Anti-chic inspiration

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This Friday Lennart and I are heading for Berlin to spend the weekend there and to celebrate my birthday (31 March). I have never been to Berlin, but I have been hearing so many good things about this city! Of course it’s all about the parties, it’s hip, relaxed, everyone is in a “go with the flow” state of mind. Even (the Dutch) Vogue wrote something like ‘forget about Paris, Berlin is where you want to be’. Anti-chic they called it.

Now my problem is that whenever I go for a city break, I freak out completely about what I am going to wear. I mean even more that normally, because 1) I don’t want to look like a tourist 2) I want to look like I know my fashion 3) but I want to be comfortable and 4) warm 5) I want to look good in pictures.
I know I am terrible.
And even worse; everything I wear has to fit into the city’s style. So in this case “anti-chic” is the word that keeps haunting me. Last Sunday I even wore my Nike’s along with really comfy sweatpants and a soft sweater as I went to the centre of Arnhem to do some groceries. Just to get that anti-chic feel as a sort of Berlin tryout. And yes, seeing myself in the window reflection, this was exactly the feeling that I was getting. Not me! Not me!
Oh, why can’t comfort and stylish go together?

Of course the internet proved me wrong later that night. Comfort and style can go together and anti-chic can be quite chic if you ask me – you just have to dare mixing them up!
This will be my packing-inspiration 🙂

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DIY: Neon flower pots

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Along with the rest of the Netherlands, Lennart and I decided to go to the garden centre today in the search of some colour for our garden. While Lennart was browsing some equipment  (boring!) I opened the Pinterest app on my mobile I got inspired by these two pins:

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Time for a little DIY-project!

I bought three of these terracotta pots...

I bought three of these terracotta pots…

... white exterior wall paint  and a neon pink spray can

… white exterior wall paint, neon pink spray can and masking tape

Painted the pots white (two layers)

Painted the pots white (two layers)

I used masking tape to create diagonal patterns to go with a geometric feel. Carefully use the pink (or whatever colour you like) spray. Let it dry.

Plant the succulents ... et voila! A pop of colour in your garden.

Plant the succulents … et voila! A pop of colour in your garden.

I’m not really the DIY-kind-of-person, but this one was quite easy and it doesn’t take any longer than an afternoon. What do you guys think of the result?

 

Unexpected style icon: Spongebob Squarepants

Oh I’m just joking of course. Ever since I brought a pineapple lamp into my home I’m just mad about the prickly fruit. It’s like bringing a little bit of the tropics into your life. So now I’m spending my days searching for more pineapples from wallpaper to cushions to prints to frames.
My boyfriend is just worried I’m going to turn the place into Spongebob’s house. Well honey, don’t you know that pineapples can be quite stylish?

Here’s some inspiration!

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Also feel like going full Spongebob home decor? Zara Home is secretly turning into a pineapple shop!

Living room inspiration

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When we bought our house three years ago, I felt that everything had to be design because the whole house was built new. I thought that a romantic interior wouldn’t fit this type of house so I started to collect my inspiration mostly from the Dutch ELLE Decoration which was pretty much all about modern design. Don’t get me wrong! I love it, but I just don’t live in Edward Cullen’s apartment.
Unfortunately now I don’t really feel at home in my own home. I’m the kind of person who needs a comfortable, cosy and warm place. So I figured it’s time for some huge changes with little effort and a small budget. (Because I don’t really have the money to go for a new couch etc.)
I got very much inspired by the top picture which I saw in the February issue from Matchbook magazine and I’m going to try to get that feeling with the items in the second picture.

The Leaves cushion is from Zara Home –  € 29,95 (I might need two)
The ceramic lamp also from Zara Home –  € 89,95
The orange cushions and the green cushion are from H&M Home –  € 4,95 and
€ 9,95
I found a second hand Bamboo side table online for  € 10,00 and for the plant I’m thinking to spend about €  50,00

All together that would make a living room make over for approximately  € 250,00 (because I need some cushion pads as well)
Now let’s make it happen! Keep you guys updated.