• DIY: Easter birds

    What: Easter birds made from yarn. Supplies: Yarn, tiny piece of card board for the beak, iron wire, scissors and twigs to attach the birds to. Duration: 10 minutes per bird. How to: Making these birds is pretty simple, but hard to describe (I tried, but failed). So just follow the steps on the pictures below, it should be a pretty straight forward process. Worth knowing is that you should pull the yarn relatively tight, so the separate strings are aligned and don’t get all flappy on you, once you start to bind the tail. Don’t forget to trim the tail. It might be yarn birds we are talking about,…

  • DIY: Smash!

    What: Yarn sign Supplies: Yarn, iron wire, ‘knitters spool’ (punnik-set in Dutch). Duration: 1 – 2 hours How to: Use your spool to knit a long thread, which you will use to shape your sign with. In Dutch it is known as ‘punniken’ and I have not come across a proper English translation of the word. However, it’s just like loom-knitting in mini form. It’s very easy and once you get the hang of it, it goes rather quickly. Make sure your thread is long enough to write the word you wish. I added the iron wire afterwards. This is of course done so your writing will remain in place.…

  • Playful posters

    Danish start-up company Villum Vito designs and sells colourful posters to stimulate children’s imagination. “It’s my mission to add a little happiness to the world with my posters,” says owner Christina Stenderup.  Almost one year ago Villum Vito was founded by Christina Stenderup. “I have always been passionate about drawing and I have a natural interest for the use of language. When one of my close friends gave birth to a baby boy, I made my first poster for him as a gift. This really got me hooked on the idea of turning my drawings into a business.” An intense period started, where Christina not only transformed her best creations…

  • DIY: Rainbow hanging

    We all love rainbows, right?! I think I knew the colors of the rainbow in the right order before I could tie my shoe laces. And now they are fashionable again. Yay! So here’s how to make those cute rainbow hangings, if you don’t feel like bleeding half of your salary to get someone else or a renowned brand to make them for you (and fair enough! It takes time to make them, so if you want to make a living out of selling anything hand made, you should charge a small fortune for your products – they are both unique and I bet a lot of love has gone…

  • Inspiration: My dad’s place

    African masks on the eating table, a thousand antlers in the kitchen and giant paintings taking up every centimeter of the walls. Welcome to my father’s house. All worlds into one Where: The Hague, the Netherlands Who: Peter Type: Lower floor town house Living surface: 96m2 In a nutshell: More is more ‘So why interiors?’ I’ve been asked this question a lot after I started my blog. There are many reasons for it, but today I’d like to shed a little light on one of them. And that is that I grew up with loads of interior inspiration around me. My father has a very keen eye for interior decorating,…

  • December 1st

    Animal envelope party What: Christmas calendar Supplies: 24 envelopes, colored paper, goggly eyes, marker, scissors, ruler, glue, patience. Duration: 6 hours. I used two evenings to make the envelopes, without the kids.  How to: Before you start, briefly think about the type of animals you want to make. Get the paper in the right colors. And then just cut and glue until you have the desired animals. Some might look a bit weird on their own, but they will bland in just fine once you hang them together. The story behind it: Our kids have a lot of stuff. Heaps, piles, mountains of it! And they only play with 3-4…

  • Inspiration: Ries and Iris

    A quick painting job when they moved in was all they had time for, before becoming parents of a lovely boy, but now this couple is ready to move to the next phase in their interior design scheme. Evolving interior Where: The Hague, the Netherlands Who: Ries and Iris, Otis (turning 1 year on October 19th) Type: House, lower level Living surface: 106 m2 In a nutshell: ‘We combine robust materials with elegant lines to create balance in our interior.’ ‘I was pregnant when we bought this place,’ Iris says, ‘so it was important to us, that we could move in straight away.’ The couple bought a lower level house (‘benedenwoning’ in Dutch) in mint…

  • DIY… Alphabet

    “Do I have to go to daycare mommy?” my eldest (almost 5 years old) asks us regularly. “It’s so boring! All I do is play, play, play and play.” And then she rolls with her eyes and acts dramatically.  I usually ask her what she would like to do in stead of playing, and then she says: “Learn the alphabet and do mathematics.” Aha, right. Numbers are not my forte, but letters I can roll with. So I decided to make a Dutch alphabet for her. Not a Danish one (despite the extra three letters, which I still find very lovely and exotic), but just something Dutch, because everything else…

  • Inspiration: Paul and Poonam

    After two years of stalking it online, Poonam was able to buy her Victorian dream house in Hove, close to Brighton. Where she decorated it with vigor, but she is now ready to change some of the rooms to make it a family friendly space. Victorian family vibes Where: Hove, United Kingdom Who: Paul and Poonam, Zachary (4) Type: Victorian villa In a nutshell: ‘Our style is modern which we like to spice up with antiques to give our home a unique feel.’ ‘I had fallen in love with our house when it first came on the market, but it was way too expensive for us.’ Poonam kept an eye on the property for…