Sunday, November 23, 2014

& Other Stories | shopping in Amsterdam

Finally I had the possibility to admire & shop in the newly opened & Other Stories store in Amsterdam (the opening was in October). A brand under the H & M group proving a more high end and luxury line, but still very affordable, influenced by elements of Scandinavian fashion style. 

The shop consists of 650 square meter (yay!), spread over two floors where items like ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, beauty, accessories and jewelry are pretty divided in different sections. Launched in 2013 and chain stores among others in Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Milan, Paris and Stockholm. & Other Stories is simply stunning and beautiful light what makes shopping very pleasant. Styled with lots of marble, industrial details, green plants, light wood and beautiful fashion photos : you understand a walhalla to make snap shots with my phone. 
& Other Stories is really a store that you can not miss if you are in Amsterdam !

Luckily for us they also have a great online shop :

address: Heiligeweg 26-28, close to the Kalverstraat shopping street. 


Monday, November 10, 2014

Help my child is an Artist!

How fun is it as a child to draw anywhere you like and make a beautiful masterpiece on your new painted wall. Unfortunately, we as parents find this is generally not a good idea. At least we do not.
I have two daughters who are both very creative. Mirte, my oldest of 9 years old now understands that it's not okay to draw on our walls. My youngest daughter Eva who is almost 4 years old is wonderfully enterprising, which is good, but not always fun for our home! Regulary our walls, windows or floor are taken care of by her...

Probably all parents know about the scenes where instead of eating their child makes a mess. Before you know it a small spring cleaning starts because everything around your child is under the food, including the small sir or madam itself and the walls. This seems quite annoying but .... it appears somewhere that's good for children and they find it in any case a lot of fun! 

A fun event has been organized on November 12 in the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen for invited guests. It's called Knoeikunst (literal mess art).

Children will have complete artistic freedom. With an experimental and colorful palette and products that can be found in every household, such as mud, ketchup, jam, a group of children can start to create their masterpiece on 20 white walls of the museum. How great is that!

This creative event is organized by Histor and only for invitees. Histor believes in the power of children's imagination as a basis for creativity and experimentation and development. Picasso once said, "Every child is an artist. The difficulty has been to stay an artist if you are great". The walls of the exhibition space are specially prepared with Histor Clean, a wall paint that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. At the end of the day, the museum walls are cleaned again. So maybe it creates the most expressive but also most temporary exhibition ever.

This matte Histor Clean Paint, is ideal for dirty sensitive environments such as hallway, children's room, staircase, kitchen etc. Stubborn stains like mud, ketchup and markers are easily removed, available in many of colors. 

Wouldn’t it be great to be allowed to do this as a child or even adult?

Useful links 

Photos of Eva's desk:
Thrifted vintage desk, chair and skateboard 
Cool printable 'little monster'| Mini learners
Card balloon | April and May
Lego storage head skeleton
Animals Schleich
Panda bag | Studio Blomm
Panda | Ikea
Drawings by my daughters

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Arne Jacobsen's Drop chair

Let me start by telling you that I'm very thankful to all my dear followers on Pinterest that helped me reach 50.000 followers yesterday ! Thank you so much.

I started 'to pin' in 2013 and I still love doing it. To me it's a perfect platform to get inspired, develop wonderful creative ideas and push my personal creative limites.

Today I found some great styling photos of the Drop chair on Pinterest. After more than 50 years the Drop chair designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 is relauched by Republic of Fritz Hansen. Such a great decision by Rebublic of Fritz Hansen, don't you agree? 

You've got to love this small chair with a big personality and contemporary fresh design. It's one of my favourite chairs at this moment. 

Credits and special thanks to