Flavourites Live 2013

I really enjoyed my visit to Flavourites Live. This time I also went to the business section where you could attend lectures and workshops by MamaMarketing and Ocher a.o. I really love the atmosphere with all the little shops but I must admit that maybe I’m becoming a little spoiled since I didn’t really see any new stuff. I guess this has something to do with me attending quite a lot of fairs and events…I did buy a great new hat by one label Yellow108 though. They are being sold here by webstore VivaLaVida and the story behind that brand is such an inspiring one. They take leftover pieces of material and recycle them into beautiful hats. Do make sure to check out the sustainable webstore VivaLaVida Lifestyle too run by Ilse and Jeroen, they were so very nice! Here are some pictures of my favorite stands with original products. {1. Kaartje of Kip – I really like their style / 2. Studio Saartje – O, how I wish I could sew… / 3. Ien en Mien – self-made bags / 4. De fabricage – Vintage furniture – love}

Artist: Harland Miller

Harland Miller (1964) calls himself an international Lonely Guy. He is a writer and an artist and these two professions are beautifully combined in his work. I love these Penguin-cover-inspired paintings. Don’t you?

In the meantime

In the meantime I went to the Frankfurt Buchmesse and was struck with the annual October cold. I am busier than ever behind the scenes and try to enjoy time with my little son (who is getting quite cheeky sometimes). I hope you are all well and thriving!

Woonbeurs 2013

Last week I went to the Woonbeurs together with a lot of other bloggers. We had an intense workshop and lecture day the day before from Meet the Blogger Amsterdam. Last year was the first time I attended MTB and it was very nice to see some of those bloggers again (and a lot of new faces) this year and a lot of inspiration came our way. I felt very thankful! Have a look at the list of attendees here to discover a lot of new nice blogs and posts on MTB and the Woonbeurs. I chose to only feature two shots I made at the Woonbeurs. I made a lot of photo’s, some can be seen on my Instagram, but I especially liked these and anyway: less is more! This coming week I will be heading to the Frankfurt Buchmesse to do some more trend discoveries. Have a nice week everyone! {photo’s + design by me}

Kate Edwards

Just a few days to go for MTBA! I’m so excited! Some of my interior design hero’s are speaking (Tricia Guild for instance) and I am very much looking forward to an inspiring day with all of my fellow bloggers (who already feel like friends). Last year I didn’t know what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised by the level of workshops and lectures. The following day we can all attend the Woonbeurs and I’m also looking forward to that! {photo’s by Kate Edwards}

Some things I love #7

O boy, the rain has found our little country again and just as I was getting used to summer! I will have to come to terms with the fact this was probably it and we’re heading towards Halloween, Sinterklaas and then Christmas faster than we think… Before you know what’s what we will be singing carols again. And besides that? Well, I’ve been busy with work (September and October being the busiest of months in the business) and I’ve been thinking about the future. What goals do I want to accomplish? Here are some things I love. {1. Apres ski bracelet via Restored / 2. Shelve mirror by Roel Huisman via Wannekes / 3. Mr. Larkin fox wand / 4. Necklace Acacia by A Peace Treaty }

Photography: Peter Hoffman

Every year around this time things are hectic. Really hectic. I try my best to stay sane and to enjoy the ride while riding the roller coaster, but sometimes it’s difficult. Inspiring things help. These are the times I love my blog most because it feels like a tiny breathing space thats all mine.  Peter Hoffman made these photographs in a series he called the Fox River Derivates. He shows what happens when you set fire to a negative. Beautiful isn’t it?

Yoshimasa Tsuchiya

I will let you in on a little secret about me: I tend to not have opinions about stuff. It’s not that I don’t care about what’s going on in the world or that I don’t think about things. I just get overwhelmed sometimes with people ventilating their opinions as absolute truths. I’m always struck by the incredible complicatedness of things. Take politics for instance; people go on and on about what goes wrong there while I’m thinking about the ten thousand committees that have to cast a vote on a particular bill even before it’s implemented. This takes years and years so by the time people can actually measure the effect of their work they have already been replaced by new idealists in a new election. To be a politician is an incredible hard job (it’s like doing your incredible important job that effects millions of lives while being scrutinized by millions of people not ever giving you the benefit of the doubt). I wouldn’t want to be a politician! And I feel that way about lots of stuff; like wars (what’s the real story there: I wouldn’t claim to have that knowledge – just what’s being portrayed in […]

ShowUp August edition 2013

Last Sunday I went to ShowUp for the second time and I saw a lot of beautiful new brands (and old) in Amsterdam-Noord. I was pleasantly surprised the fair had grown so much, it’s such a great initiative and I think its success proves that. I made photo’s of a couple of my favorites, like the incredibly talented and quirky De Krantenkapper, the environmentally conscious NikoNiko and designs by the lovely Bibi de Lang alias BL-ij and her initiative Little Black Book a collaboration with Yvette Jacobs. (we are kindred pastel sisters I’m sure). I loved the ceramic cups by Alissa + Nienke (you can buy one at Restored!), the taxidermy (you know I have a thing with that) by Luxury for Nature just to name a few. Keep your eyes out too for the new collection by Kidsonroof and check out the new papergoods at WowGoods. See you in February for sure! {1. Kidsonroof / 2. BL-ij / 3. Alissa + Nienke / 4 & 5. Wowgoods / 6. Studio NSybrandy / 7. Almedahls via 0031 designs / 8. Little Black Book / 9. Luxury By Nature / 10. De Krantenkapper / 11. Ompak tree / 12. Cards by NikoNiko }

Photography: Billy & Hells

I am a sucker for nice covers and sometimes even buy a book or magazine just for it’s amazing cover. I know that it works that way (at least for me) so in my work I always try to make the most appealing covers possible (you know, with deadlines, budgets, different opinions etc.). When I saw the latest GUP I just had to buy it because of the beautiful photo on the cover by Billy & Hells. They make pretty amazing work, very painteresque and reminiscent of the old masters. { All photo’s copyright Billy & Hells – 1. Laura en profil / 2. 1979 / 3. Luca }