In this week’s edition of our Design Insights Interview we are truly excited to welcome Netherlands-based Barbara from interior inspiration blog, Boulevard B. Having started her editing and magazine career in well-known Dutch magazines, such as vtwonen and Libelle, we can’t wait to hear her insights! Let’s find out more:
What inspired you to delve into interior styling and how did you get started? It started with decorating my room when I was a little 10 year old girl. Lots of years later, after studying Dutch, I was very lucky to start my editing and magazine career at the Dutch magazine vtwonen. I learned a lot in this editing office from both stylists and editors. I then became a freelance editor and specialised in home interior, since then I have worked for different kind of magazines such as vtwonen, Libelle and Flair. When I discovered blogging, I started straight away on a very small scale, it now becomes bigger and bigger every day!
How would you describe your interior style? My own style is very basic. With lots of whites, black and wood decorated with some soft pastel colours and industrial details. It’s sober, warm and of course quite Scandinavian.
Where do you seek style inspiration? That’s easy for me. I receive lot of images from stylists so that I can write about them for magazines. I also spend my time scrolling lots of other blogs and interior magazines from all over the world and I try to visit as many fairs as I can.
Of all the rooms you have styled, which has been your favourite? This summer I made a home interior production on a houseboat of a friend of mine. It will be published in vtwonen in Spring 2015. Last week I styled a small home on the sunny Greek island Karpathos, it has a very traditional interior but the owners turned it in a very contemporary all white style. That one will be published in Libelle magazine.
Which room in the home do you enjoy styling the most and why? At the moment I’m looking for a new home which I can decorate completely by myself. That’s why my current house is not what I would like it to be. But there is one space I like to decorate the most, because it’s totally mine, and that’s my working space.
Can you tell us about the most outlandish room makeover you’ve styled? That would be our beach house. It’s an old trailer which was very brown and we turned it into a white space with lots of light and very practical storage opportunities.
Which trend are you most excited about working with this year? These days I like to work with lots of plaids, cushions and handmade accessories. I also like the amazing possibilities of wallpaper. And now plants are back in home interior, I like to hang them in small corners or above side tables.
Which colour combinations are your favourite to work with? Black, white, naturals and pastels. I hate red!
What are your favourite materials to work with? Ceramic, concrete, linen and wood.
Which 3 objects do you believe have the ability to completely transform a room? Is wallpaper allowed? Otherwise a vintage design chair, an old or handmade vase, carpet and window coverings.
What advice would you give to our readers looking to refresh their interiors? There is so much to do! Start with a project like the floor or the walls. Pick the perfect carpet and loose yourself in amazing artisan accessories or art. And don’t forget to focus on details so every small thing in house will make you happy.
Do you have any upcoming exciting projects? I’m just enjoying my current pursuits. Creating interior magazines, inspiring blog posts, styling personal homes for photography and making working trips for travel productions. Some day this year I’ll find my perfect new house!
Portrait credits: Margriethoekstra.nl
Huge thanks to Barbara for her fab design insights! Do you want to find out more? Head to Boulevard B by clicking here.