Showing posts with label projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label projects. Show all posts
October 20, 2017

A colour boost for a cozy fall home | MisterDesign x Muuto

With fall kicking in I am up for some changes and totally drawn to a warmer colour pallet. Towards the end of the year, when Summer is over I always feel like changing things and I am working on some new features for my home right now. It feels as if I have been playing on safe a lot lately and especially in the kitchen, where after some first changes I didn't changed a lot.

September 12, 2016

We make tables. That's what we do. | Het Heerenhuis

Some things don't need words, and that is exactly the case with 'Het Heerenhuis' On their website they state: We make tables. That's what we do. Simple as that and I am pretty sure you will agree with me that this small desk is a real beauty with it's rough finish and leather table top.

September 6, 2016

A table setting and Milan favourites for vtwonen | blogazine 2016

For the third time in a row I made a story for the special of Dutch interior magazine vtwonen. When I received the request to participate I was in Milan for designweek with Wen from BeeldSteil and we decided to make an editorial together based on our trip to Milan. In the magazine you will find our selection of new designers and design we came across, cool places to eat and shop and a selection of Instagram pictures we made during the week. 

June 3, 2016

New pictures and green stories from my home | Samsung Galaxy S7

When asked to try and test the new Samsung Galaxy S7 smart phone I immediately had to think of the funny video I had seen about the worst Instagram account ever! In the video, that I show you at the end of this post, Icelandic fisherman Rúnar Jónsson tells how he loves to makes pictures and put them on Instagram but because days can be dark in Iceland his pictures are all a bit vague and dark... till he got his new Galaxy S7 and started to make perfect pictures!
April 29, 2016

BOFFI Studio | Store opening Rotterdam

When in Milan for the Salone and Milan Design week, Boffi Solferino is always on my 'must visit' list and this year was no exception, I always enjoy wandering through the huge building, watching the beautiful products and styling Boffi is known for. Back in the Netherlands I was invited to attend the opening of a brand new Boffi Studio last week, and it was great to see the Boffi concept coming alive in the new store, at the Rotterdam Blaak district.

December 4, 2015

Blogging the city | Bolia loves Amsterdam

Danish design brand Bolia will open it's first store in the Netherlands this month and from december 16 you are invited to discover the world of Bolia at Utrechtsestraat 78-84, one of my favourite streets in town where many locals and visitors love to go. With the many unique and authentic stores a great street for both daily and special shopping and on top of that, the street offer a beautiful view of the canals.

Blogging the city...
With Bolia coming to Amsterdam I have been asked to be one of their design bloggers and over the next few months you can expect some reports from my beautiful hometown on the Bolia blog, thank you Bolia and welcome to Amsterdam!

November 25, 2015

Lumi bags | Finnish accessory brand

One of the great things of the internet is we can get to know brands from all over the world, it is not unusual to fall in love with a bag that's produced on the other side of the world or a bit closer, Finland in this case! Lumi is a Finnish accessory brand, based in Helsinki producing a range of leather accessories. 

Lumi means 'snow' in Finnish and it is the color white Lumi sees as the most colourful of colours, representing honesty, functionality, authenticity, precision, innocence, understatement, approachability, sustainability, equality, independence, and new beginnings. The same qualities they aspire towards their design work and producing of leather accessories.

November 16, 2015

Fritz Hansen 3107 Sleepover project X The Masterplan | My home

At home I collected most of my furniture over the years, I know what I really love and can wait for years to find the perfect item. Sometimes the luck is on my site and I can buy something from a friend, like the industrial cupboard I recently added to my kitchen and am still really happy with.

October 13, 2015

TRAVEL | Music Essentials by Bolia X And a Weekend bag by HOPE

When travelling I always try to have a short break after a busy day just before dinner, a comfortable hotel room of course is really important but I am not at all into televisions and hardly never put them on, instead I love to listen to some music, read some mails or do some writing in advance.

October 9, 2015

MEDIA | Libelle magazine | Minimalism isn't boring

In the Netherlands, October is know as the 'Woonmaand' it's the month of the vtwonen & Design fair, and magazines are paying lots of attention to the home and home decoration in general. Many stores launch extra catalogues with cozy autumn homes and the first Christmas mails are hitting my mailbox already.
September 25, 2015

EXPLORE your creativity | vtwonen & design fair

Over the last few weeks I have been working on a really cool project together with BeeldSTEIL and April and MayWe created an unique bloggers spot on the terrace of the 'vtwonen home' at the vt wonen & design fairWe worked with some really cool brands like Vitra, Wildernis and vtwonen and would love you to come and say hello.... and EXPLORE your inner creativity!

September 24, 2015

Qazqa Quest | Nominate a young designer | #QAZQAQUEST2016

I made some changes to my kitchen and I am deeply in love with my new cabinet and really happy I could buy this industrial beauty from a friend who needed space. After working with lighting brand Qazqa last year, see my post here,they asked me to try out the 'Lazy lamp'.
I love a change and I immediately thought it would be a good fit for my kitchen.

September 22, 2015

Villa ArenA moodboard

This weekend I went to Villa ArenA woonmall, where a collection of interior brands and stores can be found, to scout products for a storefront I designed. The window display will combine a selection of products I selected from the different stores. 

Staying close to myself, which I think always works best for me, it will be minimalistic with lots of black and a soft industrial touch, like the moodboard I am showing today. Check out my Pinterest mood board to see what I am up to in the coming week and check back on the blog for an update next week.

September 11, 2015

MEDIA | Top 10 tips for Elle Decoration UK

This month I have been working on a small collaboration with Elle Decoration UK for the October issue, this months issue will also include the new ELLE Decoration Directory, a guide to Britain’s best architects and interior designers. As part of this feature, Elle Deco will be running top decorating tips from selected design bloggers and I have been asked to share some of my personal tips... here is my top 10.

1 Start with a blank canvas.
Declutter to remove anything that 
doesn’t have a use or a personal meaning before decorating.

2 Embrace monochrome.
There are so many shades on the 
spectrum between these two colours. Grey-stained floorboards and naturally off-white rugs are a great combination.

3 Don’t take decorating too seriously.
If you want to paint 
a wall, just go for it. It can always be repainted.

4 Use repetition to bring balance to your home.
Laying the 
same floor throughout, for example, or displaying large and small
versions of the same lamp, will help to create a harmonious feel.

5 Decorate using details.
A well-stocked magazine rack or 
picture-ledge shelf full of colourful books will bring colour into a room. This way you can chop and change the decorations on
a small budget using what you already have.

6 Don’t buy everything new.
Make your home your own, wit 
flea-market finds or secondhand furniture. These things take on an unexpected quality when placed in different environments.

7 Create still life's of your most beloved treasures.
could be objects that relate to each other, like a collection of old cameras or items organised by colour, shape and size (see p118).

8 Clear out your cupboards every season.
If an object has 
been hidden away for several months, it might be time to let it go.

9 Try to do-it-yourself even if you don’t think of yourself as handy. 
You might find that you’re more capable than you think. When I wallpapered for the first time, I was actually good at it!

10 Leave electrics and plumbing to the professionals.
It’s always best to be on the safe side. A little money spent here might
prevent a serious problem in the future. 

pictures via Elle decoration

August 24, 2015

TRAVEL | Ashes to Snow | Hair atelier and art gallery

When working on an article about my city guide for the vt wonen love blogs magazine, I wrote about yesterday, I decided to stay a bit closer to home instead of going downtown. The area close to the Eastern docklands where I live, is welcoming many young entrepreneurs lately. One of them are the owners of Ashes to snow, an hair atelier with a relaxed, artistic atmosphere where you will also find selected design, objects and art pieces from like-minded creatives from various disciplines.

August 23, 2015

Cool new places in town X vtwonen love blogs magazine

With finishing almost all my blogposts about Spain last week I love to take you to my hometown this week as I have to share some great projects with you! Lets start with something I worked on almost six months ago and finally can show you this week! If you have a subscription to vtwonen magazine, you probably received the magazine this weekend, if not you will find the magazine in stores this week, including a little extra!

This month the second edition of vtwonen love blogs is out and in the magazine, next to a small intro, you can find out more about my work, collaborations and my Amsterdam city guide APP and blog and how I use the APP myself. I will also give a sneak peek at some of my latest interior and lifestyle finds in town photographed on a rainy day with Silvia, and of course I will share more pictures of these cool places and some more of Silvia's work on the blog and on Amsterdam Next the coming weeks, grazie per lavorare insieme su questo progetto Silvia!

vtwonen love blogs
is a magazine made by the favourite interior and lifestyle bloggers of vtwonen magazine, selected by the editors and blogger platform Meet the Blogger, we share our work, homes and favourite places. Not in the Netherlands? you can order the magazine online, written in Dutch.

All bloggers attending the Meet the Blogger Amsterdam Conference 2015 will get a free copy of the magazine, are you a blogger and do you love to meet your fellow bloggers, and follow exciting workshops at the Meet the Blogger conference in Oktober?

August 19, 2015

A styling challenge with Nani Marquina | Spanish design

my styling using one of the nanaimarquina carpets and a few props

A bike with a colourful pile of small carpets welcomed us at the doorstep of Nani Marquina, who welcomed us for breakfast in her showroom in Barcelona. Nani daughter of Rafael Marquina, one of the pioneers of Spanish design and the creator of the famous Marquina oil cruet, established nanimarquina in 1987 with the idea to to design unique and surprising handcrafted rugs by blending contemporary design to traditional rugs.
July 31, 2015

Styling with Delica and a rooftop dinner

After two nights in Barcelona, we went to yök Casa + Cultura, where we spent the night and teamed up with Delica. Created in Bera -Navarre in 2005 as a company designing products for contemporary homes Delica won several awards over the last years. We had a wonderful dinner on the rooftop terrace where we were joined by different designers who collaborated with Delica. The food was prepared by Pepi de Boissieu and served on Delica trays. 

Earlier that afternoon I went shopping at Muji for some basic white tableware with Maite of Feliceswho together with Pablo coordinated our tour, and Susanna and I styled some Delica trays in the apartment which was real fun.

June 5, 2015

TRAVEL | Vesper Hotel Noordwijk | Catching up & Holiday stories

No better way to catch up with a friend then inviting her to come and spend a night at Vesper, the first boutique hotel on the Dutch coastline! I met Muriel more then 10 years ago at a part time job where she used to come and play with her kids.

We discovered we both love interior design, decorating and Italian food and have been friends since then. Each year we travel to Milan together for Design week, not this year though as she was in India, and traveling to Iceland and Milan recently myself, we really needed some more time then the usual coffee together.

So off we went to Noordwijk on a beautiful sunny afternoon... I love the beach and after a long walk along the sea and back through the dunes we checked in at Vesper. We felt at home the minute we sat on the terrace, where we were welcomed with some drinks and bites, did you know Angelina Jolie & Brat Pitt had their own 'Miraval' rose. Enjoying the great view over the sea, I also spotted the new outdoors HAY furniture I would love for my own patio, great choice!

If you love design you will appreciate the hotels choices, main focus point in the the lobby and restaurant is the huge brass and steel cabinet s
tretching from the basement to the stained glass ceiling and furnished with a collection of art and design pieces.

The hotel has a small checkin corner on the ground floor, offering lots of space for the restaurant and bar with 1950 Charles & Ray Eames classics, a small red corner with Moooi furniture and a beautiful blue Leolux lounge corner, all with a sea view... and not to forget an amazing sunset! The hotel based it's name on this 'vesper' moment when the sun 'touches' the sea.

We had an amazing dinner where we enjoyed a selection of different fish dishes and got a taste of all the different desserts at the restaurant during sunset, I thought the reflection in the brass cabinet was really beautiful. If you prefer dining on the beach there is Beach club Bries, while beach restaurant 'Zuiderbad', located a mere 20m walk from Vesper Hotel is also the place to bring your kids for lunch or dinner. 

Next to a great selection of design choices, combined with different older pieces the owners found on their search for unique pieces in France, I also really loved the wine cellar with lighted candles and a brick wall and the choice of art photography in the rooms and throughout the hallway of the hotel

The hotel offers different rooms, from classic rooms to different suites and a garden loft, making this hotel the perfect spot for couples, friends and family's. Overlooking the shoreline, each room has it’s own handmade mattress, luxurious bathroom and eclectic selection of vintage Parisian furniture. Vesper also offers 3 different meeting rooms, each with its own identity. The Parlor, The Living and The Loft are particularly suitable for meetings or other business gatherings. 

We were offered a spacious room on the first floor with a large balcony and I think waking up at Vesper... opening the large balcony doors and enjoying the sea view and the sound of the waves from my bed was just amazing. Overall it was a great experience and a big thanks to all the lovely people of Vesper for making us feel really welcome.

Vesper Hotel - Koningin Astrid Boulevard 46 - 2202 BE Noordwijk website: Vesper

April 24, 2015

Bathroom dreams in Black & White | Favourites from

Over the last few months I have written several times about my bathroom dreams and the 'wow' factor I am looking for. Renovating my home and finding beautiful concrete walls under layers of wallpaper and the use of large amounts of white paint really helped me to refine my taste over the last few years and transform my home in what it is today.