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The inspiring home and studio of Maaike Koster

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

I'm so excited to share the beautiful home and studio of Dutch graphic designer & interior designer Maaike Koster in Haarlem, The Netherlands today. Maaike has an inexhaustable passion for transforming ideas into inspiring concepts, beautiful designs and sophisticated spaces. And fortunately for us she frequently shares her family home, where she references much of her artwork (sold through 'My Deer Art shop') -on instagram (if you don't follow her, you definitely should!). Maaike's home is teeming with vintage pieces, the odd design classic, fabulous art and an abundance of greenery with an overall look which truly reflects her signature style - 'uncomplicated simplicity with a feminine touch'. Enjoy!













Photography / home owner Maaike Koster - My Deer Art Shop. Shared with kind permission.

What a charming home, don't you think?

Did you recognise it? I once featured Maaike's home here in 2013 - although I must say, it's gone through a pretty big transformation since then!

Get the look: All art from My Deer Art Shop. Sitting room - Eames lounge chair & ottoman, beni ourain rug, macrame plant holders and wall hanging. This antique apothocary chest is wonderful! Eames DCW chair. Children's room - source lovely vintage childrens desk and chair sets here. Studio - black work lamp, eames house bird.

See more beautiful Dutch homes here

And if you feel like getting a little creative after seeing Maaike's home, why not give one (or all) of these DIY projects a whirl:

Abstract modern art.

An easy leather strap shelf.

A wooden X shaped magazine holder.


The Icelandic Birch Cocktail- (this counts as DIY, right?). 

Have a lovely day! 


A lovely Swedish turn-of-the-century apartment

Monday, 23 May 2016

Hello! I hope you had a fab weekend? It was lovely and sunny here in Southern Sweden so we spent most of the time in the garden, with friends popping in and out and kids coming in for the odd plaster for a scraped knee (a true sign of summer?!)- just the way a weekend should be right?! And suddenly, at the blink of an eye, it's back to work - Guh! But it's not all bad - I have a really beautiful home to show you! This turn of the century Swedish gem in Gothenburg has everything a home design lover could ask for - light-filled large rooms, high ceilings, lovely period features and owners (designers?) with impeccable taste! Let's feast our eyes......











Stadshem. Photography: Jonas Berg.

*So lovely* - don't you think?

I especially like the home office in shades of grey, with a daybed for reflecting and light streaming in through the balcony doors (see the master bedroom and the rest of the tour here). Perfect! Is there anything you love in particular about this home?

Get the look: kitchen - white bumling pendant light, Dagg vase, N°214 wall light DCW, rustic stool (love this!). sitting room - Private 0204 rugs are similar, black moroccan pouf, marshall speakers, Adnet mirror, Tati coffee table. Hallway - Sinnerlig bench. Bedroom - sinnerlig daybed, sinnerlig lamp, Eames chair.

I got really pin happy yesterday evening - here are a few of my favourites:

A beautiful nook / daybed

Loving this DIY idea! I just need to find a good window....

7 tips to edit your wardrobe.

Your beach house for the week? or a simple way to bring a touch of the tropics to your home....

Have a wonderful start to the week!



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