12 x DIY Easter Eggs

This Sunday, I’ll be celebrating Easter. We’re having just a small get together with the family in law. Like every year, eggs will be an essential part of it. Did you already decide how to decorate your eggs? Here my 10 favorite’s of this year:

1. What about having them wear a party hat? (via Flax & Twine). 

DIY Easter eggs

 2. Or turning your eggs into hipsters, by putting them on a mustache (via Britt + Co).  

DIY Easter eggs

3. Or big ol’ hairdo’s to make them look like a fashionable fancy retro lady egg (via Studio DIY). 

DIY Easter eggs

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Sunday swooning over walkin closets

Today is a lazy Sunday, staying at home most of the day working on my new home project. One of the things I am most excited about is my future walkin closet. I’ve been dreaming about a walkin closet for ages and that dream is finally coming true. My own ultimate women’s cave where I can finally have a clear overview of my shoes, dresses, bags and more. I’ve been swooning over these closets all day:

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Walkin Closet

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Walkin Closet

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A little St. Patrick’s Day Party

I am so not into green. But this week is St Patrick’s Day, the only day in the year I am willing to wear this color. Do you have any plans for St. Patrick’s? Here are some green idea’s to make for your little St. Patrick’s Day Party: 

1. Start with sending some pretty Shamrock Cards to invite everybody (via Oh Happy Day

St Patricks Day DIY

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Makeover needed + Kitchen love part 1

The kitchen is the second room after the bathroom that need a huge restyle. Don’t you think this current kitchen looks…old? Dirty? Just anything but nice? 

I am everything but a kitchen princess so there’s no need for a complete design kitchen with all of the newest appliances but still… I can’t cook in something like this day in day out. 

Kitchen Moodboard

We’re going to replace the whole for something more appealing that hopefully motivates me to become a better cook. 

Whereas I am still very indecisive about what to do with the bathroom, I have a much better idea about how I want the kitchen to look like.

Kitchen Moodboard1

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My Full house in Amsterdam

Home

We moved to our current home 7 years ago, when J and I were both still in college and the only thing we by then were able to buy was a lick of paint and some of the cheapest Ikea hacks. A light-dark contrast was the upcoming trend at that time so we painted everything white and (dark) grey. 

7 Years later, we still didn’t do any construction and still have our Ikea furniture but still love our home. It really feels like our home but it’s getting too tiny. As a shoppaholic having a hard things getting rid of stuff, over the past years I collected a lot; Clothes, accessories, home deco, table wear, pictures, stuffed animals… Right now there isn’t any room for my clothes, big dinner parties let alone buying new things.  There is stuff everywhere, mountain climbing on a daily basis.

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10 Cupcakes to try

In part I of the sweetness galore, I shared my favorite Ice Cream spots with you. But I had more guilty pleasures, not just ice cream but also cakes, donuts, cookies, chocolate martini’s, candy bars…. Basically everything sweet and unhealthy. Now the last sweet thing I’d like to share with you are cupcakes. I cannot imagine that there’s a less cupcake minded city than New York City. Besides the big M sign, there’s not just a coffee shop on every corner. Also a cupcake place. There’s no way that I will be able to try them all out, but here are my 10 favorites so far (in random order):

 1. A Coconut Cupcake @ DC Cupcakes 

(111 Mercer street, between Spring and Prince street. Soho)

DC Cupcakes New York

 2. Mini Cupcakes  @ Baked By Melissa (various locations all over)

Baked By Melissa New York

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My 10 favorite sweet treats (except from ice cream)

I am not just an ice cream addict. I am having a weakness for all kinds of sweets. Besides ice cream, here are ten of my all time favorite sweet treats I could eat every day at any time (in random order):

1. A Cheesecake @ Eileen’s Special Cheesecake 

(17 Cleveland Place at Kenmare street. Soho)

For light, airy and super delicious New York Cheesecake. 

Eileen's Special Cheesecake New York

2. A Classic Cheesecake @ Junior’s (various locations

For a fabulous heavy classic cheesecake at New York’s most iconic cheesecake spot. 

Juniors new York

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Makeover needed + bathroom love part 2

This is the bathroom that needs a serious makeover. A huge challenge for me because: (1) It’s hell ugly; (2) There isn’t much space and we can’t make it a lot bigger. What you see on the picture is all there is, no hidden corners or anything; (3) I have less than 3 months to collect all necessary materials and transform the whole space into something more appealing; (4) I can’t afford an architect or any designer items; (5) I therefore have to design and renovate it myself, on a budget with zero construction knowledge. 

Bathroom makeover

So let’s make the best out of it . I started with digging into my memory, thinking about bathrooms I came across over the past few years. In my previous post I talked about different bathroom styles I love; (1) the Classic marble bathroom, the more (2) Bohemian industrial bathroom with a French/ Italian feel, (3) the Rustic bathroom, (4) the Earthy bathroom but also (5) an (all) White timeless and airy bathroom. 

Based on this inspiration, I started strolling over the internet looking for similar bathrooms and I am currently looking for bathroom suppliers that supply the necessary materials to create the bathroom I love. Here some moodboards I created for each differen style of bathroom:

1. The Elegant Marble Bathroom.The kind of bathroom you see in many classic luxury hotels, with lots of glamorous marble. Elements of this type of bathroom are silver cranes, grey/white marble walls and glass doors. 

Marble Bathroom

2 . The Bohemian industrial bathroom with a French/ Italian feel.  I don’t know how to exactly define this type of bathroom because to me it has a bit of verything. It’s rustic, industrial, modern, bohemian but also has a very Europen charm. But it was in Brooklyn and Manhatten where I noticed this style for the first time in trendy restaurants, bars and hotels. Up to date I I noticed that also many public spaces in Amsterdam copied (where inspired by) this style. Typical characteristics of this type of bathroom are black French doors, copper pipes and subway tiles. I haven’t discovered any shop in the Netherlands yet that sells these type of pipes and doors at a reasonable price. So if you have some tips, please help me out! 

Eclectic bathroom

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Moving out + Bathroom love part 1

Hello! It’s been a while because I’ve been busy working on some exciting upcoming new things. Yay As you might know we have been planning to move to a bigger house for a while. When we bought our first house, the initial plan was to live here for just a couple of years which turned into over seven years right now. Yes, it’s high time to move out, and it’s finally coming a bit more together. I am currently designing the rooms for our future house and spending most of my spare time into strolling on the internet looking for inspiration and the right materials within our budget. 

I started with the most necessary thing, which is the bathroom. You can sleep in any room, takeout food everyday but you can’t without a proper shower or toilet. 

When it comes to interiors, there are so many different styles I like. When still living in the States, I loved my (1) Classic Marble bathroom. I never had such chic bathroom before and compared to my student dorm, to me it felt very glamorous. 

Bathroom Townsend New York

However, the most luxurious marble bathroom I could ever make use of was my bathroom in Bali, at the Komaneka hotel in Ubud.

(2) But then I absolutely adored the bathroom at the Bowery hotel, where I stayed during my last week in New York City. To me, this bathroom had a very French/Italian feel but also a bit bohemian, industrial yet chic and modern at the same time. 

bathroom Bowery hôtel New York

(3) Then last summer, I visited Asia and was blown away by the view of my Rustic bathroom at the Sea House in Borneo where we stayed during the first half of our trip. 

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Chinese on the cheap

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year, the day that we scare off the ghosts and celebrate luck, welfare and success. In my family we always exchange red envelopes with yellow coins inside. Red is supposed to scare the ghosts away and yellow brings luck. We celebrate this with a big Chinese dinner party at my parent’s home or in a restaurant. With lots of Chinese food off course. Are you celebrating Chinese New Year? And if so, do you eat Chinese on Chinese New Year? If yes, here are some of my favorite no frills Chinese spots on the cheap that you might consider: 

Cafe China New York

1. Cafe China (13 East 37th street, between 5th avenue and Madisson avenue. Midtown East). $$

To my knowledge, this authentic Sichuan restaurant is the only Michelin-star restaurant where you can have a two course meal for less than $10 (11.30 am -3 pm Monday- Friday). If you like spicy, order the Tree pepper chicken, Spicy Cumin Lamb or Ma Po Tofu and Pork Dumplings on the side. If you’re not into spicy, have some Tea Smoked Duck, Kung Pao Chicken or Chinese Broccoli. 

Cafe China New York

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