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10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For November

Hi cattledogs readers! I am so excited to be part of cattledogs starting with this column, and am so happy to be taking my own “10 Things I Love” post to all new heights here for all of you! So first thing first: My name is (read my bio here), and on a daily basis I run Denmark’s leading blog on interior, design and lifestyle called Bungalow5 and will from now on, also share my favorites monthly here on cattledogs.

The concept is pretty simple, 10 more or less an identical set of categories where a few might change accordingly. I will focus mostly on what I know best, Scandinavian design, however, I am traveling quite a lot, so international things might show up and I will make sure, that you can order all items online for delivery wherever you are.

I hope you like what I share in my columns, you might find it a bit to the masculine side, but hey, I am a man. Plus, Holly loves my style so I think she knows her readers well enough to know that you will all find my angle interesting and fun to read. So let us begin!

1 // Furniture:

THE PENGUIN CHAIR. To me at least, this is a relatively unknown Danish design chair, which I recently saw on a visit at the in New York. It was designed by Danish designer In Kofod-Larsen. Even though Ib achieved international success in the 1950s, and his became one of Denmark’s best selling pieces in the US, he is almost nowhere to be found – and I hadn’t heard anything about him or his chair before I saw it in New York. Luckily for us, it is back in production by Brdr. Petersen and sold world wide.

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2 // Art

I am always looking for new and more art for my white walls. A new favorite of mine is , a Danish online gallery where all prints are super high quality and made-to-order in the size you want. I just brought home Bjarke Johansen’s cowboy to add a bit of the modern wild west to my Scandinavian modern, mid-century home.

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3 // Decorate:

I am a collector. I have things everywhere. I am not a classic Scandi minimalist. Sometimes I have a hissy fit and get rid of a bunch of things, but magically, shelves, corners and side tables get packed very quickly again. This month I have my eye set on a few items from the newly opened one-of-a-kind objects shop . I really like the very unusual yet charming stoneware candle holders by Malwina Kleparska and the petrified wood trays that I am sure will be the next big thing. From Danish Menu, I really love the new , Designed by Aleksandar Lazic, it is even beautiful on its own without flowers and not too girly (nothing wrong with girly, just not my style, sorry). I simply had to bring home a bit of the new collection on a recent trip to Paris, too.

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4 // Sleep:

As a design capital, Copenhagen has really been lacking on proper, nicely decorated design hotels. Luckily that is changing rapidly. Skt. Petri finally got upgraded, SP34 has been among the favorites for a long time, but now both , , and opens their doors to beautiful interiors and very well-designed hotels. I cannot wait to be a tourist in my own city.

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5 // Listen:

While we wait for the long anticipated new Sam Smith album, I am very happy with his latest single release, .

6 // Groom:

As it gets darker and darker and the days gets shorter, I find it even more necessary to take good care of myself and my skin. This month I’ll make it goal to do a weekly facial with the new Masculinity series for men by , give my hands a daily rub with the salvia, rosemary and lavender hand crème, old lady like I know, but I like it anyway, and of course I am over the moon about the new unisex Hwyl eau de parfum -- smokey, woody, rich, perfect for a winter scent.

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7 // Read:

First, my own book - my debut title, ", published by . Holly will be reviewing it on cattledogs soon, but I had to share it in a photo I took in my home, below. I hope that you will order it, too!

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Aside from my own book, I cannot wait to dive into the new . As an entrepreneur myself I am really looking forward to reading and being inspired by others around the world.

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"Entreprenuer" Photos by @Holly Becker as my copy hasn’t arrived just yet.

8 // Eat:  

Right now I am working on making a menu at the Copenhagen restaurant , a newly opened restaurant owned by design hotel Skt. Petri. I am of course working closely together with the head chef Patryk Stafin, who used to work at Noma. Including in the menu are both a pre-dinner and after-dinner drink, just as I like it. So if you are in Copenhagen between end of November to mid February, you should really book a table. I promise you, it is delicious. Keep an eye out for the P Menu, which will be my menu. And promise me you’ll go all out, with drinks, wine and the entire menu – that’s how I designed it.

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9 // Shop:

I am a frequent traveler to Los Angeles, and at the end of November I’ll be going again for three weeks. Once in LA, I’ll head straight to Main Street in Venice for the new From the looks of it, a calm cool space with a curious mix of far-flung and homegrown fashion and objects, I'll love it. I already love their shop in Silver Lake, so I am sure I’ll enjoy shopping in their new shop just as much. And I love Venice too, so mega win win.

10 // One last thing:

I have really been searching for the perfect office chair, right now, I have stolen one from my dining room, not ideal, but it works until I find the right one. I really like the look of , the all black version would be amazing, and they promise amazingly comfort.

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Hope you have a great day, see you in December with my next installation of "10 Things I Love". - Allan

8 Plant Shops You Need To See

Hi friends! I'm in Helsinki at the moment shopping, touring a design fair and hanging out with new friends and bloggers who are touring along with me. It's really nice and a lot of fun to be in Finland for the first time - it's all just wonderful. While I'm out and about shopping (follow me on Instagram to see what I see along the way), I've been thinking about how much shops inspire me when I travel and how they give you a real sense of the city and those who live there, don't you think?

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Today I thought we could go shopping together, only for plants. I think the plant trend finally got the best of me because I never cared to have many in my home before, but now I have more than ever before in my life! Like maybe 20 and for me, that's a collection!

My mother with her macrame planters would be so proud of me! I finally like plants and have learned to care for them. I can't believe I typed that.

Here are some charming plant shops around the world to check out for inspo today. I wonder if Helsinki has some good plant (or flower) shops? Do you know? Hmmmm....

1. Kaktus København, Copenhagen ( and ). I hope to catch a peek at this store when I go to Copenhagen next May. Will be fun to finally see it in person. Looks so cute. I love the idea of an entire shop devoted to cactus! Click on any of the photos above to enlarge or save. And don't the shop owners look so cute?

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2. Botany, London (e and ). I'll be back in London in November so I plan to definitely hit this shop up! I love their pots, too!

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3. Plant Shop, Seattle ( and ). For those on the west coast USA, this looks like quite a heavenly spot for plant shopping, doesn't it? Anyone been before?

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4. Wildernis, Amsterdam ( and ). I found these guys on Instagram and have been following them ever since. What a sweet shop. I will go when I'm in Amsterdam for in November.

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5. Forest London, London ( and ). This place looks so nice and classy for a plant shop, doesn't it? And they carry Aesop. I'm such an Aesop fan lately, you too?

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6. Plant By Packwood, Fitroy, Australia ( and ). Oh Australia. I love how many things from your country impress me and beckon me to come visit....

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7. The Green Depot, Western Australia ( and ). How cute is this??? Seriously!

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8. Niche, Boston ( and ). Sometimes I miss Boston with it's sweet shops and great places to eat. I have a lot of memories there! I never shopped Niche before, but it looks like a great plant shop to visit if you're in the neighborhood!

What is your favorite plant store and where is it? Please leave a link in the comments section below!

(Photography: Linked to shops above except for , and .)

10 Ideas for a Personal, Cozy Autumn Picnic

I'm delighted to begin the week with a photo shoot that I did yesterday in the forest near my house. I was with my friend Lilly, who makes a great model, and we had such a nice time working together in the Fall weather under a golden sun! I'm happy to share the results of our forest picnic with you today, which is in partnership with . I will share 10 ways to create a personal and cozy forest picnic for two.

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First, a little background about this picnic. I thought since I live in Germany, I'd like to take the daily ritual of 4:00pm kaffee und kuchen (coffee & cake) and recreate it as a theme for a romantic picnic for two. I imagined a couple with a young child, who hardly ever go on dates because they are so busy with their careers and kids. How sweet and touching it would be to surprise your partner with a kaffee und kuchen picnic in a nearby green area - perhaps in the afternoon while the little one is with grandma for a few hours or with a babysitter. How nice to just escape and celebrate your love. To eat, read some magazines, listen to some music, chat...

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For this scene, I've customized a , , , a , and - all from . I'll detail each below along with my 10 tips for a creating a lovely little couple's picnic. Are you ready?

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1. FAST, SIMPLE, HOMEMADE. The first thing to do when you want to plan a quick picnic for two is to keep the food simple but homemade.

Why? Homemade shows you care and everyone appreciates something made by hand and usually one cake is cherished more than a spread of grocery store food. Make a cake or something else sweet that will fill your bellies but also be easy to pack and carry. Remember, you are only spending a few hours together, you don't need to bring a cooler and a wagon full of food!

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2.  ADD A PRETTY PHOTO BLANKET. I love soft, warm blankets for picnics in the cooler months.

You can use like I did to customize a for you and your sweetheart. I suggest fleece so you can bring it home and use it later on the sofa. Maybe you can incorporate a photo into the motif that your loved one took, like I did below? It's a big photo of green apples from my husband that has meaning to him.

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3.  PACK ONLY WHAT YOU NEED. No more!

Next, you'll need to pack everything you need for eating and drinking but ONLY what you need, don't get carried away and overload your bags because carrying all that stuff around isn't how I enjoy going on a picnic. I prefer to bring exactly what I need: Glasses or cups, forks, napkins, plates, a knife if you need it for slicing, etc. Think of everything and pack it along.

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4.  MELAMINE PLATES. I love the idea of using melamine plates for picnics because then I'm not throwing away plastic and paper each time I picnic.

I wish more people would pack and stop using paper products that immediately end up in the trash bin. For these plates, I also used photos that my husband took. Imagine how happy your partner would be to see their photos on plates? How thoughtful! And of course, you can use them over and over again for picnics later on and even at home for those casual pizza nights by the television.

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5.  Have one, easy beverage. And a bottle of water.

I like to have one "signature" drink for a picnic and then, a bottled water. For this picnic, I went with coffee. Another tip when bringing coffee or tea is to mix in the milk and sugar first at home, then put it in a thermos. Don't pack everything separately, the less you have to bring with you the better. If you want to do iced coffee like I did, pack the ice separately in a small container that keeps ice from melting. You can also skip the ice and just do hot coffee or tea. I love iced coffee though and since September isn't cold enough for me yet to drink hot coffee at an afternoon picnic, I wanted to try iced coffee and cake -- and it was yummy!

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6.  GLASSWARE. YES, REALLY. I never thought to use glassware at a picnic, but when I saw these thick and very sturdy glass mason jar mugs from Shutterfly, which you can customize with your own text, I was totally on board with GLASS.

Again, I like the idea of being able to use something over and over again versus throwing it away. After the picnic, I can use these cute for hot cocoa, beer, iced tea, cocktails or even a vessel to pop in a bouquet of flowers. My mugs say "Tee loves Holly" and "Holly loves Tee" (Tee is the nickname of my husband.).

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7. LINEN VS. PAPER. Another nice tip is to bring linen napkins instead of paper.

Why? For a romantic picnic, cloth feels classy and nice. And less waste!

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8. ADD RIBBON AND GREENERY OR FLOWERS. It's so easy to make your blanket look pretty with next to nothing!

You can pluck a few sprigs to add to your picnic scene. A few wildflowers, cloud berries, raspberry sprigs, or even some pine or leaves can look pretty tucked into the napkin with a simple ribbon. This takes two seconds but looks so nice, don't you think?

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9. A STURDY TOTE. This is a must! Baskets are nice but for me, not practical.

For the perfect carry-all tote, I selected and customized this . On the linen bag the word Ausflug is embroidered and I chose brushed gold as the accent color since it coordinates best with my outfits. Ausflug is the German way of saying to take a quick trip, to sorta fly away for a bit (but not literally). It's like taking a day trip or running away for a few hours to take time for yourself.

10. ADD A SPECIAL GIFT OR TWO. I love to give little gifts to people whom I care for deeply.

For this picnic, you could customize a deck of cards or even a memory game so you can play together. For my picnic, I customized a with photos that my husband and I took over the years of our little boy, Aidan, as a gift. I added words the best describe our child as he is today at age 3 1/2. My husband really loved these!

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Don't you think that parents always carry their children with them wherever they go, even when the child isn't around? They still come up in conversation and are always on your mind. That's why parents tend to give things to each other that often involve something that includes the children. A memory game is sweet for the child but also something you can play with them, so it's a nice gift to share with your family.

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Another nice gift, which isn't needed for a picnic but is small enough to pop in your tote bag and bring with you, are using photos that your partner took. Imagine how happy they'll be to have something else in the home that's so personal! My husband really liked these, especially since he uses coasters every day on his desk for his tea or while having a drink during a film because we have nice tables in our home that we don't want to leave water rings on. Coasters are not the most modern home accessory, I know, but they are still good to keep around and to use. Didn't these come out so nice?

I'm so happy that you came on this little picnic adventure with me today. I hope my ideas have inspired you to think simply when it comes to entertaining but also, to try to personalize the things you buy so that they are more meaningful and lasting. Before this, I'd never in my life thought to put photos on anything other than my wall or in photo books, but now I'm convinced that adding photos to everyday things can add such a special touch, and warm the hearts of those whom you care for, too!

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(Photography: Holly Becker. Model: Lilly Oppitz)

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Create Personalized Candles With Your Photography At Shutterfly
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I've partnered with to share a few of my favorite ways to turn all the photos on my Instagram into something more meaningful to decorate with in my home. I had this idea to create a candle with an image of my son on it, so I selected the from their site and placed a photo of little Aidan on it taken by my husband, an image that is very precious to me. When the candle arrived yesterday, I felt so happy opening the orange box because it the candle not only smells just wonderful but when I saw the photo of my son on it, it really touched my heart.

Today when I placed it on my table, the warm glow of candlelight coupled with fresh roses he and his father brought home from the farmers' market today, made me feel really cozy and in a bit in an Autumn mood on this moody and cold Friday where I live.

When it comes to decorating, I believe in simple, special touches. Shutterfly is an unexpected spot to design your own products for home a special meaning to you, which is why I wanted to tell you about them. Not only can you add your photography to things like mugs, candles and pillows, but you can add your illustrations too.

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If you're an artist, seeing your artwork on something that you use each day would be very uplifting, don't you think? These cherished customized items also make great gifts. I will show you some mugs I personalized on my Instagram soon for my husband and I that I know you will love and want to own for yourself with photos that you love, too.

You have to get a candle from and personalize it for your space, it's just the nicest present to give to yourself and your home!

Honestly, I don't do much with my photos with the exception of publishing them online, selling them into magazines, or putting them into my books or in the books authored by others. When approached me to work with them, I felt like it would be a huge burden to embark on a project where I'd need to choose products for my photography. That's why I started with a candle. It was simple and I love the results.

In the next week or so, I'll show you a , some , , a and several other items I personalized, too. It was really fun and I'm already dreaming up what else I can personalize with family photos for my home. Maybe you should try it, could inspire you too.

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Designer Saana Ja Olli + What Finnish Design Means To Me

I've been a big fan of Finnish designer for nearly two years since I have one of her and love it. I take it on photo shoots to haul things like pillows and blankets, and I take it when I transport boxes and bulky stuff to the post office, a shop or to see a friend. It's the best bag in the world, and I get tons of comments when I use it - mostly, how fond everyone is by its enormous size and sheer gorgeousness.

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Don't these image give you such a beautiful, restful feeling inside? I like them so much, such pretty, moody lighting and styling too.

I was reminded of Sanna Ja Olli today because I've been ed by (the largest newspaper in Finland) and (Finland's lifestyle site for women) for interviews since I'll soon be in Hensinki lecturing at . I'm so excited that Finland is welcoming me so nicely to their country, what an honor and privilege to be received so warmly during my first visit.

During one of the interviews, I was asked about Finnish design and what attracts me to it and who is designing in Finland that I admire. One of the brands I named was Saana Ja Olli since I'm madly in love with her patterns and the simplicity and naturalness in what she produces.

One of the interviews today was interesting, the journalist asked me what I thought about Finnish design, how I "saw" it. This was a question I'd never been asked, and I hadn't given it much thought until today. I explained that when I think of Finnish design, I imagine nature and powerful shapes and a bit of a Slavic aesthetic - from neighboring Russia mostly. I imagine shapes that are strong, clear and graphic. Finnish design also seems very sensitive to me, like there is an understanding of design in an almost spiritual, elevated sense. I don’t think of mass-produced or a consumer culture – I picture sustainability, sensitivity, emotion and also an excellent marriage of form and function. I also see simplicity but ironically, a bit of a sense of humor in the design – shapes are playful and experimental.

Another thing that came to mind during our interview is that when I think of Finnish interiors, not one interior style comes to mind. Do you know what I mean by this? When I think of a Danish, Dutch, American or Swedish home, I immediately see an interior - some image pops to mind - or a range of "styles" per country...

 

 

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When I think of Finnish design, I think of individual pieces, but not interiors. I couldn't really tell you what a Finnish home looks like. This is a strength I believe, what really makes them stand out. It gives them the power to create their own style through objects that they collect and love because they seem to adhere less to a certain mainstream vision.

I'm not Finnish and I've never been there, so perhaps my perspective is not shared. I'm curious when I get to Helsinki and start inspecting interiors more carefully, what I'll learn?

Do you have any impressions on this topic to share? I'm quite curious to hear them so please comment if you'd like. I don't bite.

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Tour a Gorgeous Dutch Ceramics Studio

Hi everyone, this is and today I want to share a gorgeous ceramics studio with you that I photographed not to long ago in Amsterdam. By the way, I know I went missing for a bit on cattledogs, but now I'm back regularly to be your home and shop tours reporter from The Netherlands. Holly (Becker) is really growing her team to have a reporter for you from as many European countries as she can fit, and so I'm handling the Netherlands. Today, let's relax together and view the incredible space of .

Dutch ceramicist Annemieke Boot

Dutch ceramicist Annemieke Boot

One glance inside Annemieke Boot's Amsterdam ceramics studio and you will see that her work is deeply inspired by Scandinavian simplicity, her designs derived from pure, simple forms.

My work is light, fragile and has something sweet, something soft about it. It is an extension of myself.
— Annemieke Boots
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With a keen eye for detail, Annemieke admits that she once was intent to make each and every piece exactly the same and uniform, but as her love of the discipline grew she came to appreciate the beauty in imperfection.

I have realized that the dents and bumps the occur naturally are precisely what makes hand-turned pottery special. Each item is carefully made with LOVE.
— Annemieke Boots
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When searching for a studio space, light was an essential ingredient for Annemieke. “I spend much of my time in the studio. I’m here five days a week and sometimes also on weekends – creating, filling or emptying the kiln, doing administration or photographing my work. For this reason, the studio on the Buyskade appealed to me right away – it has floods of natural light, is in a great location and is warm, even in the winter. It was meant to be.” A lick of paint and new floors made her studio an ideal backdrop for her ceramics that is every bit as functional as it is lovely.

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Annemieke shares her Amsterdam studio with three other ceramicists – from Copenhagen, Marie-Jose Schulte Fischedick and William Thompson. “We all have our own style, but assist each other in the creative process.” Collaborations also come through social media, such as product exchanges with other makers Annemieke connects with on . “It’s fun to do and I enjoy meeting like-minded creatives in this way. The Instagram community is particularly interested in the work that I do, which is beautiful to see.”

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After running an interiors boutique in Amsterdam selling Asian furniture an accessories for several years, Annemieke was ready for a change and a creative challenge. “At a certain point, I had seen it all and wanted something new,” she explains. “I did the marketing, sales, styling and maintained with the customers. I knew all the tricks from start to finish and was ready for something else. Something creative. I did not know what I wanted to do and frankly I also lacked energy at that time.”

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A visit to at the ceramicist atelier while holidaying at their Swedish summer house couldn’t have come at a better time and was the trigger Annemieke needed to make the change she had been wanting. “While we were there, Ingvar sat behind his turntable and saw the magic in my eyes. He asked if I wanted to learn and the following week I started on basics of modeling. There in his studio it happened. I was behind the turntable, felt the clay in my hands and tears spontaneously prickled in my eyes. This is it! This is what I have to do, make ceramics. When I think back, I get goosebumps all over again. I totally didn’t know how I was going to make money out of it, but I did it anyway.” Upon returning home, Annemieke purchased her first turntable, signed up for a course and went in search of a studio space to practise her new skill. “It may look easy, but I can tell you, it is not!”

Inspiration for her creations comes in various forms. “I love natural tones inspired by nature, such as white, cream, blue and grey.” And while nature plays an important role where shapes and color are concerned, Annemieke also draws inspiration in other art forms such as glass-blowing. “Copying a design does not work for me. It really has to come from within, even the process of kneading the clay. I put my heart and soul into the clay, and only then do I get the desired result.”

“Selling my own work was very daunting at first but it went almost automatically from the get go.” Aside from building on a collection of ceramics for her studio and shop, Annemieke also took on styling commissions which helped to build confidence in her skills and develop her creative network.

“I have always been very shy, but thanks to my shop I learned to strike up a conversation and from there things started coming my way.” Annemieke now stocks several boutiques with her wares and carries out regular commissions for several labels including  (and Avenue favourite) and .

There’s something special about feasting off a beautiful, hand turned plate, I am convinced the food tastes better! But seeing people love my products simply amazes me and fills my with satisfaction and pride. I am so grateful to be able to do what I love every day!
— Annemieke Boots

Though Annemieke is perfectly satisfied mastering her skills with stoneware, she aspires to further broaden her craft, challenger herself and reach goals. “I started with stoneware with the goal of mastering that first before allowing myself to work with porcelain. This is such a special material that I wanted to save it for later. Continuously making the same things is not for me; I know I’ll get bored after a while.”

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Seeing her work feature in publications such as  has given Annemieke the incentive to keep creating pieces of beauty and function, and aspirations on creating more wares for the food industry.

I'll be back next week to give you a sweet little tour that is rather personal to me, so I'll see you then! - Holly Marder

(Photography: Holly Marder for | Copy: Holly Marder, | Assistance: Nina le Blanc)