happy holidays

after some hectic and busy weeks
 tomorrow we will drive "home" to my family
 at the dutch southcoast (Zeeland) where we will be
 just in time to do some last minute
shopping and to help with the dinner preparations.

 Most of all I am really looking forward to spend Christmas and the rest of the
happy holidays together with my family and friends...
Great days that will be filled with lot's of fun and old family stories
but also with cosy and lazy moments at home!

wish you all a happy Christmas dear friends, 
hope you and your loved ones will have a wonderful time!

photos: 1: local milk  2: murlifestyle  3: Susannah B  4: twiggstudios 5: Lauren Conrad 6: simplypix


perfect serenity

crispy whites, brass,  brown and  greyshades...

Just admired the beautiful place of  Nadja Mini Helminen
styled by Lotta Agaton and photographed by Kristofer Johnssson
 for  the latest issue of Residence magazine.se

Nadja is one of the persons that always inspires me at instagram 
 I love her beautiful and serene home filled with so much details that I love
and where we can find original elements as the stunning firepace!

see more of this very inspiring home at IG here
have a happy new week!


a green and natural christmas

like I said last week  I slowly started to decorate my home
for christmas and I completed it this week,  
just like past few years I kept it very simple and natural, 
 with a pine tree with some lights in it, some black (house doctor) stars,
 fresh conifer branches on a hanger, a lot of candles,  
a beautiful white amaryllis and some hyacinth bulbs to complete my green christmas

love the cosy atmosphere and I am really looking forward to enjoy
the holidays together with my family and to be surrounded by this  beautiful simplicity!
today some snapshots...

wish you all a fabulous weekend, enjoy all the happy things


shoplove - Bolia Amsterdam

photos elvs

a beautiful  warm industrial atmosphere, 
stunning and stylish corners, dark and white painted walls, 
 lot's of beautiful plants,  the typical Bolia home perfume, 
inspiring prints everywhere and most of all
 the fantastic Scandinavian design furniture and accessories...

already saw some sneakpeeks of this very inspiring place at Instagram
 these few weeks and I loved it from the moment that I saw it... 

Yesterday I visited the grand opening of the amazing 
Bolia store in Amsterdam that opened its doors for public today and it 
felt like entering interior heaven! a real must go in my opinion when you love- and 
want to experience a part of the scandinavian design world...

 find all about the Bolia store in Amsterdam here and be inspired!


giveaway - Quip & Co - CLOSED -

Congratulations Henk BM you are the lucky winner of
the stunning Quip & Co cabinet!
 please let us know your adress at elvsblog@gmail.com

- this giveaway is closed - 

like I said in my previous posts I really like this time of the year...
It's the time of the year where we decorate our homes a little bit more than we
normally do and where we enjoy the cosy moments when we light the candles and spend
 some extra special moments with our families.
It's the time of the year of making whishlists but above all the time of giving...

A few weeks ago Maarten the owner of dutch company Quip &Co has send me a mail 
because he thought it would be lovely to have a giveaway collaboration 
to celebrate the most beautiful time of the year... christmas time!

Maarten and his wife Lida thought that, in the spirit of Christmas,
it would be a great idea to make it a special giveaway... which means that
 instead of joining this giveaway for yourself you can also choose
 to play and win the cabinet for someone else or
 to tag another person to give her or him the opportunity to join this giveaway!

 I am really happy to have this festive Quip & Co giveaway on the blog today
it's such an amazing start of the week! 

 What can you win? 
- a stunning black industrial glass cabinet that fits in almost every interior!
(read all about it here

This is how to join in:
* like Quip & co on facebook (here) or/and IG (here)
*like elv's on facebook (here)
*  leave a comment below to let us know that you are joining in
* tag your- and/or a friends name in the comment field at the facebook post
at Quip & Co or at elv's 

Do you know quip & co? 
Quip & Co is a young company run by Lida and Maarten. 
 Lida & Maarten work with a lot of passion and pleasure and their ideas
 are based on the many trips that they have made. Their preference for eclectic interior and 
their love for the combination of different styles makes their  (web-)shop unique.
 In the quip &co shop (located in a characteristeric building - a former forgery- at Putten NL) 
 you will find industrial furniture, industrial lighting and accessories that they would love to have themselves.

Quip & Co is focused on the Dutch market, therefore this giveaway 
can only be entered by our dutch readers! sorry...

this giveaway closes the 22th of December 20.00h!
the winner will be announced at this post... good luck :) 



starting this weekend with some of my latest snapshots 
I have slowly started to add some christmas decorations in 
my home after my sons 11th birthdayparty last week
this is such a great time of the year...

 just like previous years my festive decoration will be a very
 minimal and natural one, I really like the cosy atmosphere
 created by these beautiful greens, lights and candles!

 it's time to announce the winners of the stunning
Via Martine modelphotography posters
congratulations to: Casjess,  Anita Poesse and Jeannette Renting
"random generator" has chosen you as the lucky winners  :-) 

(please let us know your adress at elvsblog@gmail.com)

 thank you all for joining in and for so many great comments
wish you all a happy weekend :-)

ps. you can find the winners of Sterrenhoudt giveaway here

Random Integer Generator  Here are your random numbers: 23     17       1



 love changing and creating new looks in my home
but in my bedroom it's always clean and sober 
I really like a serene atmosphere at this part of the house
I think lot's of whites can be so beautiful
when it's combined with just some beautiful contrasting details
that really makes the difference!

Totally fell for the minimialistic and stylish Reflection mirror 
from the new collection of scandinavian brand Nomess
 (designed by Lovisa Hansson)
The mirror is simply made of black metal pipes and is also equipped 
with a circle that can be used for organizing scarfs, 
towels and even jewelry... for me it's just perfect!
beautiful and simple, what do you think? 

                                                                                                                          photos elvs


dinnerroom love!

 After a few great weekend days at the dutch coast with my family and the 
celebration of the eleventh birthday of our son this monday 
I have spend the late evening to admire some stunning apartments 
for sale at the scandinavian brokerage sites.

I was attracted immediately by this beautiful and warm dinerroom 
seen at this appartment for sale and styled by stylistteam Sarah Widman
Elin Kicken and Evalotta Sundling for Alvhem Brokerage & Iterior

Just loved the inviting natural tones in black, brown- and greyshades, 
the classic design furniture combined with some of my latest Ikea favourites as the 
Sinnerlig couch designed by Ilse Crawford and oh these details... 
photos and prints on the wall easily hung up with some minimalistic frames 
simple but so beautiful... and just perfect for me!

ps. don't forget to join the great fesive giveaways that you can find here
(sterrenhoudt christmas box) and here (modelphotographyposters by via Martine) 
the winners will be anounced this friday!


printlove - via Martine - giveaway CLOSED

this giveaway is closed! 

congratulations to: Casjess,  Anita Poesse and Jeannette Renting
"random generator" has chosen you as the lucky winners  :-) 

(please let us know your adress at elvsblog@gmail.com)

Starting this weekend with some snapshots
 that I made a little while ago while doing some styling and 
shooting work for dutch webshop Via Martine

Via Martine has just launched their new modelphotography collection and
 I just love the stunning and inspiring prints that are available now!
The beautiful new collection has been made in collaboration 
with photographer Lotje from lotshots, just like the first modelprints.
Only this time the collection is added with some male models

When you follow me on instagram (here) you have probably noticed 
that I already have some favourite prints... Do you have a favourite modelprint? 

 To celebrate the launch of the new collection
Via Martine is giving away 3 modelphotography posters (50 x 70)
let us know your favourite print (find them hereby leaving a comment below 
and make a chance to win one of them! 

wish you all good luck and a happy weekend!

ps. this giveaway is open worldwide - the winners will be announced next week at this post!



this overwhelming place, 
where we can admire the magical atmosphere of Christmas,
is just why I love this time of the year so much...

find more beautiful festive inspiration at Artilleriet here 

                                                                                                                              photos via Artilleriet with thanks!

xmas decoration - the simple

love this time of the year when we find the most beautiful diy christmas ideas...
Yesterday I have admired some great diy and decoration ideas at livet hemma and I loved it!
Do you have some christmas decoration ideas already? 

My christmasdecoration will be, just like the other years I guess, simple
with a lot of greens and with natural and monochrome tones.
If you are looking for some more ideas you can find my decoration ideas from last years