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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!)


A Cidery with a laid-back vibe:

A Coffee Shop with a art deco twist:

A Pizzeria evoking 1920s era:


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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