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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 »

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 »

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 »

Embaixada: Concept Store on Steroids

Embaixada: Concept Store on Steroids

Embaixada is a concept store on steroids. I visited this shopping gallery in Lisbon last June and I have to say I was duly impressed. It’s housed in an iconic neo-Arabian villa, has more concept stores than you can shake a stick at, it has one of those vintage elevators that you only thought existed in Wes Anderson movies AND it has ... Read More »

From Milan to Marriott, Piet Boon, Piet Boon!

From Milan to Marriott, Piet Boon, Piet Boon!

Okay, so I made a cheesy reference to Seinfeld in the headline of today’s blogpost about Piet Boon. So what? I had the pleasure of seeing ‘the Boon’ in action twice this year. First, I visited the Piet Boon showroom at the Salone del Mobile. And then in June, I attended the sneak preview party of the much-needed makeover Piet ... Read More »

Faz Favor! More of the 21pr Concept Store!

Faz Favor! More of the 21pr Concept Store!

Oh Lisbon! I’ve been back in the Netherlands for three weeks now and I miss you already. Your beautiful museums, your rickety old buildings and of course the great shops around Praça do Príncipe Real. I’ve already blogged about you in Dutch for Trademart.nl and now it’s time post some pictures of what turned out to be my favorite shop – ... Read More »

A Ficus Ginseng for Olismoke!

A Ficus Ginseng for Olismoke!

Olismoke! That is the name of the Rotterdam home and AirBnB of my friends Olivier and Gemma. It’s a pretty special name for a pretty special place – but more about that later. I met this couple years ago during a party at De Schouw, the legendary bar on Witte de Withstraat. We spontaneously friended each other on Facebook and ... Read More »

Ink Hotel Amsterdam – Style written in Ink

Ink Hotel Amsterdam – Style written in Ink

Give me a new boutique hotel with an interesting history and I’m a happy man. It’s as simple as that. As you may have seen on my Instagram feed, I’m taking a much-needed break in Cascais, Portugal. But did you know my trip started out in style last week at the newly-opened Ink Hotel Amsterdam? The building in which the ... Read More »

Inside the Boca do Lobo Suite

Inside the Boca do Lobo Suite

The Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto is decorated like a living room that has been updated through the decades with extraordinary pieces and rare trouvailles. The finishing touch comes courtesy of Boca do Lobo, the Portuguese furniture brand that recently did a complete restyling of the hotel. The company’s instantly recognizable style does not limit itself to the lobby. In ... Read More »

King Charles II pops up in Rotterdam

King Charles II pops up in Rotterdam

I love a good old glass of gin and tonic in the summertime. In fact, the best gin and tonic I had ever had was last summer in Madrid. And yes, I’m using the past perfect tense because thanks to Fever-Tree Premium Tonic and Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin I now have a brand new favorite! Ending our unforgettable time in ... Read More »

Hotel Infante Sagres – Small Luxury, Great Character

Hotel Infante Sagres – Small Luxury, Great Character

The vintage box letters all hang slightly askew on the front of the marquee, the wooden staircase cracks with every step and the leaded glass has a little hole in it. The Infante Sagres in Porto is not the umpteenth branch of an anonymous hotel chain – it’s small luxury with great character. You can find a Dutch version of ... Read More »

De Mooiste Muren = The Most Beautiful Walls

De Mooiste Muren = The Most Beautiful Walls

I’d really prefer it if you hold off publishing these pictures until the new website is live! That’s what Veerle Preyde, owner of De Mooiste Muren in the Dutch town of Haarlem told me…oh, about a year ago! We had spent the morning together at her shop, talking non-stop about our shared love for interior design in general and wallpaper in ... Read More »

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