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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 »

It’s official! Plants for men are a thing now

It’s official! Plants for men are a thing now

What is it with plants that they are making such a comeback in our interiors this year? I wrote about the wonders the ivy plant did for my living room a while ago. And I’m sure you remember the ficus ginseng I gave to my friend Oliver for the official opening of his Olismoke AirBnB. Plants are where it’s at ... Read More »

Still loving Ruinart Blanc de Blancs!

Still loving Ruinart Blanc de Blancs!

So, I was at one of the kitchens of Piet Hein Eek in Eindhoven last week and noticed a delicious bucket filled to the rim with assorted Ruinart champagne bottles. Which was not really a surprise, because he once designed a limited edition case for them. But I digress. Whenever I see a bottle of Ruinart, my mind goes back to ... Read More »

#DDW15 so far, soooo good!

#DDW15 so far, soooo good!

What do you think about Dutch Design Week so far? That is the number one question I got last weekend during the international press tour. The answer I give is invariably the same. It’s a lot to take in and I’ll slowly digest everything I’ve seen and photographed over the next few days. And that is exactly what I’m doing ... Read More »

Blogging LIVE from the Dutch Design Week 2015 Press Tour!

Blogging LIVE from the Dutch Design Week 2015 Press Tour!

Sunday October 18, 2:30 PM – Blogging live seems to be a Herculean task when you’re being whizzed around Eindhoven at breakneck speed! We’ve been to Hallenweg, the Van Abbemuseum, London Calling (woohoo) and Piet Hein Eek so far. An overview of London Calling with Conversation Piece by Kiki van Eijk in the front. Sunday October 18, 8:55 AM – Rise and ... Read More »

The depot men of Kunstuitleen Rotterdam

The depot men of Kunstuitleen Rotterdam

I write about the many joys of  Kunstuitleen Rotterdam all the time and so you probably know by now they have an extremely big and varied collection of art for you to rent. But where do they keep everything? I decide to go looking for the answer with Frans Tuink and Paul Post, the two depot workers of Kunstuitleen. They do ... Read More »

Michelin stars at Timothy Oulton instore dinner party

Michelin stars at Timothy Oulton instore dinner party

Dinner tonight will be served by Erik van Loo from Parkheuvel in Rotterdam,” my host for the night says – and I nearly fall off my chair. A chef from a restaurant with two Michelin stars who will be cooking for me at at the Timothy Oulton flagship store in Amsterdam – I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly ... Read More »

Parade Touch and Histor present: The Mother of all Makeovers

Parade Touch and Histor present: The Mother of all Makeovers

Sometimes you just have to clear out your entire living room and only put back the things you really like. That’s what living interior design legend Jan des Bouvrie said a while ago during his speech at the opening ceremony of Salon Residence. I was standing in the audience and thought to myself, true that! You see, with the help ... Read More »

Impromptu Design Roundup: The Samsung Serif and more!

Impromptu Design Roundup: The Samsung Serif and more!

Can you keep track of all the great new designs, fantastic visual ideas, provocative art and jaw-dropping new furniture you see online every week? I write about design for a living – well, part-time at least – and even for me things can get pretty overwhelming. I thought I’d do something about it right here, right now  and start a ... Read More »

Deurbeslag – dé luxe finishing touch voor je huis / Door furniture – the luxury finishing touch for your home

Deurbeslag – dé luxe finishing touch voor je huis / Door furniture – the luxury finishing touch for your home

Deurbeslag. Wat is het en waar moet je op letten als je het koopt? Ik ging op zoek naar het antwoord bij Paul Jansen van Intersteel, een bedrijf dat als geen ander Nederland enthousiast krijgt voor nieuwe deurkrukken en alles daaromheen. Enne…messing kan dan wel heel hip and happening zijn in je interieur, maar de grote stijger blijkt een héél ... Read More »

Liza Minnelli’s apartment is FAB!

Liza Minnelli’s apartment is FAB!

I want you to close your eyes. No questions. Just close them. And then I want you to think about what Liza Minnelli’s New York apartment would like. Done? Now open your eyes and look at these pictures. Uncanny, right? At least, that’s what I thought when I took a virtual tour of Liza with a Z’s apartment this morning. ... Read More »

An interview with Tidy Untidy Todd Hido

An interview with Tidy Untidy Todd Hido

I distinctly remember writing down Todd Hido’s name in my travel notebook when I was at the San Francisco MoMA in 2000. I was standing in front of a small version of a photo from his Homes at Night series and was fascinated by its eerie atmosphere. Fast forward to September, 2015. Todd and I are enjoying the last rays ... Read More »

Goosebumps guaranteed at Salon Residence

Goosebumps guaranteed at Salon Residence

Goosebumps. That is what editor in chief Miluska van ’t Lam wanted to feel at an interior design fair. Or not, strike that. A boutique design event decorated by twenty of the best Dutch interior designers – that is what Salon Residence should be. A three-dimensional version of her magazine. And that is exactly how things turned out. You can ... Read More »

Best. Dinner. Ever. At Restaurant Bridges Amsterdam!

Best. Dinner. Ever. At Restaurant Bridges Amsterdam!

I don’t know about you, but it’s not a habit of mine to dine at Michelin star restaurants. It’s not that I wouldn’t want to, of course, but dropping a three-figure sum on dinner is not something I do a lot. However – HOWEVER – I would gladly make an exception for the fully refurbished and revamped Bridges Restaurant at ... Read More »

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