Home decor inspiration at the VT Wonen Design Exhibition 2017

It's that time of the year again! When the weather turns crisp and the trees transform their colour, I get that itch to redecorate. And there's no better way to soak up inspiration and spot trends than by going to the annual VT Wonen Design Exhibition showcasing everything new in home decor and lifestyle. The VT Wonen Design Beurs takes place October 3-8 in the RAI in Amsterdam. The highlight of my visit each year are the showcase houses by the different home decor magazines that function as … [Read more...]

Crush on Bolia’s new luxury collection

I'm currently swooning over the new autumn/winter collection by home decor store Bolia. The collection is a homage to the avant-garde style of the 70's but with a sleek Scandinavian interpretation.  The Bolia collection exudes luxury with its rich fabrics and exclusive materials. Think glimmering brass pegs and details, soft and shiny velvet sofas, extravagant marble tables and dark woods. The furniture pieces and shapes are also very 70's; the pouf is back, or display your record player … [Read more...]

Paris hotspot: Restaurant Daroco & Bar Danico

Daroco Paris

The latest buzz in Paris is the Italian restaurant Daroco and its adjacent cocktail bar Danico. Reason for me to go and check it out. Although I didn't eat there, I can vouch for their delicious cocktails, which I did sample. But what really sold me, was the interior design of this tratorria and cocktail bar. Daroco is located in the former flagship store of Jean Paul Gautier, neighbouring the gorgeous historical shopping arcade 'Gallerie Vivienne and opposite of the National Library of France. … [Read more...]

Sneak peek at IKEA’s autumn collection

IDEBO cable bag IKEA

In October IKEA launches its new collection and it's going to be a vibrant one. Popping colours, fun and new design products, and boldly patterned fabrics are just the tip of the iceberg. High design made affordable I can reveal that IKEA has also teamed up with three major design brands to bring us some cutting edge, affordable design: Tom Dixon, Piet Hein Eek, and Hay. Tom Dixon's designs for small spaces is however not expected until August 2017. The collaboration with Hay launches … [Read more...]

Decorating with Brazilian influences

IKEA summer 2016

This summer, home & garden decor is flirting with Brazilian patterns, colours and flavours. It's all about bright colours, playful patterns, rattan, lush palm plants and tropical patterned wallpapers. IKEA combines the best of both worlds, Swedish and Brazilian design,  in the limited collection TILLFÄLLE. Be inspired by the simplicity of Sweden and playfulness of Brazil. Even though the two countries recognize many similarities in design and architecture, this new design collection … [Read more...]

Hotspot Leiden: WOW duurzaam design conceptstore

WOW duurzaam design Leiden

The Breestraat in Leiden is getting more fun by the week. On April 1st three new stores opened, one of them being WOW duurzaam design. It is a conceptstore selling only sustainable Dutch design. The products at WOW duurzaam design are created by young designers and small labels mainly from the Netherlands and Belgium and with an eye for fairness and nature. WOW duurzaam design curates unique items, unusual things, used things, and recycled products made with love and craftsmanship. You'll … [Read more...]

Paper Planes serves LA style breakfast in Amsterdam

paper planes Amsterdam breakfast brunch spot

A pop-up breakfast place that has been the talk of the town in Amsterdam is Paper Planes. This hip rock star breakfast bar serves yummy LA food on changing locations. When I went to this cool Amsterdam hotspot, Paper Planes was housed in Nacional (and will be until Feb 2016).  The interior of Nacional is noteworthy, but let's talk food first!  Don't you sometimes just wish you could eat breakfast or brunch all day long? Well, that's possible at this LA food joint! All day breakfast and lunch in … [Read more...]