my scandinavian home: Ordinary attic to a fab work studio in Holland

Ordinary attic to a fab work studio in Holland

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Do you see work as a necessary evil or hop out of bed like the joys of spring on a Monday morning (actually, does that person actually exist - I mean on a Tuesday yes, but a Monday?!). Either way, most of us have to put our heads to the grindstone for quite a few hours each week - so we may as well make it a happy place!  It was in this vain I decided to share the home studio of (the very lovely) Holly Marder from Avenue Lifestyle blog in The Haague. Holly recently transformed an ordinary attic room into a flexible, mutli-functional and inspiring modern space where she can sit and work and meet clients. Oh and did I mention it's packed full of Dutch and Scandinavian pieces, vintage finds and the odd French masterpiece?

All photography / design / styling: Holly Marder. Shared with kind permission.

It's really not surprising that Holly has created such a fab space, that girl is sooo talented (see her recent bedroom make-over here, and some of the homes she's styled here, here and here)! Even so it's incredible what you can do with an attic room....I might just have to set up a meeting so I can go and hang out there for a day or two...

Is this your kind of studio?

Tips on where items are from: wooden push pins (moodboard) / vintage persian rug / Natural rug / Iumi Steckdesign pendant light / IKEA Docksta table / side cabinet is BESTA from IKEA which has been souped up with doors, brass handles and top from Superfront / Buy similar hanging planters here (20% discount with code MSH20 right now) / Isaac plug-in Sconce task light in brass / Nude study oil on canvas (Henri Matisse) / ALEX desk storage.

Take a peek at the complete before and after

More lovely studios / work spaces include this industrial warehouse, a Danish / Norwegian space and and a entire moodboard here. And for the kids - I love this cute black and white creative corner.

Have a lovely day!

PS back by popular demand - the archive labels (to the left), I've realised over the past three years I've posted over 1200 home tours!! Crazy! 

PPS Thank you so much to Elegance magazine who listed me in their top ten favourite European design blogs!! Such an honour!


  1. Yes this is really my kind of studio, and loving the idea of a sitting corner to meet clients as well in the same room!
    1200 home tours, this is really an encyclopedia of beautiful interiors!!! That's amazing :)

  2. This is just lovely! Definitely my kind of studio dream :)

    Don't miss my OPENHOUSE give-away this week!

  3. Yes, this is a great space!!! Your blog is my favorite by far...I am so happy to have found you, I look forward to reading (seeing) you every day!!! Thank you

  4. The dutch are especially concerned with things being "cosy" I think this space captures this really well.

  5. I love the chair at the office space, could you share the brand/store?

  6. Hi! I was wondering what brand the chair is or where to buy it?

  7. What item is the office table top?


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