Things that made me happy today: `the insect prints I ordered through my blog friends webshop: Coos-je. You should definately have a look if you like scandinavian living. Aound the corner of my house is the office of an fashion agent who sells Swedish jeans label Gul&Bla. He had a sample sale last weekend. I bought a great fitting jeans and a black jeans shirt. But I am absolutely thrilled to tell you I wrtite this blogpost from my brand new iMac. This is a device I really needed for the Interior plans I am creating on a daily basis and I worked bloody hard for it. So sinterklaas came early this year...
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I am still working on a better balance between everything I do at the moment, but I am getting there slowly. My week was full of diverse things. Merel and I had a shop strategy meeting where we made a lot of plans and gave the shop a new look! I made photo's at a finished project in Amsterdam, I presented an Interior Plan to a client on Thursday and on Friday I spent the days with Julius and Merlijn. In the evening our au-pair Ava (who happens to be an excellent cook, she also has a blog) cooked a Thanksgiving dinner with the biggest turkey, I 've even had in my oven for sure. In the meanwhile I am decorating the house for Christmas. A little early maybe but there will be a huge built in closet being made just before Christmas and we are away during Christmas so I allowed myself to start a bit earlier ;) This weekend was full of Sinterklaas, with a visit to the Sinterklaas house in Leiden and a surprise visit from 3 zwarte pieten from Kate her creche! I almost forget that a beautiful article about Femkeido was published in our local newspaper :)
You will find the Christmas ornaments here
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Last summer 2 Belgium designers: Ainhoa en Wouter approached us to show us their newly designed lamps. Their brand is called Estall. They invented this product after a trip to Vietnam where they were inspired by the full moon festival in Hoi An. Curious as we are, we wanted to know more about it. Dressing your lamp, with different coats? Yeah right... So they came to our shop in Delft to show it. It is absolutely great to have a lamp, which you can hang above your table, hang on the wall or put on the floor AND use it as a table! It is great to have the opportunity to dress your lamp in 10 different colours! Here you will be able to find more information and order them!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The livingroom I designed and styled above was on national television yesterday in the DIY and home program Eigen Huis & Tuin. Here the story and here you can watch the fragment. Below you will find the links of furniture and accessoiries used.
Now something else. Some of you, who are following me closely must have noticed that I haven't been highly active on Twitter. I was even doubting to quit with it, but that doesn't feel right. But also less active on my blog and on Facebook and even less on my favorite Instagram. A couple reasons. Last week I fell ill again. I had a really bad flu last week. I think this must be the 5th or 6th time this year. This is not good obviously. But also not really something for me. I was never ill. Maybe once every 2 years for 2 days but that was it. There are always reasons to find to get ill: working to much, not eating enough healthy food, not sporting enough, not sleeping enough. For me, it relates to all of those things. A real wake up call to do someting about this. The past 9 months were crazy in terms of setting up a new business, lots of interior projects, all really cool things to also get a lot of energy from. But I also have only 24 hours in my day and I don't want to work 24/7 as I also have 3 lovely kids to take care of. The interior projects are going really well and I love working on them. There is a new tv project I am going to work on and we are busy with a strategy to grow Femkeido Shop. All of these matters result in the fact that you will see me less on social media, maybe also less on this blog, but that really depends on my mood and inspiration. I will be still around on Pinterest as this is business wise a really important tool for me. Thank you for reading this and keep following me :)
Photo's by Femkeido
Monday, November 18, 2013
My last week was pretty good. I did quite some work from my home office for projects, I gave a colour workshop for Flexa, spent a few days in the Shop (we have lots of great Christmas decorations), went to see Armin van Buuren live in Amsterdam. Finally got the book where our house is in, the magazine where Merlijn featured in was released. My boys got 2 goldfish and the artwork from Isabel Wenzel through We Like Art was delivered.
Have a nice one! XX
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Last summer I was asked to lend some furniture and accessoiries from Femkeido Shop for the Sanoma production "Wonen met Kinderen" One day when I dropped some stuff off at a studion in Amsterdam they asked me to "borrow" one of my sons as well ;). They actually asked for Julius as this was for a toddler room production but Julius was ill on that day so Merlijn stood in for him. He did soooo well!! Anki form Zilverblauw also wrote a post about this magazine as her little son Mus was also in this edition. Happy Sunday!!
Friday, November 15, 2013
I love gifts!! Especially when there is something excited about it! Holly from Avenue Lifestyle dropped by in the shop last week to hand me the great inspirational book: "Wohnideen aus dem wahren leben" What is so special about this book? Apart from the fact that it is a really cool book to get inspired by many "normal" homes, which are all photographed by bloggers, our home was photographed by Holly Marder for this book. Thank you Holly! Another present last week came from "Het Bloemenbureau" (The Flower Agency) It was the plant of the month, the Bromelia. I bought some more of those and placed them in an brocante bowl. Other things on these photo's are the little nobody from Hay and a beautiful recoloured carpet from Femkeido Shop.
I wish you all a very nice weekend! X
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Firstly I was inspired by the shop "Bird" in Brooklyn, New York, then I seem to be seeing them more and more, I got a real thing with so called Marque Light letters. They are great to do something "different" with a space or room and what about to use as decoration for a wedding or other event? I have been searching around the web and found great companies who make those letters (order made) on Etsy! Check it out! Any letter you want, any colour you like. I really can't get this out of my head - so probably very very soon to be found in my house. After some research on the internet I am pleased to reccommend you a few great vendors to buy them:
Are you looking for rusty steel good quality letters like in the photo above? You should shop them at Vintage Marquee Lights
You might be looking for a simple font letter? Then this shop is where you should be! They are available in 25 different colours, so eat your heart out!
Maybe you like the Carnival or so called Circus letters? There are many variations possible with these ones. They are also good priced. Please note that these letters are made of carbon and foamboard.
Monday, November 11, 2013
I was a bit behind on some projects so last week was a very busy week as I planned in 3 interior plan presentations and they were all in the evenings. There was an intake as well in an evening so that made me not having a lot of time to relax. It is already quite stresfull to finish a project, so 3 in one week, is times 3... ;) The good thing is, they all went really well! Another great day was Thursday where Juuls' cast came off after 6 weeks (!) I had a quiet weekend to chill down from the hectic week. Coming week I will be starting some new projects and I will start designing a big built in cubboard for in the living room as I sold the huge white cabinet :) Have a nice week!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Today was a day to do some things in my house. Yesterday we finally picked up the beautiful photo from Scarlett Hooft Graafland we bought at "Start buying art" from We Like Art. Once I placed it on our piano, it immediately felt like something missing on the piano so I set my mind on getting some plants, cactuses and a other plants which are easy to care for. When Juul and I arrived at the garden center it was quite clear they wanted us to seduce to buy some early Christmas stuff. We got through it quite undamaged, apart from buying some reindeers ;)
Friday, November 8, 2013
Brand new items in our shop as from this week. Moving towards Christmas it is always nice to have a shop full of new stuff especially when they are great as presents as well. We are introducing 3 new brands to our shop: Present Time, Jurianne Mater and Manon Garritsen. Eat your heart out! We wish you a great weekend!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
A bit late.. the start of THIS week was rather busy ;) Last week wasn't the best as I was ill for a few days but it gave me some time to rest and relax, which I don't do otherwise. But I definately wasn't in bed all week. I did an interior intake with a family with an amazing house, worked intensively on 3 projects who I am presenting to clients this week and I went to the bloggerslunch last Sunday. It was great see so many familiair faces there! Have a good week!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Lamps and lightning. It is regularly something my clients struggle with. Ideally, you choose what to do with lights on the end of the interior process but that isn’t always possible. Unfortunately. When I was decorating an apartment in London, I worked with Argos to find these gorgeous lamps to decorate this place. Here and here you van find the lamps I’ve used in this project. When I was looking on their website lately I also found some great lamps below: The links for these lamps you’ll find here: Bow lamp, pink lamp, mint pendant lamp
Photo's by Femkeido
Photo's by Femkeido
Sunday, October 27, 2013
On this extremely relaxed Sunday afternoon, I get finally the chance to have some time off all the exciting, but also busy things last week. The boys are off to the cinema and I am alone together with Kate. Looking back on an amazing week, which started really early in the morning (5:00 am) last Monday as I was heading tot the Koffietijd studio for my live tv performance. It went well and I like to thank you all again for all the wonderful reactions, messages etc. I could only relax for a few hours after this as I was in middle of finishing a project in Utrecht. I presented the interior plan on Wednesday to a happy client. Once we are at photo stage you will hear more about this. We are going to use this very pretty Cole & Son wallpaper (on 4 meter high walls!) in this project and this gorgeous Hay carpet. Thursday was a big day again as the recording day for a design I made for Eigen huis & tuin took place in Haarlem. It looks sooo cool but I am not allowed to show you anyting just yet. This will be on television on the 16th and 23rd of November at 18:00 at RTL4. Just is time done to spend the Friday with my kids in the indoor playground :s (they had a great time! And you know: when they have a great time.... exactly ;) Saturday our shop openend again (after a couple of days closed) and today I am spending the whole day at home, tidying the place, throwing things away, doing some administration, doping things I meant to be doing for ages! A happy week to you all! xx
Saturday, October 26, 2013
I am sure you've noticed the Bohemian/ Kilim trend. Ofcourse it has been there forever but lately it took a jump and now I seem to see it everywhere! I do like the more bright coloured rugs and accessoiries, but is no surprise... What do you think of this trend? It would be great to hear your views. I wish you all a very happy weekend!
Photo below left
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
It was such a great day yesterday! Very nerve wracking to start with but what a relieve it went well! Nothing dropped in the decor, I made no hick ups etc etc. It was so nice to meet Eric Kuster. Lucky me, that I had the time to talk with him for a while in the guest waitingroom of Koffietijd before he was going live. Such a nice and down to earth guy! Before we had to build off the decor again, I made some photo's for you to have a closer look. You missed it? But still like to see it? Check the links below. They also made a making of film!
The Femkeido fragment
Paspoort + making of item
The full episode
Sunday, October 20, 2013
It was a week where I worked every day and every evening (apart from the weekend) This was partly because of all the preparations for Koffietijd (Morning show) tomorrow morning but also because of a few projects which need to be finished coming week. Coming week is not going to be much quieter. After the big day tomorrow, I will be also busy with the recording day of a design I made for Eigen Huis & Tuin (DIY television programme) After this week I am going to try to slow down a bit... Wish me luck ;)! Happy week to you all!