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All About ‘Todo Sobre Mi Madre’

All About ‘Todo Sobre Mi Madre’

Which figure in film history was a true revolutionary who boldly went where no one had gone before? ¡Pedro Almodóvar, of course! After all, it was this film director who started a genuine sociocultural movement, the Movida Madrileña, after the death of Franco. Anything and everything was possible – and it was in that hedonistic Zeitgeist that Almodóvar became the ... Read More »

Boris van Berkum’s Divine Winti Inspiration

Boris van Berkum’s Divine Winti Inspiration

In Winti, there are no coincidences. And that is exactly why Dutch artist Boris van Berkum became inspired with this Surinamese religion. Winti, you see, takes elements from African and European cultures and mixes them together into an outlook on life that deserves more attention than it does now. It definitely captured Van Berkum, an artistic polyglot and dear friend ... Read More »

Pestana Amsterdam Riverside – Glamour! History! Interior Design!

Pestana Amsterdam Riverside – Glamour! History! Interior Design!

Can I just come out and say that I love luxury hotels? As far as I’m concerned, they are the pinnacle of glamour. I don’t care about money or being rich, but give me a night at five-star hotel with all the trimmings and I am a happy man. The latest hotel to bowl me over is the Pestana Amsterdam ... Read More »

A Louis XV fever dream, Divine cheapness…and more

A Louis XV fever dream, Divine cheapness…and more

Now that my book is out almost everywhere, it’s time to relax a while and start thinking about what I want to do next. I’m turning 50 – FIFTY – next year, so it feels like I have some very important choices to make. After all, with about 20 years left in my professional life, I realize for the first time ... Read More »

Woody Allen’s Interiors – It’s Just a Vase I’m Going Through

Woody Allen’s Interiors – It’s Just a Vase I’m Going Through

Let’s face it, the biggest cause of divorce is marriage. In Woody Allen’s Interiors, the stately Manhattanite of advanced style Eve is slowly abandoned by her husband. To process this, she throws herself into improving her impeccable greige interior – and that of her children. And who in their right mind can blame her? Don’t we all feel the need ... Read More »

VOLUME – Buy your signed copy right here!

VOLUME – Buy your signed copy right here!

What if your interior could speak, tell its own story? What would that story be? I bet you would want it to be rich, exciting, with unexpected twists and turns. Now look around your living room. If you’re not happy with what you see, well, congratulations! You are about to buy a book that is so right for you, it’s not even ... Read More »

Is this burning an Eterne flame?

Is this burning an Eterne flame?

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: your home should have an eclectic mix with accessories you’ve collected during trips to faraway countries. But what if it turns out the hand-crafted occasional table you’ve *just* bought at that souk in Marrakesh doesn’t fit in the overhead luggage bin? What a nightmare that would be! Luckily, I ... Read More »

What is it like to write a book – in two hours or less

What is it like to write a book – in two hours or less

‘Procrastination has always been my weakness,’ I confessed to my new friend Ron earlier tonight. ‘Oh, who cares? It’s charming!’ His reply was just what I needed. The time had come to sit down, overcome an insane bout of writer’s block and finally tell you what it’s like to publish a book – in two hours or less. And so, ... Read More »

TEFAF, I love you but you’re bringing me down

TEFAF, I love you but you’re bringing me down

I was at TEFAF Maastricht the day before yesterday. And I could easily write a quicky blogpost saying what a totally unique exhibition it is. I would challenge you to come up with an even finer fine art show that so effortlessly combines art from different eras in one single building. You would come up empty. But you know what? ... Read More »

Thanks to Maarten Spruyt, there is NOTHING NEW in Milan this year

Thanks to Maarten Spruyt, there is NOTHING NEW in Milan this year

There are two things that all the very best creatives I’ve met have in common – and take it from me, I met a lot of them the past few years. First, they are always down to earth. Tom Dixon, one of the world’s most famous designers, once told me that he was still skeptical he was a designer at ... Read More »

Como Audio – Tried, tested and found true

Como Audio – Tried, tested and found true

When it comes to audio, you can definitely say I’ve been upping my game lately. Late last year, I bought a high-end Bluetooth headset. It’s not just great for the road, but it also comes in quite useful whenever I want to listen to my music at home – which I do all the time. And I mean that literally. ... Read More »

Vitra Schaudepot – THE SHAU MUST GO ON

Vitra Schaudepot – THE SHAU MUST GO ON

You would not believe how tired I was after two days running up and down the Vitra Campus along with some of Europe’s most influential interior designer influencers that ever influenced. In spite of my humongous vintage Umbro benchcoat, I was cold, wet and desperate for my second wind to kick in. And boy, did it ever when our group entered ... Read More »

Nope. I am not writing about the Carnaval dos Caretos today.

Nope. I am not writing about the Carnaval dos Caretos today.

Nothing to see here today, folks. Just move along! Because today, I am not sharing with you where you can celebrate the best carnival in all of Europe. I would never, ever reveal that all you have to do is fly to Porto and then drive a few hours to Portugal’s far northeastern corner. In fact, I would strongly advise you against ... Read More »

Object Rotterdam 2018 – the morning after

Object Rotterdam 2018 – the morning after

Do you know what I like best about design exhibitions like Object Rotterdam? The morning after! I go through all the photos I’ve taken and as I drink at least five cups of coffee, I read all the websites of the designers whose work I’ve seen. For me, it’s the only way to truly take in everything I’ve seen. So ... Read More »

Art Rotterdam – 6 insider tips from director Fons Hof

Art Rotterdam – 6 insider tips from director Fons Hof

It’s that time of the year! Yes, from 8 February until 11 February 2018 Art Rotterdam will once again open its doors and I can’t wait to go there. It is the must-see accessible art fair where art lovers can discover works by new and innovative artists. I sat down with Art Rotterdam director Fons Hof and asked him to ... Read More »

Two days at the Vitra Campus with Europe’s biggest, most famous influencers that ever influenced (and me)

Two days at the Vitra Campus with Europe’s biggest, most famous influencers that ever influenced (and me)

They are Europe’s biggest interior design influencers. Together, they have an audience of millions of followers. One Instagram photo from them earns hundreds of likes in a New York minute. Brands bend over backwards to be featured on their feed – and aren’t afraid to pay a hefty sum for the privilege. All these insanely important influencers showed up one ... Read More »

Small Space Decorating Ideas – I’m sharing them at Hox How To!

Small Space Decorating Ideas – I’m sharing them at Hox How To!

Do you live an a teeny tiny apartment? And are you looking for some easy to apply decorating tips that will make your place look like a million bucks? Then I have just the thing for you! On Sunday 4th February, I will be sharing some of my best small space decorating ideas during a panel talk called Make it Mini: ... Read More »

I went color hunting in Afurada and all I got was ignored

I went color hunting in Afurada and all I got was ignored

Ah yes, Afurada! With your soft pastels and bright than bright colors! And your intimidating looking fisherman’s wives! You enticed me when I was in Portugal last spring and someone I met suggested I go an visit your shores. You were supposed to be beautiful and exotic and I couldn’t wait to check out the reportedly inspiring color combinations that were ... Read More »

Hotelnacht Amsterdam – PARTY HARDY and then catch some zzz’s

Hotelnacht Amsterdam – PARTY HARDY and then catch some zzz’s

Amsterdammers! Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be a tourist in your own city? Sure you do! Like it or not, Amsterdam is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations – and not without reason. As many tourists can tell you, you can PARTY HARDY and then catch some zzz’s at one of the many ... Read More »

Dementia and art – an interview with Frans Hoogeveen

Dementia and art – an interview with Frans Hoogeveen

Dementia and art – it’s a combination you don’t hear about too often. Yet dementia care specialist Frans Hoogeveen thinks it’s high time we start paying more attention to this subject. Hoogeveen is convinced that dementia is not always the horrible disease we all make it out to be. In fact, it is often still possible to provide a good ... Read More »

Feliz Alidad! One of my favorite interior designers opens his doors for £500

Feliz Alidad! One of my favorite interior designers opens his doors for £500

Feliz Alidad! I read this morning that starting January 2018, renowned interior designer Alidad will be opening the doors of his London home once a month. You, yes, you can feel right At Home with Alidad because and ‘join him on a journey of discovery, through his personal world of art, antiques, architecture and interior decoration.’ Sounds splendid, but I can ... Read More »

Joana Schneider’s overwhelming rugs for overwhelming times

Joana Schneider’s overwhelming rugs for overwhelming times

If you’ve ever been to Dutch Design Week, you know it’s a bombardment of ideas wherever you go. Walk ten feet and I’ll guarantee you’ll miss at least concepts that…tsk, tsk…you really should have seen. With their ultra-fluorescent colors, however, the textile hangings by Joana Schneider were pretty hard to walk by without at least looking. They were bold, they ... Read More »

La Cage Aux Folles – License to frill

La Cage Aux Folles – License to frill

A lesser known, but oh so sweet soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. A groundbreaking story – well, for the Seventies at least. And two heartwarming older queens living together in the cosiest interior of the entire Côte d’Azur. All those elements combined make La Cage Aux Folles parts I and II the perfect place to start a new column I’m writing ... Read More »

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