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Plant Collectors by VIJ5

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They’re finally here! The new “Plant Collectors” by publishers of design products VIJ5 are now available! At the end of last year, VIJ5 co-founder Anieke showed me a preview of the new cylinder plant pots that she designed with her VIJ5 co-founder Arjan. They are made of aluminium and coated with a special textured powder coating, Read article…

 

The ultimate junkhunting tips for France

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Thrifting, second hand shopping, fleamarkets, vide-greniers, brocante markets, garage sales, vide-maison, antique shopping, braderies…. or junkhunting as I like to call it. The joy of browsing through other people’s stuff, whether it’s nearly new, vintage or just plain old, and hearing the Stories behind the objects and negotiating the price. For as long as I Read article…

 

An extra cozy outdoor space

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Do you ever bring your houseplants outside? In our previous home I never did that, it was too much of a hassle, the cacti were already in full sun in front of the 3m high bay windows. But now that we have a terrace and a garden, we have space to let them enjoy the Read article…

 

Less work & more fun with Robomow

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One of the things that I didn’t immediately realize when we moved here, is that we now have a real garden. I know, it’s hard to overlook a 2.4ha / 6 acres land, but having a real garden that needs to be taken care of, is a new concept to me. Of course it’s hard Read article…

 

Summer cream in the bedroom

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Two rooms in the new home were “high priority” on the wall-color list: the kitchen, which you may have seen yesterday, as well as our bedroom. Most of the important rooms, like the kitchen, home office and living room are on the sunny side of the house, and are bright and get a lot of Read article…

 

Transforming the kitchen with Smart Tiles

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Maybe you believe that I was charmed by this villa because of the pink kitchen walls? Well, it may come as a surprise: but no 🙂 The old pink walls have a strange undertone and look old fashioned, so we’ll paint them soon. Worse than the wall colors was the kitchen backsplash with dark red Read article…

 

The villa we would never buy

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Here we are! Three weeks in the villa we would never buy. And it’s been good! Really good! The first days we tornado-ed around the house and changed so many little details, opened boxes, mounted furniture and made it live-able. Opening boxes with our own treasures that had been packed for months and years, felt Read article…

 

Enfin

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With this blasting Da Rona soundtrack on repeat for the past 11 months, we still managed to finally sell* and buy a new home in 2020-2021! It’s been a huge time consuming process, but we are ENFIN, finally, ready to move to our new home in the coming weeks. Our initial plan was to build Read article…