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You’ve seen the bedroom, home office, living room and today we are excited to show you the Project H Kitchen. This space wasn’t a full redesign but rather a ‘restyle’ using the existing kitchen base and general layout and adding depth, texture and a few key pieces to result in a cohesive relationship to the rest of the room, which opens into the living spaces. Let’s jump straight in!
When we started this project in 2016 the bedroom and home office upstairs were the primary focus, and later the downstairs area became a priority. Our client wanted the same sense of calm and consistency we were able to deliver in the upstairs rooms, and when she returned to us for phase two of her home redesign with the request to finish off her living room and kitchen the brief was to use as much of the exiting elements as possible while layering in key pieces and texture, with the goal of marrying the spaces in terms of style.
In the downstairs area, we slowly replaced all the major furniture, installed new lighting, window dressings, art and accessories. The goal was a textured, clean living area that felt calm and serene. Detailed but understated. We worked with a base of oak floors and crisp white walls but warmed up the space by adding in rich contrasting wood tones, and various other natural elements.
In the kitchen, we installed a new dining table to work with her existing chairs, terracotta pendants with draping linen cords. Our client purchased that beautiful aboriginal art during a trip to Australia and it inspired much of the palette of this whole project.
The cabinet fronts were initially white MDF. To add contrast and movement we had them replaced with blackened oak fronts. They are beautifully matte and the grain gives it a subtle texture. We also added a matte mosaic tile backsplash and Artemide wall sconces, with custom black shades.
So that’s it for Project H! This was a slow and steady project and deeply rewarding. The client was awesome and decisive and the results are so fresh and livable.
I’d love to know: No that you’ve seen all the spaces, what is your favourite room in the house? And what is your favourite element in the kitchen?
Hope you enjoyed today’s tour! We are jetting off to Milan for a few days of inspiration and connecting. Back next week with another lovely kitchen tour!
Holly and Hedda
|| Interior design, styling and photography: Avenue Design Studio
Who doesn’t love a good moodboard? Here in the studio we rely on mood boarding to keep our work and aesthetic fresh, current and consistent. When we moved into the studio over a year ago, one of the first projects we undertook was making a giant moodboard so we could visually express our ideas and it’s become a favourite element of the studio for all of us, is a conversation starter with our clients and makes for a bit of fun each time we change things up! We thought we’d drop in today to share our most recent inspiration board with you today.
The moodboard above was our first and gosh, was it fun putting it together. You can see more of it (and the rest of the studio) HERE. We had ideas and inspiration coming from everywhere having just merged to form Avenue Design Studio and it was so gratifying putting all of it together to create a central style board that we felt was a representation of where we were taking Avenue together. Fast forward many months, several projects, and even more inspiration and it was time for a change. Here’s what our team came up with for fall/winter, which we will be changing up again soon with the change of season. Before we do, we felt it was worth documenting our rusty cool moodboard and sharing with you. Take a peek!
For the last few months we’ve been feeling rusty red tones, earthy browns, fresh whites and mossy greens. With the long and bitter winter we are just now emerging from, this moodboard draws a beautiful balance between a frosty coolness tones and warm, rich tones and textures.
If you look closely you can spot the very first sketches of the dining room cabinetry we designed for our Miami interior design project, as well as the first concept boards from our Kralingen project. We love the little wood and leather push pins from our friends at Design Studio Nu, they add such a beautiful detail to our boards. The background of the board we painted in Little Greene’s ‘Grey Moss’, which has been a favourite hue of ours for a long time. It’s a greyed out right green that works with pretty much anything we pin onto it.
What do you think? We have drawn endless inspiration from this board each and every day for months and feel a little sad as we close this visual chapter of our lives. If you like, we can make our rotating moodboard a series and share with you our inspiration each time we change it up. Let us know!
Have a wonderful weekend. It’s been busy busy busy here and we are looking forward to the first warm day here after such a long winter! We will be back next week to share with you the Project H kitchen.
H & H
|| Photography: The first image of Holly and Hedda by Hanke Arkenbout, all the rest by Avenue Design Studio.
Annnnd we’re back with another wrapped up project (happy dance!) and this time you may have recognised the name in the header. The Project H bedroom is by far one of our most pinned, liked, commented projects ever and we are still getting emails and compliments on it two years on. We showed you the home office shortly after the bedroom went live, and today (better late than never, right?) we are pleased to share with you the recently completed living room.
With a strong preference for neutrals, our client returned to us for phase two of her home redesign with the request to finish off her living room and sitting areas, as well as the kitchen. She had already invested in a few key pieces and inherently has a wonderful eye for design, but was missing the red thread that ties everything together. Over the course of many months, we slowly replaced all the major furniture, and then installed new rugs, lighting, curtains, art and accessories. The goal was a textured, clean living area that felt calm and serene. Detailed but understated. The client was happy with a base of oak floors and crisp white walls but we wanted to warm up the space, using a palette of whites.
While there are so many moments to love in this space, our favourite element in this wall-to-wall shelving setup is a stunning piece of original art by The Hague based artist Rob van Hemert. We carry a selection of his work in our studio, his signature pieces being three dimensional, architectural scapes painstakingly created from cardboard and acrylic paint, and almost always in white. We brought this piece along to try it out in this space and propped up in this niche it was right at home.
We debated what to do with this wall for the longest time. We initially installed a gallery wall over an existing sideboard but the client felt uneasy with it and wanted a cleaner, more streamlined look and feel. We decided to go back to the drawing board and with the goal of utilising the whole wall and creating a focal point in the room, found a beautiful oak shelving system that met all her functional needs while being clean and calm, and still a wow factor in the space. Triple tick (which literally never happens)! We’re loving the dreamy linen curtains, vintage woven chair and dynamic wall sconce. I’d be pretty happy lounging here, you?
The space has two living areas – one that is used mostly for watching TV, the other one (above) the main sitting area. On a large and open floorpan we solidified each area with two coordinating large wool rugs (available in our studio). We love the calmness of each space and how the furniture pops off the white tones. We used several beautiful pieces of design furniture and lighting but our favourite piece has to be the vintage Hans Wegner CH22 armchair with all the right patina.
All in all, a serene space in fifty shades of white, with tons of texture and comfort. We hope you like it! Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section below.
Next week we’ll be revealing the kitchen so stay tuned!!
Today we have the final Project R space for you – the guest bedroom. We hope you’ve enjoyed these room tours! This room is on the top floor of our client’s home and was the last piece of the puzzle. We pulled this room together really fast because the client’s family were coming to stay in a matter of weeks, so there was not me to waste. The results though are calming and warm, layered and full of texture. Let’s step inside.
Quick recap! We were brought in to help our client (a renovator and project manager) to help design and warm and inviting family home, layering in personality, style and cohesion throughout all the spaces. We brought in lovely warm tones on the walls, beautiful art, accessories, designed some functional furniture and generally just brought this home to life. It was a fun project and we are delighted to see the whole house feature in the February issue of vtwonen magazine. Now, let’s get into the guest room!
We goal in here was to turn this once white and empty room on the top floor into a comfortable and welcoming guest quarters. We used Little Greene’s French Grey, choosing to highlight one wall surrounding the window in a rich, contrasting hue, Farrow and Ball’s Off Black. With time of the essence and this being a ‘bonus room’ in the house that the client didn’t want to go crazy on, we opted for more budget friendly pieces we could install quickly and painlessly, combined with some special pieces we brought in from our studio collection (art, rugs, textiles, accessories). We brought in contemporary lighting by two of our favourites Marset and Artemide, lots of warms woods, textiles aplenty (we love the graphic runner by our friends at Artha Collections), graphic monochrome artwork and layered linens and we pretty much felt like staying the night once done!
Spot something you love? We’ve got you covered. As always, we have prepared a Shop The Look so you can gather all your favourites below!
What do you guys think? Could you handle a night or two in this cosy guest room?
Hope you enjoyed following along on this series. We’ll be back again soon with more project reveals, the living and kitchen from Project H (yay!) and some a beautiful home tour you’re going to love (we’re not giving anything away though, hah!).
If you have some catching up to do, catch all the Project R room tours here:
Are you guys enjoying the Project R series? Today we are back with another room reveal, this time a sweet little girls’ space. Our client enlisted us to help her with her home at the end of 2016, with the goal of adding style, personality, function and a overall sense of cohesion to her newly renovated family home. We layered in a muted colour palette, lots of texture and cohesive accessories to bring this family home to life. We are so thrilled to see the whole house featured in the Dutch magazine vtwonen this month that we thought we’d give you guys the full treatment, sharing our sources along the way! We have shown you the living room, the play room and now the sweetest little girl’s room we think you’ll love.
Our client was deeply inspired by a very special room tour she had spotted here on the blog that you might recall – Lola’s bedroom. So much so, that for her own daughter we adopted many of the same ideas including half painted walls, soft linens, clever storage solutions and a sweet palette fit for a princess. It’s always such a compliment to know that our spaces inspire others and we were more than pleased for the same love to be applied to this room as it was in Lola’s. With the bed and a few heirloom pieces already in place, we layered in the softness to create a charming space that any little lady would love!
The same shades of paint seen downstairs in the living room (Elephant’s Breath, Farrow & Ball) and play room (Dead Salmon, Farrow & Ball) were brought into this space, adding a quintessentially feminine vibe to the room. We softened the bed with a draping panel of linen, dressed the bed with a linen duvet and coordinating pillows. A reading nook and storage space was created using multiplex plywood and Ikea cabinets (from the Besta range), similar to the one you have seen here. A Moroccan style rug, light filtering roman shades, leather pulls from our friends at Design Studio Nu, and cute accessories were thrown into the mix! As always, we have created a Shop the Look for you with the same or similar pieces as seen in this space:
We’re back today to share another space in the Project R home we recently wrapped up – did you see the living room? We are so thrilled to see this home featured in a huge 16 page spread in the latest issue of vtwonen magazine that we are taking you on a room-by-room tour all week. Today we are taking you through the play room! With two young children our client wanted to create an inviting space where they could play, create, relax and explore. Here’s what we came up with!
A bit of a recap on this project: When our client enlisted us to help her with her home at the end of 2016, the goal was to add style, personality, function and a overall sense of cohesion to her newly renovated family home. Characteristic, layered and collected with a muted but joyful palette and an overarching family atmosphere was the brief. Let’s jump right in!
Beyond the living room, a separate play room ensures endless play, creativity and relaxation for our clients’ two children. With a brief to provide a solution for the storage of toys and art supplies, we designed a wall-to-wall built-in cupboard fashioned from multiplex by a local joiner with a perpendicular desk flanking the property’s back window. The unit was painted in Farrow & Ball’s Elephant’s Breath while the walls were given the hue Dead Salmon which (contrary to its name!) feels playful, young and feminine, but not too much so. We added linen roman blinds, vintage chairs, playful bunting flags, Ikea storage boxes with leather pulls from our friends at Design Studio Nu, and stuck up self-made artworks to finish the area off.
We designed this space at the same time as we were working on the living room. Because the two areas are accessible to each other and you can see straight into the play room from the sofa, we wanted the playroom to look, feel and function like a kid space, but not be overwhelming or too ‘young’ in terms of colour and style. In addition, we wanted to create a space they could grow in as well as be able to make a mess and move around freely!
In this room functionality was key and the goal was not only to stimulate play but also to encourage rest. On the opposite end of the room, separated by a wooden room divider fashioned out of multiplex slats, a cosy corner was created for TV watching and reading.
So that’s the play room! Isn’t it a lovely space? If you found something you love, we have created a round up below of the same/similar items seen in this room. If you have any questions just ask away in the comments section below.
It’s always exciting to reach the end of a project but to see it published in print makes it that much more rewarding. When our client enlisted us to help her with her home at the end of 2016, the main agenda was to apply a fresh layer of style, personality, function and a overall sense of cohesion to her newly renovated abode which she shares with her husband and two children. The results are a characteristic and layered residence that blends modest sophistication with a muted but joyful palette, with an overarching family atmosphere. Today we are thrilled to see this home featured in a huge 16 page spread in the Dutch title vtwonen magazine and thought it would be fun for those of you who read this blog but don’t have access to vtwonen, to walk you through each space over the coming week. We’ll be sharing the living area, kitchen, play room, kids bedroom and guest bedroom plus a ton of resources so you can shop the tour yourselves. Let’s start today with the living room!
Renovator and project manager by profession, our client had already tackled the structural aspects of her spacious home, with the goal of creating a sense of comfort in what was otherwise a large and uninviting living space on the ground floor. When we stepped in, the starting point was clear with various interesting areas and a host of furniture to work with. While we like to work from the base upwards, the leg work had already been put, our client having already reworked the layout to maximise the functionality of each area. In the living room, what was initially a very large open space had been divided into various rooms and created an interesting yet functional home for her family of four. All that was missing the finishing touch and a sense of cohesiveness throughout, and that’s where we come in!
Having spent many years living in Honk Kong where small space living is the norm, what was clear when starting the project was the client’s penchant for warm and inviting spaces. Our approach was to layer in texture through accessories and textiles as well as tonal hues to create a sense of warmth, while designing various functional elements such as built-in storage and clever room dividers (more on that soon). Architecture often leads the way with our interior design direction. As this house was built in the 90s and lacked period detailing, our approach was to layer in warm tonal shades, texture and interesting art and accessories to create the warmth our client was missing.
Though the primary living room furniture were already in place (sofa, coffee table, side chair and storage system), we felt a bit of texture would go a long way to unite all the pieces and create the cosiness we knew she wanted. We introduced a large wool area rug we had custom made, offering a beautifully textured backdrop for the clients furniture pieces, while linen curtains softened the glass facade on the rear side of the property. A gallery arrangement of art blending various disciplines and design lighting from Flos were installed, adding a playful but polished nook for the family to relax in.
We applied Farrow and Ball’s Elephant’s Breath on the living room walls and Off Black surrounding the fireplace. This bold shade of black instantly elevates the fireplace, adding contrast and creating a striking divide between the living room and play room next door.
We also introduced a beautiful rosewood vintage credenza and striking organic vintage textile artwork, placing them in the walkway between the kitchen and living room, while a modern Vitsoe shelving system hosts a relaxed collection of accessories from all corners of the globe. You might spot some baskets from our friends at Artha and ceramics from one of our favourite stores Pantoufle.
So that’s the Project R living room! What do you guys think? If you spotted something you love, we’ve made a Shop The Look below and resource list so you can source the same or similar items as we used in this space, or drop us a message in the comments section below if you’d like to know something specific.
Late last year we had the pleasure of teaming up with Design Studio Nu once more to shoot a line of contemporary lighting from the Slovenian label Vertigo Bird for their website and social platforms. As always, the girls at Nu took the lead in terms of concept and styling, choosing their new warehouse studio space as the location for the shoot with routed concrete walls and an industrial quality that was hard not to love. It was a fun project that we are excited to share with you today!
Vertigo Bird is a young lighting design house based out of Ljubljana, Slovenia, offering quality, timeless and energy efficient lighting. It was founded by Silvo Kacar of Arcadia Lightware – one of Slovenia’s most successful lighting companies. Silvo had seen the work that we had done previously (here and here) for the furniture label Rex Kralj and wanted to get their ‘simple and smart’ line of lights behind our lens too, starting with their newest products, the KAT flush mount ceiling lamp, the DEMIJOHN pendant with it’s warm wood edging, the cute and practical CONCIERGE wall mounted night light, and the FUNNEL pendant.
We are loving the minimalistic styling against those beautifully textured walls, what about you? And which is your favourite light? You can see more about this project here.
We absolutely love teaming up with creative labels from all over the world and creating beautiful images that spotlight their products. Just last year we were in Greece shooting African furniture (catch that post here)!
If you’re interested in working with us on branding and product styling and photography, drop us a line.
One of the things we love most about social media are the connections we have been able to make, the friendships that have been forged, the creative collaborations that have been made a possibility and the inspiration that we are fortunate to have access to on a daily basis. Instagram has been such an integral medium for us to be able to share our own projects and inspire others along the way, but to be inspired ourselves by incredible creative talent all over the globe. One such talent is the Norwegian duo Kine Ask Stenersen and Kristoffer Eng behind Ask og Eng. We connected over Instagram, immediately taken by their beautiful kitchens and overall design ethos, and before we knew it we were headed to Norway to capture their home and studio space on camera. Today, we are thrilled to bring you a full tour of their Drammen studio and showroom, where they design, present and create their bamboo kitchens and furniture.
Husband-and-wife team Kine and Kristoffer founded Ask og Eng in 2016, having designed and built their own sustainable kitchens and furniture over a number of years. Kine’s background in environmental geography and climate change combines with Kristoffer’s background in architecture, resulting in a beautiful brand in which clever design, functionality and sustainability play a key role. Jump into the tour to see where they work and just how beautiful their creations are >>
Ask og Eng’s primary material of choice is bamboo. A beautiful and versatile material, bamboo is also a very durable and above all, sustainable choice. Because it grows faster than trees (up to a meter per day) it can be harvested a lot faster. It is also Co2 neutral and does not require pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilisers. We didn’t know all of this before meeting Kine and Kristoffer and it has made me wonder why we don’t see bamboo more often in interior design?
A few things we loved from our visit to their showroom is the many ways bamboo can be applied to a design (the devil is in the details and we love a visible, layered bamboo edge), the various different wood stains available (we are currently working on a kitchen in which we will be suing their gorgeously warm ‘Grain’ finish) and the fact that Ask og Eng fronts can be applied to Ikea base elements, making them a beautiful and unique, but also affordable, option.
We adore the crispness of their studio space, located in a large industrial building which they share with other architects and creatives, but also houses their own warehouse where their creations are produced.
Concrete floors, white walls, black ceilings, exposed pipes, Nordic light flooding through large steel framed windows and their warm but minimalistic kitchens… YES to that combo, any day of the week.
It really was the greatest privilege to be able to shoot Kine and Kristoffer in their studio space (and home, coming soon!). Not only that, but we had such fun connecting in real life, sharing stories, experiences and even the final episode of Game of Thrones, huddled up on the couch together, under a blanket, after a long day behind the camera! Good times. Those were some really good times.
Hope you enjoyed this beautiful studio tour. We’ll be back on the blog in the new year after a break for the holidays with another finished interior design project we’ve been hoarding that we know you’ll love. It’s been a busy and significant year for Avenue, and one that we will be celebrating together in the studio next week over dinner and candlelight, reflecting on the projects, the growth, the ups and the downs. In being in it together.
Wishing you all a happy and beautiful Christmas,
Holly & Hedda
|| Photography: Avenue Design Studio
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