Month: March 2016

PERFECTION IS BORING ANYWAY

PERFECTION IS BORING ANYWAY

‘If you’re as much into this as you say you are, I’m going to do this.’. He looks her in the eyes and tells her he’s fully committed to helping her out and to shooting her outfit pictures on a daily basis from this day […]

DELIBERATE VS IMPULSIVE BUYS?

DELIBERATE VS IMPULSIVE BUYS?

One of the main reasons I wanted to do this no-buy-month (which means: don’t buy anything I don’t need) is the fact that I wanted to figure out what kind of purchases I usually do are things I really need/like/want on one side and investing […]

I <3 CLEAN DESK POLICY

I <3 CLEAN DESK POLICY

I’m a firm believer of a clean desk policy. I’m one of those people that cleans her desk before starting to work on it, and the things that are on my desk are either useful (e.g. notebooks, pens, etc), decorative in a clean, minimal way or at least structured. You can call me a neurotic – I fully admit being one – but even the things that are on my desk wile I’m working are neatly ordered. Clean desk, clean mind, lots of space left for creative input, ideas and thoughts. This applies for my office desk, but even more for my workspace at home. I love working from home – I think I’m even more productive when I working from home actually – but always keep the following in mind when it comes to my desk/workspace:

Light.
I want my workspace to be filled with daylight. I’m lucky to have a desk space next to the window in the current office I work (with a view on the canals of Amsterdam, humble brag) and my workspace at home is filled with white walls that look even whiter because of the large window that lets the sun come in perfectly.

No clutter.
Like I just said: all the clutter needs to go. Of course my house isn’t always super super tidy, but as soon as I’m going to sit down to get some work down – I hardly ever work from the couch or bed – I want the entire area to be reputable first.

Environment.
Creating a cosy atmosphere can be done pretty easily by lighting a scented candle. I’m picky when it comes to scented candles, but recently found out that you don’t necessarily need to pick the super expensive ones to still have a nice smell in your home. The one in the picture is a sandal wood-ish one I found at de Home department of our Swedish retailer for only €7,95.

Homy feeling.
The whole point of having a work space at home, is giving it a feeling of actually being home, right? So as much as I love to play advocate of clean desks, I don’t want this space to be plain boring. That’s why I decorate it like I would decorate every other space: lots of white, slightly edgy details like skulls, cactuses and wired steel. I found this awesome rose gold lamp and white skull on OTTO and couldn’t be more excited about the way they immediately ‘fix’ my workspace. We used to have an extremely boring light hanging above this table and we were thinking about ways to make that white wall more interesting, so voilà.

So now I’m curious: what does your work space look like? And does that resemble your current workspace? What would you like to see differently? And not unimportant: how do you like mine? ;)

LAST CHANCE: DESIGN YOUR AIRMAX

LAST CHANCE: DESIGN YOUR AIRMAX

I mentioned it before and you might have seen it on my Instagram and Facebook, but here’s your last chance to design an awesome pair of Air Max 95’s for you and me. Here’s the deal: I teamed up with Nike to give you the […]

SUIT UP IN ALL WHITE

SUIT UP IN ALL WHITE

Happy Hump day! Now that the sun is showing his lovely face a little bit more often, I can feel like everyone is getting in a more Summer-y mood. Don’t be fooled, it’s still pretty cold, but even the thought of it being almost Spring […]

WEEKEND GETAWAY: ROTTERDAM

WEEKEND GETAWAY: ROTTERDAM

As a true fan of city breaks I’ve been to a bunch of cool cities in my life already. Living in Europe makes it quite easy to book a weekend getaway since it never takes a lot of time to travel to a neighbouring country. I love the diversity of European cities and can’t wait to explore even more of them. Makes me think of the following: there’s also a lot to explore in our own little country, starting with Rotterdam. A city of many faces: architecture, design, night life, the port, designer shopping, a rich artistic culture.. and also a city that I don’t know that well, while it’s only an hour train ride from Amsterdam.

Lennart and I booked a weekend get away – something we’d like to start doing more often, it’s so relaxing! – to the most cosmopolitan city our small country has, stayed in the nhow Hotel and simply just relaxed our asses off. The nhow hotel is located next to the Erasmus bridge that connects the north and south part of the city. To me it’s one of the most iconic buildings in the entire city – or at least the most obvious one – and being able to see it form our hotel room was pretty awesome. In fact, the entire hotel was.

The nhow hotel in Rotterdam was designed by the famous architect Rem Koolhaas and is part of the NH Hotel Group that has hotels in the Benelux, UK, France and South Africa among them. The one in Rotterdam is the third nhow hotel worldwide. The concept of this group of hotels is still relatively new, which is pretty clear when you look at the interior of the hotel rooms, lounge areas and bar. It’s obvious that nhow Rotterdam is focusing on art and architecture in their hotel, looking at the combination of both Dutch design and photography, architecture and industrial look their visitors are being spoiled with. It’s a combination I personally am pretty fond of. Our room was located on the 22nd floor of the hotel and provided us with the coolest view of the entire city (want proof? Check this). The room was large, had the best bed we could wish for and a shower that was probably even better. We even wanted to go for breakfast in bed, but were too afraid we’d never leave the hotel room again, LOL.

If you’re ever thinking of booking a weekend getaway to Rotterdam, I’d strongly recommend this hotel for sure. It might not come as a surprise we we invited to come over this time, but if I were to go to Rotterdam again, I’m already sure where I might stay. Oh and for those who don’t necessarily need to leave the hotel because it’s all awesome inside as well: try their restaurant. We had a lovely dinner (Sushi! Steak! Pasta!) and enjoyed it to the fullest.

This article was written as a collab with nhow hotel, but ofcourse that doesn’t affect my opinion about the hotel. 

FURLA METROPOLIS BAG

FURLA METROPOLIS BAG

Small purses are awesome. Not only do they force you to think about what you really need to bring (fun fact: I used to be a huge ratpacker. I always carried around stuff I never really needed: sunglasses ánd a scarf/beanie (‘what if..?’), multiple lip […]

ART BY DIEGO FAZIO

ART BY DIEGO FAZIO

A little while ago I found this article on Faith is Torment about Diego Fazio. When I first looked at the images – assuming they were photographed by Diego – I was already intrigued. I loved how he managed to capture the water pooring down […]