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Let's Get Personal in the Netherlands with Roel Vaessen from ixxi


Let's get Personal in the Netherlands with Roel Vaessen from ixxi 

D:: Dutch is...smart design, no noncense

U:: URL's I like are nalden, pol's potten, hema, store without a home, yvestown... 


T:: trends in design i see right now are...... 'yellow is the new green' (ok, just kidding) modular, natural, pixels, grey, second hand

C:: C is for...clicking a pixel ixxi (a large one!)


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H:: Home means to me...a collection of my personal things

H:: hobby, I always make time for... cooking with friends


O:: outfit, my favorite thing to wear is... sneakers (Duke Sneakers)

M:: magazines I love to read are... Bright Magazine, Blend, Mister Motley, EH&I, ELLE Decoration...

E:: enjoy, I can't live without... Wine! (answer of the ixxi team, on a friday afternoon...)



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Yesterday I wrote another post about ixxi and what they create... please have a look here!







ixxi designed a fantastic product for your wall ... to be more precise ixxi is a decorative wall system. With x's and cards, for you to be able to create you your own personalised interior-product in any size possible. 

ixxi is developed by Dutch designers Eric Sloot, Paulien Berendsen and Roel Vaessen


**All images by Roel Vaessen from ixxi 


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Sponsor Spotlight: Relique


Relique is my kind of shop, I could spend hours on this website. I am an antique, vintage loving fool and have been since I was quite young. I like to think of these places as my libraries. Relique has a wonderful selection, and for all kinds of decorative tastes. You can find my picks (above) here and here.R2

You can find these here and here.


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ixxi ... a Studio Tour


There are only a few places where I would trade my home-office for ... not that my own office looks very special, I just love my freedom and not having to go to an office every single day, but this place in the Netherlands I wouldn't mind going to on a regular basis :)

It is the very inspriring, open, warm and welcoming office of ixxi. A design studio based in in the Netherlands.

Today a bit more about what ixxi is about and more images from their studio BUT tomorrow I will give you a Grand Tour in their own Home! So don't forget to come over and see how these talented people live themselves!


And what do they to in the ixxi office all day, well they designed a fantastic product for your wall ... to be more precise ixxi is a decorative wall system. With x's and cards, for you to be able to create you your own personalised interior-product in any size possible. 

ixxi is developed by Dutch designers Eric Sloot, Paulien Berendsen and Roel Vaessen


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You can create your own ixxi wall in just 4 stepsixxi is shipping worldwide and please know that is very affordable!!







!! so don't forget a Let's Get Personal Tour with Roel Veassen from ixxi, showing us his own home !!

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Monday's Quick Start... 'beautiful around the world'


..... Gong Xi Fa Cai = Happy Chinese New Year ......

yes I know I am one day late, but I was also celebrating my 40th Birthday yesterday! 

And it was a super beautiful day, enjoying some time in Singapore with my three men. Thank you all who left messages on my facebook page and twitter!

I thought these pillows by 'beautiful around the world' are very appropriate for this occasion. My dear friend Yvonne Kusters who lives in Kuala Lumpur but is Dutch from origine has founded her Beautiful Bag company already some years ago, but only recently she has added these happy pillows to her collection. 


 The pillows, wall art pieces and table runners are also available with prints from other countries. You can find all the information right here... 


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Some Books for the weekend...


Instead of a 'some things I liked this week...' post I would like to share some books that are laying next to me on my desk ... waiting for me to read and browse through them... all I can give you know are some snap-shots I made of the books and share my first impressions with you...  


 The first book is “The Perfectly Imperfect Home” by founding editor in chief of (former) domino magazine Deborah Needleman and illustrated by Virginia Johnson. And all the  'illustrations' througout the book make the book so special and different from me from all the 'photo'-books. It leaves a lot to the imagination ... and if you weren't a fan of Virginia Johnson's work yet  I'm sure you will be after having seen this book.

The book is probably available in your local bookshop but online you can find it here at Random House

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Book number two today is a must have for all you DIY lovers. The bible from the queen of crafts herself, Martha Stewart, "Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations". Like all the things she does this book is full with beautiful images, very well and easy explained projects and a good source of inspiration, categorized per  special events througout the year, Valentine, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year...

 You can buy it here at the Martha Stewart's website




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And book number 3 just before the weekend starts is:  "hers, design with a Feminine Touch" by Jacqueline deMontravel. A perfect title for a beautifully styled and photographed book... perhaps not so much my personal decoration style.. Im more of a scandinavian style type of girl, but I really love the 'girly' and feminine ideas for a home that you also need in different styled type home, like mine... Nice party ideas for being the perfect host or how to spicen up your bath- and or bedroom! I'm sure you will like this book too. 

Available right here at Random House




Ok, hope you like my book ideas, and I hope I will be able to show you a book-short-list like this more often! Happy weekend! xoxo irene

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Art in Your Home :: Judy Kaufmann


A: Art means to me…Like something that appears in those things we were not prepare to see, like something Arty. That's when the real Art shows up for me, like the work from the art brut, a scene created by Jean Dubuffet that describes "art created outside the boundaries of official culture, focusing particularly on art by insane-asylum inmates" (wikipedia)

R: Reading books, blogs or magazines...I love to read graphic novels and contemporary US novelists. Now I'm reading Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer and also QUAI D'ORSAY, a graphic novel that is a a satirical description of Dominique de Villepin. It talks about the political world in France by Christophe Blain and Abel Lanzac. I have a huge list of blogs I visit every week. Some of my favorites are Bright Bazaar by Will (He is that kind of person you would love to meet in the middle of some beach with a mojito), All the Mountains by Amy Borrell, I love its delicacy, it's one of the blogs that has the most inspiring images for me. I also love designismine, sfgirlbybay, Pikaland, Oh Joy...among others. For magazines I subscribed to a Spanish magazine of interior design calls AD and to a Chilean satiric newspaper (The Clinic), and I must see how to receive Frankie Magazine from Australia.


T: Trends I see in art or graphic design are…Since I have my Pinterest account, I've found a way to sort my favorite trends. The idea to make a community through our own tastes is fantastic. I never follow the current fashion or the current trends, Pinterest has been a perfect place to see how people move around their own original objects, designers, clothes, food, etc.

A: Artists I admire are…First of all those who are closest to me; The wood sculptor Marc Sparfel, which happens to be my boyfriend, my good friend Coni Delavedova from Cobilab an although I do not know her in person, I really love the work of Leah Duncan. Now, as historical artists, I really love Klaus Hack, Cy twombly, the work process of Niki de saint phalle, Alexander Calder, Picasso, Saul Steinberg...among others. 


N: Never will I...say never.

D: Dreams for my own work are...Learn from peers and invisible people behind the screen, share knowledge and to continue being motivated as I'm today. 

P: Projects I am currently working on are...I'm making a lot of illustrations for a corporative project of a small island (can't give more details!) I'm also working on a illustration for The National Council for Culture and the Arts (Chile) in collaboration with Plop! Gallery for The Lukas Museum. Valparaiso, Chile and drawing more characters for my collection of famous prints.


R: Relaxing I do when...Traveling, reading, sleeping.

I: Interesting art focused websites I like are...I like this blog about comparisons, or this one with a great compilation of famous people hanging out together


N: New in my home is...The woman painted by my brother in law

T: Tomorrow I would like to go to...To my studio! 

S: Studio, my studio is…New, big, full of prints and very colorful! 

Thank you so much Judy for this lovely tour of the Art in Your Home! You can visint Judy's shop here, and her blog here.

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