Decisions, decisions..

dinsdag 30 juli 2013

I'm usually pretty decisive when I'm shopping, either I like something or I don't. But for the past two weeks I have been agonizing about what kind of dining chairs I should buy. It seems that I've finally hit decorating puberty: not a girl, not yet a woman. All these "sensible" decisions to make, it drove me crazy.. 

"How much comfort am I willing to sacrifice towards a chair looking great?"

"How strongly do I feel about reproductions, when the original is so desperately out of my budget?"

And last but not least: "Do I simply choose the color I like best, or do I take into consideration how well it matches the rest of my furniture?"

Well, I'm proud to report that I've made my decision. I've chosen affordable, comfortable chairs, that match my interior. The mustard colored remakes are coming my way. I feel like such a grown-up!  

P.s. Vintage Eames chairs can be found on Ebay, Marktplaats, etc. For great affordable remakes have a look at

Feeling lucky?

maandag 29 juli 2013

Print by Nicola Rowlands
Are you feeling lucky? I do.
Goodie Goodness
I have just subscribed to Goodie Goodness. From now on, at the start of each month, I will receive a surprise box filled with goodies. Each time it's content will be handmade by a different designer. It's a bit like a surprise egg for adults. Minus the chocolate.

Another company that is in the business of surprising is Curated. Their boxes come quarterly and contain one item, handpicked by the curator of your choice. Every curator has their own specialty. There's one that specializes in books, one that knows all the best new gadgets, and so on.The gifts seem to range quite a bit in worth, so it's possible that you get a nice pen in January and a photo camera in April. But that just adds to the surprise-effect, doesn't it?

For those of you that are less bold. Here are some more specific ways to surprise yourself:


T-shirt lovers might like Limitee. A subscription will land you four t-shirts a year (one for each season), with a limited edition print.

De Krat

Foodies will like de Krat. A standard case will contain eight different vegetables/fruits, a portion of meat or fish, a bread and one delicacy. There are many different subscriptions, once a week, once every two weeks, veggie, mixed. It will force you to be creative and try new recipes.     


If you are a fan of make up and lotions the Glossybox will be right up your alley.  

Ms Spanner

If you enjoy a surprise in the mail every now and then, chances are that the same goes for your friends and family. So why not surprise yourself and your friends at once. How? By taking a Lucky Dip.

You'll receive a surprise pick of items made by artist Nicola Rowlands aka Ms Spanner (who also made the print on top of this post). And any postcards you get, you can send to your friends. For no reason. Surprise!  

Inspired: Vintage portraits

donderdag 11 juli 2013

I love homes that are filled with art. There's just so much more to look at. I especially like it if there's a mix of modern and (for lack of a better word) vintage pieces. It just makes it a little more interesting don't you think? These homes all feature an old portrait. I wish there was an heirloom like that floating around in our family. But, I guess a thrift store find can work just as well.
Found on The Design Files

Found on Design Sponge

Found on Marie Claire Maison

Found on The Design Files

Windowshopping: Garden Essentials

maandag 8 juli 2013

1// This frame will not only keep your table cloth in place, it also provides you with a place to hang lanterns or flowerpots. 2// This cute little BBQ will fit even the smallest garden. 3// Put a sheepskin in this chair and you can lounge all night. 4// How cool is this outdoor kitchen? 5// Grey sheepskin (to put in chair number 5?). 6// A rug will make your garden feel more like an extension of your home. 7// Not your traditional oil lamp. 8// Colorful planters is what any garden needs.  9// To quote Chandler from Friends: "IKEA! That's a comfortable chair."


vrijdag 5 juli 2013

Poppy love

woensdag 3 juli 2013

My favorite flower has always been the poppy. Unfortunately they are not very suitable to put in a vase. But, after I saw this picture in VT Wonen Magazine I did some googling and found this shop that sells beautiful silk flowers. This big, fat poppy should arrive in my mailbox soon. And, since they were having a special offer on all summer flowers, I did not stop there. I got myself a whole summer bouquet.

Window Shopping: pinky rings

maandag 1 juli 2013

Back from Greece! Had a lovely time. Nice weather, nice people and of course: nice window shopping. I particularly liked all the little shops selling handmade jewellery and discovered a new trend in the ring department: pinky rings. Well, that's a trend I can get on board with very quickly. So, here are some examples from around the net:
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