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Ssheepskins are so perfect for these cold December days, especially for the shivery types like myself. Draped over a chair they add a lovely warmth and softness to your back. Spread on the floor next to your bed they keep the early morning iciness from your feet. Added as a lining to a pram will keep your baby warm, soft and sleepy (yeah, so you can do some shopping!).

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PANTONE MARSALA RED: COLOR OF THE YEAR 2015

Ffor years now, the Pantone Color Insitute has selected a Color of the Year that would, according to them, reign in the design world for the next 365 days. In 2014 it was Radiant Orchid, a shade of Lilac that was seen as the symbol of economic recovery and optimism for humanity.

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Ii know, antlers mounted on the wall are a favourite design staple of many designers and stylists. Especially with christmas nearing, I’m sure we will see them around a lot again. But I think we may have seen enough of them. When this trend hit interior-land a few years ago, it hit hard.  Antlers mounted on the walls of country houses situated in hunting territories are an obvious choice. The same goes for wooden ski-chalets in snowy mountainous areas.

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Tthe Fiddle Leaf Fig has been the go-to houseplant for designers for a while now. And if you are not crazy about the currently very trendy succulents and cacti (of which more here), Fiddle Leaf Figs are ideal for adding another touch of green to your interior. The Latin name for this native to Western Africa is “Ficus Lyrata”. It has earned its nickname because of the broad, glossy leaves that resemble a fiddle.

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Ii love winter plaids. They are an absolute necessity in my home. Being of the shivery type, and having lived in hot South Africa for a few years, I am still not used to the wintry damp cold of The Netherlands. Up to now it hasn’t been too bad (thank you Global Warming), but I know that the cold rainy days are not far away.

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Eecclectic collections (or vignettes) tell a story about the owner of the collection. They are able to create a high-impact visual for boring corners in any room and it’s a go-to trick for any interior-designer to add some drama. The great thing about these collections is that you can change or re-arrange them whenever the mood strikes. But you can’t just throw them together, you will have to abide to a few key-principles: which item will “anchor” your collection, what is the main texture, what is the dominant color and don’t forget the scale of the objects too.

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Ii was never such a fan of wallpaper. The first thing that springs to mind when I think of wallpaper are walls covered in over-the-top old-school flower patterns, granny-style. But these days there are so many amazing wallpapers available, be it designer-style or DIY-projects. I see walls covered with old newspapers, roadmaps, sheet-music and vintage bookpages, very original.

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Aalthough wonderful wicker actually reminds me of the sunfilled summer days during my years in South Africa, I just couldn’t resist posting these images now (even if it’s a looooong way to summer). I really like wicker, because of its warm color, its earthy, natural vibe and because wicker is so versatile. It is not only used for baskets and hats, but for furniture as well.

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Ii am seeing so many green glass vases on all the blogs these days, it must have something to do with spring. I just love these oversized glass bottles and vases, the sunlight shining through, reflecting the light and cheerful mood of this time of year. The styling trick is to have a collection of these vases and bottles in mixed sizes and group them together.

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Iit’s been a while since my last post, but things have been (and still are) rather hectic. But I’m not complaining, I’m working on two lovely projects making visualisations for a very special modern villa to be built somewhere in a forest in The Netherlands and a beautiful chalet in a well known Swiss ski-resort.

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