Thursday, June 28, 2012

Shop Tales: just some random Instagram pictures

Vintage cup on MM birch wood tray surrounded by MM color popping pillows

Mariska Meijers Electric Ikat Tray with vintage Limoges plate
Flowers & Mood Board
Store front on Singel 434, Amsterdam
Detail of an Interior painting I am working on in the store

part of my creative space in the store
I must admit I just love having a shop! Talking to clients gives me such positive energy and inspiration. The beauty is that they come from all over the world. Small problem (currently ahum) is time management. I midst designing new items for the Maison et Objet in September, including wallpaper and carpets, finishing some paintings, mentally preparing for a US trip with my kids, redecorating my me crazy....So here is some random pictures  of the store I have taken with Instagram, a very addictive iphone app (which you all propably already know!). Care to follow my creative adventures on Instagram?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Our Flagship Store in the Press! Naturelle Magazine

In the summer of 2005 I met Annemique de Kroon. She was doing a feature on me for Joie de Vivre Magazine. At the time I was still married living in a "grown-up" house and at the start of my creative journey. By the time the article was published I was in the middle of a divorce and living on a houseboat. Things change, evolve, for the better....
7 years later Annemique steps in to my store on the Singel canal. Suprised to find me there in a place which has my name on the windows! Like me Annemique has taken the road of entrepreneurship. She has created Naturelle Magazine. A beautifully styled online magazine about interior decorating, travelling, cooking and living well, green and consciously. The issue includes amongst others an interview with Yogini Seane Corne and features the inspiring homes of Maryam Montague and Martin Paternotte. Thank you Annemique for giving my store attention (and I did not mind being on the same page as Shannon Fricke :)). To read the issue click here!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Our Flagship Store in Sweet Paul Magazine!

Picture: courtesy Sweet Paul Magazine
From Sweet Paul Magazine (picture bottom right page: my store)
From Sweet Paul Magazine

Honoured to be mentioned in the latest issue of Sweet Paul Magazine. Sweet Paul's market editor Will Taylor  (who also is founder of one of the most colourful blogs on the planet Bright Bazaar) gives his colourful perspective on shopping, dining and sleeping in Amsterdam. Here is what he says about my store: 

"A case in point was discovering the newly opened Mariska Meijers Amsterdam - they recently opened their premier location on the Singel Canal. 
Located just between Jordaan's 9 Straatjes (9 streets) and the Bloemenmarkt (Flowermarket), the creative aesthetic of artist - designer Mariska Meijers is a perfect fit for the area as it matches the eclectic attitude of the 9 Streets and the colourful floral theme of the market. Be sure to stop by Mariska's original designs across a mix of homeaccessories and furniture, all complimented by an ever evolving collection of art, antiques and vintage furniture."

No need to say that Will and Paul made me very happy :). Thank you, thank you!! And for those of you not familiar with Sweet Paul Magazine and its founder : Paul is an amazing food and prop stylist who moved from Oslo to New York to live, love and create. The magazine is his baby and a must read for all of you who love to live the good life (and don't want to munch on salad leaves everyday :)).  Enjoy the ride uhhh I mean read. Click here to go to the latest issue.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Shop Tales: Happy Clients including Decor8 :)

Photo: Courtesy Holly Becker/Decor8  
Photo: Courtesy Marijke Beumer
Having a store is a whole other ball game... I already admired wonderful store owners/interior designers like Anna Spiro (Brisbane), Elizabeth Bauer (New York) and Abigail Ahern (London) but wow how do they manage to run their businesses with such seemingly effortless ease? Having my own store makes me really take my hat off for these power houses in the interior design business. Clueless I stepped into my new adventure and I learn along the way. Logistics, book keeping, buying, stock taking whaaaaaa it is certainly not only about creating lovely vignettes and interiors (and not even that is simple :)). It is soooooo much more. But at the end of the day it is happy customers that make it absolutely worthwhile, because after all the proof is in the pudding!
What I love about my store is the combination of my own art and designs with the work of other artists and designers and vintage furniture and objects that I love. It feels like my second home.
We have been open for just over a month now and what amazes me is how clients already know where to find us eventough we have hardly had the time to market the store. But hurray for social media! Sharing pictures on Instagram for example is ideal for making the store visible!
This is how founder of hugely popular blog Decor 8, Holly Becker fell in love with the beautiful range of lamps by Parisian designer Matthieu Challieres. Holly treated herself to one of these gems because she has just finished her second book called Decorate Notebook which is already on presale on Amazon!
Another happy client is interior designer Marijke Beumer who fell for one of the glass vintage tables we have in the store.  She uses it as a display piece for her collection of books, vintage finds and Hermes boxes. If you like to see more of Marijke's style, her studio apartment in Amsterdam was featured amongst others on Heather Clawson's blog Habitually Chic!

The vintage table has found a happy new home but we still have some Challieres lamps in stock! Interested? Send me an email at

Saturday, June 2, 2012


Adore Home new issue is online! This time Loni Parker and her team have made it a spectacular Art Edition. I feel honoured to be featured amongst a group of talented Australian artists. To name a few: Abbey McCulloch, Kate Banazi and Megan Hess. Wishing you an inspiring weekend because reading the issue will spur your creativity!
Thank you Loni and team for the wonderful feature and thank you Henny van Belkom for the beautiful photography!
Click here to read Adore Home: The Art Edition!


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