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Edwardian Times Bloom at JEE-O

Edwardian Times Bloom at JEE-O

 You may not be aware of the brand name JEE-O, but I bet you know one product they have designed: the iconic original shower 01. I first saw it at the opening of the C-More Concept Store, which is owned by my good friend Iris. A while ago, she invited me to come over for another party, this time to ... Read More »

Gevonden op Marktplaats recap #2, Rembrandt Reality, and more. Lots more.

Gevonden op Marktplaats recap #2, Rembrandt Reality, and more. Lots more.

It’s Sunday morning, 7AM. You’re probably sleeping, and rightfully so! I woke up at the crack of dawn and decided to just get out of bed and do some spontaneous blogging. Probably not the wisest of decisions because I have a zillion other things I really should be doing instead, but there you have it. I have a recap of my favorite ... Read More »

Ten items I would have bought in a heartbeat at Design Icons 2019 but didn’t

Ten items I would have bought in a heartbeat at Design Icons 2019 but didn’t

One of my favorite assignments of these past few years, is curating for Gevonden op Marktplaats, a blog run by the best Dutch tastemakers who share their best interior design finds on Marktplaats – which is the Netherlands’ biggest online marketplace. Believe it or not, but this is hard work. I can spend endless hours trawling through page after page of ... Read More »

Krystle – the short film that was shot at my home

Krystle – the short film that was shot at my home

Last August, my friend and filmmaker Abid Chand asked me if he could use my home as a location for a film that he wanted to shoot. He told me he was participating in the Rotterdam edition of the 48 Hour Film Project, an annual competition in which local filmmakers have to write, shoot and edit a short film in ... Read More »

It’s in the bag! My nine-year old nephew reviews Terapy’s Elly beanbag

It’s in the bag! My nine-year old nephew reviews Terapy’s Elly beanbag

Yes, you read that correctly. My nephew Kick turned 9 a while ago and, even though much like his uncle he is very well-behaved, I thought I’d teach him a lesson – about interviewing, art direction and photography, that is. Our subject? A new ergonomic beanbag that we could both enjoy. As I approach my mid-late Forties, I realize more ... Read More »

Spice up your bedroom with the new Auping Pixel nightstand

Spice up your bedroom with the new Auping Pixel nightstand

It’s the first piece of furniture you see in the morning. And the last one before you send yourself off to sleep. Yup, I’m talking about the trusty old nightstand. I’ve looked many, many years for just the right solution. The ideal nightstand does not only look good, it also has to be functional and ideally feature a handy drawer ... Read More »

All About ‘Todo Sobre Mi Madre’

All About ‘Todo Sobre Mi Madre’

Which figure in film history was a true revolutionary who boldly went where no one had gone before? ¡Pedro Almodóvar, of course! After all, it was this film director who started a genuine sociocultural movement, the Movida Madrileña, after the death of Franco. Anything and everything was possible – and it was in that hedonistic Zeitgeist that Almodóvar became the ... Read More »

Is this burning an Eterne flame?

Is this burning an Eterne flame?

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: your home should have an eclectic mix with accessories you’ve collected during trips to faraway countries. But what if it turns out the hand-crafted occasional table you’ve *just* bought at that souk in Marrakesh doesn’t fit in the overhead luggage bin? What a nightmare that would be! Luckily, I ... Read More »

Small Space Decorating Ideas – I’m sharing them at Hox How To!

Small Space Decorating Ideas – I’m sharing them at Hox How To!

Do you live an a teeny tiny apartment? And are you looking for some easy to apply decorating tips that will make your place look like a million bucks? Then I have just the thing for you! On Sunday 4th February, I will be sharing some of my best small space decorating ideas during a panel talk called Make it Mini: ... Read More »

Feliz Alidad! One of my favorite interior designers opens his doors for £500

Feliz Alidad! One of my favorite interior designers opens his doors for £500

Feliz Alidad! I read this morning that starting January 2018, renowned interior designer Alidad will be opening the doors of his London home once a month. You, yes, you can feel right At Home with Alidad because and ‘join him on a journey of discovery, through his personal world of art, antiques, architecture and interior decoration.’ Sounds splendid, but I can ... Read More »

La Cage Aux Folles – License to frill

La Cage Aux Folles – License to frill

A lesser known, but oh so sweet soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. A groundbreaking story – well, for the Seventies at least. And two heartwarming older queens living together in the cosiest interior of the entire Côte d’Azur. All those elements combined make La Cage Aux Folles parts I and II the perfect place to start a new column I’m writing ... Read More »

Scherven brengen geluk, right? Buh-bye 2017, hello 2018!

Scherven brengen geluk, right? Buh-bye 2017, hello 2018!

Scherven brengen geluk. It’s a Dutch saying that roughly translates as “Shards bring good luck”. Well, let me tell you, if that saying is true then I’m in for a veritable shitload of good luck in 2018. And I’m going to need it. I spent much of last year writing and photographing my first book together with my former teacher ... Read More »

A ten-minute peek at the one and only Piet Hein Eek

A ten-minute peek at the one and only Piet Hein Eek

“Did you just say we have to be back in ten minutes?” the Italian journalist next to me asked. “You should have brought your running shoes!” our guide snapped back in jest. It was one of those typical Dutch Design Week international press tour moments that I have not only learned to appreciate, but love as well. For design writers like me, ... Read More »

Svinging by Svenskt Tenn in ten minutes

Svinging by Svenskt Tenn in ten minutes

What if you only have one and a half hour of free time in Stockholm? Well, you sving by Svenskt Tenn before you do anything else! At least, that’s what I decided to do after an exciting press trip to the Hästens factory and flagship store had come to an end. Some of my fellow interior design writers had decided ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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