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every once in a while i get really, really excited about a brand, because it seems like the founders creeped into my brain and created something that is 100% what i need in my life. that happened when i discovered KINFILL, a dutch sustainable home care brand. it popped into my instagram feed and immediately attracted my attention with its beautiful branding. when i clicked through to their gorgeous feed and started reading what they do, i remember thinking “why hasn’t anyone else thought of this before?”

and it’s very likely, of course, that someone else already has – but like so many initiatives in the sustainability niche, they are often either unattractive or ridiculously expensive. i am all for taking better care of our planet, but i don’t want to sacrifice my style or completely break the bank in the process. switching from regular supermarket brands – in plastic bottles and often with harsh chemicals – to kinfill is a relatively small investment to get started, but after that it’s barely more expensive than regular household brands.

the first time, you buy your ‘forever bottle’, which is made from glass with a silicone tray attached. the bottle comes beautifully packaged, but completely empty. the way kinfill works is by selling the active cleaning agents separately from the water in which they are supposed to be mixed to create the cleaning product. doing away with the transportation of something that is essentially readily available (and practically free) in your home, enables them to sell only what you need in much smaller packaging and get rid of single-use plastic entirely. the cleaning extracts are furthermore vegan, animal-cruelty free and 100% biodegradable.

when we traveled to amsterdam this summer, i decided to order their multi-surface cleaner because it seemed like a good starting point to test their products. obviously i don’t need to tell you how much i love the packaging – just look at how beautiful everything looks, down to the very smallest details. i love that i can put this bottle on display (the green matches our decor perfectly) so it’s always within reach whenever the girls have made a mess at our dining table (all day long).

after using it for a couple of days now, i have to say the strongest advantage is the aromatic fragrance (i went for the lavender scent). i don’t know about you, but i strrrrrrongly dislike those typical synthetic cleaning fragrances that have stupid names like ‘spring blossom’ and end up smelling like a toilet freshener. as for its cleaning power – it definitely does its job, though i feel like i need to use a little more than i’m used to – but that’s a trade-off i’ll happily make.

hindsight is 20/20 of course, but i really regret not buying their FULL-HOUSE COLLECTION, which is the most affordable way to get all their products at once. it includes the multi-surface spray, a glass and mirror spray, a tub and tile spray and a bottle for floor product. if you buy all of those separately they’re 24,95 euros each, but the complete collection comes in just under 60 euros. i think it would make such an amazing house warming gift, don’t you agree?

not sponsored – all opinions, stories and photos are my own

Fall Is In The Air

September 1, 2020 • Home Decor

it’s september 1st and i smell fall in the air… and honestly i’m so happy about that. spring has been challenging during the confinement, summer provided some relief in the form of family visits and little trips to our favorite places that feel like home, but it was also at least partly overshadowed by everything going on the world. borders closing and opening again, mandatory quarantines, face masks, red zones, orange zones. i don’t want to deny our privilege here or downplay actual war trauma, but at times it did feel a little like we were living in war times. feeling unsafe, feeling controlled, feeling confined – it makes everything from going to restaurants to playing on the beach feel a little less relaxing and free.

2020 has been a hell of a ride so far, and i know it’s just a date and it doesn’t actually mean anything to go from one year into the next, but i do feel like moving on. i look forward to cooling weather, to candle light and to cozy evenings curled up on the sofa. yesterday i played our winter tunes playlist on spotify for the first time, and i’m preparing myself to put it on endless repeat until january. fall can be dark and cold, but to me it never feels dark and cold – because we’re looking forward to the holidays, because we’re too busy watching you’ve got mail and when harry met sally, because we’re drinking hot chocolate and eating hearty dishes that feed the soul as much as the body. i look forward to buying all the pumpkins at our local farm, getting the kids excited about halloween, spoiling them with little presents in their advent calendars and – hopefully – being able to get together with our extended family at the end of the year. honestly, after having been apart for so much time this year, i swear i will never again complain about ‘all’ the parties we need to go to. i literally can’t imagine any greater gift in the world than the kind of quality time only the holidays offer.

in the meantime, i am bringing out the candles again, and i keep adding new CANDLE HOLDERS to our collection. it’s one of those things you can truly never have enough of, because more means more when it comes to candle light. my most recent addition is this brass ETCH CANDLE HOLDER designed by TOM DIXON, and it’s become an instant favorite because of the way the candle flame dances behind the cut-out pattern and creates an ever changing shadow pattern.

i’m still such a fan of brass accents in our living room, as the material adds warmth even when the lights are dimmed or the candles are not lit. i even have a brass-like cookie tin that i like to get out at night or around l’heure du goûter – it makes me feel like we’re part of a wonderful romantic movie – the only thing missing is a fire place. eloise got this super cute teddy chair for her birthday this year, and she’s taken to getting underneath a blanket and leafing through her favorite books. clearly we are raising her well! i’m still having some difficulty switching off my mobile phone and the incessant news feed to truly sink into the couch and relax, but i’ll get there. i have about a dozen new books waiting to be cracked, and i’m hoping a few new series will make it onto netflix, hbo or hulu soon. we just binge-watched love and i also really enjoyed pose, both on netflix. any tips or recommendations, for that matter? and what else do you do to get into that warm, fuzzy, cozy fall mood?

TOM DIXON candleholder gifted by my partner misterdesign.be • as usual – all opinions, stories and photos are my own

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