We’re truly excited to welcome super-talented lifestyle Blogger Annelies Vermeulen from Allihoppa to this week’s #LoveToGive edition of our Design Insights Interview! She is the queen of creative crafts, with a blog bursting full of D.I.Y inspiration! Let’s gain an insight into her world:
What are your top tips for easily adding a dash of festive fun to your home? Festive fun can easily be added by something handmade. I love to make stuff for my home. A crocheted blanket for instance or a paper garland. Something handmade is always unique and brightens up your home. Don’t like to make something yourself? You can always buy handmade stuff on Etsy.
A favourite festive spot in your home (i.e. chair by wood burner / kitchen table with friends etc)? I love our large dining table. It’s huge and ten people can easily sit at it. It’s great for family dinners or dinners with friends, and I can even leave plants and flowers on the table without having to remove them for space.
What’s your must-have stocking filler from our Love to Give Collection? I love everything because it’s so colourful, but I own a universal knife and it’s wonderful. It’s sharp and colorful.
The best (most surprising!) festive dish you’ll be serving to friends and family this year? How can I tell this when it’s a surprise? Okay, you have to keep it a secret. We want to make a very nice lemon/fennel risotto. It’s actually a recipe by another blogger Ikbenirisniet.
What’s on your must-read festive reading list this year? I’m not sure this is a very festive book (quite sure it isn’t), but I’m reading Purity by Jonathan Franzen right now and it’s a great book. Also a very large book.
– Giving or receiving? Definitely giving. I’m always so excited to give. I can hardly wait for the appropriate day.
– Festive wrap or minimalist? Festive!
– Tinsel or handmade? Handmade of course!
– Mulled wine or Prosecco? Prosecco.