style loving {pia jane bijkerk}…

do you recall the instant in which your passion to pursue a chosen career was irreversibly ignited?

when something you had previously considered to be but a passing interest unveiled itself as a future life path?

for me, of course, the career is interior design & that moment, though unbeknownst to me at the time, was realised whilst perusing the work of stylist, author, photographer & fellow blogger pia jane bijkerk

more specifically, it was a feature on pia’s parisian apartment in the pages of australia’s home beautiful magazine that helped crystallise my career transition…

there & then i made the mental ‘note to self’ that this was what i wanted to do: to create spaces, like these, that were stylish & yet unpretentious, captivating & enlivened with elements of whimsy, but at the same time very liveable: most importantly, i wanted to create spaces that were biographical in nature & pertained to those that dwelled within…

i hadn’t heard of pia prior to that article &, i’m ashamed to say, i carelessly lost track of her name after the fact, but those images stayed with me…

it wasn’t until some years later when pia’s book, my heart wanders, made its way onto my reading list that i made the connection between the work & the lady herself…

now, of course, pia’s creative pursuits are widely recognised & indeed acclaimed…

what resonated with me way back then, & still today, is pia’s seemingly effortless style: of course, as is the very nature of styling, her interiors are considered, but i find them nonetheless uncontrived, verging at times on haphazard {in a good way}…

there is a purity, a simplicity & an organic nature to what she does & her approach celebrates imperfection as much as it does beauty…

pia’s design ethos is simple: use what you have, mix in vintage & antique finds alongside locally-crafted & handmade wares &, perhaps most importantly, intersperse elements of nature at all times {i would add to that list the need to seek out beauty in all its forms, exercise resourcefulness & invest a fair dolloping of elbow grease}

ultimately, i think what makes pia’s style so covetable is its attainability: she doesn’t rely on big budgets & designer wares to craft her look…

indeed, in many instances it is her own home which serves as the canvas to her craft & she’s not above foraging the hard rubbish to see what hidden beauty might lie within…

images via: pia jane bijkerk

{many thanks to pia for granting permission for these photos to be used herein}

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8 thoughts on “style loving {pia jane bijkerk}…

  1. I only heard about Pia after she became famous for her designs, but no wonder you were so inspired! I love that her style isn’t fussy or overpriced, she really has an attainable charm to all her designs. Doesn’t she have a book, as well? Paris by hand or something? Maybe I’m making that up. It’s early & it’s Friday, my brain might already be hibernating for the weekend 🙂

    • no, you’re bang on erin, there are two other books {that i know of} the paris one & an amsterdam one… i personally prefer my heart wanders {the book i should have written} as i like hearing other people’s story… it reminded me of italian joy {another book i should have written} & i recall how euphoric i felt upon reading that… to know there are other people who have a constant calling to roam & explore makes me feel a little less crazy!

  2. I like hearing your story of what inspired you… and what a great love letter to her…. I only know her since I started blogging and people raved about her book which I still need to obtain. Isn’t she the one with this new gorgeous baby???
    Lovely post!!!

    • my heart wanders… put it on your reading list tina! any book title with the words wander, nomad, traveller, etc seemed to wind up on my bookshelves!

  3. Gosh we were on the same thread weren’t we? I’ve not heard of her but I can totally see why you like her so much, she has a very similar style to you. How lovely that you bumped into her again online x

  4. I can definitely see why you were smitten. I might just have been taken by her beautiful work, as well. I can appreciate her viewpoint on interiors – Use what you have, mix in vintage & antique finds alongside locally-crafted & handmade wares &, perhaps most importantly, intersperse elements of nature at all times. I think this ethos makes for a very warm, welcoming, and (most important) unique home.

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