Winter in Holland

I love this mid-season in Sydney when it’s not too hot (a comfortable 27 degrees today), but we’ve clearly made it on the other side of winter. The mornings can still be cool, so I love dressing light, but have an extra layer on me just in case. This is where scarves and light jackets or cardigans come in.

I came across a Dutch brand “Winter in Holland” only a few months ago, but fell in love with their ethos and products immediately. A beautiful initiative and a slow-fashion brand founded by Anouk van der Laan, Winter in Holland is all about craftsmanship, high quality and durable aesthetics. Their range of textiles, “Socially Made in Amsterdam“, is knitted by women who have come to Holland from countries where education for women is still uncommon. These women are educated to become professional knitters, paid for their work and can receive help to set up their own businesses. Winter in Holland helps these women become more independent in their new home country and provides them with a career in the textile industry.

Needless to say I love everything about this brand and the scarf is absolutely beautiful. It has the most beautiful texture and feel and it is one of those pieces in your wardrobe that you wish to keep for a very long time. Although this scarf was kindly gifted to me by Winter in Holland, all opinions are my own.

Hello Monday!

Spring has arrived here in Sydney and we are about to be hit with some very warm temperatures this week. This is such a nice time of the year here; native flowers are blooming everywhere and it’s often a really comfortable temperature (before those scorcher days later in the year). What’s not to like?

I started my week with reorganising this little corner. The shelf is certainly not the prettiest, and I might move it out on the balcony for summer, but for now it hosts some of my favourite pieces I use almost daily. This year I’ve shifted more and more towards (or should I say, shifted back to) natural elements in our home; think linen and organic cotton, some random branches and dried leafage instead of flowers and green plants, rough handmade ceramics with some baskets thrown in for good measure.

I mentioned Anno in my recent post. Their new collection is absolutely spot on with what I’m loving at the moment and this rug is no exception. It’s so soft (my daughter loves just sitting on it browsing her books) and although I think it will look perfect with what my home is looking like this summer, I have no doubt it will transform with the new season as well. In addition, the texture of this rug adds a nice warmth to a room. I really love it.

Wishing you a lovely week ahead and stay tuned for more soon!

PS. This lovely rug was gifted me by Anno with no strings attached. As always, all opinions are my own.