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Who run the world? Girls.

Who run the world? Girls.

Seriously, where would the world be without women? Nowhere, I tell you. Nowhere! There should be more women in politics, at the top of the corporate ladder – and Goddess knows America could use one at the White House. In honor of the fairer sex (or is that sexist to say now?), I bring you a selection of amazing girls ... Read More »

Woody Allen’s Interiors – It’s Just a Vase I’m Going Through

Woody Allen’s Interiors – It’s Just a Vase I’m Going Through

Let’s face it, the biggest cause of divorce is marriage. In Woody Allen’s Interiors, the stately Manhattanite of advanced style Eve is slowly abandoned by her husband. To process this, she throws herself into improving her impeccable greige interior – and that of her children. And who in their right mind can blame her? Don’t we all feel the need ... Read More »

What is it like to write a book – in two hours or less

What is it like to write a book – in two hours or less

‘Procrastination has always been my weakness,’ I confessed to my new friend Ron earlier tonight. ‘Oh, who cares? It’s charming!’ His reply was just what I needed. The time had come to sit down, overcome an insane bout of writer’s block and finally tell you what it’s like to publish a book – in two hours or less. And so, ... Read More »

Surer after Tal R that this dreamer should be a doer

Surer after Tal R that this dreamer should be a doer

If there is one thing nagging at the back of my mind about writing an interior design and art blog, is that it’s never about me. Wait, let me rephrase that. It is about me, of course – I am fortunate enough to do see beautiful things, go to inspiring places and see the work of some of the most ... 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 »

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 »

I’m still here (in D flat)

I’m still here (in D flat)

Hi there. Remember me? I’m the blogger who was one of the keynote speakers at Elle Decoration Live last month. The blogger who took the number one spot in the Dutch Top 50 Most Inspiring Interior Design Blogs. And the blogger who apparently needed a break without realizing it. Yes, I’m the blogger who more or less took a month ... Read More »

1985: DFS ≠ cool. 2015: DFS = cool.

1985: DFS ≠ cool. 2015: DFS = cool.

Picture it. Rotterdam, 1985. A teenage boy named Patrick Kooiman wakes up at 9AM, turns on his tiny Sony Trititron TV set and hopes the the weather is good enough so that he can watch ITV without too much static. He’s in luck, the sky is clear, reception is perfect and Patrick sits down to watch a whole weekday morning ... Read More »

Vegan hot dogs ready in five minutes

Vegan hot dogs ready in five minutes

Ja, maar wat mag je dan wél eten? Dat is steevast de eerste vraag die ik krijg wanneer ik mensen vertel dat ik tegenwoordig veganistisch eet. Ik eet – een kleine uitzondering daargelaten – al inmiddels meer dan een half jaar geen dierlijke producten meer. Goed voor mijn gezondheid, goed voor de wereld. Achteraf viel de overstap reuze mee. Het ... 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 »

I’m blogging LIVE from Woonbeurs Amsterdam

I’m blogging LIVE from Woonbeurs Amsterdam

What a weird and exciting day! I’m blogging live from the Woonbeurs interior design fair in Amsterdam at the moment. Which means I’ll be running back and forth from whatever part of the fair I’m blogging about and then to the huge bloggers’ table right in the middle of Design City. Anyway, I was more than curious about the entrance ... Read More »

Big Freedia – Queen Diva, Inspirator, My Wiggle Releaser

Big Freedia – Queen Diva, Inspirator, My Wiggle Releaser

With an extremely catchy new song out that is bound to annoy the living shit out of everyone in a five-block radius but me, New Orleans musician Big Freedia is one of those rare creative geniuses I truly, sincerely admire. I first found out about Big Freedia when I heard her in that Peanut Butter video I wrote about last year ... Read More »

My interview in VTWonen magazine – one month later

My interview in VTWonen magazine – one month later

It’s been almost one month since my interview with vtwonen magazine was published. Altogether, it’s been a wonderful experience with some valuable lessons learned along the way. If there is one thing that makes me feel all warm and tingly inside, is the enormous amount of positive feedback I got from all my friends and followers. Your reactions made me ... Read More »

A night to remember at CitizenM Schiphol Airport

A night to remember at CitizenM Schiphol Airport

It had been a rough day when my husband Patrick and I met at CitizenM Schiphol Airport. I won’t go into details if you don’t mind – but suffice to say we were tired and oh, so happy to see each other on the night of our fifth wedding anniversary. An inhumanely early flight to Copenhagen was the reason we ... Read More »

Scandinavian Design sucks. Scandinavian Design rocks.

Scandinavian Design sucks. Scandinavian Design rocks.

So, I’m going to Denmark in two weeks! I won a ticket to the Hive bloggers’ conference through C-More (thanks again, Iris!) and I’m totally looking forward to spending a couple of days in Copenhagen and getting to meet a lot of other interior design and lifestyle bloggers. I made sure I have an extra day to explore the city ... 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 »

Let’s give this Vegan Challenge thing a try

Let’s give this Vegan Challenge thing a try

If it’s good enough for Beyoncé and Jay Z, it’s good enough for me! You see, next month I’m going to follow in their footsteps and eat vegan for thirty days. No meat, no dairy, no animal ingredients. Luckily, I won’t be alone since there will be about four thousand people joining me for April’s national Vegan Challenge. Now, don’t ... Read More »

Janus, pak me nog een keer

Janus, pak me nog een keer

Who am I? What am I? What will I be? Questions that have been booming and zooming through my head as the new year approaches. Time to put on my Janus head and look both back and forward. After all, that’s what this Roman god used to do for a living. I originally wanted to do a little Interiorator retrospective ... Read More »

Most boring color of the year 2014 – TEAL

Most boring color of the year 2014 – TEAL

Have you heard the news? In its infinite wisdom, paint manufacturer Dulux recently declared teal as Color of the Year 2014. Yes, you read that correctly, teal. Have Dulux gone completely mad? Teal does not make any sense. What. So Ever. But why these harsh words, Interiorator? –  I hear you ask. Well, because teal is a mind-shatteringly boring color that ... Read More »

Le Comptoir Général – or: What’s my Style?

Le Comptoir Général – or: What’s my Style?

I’ve been wondering lately – what’s my style? A lot people come up to me and tell me how recognizable they find Interiorator. Which is very nice to hear of course, but in my head I can be all over the place taste-wise. One day I’m into Pierre Cardin furniture and the next I’m into the hipster shabby style of ... Read More »

I’m looking at the man in the Ultrafragola mirror

I’m looking at the man in the Ultrafragola mirror

Earlier this week, I was invited by Hans Lensvelt at his home on one of the nicest stretches of the Herengracht. I had written a blogpost a while back about the giant penis hanging outside his building during Elle Inside Design – which was quite a statement, even by Amsterdam standards. I wasn’t quite sure why Hans had chosen to use ... Read More »

Gevonden op Marktplaats gevonden

Gevonden op Marktplaats gevonden

I had a great time last night after work. Now that Interiorator is growing as fast as it is, I get to meet a lot of interesting people to bounce ideas off. Sometimes I meet them totally by accident and sometimes I get in touch by e-mail and then decide to meet for drinks. Which is what happened last night ... Read More »

Scala Regia and the joy of teaching

Scala Regia and the joy of teaching

Had a great time teaching my Visual Communication class yesterday at Artemis. It was their fifth lesson and I definitely saw some homework that could go straight into the pages of Vogue. Most of my students are pretty young so sometimes they come up with – say – a picture of Grace Jones and they have no idea who it ... Read More »

Nina Yashar’s interior Nirvana

Nina Yashar’s interior Nirvana

Did you ever ask yourself what your home would look like if you had an unlimited budget and absolute, one hundred per cent impeccable taste? Well, here’s your answer. Nina Yashar, a design dealer whose name reminds me of a character on Star Trek, showed her house to Brazilian Casa Vogue recently and I fell in love the moment I ... Read More »

I’m having a Moment

I’m having a Moment

I won the New Blogger Award at the VT Wonen Meet the Blogger Awards yesterday – and it was all a blur. The surprise of seeing my husband Patrick when I arrived at Westerliefde in Amsterdam, the anticipation, trying to temper my hope and then it was there….I won! Nice words from the jury report, instantly forgotten, the congratulations by ... Read More »

Welcome home, Olivier!

Welcome home, Olivier!

It’s a funny medium, Facebook. Take my friend Olivier Scheffer, for instance. I met him over a year ago during an event at De Schouw, a local bar in Rotterdam, right across the street from the Goliath store for which I used to do the visual merchandising. We became friends on Facebook, started keeping up with each other’s lives, but ... Read More »

Students, the eye has to travel!

Students, the eye has to travel!

On the train to Amsterdam again, this time for the second lesson of my teaching assignment at the Artemis Academie. I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about my role as a teacher. It is such a wonderful and frightening challenge to guide of group of nineteen first-year students and to get them to understand the basics of ... Read More »

My first day teaching at Artemis Styling Academie

My first day teaching at Artemis Styling Academie

As I sit here on the train to Amsterdam, I wonder what my day is going to be like. You see, today I’m starting as a teacher at the renowned Artemis Styling Academie.  I’m going to teach a subject called Image Communication to first-year allround styling students, which means they’re going to learn all about image composition and combination. And ... Read More »

Cord cutting on Bikini Island

Cord cutting on Bikini Island

I’ve been writing about vintage design so much lately, I thought I’d delve into contemporary design for a change. Bikini Island by Werner Aisslinger is a design concept that I think is pretty innovative. It’s a modular island sofa concept that works on multiple levels. First, it more or less forces you to put the sofa in the middle of ... Read More »

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