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Orange sunglasses, a one-woman musical…and more

Orange sunglasses, a one-woman musical…and more

What do you do when you wake up at 4AM because you’re too effin’ jetlagged to get even one more second of sleep? You get out of bed and blog! I got back last night from an epic one-week trip to Guangzhou and Hong Kong and my mind is still reeling. So many things to process – big stuff, trivial ... Read More »

The day I had the entire Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 to myself – part one

The day I had the entire Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 to myself – part one

Ah yes, I remember Venice…the sweltering August heat. The endless throng of badly-dressed tourists. And let’s not forget the vastly inflated prices! You would think that with so many people in town year-round, the Venice Architecture Biennale would be packed as well. It wasn’t! In fact, I practically had the entire place to myself when I was there last month. ... Read More »

Gert Voorjans Daily Life, prepping for China…and more!

Gert Voorjans Daily Life, prepping for China…and more!

It’s been a while since I did an ‘And More’ blogpost – and I’ve kind of missed it. For a while, it was part of my Sunday morning ritual. I used to get up early, drink what felt like 1,000 cups of coffee and then slowly started looking for three short subjects to write about. And now taht summer is ... Read More »

Breaking rules the Dutch way at Residenz Würzburg

Breaking rules the Dutch way at Residenz Würzburg

If you have ever been to the Netherlands, you probably know that the Dutch are not very good at sticking to rules. Smoking not allowed in bars? The bartender will gladly offer you an ashtray just before closing time. Can’t park your bike because of some pesky no parking sign? Just ignore it like everyone else! In a similar vein, ... Read More »

Havin’ a BAL! at Soestdijk Palace

Havin’ a BAL! at Soestdijk Palace

“Are you a pussycat or a rabbit?” It was definitely one of the weirder questions I got asked this year. But taking into consideration the setting, I guess it was relatively normal. You see, last Tuesday my husband Patrick and I were at a bal masqué to celebrate the opening of BAL! – a new art and design exhibition at ... Read More »

Sintra – three palaces that will make you go YAASS QUEEN!!!

Sintra – three palaces that will make you go YAASS QUEEN!!!

As our plans for next summer slowly but surely become concrete, I thought I’d get in the mood and revisit the trip my husband Patrick and I took to Sintra in Portugal last year. We both get a kick out of visiting European palaces and castles – for us, they are a heady brew of fascinating history and way over ... Read More »

Jan des Bouvrie: “Things have to keep moving!”

Jan des Bouvrie: “Things have to keep moving!”

“What magazine is this for?” Jan des Bouvrie asks as I enter his office at Het Arsenaal in the Dutch town of Naarden. “It’s for the internet!” his assistent replies as she closes the door behind me. I sit down at a pristine white table, introduce myself and give a brief explanation about Interiorator. I open my notebook with the ... Read More »

Thanks for the memories, Gys Rotterdam!

Thanks for the memories, Gys Rotterdam!

God, I love Rotterdam West. I was born here, I live here and – let’s face it – my apartment is so much under water I’ll probably die here as well. Which is fine by me, because my neighborhood has been gentrifying at a dizzying pace these last few years. Case in point: the building on the corner of ’s Gravendijkwal and ... Read More »

Masterly – the Dutch in Milano

Masterly – the Dutch in Milano

It ain’t much if it ain’t Dutch. I know, it’s a corny saying but it’s true! As you may have seen on my Facebook page, my husband Patrick and I (yes, we’re both named Patrick) have been vlogging our way through Milan this week. And I’ve been taking tons of pictures that I will no doubt publish when I’m back ... Read More »

Nest Cam – what’s it like to live with one?

Nest Cam – what’s it like to live with one?

My husband walking around the living room in his bathrobe – and not much else. That is the first thing I saw when I installed our new Nest Cam a couple of weeks ago and decided to play around with it for a while. It is a sight I see in real life every day, but to see my husband ... Read More »

Flinders! Flinders! Flinders!

Flinders! Flinders! Flinders!

Whenever I start on a new design project here at home (i.e. every month) and need quick but complete overview of what’s on the market, I go to Flinders.nl.  This amazing webshop has over 15,000 A-brand design items, a lighting-fast customer service department and last but certainly not least – they asked me to pick one product and try it at ... Read More »

So, Zsa Zsa Gabor,  Liz Taylor and Linda Evans walk into a bar…

So, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Liz Taylor and Linda Evans walk into a bar…

…they sit down and the bartender asks them: “Hey beautiful ladies, how are you? To which Zsa Zsa replies: “Oh like my underwear – depends! But seriously dahling, I turned 99 years old this week and for my birthday this Dutch blogger called Interiorator promised to publish these rare photo’s and video’s of my fabulous Bel Air Home as it ... Read More »

Still loving the Lampe Berger!

Still loving the Lampe Berger!

Scented candles. Reed diffusers. Incense sticks. You name it, I’ve tried them all in an effort to make my home smell nice. Call me old-fashioned if you must, but I love a tidy home with a nice home perfume. No matter what product I’ve used through the years however, I always come back to a true classic: the Lampe Berger. ... Read More »

Thonet All Seasons outdoor chairs…come to papa!

Thonet All Seasons outdoor chairs…come to papa!

Now that my living room makover is done (can’t believe I’m actually writing this) and spring will soon be in the air, it’s time to start thinking about my terrace. Right now, it’s an empty Chernobylesque wasteland devoid of any taste. My terrace is inhabited by two rusty old chairs from the cheap Swedish big box furniture store that shall ... Read More »

Interior decorating cliches – here’s how I avoid them (like the plague)

Interior decorating cliches – here’s how I avoid them (like the plague)

“The strongest card for the stylist is art. ‘Art is unique and looks beautiful against a brightly colored wall. Choose rental art. Just try it'”. With these final words I concluded my recent interview for the interior design section of the most important regional Dutch newspapers. And I firmly stand behind what I said. Renting art is the ultimate way ... Read More »

On Foscarini and fifteen minutes of fame

On Foscarini and fifteen minutes of fame

I guess my fifteen minutes of fame are starting right about now. Earlier this month, I was interviewed for an article in the biggest regional Dutch newspapers. And as I hastily write this blogpost on the train from Rotterdam to Utrecht, I’m proud to announce I’m nervous as fuck for a live radio interview on national radio this afternoon for ... Read More »

Monique des Bouvrie will throw her own party, thank you very much

Monique des Bouvrie will throw her own party, thank you very much

The sun carefully peeks through the clouds when I get off the bus in the Dutch town of Naarden on a chilly November morning. I briskly cross the street, enter Het Arsenaal  and report myself to the receptionist. “I’m here to interview Monique des Bouvrie. And then Jan.” I know I shouldn’t be, but I’m actually kind of nervous. Let ... Read More »

Seven days of night

Seven days of night

Nighttime has a peculiar attraction to all of us. It’s a time to reflect upon themes as The Meaning of Life – or just to be with yourself for a while. Artists also get their inspiration in the dark. And so for every night of the week I’ve made a selection of art works at Kunstuitleen Rotterdam that all revolve ... Read More »

I’m still here (in D flat)

I’m still here (in D flat)

Hi there. Remember me? I’m the blogger who was one of the keynote speakers at Elle Decoration Live last month. The blogger who took the number one spot in the Dutch Top 50 Most Inspiring Interior Design Blogs. And the blogger who apparently needed a break without realizing it. Yes, I’m the blogger who more or less took a month ... Read More »

Moors & Munnikhof design jewelry for your home

Moors & Munnikhof design jewelry for your home

A Special Award for Excellence in the category Functionality. An IF Design Award. I don’t know about you, but to my ears products that win big prizes with long names tend to sound pretty expensive and out of reach. But did you know you can get the award winning Intersteel door handles are actually quite affordable? And that new door ... Read More »

Everybody ‘Wannes’ LLOVE at the Lloyd Hotel

Everybody ‘Wannes’ LLOVE at the Lloyd Hotel

Was it 2009 when I first visited the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam? Or was it 2010? Oy, I’m getting old! In any case, I was there for one of the first editions of Elle Inside Design and I loved every inch of it. The beautiful old building, the quirky interiors – heck, even the Indian elevator music was just so. ... Read More »

Amsterdam Light Festival 2015 – Lights! Camera! Beatrix!

Amsterdam Light Festival 2015 – Lights! Camera! Beatrix!

All of the lights! When I received an invitation for the 2015 edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival, I just knew I had to go. Not once. mind you. but twice. On Thursday I did the press preview tour. And then last Saturday I was at the opening ceremony – performed by none other than HRH Princess Beatrix.  Fancy schmancy, you say? ... Read More »

Kunstbon is *the* ideal gift for art lovers

Kunstbon is *the* ideal gift for art lovers

  Crisis moment! Your best friend is getting married – and you’ve been assigned to buy a gift on behalf of all the other friends. What’s it going to be? You know that the new couple will be in dire need of seriously tasteful stuff around the house – but how can you contribute to that lofty goal? Why not ... Read More »

Dockfour Stylepads – I did it myyyy waaaayyyy!

Dockfour Stylepads – I did it myyyy waaaayyyy!

Empty walls. Don’t you just hate them? I know I do. Most of the time, I use rental art to give a wall a little more pizzazz. If you’re looking for something a little more functional though, you might consider these new customizable Dockfour Stylepads. I first saw them a couple of weeks ago during a presentation at one of ... Read More »

Funky Chic Little Greene Thai Sapphire Juniper Ash Makeover

Funky Chic Little Greene Thai Sapphire Juniper Ash Makeover

Oh dear! That’s about the first thing I thought when I entered the apartment my niece Nathalie and her partner Carlo had just moved into. Sure, it’s cute. And it’s right above Rotterdam’s legendary Prinses Theater. But boy, did they have their work cut out for them! Fast forward six months. With a lot of hard work – and a ... Read More »

FRUSTRATED ;-) at the Gevonden op Marktplaats Wintersalon

FRUSTRATED ;-) at the Gevonden op Marktplaats Wintersalon

Time to share a little bit more about myself than I do normally. For many, many reasons I’ve been practicing this year with frustrating myself. That may sound weird, but it has brought me a lot. Or rather, it has brought me nothing. Which is a good thing. Let me explain. I used to be a bit of an impulse ... Read More »

What becomes a legend most? Blackglama!

What becomes a legend most? Blackglama!

First things first: People who wear fur are pure evil. That being said, I have to admit that these vintage Blackgama ads are the best thing I discovered on the internets this week. Well, that and the man who made a movie interviewing himself 38 years in the future.  Oh, and the fact that Marco Rubio would like to sit down ... Read More »

My ‘Little Greene’ interior design secret

My ‘Little Greene’ interior design secret

It’s not how big it is, it’s how you use it. That goes for many things in life – but especially for paint color charts. Or ‘colours’ I should write in today’s blogpost, because for this blogpost I’m going British. Now, when it comes to paint I can safely say I’ve worked with all the bigger and smaller brands on ... Read More »

What *this* man did with his plants for men

What *this* man did with his plants for men

Raise your hand if you’re a plant-loving metrosexual! Late last week I wrote about Vitamine Plant for Men, a great campaign by Bloemenbureau Holland to promote plants…well, for men! I’ve been getting used to having plants at home again this year – you might remember that ivy I got last spring (barely six months have passed by and my living room already ... Read More »

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