Shopping diary

Lately I have been feeling a little uninspired when it comes to blogging, even though I have lots of things to show.
Lennart and I have done some serious shopping for the house, but also for ourselves. Since Summer is now making its entrance we put our priorities into finding some furniture for our backyard. We thought long and hard about what we wanted in our backyard and we have considered lounge sofa’s a lot, but in the end we figured that we probably want to have dinner outside on summer days, so we went with a dinner table.

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We found this table and chairs at IKEA. We tried to find something in smaller, private stores at first, but in the end this style suited our backyard most. And with the good weather arriving this weekend we had dinner outside yesterday night!

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Also we bought this outdoor rug by Rough Rugs at L4 Interieur to add a little more color to it. The rugs are made from recycled plastic, but feels and looks like cotton. The idea is to place two sun beds on the wooden part along with the pug- I mean rug!

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When it comes to my wardrobe, I finally found brought some variation in there. Lately I was getting bored by all the dresses that were just hanging there. I mean, I still like them, but not to wear every day. This is what I bought:

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White shorts and shirt from H&M
Triangle bra and brief from Stella McCartney (viola dozing)
Pureboost running shoes from Adidas by Stella McCartney

Also I got this super heavy Zara statement piece from Lennart.

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So for the rest of the month I should avoid coming near to any kind of shop – ah, that’s going to be one difficult test.

Promise that from now on I’ll start posting more frequently again!

Love,
Chloé

Ceiling candy

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Since I’m an interior design lover with very expensive taste, but with a normal wage I often end up on Marktplaats (something like Ebay) to make my dreams come true… on a budget. Nothing wrong with that, I love it! Once I start my search I know I could be scrolling down the endless pages for hours without getting bored, just like last week when I searched for ‘gold ceiling light’.
I found a ceiling light on the very first page and fell in love right away. The add said: ‘Messing design light, needs to go because I am moving away.’
I send this advertiser an e-mail to make an offer and he replied within a minute:  ‘When can you pick it up?’

Now this beauty is hanging in the living room. A true eye catcher without drawing to much attention. Really glad with this one!

Oh, and I also moved the Eames rocker chair to make the living room a little bit more spacious with a better view at the backyard.

What do you think?

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7 chairs to avoid dullness in your garden

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If there’s one thing I really hate it is the dullness of garden furniture here in the Netherlands. A few weeks ago Lennart and I visited a few stores to orientate what they have to offer and to get inspired. We came to the conclusion that Dutch people apparently love grey a lot in their gardens, because this is the only color in garden furniture we saw. Our garden already has a grey stone terrace and wooden decking,  the last thing we need is a grey  dining table with the same boring chairs.
So here’s my idea: take a (rustic) wooden table and combine with one of these seven chairs below. I bet the result is stunning! If you think some of them might be uncomfortable to sit on sheepskin is the answer. Here’s what I have found for you:

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1. Arper leaf chair 
2. IKEA HÖGSTEN chair
3. Fermob Kintbury chair 
4. Tait Volley chair 
5. Hay Hee lounge chair (also available as dining chair)
6. Loods 5 Axis chair 
7. HEMA mint chair

When life gives you lemons

Yesterday I bought a citrus tree (!) and as I bought it I already pictured myself sitting in the garden with some fresh, homemade lemonade, a good book and some fine tunes on the background. Let the sunny days come!

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1. Paper straws – Urbans and Indians
2. Glass with yellow print – HEMA
3. Limoncello print – IKEA
4. Jonathan Adler chair – ??? (still looking for one)
5. Citrus Tree – garden centre
6. Outdoor Rug – Rough Rugs (also available at L4 in Oosterbeek soon)

Side table, check!

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Just when I was about to give up and almost left Arnhem city centre super frustrated (because I couldn’t find the right shade of green to paint my toilet with), I found a good side table at Dille & Kamille. I let the whole bamboo-thing go and went for this plain, but easy to combine, wooden sidetable for only € 39,95.
Since I don’t have my blue ceramic lamp yet, I moved my beloved pineapple lamp from the bedroom to the living room  and this is the result – insta-coziness!

Rough Rugs x Piet Boon

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Rough Rugs is known for their colourful Ikat pattern cushions. Of course when Piet Boon is getting involved you may expect something special. For all those who like the pattern, but also like to keep the room clean and harmonious Rough Rugs x Piet Boon offers you a gorgeous collection with softer colours such as moss green, pearly pink combined with black, white and silver grey.
Trés chique!

Soon for sale at L4 Interieur (with special thanks to Elvire for sharing these pictures with me) in Oosterbeek or at the Rough Rugs official website.

 

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.