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Julien Rademaker joins Curated – and I place my first order!

Julien Rademaker joins Curated – and I place my first order!

Did you hear the good news? The incredibly, crazily fantastically good news?  Julien Rademaker, joint the Curated.nl team last week. For those of you who are now looking emptily at their screen and thinking: wait a second, who joint what? – allow me to take care of that question mark hovering over your head! You see, Julien is the man ... Read More »

Step back into 1950′s interior design with this perfectly preserved home!

Step back into 1950′s interior design with this perfectly preserved home!

Check out what I dug up on HGTV.com this weekend! A 96-year old Toronto woman is selling her perfectly preserved vintage home and I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE 1950′S INTERIOR. The crazy wallpaper prints, the cozy furniture and the colors, my God, the colors! I mean, who in his right mind wouldn’t want to have a lilac bathroom? It must ... Read More »

Stéphanie Coutas, you make me un blogueur très heureux!

Stéphanie Coutas, you make me un blogueur très heureux!

For those of you who’ve been wondering where the hell I’ve been over the last couple of days – I came down with the flu! Second time this year weirdly enough, but there you have it. I’m still feeling a little under the weather so I haven’t been out much to take pictures for new blogposts. Which makes me feel ... Read More »

My week with the all-new Asus Zenbook UX301

My week with the all-new Asus Zenbook UX301

Once you go Mac, you never go back – or do you? I left my Macbook Air at home last week and worked with the new Asus Zenbook running Windows 8. Let me tell you how it went! (PS: de Nederlandse tekst van deze blogpost vind je onderaan) As you could see in my first blogpost about the Asus Zenbook, ... Read More »

Sixties Kansas City drag queens celebrate a ‘Private Birthday Party!’

Sixties Kansas City drag queens celebrate a ‘Private Birthday Party!’

Ever wonder what it must have been like to be a drag queen in Kansas City in the Sixties? Well, here’s your chance to find out! I can’t decide whether these pictures from a website called Private Birthday Party are happy or sad – which is what makes them absolutely fascinating. There’s such a huge contrast between the huge amount ... Read More »

My favorite blog of the moment – Enigheid!

My favorite blog of the moment – Enigheid!

I finally had some time last Sunday to catch up on all the other interior design and lifestyle blogs that are on the internets. Still one of my favorites is Enigheid, the blog by Iris Vank. Her beautiful photography and very distinctive styling make Enigheid instantly recognizable. I’ve collected some of my favorite pictures below to give you an impression, ... Read More »

Diana Ross Live at Caesars Palace 1979

Diana Ross Live at Caesars Palace 1979

For those of you who were at the Villa ArenA event in Amsterdam yesterday  - I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. May the best blogger win! With about one hundred participants, it’s going to be pretty difficult to choose which ten bloggers are going to make it to the next round. For now, I’m going to ... Read More »

The giant pulp covers extravaganza that ate Interiorator!

The giant pulp covers extravaganza that ate Interiorator!

If you read this blogpost, there’s a good chance it is Saturday morning April th, 2014. Perhaps you’re enjoying a long breakfast – or are you recovering from a night on the town with a massive hangover? In any case, I’ll be at work at the Villa ArenA interior design shopping center, where I’ll kick of the ultra exciting Villa ArenA blog ... Read More »

And finally…Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs!

And finally…Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs!

I can never EVER get enough of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris! There is so much great design on display in the permanent collection it’s just not funny anymore. I walked through room after rooms of classic home accessoires, furniture and even complete interiors and felt guilty for not spending more time taking in each individual item. Sigh. It does ... Read More »

Unboxing the Asus Zenbook

Unboxing the Asus Zenbook

The moment I lay down the beautifully designed box it comes in, I realize I am about to experience something new. It is sleek, has the perfect proportions and features two discrete yet striking words in silver against a luxurious dark gray background. ASUS ZENBOOK. It is this unboxing moment I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time. After all, ... Read More »

Merci Paris – why do I feel like a First World sourpuss?

Merci Paris – why do I feel like a First World sourpuss?

Sometimes I feel like such a laggard! I remember last year when everyone – EVERYONE! – was talking about Merci Paris, the  hottest concept store in town that you just had to – HAD TO – go to! And truth be told, when I finally came around to paying them a visit it was pretty impressive but not very surprising. ... Read More »

A white vintage Citroen GS, a gaudy Chinese skyscraper…and more

A white vintage Citroen GS, a gaudy Chinese skyscraper…and more

Yeah – daylight saving time started today in the Netherlands! To celebrate, lets’ kick off this week’s edition of ‘…and more’ with a sunny ad campaign that features a vintage white Citroen CX. Citroen GS ad Campaign : Kim Riekenberg by Henrik Purienne for Mlle Mademoiselle Spring/Summer 2014 Well, hello there! Haven’t we met before? And no, I’m not chatting ... Read More »

The Encyclopedia of Home Improvement is far out (man)!

The Encyclopedia of Home Improvement is far out (man)!

Yeah, baby! Time to update this vintage blogpost – You may laugh at this 1970 Encyclopedia of Home Improvement I found on How to be a Retronaut, but if you look beyond the shag carpets and giant tape recorders, you’ll find out that a lot of thought went into designing these interiors. So sit back, relax and enjoy the pictures! Read More »

Nuts about Dries Van Noten

Nuts about Dries Van Noten

You gots to be assertive when you’re nuts about Dries Van Noten and want to take some pictures of his exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Just pretend you  accidentally missed the ‘no photography’ sign and then do you thing until the guard walks up to you and says that if you MUST take pictures, use your mobile ... Read More »

Puces it to the limit – Les Puces de Saint-Ouent, part three

Puces it to the limit – Les Puces de Saint-Ouent, part three

This is part three of my visit to Les Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris, the world’s biggest flea market. In case you missed the previous parts, here are the links to part one and two. Now, I’m probably pulling this one out of my ass, but I vaguely remember someone saying something about addiction and that one of beating is ... Read More »

Is it a camera? Is it a phone? It’s the Nokia Lumia 1020!

Is it a camera? Is it a phone? It’s the Nokia Lumia 1020!

The best camera is the one you have with you – that was the sage advice a photographer friend of mine gave me two years ago when I bought my first real camera. And it’s true what she said – although it can be a bit of a dilemma. Do I take great pictures with my regular camera and suffer ... Read More »

This young Turk ran into Rod Stewart at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen

This young Turk ran into Rod Stewart at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen

Even the celebrity visitors are vintage at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, the world’s biggest antiques market in Paris. Take Rod Stewart, for example. I ran into him when I was taking pictures for this week’s Paris Special on Interiorator. I had my camera at the ready when he walked right by me, but out of the utmost respect for Rod’s ... Read More »

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen sont vachement EXTRA!

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen sont vachement EXTRA!

Oh, Paris! How I miss you already! I spent the last four days in the French capital and had a wonderful time as usual. The absolute highlight of my trip was a visit to Les Puces de Saint-Ouen. This, readers, is the ultimate flea market. It is cool. It is vachement cool. It is vachement EXTRA! The term flea market ... Read More »

Les Deux Garçons taxidermied bird statues

Les Deux Garçons taxidermied bird statues

It’s Saturday morning and I’m still living it up in Paris! I’ll tell you all about it next week – for now, let’s revisit a blogpost I wrote last year about taxidermy artists Les Deux Garçons!  Holy MOLY! Talk about shock value! I have to admit, I don’t know what to make of the sculptures by Dutch artists Les Deux Garcons. I know I’m ... Read More »

Eye opener of the week: Vanderven Oriental Art

Eye opener of the week: Vanderven Oriental Art

Last weekend at TEFAF, I casually walked into the Vanderven Oriental Art exhibition stand. I didn’t know quite what to expect to be honest. I don’t never particularly liked oriental art, but the way the pieces at the Vanderven stand were presented was absolutely incredible. Black walls, perfect lighting and above all very nice and down to earth people who ... Read More »

TEFAF Maastricht personal favorites

TEFAF Maastricht personal favorites

Lucky me! I got to cover the international art fair TEFAF for my Living & Design page at de Bijenkorf Style Blog last weekend. Of course, I also took the opportunity to take pictures for my own blog – and so without further ado, here are some of my favorites. And in case you’re wondering why I’m in such a ... Read More »

Getting a Kick out of bObles

Getting a Kick out of bObles

I’m sure you all know the feeling – you buy a gift for your child, your nephew or your niece. But you’re not quite convinced that you bought the right thing. And although you know the young recipient is going to be nice and politely say ‘thank you’, you sometimes feel they don’t really mean it. I had to think ... Read More »

The Archipelago Amsterdam opening party

The Archipelago Amsterdam opening party

One thing seems to be leading to another these days. First, my former teacher and good friend Ingrid introduced me to her friends from Maddnes who had just released a new collection of home accessoires. Then, at their opening party I met PR guru Gervaise Coebergh, who invited me over for dinner last week hosted by La Cornue (more about ... Read More »

Will you be the Villa ArenA blogger of 2014?

Will you be the Villa ArenA blogger of 2014?

So you think you can blog? Then you should definitely read this! Together with vtwonen, Flair and my fellow interior design bloggers from Blogtoday, we are looking for the Villa ArenA Blogger of 2014. The winner will receive a 1,000 euro cheque, a commercial assignment and – best of all – become part of our Blogtoday network of influencers. Pretty exciting ... Read More »

Valley of the Celebrity Dolls

Valley of the Celebrity Dolls

I’m pretty sure that if you check next year’s edition of Guinness Book of World Records and you look up ‘campiest blogpost ever written’ you’ll find this page. That being said – you have to admit that these celebrity dolls by Alesia Newman Breen are a lot of fun to look at. So, let’s ramp up the camp and leave ... Read More »

Falling in and out of love with Dead Che Guevara

Falling in and out of love with Dead Che Guevara

So, I got this newsletter yesterday by K.Olin Tribu featuring the new Dead Che Guevara bust by Frank Kozik that is going on sale today in a limited edition of only fifteen pieces Exciting stuff, I thought. This porcelain bust also instantly reminded me of that Cher Guevara picture that went around the internet about ten years ago (isn’t the ... Read More »

Food Rhapsody and Interiorator organize a CRISP-y afternoon

Food Rhapsody and Interiorator organize a CRISP-y afternoon

Things couldn’t have been more perfect last Saturday when my good friend Valerie Kuster of Food Rhapsody and I organized an afternoon for CRISP, the Dutch association of interior stylists. As you may know, I had attended one of Valerie’s famous Sunday Roasts on the rooftop garden of the Schieblock building in Rotterdam a while ago (read all about it ... Read More »

Madd for Maddnes – part 2

Madd for Maddnes – part 2

Welcome to part two of my exclusive interview with Daphne Rijkenberg and Marcel van Brussel. Together with Arnold van Ek, they just released the first collection of Maddnes  - their new brand that is sure to create some serious waves in the furniture and home decoration industry. You can read part one here.  What have the first reactions to your ... Read More »

Madd for Maddnes – part 1

Madd for Maddnes – part 1

Sometimes you walk into a room and all you can think is – YES! Everything was just right when my friend Ingrid and I arrived at the Amsterdam showroom launch party of Maddnes on a rainy night early February. And no, I did not just make a typo. It really is spelled Maddnes and the typo is just one of the ... Read More »

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, green velvet…and more

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, green velvet…and more

Aaah…the joy of an early Sunday morning after a good night’s sleep! Yesterday could not have been more perfect. Together with my good friend Valerie Kuster of FoodRhapsody.com, I organized and lunch and tour for thirty of the best interior stylists in the Netherlands. I’ll tell you all about it on Wednesday. For now, I want to share some of ... Read More »

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