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Hessing. Pickford. Servaes. Proud Mary’s keep on burnin’.

Hessing. Pickford. Servaes. Proud Mary’s keep on burnin’.

You would think that being single involves going to parties and singles’ bars all the time – although I doubt the latter still exist. I’ve been happily alone for the last six months now but to be honest with you, I’ve been concentrating on anything but finding a new special someone. As far as I was concerned, all I needed was ... Read More »

Hôtel Droog – Part one: A Critical and Honest Review of Droog Shop

Hôtel Droog – Part one: A Critical and Honest Review of Droog Shop

The other day I was thinking about when I first got interested in design. Not casually, but seriously, hardcore bitten by the design bug. I couldn’t think of an exact year. Was it in the Eighties when I was a teenager and decided to paint a white cabinet in my room in bright Memphis-like colors? Or when I first started ... Read More »

Milan Design Week 2017 – Day 1: An interview at Moooi

Milan Design Week 2017 – Day 1: An interview at Moooi

It is the biggest interior design in the world – Milan Design Week. Needless to say, I was there. I ran as fast as my legs could carry me to the Via Savona showroom of Moooi, where I met up for an exclusive interview with stylist Martine de Schipper of Stories of Sense and Space. For the 2017 show A Life Extraordinary ... Read More »

C-More Concept Store…it’s all happening!

C-More Concept Store…it’s all happening!

Did I ever tell you about my good friend Iris Havekes? This woman is going places! To be honest, I don’t even remember when or where I first met Iris. A couple of years ago, she was just there. At least that’s what it felt like. Iris is not only a kick-ass interior designer, trend forecaster, blogger and walking design encyclopedia. She’s ... Read More »

Hello and welcome to last year – aka Mong Kok & Dutch Design Week

Hello and welcome to last year – aka Mong Kok & Dutch Design Week

Okay, so I’m going to do one last cathartic blogpost about all the leftovers I have from last year and then it’s full steam ahead with all-new stuff. Promise. And for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a a brief recap. I got divorced. Life happened. And I was too busy taking care of business ... Read More »

Back in the saddle at TEFAF 2017

Back in the saddle at TEFAF 2017

There is nothing I like better than getting up at the crack of dawn and do some blogging. And that is exactly why I’m so glad six gruesome months are now firmly in the rearview mirror. I had the day of my life last week at the prestigious TEFAF 2017 fine art fair in Maastricht. Yup, I was back in ... Read More »

See you at OBJECT Rotterdam 2017!

See you at OBJECT Rotterdam 2017!

Time flies when you’re having fun – and even when you’re not, the years seem to go by at the blink of an eye. Case in point: I took these pictures at last year’s edition of OBJECT Rotterdam and never got around to publishing them, for crying out loud! I know, my head hangs in shame, because OBJECT Rotterdam always ... Read More »

Death in Venice. And Munich.

Death in Venice. And Munich.

Now that it’s time Now that the hour hand has landed at the end Now that it’s real Now that the dreams have given all they had to lend I want to know do I stay or do I go Things were pretty much over when we drove from Munich to Venice last summer. Our marriage wasn’t over just yet ... Read More »

At Long Last Love – and more amazing movie interiors

At Long Last Love – and more amazing movie interiors

Buh bye, 2016! You’ve been insightful to say the least. Before my mind wanders off again to think about all the good, the bad and the ugly the past year has provided me, allow me to wish you a HAPPY 2017! It’s going to be great year, I’m sure. I have some great projects lined up and now that my ... Read More »

All Pallone Am I

All Pallone Am I

It’s a bit of a cliché, I know. But it’s true nonetheless. Things come and things go. Sometimes they never return. But then other times they slowly find their way back into our hearts. The Pallone by Dutch furniture manufacturer Leolux is one of those chairs that had undeservedly dropped off my radar– until last month, that is. You see, ... Read More »

Elle Decoration Live, Snurk Horizontal Wear…and more!

Elle Decoration Live, Snurk Horizontal Wear…and more!

What do you do when you can’t sleep because it now looks very likely that an oversized Oompaloompa is going to be the next president of the United States? You get out of bed and blog like nothing has ever happened. After all, I’m more than a little behind – to put it mildly – and 5:15 AM seems like ... Read More »

My first night on an eve Mattress

My first night on an eve Mattress

Every great day starts the night before. When you think about it, the eve Mattress slogan makes perfect sense. After all, what makes a good mattress, is not necessarily how you sleep on it. It’s how you wake up on it! I was lucky enough to be one of the first people in the Netherlands to try an eve Mattress ... Read More »

Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, Dutch Design Week…and BIG ART!

Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, Dutch Design Week…and BIG ART!

OMG I’ve been so busy it’s not even funny anymore! You see, October is the most important month for anything that has to do with interior design and art and my inbox is overflowing with invitations and it’s very difficult to choose. Poor me! Still, these are three events I’m definitely going to this fall. Let’s start with the Affordable ... Read More »

More hoity toity eye candy at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016!

More hoity toity eye candy at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016!

Remember I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I spent an entire day practically alone a the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016? Even though it was AUGUST and the city was practically overflowing with tourists from every nook and cranny on the planet? I know – what a shame! You don’t have to be an architect or even an architecture ... Read More »

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

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

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 »

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