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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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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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The colourful home of Elies
 
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Elies van der Linden Home

This time I want to show you around in the beautiful home of my friend graphic designer Elies van der Linden. She lives in The Hague in a little ground floor apartment. Her taste is colourful and minimal with natural elements.

Elies van der Linden Home

The grey cabinet fits perfectly next to the mantlepiece. Behind the glass doors is a display of collected items, tableware and her collection of gardening books.

Elies van der Linden Home

The eye catching botanical wallpaper in the livingroom is from Onszelf.

Elies van der Linden Home
Elies van der Linden Home

Elies owns a big garden not far from her home, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruit and wild summer flowers. The pink and purple flowers on the mantelpiece are from this garden.

Elies van der Linden Home
Elies van der Linden Home

Elies owns 2 tuxedo cats, they look so much alike, I cannot keep them apart. One of them photobombed this picture, can you spot him? They followed me all around, curious as they are.

Elies van der Linden Home

Although the house is small it doesn't feel that way, it feels spacious and cosy. The colours are well balanced and I love the little corners with displayed flowers and objects. Tip: Use large furniture in a small room, like the cabinet and sofa in Elies her livingroom. This makes a room look bigger.

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The yellow table lamp is from Leitmotiv, design Barefoot.

The bedroom

Elies van der Linden Home

The bedroom is serene and has tints of brown and green combined with a beautiful floral vintage wallpaper. The window looks out into the garden. The lace curtains and old window frames give a romantic atmosphere to the room.

Elies van der Linden Home
Elies van der Linden Home

The Office

Elies van der Linden Home

The office has an entrance to the garden. The purple wall makes it vibrant and inspiring. The office chair is a design by Charles & Ray Eames. This is where Elies does her work as a graphic designer. She also makes beautiful artwork.

Elies van der Linden Home

On the wall some prints of her artwork

Elies van der Linden Home
Elies van der Linden Home

The floor in the hallway Elies bought some years ago via VT Wonen.

The Garden

Elies van der Linden Home

Elies is very passionate about gardening. She has two gardens, the one behind her house and a big vegetable garden not far from her home. The book from Alys Fowler is one of her favorite gardening books. She can eat from the garden all summer and sometimes has too much and shares it with her friends. Lucky me!

Elies van der Linden Home

The garden behind her house is wild and filled with flowers and herbs. Here she can sit and unwind with a cup of tea. The gardens always keep her busy but she loves to work in them.

Elies van der Linden Home

Do you want to see more of the work of Elies? Check out her website or follow her on Instagram.

 

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Designkwartier 2016
 
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Last sunday I visited the Designkwartier festival in The Hague. It's becoming a tradition to visit the festival with two of my dear friends and do some catching up in the meantime.

As always our highlight was WOTH Wonderful Things that, especially for the festival turned into a warehouse with dutch and danish design. Among other things you could see furniture of  Woud, work of Leff Amsterdam, Hasan Tasdemir, NLXL, Klaas Kuiken, Dieter Volker, Susan Bijl (bags), Laurien Dumbar (paintings) and jewelry of Edith van Kan.

We sat down in the beautiful patio and enjoyed a glass of wine. Such a beautiful place. The owners make you feel at home and the design and styling is to die for. The former milk factory is also for rent for private dining.

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I admired the products of designduo Spitsberg. I love the minimal design, the beauty and detail.

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We also visited Koppenwinkel, a pop-up store with beautiful ceramics of  House of Thol, Studio Harm & Elke, Fenna Oosterhoff, Inge Simonis, 3TREEceramics, Mara Skujeniece, Alissa & Nienke, Studio Ineke van der Werff, Studio Remy and Lisanne van Zanten. I wanted to buy them all.

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We had a great time at the festival, can't wait for next year!

 Festival Designkwartier mixes presentations, shops, activities, and exhibitions in the design field into an inspiring event. For three days, the Zeeheldenkwartier is the domain of leading designers and new talent with exciting projects. You will find special design for everyday use as well as inventive and witty objects to think about. During the festival, the designers are present to illustrate their work. This way, the visitor is challenged to view obvious matters in a different way. The route is inspiring as it runs along about 50 diverse locations, such as pop-up stores, shops, galleries, museum Panorama Mesdag, national monument the Temple, art center Stroom Den Haag and surprising places such as courtyards, houses and industrial warehouses. >> Festival Designkwartier

 

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Print from My Deer Artshop in my bedroom
 
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I promised to show you some pictures of where I put the lovely print that I won with the style {at}mine challenge from september. The art print is now hanging in our bedroom. I love it, it is really beautiful and minimal. I am really happy with it. It goes well with the blue star fern next to our bed. Thank you so much!

Bedroom with art print MyDeer
Bedroom with art print MyDeer
Bedroom with art print MyDeer

There are still some of original details in our apartment which was built in the 1950's, like the original Bruynzeel door and the heater in our bedroom. As you can see the cats take over the bed whenever they can!

Have a great weekend!

go visit {at}mine and My Deer Artshop

 

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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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Designkwartier 2015
 
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Green in The Fine Store, Buy this photo as a print in the shop!

Last weekend I visited the Designkwartier, a new festival in The Hague about slowdesign, food and lifestyle

Turina  origami brooch,  The Fine Store

Turina origami brooch, The Fine Store

Type a (love) letter in front of  Wauw

Type a (love) letter in front of Wauw

Pop-up shop theedoekenwinkel with collections of  Mara Skujenieces ,  Raw Color ,  Bo Reudler  en  Mae Engelgeer

Pop-up shop theedoekenwinkel with collections of Mara Skujenieces, Raw Color, Bo Reudler en Mae Engelgeer

I have been working almost continuously lately and I am still busy. Some of it is new webdesign work, but I also have to do some redesign for longtime customers. Too little time for instagram, facebook or my blog and a lot of ideas.

I was desperate for a break and very happy that my friend asked me to join her to visit Designkwartier Den Haag, the first edition of a new festival that is all about slowdesign, food and lifestyle.

First of all I was very lucky to win the book "How They Work" while visiting the lecture of Studio Aandacht at the Museum voor Communicatie. It is the second edition of "How They Work" from Tatjana Quax and Inga Powilleit  about dutch designers and their work behind the scenes, it will be published in june, can't wait!

After a drink outside in the sun at a café, we went to visit the rest of Designkwartier Den Haag. We saw a lot of inspiring designs, expositions and I loved the new shop in the Piet Heinstraat: The Fine Store. Very inspirational was WOTH (Week Only Treasure Hunt). A temporary warehouse with design, fingerfood and art, selected by Mary Hessing, head editor of the dutch magazine Eigen Huis & Interieur. The shop was situated in her house, a former milk factory in the centre of the Hague.

Really an unique event, and very glad I could visit. I made some pictures with my iPhone.

 

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