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Swept away by Grotta Palazzese!

Swept away by Grotta Palazzese!

It’s that time of year again. You arrive at the office – it’s still dark. You go home again – it’s dark again. Urgh! I don’t know about you but I’m already thinking about where I’m going to spend my next vacation. And although I’m probably going to end up in Portugal like last summer, the Hotel Ristorante Grotta Palazzese ... Read More »

Too much is not enough for Madcap Cottage

Too much is not enough for Madcap Cottage

These last few weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time updating our living room instead of blogging. I got some new art works from Kunstuitleen Rotterdam, my husband bought two brand new blue velvet club chairs and I even painted out the radiators (quite a lot of work but oh, so worth it). It’s a multi-year project – our living ... Read More »

House of Voltaire arty farty favorites (NSFW)

House of Voltaire arty farty favorites (NSFW)

I love art. You know – I spent the last half hour getting all arty farty, thinking of ways to start this blogpost with a deep and meaningful statement on the importance of art in modern life. But I decided to give up and just write what it all comes down to. I love art. And I wonder what kind ... Read More »

Will YOUR design be at Ventura Lambrate 2015?

Will YOUR design be at Ventura Lambrate 2015?

God, I feel like Tim Gunn as I sit here and write this blogpost…but here goes. ‘Designers? Make it work!’ Anyway, now that I have that out of my system let me tell you that Ventura Lambrate are looking for talented designers to display their work in Milan next year. How exciting it that on a scale from nine to ten? ... Read More »

I tested Hästens and all I got was a good night’s sleep

I tested Hästens and all I got was a good night’s sleep

I’m an expert sleeper. I am! And so when I was asked to spend a night at the Amsterdam Canal Hotel to test a Hästens mattress, I knew I’d be perfect for the job. Think about it. You spend nearly a third of your life in bed, at least I know I do! It is the place each new day starts when ... Read More »

Amsterdam Light Festival – city life at its best

Amsterdam Light Festival – city life at its best

Let’s face it people, there’s no place like Amsterdam. I’ve been spending a lot of time in our tiny nation’s capital these last weeks  and have a new sense of appreciation for and incredibly rich history. With the third edition just underway, the Amsterdam Light Festival is adding another layer of awesomeness to the city’s canals. The festival features thirty-nine ... Read More »

Let’s Enjoy Good Taste with this Iittala giftbox

Let’s Enjoy Good Taste with this Iittala giftbox

I thought finding the perfect gift for design lovers can be pretty challenging – until I realized this new Iittala giftbox is just the solution. You’re probably like me when it comes to buying gifts for friends and family. You genuinely try to find something special, you fail and you end up with one of those bland gift certificates or ... Read More »

Work Art | Play Art – I OBJECT!

Work Art | Play Art – I OBJECT!

So you think it’s impossible to follow all those trends you see in interior design magazines? I object! In this new installment of Work Art | Play Art I’ll show you how easy it is to use statues and other art objects from Kunstuitleen Rotterdam if you want to get your living room ‘on trend’ for 2015. Dus jij denkt dat ... Read More »

An e-mail from Rouge Absolu

An e-mail from Rouge Absolu

So, yesterday I got this e-mail* from Rogue Absolu in Paris – Dear Interiorator, You don’t know us yet – but we know you. We have read every single blogpost you have ever written and have noticed a few recurring patterns. It appears that you like interiors that tell a story – like the home of Douglas Coupland or Mike ... Read More »

A la vôtre, Jacques de Bascher!

A la vôtre, Jacques de Bascher!

Imagine Alien vs. Predator – except the Alien is Karl Lagerfeld and the Predator is Yves Saint Laurent. And instead of being set in space, it’s set in Paris in the Seventies – with Jacques de Bascher as the ultimate prize. So what, I hear you think? Didn’t we all hear of De Bascher in that Yves Saint Laurent movie ... Read More »

Pleunie Buyink designs jewelry for your home

Pleunie Buyink designs jewelry for your home

Now why didn’t I think of that? That was the first thing that went through my mind when I saw Limber Gems, the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation project by Pleunie Buyink. And then I took out my phone and posted this picture on Instagram: MIND. BLOWN. Limber gems by Pleunie Buyink at #DDW14 @design_academy_eindhoven graduation show Een foto die is geplaatst ... Read More »

Shaken and stirred by the new Delightfull Monocles sideboard!

Shaken and stirred by the new Delightfull Monocles sideboard!

Well, the secret’s out! When I was at the studio of Portuguese luxury lighting brand Delightfull last August, one of the designers told me they were working on a secret new project. It was very hush, hush and so I had to promise then and there I wouldn’t tell a living soul that Delightfull was about to launch (drumroll please) a ... Read More »

Perfection, Thy Name is Cappellini

Perfection, Thy Name is Cappellini

Well, what else can I say? Interior design doesn’t get any better than the Cappellini exhibition stand at this year’s Biennale Interieur. The bright blue carpet that clashes just right with the purple walls, the fiery red Revolving Cabinet by Shiro Kuramata and oh, that black and white rug! I must have spent a good fifteen minutes taking it all in ... Read More »

Work Art | Play Art – Office Art works

Work Art | Play Art – Office Art works

Office artworks – it’s something we’re not very good at in the Netherlands. A few colleagues bring their yellowed leftovers from home and hang them randomly throughout the office. A Toulouse Lautrec poster that curls up under the glass of its aluminium frame – or that hackneyed photo of those construction workers eating their lunch on a beam high above ... Read More »

Life Happens at Biennale Interieur 2014

Life Happens at Biennale Interieur 2014

Without going into details, let me say things have been a bit rough these last weeks. Life happens, I suppose. Still, I thought it would be a good idea to stick to my original plans and head to the Biennale Interieur 2014 in the Belgian town of Kortrijk last Sunday. And let me tell you, I’m glad I went! Call ... Read More »

Dutch Design Week 2014 – Final day tips!

Dutch Design Week 2014 – Final day tips!

So many fairs, so little time! As I sit here on Sunday morning writing today’s blogpost about Dutch Design Week, I’m also getting ready to visit the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium. Phew! Anyway, if you’re going to Eindhoven today, I have some great tips for you. PS: In case you missed it you can find my first blogpost about Dutch ... Read More »

I love you, UE Boom 360º portable speaker!

I love you, UE Boom 360º portable speaker!

Anytime, anyplace, anywhere – there’s some wonderful music to share! I got the new portable Logitech UE Boom 360º speaker a few weeks ago and let me tell you, I”m hooked! I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a gazillion euro stereo system at home because frankly, I don’t need it. I just take my speaker with me ... Read More »

Dutch Design Week 2014 – Sifting and Sorting

Dutch Design Week 2014 – Sifting and Sorting

How can I even begin to process everything I’ve seen? That was the question that went through my head as I drove back home after participating in a two-day VIP press tour of Dutch Design Week 2014. What an amazing weekend I had. I was bombarded with hundreds of innovative designs, ideas and concepts, got to meet tons of new ... Read More »

The Surface Pro 3 is the holy grail of computing

The Surface Pro 3 is the holy grail of computing

tl;dr – You really should consider the Microsoft Surface Pro 3! How many screens do you have at home? At the Interiorator residence, we have three laptops, one tablet, one desktop computer and two TV screens. And you know what? I don’t feel comfortable using any of them. Laptops are nice if I need to get work done whenever I’m ... Read More »

Life on Mars, Han Solo’s kitchen…and more!

Life on Mars, Han Solo’s kitchen…and more!

Whoops! Another week has flown by – and I just realized I didn’t take the time to even update my blog.  It’s Sunday night, time to share some of my current favorites with you before I’m off to bed. Let’s start with Life on Mars! Jessica Lange sings David Bowie’s Life on Mars It’s an instant classic, this video from the ... Read More »

Fuke, Uber…and more four-letter words

Fuke, Uber…and more four-letter words

Oh boy, it’s one of those days! No matter how hard I work, my to-do list seems to be getting longer and longer. Time to take a break and share some of the stuff I’ve been seeing and doing this weekend. Crazy coinkydink: all the items are four-letter words, starting with a photographer named Fuke. Fuke I wonder how Fuke P-San ... Read More »

#DesignAmsterdamDinner #Hashtag #Hello #Hangover

#DesignAmsterdamDinner #Hashtag #Hello #Hangover

#Oh #my. #Oh. #My. #I #just #got #out #of #bed #after #a #great #night #in #Amsterdam #courtesy #of #the #wonderful #bloggerstour #designamsterdam #at #the #Pistache #Restaurant (#hashtag #DesignAmsterdamDinner #everyone!) #I #am #a #bit #hung #over #after #all #those #bos #ice #tea #cocktails #but #at #least #I #did #not #take #the #wrong #train #home #like #I #did #at #Elle #Festival #where ... Read More »

AmsterdamFM…here I am again!

AmsterdamFM…here I am again!

Well, I must have done something right when I made my radio debut last month on AmsterdamFM – because they asked me back! Yes, today at 10.45 AM I will be talking about all the latest tech & trends again with DJ Sander Oudkerk. You can listen to AmsterdamFM online right here. So Sander, what do you think about these ... Read More »

BAM! Eigen Huis & Interieur at Woonbeurs 2014

BAM! Eigen Huis & Interieur at Woonbeurs 2014

Editor Mary Hessing of Dutch interior design magazine Eigen Huis & Interieur must be one ‘proud Mary’ this week because…well, need I say more? Just take a look at the pictures I took earlier this afternoon at the Eigen Huis & Interieur exhibition stand at this year’s Woonbeurs in Amsterdam and you’ll know exactly what I mean. I’m having the ... Read More »

I’m blogging LIVE from Woonbeurs Amsterdam

I’m blogging LIVE from Woonbeurs Amsterdam

What a weird and exciting day! I’m blogging live from the Woonbeurs interior design fair in Amsterdam at the moment. Which means I’ll be running back and forth from whatever part of the fair I’m blogging about and then to the huge bloggers’ table right in the middle of Design City. Anyway, I was more than curious about the entrance ... Read More »

Delightfull to interview you, Nuno Corte Real!

Delightfull to interview you, Nuno Corte Real!

“YES! YES! YES! I realize I sound a bit like Meg Ryan in that restaurant scene from When Harry Met Sally, but I’m sure you’ll forgive me once you take a look at these ultracool new Delightfull Graphic Lamps.” That’s what I wrote on Interiorator.com almost two years ago when I first saw the Delighfull Graphic Collection. You can imagine ... Read More »

Work Art | Play Art – Art on a budget

Work Art | Play Art – Art on a budget

Your very own art collection for only twenty euro’s a month – it’s possible! After all, why buy art when you can rent it? At Kunstuitleen Rotterdam all you have to do is a make an online reservation of the works you like, pick them up and Bob’s your uncle! Easy? Absolutely! But how do you make your choice? In ... Read More »

SPLENDIDE HOTEL at the Palacio de Cristal

SPLENDIDE HOTEL at the Palacio de Cristal

‘I thought there was supposed to be an art exhibition going on here’, my husband Patrick said right after we entered the Palacio de Cristal at the Retiro Park in Madrid. He stared at a space that was virtually empty. ‘Eeeh…this is the exhibition’, I answered. We both laughed and walked around in awe of SPLENDIDE HOTEL devised by French ... Read More »

Charlotte Posenenske Prototype Series B Relief – and me!

Charlotte Posenenske Prototype Series B Relief – and me!

Heh! Now here’s an interesting story – what if you’re an artist and you decide your work has no value other than its material cost? I started reading up on Charlotte Posenenske this morning after falling madly, deeply in love with her Prototype Series B Relief that I saw at the Serralves museum in Porto this summer. If Posenenske were ... Read More »

Palm Springs, Vegas…and more eternal summer

Palm Springs, Vegas…and more eternal summer

Summer goes on just a little bit longer here on Interiorator! When I look outside, I see a cloudy sky over the skyline of Rotterdam – but when I close my eyes, it’s a balmy late afternoon in Palm Springs. 1 – Nancy Baron – The Good Life > Palm Springs Aaah…the good life – in Palm Springs, no less! ... Read More »

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