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MUDE Blues in August

MUDE Blues in August

You know what? I just wasn’t feeling it these last two weeks and decided to give the whole blogging thing a rest. Yes, people – I have the blues. In August, nothing much happend interior-wise. Few – if any – exciting new designs are released and everyone is gearing up mentally for September and October, the two holy months in ... Read More »

The Satellite Boutique is right up my alley!

The Satellite Boutique is right up my alley!

“Can you to write about home accessories, lifestyle and jewelry?” That was the question I got earlier this year from Trademart, which is one of the Netherlands’ biggest wholesale platforms. At the time, I had written about only two out of three subjects before but since I’m a born optimist I figured I’d figure out the jewelry business pretty quickly. ... Read More »

Embaixada: Concept Store on Steroids

Embaixada: Concept Store on Steroids

Embaixada is a concept store on steroids. I visited this shopping gallery in Lisbon last June and I have to say I was duly impressed. It’s housed in an iconic neo-Arabian villa, has more concept stores than you can shake a stick at, it has one of those vintage elevators that you only thought existed in Wes Anderson movies AND it has ... Read More »

From Milan to Marriott, Piet Boon, Piet Boon!

From Milan to Marriott, Piet Boon, Piet Boon!

Okay, so I made a cheesy reference to Seinfeld in the headline of today’s blogpost about Piet Boon. So what? I had the pleasure of seeing ‘the Boon’ in action twice this year. First, I visited the Piet Boon showroom at the Salone del Mobile. And then in June, I attended the sneak preview party of the much-needed makeover Piet ... Read More »

Summer Night City – Win a Tivoli Music System Three+!

Summer Night City – Win a Tivoli Music System Three+!

Sa-WEET! I unbox my new Tivoli Music System Three+, put it on the table and think to myself: this baby will be going places! No way?! Yes way!! You can win a Tivoli Music System Three+! Find out all the details at the end of this blogpost. To get you in the mood, I’ve created a special INTERIORATOR X TIVOLI AUDIO ... Read More »

Faz Favor! More of the 21pr Concept Store!

Faz Favor! More of the 21pr Concept Store!

Oh Lisbon! I’ve been back in the Netherlands for three weeks now and I miss you already. Your beautiful museums, your rickety old buildings and of course the great shops around Praça do Príncipe Real. I’ve already blogged about you in Dutch for Trademart.nl and now it’s time post some pictures of what turned out to be my favorite shop – ... Read More »

1985: DFS ≠ cool. 2015: DFS = cool.

1985: DFS ≠ cool. 2015: DFS = cool.

Picture it. Rotterdam, 1985. A teenage boy named Patrick Kooiman wakes up at 9AM, turns on his tiny Sony Trititron TV set and hopes the the weather is good enough so that he can watch ITV without too much static. He’s in luck, the sky is clear, reception is perfect and Patrick sits down to watch a whole weekday morning ... Read More »

The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is զարմանալի

The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is զարմանալի

Oh my. I look back at the pictures I took a couple of weeks ago at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon and realize I spent very little time actually looking at the art on display. I’m sure it was all highly impressive, but I was so totally enamoured with the building the museum is housed in that I must ... Read More »

A Ficus Ginseng for Olismoke!

A Ficus Ginseng for Olismoke!

Olismoke! That is the name of the Rotterdam home and AirBnB of my friends Olivier and Gemma. It’s a pretty special name for a pretty special place – but more about that later. I met this couple years ago during a party at De Schouw, the legendary bar on Witte de Withstraat. We spontaneously friended each other on Facebook and ... Read More »

Ink Hotel Amsterdam – Style written in Ink

Ink Hotel Amsterdam – Style written in Ink

Give me a new boutique hotel with an interesting history and I’m a happy man. It’s as simple as that. As you may have seen on my Instagram feed, I’m taking a much-needed break in Cascais, Portugal. But did you know my trip started out in style last week at the newly-opened Ink Hotel Amsterdam? The building in which the ... Read More »

Sasja Hagens: “The paint is the story”

Sasja Hagens: “The paint is the story”

Grand and immersive. That’s how I’d describe the paintings of Sasja Hagens. I got to meet this successful artist in her studio in the north of Rotterdam. “I start painting for real the moment I realize: this looks like bullshit!” You can see Sasja Hagen’s paintings from July 1 until September 5 2015 at Kunstuitleen Rotterdam.  So Sasja, you’ve been ... Read More »

PlantVierkant stands squarely behind balcony gardening

PlantVierkant stands squarely behind balcony gardening

Edwin de Koning knows a thing or two about growing vegetables. And so it came as no surprise that one day he decided to start his own business making and selling portable square gardens for you and me. Let’s meet the man behind PlantVierkant! In case you’re wondering what PlantVierkant means, let me help you out. You see, Dutch isn’t ... Read More »

Inside the Boca do Lobo Suite

Inside the Boca do Lobo Suite

The Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto is decorated like a living room that has been updated through the decades with extraordinary pieces and rare trouvailles. The finishing touch comes courtesy of Boca do Lobo, the Portuguese furniture brand that recently did a complete restyling of the hotel. The company’s instantly recognizable style does not limit itself to the lobby. In ... Read More »

King Charles II pops up in Rotterdam

King Charles II pops up in Rotterdam

I love a good old glass of gin and tonic in the summertime. In fact, the best gin and tonic I had ever had was last summer in Madrid. And yes, I’m using the past perfect tense because thanks to Fever-Tree Premium Tonic and Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin I now have a brand new favorite! Ending our unforgettable time in ... Read More »

Hotel Infante Sagres – Small Luxury, Great Character

Hotel Infante Sagres – Small Luxury, Great Character

The vintage box letters all hang slightly askew on the front of the marquee, the wooden staircase cracks with every step and the leaded glass has a little hole in it. The Infante Sagres in Porto is not the umpteenth branch of an anonymous hotel chain – it’s small luxury with great character. You can find a Dutch version of ... Read More »

En de Quooker Fusion ter waarde van 1395 euro gaat naar…

En de Quooker Fusion ter waarde van 1395 euro gaat naar…

WOW! Wat een enorm succes was de samenwerking tussen Quooker en Interiorator! Vier blogposts, filmpjes op YouTube, een artikel in VTWonen en natuurlijk een fantastische wedstrijd waarbij je een Quooker Fusion ter waarde van 1395 euro kon winnen. In de afgelopen weken ontving ik bijna driehonderd inzendingen, meer dan ik ooit had durven hopen! Maar goed…het was dan ook een ... Read More »

Rolf Benz Pouffe adds Oomph my living room

Rolf Benz Pouffe adds Oomph my living room

POUFFE! I love that word! Its sound has an element of surprise to it, something unexpected. And I guess that’s exactly the effect that designer Johannes Steinbauer went for when he designed the new Rolf Benz 953. I got my new pouffe as a gift a couple of weeks ago and let me tell you – this thing has been ... Read More »

My eight favorite European Design Museums are…

My eight favorite European Design Museums are…

So, are you thinking of visiting a design museum this summer? I’ve made a list of my eight favorite European design museums. I’ve been to all of them and had a great time this morning looking back at all the pictures I took over the last few years. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did taking ... Read More »

The Four Seasons of Kunstuitleen Rotterdam

The Four Seasons of Kunstuitleen Rotterdam

So you think bringing art into your home means you’re going to be stuck with it for the rest of your life? Think again! At Kunstuitleen Rotterdam you can rent and return to your heart’s content. So why not change a different combination every season and update your wall with a matching color? It’s the perfect thing to do if you ... Read More »

De Mooiste Muren = The Most Beautiful Walls

De Mooiste Muren = The Most Beautiful Walls

I’d really prefer it if you hold off publishing these pictures until the new website is live! That’s what Veerle Preyde, owner of De Mooiste Muren in the Dutch town of Haarlem told me…oh, about a year ago! We had spent the morning together at her shop, talking non-stop about our shared love for interior design in general and wallpaper in ... Read More »

Palazzo Clerici on Fast Forward

Palazzo Clerici on Fast Forward

So, are you up for one more thing? I ask my husband as we get up from our chairs. We spent the last half hour on a crowded Milan terrace, carefully sipping our 7 euro beers. It’s late in the afternoon and there is just one more thing I want to see in the Brera design district before we head ... Read More »

Amen to the Nest Thermostat!

Amen to the Nest Thermostat!

Today, I am the luckiest man on the face of the earth! That’s what I thought a couple of weeks ago when I unearthed this artwork by legendary artist Woody van Amen. It had been hiding in one of the darkest corners of the vast Kunstuitleen Rotterdam archives and it had my name written all over it – especially since ... Read More »

Kartell goes Sottsass – aka: Hema, can you hear me?

Kartell goes Sottsass – aka: Hema, can you hear me?

Remember two years ago when all of a sudden everyone including me was besotted by Sottsass? Not long after that, I took some pictures of Memphis design at Designmuseum Gent that we’re quite a hit on Pinterest. Oh and then last year there was the überhip Gevonden op Marktplaats Salon in Amsterdam with more Memphis (and Hollywood Regency) than you ... Read More »

Living with Nest thermostat – part 1

Living with Nest thermostat – part 1

As I sit on the morning train to Amsterdam, I decide to play a little joke on my husband, who is still at home. I take out my phone, open the Nest app and set the temperature to 30 degrees Celcius. Moments later I get a text message: Are you turning our living room into a sauna? It’s my first ... Read More »

Sheila de Vries: “Use your imagination!”

Sheila de Vries: “Use your imagination!”

“I had no idea what to wear this morning,” I shyly whisper in the ear of Sheila de Vries as we pose for a picture together. “Oh that quilted jacket looks perfectly fine,” she answers. My interview with the grande dame of Dutch fashion is done and she has approved of my outfit. What a relief! As I drive back ... Read More »

Inside Hubert le Gall’s Studio

Inside Hubert le Gall’s Studio

Another month, another notch in my belt! You see, this month I was featured not in one, but TWO interior design magazines. Thanks to Quooker and VTWonen, the whole world knows every nook and cranny of my kitchen. And with a little help from those nice people at Ruinart, I got to interview designer Hubert le Gall at his studio ... Read More »

Quooker x Interiorator Superfoods Special

Quooker x Interiorator Superfoods Special

Het eerste gerecht dat ik ooit klaarmaakte in mijn designkeuken was…een diepvriespizza. Mijn hoofd hangt in schaamte als ik eraan terug denk. Een ongezonde bevroren maaltijdschijf met meer calorieën dan een volwassen paard op een dag nodig heeft – nu ik al een jaar op mijn streefgewicht zit zou ik er niet meer aan moeten denken om thuis ongezond te ... Read More »

Wealth between my ears / Rijkdom tussen mijn oren

Wealth between my ears / Rijkdom tussen mijn oren

Kwart over vijf ‘s ochtends. Dat is hoe vroeg ik elke ochtend opsta. Die gewoonte leerde ik mezelf ooit noodgedwongen aan toen ik een baan ver van huis had. De baan heb ik inmiddels (gelukkig!) niet meer, maar een vroege vogel ben ik nog steeds. Ik sta op, doe het licht aan en maak een potje thee met mijn Quooker. ... Read More »

Edith Lundebrekke’s Multi Meander Stripes

Edith Lundebrekke’s Multi Meander Stripes

Everybody, I’d like you to meet my new favorite artist! I’m a sucker for stripes as you may know and it should come as no surprise that I fell head over heels for these paintings by Edith Lundebrekke when I was at Ventura Lambrate in Milan two week ago. “Interaction and colour are key elements in Lundebrekke’s art. She is intrigued ... Read More »

Let’s file Nika Zupanc under ‘F’ for Fabulous!

Let’s file Nika Zupanc under ‘F’ for Fabulous!

Out of the over seven hundred pictures I took in Milan last week, I selected a whopping 218 that I want to edit and publish. A daunting task, to put it mildly. I didn’t have much doubt about which photo’s I wanted to publish first – I ooh’ed and aah’ed the loudest at  the delicious brass designs of Nika Zupanc ... Read More »

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