Lifestyle

What a week it has been. Or what a weird month already. The house is filled with germs and everybody has been feeling a bit under the weather in here. So we are taking it easy. Or we try to anyway. Work goes on though. I have started a new job, every excited. It means I will be working four days a week now. And that is going to be tough, especially in the beginning. I miss my babies and my home. My freedom! But honestly, I think it is time. Juliette is going to school now, Joshua is really enjoying his daycare, they are both happy. And I need my time, I need to be someone else as well, other than mom. And that feels good to me. I am not ready yet to let it all go. I really wanted to be a fulltime property stylist, I love the thought of that. Styling is my passion, but having a job right now, a steady job I mean is really comforting! We needed it and I need it. And yes, I’ll miss the kids terribly and my ‘old’ life. But when I was a ‘stay-at-home’ mom, I missed my ‘old’ life, which was a ‘working-mom’ life. So there ya go, life is funny that way. I am taking it one or two little steps at a time. It’s the only way, isn’t it? 🙂

And I have some news! Because I am NOT letting property styling go, no way! No, I am simply changing things around right now. Costellodecorating.com will be my more personal blog, with everything that you are used to and a bit more personal material. And since I am taking my study to become a certified Property Stylist more seriously right now, I have started a new blog. This will be my more ‘professional blog‘. Where I show you my portfolio, share my view on Property Styling. So have a look!

My two blogs are really my way of sharing stuff that gets me, sharing things that make me ME. And yes I am still constantly looking for the best way that works for me. Because I love interior design, I love my kids and my family life, I love pretty things. And I am still in the process of searching and trying. Trial and error. And I love it. But I came to the conclusion that one can only do so much. So you know what? This is my way! This is Costello Decorating.

Love,

Jessica

Lifestyle

Hi guys,

How was your weekend? Mine was filled with a trip to the beautiful city of Lille with my husband. It is so beautiful there and we had a really great time. Didn’t take any pictures though, we were just to busy enjoying ourselves. Oh well 🙂. Another time we really enjoyed ourselves was a few weeks ago when we decided to go for a forest walk. Well that turned out to be the best forestwalk we ever had! I loved every second of it and so did Juliette, my daughter. It was ‘Nature Day’ (Natuurdag) that day in the forest in Apeldoorn (a town in the east of Holland surrounded by beautiful forests, a part of Holland where nature is really being protected and preserved). Our lucky day! And luckily I brought my camera with me. Nature Day was organised by a few nature foundations. It kind of feels like the English countryside on a day like this. And it is such a great way to get connected with everything happening in a forest. You really get to smell, see, feel, hear and taste nature. And what a great way to kick off Autumn. We did a lot of activities that day. A great success if you ask me. And a big thank you for all the lovely people who were there. Everyone was so sweet and enthusiastic. Enjoy it with me in pictures.

Spraypainting pinecones and making jewelry with what nature has got to offer. And don’t you just love the look of this girl?? True countryside style.

Sawing wood with a guy named Ian. What great guy, he really made Juliette and all the other kids feel at home.

Making popcorn!

Making bird food cakes. What a great idea!

Creating art with flowers, little pinecones and other natural decorations.

The little guy, relaxing in his Bugaboo.

Fishing with dad. So simple and they had the best time together. It’s the little things, isn’t it?

Learning how to make fire! 

Love,

Jessica

*Pictures by Jessica van der Liende

Lifestyle

Hi lovelies,

On a quiet moment last week I picked out my Autumn and Winter clothing. I keep them stored under my bed in an Ikea box. Which is perfect, because they are not in the way and stay nice and keep smelling fresh. So summer dresses in the box and woolen sweaters and vests in my closet. And I really enjoy it! All that wool, knitwear, warm colors, and big scarfs. Yes, I am definitely an Autumn girl 🙂.

Are you also getting ready for the cold weather?

Love,

Jessica

*Pictures by Jessica van der Liende