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Tales of the Unexpected

Tales of the Unexpected

If you had told me before I drove to Arnhem that I would end up in a total stranger’s living room admiring a skeleton dressed in a velvet cape, I would have laughed in your face. But there I was, and I was in total awe. So why don’t you sit down, relax and enjoy my very own version of ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

So, Zsa Zsa Gabor,  Liz Taylor and Linda Evans walk into a bar…

So, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Liz Taylor and Linda Evans walk into a bar…

…they sit down and the bartender asks them: “Hey beautiful ladies, how are you? To which Zsa Zsa replies: “Oh like my underwear – depends! But seriously dahling, I turned 99 years old this week and for my birthday this Dutch blogger called Interiorator promised to publish these rare photo’s and video’s of my fabulous Bel Air Home as it ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Mark your calendar for Salon Residence!

Mark your calendar for Salon Residence!

Mark your calendar! The first edition of Salon Residence is coming up and it is promising to be one hell of a design event  – especially considering that this is only their first edition! For those of your outside the Netherlands, Residence is one of my favorite interior design magazines. It’s high-end but not stuffy, it has some of the ... 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 »

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