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The Future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades! Neon and Fluorescent inspired interiors

Fluorescent and neon inspired interior. Hotel la Belle Juliette, Paris

Fluorescent and neon inspired interior @ decorationtrend.com

Bright pop and neon inpsired interiors by TrustedRegina

Neon pink office @ decoist.com

Bloom – Baby products that are both functional and stylish!

A recent study in the Netherlands shows that 82% of parents are annoyed by the sheer inexhaustible amount of necessary baby-products that fill the house with the arrival of a baby. Most of the time these products are made of sensible plastics that are produced to last forever, but not to look pretty. Especially those parents who spent a lot of time decorating their home to a certain standard.

Funny enough, especially the dads out there would like to see products that are both functional and appealing. 50% of them say they think there is room for improvement there. Bloom, a company founded by 4 fathers, agrees. They design baby products that target trend- and style-conscious parents with a range of furniture that adheres to both quality and an attractive package. The products have been very popular in the USA and Canada for quite some time now. Many Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, the Kardashians and Orlando Bloom (what’s in a name) are fans. But the products are taking other parts of the world by storm too.

Bloom fresco chrome high chair

Bloom otto table and chairs

Bloom coco lounger

Classic touch: zebra print rugs

Last week I placed a bid on a zebra print rug on Marktplaats, the Dutch equivalent of eBay. In fact; eBay owns Marktplaats. I bought heaps of stuff from there already and always advice clients to check the many many ads for great finds and pieces.

The seller of the rug only had a slightly odd picture up, but after he accepted my 30 euro bid I decided to go for it. I now obviously hope it’s the gorgeous classy rug I envision. A few images to get your creative juices flowing.

I love how the rug brings the whole room together in this picture.

In this picture the zebra print proves to be a great alternative for a kelim, almost bringing an African flair to a classic room.

Here the graphic pattern of the zebra stripes accentuates the timeless design pieces in this room.

I absolutely love the vintage and bohemian feel of this room. In this case the (fake!) zebras rug is shaped like the hide would be. That’s a great sofa too. Oh, and that chair…. wow… great room!

Check out my zebra moodboard on Pinterest.

Oh, and if you want to go crafty on your home, here’s a wonderfully simple trick to create your own zebra print rug!


Daybeds to escape those everlasting winter blues

Not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods but here it’s, pardon my French, crap. It’s been snowing wet sleet-like nonsense for a couple of days now, where we usually would have been enjoying spring already. Needless to say, with this type of weather getting out of bed is just that little bit harder. So with the weekend coming up, and no sun on the horizon, what better time to get inspired by …..daybeds?

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The hunt for the affordable buttoned sofa

We are in dire need of a new sofa. Our Ektorp is now almost 7 years old, and is showing signs of unrepairable fatigue. I changed the covers a few times, even dyed white covers in the denim-esque grey they are now. But the time is here to say our farewells. Each time one of us sits down, tiny feathers fly through the air. And with a tie for the sloppiest user between our dog and my significant other, there are stains that are not going anywhere anymore either.

Our sitting room. I have since added an antique chair and a dark green/black glass designer's coffee table where the ottoman is in the picture.

Our sitting room. I have since added an antique chair and a dark green/black glass designer’s coffee table where the ottoman is in the picture. Also, the rug has been replaced with a checkered white/black/grey/beige one. I prefer the one in the picture I think…..

I always like to see what we can find for as little money as possible. The entire sitting area of our living room is now decorated with hand-me-downs, Ikea, thrift store finds and family heirlooms. The combined worth probably exceeds the $1000 max spent on it, even if it might be just in emotional value. But in my humble opinion it also looks as if we spent more than that.  For our new sofa we are looking for something a bit more sophisticated and a bit more mature. But we do like a classic look, so are considering a buttoned design. And as we like the Hollywood Regency style, as well as Palm Springs inspired interiors, we are looking for something a bit retro. Here are a few pictures I collected to inspire us in our hunt.

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Jonathan Adler Lampert Sofa

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Calligaris Manhattan Grace sofa by S. Cavazzana

Chesterfield affordable sofa thrift store

A Chesterfield Inspired sofa. I don’t like the yellow leather (is it leather?) but love the style and how it fits in with, in this case, a thrift store setting. It would look good in our house.

A classic Chesterfield sofa in distressed leather. Love it, but it’s a bit too obvious somehow. I do love how it fits almost every style. And I wouldn’t have to worry about my sloppy house mates.

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To the one who designed this: For shame! Photographing this lovely sofa in such a dull setting with fake birch laminate floors. Birch laminate… really? This needs to be on a glossy painted black wooded floor, a herringbone parquet floor or a plush carpet. Not on birch laminate!

I guess it’s clear what sort of style we are going for. Classic, but with a retro twist maybe. Buttoned if possible. So let’s say we are again limiting ourselves to $1000 for a new sofa. If we were to buy a Chesterfield it would be through an online auction site like eBay or Marktplaats, so let’s focus on something else for now. I checked Ikea but didn’t find any that I liked. A google search led me to a conspicuous looking and website with the equally conspicuous name fashionforhome.nl.  And guess what? They have tons of sofa’s in a variety of styles suitable to our self-inflicted limited budget! Check out these for instance:

Three seat sofa Chelsea, € 899,00

Three seater Buckingham, € 799,00


Three seater Kenley II, € 779,00

I Think the first one is my favourite. Dave likes the second one… Which one do you think we should pick?


Masculine Pinks? Valentine inspired interiors

I was going to call this post just ‘masculine pinks’. But I must admit that it is pretty hard if not impossible to find pink interiors that are not feminine. Alas, it’s Valentine’s Day and I must be able to ride the waves of commercialism too so here we go; 5 Valentine inspired interiors. Happy inspirations!