This corner is dedicated to interior design with natural materials and items consciously i.e. ecologically produced.
This corner is dedicated to fair fashion brands, bloggers, shops etc.
Here you will find posts about film photography, but also about other 'analog' things as opposed to digital.
Recommendations for a 'slow travel' experience; taking the time to get somewhere and to explore where you are and staying in privately owned 'special' places with character.
Gathered here are artists and artisans or makers who create/make with love and by hand.
SMUDGE & BLUR is more than a lifestyle blog, not quite an online magazine (as it is run by only one woman, Rosie) but a place where likeminded people can gather, including you! Here Rosie shares stories about kindred spirits like fellow expats, creative entrepreneurs and small businesses who care about sustainability, as well as reports about slow living in Tuscany and about other 'slow & analog' subjects as opposed to 'fast & digital'.
The word 'smudge' is a nod to 'Arte di Vita' which means 'the art of living'. Next to her own company 'Rosie Reports', Rosie is part of a group of people who run a business based on friendship, who aim to live, work and create the 'slow' way: 'Arte di Vita Interiors', an interior design agency with its own paint and fabrics, a B&B in Tuscany and a concept store in the Netherlands. So in this place you will also find articles about 'Arte di Vita'.
The word 'blur' is a nod to 'Rosie Reports', in particular Rosie's work as a film photographer (she is also a writer and designer). Rosie's full name is
Rosanne van Cruyningen. Blur is what occurs when the shutter speed was too slow in order to get a sharp focus. This means that, technically, the image is failed. Yet, Blur can also be beautiful, especially on film, showing colour and texture as if painted with a brush on a canvas.
Discover the magic of film photography also known as 'analog' photography. Find those photographers who can capture your memories in a beautiful, lasting and analog way...
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The Story Behind Qnoop socks – Dutch design this is not a sponsored post I discovered these socks in the lovely clothing store ‘Kloos’ in the centre of Amersfoort, my home-town. I remember being immediately drawn to the beautiful colours and the look of the fabric. When I picked them up, I became even […]
I would like to share with you a place that is so special, you really have to see it with your own eyes. Discover ‘Prato di Sotto’ in Umbria, a beautiful borgo lovingly restored by the owner, Penny Radford. Prato di Sotto offers plenty of self-catering accommodation, a beautiful infinity pool, absolutely breathtaking views of […]
If you’re ever in Amersfoort, a lovely old Dutch town with moats and beautiful architecture, drop by our store located in the old town inn. We’re located on the ground floor. In this beautiful historic place we sell everything my mother Alexandra (interior designer) uses for her interior design such as Hoffz Interior furniture and […]
As the first on my list of interior brands that produce consciously, of course I mention Arte di Vita Paint & Fabrics, a line of chalk paint and lime paint with a collection of natural fabrics that match the paint colours. My mother, Alexandra, who is an interior designer created the colours and searched heaven […]
Overview of ‘slow’ lifestyle workshops I follow a lot of likeminded people on Instagram, a lot of them fellow creative entrepreneurs, and so I often come across the most wonderful sounding workshops…although I wish I could, it’s impossible to attend all of those workshops! Instead, I thought I’d make an overview, for you, my fellow creative […]
MY FAVOURITE BOOKSHOP Books are definitely a part of an analog or ‘slow’ lifestyle. I really hope that there will always be libraries and bookshops, especially like my favourite bookshop; “Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights”. That name alone…brilliant! They’re based in Bath, which happens to be my favourite city. I’ve been there quite a […]
It’s about time that I dedicated a blog post to the European Film Photographers directory I set up at the end of last year. For a while I felt that an online overview of the wonderfully talented film photographers Europe has to offer was missing. Most of the existing photography vendor guides or directories are […]
Rosie works as a freelance journalist, photographer and content creator and also designs websites using the Showit 5 platform. Take a look at her portfolio: http://rosiereports.com