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Gevonden op Marktplaats recap #1…oh, and some cool bonus stuff

Gevonden op Marktplaats recap #1…oh, and some cool bonus stuff

“Well, well, well,” I can almost hear you think. “What excuse will he have this time for not putting anything online for a full three weeks?” Yes, I know that my blog hasn’t exactly been a full-time project these past few weeks. But I was tired and I needed some ‘west’ – so there you have it. Besides, I spent a lot ... Read More »

VOLUME – Buy your signed copy in time for Christmas!

VOLUME – Buy your signed copy in time for Christmas!

What if your interior could speak, tell its own story? What would that story be? I bet you would want it to be rich, exciting, with unexpected twists and turns. Now look around your living room. If you’re not happy with what you see, well, congratulations! You are about to buy a book that is so right for you, it’s not even ... 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 »

Thanks to Maarten Spruyt, there is NOTHING NEW in Milan this year

Thanks to Maarten Spruyt, there is NOTHING NEW in Milan this year

There are two things that all the very best creatives I’ve met have in common – and take it from me, I met a lot of them the past few years. First, they are always down to earth. Tom Dixon, one of the world’s most famous designers, once told me that he was still skeptical he was a designer at ... Read More »

Exclusive: Interiorator VOLUME book preview at Salon Residence 2017

Exclusive: Interiorator VOLUME book preview at Salon Residence 2017

It’s all happening! I am *very* proud to annouce that my first book, called Interiorator VOLUME, will be published internationally in April of next year. And I am going to tell you all about it at Salon Residence 2017. Photo by Chidi Onwuka | chidi.org Interiorator VOLUME – from blog to book Over the years, I’ve done my best to create my ... Read More »

On Foscarini and fifteen minutes of fame

On Foscarini and fifteen minutes of fame

I guess my fifteen minutes of fame are starting right about now. Earlier this month, I was interviewed for an article in the biggest regional Dutch newspapers. And as I hastily write this blogpost on the train from Rotterdam to Utrecht, I’m proud to announce I’m nervous as fuck for a live radio interview on national radio this afternoon for ... Read More »

Blogging LIVE from the Dutch Design Week 2015 Press Tour!

Blogging LIVE from the Dutch Design Week 2015 Press Tour!

Sunday October 18, 2:30 PM – Blogging live seems to be a Herculean task when you’re being whizzed around Eindhoven at breakneck speed! We’ve been to Hallenweg, the Van Abbemuseum, London Calling (woohoo) and Piet Hein Eek so far. An overview of London Calling with Conversation Piece by Kiki van Eijk in the front. Sunday October 18, 8:55 AM – Rise and ... Read More »

En de Quooker Fusion ter waarde van 1395 euro gaat naar…

En de Quooker Fusion ter waarde van 1395 euro gaat naar…

WOW! Wat een enorm succes was de samenwerking tussen Quooker en Interiorator! Vier blogposts, filmpjes op YouTube, een artikel in VTWonen en natuurlijk een fantastische wedstrijd waarbij je een Quooker Fusion ter waarde van 1395 euro kon winnen. In de afgelopen weken ontving ik bijna driehonderd inzendingen, meer dan ik ooit had durven hopen! Maar goed…het was dan ook een ... 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 »

Springtime is here – not that I have time for it!

Springtime is here – not that I have time for it!

Spring can really hang you up the most – remember that song? I never really got it. I mean, what’s not to like this time of year? The days get longer, you can sit outside again and of course you can start jogging (I’m still plucking up the courage but I’ll get there). The thing is though, you need to have time ... Read More »

Let’s Enjoy Good Taste with this Iittala giftbox

Let’s Enjoy Good Taste with this Iittala giftbox

I thought finding the perfect gift for design lovers can be pretty challenging – until I realized this new Iittala giftbox is just the solution. You’re probably like me when it comes to buying gifts for friends and family. You genuinely try to find something special, you fail and you end up with one of those bland gift certificates or ... Read More »

Dutch Design Week 2014 – Final day tips!

Dutch Design Week 2014 – Final day tips!

So many fairs, so little time! As I sit here on Sunday morning writing today’s blogpost about Dutch Design Week, I’m also getting ready to visit the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium. Phew! Anyway, if you’re going to Eindhoven today, I have some great tips for you. PS: In case you missed it you can find my first blogpost about Dutch ... Read More »

#DesignAmsterdamDinner #Hashtag #Hello #Hangover

#DesignAmsterdamDinner #Hashtag #Hello #Hangover

#Oh #my. #Oh. #My. #I #just #got #out #of #bed #after #a #great #night #in #Amsterdam #courtesy #of #the #wonderful #bloggerstour #designamsterdam #at #the #Pistache #Restaurant (#hashtag #DesignAmsterdamDinner #everyone!) #I #am #a #bit #hung #over #after #all #those #bos #ice #tea #cocktails #but #at #least #I #did #not #take #the #wrong #train #home #like #I #did #at #Elle #Festival #where ... Read More »

AmsterdamFM…here I am again!

AmsterdamFM…here I am again!

Well, I must have done something right when I made my radio debut last month on AmsterdamFM – because they asked me back! Yes, today at 10.45 AM I will be talking about all the latest tech & trends again with DJ Sander Oudkerk. You can listen to AmsterdamFM online right here. So Sander, what do you think about these ... 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 »

Interiorator & Tivoli Audio Pal BT summer playlists

Interiorator & Tivoli Audio Pal BT summer playlists

Summer is almost here and so it’s time to go outside! I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS play music when I’m at home – whether I’m working, cooking, cleaning or just hanging out. The moment the sun comes out though, life moves to my terrace and I spend as much time sitting outside as I possibly can. The ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Sunday Roast at a Rooftop Farm

Sunday Roast at a Rooftop Farm

Between all the last-minute preparations for Christmas I managed to squeeze in a a couple of hours of R&R this weekend. We were invited to the first edition of the Sunday Roast at the Schieblock rooftop farm right here in Rotterdam. As luck would have it, my friend Alex of Serve With Cream.com was there as well – you might ... Read More »

The all new CitizenM Rotterdam Hotel

The all new CitizenM Rotterdam Hotel

Staying at a hotel in your home town really is like a twelve-hour mini business trip. I met up with ten of the biggest and best bloggers from Rotterdam last Wednesday at the CitizenM Rotterdam – and got to spend the night at this all-new boutique hotel in the city center. I love the concept of CitizenM– and I’m not ... Read More »

Timothy Oulton 9 Straatjes grand opening party

Timothy Oulton 9 Straatjes grand opening party

So, last night I was at the grand opening party of the new Timothy Oulton store in the famous 9 Straatjes area of Amsterdam. It was a tough job as you can see, but someone had to do it! It was freezing cold outside but from the moment I stepped past the two guards in bearskin hats I felt all ... Read More »

Interiorator Cool ’n Cosy Christmas / Brought to you by Intratuin

Interiorator Cool ’n Cosy Christmas / Brought to you by Intratuin

It’s going to be a Cool ‘n Cosy Christmas on Interiorator this year! Together with my new sponsor Intratuin, who have the biggest and best Christmas collection in the country, I’m going to share all my Christmas decorating tips and tricks with you. And I’m kicking off the season in style off with a competition where you can win two ... Read More »

Interiorator sets ‘De Standaard’, beats dead horse

Interiorator sets ‘De Standaard’, beats dead horse

The good news just kept on coming these last couple of weeks –  it almost made me forget it was October 17th last Thursday, the day my interview with Belgian newspaper De Standaard was published. It was a brief affair, but it’s always nice to see your name in print and I was pleased as punch with the result. Although ... Read More »

Histor 101 Karakters – Step 2: So Far, So Good

Histor 101 Karakters – Step 2: So Far, So Good

Painter man, painter man, who wants to be a painter man? God, I love that Boney M. song! I spent most of my nights last week painting my Histor 101 Karakters cabinet. The competition may be over, but I thought it would be nice to give you an update and to do an honest review of what it’s like to ... Read More »

Take it from me, you really need a good portrait photo!

Take it from me, you really need a good portrait photo!

Picture it! Antwerp, 2012. Photographer Jacqueline Louter-Hoos and I sit down on a sunny terrace. We’ve just interviewed and photographed the amazing designer Gert Voorjans at his home and are giddy with excitement that everything went so well. Jacqueline takes out her camera one last time and takes this picture of me. She captures my mood perfectly. I’m happy, I’m ... Read More »

Interiorator featured in Margriet Magazine!

Interiorator featured in Margriet Magazine!

A big day in the history of Interiorator! Today is the publication of the new issue of Margriet, one of the Netherlands’  biggest women’s magazines around – and I’m in it! I was interviewed for their interior trends special and designed a special DIY wallpaper that turned out pretty well, considering the photoshoot took place during the hottest day of ... Read More »

Eigen Huis & Interieur – The Best Dutch Magazine in the Universe

Eigen Huis & Interieur – The Best Dutch Magazine in the Universe

Can I get a round of applause for Eigen Huis & Interieur? It has been my favorite Dutch magazine ever since I got interested in interior design – which must have been around 1992, the year when I got my first apartment (in case you’re guessing, I turned 44 last July). Eigen Huis & Interieur got even better last year, ... 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 »

Alexandra Schijf – Serve With Cream

Alexandra Schijf – Serve With Cream

Let’s hear it for Alexandra Schijf! My favorite food stylist also happens to be one of my best friends – and so when Alex told me a while ago she was working on a new blog called Serve With Cream I thought this would be the perfect occasion to introduce you to her amazing work. Alex and I met in ... Read More »

Tropicana Rotterdam Revisited

Tropicana Rotterdam Revisited

It’s ruins porn with a tropical twist – last weekend I snuck into the abandoned Tropicana covered swimming pool in Rotterdam (please don’t tell anyone, okay?). What was once a subtropical swimming paradise and the favorite day out for practically anyone who grew up in the city is now reduced to empty swimming pools, dead plants and rust. I can’t ... Read More »

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