Thursday, February 25, 2010

Artistic Dreams

I am still enjoying my ski holiday with the family. Spending the entire day outside, sliding down the slopes, enjoying Austrian food and wine makes it all  a great recipie for a good night sleep. Last night I dreamt about work and the challenges ahead of me. It made me wake up hungry this morning. Hungry to create, so on top of my to do list when I am back in Amsterdam will be a visit to my favourite art supply store Van Beek Art Supplies near the Rijksmuseum. The store has this great old fashioned atmosphere with its large wooden counter and shelving and high ceilings. The staff is always friendly and helpful. Just can't wait!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Spaced out by winter

No this is not a movie still from an SF film, it is simply art on a mountain in Austria. I am currently enjoying yet a bit more winter in "Zillertal". Going down the slopes empties my mind making room for new ideas.
I will soon let you know what kind of ideas were born on these snowy mountains.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Home Unraveled

The world of interior design/lifestyle blogs is just amazing. There are many wonderful blogs and slowly I am finding my way trying not to get to addicted. Blogs are personal and inspiring. A while ago I came across Irene Hoof's Bloesem blog. Featured by TimesOnline as one of the best design blogs. A popular part in her blog is "Let's get Personal" where she takes you inside houses and working spaces of designers. On Valentine's day she posted a tour of my atelier-apartment in Amsterdam. Thank you Irene for inviting me on your blog!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Elegant by Elegance Part II

In one of my postings in January I wrote about the photoshoot I had for women's glossy Elegance. The March issue is on the shelves with the result. Two pages with interview and photo and a visual introduction in the editorial. I am styled by Birgitta Gadellaa in a sleevless Caroline Biss top as it is the spring issue. My arms are as white as the snow that is falling right now :). Happy snowy valentine's day everyone!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

In Bloom is blooming!

Got the new issue of More Than Classic in today, a popular Dutch interior design glossy. I feel thrilled that they featured the green silk pillow of my "In Bloom" collection amongst beautiful brands such as Designers Guild and Dior.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Just a slow day

Some silly stomach virus has been bugging me so I haven't been able to put a lot of energy into my work today. But there is always a positive side to things. It means that I have been sitting down peering into books and magazines, playing a little with swatches and strands of yarn. Tomorrow I will be behind my easel again bursting with new ideas.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tales from the Webstore

I have a headache today. Not because of last night's lovely Tuscany red, but since yesterday my webstore is finally on line. Dealing with technical stuff always gives me a headache. It is just not my cup of tea. The store is still in a very modest form with just a few of my products such as silk pillows and greeting card boxes. Have a look at and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Yellow & Black - Sweet as Honey

How attractive and inspirational can a colour combination be. On first sight one might think yellow & black is not the most obvious cocktail of colours. It has been on my mind since Anna Spiro's blog post last week showing an image of the Dedar showroom at Maison et Objet (source: Sonia Arriola - image: Katherine Kostreva). It is not that it is a "new" combination. Look at bees, bugs, leopards, NewYork City cabs, the exquisite yellow lamp find on Good Bones Great Pieces , an ad for Raoul Textiles (World of Interiors, April 2004),  my beautiful friend Monique in her yellow outfit or a detail from one of my older designs. I simply see it everywhere. Inspiration is where the mind is. Next week I will show how this yellow & black infusion has inspired some new work!


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