WHY GEZELLIG?

The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

My so-called online life

by amanda on August 17, 2016

You’re probably getting the sense that this blog isn’t exactly being updated on the regular. And you’d be right about that. Instead, for the past few months, I’ve been directing my energy towards Instagram, and have been enjoying it thoroughly. It’s amazing the number of relationships I’ve developed with fellow creatives and local businesses this way!

So I thought I’d post a few of my favourite photos that I’ve posted on Instagram here for your perusal, in case the idea of Instagram scares you (which it admittedly did for me for a while; like anything, it’s just a matter of jumping in and trying it out!)

First, there’s the foodies ones:

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Then there’s some plates and patterns, ’cause I love them so:

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You may also happen upon the odd design/typography-centred one (of course):

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And finally, some random findings from our farm:

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…there’s plenty more to inspire you on Instagram itself; just check out my handle @aDeVries_gd. Thanks for stopping by!

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How to Guide: Vintage shopping

19.07.2016

I’ve been getting this question a lot recently: where do you get your vintage finds, anyway? The question certainly gave me pause. After checking out a similar blog post about Summer Antiquing by Invaluable, I wanted to give a go at answering it on my blog. I will stop at any cute looking vintage/antique shop during […]

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Bar Stool Design Challenge from Chairish

26.06.2016
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You may recall last year my participation in a design challenge via Chairish,  an online consignment marketplace for exceptional pre-owned furniture and home décor: This year they’ve asked me to do the same, only this time using vintage bar stools within my very own virtual woman cave! Remember, the only thing I love more about home interior design […]

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Typography Part Deux

17.05.2016
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…so I was speaking with a friend who actually reads my blog (and there are a few…!) and she mentioned that she found the post I did a while back on fonts and typefaces helpful! I thought of it more as a “what is coming out of my brain at the time” and didn’t think […]

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Restaurant Interior Design

04.04.2016
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  Okay! So I feel like it’s time I spill the beans: I’m for hire and I don’t cost a cent. 🙂 Let me rephrase: I saw a chance to 1) try out a new career and 2) feed my soul and restlessness at the same time and jumped on it. It means seeing less of […]

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The Lost Ones

15.03.2016
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You know that traditional image of writers, furiously scribbling away at a paper, only to get frustrated, scrunch the paper into a tight ball, and toss it over their shoulder? What’s the contemporary equivalent? Pressing really hard at the backspace button? …Part of any creative process involves throwing out a lot of ideas, and branding […]

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New adventures for 2016

25.01.2016
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Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Things are about to get pretty exciting over here. Can’t say a lot more; and I hate being one of “those people” who say mysterious things and then drop it altogether, but for now, this will have to do. What I “can” say is this. And this. And this.  

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A cozy kind of day beckons a cozy kind of meal

07.01.2016
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Back in December, I finally did what I had kept putting off for a while: made my favourite winter indulgence. Basically you take a bunch of really delicious things and stuff it into a hollowed-out pumpkin; bake forever, and then pretend you are eating something healthy. Because our renter and co-farmer Meghan is vegetarian and […]

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Design Trends: Out with the Owls, in with the ?

15.12.2015
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Have you noticed that even animals can be trendy? For instance, way back when, dragonflies were “the thing”. Personally I still love their delicate look, but you don’t exactly see anyone getting tattoos of them anymore, do you? Then we started putting birds on it: That trend seemed to hold for a long while: Next […]

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Virtual Connections become Reality

07.12.2015
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About a year ago, thanks to the power of Twitter, I stumbled upon a “little” magazine called “Uppercase“. Proudly the magazine comes out of Canada, and features completely original content. Did you hear what I just said? A magazine. With Completely. Original. Content. Like, a mere two pages of advertising at the very end. This […]

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