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Ditty Ketting has earned her stripes

Ditty Ketting has earned her stripes

What’s it all about? That is the question I often ask myself when I walk past the two painting I’m borrowing at the moment from Kunstuitleen Rotterdam. In this edition of Work Art | Play Art, I decide to go find the answer. Let’s go to the studio of artist Ditty Ketting in – of all places – Pernis! Vertical ... Read More »

How We Work at the Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch

How We Work at the Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch

Life as an interior design blogger can be extremely tough. You’re invited to parties all over Europe, you get to meet fascinating people and you get to see all the latest designs first. The invitation I got a while ago to attend the opening party of the How We Work Exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Bois-Le-Duc proved to be ... Read More »

Gerard Faivre – Muted chutzpah in grey, biscuit and gold

Gerard Faivre – Muted chutzpah in grey, biscuit and gold

Guts. Chutzpah. Cojones mas grandes. See? I can tell you in at least three languages you have to be pretty self-confident as an interior designer to combine a biscuit-colored Chesterfield chair with a Cappellini Pyramid cabinet. Gerard Faivre pulls it off effortlessly in this swanky Paris apartment AND even adds one of those slightly impractical fancy round beds to the mix. It’s all ... Read More »

Design Icons 2015 is coming up!

Design Icons 2015 is coming up!

Eames, Schmeames! That’s what I wrote about a year ago right after my visit to the fantastic Design Icons fair in Amsterdam. Now that I read back my old blogpost I think to myself, sheesh – someone got out of the wrong side of the bed that morning! But there you have it. I guess I’m going to have make ... Read More »

Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith at home with their pet lion

Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith at home with their pet lion

OMG, how weird is this? I never knew that famous Hollywood actress Melanie Griffith’s mother is famous Hollywood actress Tippi Hedren! What is even MORE weird is that Mel grew up with a pet lion named Neil! As they say in French, this was all un petit peu strangé (kidding) and insanely fucking dangerous if you ask me. Still, Tippi Hedren ... Read More »

Casamanara by day, Casamanara by night

Casamanara by day, Casamanara by night

What do an apartment on Broadway in New York City and a nightclub in Monaco have in common? Two things: A – they were both designed by Casamanara and B – they’re both so cool I just had to (HAD TO!) feature them on Interiorator.com! Okay now, CasamaWHO? I hear you ask. And yes, I understand what you mean. I’ve ... Read More »

Ten reasons you MUST visit OBJECT Rotterdam 2015

Ten reasons you MUST visit OBJECT Rotterdam 2015

Normally I don’t do clickbait headlines like ‘You won’t BELIEVE bla bla’ or ‘X reasons you really should…’ but here I am promoting the living SHIT out of an event that has turned into one of the highlights of the Dutch cultural season. Yes folks, the 2015 edition of OBJECT Rotterdam is coming up and I’m pulling out all the ... Read More »

My lunch at Eenmaal, the pop-up restaurant for one at Lensvelt

My lunch at Eenmaal, the pop-up restaurant for one at Lensvelt

What’s it like to eat at a restaurant that only has tables for one? I had lunch a few weeks ago at Eenmaal, the one of a kind pop-up restaurant in Amsterdam! If you know Hans Lensvelt, I am sure the first thing that comes to mind is his laugh. It’s loud, it’s proud and one of a kind. Out ... Read More »

Tom Dixon – Still skeptical he’s a designer!

Tom Dixon – Still skeptical he’s a designer!

He’s cool. He’s British. He’s Mr. Tom Dixon! And I got to interview him when he was in the Netherlands recently – how do you like them apples? Tom talks about what it’s like to run a big company as a designer and the biggest temptations young designers face at the moment. Let’s find out what he has to say, ... Read More »

Traffic be damned- I’m feeling New Sensations!

Traffic be damned- I’m feeling New Sensations!

It’s been over two weeks since I last updated Interiorator.com. And you know what? I thoroughly enjoyed my extended absence online. Didn’t plan it, didn’t work ahead. So sue me – a blogger needs a break from time to time. That being said, I’m glad to be back online and I promise you, this is going to be the best ... Read More »

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 »

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