Porto in Three Days

29.06.16

Hi guys! I am back in the studio again after several weeks of traveling for a couple of exciting work assignments – first to Miami for a new interior design project (will show you more on that soon), and most recently to Marrakech on a small purchasing-slash-shenanigans trip with a very dear friend. Before that, I was in Mallorca with my family for a little getaway for my 30th birthday and before that I hit Porto, Portugal, for three days of fun with nine girlfriends! It’s been a busy time, packing and repacking my bags, kissing my family goodbye several times and saying hello to adventure. I didn’t take my camera with me to Mallorca, Miami or Marrakech (the three M’s of 2016) – I wanted to put all of my energy into either the work that led me to those places, or to my family. I did however squeeze it into my bag for the Porto trip and, one afternoon, took some snaps while wandering the artfully paved streets to snap some sights.

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This trip was a group holiday that I go on each year with eight of my Dutch girlfriends. Each time, two out of nine ladies organise the trip on behalf of the group, making bookings, deciding on restaurants, theatre shows, activities, flights and accommodation so that the rest can relax and enjoy and there aren’t too many cooks! It works really well, and this year was  my turn to organise, which I did with two friends from the group. The budget is always small and the goal is getting as much out of the weekend as possible! In case you are considering a city trip this summer, I would highly recommend Porto. It is a charming city along a large river that boasts beautiful historical architecture, fabulous seafood, Port by the barrelful and a nightlife that had me swaying into the wee hours of the morning. Below, some of my holiday snaps, with some tips on what to see and do. Bon voyage!  Get the full scoop

One room, Two Ways: Basic vs Bold

02.06.16

Hey guys! In case you are wondering why things have been exceptionally quiet over here, I am currently in Miami working on the redesign of a spacious condo for a new client. I have been working on the designs for the past few weeks and now I am over here for a week to meet the contractor, fine tune the designs and select everything we need to kick start the renovations (walls, floors, hardware, fixtures & fittings, a custom kitchen and three bathrooms, lighting, window dressings – the LOT). So needless to say, that project has been taking up a lot of headspace lately, but I wanted to stop by with a tiny bit of inspiration in between deciphering between thousands of tile options, sweating my socks off in genuine heat and humidity, and racing around from store to store making decisions. Remember the Project H bedroom reveal I showed you recently? I thought it might be fun to show you some more snaps I took of this space when we were styling it and show you how to do one room two ways with just a couple of accessories.

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For this project I had brought in several different accessories for my client, who doesn’t like being tied down to one look and wanted to be able to swap and change the look of the space with a few accessories. We had various pillow covers, cushions and blankets to play with and on installation day we played with all those options to see how they alter the room each time. So here it is, one room done two ways – basic and bold! And the best part of all? A ‘Shop the Look’ down below for those who would love to snag  bedroom like this for themselves – and there were lots of you who wanted to know where to get some of the items we used. Get the full scoop

Pretty Patio Style

23.05.16

Now that we are finally enjoying a few rays of sunshine and warmer temperatures after months and months of cold, we’ve decided to give our neglected outdoor area some love in time for the summer. With my husband’s birthday this past week there has been no better time to prioritise our tired old back yard and get our hands dirty, since I decided that the theme of his gift this year is ‘the garden’. And while I wouldn’t go so far as to call ours a garden per se – perhaps ‘elongated concrete box’ would be a better description though my father-in-law feels that ‘chicken coop’ is rather accurate – nonetheless it holds loads of urban patio potential.

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It needs pretty much everything done to it. New floor, paint, shed makeover, seating, lighting, greenery. All of it. Because of that we have felt a bit overwhelmed, so to get inspired (and make some design decisions) I popped into a local tile centre to see what was on the offering where garden flooring is concerned these days. Well, I was anything but inspired. Rather, completely baffled as to what to choose and couldn’t help but wonder that if it was tough for me, an interior stylist, how on earth do other people cope when faced with five thousand options and that’s just the floors! I was expecting I would waltz in there, spot my dream patio floor from a mile away and order the tile on the spot, just in time for hubby’s birthday the following week. The opposite occurred, whereby I wandered around aimlessly, returning home empty handed with nothing but a head full of question marks. So in my confusion, I gathered some inspiration to show you guys exactly what’s floating my boat right now in the world of patio style, with six simple ideas for getting your own balconies, courtyards or gardens ready for summer. I will be returning triumphantly to the tile centre having pinned a few ideas down from the below gorgeous photographs. Get the full scoop

A Simplistic, Vintage-Infused Amsterdam Living Space

13.05.16
Hi guys, stopping by today to share some snaps I took recently at a living and dining room project I assisted the sweetest couple with a few months ago, who contacted me having purchased their first apartment in a former office block near Amsterdam. They needed some advice with the layout of their living room – which was essentially one large square room that needed to include a living, dining as well as home office area – plus some colour and product advice.

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They wanted the space to feel spacious, but warm, and wanted to add some personality to the space. I know you enjoy peeking into the projects I am working on (if my bedroom, studio and this project is any indication) so I visited a couple of weeks ago to see the progress, do some styling and take some snaps for you guys. Take a mini tour and shop the look below!

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Food Files: Lime Infused Lentil and Roast Veg Salad

04.05.16

I’ve been wanting to share this recipe with you guys for so long. I made over the Christmas and New Year’s break for the first time and have had friends literally beg me for the recipe. So when Ingrid, my sweet friend and the talented soul behind Let’s Talk Evergreen, came to hang out with me in my kitchen last week to cook and photograph together – each making our own recipe and shooting as we went along – I gathered the ingredients I needed to make my very own lime infused lentil and roast veg salad and got to work. It was such a heavenly day. We chatted, nibbled on scraps, swapped photography secrets and laughed. We made a mess and worked in the chaos and it was the very best.

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This recipe is an adaption of one that I spotted in the cookbook Nopi, which my husband gave me as a Christmas present. I wanted to make something special to take with me to our New Year’s eve party – which was at the home of my food stylist friend Ajda Mehmet in Amsterdam so it basically had to be VERY good. I wanted to make a roast pumpkin dish with lime yoghurt dressing but I thought it would be a bit challenging for people to eat while mingling, so decided to adapt the flavours to a lentil salad to serve in small bowls and be eaten in a more civilised fashion. The results were so good I have made it several times since, and every time I do I get begged for the recipe. So here we go. Get the full scoop