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Flexa ‘The Heart Wood Home’

this is one of the color palettes that incorporate and compliment ‘heart wood’

Autumn is arriving and that means home + design expos! Not only that, but the shops here in The Netherlands start promoting the newest trends…

A Seaside Garden in The Suburbs of Enschede

A Seaside Garden in The Suburbs

our garden make-over part one

For months we were trying to figure out what to do with the garden. It had a ‘driveway’, something that resembled grass and large stone tiles that were weathered and not in such great shape. We considered grass, and for a long while contemplated on pebbles -decorative stones but we were not so excited with what we found.

We almost ordered Gravier d’or aka dolomiet, but reading reviews had us thinking it wasn’t such a good idea. It looks great. Just look at this photograph from vtwonen.

 Gravier d’or aka dolomiet (via vtwonen!)

Leonie Mooren | Fotografie Barbara Kieboom

The reviews are mixed, with many claiming that you end up with it all over the house, even after it has gotten a bit hard over time. We have a lot of black in our home, also wood and black cats… we have enough to keep clean, so decided not to take a chance with something like this, even though we love the look.

So how do we get a Mediterranean look without this type of garden floor? Shells. I did some research and found that they are perfect for the garden… at least for us. If you have small children I get that this is not something you use to cover almost the entire garden surface with! For us though it was perfect. We still have a terrace on stone tiles, which we will tackle another year by replacing the grey tiles! That is the area we sit the most, but where you will see the white wooden table, is almost always in the shade, which makes it great for dinners when the temperatures are high. I’ve even sat there with the laptop and used the area as an office when it was so hot outside. Our house doesn’t stay cool, so an outdoor escape is much needed on some days in the summer.

Because we have lived here a while, we know what areas we use the most and what our wishes were for each area. So as time went by during our first year here, we knew when we came upon shells that we had found our new garden floor. Next step? Which shells to order and from where? While doing my research I discovered there are many types of shells, and types of mixes you can order. We were looking for something decorative, and not trying to make a path or a driveway, so we went with these shells from Gadero. In our photo’s they look darker because of the rain! The first few days, we smelt the sea… maybe now too but this cold I have is preventing me from smelling much of anything!

Gadero has free delivery for the ‘big bags’ and we had them within three days! The colors matched the sample they had sent earlier and we’re quite happy with our choice!

So this is part one of the make-over!

Here are the before pics that were taken when we first looked at the house!

We removed the ‘grass’, the stones and evened the garden out and added a root cloth to hold off the weeds for as long as possible.

Here are some pics of it when we were finished with the shells. So no styling, and the pallets from the shells are still there as well as other items that aren’t usually in the garden. Still you get an idea of it. Also it was raining so the shells are wet. When they are dry they are so much lighter!

The garden is not finished, we have plans for a wooden deck where you now see the small bistro chairs and table on stones. It will be our little place to relax when we drink coffee in the evenings (it’s the bit of garden that has the last bit of sun in the evenings). We’re going to add large poles in pots to hang our outdoor lighting, and as I said before the remaining grey stone tiles will be replaced. Then there is the styling and some more plants!

It will be next year before I come back with a part two. However the outdoor lighting d.i.y. will be online soon. We’re throwing a big dinner party here in a few weeks so we will be needing the festive lights in the garden!

I’ll be back soon with some more color inspiration from Flexa, and the color of the year for 2018. Oh, and of course the vt wonen&design beurs is just around the corner and of course we’ll be there taking photographs!

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a good week!

xoxo Micheile


London based Folk & ‘eve, collaborate for the collection Folk x eve

Folk + ‘eve collaborate for the perfect fit

Folk x eve
bedroom + beyond

Folk + eve collaborate for the perfect fit.

An idea dreamed up between two innovative London-based companies, the Folk x eve collection takes the tired formula of sleepwear and injects design.

Eve understand sleep, they’ve been making incredibly comfortable mattresses for years and have quickly established themselves as the modern sleep brand. With their instantly recognizable yolk yellow sunrise signature, they are ideal bed fellows. Folk understands design, with their seasonal contemporary casual-wear collections sold in the nicest shops in the UK, Japan & Europe. Unique fabrics and detailing marks them out as experts in understated style with an eye for surprise. This collaboration with eve is a perfect fit.

For the bedroom and beyond.

The collection is about products that you could spend all day in, asleep or awake, home or away, for the bedroom and beyond. It consists of women’s &  men’s cotton pyjamas, cut in a classic two piece style with pressed collar and contrasting piping; over-sized white tees with multiple embroidered sun + moon icons; baggy color paneled socks, in a warm wool mix. Plus 100% cotton king size duvet cover and pillow case set with piping detail and nut button closures.

the bedroom collection

British contemporary casual-wear brand Folk together with eve, collaborate to create the Folk x eve bedroom collection. With a focus on superior quality and beautiful detail, the collection includes both sleepwear and bedding.

Stylish and simple, the collection has a focus on superior quality and beautiful detail, featuring pyjamas, bedding, sleep socks and a sleep tee.

Made of a rich wool blend, the unisex sleep socks carry a bolder design, with yellow and white graphics embroidered on navy blue.

Folk x eve Collaboration || a Creative mess Blog

The sleep tee, in a soft white, features an embroidered sunrise graphic and is made with lightweight jersey cotton, cut to have the comfort of everyday wear but with the lightness and breath-ability that’s perfect for a sleepwear piece.

If you’re visiting the site from The Netherlands here is some information for you in Dutch.

‘eve Sleep en kledingmerk Folk zijn een unieke samenwerking aangegaan, waarbij ze een nachtkleding-collectie hebben ontwikkeld. Deze co-branded slaaplijn wordt vandaag gelanceerd en bestaat uit onder andere pyjama’s, slaapsokken, een slaapshirt en matching beddengoed.

‘beautifully simple and simply beautiful’

‘eve ontwikkelt producten vanuit het design credo ‘beautifully simple and simply beautiful’. Folk focust zich op subtiele details en vakmanschap, wat wij bij eve erg inspirerend vinden, daarom is dit eigentijdse kledingmerk de perfecte partner. Deze collectie kun je zelf dragen én je kunt je beddengoed aankleden in dezelfde stijl. De stoffen zijn zorgvuldig geselecteerd, waardoor ze goed combineren om comfortabel en makkelijk in te kunnen slapen.’

– Kuba Wieczorek, chief brand officer eve Sleep.

‘We houden ervan om samen te werken met nieuwe ondernemers. eve deelt een gelijkwaardige visie als Folk waar het gaat om de inzet voor detail en de kwaliteit van ontwerpen. We wilden al een tijd een Folk nachtkleding-collectie creëren en ik ken Kuba al een aantal jaar, dus het voelde als de perfecte kans.’

– Cathal McAteer, grondlegger van Folk Clothing

De collectie is stijlvol en simpel en heeft een superieure kwaliteit met mooie details. De offwhite pyjama’s, voor mannen en vrouwen, zijn gemaakt van 100% katoen. Ze hebben een marineblauw streepdetail, zijn op maat gesneden en voorzien van een mooie belijning. Daarnaast zijn ze lichtgewicht en voelen ze comfortabel aan. Het T-shirt is zacht wit en heeft een geborduurd zonsopgang-design. Het is gemaakt van lichtgewicht jersey-katoen, heeft een comfortabele pasvorm en een ademende stof. De uniseks slaapsokken zijn gemaakt van een luxe wol-mix en hebben een stoer grafisch ontwerp in de kleuren geel en marineblauw.

De zachte, grijze beddengoed set is gemaakt van 100% katoen en heeft geborduurde details van Folk’s marineblauw en eve’s signatuur-geel. De kleding en het beddengoed sluiten perfect op elkaar aan en zorgen voor ultieme bewegingsvrijheid, zonder wrijving, gedurende de nacht.

Over eve Sleep eve is van mening dat iedereen een perfecte start verdient. Met als doelstelling slaapproducten te ontwerpen die ‘simply beautiful en beautifully simple’ zijn, belooft eve een energieke ochtend en een productieve dag. eve gelooft dat iedere geweldige dag de avond ervoor al begint. Opgericht in Londen is eve Sleep inmiddels uitgerold door heel Europa. eve Sleep heeft de ambitie om de ingedutte slaapindustrie te prikkelen met meer gemak, klant is koning-service en superieure producten waarbij de kwaliteit belangrijker is dan de prijs.


Over Folk kleding Folk ontwerpt elegante kleding verrijkt met subtiele details: stijl zonder drama. Het merk werkt met eenvoudige patronen en legt de focus op kwaliteit, texturen en de eigenschappen van stoffen. Werkend vanuit een bredere context dan alleen kleding heeft Folk zich vanaf het ontstaan ook georiënteerd op modern productontwerp. Het punt is nu bereikt dat Folk kan worden gezien als een multidisciplinaire designstudio met prachtige meubels, objecten en kunstwerken.

To find ‘eve + Folk, visit there websites. 

The vt wonen en designbeurs is just around the corner! Who’s going? 

We’ll be there on the Friday. Maybe I’ll see some of you there.



DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post! I received the press release and because I like the product I have chosen to blog about it. The photography is not my own and has been provided by the press agent. Text has been adapted from the websites of ‘eve + Folk.



Flexa Blogger Event


Bloggers Event with Meet The Blogger

A few years back I attended an event at the Flexa House of Colours, pop up store, in Amsterdam, that was organized by Meet the Blogger.

Today I posted about Flexa and did a search on my site, and realized this post hadn’t been moved from the old blog! So I’m re-posting it! It was a fun day spent with creative minded bloggers, designers and actress  Victoria Koblenko.

Victoria presented her color palette, which was titled “Passie”. It is a bright and eclectic mix of greens.

Flexa house of colors with Meet the Blogger and Victoria Koblenko

That dress was a masterpiece! It was made of especially for her and all that shine came from beetles! The dress was covered with the iridescent wings of the jewel beetle which the insects naturally shed as part of their life cycle. Stunning and original!

We heard the color specialists from Flexa tell us about the new palettes, and how they came to be. It was all in all an exciting and fun day. I ended up using the color palette I made that day for my work space, and I’m still really happy with it! 

Below are some photographs from the event and below those, my work space and other Flexa home projects of mine!



stylish pink on the top section, white under
the ‘cement’ wall and the ‘blueberry dream’ photo’s, I’ve misplaced… to be continued.

Thanks to Flexa + Meet The Blogger and of course to all the bloggers that helped make the day special! You too Victoria.