Spotted: Rebel Walls

It’s not only the name that grabs my attention, Rebel Walls pleases my curiosity for new wall decoration. Their well designed wallpapers create a whole different environment for your living. Make a room personal, out-there, raw, masculine or just graphic. Irene and Christopher, the rebels behind the brand, have ‘wallpaper’ blood running through their veins. Their rebel vision completes the whole picture. “When you wish something that do not yet exist, you create it yourself”.

The two know that the home is the center of the world. But besides creating something beautiful for our walls, they help people build their own homes by donating money – for each unique wallpaper created – to Habitat for Humanity. In their studio they let both our and their wallpapers grow and come to life. Rebel Walls is a true dedication and entrepreneurship if you ask me!

Here are some of my personal favorites.




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Fancy Friday: Wall Lighting

While planning my ‘Hallway project’, I’ve considered many options for the walls. Besides deciding the right color, I looked at the options for wall decoration and came up to wall lighting! Although I visit lots of interiors, there’s one thing they all have in common: no wall lighting. In most cases you find wall lighting in the garden, aside the front door or in community hallways.

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]o I did some digging and found different styles of wall lighting that would enrich your walls! My personal favorite is the neon lighting by Seletti, which gives you the opportunity to create your own. Ever since I saw this neon light sign in the home of my friend Patrick a.k.a. the Interiorator, I got inspired to get a similar or get my own neon lights. Seletti’s collections covers the whole alphabet and some special characters like the ampersand I fancy!

A second favorite is the Sticky lamp by Droog, which is more flexible due to it’s ‘sticky’ ability.  Enjoy them all in this weeks Fancy Friday!


[ 1 ] HK Living // [ 2 ] & neon by Seletti // [ 3 ] Sticky by Droog // [ 4 ] Copper wall lightning by Bloomingville // [ 5 ] Industrial lamp by Bloomingville

Do you already own a wall lamp? And if you could choose, which of the above would be on your wish list?

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Designer Spotlight: Makers With Agendas

As a follow up on Ontwerpduo, I proudly present the first designer trio in today’s Designer Spotlight! William Ravn, Julien De Smedt and Wouter Dons are the Swedish brand ‘Makers With Agendas’. They started a journey for change in design, because they care. I actually might have offended them by calling them designers, because they intentionally call themselves ‘Makers’ – this way they don’t limit to products and furniture. So no offense guys! Makers With Agendas, I love the hard-mouthed name, is born out of love for design.

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For the love of design: Pinned Up by Marcel Wanders

I finally found some time to visit the exhibition of Marcel Wanders at Stedelijk Amsterdam. I planned a trip before, but it was driven by a lot of enthusiasm in the openings weekend… which was a very very long row of people. I’m glad I visited ‘Pinned Up’ near the end of the expo, because it was really quite (maybe because of the lovely weather). Anyways, I loved the expo! I’ve always been a fan of Wanders’ magical designs. The exhibition space is well decorated with a black and white theme. My favorite theme – no doubt – was the dark with its extraordinary and daring designs.

If you’re in for a trip and you like wandering through a magically designed world, guided by inspiring quotes and decorated with eye-catchers for home and living, then you should definitely visit Pinned Up !





[quote]If poetry is about love and art is about love and theatre is about love and if opera is about love…Why do we think design is about…functionality?[/quote]



Pinned Up will end on the 15th of June 2014, so be quick if you love design!


Vitaly: hand-crafted jewelry from Bali

Brands like Vitaly touche me. This story is more than inspiring, it shows that it sometimes takes a self-reflection and appreciation of nature to create something beautiful. I surely can’t wait to get my hands on a piece of Vitaly! Below you find some jewelry, mostly in matte black, wood and gold – my favorite colors. Another beautiful part of this jewelry is that all pieces are unisex – so good for both worlds!

I believe everything happens for a reason, whether it’s good or bad in the beginning. Vitaly’s story proves that. Founder Shane Vitaly Foran put his corporate job on hold due to a growing sense of a burn-out. During six weeks of pilgrimage through Indonesia he found Ubud, a small haven for artists where he spend three weeks in a state of introverted reflection. After dreaming of hand-crafted jewelry, Shane produced some simple designs with the help of some local craftsmen. After a huge enthusiasm through social media, Shane decided to take the risk of a lifetime. Truly inspiring! Along with close friend and business partner Jason Readman they invested their last pennies in their vision. Vitaly was born! A brand that embrace the lifestyle and personalities that have inspired it – from stage diving, fine art to body art.


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Spotted: Mineheart

Many of you know that I’m a huge fan of British Design. I featured many great UK-based designers on the blog and one thing they all have in common is: daring design. They know that design is creating something different, something out of the ordinary, but they also believe that design can make you smile! And so does this great brand which designs the ‘Lovable Collection’: Mineheart.Their mission, caught in the name, is to express their passion to create freely, without restraint. All Mineheart products are produced in the UK by passionate and local designers. If you look closely to the whole collection you wouldn’t believe that this brand is less than 5 years on the market!

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ineheart was launched in 2010 by the designers Brendan Young & Vanessa Battaglia. They are known for their playful approach to design and innovative re-appropriation of materials and imagery. The brand stole my heart due to their lovable eye for design, daring approach and sense of humor! Get inspired and entertained with a selection of this great brand!


Romance meets simplicity. The ‘King Edison’ pendant lamp is a combination of simple Edison light bulb with on the inside a miniature brass chandelier. A lovely and out of the ordinary combination if you ask me!


Mineheart-Gold-Kind-Edison Mineheart-Palace-Wallpaper

Mineheart makes it possible for everyone to have luxury walls. Above you see the Palace wallpaper, below ‘White Bookshelf’ and the ‘White Panelling’. A clean and minimal illusion captured in a wallpaper – fabulous right?



Because Mineheart manufactures everything in the UK, it’s possible to alter accessories to match your home with little extra costs for the buyer. Like the Artistic Cushions below. The print is a classic wooded landscape but it has been altered in a ‘characteristically irreverent fashion’. You can make this cushion your own by choosing the colour of the drip. I would definitely go for Royal Blue or maybe just plain White 🙂


On the side of the Artistic Cushions you find the ‘vandalized’ portrait of Madame Blush. No it’s not the result of urban street girls, in fact this cheekily defaced French queen is on purpose. Mineheart is full of surprises! Like the detailed ornate frame which is not what it seems; it’s printed! The little ceramic bulldog below is ‘Delf’, a playful twist on classically patterned China. Completed with blue floral transfers and crisp gold details on ears and toes.



Meet General Mustard, Lady Peacock, Tom Green and Lord White… These cushions are made for Mineheart by Chad Wys. The ‘classic revisited’ unusual printed portraits are contemporary and traditional. Their names might ring a bell, they’re from Great Expectations, Dorian Grey, Wuthering Heights and even Cluedo!


Rembrandt with a twist
‘Air’ is part of a Renaissance Collection and features a reminiscent of classic Dutch (!) Old Master paintings. The woman is drinking from a large glass of purest swirling air. The gold plated detail on the ornate frame features the title ‘Air is not enough’. Funny wouldn’t you say. The image is is by Himitsuhana and created by the designers of Mineheart.


Last but not least my personal favourite piece done by Angela Rossi for Mineheart: “Cousin Parker”. An animal portrait series with military details. This quirky gentleman is made with love and a sense of humor. And like Madame Blush; the ornate frame is printed on the canvas. Gotta love what this brand is doing in the world of interior and product design! I’m glad they were brought to my attention!

I hope Mineheart made your day start with a smile too!

More info on Mineheart, go to their website or follow them on Facebook.

Stores in the Netherlands are very rare, only Archipelago in Amsterdam sells this great brand. Fingers-crossed more will follow soon! I’ve put the Archipelago store in Amsterdam on my list for the weekend, hopefully I can spot it myself !
Keep you all posted!

Images by Mineheart


Happy Mothersday all!

// The Love Explotion, Fantasy Collection Lladró by Jaime Hayon

Normally I’m not that into ‘commercial days’ full of marketing tricks that stimulate you to buy a lot for your mom – only on this particular day. I’m more of the in-between surprises 🙂
But, like may others I think, I’m going to visit my mom and dad this weekend!

To stay in the ‘art’ feeling this week on the blog, a piece of fun art by the great creator and joker Jaime Hayon!

Have a great weekend!

Mijn appartement in Rotterdam, Planten inspiratie

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Green balcony

It’s getting more sunny by the day – well at least it does in Rotterdam. I reprogrammed my biorhythm to get home earlier in the evening to enjoy the last sunlight and have diner on my balcony. Just the motivation I needed to start and create my own little urban jungle. Earlier I shared my new balcony ideas, but for now I just added some more green to create a more colorful balcony. While visiting Igor’s blog (Happy Interior blog) I saw this awesome monthly Urban Jungle Bloggers theme from happy bloggers all around the world. This month I join the fun with the theme  “Show your green balcony” . Enjoy the first look of my Urban Jungle in progress with bright yellows, fresh greens and warm wood.

Living in the centre of Rotterdam automatically creates an urban vibe when it comes to creating your own little garden with the space you’ve got. Although I love the color of concrete, the wooden flooring by IKEA creates a more warm look. The little bistro set is cozy but not enough for having more than just one friend over. That’s the reason I made new plans for my green balcony. The bright yellow cushion by H&M Home adds a little Caribbean touch and inspired me for a healthy snack from yoghurt and pineapple. Birds in the city are rare, besides pigeons and seagulls, so I adopted another Pols Potten singing bird :). All together I really love my urban green balcony. I just can’t wait to realize my ideas and finish it all together for summer. Hope you like it to!


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NS Upcycle voor unieke designs

Materialen die een tweede leven krijgen, daar word ik nou blij van! En dan doel ik niet op de antieke meubels van je (groot) ouders of van de kringloop, of de vele vintage stromingen die momenteel meer dan hip zijn. Nee ik doel op de transformaties van NS Upcycle waarbij treinbekleding en gele reisinformatieborden een compleet nieuwe functie en een tweede leven krijgen in jouw leven. Ben je net zoals ik een forens en reis je dagelijks met de trein, dan is deze samenwerking tussen NS en vernieuwende ontwerpers zeker iets voor jou!

Mijn persoonlijke favorieten van de ‘Upcycle’ zijn de tassen, kussens (2NDARE) en hockers (Meubelspuiterij Elburg) die van oude treinstoelbekleding zijn gemaakt! Sommige schitteren zelfs extra door willekeurige graffiti tags die de NS liever niet in de trein ziet, maar een tas en kussen uniek maken. Herinner je nog die groene skai treinbekleding van misschien zelfs je eerste treinreis? Die skai siert nu op een hippe hocker. Hieronder enkele favorieten – waarvan enkele helaas al verkocht zijn…


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Fancy Friday: Caged Lightning

Monday I sold my bow lamp which took a lot space in the home and wasn’t flexible to move around with my drive to redecorate my home. Ever since I bought Fringe by Zuiver, I look out for different lamps than the standard shapes. In my search for a new lamp my eye dropped on a lot of beautiful ceiling lamps and pendants. These caged lightning objects are a work of art and mostly in brass, metal or copper. I really fancy the industrial diamond shaped ones – which you see a lot lately. In this Fancy Friday post I collected my favorites, including a table frame by House Doctor I adore. What I love most about these iron caged lightning is that they look ‘airy’. I fancy the Diamond Pendant by JSPR for Pols Potten the most – in black of course! What’s your personal favorite?


[ 1 ] Diamonds by JSPR for Pols Potten // [ 2 ] Work lamp by Design House Stockholm // [ 3 ] Living Lab by HK Living // [ 4 ] DecoHome by House Doctor // [ 5 ] Copper Pendant by Bloomingville

It’s a lot better than the old work lamp you see on construction sites. Can’t wait to see these on new building platforms in an industrial space with bricks and lots of concrete. Would be fun 🙂

Enjoy your weekend!