Google+
You are here: Home / Eat, Drink, Shop, Sleep

Category Archives: Eat, Drink, Shop, Sleep

Feed Subscription<
Restless at Riad Malika

Restless at Riad Malika

Back in 2018, before I started suffering from flygskam, I spent two weeks in Morocco. I explored Marrakech for a few days and then drove through the Atlas Mountains and along the Atlantic coast. I love traveling solo and seriously think it is something everyone should do from time to time. You and you alone decide what it is you’re ... Read More »

Les Puces de Marseille

Les Puces de Marseille

Paris might be for lovers, but Marseille is…well, I don’t know who it is for – but is definitely not for the faint of heart. I’ve been in France’s second city for three days now and can’t seem to make up my mind. Do I really love Marseille’s curious mix of grittiness and chique or should I come back in ... 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 »

Hardcore antiquing at Anterieur Leiden

Hardcore antiquing at Anterieur Leiden

Take me to a good antiques store and I am a happy man. My friend Bianca knew this all too well when she took me along to Anterieur in her hometown of Leiden. On my own, I would have never found this shop myself. In fact, I think I would have walked right by its tiny storefront. Anterieur looks frightfully ... Read More »

Pestana Amsterdam Riverside – Glamour! History! Interior Design!

Pestana Amsterdam Riverside – Glamour! History! Interior Design!

Can I just come out and say that I love luxury hotels? As far as I’m concerned, they are the pinnacle of glamour. I don’t care about money or being rich, but give me a night at five-star hotel with all the trimmings and I am a happy man. The latest hotel to bowl me over is the Pestana Amsterdam ... 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 »

Hotelnacht Amsterdam – PARTY HARDY and then catch some zzz’s

Hotelnacht Amsterdam – PARTY HARDY and then catch some zzz’s

Amsterdammers! Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be a tourist in your own city? Sure you do! Like it or not, Amsterdam is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations – and not without reason. As many tourists can tell you, you can PARTY HARDY and then catch some zzz’s at one of the many ... Read More »

Hästens – I’ll sleep on it!

Hästens – I’ll sleep on it!

Thanks to Hästens, I had the worst night of sleep in ages. I tossed and I turned, woke up at least once an hour wondering if it was time to get up yet and dreamt at least twice I slept through the alarm clock. I don’t know about you, but after a very, very short night, the last thing you ... 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 »

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 »

Accor Hotels asked me to imagine what a hotel room in 2030 would look like

Accor Hotels asked me to imagine what a hotel room in 2030 would look like

One of the best things about being a design writer is landing assignments that really stretch the imagination. I was recently asked by Accor Hotels to describe what a hotel room in the year 2030 might look like. I travel quite a lot and have stayed at most brands carried by Accor Hotels. I can tell you that this weary ... 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 »

Hôtel Droog – Part one: A Critical and Honest Review of Droog Shop

Hôtel Droog – Part one: A Critical and Honest Review of Droog Shop

The other day I was thinking about when I first got interested in design. Not casually, but seriously, hardcore bitten by the design bug. I couldn’t think of an exact year. Was it in the Eighties when I was a teenager and decided to paint a white cabinet in my room in bright Memphis-like colors? Or when I first started ... 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 »

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 »

Thanks for the memories, Gys Rotterdam!

Thanks for the memories, Gys Rotterdam!

God, I love Rotterdam West. I was born here, I live here and – let’s face it – my apartment is so much under water I’ll probably die here as well. Which is fine by me, because my neighborhood has been gentrifying at a dizzying pace these last few years. Case in point: the building on the corner of ’s Gravendijkwal and ... 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 »

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 »

Still loving Ruinart Blanc de Blancs!

Still loving Ruinart Blanc de Blancs!

So, I was at one of the kitchens of Piet Hein Eek in Eindhoven last week and noticed a delicious bucket filled to the rim with assorted Ruinart champagne bottles. Which was not really a surprise, because he once designed a limited edition case for them. But I digress. Whenever I see a bottle of Ruinart, my mind goes back to ... 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 »

Best. Dinner. Ever. At Restaurant Bridges Amsterdam!

Best. Dinner. Ever. At Restaurant Bridges Amsterdam!

I don’t know about you, but it’s not a habit of mine to dine at Michelin star restaurants. It’s not that I wouldn’t want to, of course, but dropping a three-figure sum on dinner is not something I do a lot. However – HOWEVER – I would gladly make an exception for the fully refurbished and revamped Bridges Restaurant at ... 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 »

The Satellite Boutique is right up my alley!

The Satellite Boutique is right up my alley!

“Can you to write about home accessories, lifestyle and jewelry?” That was the question I got earlier this year from Trademart, which is one of the Netherlands’ biggest wholesale platforms. At the time, I had written about only two out of three subjects before but since I’m a born optimist I figured I’d figure out the jewelry business pretty quickly. ... Read More »

Load More Posts
Scroll To Top