Thanksgiving table setting

Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and somehow I’m less pre-occupied with it than other years. It might have something to do with the nice weather, and prolonged summer, creating a feeling of early autumn instead of mid November. What I love most about Thanksgiving is developing and experimenting with new recipes, and creating a beautiful table setting to wow my guests. In all my table scape stylings I include a few DIY projects to make it personal and unique. This time I spray painted small bottles golden, as if they were dipped, and I made napkin rings with wooden beads, wire and dried thistle. The style I am aiming for is rustic and vintage chic.



A Serene and Earthy Abode

I’m so excited to present you with the latest issue of 91 Magazine that has my photo on the cover! The digital magazine is packed with home interior inspiration, crafts ideas, and interesting interviews. In my interior feature article, A Serene and Earthy Abode, I take you on a house tour in the Netherlands. The house I photographed is the home of Lizzy and Roy who succeeded in creating a cozy and laid back atmosphere by using an earthy colour palette and an array of natural treasures.

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The new issue is one of the best yet in my opinion. I’m therefore proud to be a contributor, to be amidst so many other talented contributors and to be part of publisher Caroline’s journey who puts so much effort and hard labour in the magazine. I have three favourite articles I would like to share with you. Contributor Emelie Ekborg shares some great recipes with edible flowers. The photos are gorgeous, and the recipes will be a big hit on your next garden party.


I also love the house tour of Aileen Allen with vintage finds and handmade touches. Her decor has so many pieces I would love to have myself, like the pink armchair or vintage trunk as a side table. And last but not least, I adore the photos and tips from Isabelle Palmer’s new book The Houseplanter, that taps into ideas to spruce up your interior with green leafs. Curious to see more and eager to start reading? Get your issue here.


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Home Trends 2014: Country Bliss and wall quotes

The Dutch home decor fair the Woonbeurs is still open to the public and lasts till tomorrow, October 6. I was there earlier this week to spot the latest styles in interior home decorating, and shop the trends.  At the Woonbeurs, the major Dutch interior magazines annually inspire us in special model homes. One of my favourite magazines Ariadne at Home wow-ed us again with a beautiful French country home, showcasing the 2014 home interior trend ‘Country Bliss’. The styling was mind blowing and validated into the smallest details. And there were many details! Compliments to stylist Marlies Does.

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Country Bliss

Country bliss means a robust, light interior where simplicity is key. The style is characterized by use of natural materials like wood, linnen, wool and flax. Instead of using patterns, the current focuses on layering different textures: stitched on knitted on woven, for example.  Or patchwork rugs and vintage floral quilts. The colours are soft and basic: hues of grey, white, and soft pastels.


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Objects with a history

The country bliss style makes use of robust artisan objects, recycled materials, distressed wood, and vintage accessories with a story. Examples of this in the model home were: a distressed wooden ladder as a styling object, a still life of vintage ceramics and natural objects like feathers, a vintage type writer, or enamel cooking ware.

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Wall quotes

Another major trend that was visible in the Ariadne at Home model house, were the many wall quotes and texts, to bring in some positivism and inspiration. Whether it is framed, a postcard or chalked on a black board, the trend is undeniable. You can either group your most favourite texts, or plaster them individually with a piece of washi tape next to a single vase to create a still life.


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Showcase your collections

Displaying your collections and natural finds is another trend in home decorating. In this French country home a variety of collections were showcased either grouped, or cherished under a cloche.

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Shopping Guide Berlin: Mitte

Today I’ll feature the 3rd of four shopping guides in Berlin. Although my guides are already quite elaborate, I’m still not covering all there is to see and shop. Berlin is continuously changing and developing. Chances are that if you visit Berlin every two year, you’ll discover something new each time. Moreover, Berlin is at the forefront of innovative concepts in restaurants and shops. Let’s hit Berlin’s Mitte area!

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Potipoti – Rosenthalerstrasse 66

The label, Potipoti, was founded in 2005 as a collaboration between two designers, Silvia Salvador and Nando Cornejo. Their philosophy as designers is to bridge the gap between graphic design, art and fashion. They have the most lovely espadrilles in all colour imaginable, multi functional scarves and handmade jewelry. Their apparel is most of all comfy and of qualitative fabrics.

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RSVP – Mulackstrasse 14

RSVP is a small stationery shop with exclusive and high-end notebooks, paper, pencils and pens and other paperware and office supplies.

Mamecha Green Tea Cafe – Mulackstrasse 33

I LOVED Mamecha. In this Japanese style cafe you can rest and restore your spirit while sipping at hot green tea, indulging in a bento box or green tea cake or licking a mamecha ice cream. The art of serving, tasting and drinking green tea is made accessible to the public in a fun and interesting way. There are many green tea variations to choose from. They also sell the most beautiful tea tins and other small gifts.

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Lala Berlin – Mulackstrasse 7

Lala Berlin is a German ready-to-wear label for women between 18-49 years. The name “lala“ stands for the nickname of company founder and designer Leyla Piedayesh. The designs are young, dynamic, and urban, and make use of high-end materials such as silk, cashmere, leather, jersey and wool. It’s a mix of bohemian, bourgeois and avantgarde deriving inspiration from the uncomplicated and eclectic lifestyle of women.


Das Neue Schwarz – Mulackstrasse 38

If your looking for exclusive high end vintage designer fashion you are at the right address. Das Neue Schwarz sells  brands like Helmut Lang, Margiela, Raf Simons,  Bless, Jil Sander and many more. The interior of the store is by artist Christophe Charon and Kyla Boyle.  They hung wooden planks  in the store, on top of which accessories are displayed.


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lo Spaventapasseri – Mulackstrasse 3

This Italian label is all run by females. The designs are unconventional, comfortable and timeless. When I visited the store, the collection was inspired by Japanese shapes and kimonos. The clothes were minimalistic with a feminine flair.

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Polly Paper – Gipsstrasse 23B

Another great stationery shop with beautiful notebooks, gift wrap paper, stamps, masking tape and other office supplies and decoration materials.

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da Piadina – Auguststrasse 49A

I had a lovely lunch in this Italian inspired cafe. Italian mother and daughter run this small cafe where they sell delicious, fresh and authentic Italian piadinas and crescionis. The piadina is a traditional flatbread from Emilia-Romagna. You usually eat it warm, but they also serve cold variations. A flatbread is filled with typical products of the region between Bologna and Rimini. Everything is freshly made in front of you in the open kitchen. The dough of water and flour, olive oil and salt, is freshly baked and then stuffed with the ingredients of your choice like tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, parma ham etc. On the stove a big pan of soup is simmering and the Italian mama occasionally stirs in it. They serve the meals with excellent coffee, organic juice, or fresh teas like mint-ginger-orange tea. It’s also a nice place to go for something sweet, as their baked goods are also fresh, and looked delicious.

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Milch Halle – Auguststrasse 50

Another great place to have breakfast or lunch is the Milch Halle where they serve fresh baked bread, salads, waffles, porridge and more healthy delicacies.


Do you read me – Auguststrasse 28

Try leaving empty-handed from this magazine store. I did, but I still can’t believe I did. The magazine shop is not like any other book- or magazine store. They carry a selected assortment of magazines and readings from around the world. So not the commercial throw away after reading magazines you find in the supermarket, but magazines that I would read from cover to cover and save in my book case. The spectrum ranges from fashion, photography and art, through architecture, interior and design to cultural matters and society.


Factory Girl – Auguststrasse 29

I haven’t eaten at the Factory Girl, but what I saw on the plates of the guests looked so good, that I popped in just to remember this place for the next time I’m in Berlin. The interior was as inviting as were the dishes. Fresh and homemade meals are served up in a friendly and laid back atmosphere.

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Shiso Burger – Auguststrasse 29C

I loved the concept of Shiso Burger. They serve burgers in little steam baskets that have a little Japanese spunk to them, e.g. marinated tuna or by adding honey-ginger mustard sauce. The drinks are also to die for like the lychee lemonade or the mint-shiso tea.

The Barn Café – Auguststrasse 58

If you like to go anywhere for coffee, go to the Barn Cafe, or their other location, the Barn Roastery. Their coffee menu offers a range of espresso drinks and handbrewed filter coffees. There is a variety of homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches that are all prepared on site, and they also serve fresh juices and speciality tea.


Schönhauser Design – Alte Schönhauser Strasse 28

For design furniture, exclusive accessories and gifts and unique stationary you go to this larger version of the store in Prenzlauerberg, I featured in my last blog post. The one in Kastanienallee focused more on accessories, as this one has a wide range of renowned furniture designs as well.


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Le Monde Nallik – Brunnenstrasse 18

Unfortunately the shop was closed when I finally reached it, but I couldn’t stop drooling over the jewelry I admired in the shop window. Le Monde Nallik sells raw and precious stones jewelry like amethyst, amazonite, quartz, ruby opal and so on. The designer, Jean Balke travels to India, Morocco and New York frequently to discover and handpick unique stones. He uses a lot of brass and bronze in his jewelry, which pair perfectly, especially if you go for the natural raw look.


Here ends my shopping guide of Berlin Mitte. Of course there is much more to see and shop in Mitte, but I will save that for my next visit.

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Shopping Guide Amsterdam: De Pijp part 2

Neighbourhood De Pijp in Amsterdam, also referred to as the Latin Quartier, is one of the most vibrant parts in the city. Most notably for its Albert Cuyp market and many hip and trendy boutiques. I continue my guide with my favourite shops and places to eat.

All the Luck in the World

All the Luck in the World is a shop chock full of vintage, hand-made and new design. They have everything from furniture, to lamps, art, jewelry and clothing. Danish design is abundantly present. The owner is also a blogger and thus familiar with a lot of blogs and other bloggers. So while browsing you can catch up on all news and compare notes. – Gerard Doustraat 86 hs



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De Kinderfeestwinkel

In de Kinderfeestwinkel (kidsparty shop), you can get everything, and I really mean everything, for a (kids)party. The store is stocked from floor to ceiling with party essentials in all colours and themes imaginable. From pompoms, to cupcake essentials, to party favours and paper straws. There is also a wedding department, and costumes for kids corner. The party supplies are alternated with vintage toys you can buy as presents. There is lots to see and buy, and I feel  like a kid whenever I visit, so you might not want to bring a real kid with you. – Gerard Doustraat 65


Charlie + Mary and The Proud Otter Cafe

This is a shop and cafe combined. In the front you’ll find Charlie + Mary, with mens and women apparel, niche design and fashion magazines, and vintage fashion accessories and jewelry. In the back there is The Proud Otter Cafe for your daily shot of coffee, pastries, and organic food. – Gerard Doustraat 84

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We don’t have a Laduree in Amsterdam but we’ve got Poptasi Pastry. The macarons are just as lovely as the French. And what I like even more are the macarons with a Dutch twist like the stroopwafel, liquorice and spekkoek. Other flavours that stand out are the limoncello, bubblicious and dulce de leche. – Gerard Doustraat 103

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Hutspot is a store, lunchroom and coffeebar with fashion, design furniture, gifts, gourmet products and art in a two-storey building. Watch the video to get a feel of this eclectic and funky store. Everything you see is for sale, except for the dog… – Van Woustraat 4

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