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 This takes years and years so by the time people can actually measure the effect of their work they have already been replaced by new idealists in a new election.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 }

Artist: Lyndie Dourthe

It seems somewhat ‘incroyable’ I haven’t blogged about the French Lyndie Dourthe, since I secretly want to BE her. I’m just that much of a fan. In my opinion she’s just about as beautiful a creator as they come. She creates intricate sculptures made of fabric and often places these pieces under glass in a delicate composition. It took her many years to perfect her unique technique of painting the fabric and her atelier must be a rare magical collection where dreams do come true. With recent features in MILK magazine and FLOW her work is gaining international attention. I bought a little ladybug years ago and like to think I discovered her first *wink*. { All photo’s copyright Lyndie Dourthe website }

Poetry: Mary Oliver – You do not have to be good

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body  love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”  ― Mary Oliver {1. hannah lemholt / 2.model : lina lindholm | hair & mua jossi madsen | © hannah lemholt / honeypieLivingetc.

Painter: Ryan Pickart

I have to admit I’m slowly getting used to our home life after our holiday. My calendar is slowly filling up with all sort of fun appointments and work appointments, but I’m trying to just think ahead one week at a time. I love these paintings by Ryan Pickart. I’m still searching for the ultimate painting-above-couch.

French getaway: d’une Île

We’re back from a lovely holiday in France. We saw a lot of vide greniers (i love those) and brocante shops (love those too) and enjoyed our stay at d’une ile in Remalard with Sofie and Michel immensely. d’une île is a beautiful “hôtellerie à la campagne” run by Michel Mulder and Sofie Sleumer: a young couple from Holland. We ate a lot of croissants and Michel is the best cook ever so I also gained a couple of pounds… If you are looking for a French getaway do make sure to visit them. We can highly recommend it! It definitely made our list of secret getaways. {All photo’s by me except the one featured which is by Ben Lambers via Trendtablet}