Inspirational Home: Modest luxury and soft tones

One of my two favourite inspirational homes at the Dutch Furniture & Lifestyle Fair the ‘Woonbeurs’ is always the More than Classic (MTC) home. For those of you who have never been to the Woonbeurs…The most prominent Dutch interior magazines create complete inspirational homes at the fair to showcase the latest trends, furniture, fabrics, wallpaper and flooring in a real setting. Each home has completely decorated and styled spaces to inspire visitors and to represent the magazine. The Dutch interior magazine More than Classic represents high-end, design interiors, with luxury and sophistication.


This year the MTC home is of the hand of no one less than interior designer Steven van Manen. It is a modest luxury home with soft tones and elegance. He made use of opulent materials like marble, brass, and wood, and subtle details in glass or gold-plated. The colour scheme is pearly pink, soft green, and grey tones. It is poetic and timeless.

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The bedroom has Asian influences with an antique Chines bed, and lush palm plants. The living is effortlessly chic with a sofa by Rodolfo Dordoni and an accent wall with sunburst mirrors. The poufs and some of the pillows you might recognize, as I blogged about them last year; they are from velvet lab. I am smitten with the brass ring and marble table by Fabian Pellegrinet.

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Would you like to see previous year’s inspirational homes by MTC? Click here and here



Bling it on! Mixing Metallics in Home Decor

Coming season it’s all about metallics in interior decorating. The more bling the better. At the Dutch Furniture & Lifestyle Fair, ‘the Woonbeurs’ I spotted brass, copper, chrome and gold-plated accessories everywhere I looked. Moreover, it is also okay to ignore the old rules and mix different metallics. The shiny furniture and accessories add warmth and sophistication to any space. If you’re more into a sturdy and rustic look, distressed copper will do the trick. So bling it on! (for product inquiries leave a comment)

Stay tuned for more woonbeurs news later today in an extra, second blog post about one of the biggest interior events in the Netherlands!




Decorating with Denim

Yesterday I visited the annual Dutch Furniture & Lifestyle Fair, the ‘Woonbeurs‘, that marks the start of the new interior design and home decor season. While I’m going through all my photos, information acquired, and trends I spotted, I thought I would share with you a few snap shots of the fair. The theme of the Woonbeurs this year is “Denim”. Denim represents back to basics. It is a fabric that unites and bridges differences. Prevalent among the many collections and inspirational homes is optimism, and diversity. You’ll see denim and moody blue colour schemes across the fair. This wall was styled by Tjitske de Ruiter, from Villa Idea, who also styled and designed the modernized farm house I photographed last year, and Nathali Meurs van NML Design.

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Shop the 2014/2015 interior trends

Today I’m off to the Dutch Furniture and Lifestyle Fair ‘De Woonbeurs’ in Amsterdam. I expect to see a lot of the current interior trends like: design bulbs, plants, copper, blush pink, stools, sunburst mirrors, marble and nested tables. Did you know you can find most of the current trends on Ebay or the Dutch equivalent The peacock chair for example is an old ‘trend’ that is resurrecting, as are copper accessories, marble, macrame plant hangers and sunburst mirrors. Our parents were rather hip if you look at it that way!

To get in the mood I’m sharing my favourite finds that are on trend but also timeless chic.

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Peacock chair: or Ebay | Design LED bulb from Colours via Flinders | Copper tray via Westwing | nested T-tables designed by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell via Flinders | Ninety coffee table with marble top designed by Dennis Marquart for OX Denmarq via Flinders | sunburst mirror interpretation Apollo by Boca do Lobo | blush pink sofa via Westwing | stool/table designed by Marcel Wanders for Kartell via Flinders

Trend: Weave Wall Hangings

Macrame and weaves are back from the seventies, and how! Prepare yourself to see more of the artisan pieces in interior design coming season. In eastern and African cultures where handicrafts and artisan craftsmanship is more prevalent, it never left, but in the western cultures it died a silent death in the eighties. The current ethnic influences and DIY trend in home decor re-introduced the traditional folkloric art pieces, sometimes with a modern or sophisticated twist to it. Wall tapestry is back with a vengeance!


Mimi Jung makes beautiful chic weaves that pair well with any home decor style. She use minimalist patterns and neutral, calming colours.



The trend is also mixed with other design trends like ombre and wooden beads

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Maryanne Moodie goes for colourful designs. Her tapestries are inspired by contemporary art, couture, architecture and her nostalgia of days gone by with new and surprising details. You can buy her designs in her Etsy shop.


Janelle Pietrzak‘ weaving has a tribal style and is recognizable by her signature style; arrows, and compass details. She sells her designs in her Etsy shop All Roads.

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If you would like to give it a try yourself, like the weaves below, get the DIY tutorial here and here

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For a burst of colour in your interior head over to Alicia Scardetta‘s designs. She works with ropes of wool and silk in vibrant colours.


How to style it in your decor

Weave wall hangings are like art pieces. You can hang them in any space: above a side table, on an accent wall, as a head board above your bed, or above a console as a focal point. Depending on the style of your space you can match the weave accordingly.

Get a weave


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