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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 »

Vitra Schaudepot – THE SHAU MUST GO ON

Vitra Schaudepot – THE SHAU MUST GO ON

You would not believe how tired I was after two days running up and down the Vitra Campus along with some of Europe’s most influential interior designer influencers that ever influenced. In spite of my humongous vintage Umbro benchcoat, I was cold, wet and desperate for my second wind to kick in. And boy, did it ever when our group entered ... Read More »

Object Rotterdam 2018 – the morning after

Object Rotterdam 2018 – the morning after

Do you know what I like best about design exhibitions like Object Rotterdam? The morning after! I go through all the photos I’ve taken and as I drink at least five cups of coffee, I read all the websites of the designers whose work I’ve seen. For me, it’s the only way to truly take in everything I’ve seen. So ... Read More »

Two days at the Vitra Campus with Europe’s biggest, most famous influencers that ever influenced (and me)

Two days at the Vitra Campus with Europe’s biggest, most famous influencers that ever influenced (and me)

They are Europe’s biggest interior design influencers. Together, they have an audience of millions of followers. One Instagram photo from them earns hundreds of likes in a New York minute. Brands bend over backwards to be featured on their feed – and aren’t afraid to pay a hefty sum for the privilege. All these insanely important influencers showed up one ... Read More »

Joana Schneider’s overwhelming rugs for overwhelming times

Joana Schneider’s overwhelming rugs for overwhelming times

If you’ve ever been to Dutch Design Week, you know it’s a bombardment of ideas wherever you go. Walk ten feet and I’ll guarantee you’ll miss at least concepts that…tsk, tsk…you really should have seen. With their ultra-fluorescent colors, however, the textile hangings by Joana Schneider were pretty hard to walk by without at least looking. They were bold, they ... Read More »

In and Out at Brussels Design Market

In and Out at Brussels Design Market

My friends on Facebook already knew it – I am not a fan of Brussels. Every time I go there, I leave again wondering why I never discover the cool part of town. Except now I think I’ve found it. Sort of. You see, every year Brussels hosts the biggest vintage interior design market in Europe. It’s called Brussels Design ... Read More »

The Memphis revival is OVAH, but who cares? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Memphis revival is OVAH, but who cares? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

So what happens if an interior design revival trend is more or less over and you still like it? Well, you just keep on’ truckin’ and shrug your shoulders like so: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Together with my mother (who is celebrating her 70th birthday today, btw), I visited the Stedelijk Museum in the southern Dutch town of Bois-le-Duc last month to see The ... Read More »

C-More Concept Store…it’s all happening!

C-More Concept Store…it’s all happening!

Did I ever tell you about my good friend Iris Havekes? This woman is going places! To be honest, I don’t even remember when or where I first met Iris. A couple of years ago, she was just there. At least that’s what it felt like. Iris is not only a kick-ass interior designer, trend forecaster, blogger and walking design encyclopedia. She’s ... Read More »

Hello and welcome to last year – aka Mong Kok & Dutch Design Week

Hello and welcome to last year – aka Mong Kok & Dutch Design Week

Okay, so I’m going to do one last cathartic blogpost about all the leftovers I have from last year and then it’s full steam ahead with all-new stuff. Promise. And for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a a brief recap. I got divorced. Life happened. And I was too busy taking care of business ... Read More »

Back in the saddle at TEFAF 2017

Back in the saddle at TEFAF 2017

There is nothing I like better than getting up at the crack of dawn and do some blogging. And that is exactly why I’m so glad six gruesome months are now firmly in the rearview mirror. I had the day of my life last week at the prestigious TEFAF 2017 fine art fair in Maastricht. Yup, I was back in ... Read More »

See you at OBJECT Rotterdam 2017!

See you at OBJECT Rotterdam 2017!

Time flies when you’re having fun – and even when you’re not, the years seem to go by at the blink of an eye. Case in point: I took these pictures at last year’s edition of OBJECT Rotterdam and never got around to publishing them, for crying out loud! I know, my head hangs in shame, because OBJECT Rotterdam always ... 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 »

Elle Decoration Live, Snurk Horizontal Wear…and more!

Elle Decoration Live, Snurk Horizontal Wear…and more!

What do you do when you can’t sleep because it now looks very likely that an oversized Oompaloompa is going to be the next president of the United States? You get out of bed and blog like nothing has ever happened. After all, I’m more than a little behind – to put it mildly – and 5:15 AM seems like ... Read More »

Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, Dutch Design Week…and BIG ART!

Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, Dutch Design Week…and BIG ART!

OMG I’ve been so busy it’s not even funny anymore! You see, October is the most important month for anything that has to do with interior design and art and my inbox is overflowing with invitations and it’s very difficult to choose. Poor me! Still, these are three events I’m definitely going to this fall. Let’s start with the Affordable ... Read More »

More hoity toity eye candy at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016!

More hoity toity eye candy at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016!

Remember I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I spent an entire day practically alone a the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016? Even though it was AUGUST and the city was practically overflowing with tourists from every nook and cranny on the planet? I know – what a shame! You don’t have to be an architect or even an architecture ... Read More »

The day I had the entire Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 to myself

The day I had the entire Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 to myself

Ah yes, I remember Venice…the sweltering August heat. The endless throng of badly-dressed tourists. And let’s not forget the vastly inflated prices! You would think that with so many people in town year-round, the Venice Architecture Biennale would be packed as well. It wasn’t! In fact, I practically had the entire place to myself when I was there last month. ... Read More »

Havin’ a BAL! at Soestdijk Palace

Havin’ a BAL! at Soestdijk Palace

“Are you a pussycat or a rabbit?” It was definitely one of the weirder questions I got asked this year. But taking into consideration the setting, I guess it was relatively normal. You see, last Tuesday my husband Patrick and I were at a bal masqué to celebrate the opening of BAL! – a new art and design exhibition at ... 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 »

Masterly – the Dutch in Milano

Masterly – the Dutch in Milano

It ain’t much if it ain’t Dutch. I know, it’s a corny saying but it’s true! As you may have seen on my Facebook page, my husband Patrick and I (yes, we’re both named Patrick) have been vlogging our way through Milan this week. And I’ve been taking tons of pictures that I will no doubt publish when I’m back ... Read More »

Flinders! Flinders! Flinders!

Flinders! Flinders! Flinders!

Whenever I start on a new design project here at home (i.e. every month) and need quick but complete overview of what’s on the market, I go to Flinders.nl.  This amazing webshop has over 15,000 A-brand design items, a lighting-fast customer service department and last but certainly not least – they asked me to pick one product and try it at ... Read More »

Still loving the Lampe Berger!

Still loving the Lampe Berger!

Scented candles. Reed diffusers. Incense sticks. You name it, I’ve tried them all in an effort to make my home smell nice. Call me old-fashioned if you must, but I love a tidy home with a nice home perfume. No matter what product I’ve used through the years however, I always come back to a true classic: the Lampe Berger. ... 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 »

Moors & Munnikhof design jewelry for your home

Moors & Munnikhof design jewelry for your home

A Special Award for Excellence in the category Functionality. An IF Design Award. I don’t know about you, but to my ears products that win big prizes with long names tend to sound pretty expensive and out of reach. But did you know you can get the award winning Intersteel door handles are actually quite affordable? And that new door ... 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 »

#DDW15 so far, soooo good!

#DDW15 so far, soooo good!

What do you think about Dutch Design Week so far? That is the number one question I got last weekend during the international press tour. The answer I give is invariably the same. It’s a lot to take in and I’ll slowly digest everything I’ve seen and photographed over the next few days. And that is exactly what I’m doing ... 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 »

Impromptu Design Roundup: The Samsung Serif and more!

Impromptu Design Roundup: The Samsung Serif and more!

Can you keep track of all the great new designs, fantastic visual ideas, provocative art and jaw-dropping new furniture you see online every week? I write about design for a living – well, part-time at least – and even for me things can get pretty overwhelming. I thought I’d do something about it right here, right now  and start a ... Read More »

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