This Christmas, we enjoy our time to celebrate Skye’s birthday (Skye is two now!) and Christmas in this houseboat in the west of Amsterdam.
This house is filled with a modern and warm Scandinavian theme with festive spirit, with a Morocco carpet just in and sofa in Safari colour, Christmas tree from local store Karwei. Designed by mum Annelies Dorsman, she does not have a design background but an immerse interest in interior and styling. How amazing it is! She is super sweet and personable, and happy to share her styling and time with her kids Skye and Scott at her blog.
We have so much fun as we echo with the idea to let the kids play and be themselves, explore around the universe!
We had an interview with Annelies to share some design inspirations with us!
Q: What are the ideas when you work on the design of house? What inspirations do you draw from to make a collection?
A: Most of the inspiration I get from Instagram and Pinterest. But also I follow my own insights. When I have an idea, I know exactly what I want and go on a search the find the perfect colours and items with it. I don’t necessarily follow the trends.
Q: How often do you change the set up at home?
A: I think it’s never the same a whole year around. The last room I’ve changed is Scott’s Bedroom. And a half year before that Skye’s room. Also a few months ago we got a new couch and a few weeks ago a big, Moroccan carpet. Since these latest additions, it finally feels complete.
Q: Do you have some tips for mums to decorate their house?
A: Sure! Don’t let kids take over your house. Make a corner of a playground for them in such a way you can enjoy your home without all the toys. You’re not only a mom. You’re still you. You’re still a wife, a friend, a partner. You name it. Don’t forget that when decorating your living room.
And very important for me: make sure all the spaces in your house have the same vibes. Use the same colours /tints and materials in the rooms.
For this winter wonderland photoshoot with everything in our dreamy pastel colour tones, baby Skye and Scott are blowing out candles together for Skye’s birthday! We have the dreamy set up and props from local design stores HEMA and card design from local studio Studio Maria-Loïs in front of the well-lit moon as the backdrop.
I love the idea that Annelies would change around the design organically from time to time.
We are so much in love with the Scandinavian Christmas theme with a modern twist.
Hope you find the design inspirations useful. Wish you a Merry Christmas!
Also, featured on Amsterdam blog, Christmas Winter Wonderland Birthday fotoshoot , welcome to check out!
Photography | Little Stories – the Moment by Amy
Design | Annelies Dorsman at Dirksdotter
Hoodle | Nununu
Pants | be kind
Blouse | HEMA
Dress | Neck & Neck
Christmas Tree | Karwei
Christmas Props | HEMA
Card Design | Studio Maria-Loïs
It’s Christmas time! We are welcoming the festive spirit with a lovely Christmas tree, merry and bright lights, together with the pastel snowy look of Violet.
It’s the second time for our photoshoot. We are so delighted to prepare for the shoot each time with Violet’s mum, LamLam together. It’s amazing to co-create our photoshoot as we share our vision and aesthetics in minimalism, celebrating on the idea, “Less is more”.
Childhood is all about dreams and aspirations that we would like to achieve. We enjoy our time catching the star with Violet, honouring the beauty of love while enjoying the time for support and unity together.
“I try my best to give a secure and supportive environment for Violet, so that she feels loved and is willing to explore around and take on the adventure in life.” shared by Violet’s mum, LamLam. I feel very touched by listening to her. We are connected and committed to support kids for a better future.
We have so much fun and notice that Violet is like a magician playing with the magic ball! We can’t help laughing a lot!
The focus this time is on baby Violet, as parents hope to capture the lovely time of just her! Yet, we try to include a few family portraits so Violet can see how deeply parents love her!
Photography: Little Stories – the Moment by Amy
Styling: Little Stories – the Moment by Amy with LamLam
Being National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) Ambassador (see our profile on NAPCP) for Hong Kong for over two years, we are excited to be invited for an interview with NAPCP editor.
We share our vision and inspiration with fellow family photographers around the world from 19 countries, such as the United States, Canada, France, Australia, and Belgium…
In a few sentences, tell us about yourself and your business.
Everyone has little stories that are so beautiful and unique. I hope to show the beauty of love in the photographs I create for my clients. That’s why I founded Little Stories, to capture and embrace little, fleeting moments in our everyday lives.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I love travelling, meeting new people and talking to them. These conversations spark inspiration. I love reading (magazines and books), and of course scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest for ideas and inspiration.
Best advice you’ve ever received:
Listen to yourself and always keep your true voice. Keep going, don’t stop.
It is our hope that we see the uniqueness in each photo shoot and try to customize for clients. We are thrilled to broadcast our first
Kind Words from Member of NAPCP – Pam Bell:
Thank you, Amy! I was not able to watch live but just viewed the video and appreciate you sharing. Great stuff!
Kind Words from Editor of NAPCP – Deanne Mroz:
Your work is so beautiful, Amy! ❤️Thank you so much for sharing with us today, I love your advice about combining your talents to make your business stand out from others!
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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
― Charles W. Eliot
Reading becomes a bigger part of life when we grow. Be our accompany to experience the world together. We selected our favourite books to showcase this time with you by artist and illustrator Oliver Jeffers.
Diving in the world of book is so much joy! Do you read with your baby? It means a lot when you engage with her/ him and explore the new world together.
That is to experience ups and downs, learning new things together, as a magical experience.
With the emergence of smartphones and tablets, we are using smart devices for reading more often and we are moving away from paper.
Will screens replace paper in the future?
We explored the issue with Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, check out on photo article below written and captured by us on “Future Reading: Paper or Pixel”.
Are paper books really disappearing? BBC 24 January 2016
Your paper brain and your Kindle Brain aren’t the same thing PRI 18 September 2014
How green is my iPad? New York Times 4 April 2010
Welcoming the birth of a baby can be done by celebrating with families and relatives for a feast! We work with Hong Kong top party planner Sweet Soirees HK to put together the party on a forest-inspired theme inspired by the meaning of the baby’s name – Silas.
Baby boy’s name is Silas – meaning god of trees and forest. We decided on the theme “Forest” and it got worked out nicely.
“We absolutely loved putting this party together. With two gorgeous bespoke cakes, face painting, play area and bubble show – it was a hit! Not to mention eco-friendly gifts.”
Photography | Little Stories – the Moment by Amy
Party Planner | Sweet Soirees HK
Venue | Mayfair by the Sea