com and enter your profile name.

 
Brown bottle collection
 
Brown bottle collection

Some of my vintage brown bottles I want to show you, it is becoming quite a collection. I love to use them in my still lifes.

How did it start?

The first ones I got from my old work, a medicine company. They moved to another city and didn't want to use the old bottles anymore so I was happy to take them home. After some time I found some smaller ones in the thrift store and last month I found a big collection of bottles in all sizes in an Antique barn that will be closing soon. They were stuck in the attic waiting for 30 years to be found by me!

Bottles in Still Lifes

I started to use the bottles in my photography still lifes a couple of years ago, I like the combination with plants and flowers. I always loved the botanical gardens and their apothecaries.

Brown bottle collection

I also got some new bottles from Kuishi Home that I use a lot. Like on the photo below.

Brown bottle collection
Brown bottle collection

These are most off the ones I have collected, I am thinking of selling some of them. What do you think? I will not use all of them and some of them are doubles.

Brown bottle collection

Exotic Basil Kit

These are the bottles I used for the Urban Leaf Kit with three kinds of exotic Basil, can't wait until they are grown so I can try the different flavours. They have the perfect size for the inserts.

Urban Leaf wants to bring a healthier, more sustainable food system to the masses. They want to give people the joy and satisfaction of growing their own food in any space, even a tiny New York City apartment. So you can have your herbs and edible flowers at any time. I will show you the progress in another post!

 

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And suddenly it feels like autumn
 
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Autumn is one of my favourite seasons, the colour of the leaves and the smell in the air make me happy. I love wandering through the garden, dunes and woods to collect little flowers, seeds and branches. You can find Rosehips and Sea Buckthorn near our house.

Nature table

When the kids were little, I often made a Waldorf nature table for Autumn. We enjoyed searching for chestnuts, acorns and leaves in the forest. It is such a great thing to do together. Coming home and see what you have gathered at the table with a cup of tea.

Now my kids are older we don't do that any more, but we still go out for walks. Eating pumpkin soup and drinking orange ginger tea like we used to do during this time of year. We also make jams and chutneys from harvested fruits.

Some photos of my nature finds.

Autumn flatlay
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Autumn flatlay
Autumn flatlay
Autumn flatlay

Needless to say I enjoy this season very much, it also feels like a new beginning after the summer.

Hope you are inspired to go out and collect your own leaves, seeds and branches!

 

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Styling with plants and bottles in your home
 
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As you may know, I like to mix plants, flowers and bottles together. Here is some styling I did in my home.

Styling with Kuishi bottles

I mix plants, vases and objects together,  small ones in the front, large in the back until I am happy with the composition.

Styling with Kuishi bottles

Here is my planty bar cart. I found it in a thrift store and painted it with varnish. I now use it to store my vases and bottles and make little still lifes.

Styling with Kuishi bottles

The bottles I used this time are from Kuishi, a wonderful home and lifestyle brand based in Cornwall, UK.

Founder Stephanie started this brand when she decided to make simple choices about the small things that made her feel good. By reducing the impact of her spending habits and the things she consumes have on the environment and people.

Styling with Kuishi bottles

Just mix and match your plants, flowers, vases and bottles and create a little display in your home.

Styling with Kuishi bottles

I really like this trigger bottle, also from Kuishi, that sprays a very fine mist, my plants love it.

Styling with Kuishi bottles

I get a lot of questions on my Instagram about my bottles and where to buy them. Kuishi provides beautiful products that will help you not only make a small difference to the environment but will improve the look and feel of your home and your lifestyle. They also have a nice collection of vintage bottles.

This post was made in collaboration with Kuishi

 

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Tropicool | Urban Jungle Bloggers
 
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Tropicool

The Urban Jungle Blogger theme for this summer is Tropicool.

New plants in the house! With the theme of Urban Jungle Bloggers in mind, I collected some new tropical flowering plants. They give a tropical vibe together with the banana plant and cacti.

It has been a while since my last post for Urban Jungle Bloggers. Instead of every month, the theme is now seasonal which is perfect but unfortunately I missed the Spring edition. So glad to join again this summer with Tropicool!

Tropicool

One of the plants I got is the Calathea Crocata Candela, also known as Eternal Flame. The flowers look like bright little orange flames rising up from the plant. The leaves have a beautiful dark green and purple colour.

Tropicool

Terracotta pots are my favourite, love the orange together with green leafy plants.

Tropicool

I also got this new tiny cactus last month, how to resist this little beauty?

Tropicool

I took my rotan chair from the garden to create an outside atmosphere in the house. First I made another styling setup with more of my plants, but I always seem to go back to less is more. I think it brings out the individual plants and makes them shine.

The pillow with green leaves is from H&M, the bench and sheep rug are from IKEA.

Tropicool

The little Bromelia Guzmania is just the opposite of the Calathea, light green leaves with a deep red flower. Love this color. I plan to repot it, so it can grow bigger.

Tropicool

Wishing you all a sunny and tropicool summer!

Urban Jungle Bloggers  from around the globe share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, and green tips & tricks, hosted by Igor and Judith. You can find additional inspiration on their Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date on their website,  Facebook page and Instagram account.

Styling & Photography: Helga de Waal

 

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Inspired by nature: soy candle
 
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I was so excited to receive a soy candle from Handmade Candle Co. Their botanical blends are inspired by nature, adventure and the great outdoors.

I chose Cedar & Patchouli and the smell is absolutely amazing. It reminds me of a breezy summer evening, when you just went to the beach and the air is filled with the smell of Jasmine flowers mixed with Patchouli, Vanilla and Cedarwood. Need I say more?

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The candle is hand-poured with natural soy wax, cotton core wicks and blended with fine fragrance oils. I love the fact that the soy wax is renewable, sustainable, non-toxic and bio-degradable.

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hmcandle.co soy candle
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The apothecary container mixes well with my vintage brown bottles and plants and together with the fragrance of the candle I am in botanical heaven. You can see all the products of Handmade Candle Co. on their website.

This post was made in collaboration with hmcandle.co

 

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New plant in the house: Monstera
 
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When I visited the garden centre and just couldn't resist to take this lovely plant with me. A Monstera.

Monstera

I put it on this little cabinet where I keep my books. Actually this is a tea cabinet that I use as a bookcase. I keep my art and design books in there and also the books that are most special to me.

Monstera

The Monstera has a lot of new leafs, I hope it will do well in our home.

Chemex coffeemaker

The Chemex coffee maker is a gift for my birthday. I like the timeless design with the shape of an hourglass. Making coffee has become a small ritual for us in the morning.

 

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Plant still life desert
 
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Plant still life desert

Plant Still life - Desert: this month's topic for Urban Jungle Bloggers.

When I saw this month's topic, I immediately had to think about my road trip with my bestie Meke. The last time I visited her in the USA, we drove from Kansas City to San Diego and passed the Grand Canyon, the desert and a lot of other beautiful landscapes.

Plant still life desert

I still have some maps, postcards and souvenirs from that trip. I decided to use one of the maps for the photo shoot as a part of the background.

Plant still life desert

The Selaginella pilifera (Rose of Jericho) is a desert plant. When put in water it opens up, becomes green and starts growing, it is a miraculous plant. I have had it for many years now and it still amazes me.

Plant still life desert

The cacti and succulent can't be left out in this still life and I added some rocks to fit the theme.

Plant still life desert

Another succulent from my collection that matches the pale light green colour of the map.

Plant still life desert

Recently, my friend Meke send me a postcard when she went on another road trip. On this postcard she wrote about remembering our last trip together. I love those stamps by the way!

Plant still life desert

The vintage card on the left is a souvenir and the card on the right is the one my friend Meke send me.

Plant still life desert

This is a picture I took of the desert landscape that we passed during our road trip.

I love to travel and this trip was one of the highlights. Can't wait to visit her again. Or go to some other country that we already picked to go travel together to in the future.

Loved styling this little still life for Urban Jungle Bloggers again!

Plant still life desert

Urban Jungle Bloggers  from around the globe share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, and green tips & tricks, hosted by Igor and Judith. You can find additional inspiration on their Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date on their website,  Facebook page and Instagram account.

 

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One plant - 3 stylings
 
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One plant- 3 stylings

One plant: three stylings, this month's topic for Urban Jungle Bloggers. For this month's theme I put a green glass bottle and a DIY mint painted bottle together with a  blue ornamented vase and my new Fittonia plant. I love the mint and clean look it has. Mint is my favorite color, actually mint with a touch of green.

One plant- 3 stylings

Then I went for a more boho kind of style. so I gathered my brown bottles, air plant and ficus with the Fittonia.

One plant- 3 stylings

Later on, I made a styling on the brown cabinet with some of the bottles and different plants.  The wood of the cabinet changes the look completely. A white underground makes it more modern.

One plant- 3 stylings

Last, I gathered some of my vintage pots and vases and changed the pot of the Fittonia plant for a more retro style. I really like the vase that looks like tree bark with the grass plant I picked from the garden.

One plant- 3 stylings

These two curious kittens were joining me all the time while styling. Our cat had 4 kittens last month and they discovered the plants... but... they are so cute.. so I forgive them.

July is here, after the summer break there will be a new Urban Jungle Blogger topic!

Have a great summer!

Urban Jungle Bloggers  from around the globe share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, and green tips & tricks, hosted by Igor and Judith. You can find additional inspiration on their Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date on their website,  Facebook page and Instagram account.

 

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Plants & glass | Urban Jungle Bloggers
 
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Plants and Glass | Urban Jungle Bloggers

My contribution for Plants & Glass, last months theme of Urban Jungle Bloggers. I am a little late for last months blog theme Plants & Glass. I have been busy with my work, my family and home stuff. So it was difficult to find some time. But I finally got the camera out and here is the result!

I used a glass container I once bought in the thrift shop and put some alien like air plants in it, it looks like a little aquarium. I love the transparency of the glass and the botanical feel it gives.

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In the background of this picture the air plants look like moving fish, swimming in the water.

Plants and Glass | Urban Jungle Bloggers

The ceramic bottle is also from the thrift shop, I think it was used for oil or medicine.

Urban Jungle Bloggers  from around the globe share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, and green tips & tricks, hosted by Igor and Judith. You can find additional inspiration on their Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date on their website,  Facebook page and Instagram account.

 

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Jungle Animals | Urban Jungle Bloggers
 
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Jungle Animals | Urban Jungle Bloggers

My contribution to this month's edition of Urban Jungle Bloggers: Jungle Animals We have two cats, Monja and Michi. They are, like all cats, really curious. Especially with new plants in the house. They loved working with me in this photoshoot. Although they acted a bit like little diva's. ;-)

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Waiting for the shoot to begin.. What is taking so long?

Jungle Animals | Urban Jungle Bloggers

I would place that cactus a little to the right if I were you...

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Perfect!

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I am tired.. shall we call it a day?

Hope you enjoyed my cats in their natural urban jungle habitat. Untill next time!

Urban Jungle Bloggers  from around the globe share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, and green tips & tricks, hosted by Igor and Judith. You can find additional inspiration on their Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date on their website,  Facebook page and Instagram account.

 

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Kitchen Greens | Urban Jungle Bloggers
 
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At the end of the year I got a lot of webdesign requests and had to take a break from social media and my blog. Because of that I missed a couple of UJB posts. So this is a three in one!

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Check out this corner in our little kitchen. I like to cook with fresh herbs, it smells so good!

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2015 has been very turbulent and exciting, we moved to another place and are going to move again this year, this house is our "in between". It is a tiny house with a tiny kitchen, but still very cosy. We also moved from big to small and so we were forced to look at our old stuff.  Do we need it? Will we ever use it?  Does it make us happy? Those three questions helped us making decisions and we got rid of a lot of things to make room for some new. Can't wait to start shopping!

My highlights for 2015: My blog was nominated for the IBA15. I finished some webdesign projects that I am really proud of.  I joined the {at}mine community and won a Botanical Artprint. And my photographs of UJB were featured on several international blogs and even twice on the blog of Victoria Smith, Sfgirlbybay here and here. I have been following her blog for years and feel so honored!

I am grateful for all the amazing things that happened in 2015 and a special thanks to UJB Igor and Judith!

Looking forward to 2016, wishing you all a great year!

Urban Jungle Bloggers  from around the globe share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, and green tips & tricks, hosted by Igor and Judith

 

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Plants & Flowers | Urban Jungle Bloggers
 
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This month's edition of Urban Jungle Bloggers is Plants & Flowers.

Plants & Flowers | Urban Jungle Bloggers

I am happy to contribute again to this month's Urban Jungle Bloggers edition, Plants & Flowers.

I chose some natural colored flowers for an autumn feeling, to find out later that they originally grow in a tropical climate. The beautiful red ones turn light green on the inside when blooming. They actually look like little kangaroo paws when they are not open yet. No surprise that they are named just that! I also found some orange Protea, put them in two vintage vases and mixed them up with some of my cacti. Later on I placed the them on the mantelpiece with my other plants.

Wishing you all a wonderful season!

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Plants & Flowers | Urban Jungle Bloggers
Plants & Flowers | Urban Jungle Bloggers
Plants & Flowers | Urban Jungle Bloggers
Plants & Flowers | Urban Jungle Bloggers

Urban Jungle Bloggers  from around the globe share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, and green tips & tricks, hosted by Igor and Judith

 

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Plants & Art | Urban Jungle Bloggers
 
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This months theme of Urban Jungle Bloggers is Plants & Art.

We moved this summer and for the new house. I bought the SKOG poster from Fine Little Day at The Fine Store in the Hague. I had my eye on it for some time. It is just wonderful, its like a little window. The plant next to the poster is a very old plant and has been with us for years. It moved around with us, was placed too cold, too hot or on a draft. But it still survived and we are thankful for that. Every time big new leafs are growing from the center again. Still going strong!

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Plants & Art | Urban Jungle Bloggers

The cat and the plant... they play with it a lot actually, to hide behind or jump at.

Plants & Art | Urban Jungle Bloggers

This painting is from my dear friend Niels Zuijdweg. He is a great artist and makes the most beautiful watercolour paintings. This one he made during an afternoon in a friend's garden near Salon-de-Provence.

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I am happy with the rough textured vintage planter I found for this growing succulent.

This month Plants & Art theme is extra special as Urban Jungle Bloggers teamed up with the new interiors community at{mine} and Dutch art label My Deer Art. Check out their website for more info.

Urban Jungle Bloggers from around the globe share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, and green tips & tricks, hosted by Igor and Judith

 

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My plant gang | Urban Jungle Bloggers
 
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My plant gang | Urban Jungle Bloggers

I am happy to show you my plant gang! This months theme of Urban Jungle Bloggers.

My plant gang | Urban Jungle Bloggers
My plant gang | Urban Jungle Bloggers
My plant gang | Urban Jungle Bloggers
My plant gang | Urban Jungle Bloggers

This is a collection of some of the plants I have in my house. They go well on the little vintage cabinet. A lot of the furniture in our house is second hand. I love to search for vintage finds, it makes me happy.

I bought most of the items and pots second hand, like the colorful hand painted pot and the vintage medicine bottles.

Urban Jungle Bloggers from around the globe share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, and green tips & tricks, hosted by Igor and Judith

 

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Happy Green Easter | Urban Jungle Bloggers
 
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Happy Green Easter | Urban Jungle Bloggers
Happy Green Easter | Urban Jungle Bloggers

I found this cactus with bunny ears, I think it is so cute! Especially because the theme of this month's Urban Jungle Bloggers is Spring and Green Easter.

Happy Green Easter | Urban Jungle Bloggers

I didn't have much time to prepare, I had to move my office to another room today because painters are painting the house right now. So I did a quick and dirty shoot with my iPhone, I just had to show the cute Easter cactus!

I am happy to join Urban Jungle Bloggers :-)

Urban Jungle Bloggers from around the globe share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, and green tips & tricks, hosted by Igor and Judith.

 

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