LUCKY THEM!

LuckyBrand8Sometimes you see a home that is just so fresh and light and – for lack of a better term – happy looking, that you instantly fall in love with it. That’s what happened when I was perusing the latest issue of Architectural Digest and stumbled upon the beautiful Beverly Hills home of Lucky Brand executives Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade. It has once again convinced me that the light in Southern California really is different (read better) than in Holland, and that beautiful neutrals need not be monotonous, particularly when given a pop of colour in the form of bright lamp shade, a vibrant bouquet of flowers or a spunky stool to draw the eye in. Continue reading

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INDUSTRIAL STOOLS

Barstool2Last weekend we went to visit my father-in-law in the very picturesque town of Delft. He lives in the coolest house imaginable; it’s an old, converted soap company, complete with exposed brick walls (like in the picture above), a two-story high gigantic tub (the top of which they covered with a bespoke wooden top which is 3 meters in diameter!!) in which the soap used to be mixed, and the lingering smell of delicious soap which seems to have permeated the walls. Continue reading

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HAPPY PLACE

ToryBurchorange libraryThis is a view into designer Tory Burch’s orange library and to me, it is the perfect vignette. It’s so sophisticated yet unbelievably cheery. It makes me happy. Pretty much all Tory Burch’s interiors make me happy, but this one is the most inviting. And now I am going to go to sleep with a smile on face. Night night!

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STYLE CRUSH: BIANCA BRANDOLINI D’ADDA

Bianca7Bianca Brandolini d’Adda. Yup, she looks as glamorous as she sounds. This Italian socialite and model (she features in the Dolce & Gabbana ad campaign) is where the action is when it comes to fashion. Her mother was Valentino’s muse, she’s dating Fiat heir and dandy extraordinaire Lapo Elkann (I don’t actually know whether they’re off or on at this point, but that’s irrelevant) and she herself seriously stunning. Continue reading

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FIFTY SHADES OF BEIGE & TAN

BeigeI am rediscovering my love of all things beige, camel, tan, cognac, sand, toffee and caramel. Whether in fashion or interiors – heck, even in car interiors – this colour screams glamour and eternal chic. Well, may it doesn’t scream, it’s more like a gentle whisper, subtle yet impossible to ignore. My old apartment featured a great deal of beige and cream, but that was BC (Before Children). And beige doesn’t really go with stacks of blocks in primary colours. Continue reading

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