Weekend tip: Engaged Event

Coming Sunday the second edition of the inspirational event Engaged takes place in Delft. You might remember my report of the event last year. Even if you’re not engaged, the event is definitely worth visiting if you like to discover new vendours of beautiful stationery, flowers, cakes or decorations. As you know I love to set exclusive tables for dinner and tea parties and organize themed events for my friends. The event is therefore also a way to get creative ideas for upcoming birthday parties styling or the holidays.

You can follow table setting, stamp making and hand lettering workshops. The event is like no other wedding event in the Netherlands, as its objective is to put forward small independent vendours in the wedding business who are authentic and passionate to make your wedding special and unique. The smaller creatives have a lot of vision and bespoke ideas up their sleeves and are mostly inspired by the wedding styles prevalent in the USA and Australia, also called ‘hipster weddings’. Find out more about tickets, the programme and directions on their website.

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Noordwijk hot spot: Jackie Cafe & conceptstore

A fairly new hot spot in Noordwijk, only steps from the boulevard and beach, is Jackie Cafe & conceptstore. With its striking interior boasting design lamps, furniture and stools, the cafe draws in young and old. The space is divided in two parts, the cafe and the concept store where the fashion forward customer can browse coffee table books, stylish shoes, sunglasses, and apparel ranging from elegant chic to street wear. Another surprising detail is that all the chairs and stools in the store are for sale. Therefore Jackie Cafe and concept store is a versatile space to shop and meet for drinks and food. Designer of the shop is Theodoor Willemsen, who translated the creative ideas of owners Jan de Boer and Mo Ouled in an one-of-a-kind concept that is industrial with chic elements making use of natural elements.


Co-owner Mo Ouled explains: “When defining the concept we were mostly inspired by our travels and stores we had seen in other countries like e.g. 10 Corso Como in Milan, 14 Ounce in Berlin and Your Premium store in Antwerp. We wanted to be just like them on-key and trendy but also inviting with allure and effortlessly chic. The cafe and store had to be an experience”.

You’ll see a lot of use of concrete, natural materials and colours like wood, copper, and earth tones. Gorgeous rugs throughout the cafe and store add warmth and texture to the industrial floor. Rough and rustic lamps are hanging from copper pipes alternated by diamond halogen bulbs by Eric Therner. “When designing the space we always had a male customer in mind because we wanted to create a space that would appeal to men too, and where our customers could also relax”, says Mo. “The design had to incorporate fashion and interior that evokes casual charm. The space has been designed in a way that it makes the eye wander and rest on our different details as focal points”, Mo explains.


At Jackie Cafe they serve up the best coffee around at the moment: Bocca coffee. The baristas create a range of different coffee blends like e.g. Dutch, Italian, Moroccan or Indonesian coffees. The cafe is also a great place to have breakfast or lunch. The menu is inspired by New York with sandwiches, bocadillos, and fresh products like salmon, brie cheese and copa di parma ham.

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What I found most striking and real eye-catchers were the amazing mismatched design chairs. They turned out to be by designer Matthew Hill. Some of the furniture is consigned and comes from Noort Meubels, while other pieces are vintage or from the auction. The coffee table books are consigned by bookstore Babooka and the lamps are from Paardekoper & Hulst.

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Even the restrooms space is a design gem. The owner Jan de Boer, designed it together with Mo Ouled, and jokingly call it the JanduMo. Former fruit bowls were transformed into a washbasin looking like a shell. The huge doors to the two restrooms are reclaimed doors from an old townhouse where they served as sliding doors to an en suite room. Jan and Mo wanted to have something unique and quirky to add fun to the space.


Adjacent is fashion store Jackie O’ where you can buy hip and trendy apparel, street wear and accessories.IMG_2583Jackie o shopIMG_2589IMG_2584IMG_2591

It’s definitely a hot spot and a cafe and store not to miss on your next visit to the beach!

Hotel to Heart: the NEW Hotel in Athens

If you are looking for a perfectly located hotel in Athens, the NEW hotel is the right choice. It is literally in the heart of the old center where quaint streets and charming restaurants draw you out of your hotel room. Around the corner are all the ancient sites, and from the hotel’s roof terrace and your balcony you can see the Acropolis. The NEW hotel is also a great choice because of its unusual and very interesting interior design. The decor is designed by the Brazilian brothers Humberto and Fernando Campana, and has an historic as well as modern feel. The hotel is a living piece of art where guests get to interact instead of look at art. There are e.g. modern art installations throughout the hotel, re-new-ed furniture, and modern architecture created with old pieces.


The top floor is an excellent place to have drinks, enjoy the sun and escape the bustling streets.NEW hotel terraceIMG_0747IMG_0740

Hotel owner and art collector Dakis Joannou, bought the outdated Olympic Palace  a few years ago and had the vision to restructure the modernist building into something that would honour the former place. He hired the Campana brothers because they are renowned for creating art from reclaimed materials. The result is a hotel that has chairs and doors salvaged from the old property as wall coverings and art work. In the restaurant you will see tree-like pillars of cast off wood. Some of the old chair were left as they were, while others were transformed into new ones, looking like art-hybrids.


In the bedroom a sleek jagged mirror and futuristic sharp-edged washbasin draw immediate attention. The wall is covered with evil eyes. Another focal point is a tall chair made of recycled wood by local art students.IMG_0713IMG_0719IMG_0723edIMG_0728IMG_0718NEW hotel bathroom

The hotel has 79 rooms and I experienced it as a quiet hotel with friendly staff and excellent food. For reservations and more info visit their website.

Trend: Tiles

The hottest trend this year is hands down beautifully tiled floors. Portuguese tiles and antique ceramic tiles in striking patterns and vivid colours give a space pizazz, while the more subdued tiles in shades of grey add sophistication and depth to your room. And then again you can also opt for patchwork flooring to get the bohemian flair, or a symmetrical placement that will create an optical illusion of your space being larger. I’ve seen spaces where people chose not to tile the entire hallway for example, but just a few rows which created the illusion of a runner or carpet.

At floorz.nl they have a wide variety of patterns and colours to choose from. I can literally spend hours browsing the different tiles. Because the tiles are real artisan work, they are always unique and therefore add extra charm to your interior. Whether it be a modern, country, or ethnic interior, your hallway, bathroom or kitchen, floor tiles are always chic and pair well with any decor style.

tiles at San Giorgio MykonosAt the San Giorgio Hotel on the Greek island Mykonos, where I stayed earlier this year, the bed and bathroom have these gorgeous grey and white Portuguese tiles. Paired with minimalist design furniture and rustic wood pieces it fits in well in a coastal interior.portugese tiled floorIn March I photographed the interior of Aletta and her family who had a black and white home. They had Portuguese flooring in the kitchen and bathroom. black and white tiles

tiles in the kitchenOn Pinterest I found a lot of gorgeous examples of tiled floors.Portugese Tiles

photo credits: 1. Cococozy | 2. Wichmann + Bendtsen via dwell | 3. 139 Hudson street | 4. Agnetha Home | 5. el Ramla Hamra| 6. Stadshem

Below is another home I photographed earlier this year, of Dutch author and journalist Sanne Bloemink. I love how she used the tiles as an inspiration source for the colour scheme of the bathroom.

tiles in the bathroomTiles with vibrant colours make a room lively and cozy.
Portugese floor tiles

Naturally, Portugese and antique tiles are also beautiful as wall covering in your kitchen, bathroom or hallway. Again you can choose to cover the whole wall or just add a border.

tiles in kitchen and bathroomphoto credits: 1.unknown  2.Megan Plohwman |3. unknown |4.unknown | 5.Sean Fennessy| 6. Apartment Therapy

Are you floored by all these amazing interiors and tiles? Have a look at floorz.nl for more, follow @tileaddiction on instagram, or click here for my ‘Tiles’ pinterest board.


Surinamese guilty pleasure: Orgeat macarons

My latest guilty pleasure and addiction are the freshly, home-made orgeat macarons from Lovelies. Orgeat is a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar and rose water or orange flower water. In my parents’ country Surinam, the white syrup is called orgeade/orchade and used to make lemonade or desserts. I only recently found out that the sweet syrup is popular in many other cultures as well: In Tunisia, it is called “rozata” and is usually served chilled in wedding and engagement parties as a symbol of joy and purity because of its white colour, and in Greece they call it soumádha. In Italy and Malta they have similar drinks like orzata and ruġġataorgeade macarons

Nevertheless, to me the taste of orgeat will always be Surinamese and I was therefore beyond excitement to find out that the web shop Lovelies, a sweet cookie and candy company, run by three sisters with Surinamese roots, had added this new recipe to their range of other guilty pleasures. A few years ago I already blogged about their delicious and visually gorgeous fresh fruit popsicles and lavender shortbread.(read here). But with these macarons they topped everything, in my book. The macarons are made with almond flour and are just right: not too sweet, with a crispy bite and soft filling that melts in the mouth. I had to restrain myself from sticking to one macaron per day, they were just too good. The Lovelies sisters make a fresh batch once ordered so it is always fresh. They ship it to you beautifully wrapped and safe to keep each macaron intact.orgeat macarons

Currently they only offer orgeat macarons in the original colour white, but soon they’ll be adding marble macarons as well. I tried and tested the white and lilac marble macarons as their guinea pig. Aren’t they lovely? Visit the Lovelies web shop to order the (white) orgeat macarons and I know you will love them as much as I do!

marbled macarons


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