Friday, January 31, 2014


a nice interpretation of a tarte tatin, with puff pastry instead of shortcrust and with the addition of cinnamon and star anise. image: reetta pasanen

500 gr puff pastry
8 apples, 100 g sugar, 100 g butter, 2 small cinnamon sticks, 2 whole star anise

peel and core the apples, then slice them. measure out the sugar, butter and spices into an oven-proof skillet that's around 20 cm in diameter. heat the contents until the butter melts. add the apples slices to the skillet. fry the apples, while gently turning them, for around 10 minutes. remove the pan from the heat. arrange the apple slices into a pretty pattern in the skillet. on a floured surface, roll out the puff pantry until it's a slightly thinner. cut a circle of pastry that's slightly larger than the skillet and place it on top, tucking the edges into the skillet. bake at 180 degrees celcius for around 15 minutes, or until the puff pastry is done. turn out the tarte tatin onto a serving platter so the pastry is on the bottom and the apples on top. serve for desert with cream.

Thursday, January 30, 2014


every time lyn gardener surprises me. she changes her house regularly but each time it's fun to see it and gives you new ideas again. recently mikkel vang made these amazing images of her place in melbourne australia.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014



grahpic colors, reblogged from the diary of divanopka, simple mug by astier de village via abc home
cocktailcarpet by we make carpets,  they make a contemporary interpretation of a century-old medium, do visit there site there is much more! cdg play x converse jack purcell in white, via dover street market

Monday, January 27, 2014


lovely flowers reblogged from clutter & chaos, wow, bronze leather pants by isabel marant….. via net-a-porter, grey sweater to live in via she piner

Saturday, January 25, 2014


Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris. / © Pezo von Ellrichshausensensing spaces, architecture reimagined. some of the most creative architectural minds from around the world have come to the royal academy in london, seven architectural practices from six continents and four countries, a monumental exhibition. they ask you to consider some of the big questions of architecture; how do spaces make us feel? what does architecture do for our lives? you are is as much a part of this exhibition as the works itself, invited to climb, walk, talk, sit, contemplate, reimagine the world around you. until april 6th

Friday, January 24, 2014


pulpo, makes such a great antipasta. image: michael marquand, recipe: leonoor ottink
cook the pulpo in boiling water until done. this can take 15-30 minutes, sometimes even longer,  check occasionally. cut the pulpo into slices. chop a few garlic cloves. heat some olive oil in a frying pan and add the pulpo slices, fry for a few minutes while stirring. crumble a few dried chilies above the pulpo, let it fry for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the chopped garlic and add a squeeze of lemon. taste for salt and stir in a handful of chopped flatleaf parsley. serve with bread

Thursday, January 23, 2014


these images are from the photographer prue ruscoe. She always comes with these fantastic creative places, mainly in australia, for some reasons lots of great interiors are coming from australia. this house belongs to marnie skillings, fashion designer and she lives her with man and son.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


in london's soho district, polpo is one of the most irrepressibly buzzing restaurants in town. russell norman serves up small dishes and tapas from the back streets of venice. 120 recipes in this book polpo of salads, snacks, small main courses and desserts! it's on top of my list ' nice to have'!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


table with cactus, reblogged from confetti garden. ah, still such a beautiful bag, in emerald suede, from celine's fall 2013 collection. great allstars by converse in croco

Monday, January 20, 2014


love this down jacket, by h&m. ah, and this….. embellished fur bag by prada, makes my day….and on top of all that, radical nightclub design in japan, via s245 photo bucket

Saturday, January 18, 2014


sooo beautiful, 'lucile godin's portraits capture a quiet kind of beauty', reblogged from it's nice that, for further reading visit 

Friday, January 17, 2014


it's time to bake a lemon cake, with almonds and salted pine nuts. makes the house smell fantastic and gives a hint of sunshine. photo: leonoor ottink
250 g soft butter and some extra
juice and rind of 2 organic lemons
6 tbsp pine nuts, 3 tbsp roughly chopped
220 g sugar
4 free range eggs
100 g flower
1 drop of olive oil

Thursday, January 16, 2014


during these 'dark' days here in amsterdam i love to bring spring at home. how small simple things like colour, cushions, vases can give you that feeling. images by ngoc minh ngo from her wonderful book bringing nature home

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


a wonderful book design brooklyn by anne helman. a visual exploration of the unique and varied architecture, interiors and design of public and private places in brooklyn.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


perfect shocking pink lips via limecrimemakeup, grey wool dress via cosbracelet with eye and pearl by delfina delettrez via opening ceremony

Monday, January 13, 2014


so looking forward to spring….. wear a pile of rings instead on one, these are by maison martin margiela, the menswear fit sweater in lurex gold by acne studios, lovely patent leather pump in pink by maison martin margiela

Saturday, January 11, 2014


the greatest rolling pin, via fancy.commilk magazine such a beautiful & inspiring magazine, have a look during your weekend! combination of orange with pink cushions & fur to spice up the bedroom, reblogged from designed-for-life

Friday, January 10, 2014


chinese food, i'm obsessed…. after finding 'every grain of rice', a cookbook by fuchsia dunlop under the christmas tree i've already cooked several dishes from this absolutely fantastic book, filled with authentic chinese food that you can make at home. i urge you to try this recipe for gong boa chicken with peanuts, it's already a favorite in my family. or make a soup with yellow split-peas or cook some edamame beans, (soy beans, they can be bought frozen in the chinese supermarket) for 5 minutes in boiling water, sprinkle with coarse salt and peel the small beans out of their velvety pods with your hands and eat them immediately. images: mikkel vang

Thursday, January 9, 2014


i admire the work of the australian artist david bromley. these nice images of david's house in melbourne were made by the photographer earl carter.