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I definitely feel spring in the air, it’s getting lighter and warmer. I also feel a little bit more at ease. The dust of last year’s drama has somewhat settled and I’m looking towards the future again. I’m having more inspiration and ideas and feeling more like me again. One of my exciting ideas has come to live: I’m now blogging together with a friend at Spiritualiteit.blog.nl; a Dutch mind-body-spirit blog. If you’re Dutch (and interested) do make sure to visit and read our articles, interviews etc. I also made a prototype melamine plate with one of my graphic designs. It turned out very good and I’m really happy with it. I’m planning to launch a separate portfolio site very soon!

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I love wallpaper. The only reason I don’t have any wallpaper at home is because I can’t choose one and because my taste doesn’t necessarily correspond with that of my mister. I do love how it brings life to a room and really sets a specific mood. The difficult thing with me though is that I’m actually very eclectic (although obviously pastel tones are a favorite) and love so many styles. One that would fit very good in my current interior are these two lovely nature inspired wallpapers by the Swedish brand Sandberg. You can google for any retailers near you or if you live in Holland you can get them at one of my favorite Dutch interior designers (and -web-shop): Femkeido. Lovely aren’t they?

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{photo credits Sandberg the wallpapers are called Skymning and Gryning }

Remember when I wrote about Minted? I’m really in love with this concept and couldn’t really wait to try to enter one of my designs. I know I know, it’s early and I’m not nearly good enough, but I tried anyway and entered the Minted West Elm competition with three designs. If you would like to vote for me you can do so here. I would really appreciate it, since the chance for me winning is quite slim… insekt

I’m totally in love with these two ladies. I’m an avid reader of their blogs By Fryd and Hilde Mork where they do nothing less than making art (and making me feel like an absolute beginner in the process). They have an aesthetic that really resonates with me. They also have a shop where they sell beautiful quality pieces. If you are quick you can still join their giveaway! (I certainly am)

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{HYSJ 01 // AUGUST 2013 copyright HYSJ}

O my! I’ve discovered this lovely Danish brand What we do on Instagram. They do everything from web design to illustration and also recently introduced these beautiful plywood prints. I love the ones with the fox and the rabbit, but they are all very pretty. Check them out here or on their blog. One of each please!

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So you all now how much I love stationery and paper products right? Especially since I’ve been trying my luck at designing myself I’ve become even more intrigued by the possibilities of starting my own line or by self-made designs in general. I’m hoping to design more stuff in the future and then maybe even try my design-luck at Minted. In this online stationery store you can find the most beautiful designs by designers. Designers can enter their designs to compete and then the most beautiful are chosen by the Minted community that then are sold on the site. Isn’t that a great concept! Minted sells everything from baby shower invitations to business cards to valentine’s cards and posters plus things you may need to get the party started and the fun thing is you can customize most of it to your liking. Go wild I say!

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You all know how much of a fan I am of the French Lyndie Dourthe so when I heard that her work would be exhibited at one of my favorite stores in Amsterdam: FridayNext, I just had to go! It was a small but lovely exhibition that is certainly worth the visit. Her little globe universes always are so beautifully intricate and detailed to perfection. I would love to have one of her works someday, but in the meantime I will just have to look at these photo’s.

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I really enjoyed my visit to Flavourites Live. This time I also went to the business section where you could attend lectures and workshops by MamaMarketing and Ocher a.o. I really love the atmosphere with all the little shops but I must admit that maybe I’m becoming a little spoiled since I didn’t really see any new stuff. I guess this has something to do with me attending quite a lot of fairs and events…I did buy a great new hat by one label Yellow108 though. They are being sold here by webstore VivaLaVida and the story behind that brand is such an inspiring one. They take leftover pieces of material and recycle them into beautiful hats. Do make sure to check out the sustainable webstore VivaLaVida Lifestyle too run by Ilse and Jeroen, they were so very nice! Here are some pictures of my favorite stands with original products.

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{1. Kaartje of Kip – I really like their style / 2. Studio Saartje – O, how I wish I could sew… / 3. Ien en Mien – self-made bags / 4. De fabricage – Vintage furniture – love}

One of my favorite shopping events of the year is Flavourites Live. I always make time to go by (it’s been around since 2009) it’s such an inspiring webshop- and network event. This year is my first official year as press and I will make sure to blog about my findings. If you don’t have a ticket, get one and maybe I will see u there!

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{Flavourites Live is held from 22-24 november 2013 at De Overkant – Amsterdam-Noord / photo: Louis Haagman}

Last week I went to the Woonbeurs together with a lot of other bloggers. We had an intense workshop and lecture day the day before from Meet the Blogger Amsterdam. Last year was the first time I attended MTB and it was very nice to see some of those bloggers again (and a lot of new faces) this year and a lot of inspiration came our way. I felt very thankful! Have a look at the list of attendees here to discover a lot of new nice blogs and posts on MTB and the Woonbeurs. I chose to only feature two shots I made at the Woonbeurs. I made a lot of photo’s, some can be seen on my Instagram, but I especially liked these and anyway: less is more! This coming week I will be heading to the Frankfurt Buchmesse to do some more trend discoveries. Have a nice week everyone!

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{photo’s + design by me}

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