Monday, December 31, 2012



happy new year and let's make 2013 a wonderful year with good food and friends around you.
photos: mikkel vang for donna hay

Sunday, December 30, 2012

sprue candelabra 4 by fort standard, via matter, best bag of the year: acne piers tote, via saks fifth avenue

Saturday, December 29, 2012

amsterdam light festival, from december 7th through january 20th you can enjoy a grand light festival in downtown amsterdam. walk or sail alongside to light sculptures created by leading artists, beautifully illuminated buildings, bridges and boats and surprising light projections on buildings

Friday, December 28, 2012

'tarte au citron', a typical french lemon tart,  makes a lovely desert during these winter days, recipe on the next page, photo: mikkel vang

Thursday, December 27, 2012

norman trapman is a dutch ceramist who lives and works only 20 km outside amsterdam in a very rural country side area. more on the next page, photos: hotze eisma

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

festive spumante with pomegranate syrup on your christmas table, photo: mikkel vang

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

merry christmas from nathalie & leonoor!
 photo: mikkel vang

Monday, December 24, 2012


orange patent leather jimmy choo pumps, really makes us wish for a big biiiiiig new year's eve party......
via net-a-porter, unbelievable christmas sweater, with an unbelievable price......net-a-porter, take a look anyway, you might get inspired to doing some diy-activity during the holidays...........? delano shield earrings by alexis bittar via shopbob

Sunday, December 23, 2012

stewed pears, this appears to be a typical dutch dish, where very very hard pears, so called 'gieser wildeman', are being stewed in wine until soft and served as a vegetable, recipe on the next page, photos: mikkel vang.

Saturday, December 22, 2012


ethereal star barrette adds a vintage sparkle to your look, made of brass and glass by isabel marant,  via creatures of comfort,  raw porcelain coyote skull with 14 k gold teeth, via magpie & rye, images reblogged from the chaines

Friday, December 21, 2012


chocolate indulgence, chocolate espresso flan garnished with edible gold, makes a very chic desert for your christmas table. recipe on the next page, photo: hector sanchez.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

ready for christmas?  we are........more on the next page, photos: mikkel vang

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

our favorites of 2012:
'the food of spain' by claudia roden, the grand old lady of mediterranean & middle eastern cooking. 'jerusalem, a cookbook', by sami tamimi & yotam ottolenghi, heroes of modern middle eastern cooking, with the most beautiful photos of jerusalem itself. and last but not least, 'home made winter' by yvette van boven, the dutch queen of home made things like yoghurt, porchetta or pain d'epice.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

jordan heels, sturdy hiking boots by acne, wooooooow, said it before about acne, speechless, obsessed........etc!
m/s backpack by mismo, a danish brand that stands for minimalist stylings, high-quality materials and clever construction, due to it's roll-up top you can bring back more stuff than you came with.....

Monday, December 17, 2012



window by comme des garcons at dover street market, featuring the work of japanese artist taro okamoto. gift idea: cdg bright star wallet, so called "bright star" it's a textile which combines black polyurethane and little aluminium stars, via dover street market

Sunday, December 16, 2012

get inspired by globes, old charts and postcards, photos: mikkel vang

Saturday, December 15, 2012


the cutest christmas baubles, designed by reiko keneko, made of fine bone china, via reiko kenebo or the frozen fountain

mike kelley, figure II (hair), 1989, collection sandrea alvarez de toledo, paris

15 dec-1april 2013 exhibition mike kelley in stedelijk museum amsterdam. mike kelly (1954-2012) is widely acknowlegded as an artist who defines his era. this exhibition is organized by ann goldstein in collaboration with the mike kelley foundation for the arts.

Friday, December 14, 2012

homemade 'vin de noix' or green walnut wine, photo: mikkel vangyears ago, we spend a night at a 'chambre d'hôte' in france, in the middle of the pyrenees. we were invited to join the family for dinner, starting with a homemade aperitif, vin de noix. a bit sceptical by the idea of making wine out of nuts, i took one sip and i was totally hooked. a deep, rich flavor, a bit like fine port, but darker and deeper........ it was utterly delicious! i decided immediately to make my own the following year and i did many times ever since.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

house chantal lansink, interior and exterior designer in amsterdam, photo: nathalie krag

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


'multicolored pills', by damian hirst & the row, this one-of-a-kind wearable artwork features numerous perscription pill appliqués, specially created by damian hirst, meticulously applied to the row's beautifully handcrafted backpack, the centerpiece of their 2012 collection. exclusive to 'just one eye',  in a rare limited edition of 12 it will be available for purchase only on 12/12/12........for pricing and purchase you have to make a call, we can't even imagine what the price will be...........! the row is the fashion brand established in 2006 by ashley & mary-kate olsen)



current issue of smith journal, 'a quarterly publication for discerning gents (and ladies who like reading about discerning gents)', as they put it on their website

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

nasa's late space shuttle blasting of from cape canaveral, totally loooove this sweater!!!! via super collider, sparkle away with this gold look navette cat's eye ring by freedom at topshopstructured python bag by the row, they make beautiful bags, for a crazy budget though...........


Monday, December 10, 2012


gift idea: these slim perfume sticks will fit easily into the tiniest of pockets or bags, fill them with your favorite perfume; they come with a funnel for easy refilling, designed by tsubota pearl via a plus r store,  salt & pepper shakers in anodized aluminum, copper or brass by o-b-j-e-c-t 


Sunday, December 9, 2012

manufactuur & slavecity  a double exhibition by atelier van lieshout at grimm gallery in amsterdam, presenting the artist's latest installation 'manufactuur' and his previous work 'slavecity', november 30th till january 26th 2013 

Saturday, December 8, 2012


the beauty of the winter, photos: nathalie krag

Friday, December 7, 2012

dulce de membrillo, a spanish paste made of fruit of the quince tree, very good accompanied with spanish manchego cheese, photo: john dummer. the quinces before they were cooked, photo: leonoor ottink

Thursday, December 6, 2012


a romantic place in the country to escape from the hectic life in the city, photos: matthew williams