Monday Mood

Monday Mood

Monday Mood: Be Unique

For some it takes longer to have an own voice than to others. I own one since the last 3 years – I guess. I’ve always had a different taste, way, point of view and all that – but I mostly kept it to myself. Now it’s completely out and that feels great! If everybody is given a voice, than use it! Not only political leaders need one, designers, musicians and artist signature is part of their voice and what they want to tell the world. In this open mind and open source world you can be everything you want. But be you, have your own voice. Be unique and have your own signature like Jaime Hayon, his designs have an own voice. Be outspoken and out there, change something in your living to make it your own.

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you own a voice, great things happen. Like Andy Warhol who’s voice and vision made it to the art and fashion books. And although this Monday Mood is all black and white, having a voice isn’t… Play with extremes but find your own frequency – well that’s my best learning of the couple of months. So don’t be someones echo; Be U, be unique 🙂

Have a great week all!


Quote | vase for BD by Jaime Hayon | Minimal black flooring | Andy Warhol by Robert Mapplethorpe

Monday Mood

Monday Mood: Music is my therapy

Music has always been very important for me. Besides the lack of talent for playing any instrument, I love singing (in the shower) and there’s no day passing by without listening or dancing to music. Music to me is like therapy. “Sometimes music is the only thing that gets your mind off of everything else”. Even my iPod Shuffle is engraved with “Dr. Music”… 🙂 Luckily lots of people agree and get inspired by it, like Man Ray who photographed a woman with violin details on her back in 1924. Or Delighfull, who created lamps in the shape of trumpets. I got inspired by music last weekend to create this Monday Mood.


Botti lamp | Le violin d’Ingres | Violins | Quote

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast weekend I travelled to Maastricht to experience the musical world of André Rieu. It was his 10th anniversary concert and my best friend wanted to share his experience with me. So I joined him, his family and friends at ‘Vrijthof’ in Maastricht. After an arranged dinner, the show started with André Rieu and his orchestra arriving on Italian ‘tuktuks’. The stage was decorated in a Venetian style, with a replica of the San Marco Square! I loved the whole show in more than just one way! Besides the talented musical performance there was a great ambiance around it. Solidarity, decor, great music, what else do you need? Music actually does bring people together.

I don’t consider myself a true classical music lover, but luckily André Rieu gives you more than just that. The man is a true entertainer and it takes lots of passion to get such a talented orchestra together which behave like a family. It was a joy  to see so many people passionate about music. I’m not completely new with his musical repertoire. My grand ma used to be a huge fan and played his music very often. Ever since I was little I have been surrounded with music. At home I grew up with music. Unfortunately I can’t remember it, but both my parents played guitar centuries ago 😉

Have a great new week all!


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Monday Mood: Dolce Italy

Yesterday I participated a bloggers lunch with an Italian theme. Jup, it’s a cliché, but ‘La vita é bella’! Especially with great food, a fresh glass of Prosecco with Limoncello ‘Fiorito’ and new inspiring people in a cozy well-decorated space 🙂 Eddy and Femk, the culinary duo of Hééérlijk ‘Delicious’ served lovely Italian food.

Although I never visited Italy, the pasta salad, bruschetta with cream cheese, ham and figs and the great finish: home-made tiramisu, made my head believe I was on holiday! Ever since I’ve read and saw the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ I wanted to enjoy the Italian food like it was described in the book. So now Roberts and I share two things: red hair and a love for Italian food. On this Monday I want to share some of that ‘Dolce Italy’ feeling with you!

I found a lovely saying and I quote: “Il Dolce Far Niente”, which actually means “The Sweetness Of Doing Nothing”. Something you can keep in mind after your work day – or maybe for next weekend. Have a great week all!


Kitchen with Fornasetti plates | Il Dolce Far Niente print | Capri Trunk | Cashmere crewneck sweater

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Monday Mood: Go outside

Have you felt the power of the outsides lately? Well I did last weekend while I stayed at my best friends house in the upper north of Holland called “Friesland”. The road towards turned the land more green and wide open. More water, animals and trees. What I most liked was the sound of birds in the morning and evening. That’s the only thing I miss while living in the city. If you are always planning parties, movies and get-togethers you sometimes forget how important it is to be alone (or together) with nature itself. So that’s what I did this weekend – besides partying 😉 I even got a tan.

[dropcap]U[/dropcap]nfortunately I didn’t see these Blue-throated bee-eaters, but the little Dutch sparrows. Creating a garden that looks and act like nature is a great first step. Maybe even add more green on the inside with some hanging jelly planters, like the ones from Angus & Celeste. Take a moment of your time in nature by turning off your computer and go outside – even if it rains.


Succulents | Blue-throated Bee-eaters | Hanging jelly planters | Turn of your computer and go outside – print

Have a great new week!


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Monday Mood: Call me a dreamer

Ever since I was a little kid I’ve been dreaming, creating and imagining. Everybody dreams, right? With dreams there is hope for something you want in the future (or earlier). Dreaming is moving forward on an different plane – safe and for your eyes only. Great masters like John Lennon, Oscar Wilde and Martin Luther King all had dreams. King just one, if you remember his most popular saying. Anyway, most of my dreams are about ways to be even more independent. Having my own design label, a bigger house and one day having a great boyfriend. It’s a new week, new days and maybe new dreams. Let there be room for yours! The most beautiful part of dreaming is that there are infinite possibilities 😉


Cloud Chair | Dreamer installation | Dream on Dreamer | Attic window

Enjoy your Monday and one day, make your dreams come true 🙂

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Monday Mood: Laugh more

Once a year it’s tradition to visit Maastricht. We stay at my best friends parents and hit the city for shopping, drinks, dancing and deep conversations – a weekend I cherish! With on my left Bram, the crazy ex-local, world traveller in progress and soulmate. And on my right Denise, the ‘verbal’ trainer, world explorer and partner-in-creative-crime. With these two on my side there are plenty of ingredients for a fun weekend! And don’t you agree that “life is better when you’re laughing”? Although I’m not a huge fan of soccer matches (jup not even World Cup), with the right people on your side even reading manuals will entertain you! Packed with a water gun we laughed so loud, tears were flowing down our cheeks 🙂

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]uckily designers agree! In this Monday Mood I share some of my favourites which popped up while pinning. Let’s kick off with my most favourite photographer David Lachapelle always intrigues me and get a smile on my face. His celeb portraits are hilarious and extravagant! And if you have a little fashion sense and like to spot new trends, you couldn’t have missed the new collection by Moschino by the great Jeremy Scott! Last shows he sent models, dressed like employees of McDonalds, down the catwalk! Scott got an eye for fun and I like the combination of skinny models dressed in fast food! And last but not least the limited edition Landrover by Studio Job! It even sticks out it’s tongue 😛


Elton John by David Lachapelle | Quote | Landrover by Studio Job | Moschino ’14

Have you already laughed today? 🙂

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Monday Mood: Breakfast in bed

It’s Pentecost which means extra long weekend! To me that means spending more time in bed, having all essentials within arm reach and starting the day with new ideas… Yesterday I read something about giving others your time, which is a precious gift. Not only to others but also to yourself. Holiday’s like this give you that opportunity for luxury which you don’t get during the week – well at least I don’t. Tomorrow after my big bed breakfast, I’m gonna grab my shades, a book and a nice cup of coffee for some me-time outside.

Hope you planned a great day for yourself too! Enjoy this second Monday Mood; Breakfast in bed!


Breakfast | Bedroom | Essentials | Light bulbs

Don’t you just love the raw grey and the warm browns?

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Monday Mood: Ginger & Blue

June is here! Time for yet a new theme on the blog and this time it’s *drums*… MONDAY MOOD! I kick off with something personal about the two colors that rule my life: ginger & blue. I’ve always been a natural ginger, a redhead. I got bullied for it because I was different and most of the boys and girls were brunettes or blondes. Yes, I was that little one with freckles and red colored hair. Luckily I’m beyond that and proud of being a redhead. With this sunny weather it is a blessing to see the color of my hair turn almost copper! And that matches so good with blue!

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]lue is a color that started as my favorite color when I first got the chance to choose the interior of my ‘little boy’s room’. Both the carpeting and wallpaper were blue. Blue is calming and all of the sudden I got back to it last year while painting my bedroom blue. This color combination connects the earth with the air, water with the decks and the pier. Not only in interior design the combination is energizing, nature was already enriched with it due to the kingfisher.

Let’s celebrate this Sunny Monday like* we are on our decks in the Caribbean!


Interior | Florence Welch | Kingfisher | Kitchen

*If you are enjoying Monday on your deck in the Caribbean… you are one lucky bastard! 😉