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.

Living Room revisited

by amanda on January 27, 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 This picture below has our old seating, which is now ripped to shreds by various kids and has been replaced by a perfectly adequate, but hardly sumptuous, chesterfield. I mean, it’s so uninspiring that I can’t even be bothered to take a photo to show you.


So once in a while, I like to dream how I would put a room together, on a unlimited budget (naturally). Arhaus approached me to see what I could come up with using a piece from their sofa collection. I chose this one given how roomy it is. plus it’s almost the colour of dirt, which you need in a farmhouse!

Let’s start with a room I pinned years ago that has me always coming back to its warm, cosy space. It was a feature from Design*Sponge many moons back, and I loved the cozy vintage vibe he managed to exude so swimmingly.

I put together a room that I hope has the same vibe; with plenty of seats for people to lounge; with plenty of texture and colours afoot! Of course anything I put together has to have vintage shtick; so 1stdibs.com and chairish.com came in quite handy for providing the necessary unique decor!

In the end I deviated from my original inspiration quite a bit, but the result is every bit as pleasing (to me). Love to know your thoughts!

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2016: a lookback

10.01.2017

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 pattern. 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. Let’s start with the prettiest […]

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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

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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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

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

…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

  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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