donderdag 25 maart 2010
Yesterday I had a little time to spare while I was in the Jordaan, which is one of the most beautiful (and therefor well known) areas of Amsterdam, my home town. It was a beautiful spring day, so I decided to take a walk down Haarlemmerdijk. This street has with a unique combination of beautfiul shops, dodgy coffe shops, old fashioned drugstores and the best food shops in town. And every week a new shops opens. Restored has been there for a while already, but is getting more beautiful everytime I visit it. The shops sells stuff made by young designers, like bags, jewelerry, porcelain and clothes. A very inspiring shop, I especially like the beautiful, elegant ceramics made by Lenneke Wispelwey. www.restored.nl
woensdag 24 maart 2010
I promised to tell some more about Frank Visser. I can tell you about how I love his imagination, his styling, his set designs and all his other creations, but the images with his work tell it all. The first image is taken by Josie Sykes, the second and third by Mirjam Bleeker.
Last sunday I organised a spring lunch, to celebrate the new season (amongst other things). I put together a little menu with Marlein, who cooked and filled in the missing links. Marlein cooked, as only she can, so we could all experience what spring tastes like. As an appetiser she made little salty tartlets filled with pea-mint-ricottacream. Then watercress soup with radish-toast, followed by torta verde, salad with grilled haloumi. pink grapefruit and pomme granateseeds, grilled chicken with lavender and lemon. The best part came last, as always. She made the most beautiful and best tasting cake made with almond cake, whipped cream with raspberries, decorated with real roses.
The lunch took place in the perfect setting: Studio IJm. This is the studio of Frank Visser, a Dutch stylist, who creates the perfect dream world, in real life and as a set designer/stylist for interior magazines as Elle and Vogue Interior. Fedor van der Valk, who also works at the studio, makes string gardens, hanging plants, that made the whole spring look complete.
check for more of their work on www.ijm.nl and www.stringgardens.com