Home decor, definitely not my area of expertise. I love it though, I can spend hours on Pinterest looking at pretty homes I would love to live in, get some inspiration on how to make my house look prettier with a few simple steps or see a really cool lightbulb and start a global online search for it until I have to give up, because honestly 9 out of 10 things that I see in the pretty inspirational pictures online, I can’t find in real life. So here’s another little home post. No worries, I’m not becoming an amateur interior blogger because there’s already so much good stuff out there, and in general I prefer fashion, but right now my head is up in home decor and I started browsing the web a little to find some stuff online. That was hard. I don’t know if it’s me or if the things I like are that hard to find online but half of what I found came from Scandinavian stores that don’t ship to the Netherlands and then I also don’t have the slightest idea where to look for somewhat affordable but very cool online interior stores. I did find some though, shame on me for not knowing Urban Outfitters has home stuff as well, and the two framed prints you see above are already in my possession, I’m still finding a good spot to hang them up. Then for my house, I can never have too much pillows, plaids and I’m desperate for a neon light to hang above my bed. So please, if you have any good home decor shopping tips, do share! Here are mine.
From left to right:
Art Print via Arte Limited / Printed pillow / Plumen lightbulb via UO
Seletti neon X via UO (they have other letters as well) / Clock / Art print via Arte Limited
‘Smile’ pillow / Plaid via H&M Home
A few pictures of what I’ve been up to lately: moving into a new apartment that is slowly starting to feel like home. Getting an amazing cow rug for it. Getting my hands dirty while painting and driving up and down to IKEA way too many times. I’m happy the basics of my house are starting to come together, now I can move to the really fun part: looking for decorations and pretty things to hang up the walls! Furthermore in the pictures: relaxed fitting clothing, chilling with my cat and my favorite Diptyque scent. A new and very cool bracelet from Guess, leopard nails done at Urban Outfitters that I wish I could do myself, AND the APC backpack that you can win, today is the last day to enter.
On my mind right now: interior. Even more so than fashion, I can hardly believe it myself. It’s a good thing though, finding a new studio and starting from scratch, but that also means I really had to start from scratch, building IKEA-beds and having to buy literally everything new. I always have a lot of inspiration when it comes to interior but my inspiration don’t always stroke with reality. If I could choose, I’d have a big white loft en decorate it super minimalistic in white, black and grey with some cozy details like a big grey sheepskin. The truth is that I have a very cute studio with high ceilings (which I love) and an old wood floor and a tiny kitchen, so I have to work with what I have. And then there’s always the really cool furniture you see in inspirational pictures (I wish there was a machine on which I could select pictures on Pinterest and have the machine turn a combination of those pictures in my dream home), furniture that is not always the most affordable. And since I have to get everything new, I’m on a budget. But I do like a bit of a challenge and I’m very curious to see the end result, even though I’m the one making the end result. I’ll share my own pictures soon! Until then, sorry for being busy and not sharing as much as I’d want to. Happy Thursday guys!
images via Pinterest
I’m very much in a traveling mood lately. Unfortunately I have to leave London today but I can’t wait to pack my suitcase for another adventure. You can follow my adventures on my blog, as always, but I’m also giving you a peek into another adventure. A trip called Station to Station. Led by curator Doug Aitken a colorful group of internationally respected artists and musicians is traveling from New York to San Francisco by train between 6 and 28 September. The trip is hosted by Levi’s and Sef (Dutch music artist) and Tess Milne (Dutch actress) are joining from the Netherlands and reporting from this great Levi’s trip. At every of the 10 stops they make, there’s a big festival taking place. A few days ago you could see the first part of their trip here, the second part here, and now I’m showing you the third part.
“We took the train to Chicago where the 3rd Station to Station event took place. The usual bands performed but they added some bands to the line-up that were really good, especially The Black Monks and Chi-town legend Mavis Staples. After that we partied with Gregor Salto in some dark cave with a sick atmosphere. It was a legendary evening. The next day we got back on the train and went to Minneapolis which unfortunately is the last stop. The train journey was a long sightseeing tour through an endless postcard. That night was the absolute highlight, with Patti Smith performing and an after party in the Amsterdam Bar. Too bad this trip is already over for us. I have been in places where I otherwise would probably have never been (when do you come to Pittsburgh?) and I’ve seen parts of this country that were so great that I wanted to jump off the train and explore everything in sight. I’m pissed off that I have to say ‘farewell’ to all the people with whom I have built friendships within a very short time. I’m aggravated too, because it was becoming clearer at every stop for anyone that this trip is a once-in-a-lifetime situation. The mix of people, music styles, art venues and is one which I my proverbial hat off, Doug Aitken. You need balls to have something ambitious-fangled. What may at first felt like a random idea, turned out to be educational and inspiring for all concerned. I believe discovery is the core of everything. This may all sound very corny, but that doesn’t interest me. It’s true. Go further where you would otherwise stop and turn left where everyone goes right. Go out there and explore.”
- Text by Sef
It’s a happy picture kind of day, because I’m on my way to London again! It’s a bit of a spur of the moment thing but it’s fashion week there and I’m going with friends so I’m super excited. I’m way too late to apply for shows so I don’t think I’ll be attending any of the shows but then again, if you’re really interested you can just watch the rest of the blogosphere who will :). I have some other exciting plans and some room for spontaneousness so make sure to keep an eye on instagram to see what I’m up to! See you there!
(unpublished picture from an old post)
I’m very much in a traveling mood lately. I’m actually back in London right now for fashion week and I can’t get enough of packing my suitcase for another adventure. You can follow my adventures on my blog, as always, but I’m also giving you a peek into another adventure. A trip called Station to Station. Led by curator Doug Aitken a colorful group of internationally respected artists and musicians is traveling from New York to San Francisco by train between 6 and 28 September. The trip is hosted by Levi’s and Sef (Dutch music artist) and Tess Milne (Dutch actress) are joining from the Netherlands and reporting from this great Levi’s trip. At every of the 10 stops they make, there’s a big festival taking place. A few days ago you could see the first part of their trip here, and now I’m showing you the second part.
“We spent another day in New York, shopping in the Meatpacking District and going out to a really chic spot where an R&B party took place. The day after we flew to Pittsburgh for the second party of the event. Pittsburgh is a strange city – fascinating but strange. The day after we catched our first sight of the train we’ll be touring on the coming days. I see the train, my jitters become twists, and at the moment I walk on the train, there’s a kind of vortex rushing through my stomach. Do you recall how you felt when you were little and woke up on the morning of your birthday? That’s how I felt when I walked into the first compartment. The train has a studio in which Ariel Pink will record an album during the trip. That night we brought some life to Pittsburgh, with performances by Ariel Pink and YOSHIMIO. Right now we’re getting on the train to travel to the next destinations. I feel a mix between Ringo Starr and Harry Potter, in short: I’m looking forward to it.”
- Text by Tess
I’m very curious about the rest of their trip, taking the train from NY to San Francisco with a bunch of creative people is recipe for important stories! You can follow this journey with Levi’s right here on Lovely By Lucy.