The icing on the cake

Sometimes a job just feels right, from the start. The subject, the client, the location; everything is right. Like past monday, when I worked for Ganbaroo PR, who takes care of the PR for Zeeman, a big store in textiles. They had some exciting news: a wedding dress for just 29,99 euros. For the press event I was asked to do the styling and work out the menu for the caterer. A job like this? The cherry on the pie!

Here's some words that came to mind, got me on the way and inspired me: surprising, affordable, stylish, a little rustic, pure, easy on the eye, urban, festive.

all images are by @defotomeisjes

antique display by Burbri Antiek

shoes by CP113, flowers by Antoesa Bloemen

shoes by CP113, flowers by Antoesa Bloemen

catering by Bojana Flavors

catering by Bojana Flavors

cabinet by Burbri Antiek

cabinet by Burbri Antiek

 

 

 

Frank Visser - Cruise Collection - paint and collage on wood

Frank Visser is known world wide for his fabulous decors, paints and other dream like designs & settings made in his studio in Amsterdam. He’s also the designer of the paint collection IJM Colours.

Inspired by scenes and tableaus that come accross his vision during his travels he has now made a series with paint and collages. First shown in Milan during the 25th anniversary of Elle Decor Italia, now exhibited at and for sale in Dreamboat & His Master’s Choice from November 2015 through January 2016.

 

still life with lemon 185,-

still life with lemon 185,-

girl with purse 185,-

girl with purse 185,-

girl in orange skirt 185,-

girl in orange skirt 185,-

pear and vase 135,-

pear and vase 135,-

still life with wine 115

still life with wine 115

living room 185,-

living room 185,-

nature 125,-

nature 125,-

couple in kitchen 185,

couple in kitchen 185,

Meet the maker I: Jasper Zwartjes

Part of Dreamboat Shop is called His Master's Choice, and is Aernoud Bourdrez' creative brain on display. He has curated the collection according to his own tastes and vision. Aernoud Bourdrez is a lawyer for creatives and has helped many artists protecting their intellectual property. His does this in his own special way, some people call him the friendly stalker. He believes most conflicts can be solved before fighting in court. He even wrote a book about it, so others can copy his conflict solving strategies. Of course this book is also for sale at His Master's Choice.

He also has a special view on art, so he sells works by his favourite artists, from Amsterdam and beyond. This weekend new work will be on display, made by Jasper Zwartjes: Father and Son. We cordially invite you to meet with this inspiring photographer and film maker.

Jasper Zwartjes has an eye for things that others don’t see: that one moment that show the exact right feeling. An image that doens’t need words. In his early childhood, growing up in a family of artists, he already lived in his own fantasy world. When he held a camera for the first time, it was clear this was his mission.

Frans Zwartjes is a photographer, film maker, musician, violin builder, drawer, painter and sculptor. He earned fame in the late sixties with his experimental black and white movies. The (near) absence of a narrative build up is characteristic for his films. The shape rather than the content prevails. Text is non existent in his movies.






Meet the maker: Marlein Overakker

Marlein Overakker

Each bird, handmade by my dear friend and inspirer Marlein Overakker, is a sculptural collage, shaped from many layers of temporary newspaper rippings, all hand torn and applied with wallpaper glue. The colour is created without any paint, instead it is made from sections of newspaper pictures or magazine advertisements, torn into small feathers and other details, to embody the specific colour and identity of the bird as seen in nature. Each bird comes with a small book, describing the bird’s lifestyle and natural habits. Marlein Overakker is a food stylist, chef performer and a true artist. I have worked with her for several food productions. I love visiting her work place, and I always feel like a little child mesmerised by all the beauty that surrounds me there.

welcome to my new world

It has taken the longest time, but I'm so happy that I have a new website. It puts all my work and passions in one address. I want to share what's keeping me busy, and what's making my work and my life a wonderful place.

One of my big dreams was to have my own shop. In my work as a stylist and interior designer I come across so many things that I would love to share with the world. Designs that are beautifully made, made with love and care and with the best materials. Like the wonderful clothes of my favorite brand Le Mont Saint Michel.

Le Mont Saint Michel in real life is an abbey on a rock between Normandy and Brittany that you can only reach when the tide is low. It is a childhood memory from the times we would go and celebrate our family holidays in Brittany. When we could see the abbey we knew we were almost there, and the happy times would begin. Le Mont Saint Michel brings back so warm memories of endless summer evenings, playing in the sand and the sea and running around with no care in the world.

So when I saw the sweater in powdery pink, in a little shop in Arles, my heart skipped a beat. When I found out Le Mont Saint Michel is a proper fashion brand, I knew that this would be the starting point of my shop. Now was the time.

I met the lovely people in Paris, and I was pleased to find out that they share the same ideas of quality and beauty. And they have such a nice history, and a breathtaking beautiful castle from where they run their business, the Castle of Monthorin, 'where flowers are not contained in vases, they grow wildly in the field.' My kind of place.

  Le Mont Saint Michel is famous for its vintage inspired knitwear with a cut that is right on trend. The brand is under direction of Alexandre Milan. Le Mont Saint Michel started in 1918 as Tricotages de l'Aa, producing textile. Their qualitiy of their craftsmanship had been recognized by other designers. Agnès B, Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno, Claudie Pierlot, they all knew where to find the perfect knit. To look for the right yarn, the right technique and to source the right factory to produce it, are skills Alexandre Milan has inherited from his parents. Milan's father lifted Tricotages de l’Aa to another level. In the fifties Les Tricotages de L’Aa went from 40 to 270 employees. "From a very young age I was involved in the family company and now it’s time to get involved into something else”, says Milan. Nowadays the family heritage lives on under a new direction, a new name and a new look. Being part of a 4th generation of textile manufacturers, he was able to rejuvenate his family DNA by setting up his own label Le Mont Saint Michel. The items are still designed in Brittany, in a beautiful castle. To choose Brittany over Paris was a well-made decision, Alexandre Milan explains. “There’s manufacturing DNA in this location and I didn’t want the technical knowhow and the archive to go to waste. That’s why the creative studio is based here.” Le Mont Saint Michel displays a full prêt-à-porter line, with heavy focus on knits. Milan is very passionate about knitwear giving it a modern and post-pop twist. He draws inspiration from the environment and precious archives dating from the fifties to the nineties. The brand keeps revisiting authentic staples. And vintage textile got revamped by using modern cuts, clean ribbings, neat lines and dashing colors. Le Mont Saint Michel sure loves to stay upbeat. If the brand is on trend, it’s because it creates sharp, fresh and mostly unique designs. Thanks to this attitude and being far away from the Parisian fashion scene, the studio can keep its focus. In addition each team member is free to bring forth new ideas. It’s this sense of freedom, authenticity and creativity that appeals to many clients, from Japan to the US. This look is all about playing with contrasts: soft and rough, silk and wool, fluid and rigid, matt and shiny, oversized and tight-fitting. It’s up to the wearing how to wear it. After all, fashion is not rigid, it’s a personal game without rules.

 

Le Mont Saint Michel is famous for its vintage inspired knitwear with a cut that is right on trend. The brand is under direction of Alexandre Milan. Le Mont Saint Michel started in 1918 as Tricotages de l'Aa, producing textile. Their qualitiy of their craftsmanship had been recognized by other designers. Agnès B, Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno, Claudie Pierlot, they all knew where to find the perfect knit.

To look for the right yarn, the right technique and to source the right factory to produce it, are skills Alexandre Milan has inherited from his parents. Milan's father lifted Tricotages de l’Aa to another level. In the fifties Les Tricotages de L’Aa went from 40 to 270 employees. "From a very young age I was involved in the family company and now it’s time to get involved into something else”, says Milan. Nowadays the family heritage lives on under a new direction, a new name and a new look. Being part of a 4th generation of textile manufacturers, he was able to rejuvenate his family DNA by setting up his own label Le Mont Saint Michel.

The items are still designed in Brittany, in a beautiful castle. To choose Brittany over Paris was a well-made decision, Alexandre Milan explains. “There’s manufacturing DNA in this location and I didn’t want the technical knowhow and the archive to go to waste. That’s why the creative studio is based here.”

Le Mont Saint Michel displays a full prêt-à-porter line, with heavy focus on knits. Milan is very passionate about knitwear giving it a modern and post-pop twist. He draws inspiration from the environment and precious archives dating from the fifties to the nineties. The brand keeps revisiting authentic staples. And vintage textile got revamped by using modern cuts, clean ribbings, neat lines and dashing colors. Le Mont Saint Michel sure loves to stay upbeat.

If the brand is on trend, it’s because it creates sharp, fresh and mostly unique designs. Thanks to this attitude and being far away from the Parisian fashion scene, the studio can keep its focus. In addition each team member is free to bring forth new ideas. It’s this sense of freedom, authenticity and creativity that appeals to many clients, from Japan to the US.

This look is all about playing with contrasts: soft and rough, silk and wool, fluid and rigid, matt and shiny, oversized and tight-fitting. It’s up to the wearing how to wear it. After all, fashion is not rigid, it’s a personal game without rules.



garden office










One of the things that I've recently finished is the conceptual design of an office for an Amsterdam based PR company, Het PR Bureau. They were moving from three smaller offices, scattered around the centre of Amsterdam, to one big space. They were looking for an interior that expressed their core values, an interior that was light, welcoming and warm. And office that people would love to work in. Because most of the staff isn't working at the office all day, they also wanted to motivate flexible working, so less fixed desks and more different types of working spaces. Suitable to work alone in, but also enable working in groups.

The fashion and life style brands that Het PR Bureau represents, needed a good, well lit, showroom, so stylist would easily find the way to the items. Het PR Bureau wanted to make a connection with this more visible part of their work and the work that is a bit less visible, like
writing, creating and all the work 'in the field'.

Another wish was to give space to their other company, PR Stunt, and brining those two offices together. PR Stunt works with a smaller group, and works on lively events and experience types of assignments. This lively, active feel should be expressed in the interior as well.

The big area is is surrounded by a few smaller offices, and a kitchen, and one smaller office is on the front of the street.

The core values and their wishes inspired me to the words garden office. The old meaning of these words are the opposite of a space you would want to work in. But if you translate it literally, you bring the outside in, the garden in your office, where you can breathe and be creative, let ideas grow, and be inspired.

The big space in the middle, the heart, was connected to one of the rooms in front, the room next to it was more separate. To connect all these spaces a wall was knocked out, a door was removed, and I designed a 22 metres long table to connect the front room to the middle room. This table would be suitable for working alone on, but also to work in groups on, to use as display and even as a catwalk.

In the next post I will show you the images of the result. The conceptual design is made by me, DreamBoat. Architect Jasper Westebring made the technical drawings and was there for technical (and moral) support, Maaike Koorman made the visualisations, and did the presentation together with me (next to supllying moral support). Orpheo Jungst did the production of the interior, so he did the styling and the actual buying of all the interior, the translation from concept to reality.

how it's meant to be






A few weeks ago, I was working on a styling/photography assignment with Maaike Koorman for a roof garden in Amsterdam, built by the Dakdokters. It was agreed upon that I could borrow furniture and accessories at a shop in Laren, Kerkhof, and a shop in Baarn, Nijhof. The drive through Laren reminded me of a beautiful, insprired, and inspiring shop that I used to visit a lot when I was a stylist for an interior magazine, back in the olden days. I was curious to know if it still is as nice now as it was then, 10 years ago. It was, and it was even better that I remembered. This is a style that I love, and that I hope to be able to one day put in a house, for myself or for a customer. I love the balance between modern and authentic, rough and sleek. The image next to the green chair is made by Mirjam Bleeker.

The shop is called Meker Atelier and the addres is: Mauvezand 2, in Laren (NH).

before and after

before


after













To let in the light that comes in through the front door, I replaced a closed wooden door for a glass door with a steel, powder coated frame. The railings around the stairs were replaced with cabinets on each side, with a powder coated railing, to make it more slim and elegant.
To keep look of the floor, that was originally concrete, a layer of colored and lacquered cement coating was put on, after the floor heating system was put in. The extra heater is an old design, and gives a bold statement to the living room.
In the kitchen (which was not finished yet when I took the images) one wall is covered with a lot of cabinets, in different shapes, sizes and depths, but all painted in the same color. It hides the oven, it sort of embraces the window, it plays with the light and it creates a lot of storage space. The pink cabinet, around the corner, in the space between the living room and the kitchen, is where the freezer has found its space, and has room for storing cleaning stuff and supplies.

To create more light downstairs we knocked down an wall to create a studio where a separate bedroom was, and we created a room in the bathroom so the light from the master bedroom would also reach the bathroom.

The color scheme is mostly tender hues like soft pink, a lot of different greys and beige, with a few bold colors like the pink of the freezer cabinet, the mustard yellow in the studio and the petrol colored wall in the guest room.
Next step is the curtains and the garden.

I've been working on...





...a house in Ede, in the east part of Holland. The beautiful house, kind of a house boat on land, has a ground floor with open spaced living room and kitchen, and a floor below sea level with two bedrooms, a studio, a bathroom and storage rooms.
I had the honour to decorate the house, from scratch. That meant deciding on the floor, the kitchen, toilets, sinks, made-to-measure furniture, bathroom, colors, the works. A big job, and a very exciting one.
For a job this big, I take a lot of time with the customer to decide on the style, and the floor plans. I translate the choice we make in mood boards. With these as a hand book I start sketching, that means technical drawings (with help from architect friend Jasper Westebring, of course). With a few options I go back to the customer, and together we decide on a master plan.
I will show you my mood boards first, after that I will show you some images of the result, before all the furniture was moved in. It takes a lot of time to settle in, always, and I can't wait any longer to show you the results.

off the wall







Sometimes people send me comments on and questions about things that I write on my blog. Unfortunately, I haven't figured out yet how to answer those questions directly. So from now on, I will answer them through my blog. Maybe other people will be inspired as well!

One question I was asked was about the tiles in my kitchen. Our kitchen was featured in Nya Rum, images by Paul Barbera (haven't seen it myself yet), and someone wanted to know where to find them. They were bought at a Dutch tile manufacturer, Mosa. These specific tiles were designed by Koh Liang Ie, originally in the sixties. My parents also had them, in the toilets, and only the ones with the four circles. A few years ago they were brought back to life. They are only available in white, unless you order a lot, like a Concrete did when the designed the beautiful interior for restaurant Envy in Amsterdam.

The first 2 images are made by Paul Barbera.

back in Buenos Aires, in my mind






Today I took a little trip down memory lane, when I was showing some pictures of our trip to Argentina a few months ago. And I realized that I didn't show half of the better things that I discovered in Buenos Airs. Like this amazing shop in Palermo, Amores Trash Couture. A curious name, and the fact that you have to ring a bell, next to a big white, iron gate, only adds to the curiosity. Once inside, you enter a kind of dreamworld shop where, if it was in a dream, Abba, Andy Warhol, Jacky and Joan Collins, Debby Harris and Madonna would come and shop (or party). The clothes are eccentric and the accessories: I wanted to have them all. But especially the interior was something that will stay in my memory for ever. It's not about fashion, it's about style.

new work, new inspiration







I still owe you my last reports from the best of Buenos Aires, including a visit to a beautiful poloclub with a hotel. But in the mean time we have returned to our beloved Amsterdam. And I'm already working on some exciting new projects. I have been asked to decorate a new house, from scratch, and I'm very happy with this new project. While I was going through some magazines for inspiration, in Marie Claire Maison I stumbled upon an extremely talented, inspiring group of designers/architects in France: Ciguë. They do big projects, like renovating old barns and designing new houses, in breathtaking countrysides. But also smaller houses for which they invent very clever, and cheap solutions. I wish I was them!

good bye BA, part 5: La Maison






At the moment, for a few more days, we’re living in a part of Buenos Aires, Palermo Hollywood, that’s famous for its restaurants. You only have to turn a corner, or walk a few steps down the street to have your pick of all the flavours of the world. And lucky us to live quite near La Maison, our favourite restaurant for a cosy night out, with the two of us or with friends. La Maison is run by Fleur, she’s French (or Canadian, I’m not sure), and she and her staff make sure you have a pleasant night.
You can sit outside in the garden, and enjoy the funny drawings on the shutters, or inside where it’s more quiet and formal. Lovely, elegant food like toast with poached egg yolk and truffle, tarte tatin with goat cheese, and gambas au Pastis. Maybe I should go back one more time and make sure that this time I have room for dessert.

good bye BA, part 4: Voltaire








One of the things that I like best when I'm traveling is when I've stayed long enough to have a favorite place for coffee at walking distance. And at the moment it's Voltaire, around the corner from where we live, at Carranza y Voltaire. The two friendly owners make the perfect coffee, have the best little chocolate cakes and don't mind if our lively twin girls open all the bags of sugar. That's what I call home!

bikes with passion








I love people that work with passion, I love elegant, sexy, clean designs, and I especially love it when they are environmentally friendly.
And, being Dutch, the easiest form of transportation is going by bike. Even in Buenos Aires, where buses and cars rule the world. And that’s where those four things come together.
Because industrial designers Nata Burta and Alejandro Sanguinetti from Monochorome recycle bikes that result coolest ones that I have ever seen, produced in the most ecofriendly way and using the best materials, which is also ecofriendly because they last longer. The beautiful leather saddles are handmade, so regional craftmanship is also sustained. They encourage, even invite, people from all over the world to copy their way of producing, so eventually those bikes don’t have to be flown all over the world. Until that moment, you can have it shipped to where ever you want.
I whish I could take one home! I guess I will have to wait untill someone opens a shop in the Netherlands.