Ice ice baby

To be honest I only eat ice cream during my vacations, since most of them were in ice cream land Italy, but at home not so much. I mean, Holland’s cold enough already!
Still there’s something about these sweet treats. They remind me of favourite country, long summer days, eating Maxibons after longboarding with Lennart in Spain, running down the street when I was a child to catch the ice cream truck, Kelly stuffing TWO magnums down her face when she was only five years old… they bring joy! So from the pastel sorbet to the bright colored popsicle, let these gelati inspire you! What memory does it bring back to you?
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Green (my favourite colour)

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Green has always been my favourite colour. I don’t think there’s a shade of green I don’t like. Not so strange, if you look op the meaning of ‘Chloé’ it says “green shoot” and “fresh blooming”. It reminds me of nature and it’s the most relaxing color on earth. It brings a positive vibe whether you use it in home decoration or wearing it. Especially love to combine it with plain white, gold, yellow or blue.

What is your favourite colour?

Sportive dreaming

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People who know me a little bit know that I like to go dressed in cute skirts, dresses, ballerina’s etc. But nowadays all I’m dreaming about is sporty, colorful, comfortable outfits. So not me! Nike Roshe run’s, Stella McCartney slippers, jersey skirts, sweaters and t-shirts – yes, I think this WILL BE ME this summer.

Oh, and along with this style should come a healthier lifestyle as well!

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Formiga SS Sweater – Weekday 
Floral print tote bag – MAX&Co.
Slippers – Adidas by Stella McCartney 
Roshe run – Nike
Jersey skirt – Vanilia
Bahamas scoop one piece – We Are Handsome 
Chloé slippers – Net-a-porter

La Vita è Kelly – a post dedicated to my sister!

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Today is my sister’s 25th birthday.
If there’s one way I could describe my sister I would say that she is an extreme, crazy, ridiculous, sentimental, funny, emotional, but pretty (!!) tornado. When she’s gone you’ll probably have NO IDEA what the hell just happened, but also leaves you wanting for more.   She is just a great personality, always  puts her friends and family first and knows how to bring your party to the next level.

Now let’s get into the style of Kelly. Happy birthday dear sis!

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Before we start I want to point out that no matter who you will ask about Kelly, they will all say she is a complete Italy addict. That’s why this moodboard is in Italian style!
1. Orange blossom bustier by Dolce & Gabbana (Net-a-porter). Every commercial, campaign by D&G just breathes Kelly. She loves the Italian lifestyle and it loves her back.
2. Prada Candy florale perfume, because you never know who you might run into when you’re wandering around Rome.
3. At first I was looking for a Vespa, but than I realized Kelly just needs a car in case she needs to get back home as soon as possible to help a friend in need or spontaneously decides to go on a roadtrip. A mint green Fiat 500 is the answer.
4. Kelly wouldn’t be Kelly without her Ray-Ban Aviators.
5. All the cool people used to smoke in the fifties and Kelly surely loves a smoke. Everyone who has a problem with it can have a look at her coffee cup.
6. Watermelon martini’s. What else?
7. Kelly loves making cocktails on our Black Friday party’s. Tropical fruit drink stirrers from C Wonder.
8. She loves making pictures but since the charger of her camera has been lost forever this cute little bag from Kate Spade is a nice replacement. Who needs a camera anyway when you have a mobile!
9. Shoes, shoes, shoes. Another thing she’s addicted to. These are from Moschino – oolala!

Ceiling candy

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Since I’m an interior design lover with very expensive taste, but with a normal wage I often end up on Marktplaats (something like Ebay) to make my dreams come true… on a budget. Nothing wrong with that, I love it! Once I start my search I know I could be scrolling down the endless pages for hours without getting bored, just like last week when I searched for ‘gold ceiling light’.
I found a ceiling light on the very first page and fell in love right away. The add said: ‘Messing design light, needs to go because I am moving away.’
I send this advertiser an e-mail to make an offer and he replied within a minute:  ‘When can you pick it up?’

Now this beauty is hanging in the living room. A true eye catcher without drawing to much attention. Really glad with this one!

Oh, and I also moved the Eames rocker chair to make the living room a little bit more spacious with a better view at the backyard.

What do you think?

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Click – delete

La-Sardina22 With todays digital camera’s and mobile phones taking pictures has never been easier. Wherever you go, as long as you have battery you just shoot away. Some of those pictures (a lot!) end up on Facebook and/or Instagram and only few people actually “develop” (print out) their pictures.

Now I am an fanatic Instagrammer and have an eye for the smallest detail, so especially on holidays it looks like my phone is attached to my hand because I just want to get everything. I mean EVERYTHING. I click and click and if it’s not much I delete just as easily. Click – delete – click – delete – click – delete.

What happens when you have only 36 photo’s to shoot, like we did before everything turned digital? I bet that you start looking even better and use your clicks wisely. What will you be photographing? Portraits, landscapes, little details?

This is going to be my summer project during my holiday in Marbella, Spain. A visit to the Alhambra palace is high on my list and normally I would shoot a thousand pictures alone in a place like that, so I wonder if I will be able to resist getting my phone out. But first I need to buy this La Sardina St. Tropez 35 mm camera to work on this project in style 😉

Pippa’s April pick

From now on Pippa, the fashionable dog that she is, will show you the best picks for your furry friend.
This month: Indie pup!

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1. Ethnic style dog harness – MissFlo
2. Nice grill cream + vermillion city leash – See Scout Sleep
3. Organic pink bone – Little Dogs Paradise
4. Geo bone ceramic bowl – C Wonder 
5. Ikat print dog poncho – Growler Goods 

And the best:

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Saguaro dog tipi also from Growler Goods.

7 chairs to avoid dullness in your garden

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If there’s one thing I really hate it is the dullness of garden furniture here in the Netherlands. A few weeks ago Lennart and I visited a few stores to orientate what they have to offer and to get inspired. We came to the conclusion that Dutch people apparently love grey a lot in their gardens, because this is the only color in garden furniture we saw. Our garden already has a grey stone terrace and wooden decking,  the last thing we need is a grey  dining table with the same boring chairs.
So here’s my idea: take a (rustic) wooden table and combine with one of these seven chairs below. I bet the result is stunning! If you think some of them might be uncomfortable to sit on sheepskin is the answer. Here’s what I have found for you:

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1. Arper leaf chair 
2. IKEA HÖGSTEN chair
3. Fermob Kintbury chair 
4. Tait Volley chair 
5. Hay Hee lounge chair (also available as dining chair)
6. Loods 5 Axis chair 
7. HEMA mint chair

When life gives you lemons

Yesterday I bought a citrus tree (!) and as I bought it I already pictured myself sitting in the garden with some fresh, homemade lemonade, a good book and some fine tunes on the background. Let the sunny days come!

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1. Paper straws – Urbans and Indians
2. Glass with yellow print – HEMA
3. Limoncello print – IKEA
4. Jonathan Adler chair – ??? (still looking for one)
5. Citrus Tree – garden centre
6. Outdoor Rug – Rough Rugs (also available at L4 in Oosterbeek soon)

Side table, check!

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Just when I was about to give up and almost left Arnhem city centre super frustrated (because I couldn’t find the right shade of green to paint my toilet with), I found a good side table at Dille & Kamille. I let the whole bamboo-thing go and went for this plain, but easy to combine, wooden sidetable for only € 39,95.
Since I don’t have my blue ceramic lamp yet, I moved my beloved pineapple lamp from the bedroom to the living room  and this is the result – insta-coziness!