Friday, May 27, 2011

Inspired design!

I have never claimed to be an autonomous artist-designer. I just can't bear the idea of locking myself up in the attic and suffer. I need contact, lots of it. With beautiful objects and inspiring people. Museums, stacks of books and magazines, conversations over coffee, dinner or a glass of wine. I store everything in my head and when I create I mix a cocktail with ingredients from my "storage room". The stock in this room is ever evolving and as a consequence so are my designs and art,  the interior of my house and last but not least me, myself and I! In these pictures some of the latest evolvements: vintage Rolf Benz leather sofa, antique porcelain coffee cup Abstract Neon pillow (100% linen, size 40x60cm), Purple Allium tray handmade in Scandinavia out of eco friendly birchwood (both available through my webstore or through various storelocations). Wishing you all a fabulous and inspiring weekend! xox

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Growing: New Store Locations!

Fabienne Jouvin (via The Zhush)
 Jonathan Adler (via The Zhush)
Two is a Company (via The Zhush)
Mariska Meijers (via The Zhush)

Yes we are progressing. Slowly but steadily. Thanks to my agents and distributors more store locations are carrying my products and more designers include my designs in their projects. What once started as a one woman band is becoming more and more of a team. A team of people who believe in my art and designs and in me! It also means a growing responsibility. A responsibility to continue to create, to maintain quality.

Today I would like to highlight two recent addtions to Store Locations in The Netherlands and The United States

The Zhush

This stylish US webstore has been founded by Sue De Chiara (a (former) lawyer, just like me shhhhhhh). Sue, smitten by good design and style started blogging. With an ever growing number of loyal followers and fans style creating her own store was the logical next step. Sue does not shy away from bold and colorful designs and that is exactly why my designs feel perfectly at home alongside designs by for example Jonathan Adler and Fabienne Jouvin.
If you love Sue's style I recommend to follow her blog: The Zhush!

Maan (Utrecht)

Maan (Utrecht)
Maan (Utrecht) featuring In Bloom Orange and Pink pillows
 alongside Designers Guild


Maan is a wonderful lifestyle store situated in the historic centre of Utrecht. Founded by energetic Liselot von Barnau Sythoff, Maan carries a beautiful range of products (e.g. Piet Hein Eek, Designers Guild). Liselot loves to mix different styles and treasures originality and sustainability when it comes to selecting products for her store.
Maan is a must visit when you are in Utrecht!

Thank you Maan and The Zush for adding me to your collections! For a current overview of retailers go to Store Locations. If you have any suggestions as to store locations we should be approaching do send me an e-mail at

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New Press update: from Germany to the US!

Shame on me that I am running behind in my updates on all fronts. Not only regarding press, but also regarding new projects, products and stockists.On Monday I received a wonderful suprise in the mail, the latest edition of German magazine Stilvoll Wohnen. It contained a 9 page article on my home and designs. Editor in Chief Stephanie Hackel also gave me extra attention in the editorial. In addition local Amsterdam magazine ZOZ did a lovely spread on my appartment as well and last but not least I am sharing pages from various issues of US magazine Home Accents Today featuring some of my pillow and tray designs. I don't have to tell you how happy, flattered and above all grateful I am. A big thank you to Stilvoll Wohnen, ZOZ and Home Accents Today!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My goals in life according to my children

 On our way to my birthday dinner (Mauk&Annemarth in the middle)

Last week I spend a wonderful holiday with my children and friends in Turkey. Delicious food, sun, sports, boating. It was also my birthday :). My daughter, with the help of her younger brother made me a very special gift. A TO DO book which she customized.

On the first page there is a note which I will translate for you.

"Dear Mummy
Today is your birthday! That is why we are giving you this present.
It is a TO DO book that we have personalized. The reason for this TO DO book is that YOU HAVE ALWAYS GOT SOMETHING TO DO.
And to make sure you won't forget anything anymore, carry this book with you and keep it up to date.
Lots of fun and succes. We hope that you will get lots of inspiration and ideas.
Love & kisses
Mauk & Annemarth"

On one of the other pages they have written my goals in life (in English)....

How many (subtle) hints can your children give you :). Well I guess there is work to be done so I am off to the studio!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

To my dear Mum

 My parents with my son Mauk and daughter Annemarth (Easter 2011)

"That strong mother doesn't tell her cub, Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you. She says, Toughen up, this is reality we are living in."

                                                                                                            Lauryn Hill

Dear Mum,

Just to say that I am proud being your daughter. From as early as I can remember you have been strong and courageous, warm and loving, disciplined and hard working, honest and fair. You have made me and my sisters good persons by being a wonderful role model and a loving mother. I love you and wish you a happy mother's day.



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