Saturday, 26 January 2013

Indoor Picnic: Get your cosy on!

A little while back, Houzz asked me to come up with a fresh idea for a winter shoot to inspire readers to enjoy their homes during these chilly months. Because picnics are one of my all-time favourite pastimes, I decided I would do a rustic inspired indoor picnic setting. I thought I would share some of my favourite images of the shoot here that weren’t used for the article

The shoot was set in a gorgeous local Delft studio belonging to two interior designer friends of mine, Tessa and Nathalie of Nu Interieur|Ontwerp. I wanted the shoot to have a warm and rustic feel about it, so I used lots of blankets and pillows and poufs to create a comfy and cosy setting. The food was a simple array of cheeses, fruits and a home-made pecan pie I prepared especially the night before, arranged on wooden platters and paddle boards. The fun of picnics doesn’t end with the food, so I brought along some games, books and cards to inspire readers to linger a little longer. The response to this concept was lovely to see, with several readers sharing their personal childhood experiences of picnics they enjoyed indoors. 

I enjoyed compiling this piece so much, that I invited friends over to enjoy a cosy indoor picnic at my home with us, and it was so much fun! We listened to music playing softly in the background and chatted away while enjoying a simple spread similar to what has been photographed here. You should try it sometime. 

 Want to find out what products were used in this shoot? All the details, including the recipe for the mouth-watering pecan pie, can be read {here} in the full Houzz feature.  

To those of you who are also freezing their butts off like me over here in the Netherlands, keep warm and get your picnic on!

 Love, Holly

* All photography is by Holly Marder for Houzz


  1. I think it's a beautiful idea to make an indoor picnic in wintertime! Plus you can watch a romantic movie while enjoying the picnic on cosy throws:-)

  2. Holly - this is such a brilliant idea! I love your styling too, you are so talented! xx

  3. Thank you for the sweet comments guys! Was a lot of fun doing this one. I have to say, I guzzled my fair share of cheese doing this shoot, not to mention the pecan pie afterwards ;) Igor, the big guy and I have very differing views on the term 'romantic movie', but I'll make the suggestion next time we get on the floor for a picnic!

  4. Great pictures! xxx

  5. Holly, you did a great job on styling this pictures. I love them all!!