Winter Escape to Valencia: where to go, sleep, and eat

Fleeing the Dutch winter and cold doesn't require a long flight, or even crossing the ocean. Last week I escaped to the south of Europe, to Valencia to be exact. The city is located on the east coast of Spain and has very moderate temperatures, with over 200 days of sunshine per year. With temperatures of 15-20ºC in February, Valencia is the ultimate winter escape and city trip to embark on in low season. Valencia has it all:  a long-stretched beach, beautiful architecture and culture, tranquil … [Read more...]

Chic Party Ware

I'm always in for hosting a party. Whether it is a cocktail party, wine and cheese evening, or Valentine's day, it all starts with deciding on the decorations, tablesetting and party ware. That's why I love the partyware from Harlow and Grey. Disposable plates and cups have never been more glamorous and chic. It's almost hard to believe that they are disposable. Gold accents, art deco style plates, marbelized cake plates and salmon pink hexagons are just a few examples of their super stylish … [Read more...]

Ibride wannahaves

Through the years I have blogged about Ibride multiple times (see here and here). I just love each and every collection they bring out. At the Maison et Objet home decor fair, I was yet again in awe of their latest collection. The new collection consists of gorgeous, whimsical table ware design, and romantic floral tray tables and accent pillows. The Yuan Parnasse line is designed by Benoît Convers and illustrated by Rachel Convers, the plates and bowls are reminiscent of the Roman era. And just … [Read more...]

Beauty essential: Royal Fern anti-aging cream

Today I would like to share a detail of my beauty regimen; my Royal Fern anti-aging cream. I'm often complimented about my almost wrinkle-less face and therefore younger appearance. People also want to know my secret. I think it's 70% genetic. The other 30% has to do with nutrition, healthy living, and using the right products. I drink a lot of tea, I never smoked, I don't drink alcohol -only occasionally-, and I try to eat healthy. In addition I also use qualitative beauty and skin products. … [Read more...]

Enter the Loft of Miss Bare in Amsterdam

The Loft Amsterdam

Enter The Loft of Miss Bare in Amsterdam, an annual source of inspiration for interior design lovers. Each year an unique location is transformed into a pop-up loft, completely decorated with the best and novel furniture, home decor accessories, curiosities and art pieces. Every single item in the loft, including the wall paint and flooring is for sale, on location as well as online. This year, the loft's fictional owner is Miss Bare, who loves serenity and simplicity. Her lifestyle, that … [Read more...]

Trend: Globe Lamps

A huge home decor trend that I just love, love, love, is the renaissance of the chic globe lamp. The globe lamps were a big hit in the 1960s and 1970s and are taking over stylish interiors rapidly. They are mostly combined with brass or marble to enhance the chic style, yet they are also perfect to pair in a sleek Scandinavian style home decor. It was actually FLOS who re-introduced the globe with their IC Lights series designed by  Michael Anastassiades. Then came Bolia with a table lamp … [Read more...]

Dream Big, Little One

Kids room

One of the best things about kids, is their unlimited fantasy and dreaming. So why not make their dreams come true - is what the designers at Circu furniture must have thought. They create beds, chairs, toys boxes and other furniture for the play room/kids rooms. Think a baby crib shaped like a hot air balloon, an armchair inside a rocket, a TV inside a magical mirror, or a big shell shaped bed for your little mermaid. Circu enables you to create a magical room for your little one that you could … [Read more...]