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.

Inspirationally inspirational inspiration

by amanda on June 15, 2017

Creative is everywhere. I love the beginning of a project when I start looking for inspiration and design elements that will help me build the mood and look I am seeking to create. That typically means putting together a “mood board” that evokes the look/feel I am trying to create. Pinterest, despite it being a serious pain in many ways (more on that later) is pretty helpful for this particular task.

Over time, I’ve amassed 45 (!) boards and 828 pins, which, when I write it down, makes me feel like I’m doing nothing but staring at pretty pictures most of the time. And that would be true to say during a research phase of a work project, DIY house thingy, or a hypothetical interior design exercise.

So I thought it might be a good idea to give you a peek of the kinds of things I like to pin – you will likely see these serve as inspiration for my actual work (also documented on Pinterest, of course!)

MY INTERIOR DESIGN FANTASY PROJECTS:

A Cidery with a laid-back vibe:

A Coffee Shop with a art deco twist:

A Pizzeria evoking 1920s era:

SOME WORK PROJECT BOARDS:

A Food Bank Logo:

A Poster with a vintage-y circus feel:

A woodworker’s logo:

I’ve showed you my boards, now show me yours 🙂

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What’s it like to work with me?

20.05.2017
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Just one step closer to pulling it all together! A post shared by Streamliners Espresso Bar (@streamlinersespressobar) on Jan 6, 2017 at 3:47pm PST The answer to the question that’s burning in your mind: What can I expect with working with a graphic designer? I get potential clients from all kinds of places; from my […]

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A full brand experience

20.04.2017
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A fully immersive brand experience: You know what I mean. Those companies whose experience, identity, and emotion are all wrapped up in a tidy package. Have you been to a Tesla store? Tesla is a compelling story: founded by Elon Musk, who made his fortune from Paypal, and now creating fully electric vehicles (as well […]

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3 day room makeover

28.02.2017

Just a quick post to show you a fun project I helped out with back in January. A friend of mine, Becky Ong, decided to surprise another friend, Kim Parker, by do a super quick reno of her basement while she was away. The basement held very little charm; it’s sole decorative accents being a […]

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Living Room revisited

27.01.2017

The thing about our living room, is, it “looks” comfortable, but the reality is so, so different. I mean, the colours and textures are all there, but our actual seating leaves A LOT to be desired. This picture below has our old seating, which is now ripped to shreds by various kids and has been […]

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2016: a lookback

10.01.2017
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Hmmm , I never do this. I’m more of a “don’t think about the past; what matters is the future” kind of gal. But maybe it’s a good time to reflect on what happened in the past year to see if I can’t tease out something, I don’t know, profound?! The year started with an […]

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Pattern me pretty

15.11.2016

So, I’m a HUGE sucker for surface pattern design. And I’m coming across more and more absolutely stunning ones lately so I thought it high time to share some with you. Some of these, I realize, might induce headaches in some people but to me, you can always, always have more colour. Always. Let’s start […]

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Boston, Hahvahd, and Lobstah

25.10.2016

….Just got back from an epic time visiting my dear little brother, who has been living in Boston for about a year. Yes, we brought the kids. Yes, we drove. Yes it was long and there was bickering but it was also a really nice opportunity to just be a family. So I savoured it, […]

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Restaurant Interior Design: Follow-up

19.09.2016

…so being the wife of a farmer often means that months blow by and, even though you may have the best intentions, your blog suffers greatly 🙁 One thing I’ve been DYING to show you is the final result of the local restaurant, Glassroots, whose identity I created and then went on to help them […]

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My so-called online life

17.08.2016
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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! […]

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