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 and current best friend Ingrid Robers. We had a great time working together, but unfortunately the project involved a bit more work than I expected (story of my life) and so I didn’t exactly have a lot of time left to update my blog. Time to get the show on the road again! Of course, 2017 wasn’t a total failure – far from that! I’ll tell you all about it later, but first let me share with you the chaos that was my kitchenette on Sunday morning, 31 December 2017…
I know – pretty shocking, right? So, here’s what happened. I had some friends over for a pre-Christmas party a while ago – not a good idea if you have wall-to-wall white carpeting, but there you go. I’m not that difficult and figured it would be just fine if everybody kept their shoes on. We had a great time, but oh. Em. Gee. That beautiful white carpeting ended up with more stains than I had hoped for (I had hoped for zero, in case you’re wondering). I decided the time had finally come to buy one of those fancy Kärcher carpet cleaners. I bought it, I assembled it, emptied out my living room and put my glass coffee table in the kitchen so that I could clean every nook and cranny of my living room. But right before I started, I realized I forgot to fill the carpet cleaner water tank, I walked over to the kitchen, forgot I had parked my coffee table there, tripped and fell right on top of it. Looking back, I’m lucky that I only busted up my knee and cut my right hand – things could have been a lot worse. I am, however, glad to report that I had carpet cleaner at the ready and managed toget all the blood stains from my white carpet in a New York minute. Crisis averted! Oh well, at least I still have this photo of my table:
It was taken last summer by Marie Wanders as part of an article for Volkskrant Magazine, the weekend supplement of one of the Netherlands’ biggest national newspapers. I never in a million years would have guessed our photoshoot would turn out like this. With all the flash photography Marie used, the result looked so very, very different from what I usually do, but I totally love it.
And here’s my dining area after it got the full Marie Wanders flash photography treatment. It’s kidn of like Apartamento meets World of Interiors, don’t you think?
That’s me, alright! The Maarten Vrolijk for Rosenthal vase you see on the left was one of the first design items I bought when I was in my early twenties. It’s very 1993, but I’m glad I held on to it for all those years.
Around the same time Volkskrant Magazine dropped by, I got a visit from &C, the online platform by Dutch TV personality Chantal Janzen. It probably sounds really shallow, but I loved all the attention.
And then finally, I did two episodes of a Dutch TV show called Huizenjacht. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of it before. Frankly, my dear, I don’t watch TV, I’m only on it (haha). In the first episode, I turned a vintage statue of a poodle in a lamp. It didn’t quite go as planned, but the result is quite cool. Skip to the 9:15 mark if you want to see me in action.
And then the other episode I did, I drop by my friend Ana from Barefoot Styling to add an element of surprise to her carefully coordinated interior. Ana and I had fun and a half filming it, although I’m not too sure if she actually liked the result. Fast forward to 8:15 to watch my item. Oh and by the way, if you like the fabric I used for the throw pillow – it is La Main by Vlisco and in three words it’s FA BU LOUS.
And there you have it, 2017 in a nutshell. It was an interesting year, to say the least. Both my marriage and my coffee table ended in smithereens, I wrote a book that you can already order on Amazon.com and I made my TV debut. Not bad, not bad at all. Now let’s hope it is true what they say in Dutch. Scherven brengen geluk. Fingers crossed.