Home Style House Tour With Designer Marij Hessel


Name: Marij Hessel

Occupation:  Dutch Designer / Founder of My Attic Blog

Location: Alphen a/d Rijn, The Netherlands

Size: square feet 110 m2

 How would you describe your style?

Fresh, colorful with a white basis. I love to mix second hand furniture & flea market finds with new things and when I travel I almost always take something with me for my home.  I try to go for just one style but I like too many different things and I change it all the time. I guess the mixture of everything represents my personal style. Recently I’m really falling for vintage furniture from the 50’s and 60’s.


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We heard that you recently did some shopping over in Marrakesh.  What were some of the wonderful items that you found?

Marrakesh was amazing, I would love to go back there soon! I bought a couple of pillow cases in bright colors, a pouf, a wool black & white blanket with pom poms which is now in my bedroom, beautiful ceramics (tajine, mugs, a salad bowl) and some jewelry.  The suitcases of me and my friends were way to heavy when we had to check in at the airport.


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We love how you played with pastels and patterns throughout your home, while still maintaining a monochromatic feel.   Can you give us some tips on how to achieve this look?

I think the combination with a lot of white keeps it subtle. I often have a color pallet in my head, if you stick to this, you can combine everything within this theme.  Even several patterns. You could make a little collage or color card before you go shopping.  Besides, I think it’s all about going with you own feeling and taste, there are no rules when you’re decorating your own house!


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What advice would you give to someone starting off in the design business?

Be authentic because that’s what makes you interesting & different then what’s already out there! Stick with your own style and go with your gut.

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Nneka is the Creative Director and Founder of Raggs & Rattle Style. She has been a Runway Team Lead for Toronto Fashion Week and has been offered opportunities to work with New York Fashion Week. She loves scouting new creative talent and showcasing their work.

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