florence in october

Last week I visited Florence in Italy to join a five-day workshop about foodstyling & photography, organised by the talented Marina Denisova, Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo & Renee Kemps. It was a week filled with shooting pictures at several beautiful locations, meeting local makers at their workshop and developing skills on photography and editing. Here are a few pictures I created during the week.

 our recidence during the week at Numeroventi

our recidence during the week at Numeroventi

 foodstyling by Renee Kemps

foodstyling by Renee Kemps

 grilled grapes from the oven

grilled grapes from the oven

 handpicked olive branches 

handpicked olive branches 

 bespoke shoeware by Vivian Saskia Wittmer

bespoke shoeware by Vivian Saskia Wittmer

 summer in october

summer in october

 portrait by Renee Kemps

portrait by Renee Kemps

 torta caprese by Emiko Davis

torta caprese by Emiko Davis

 indian summer in Florence

indian summer in Florence

 demonstration in ravioli making by Emiko Davis

demonstration in ravioli making by Emiko Davis

summer reflections - saint-louis crystal

This morning I woke up with a smile on my face. The birds where singing their happiest song and my bedroom was filled with rays of sunlight that found their way through the branches and leaves. When the soft wind started to blow, everything changed into a summer dance on the walls, curtains and sheets.

I quickly jumped out of bed to get myself some fruit and went back with a bowl filled with goodness to enjoy this playground a little bit longer. I wish every day could start like this!

I know this may sound a bit dreamy, but truly, I am drawn to light and sparkles. As long as I can remember it catches my eye and I love to surround myself in this. I simply can’t stop looking at it! I am lucky enough to live in a home where you can find a lot of reflections, if only because the glass in my windows is hand blown. I believe it gives a place so much character, and it makes it even more magical when clouds arrive and the light changes completely.

One of places I really love to visit is the seaside, no matter the weather or season. Brightening skies, the golden sand, the changing tides and the seabirds, together they are at ease and so am I. I make sure to bring a good read, some nibbles and a beverage, because I always want to stick around there as long as  I possibly can to enjoy the glittering, sparkling water and flashes of bright sunlight covering the coastline. Life is good with the sound of crashing waves and splashing water in the background.

At the end of the day it is time to collect my things and head home again. I am happy to notice the sun is still accompaniyng at my balcony. A beam of lights stretching on the outside dinner table while I am enjoying a glass of white wine with my friends.

As time floats, the crystal glassware turnes into miniature sundials. Before we know it the night falls. I know it is time to go to bed, and honestly; I can’t wait to witness another sundance tomorrow!

For more information about the crystalware please visit saint-louis.com.
In collaboration with Saint Louis Crystal.

visiting milan in may

Last weekend I visited Milan for the first time in eleven years. Although I had a few memories about my short holiday back in 2006 (for instance, I had to buy a second suitcase because I'd been shopping big time...), I had the feeling I visited it for the first time. I was looking forward to meet up with my friend Michael Gardena at his studio Fusillo Lab, but my first meeting was with dear Constanza, who kindly invited me to spend the weekend at her Origami Loft. The apartment is located in one of the most renowned shopping area of Milan: Corso Buenos Aires. It is the perfect location to stay, the metro takes you to Duomo in only five minutes.

The space was gorgeous! Constanza has a great eye for design, as you can tell from the pictures of the interior. I felt at home immediately. I love the use of green combined with black, white and natural tones.

The apartment has two spaces: one 'chillzone' with a beautiful green wall where you can crush on the couch (also used as a double bed). This room is connected to the small kitchen, where you can prepare a meal and eat at the foldable table. The other space is divided by a sliding wall. On one side there is the master bedroom, on the other a bigger dining table.

Tip: Go to my favorite spot around the corner: Sgroi Pasticceria. They serve fresh croissants, pastry and a perfect brew, but you can also bring it to the loft (that's what I did).

After my tour around the Origami Apartment it was time to pay Michael a visit at his studio on the other side of town. Stay tuned for my next blog!

In collaboration with The Origami Loft
 

a spring gathering at the atelier

Last weekend I invited my dear friends Signe, Sif and Renée for a spring gathering in Amsterdam. Unfortunately Nora and Laura had to cancel at the last minute, but in June we'll be reunited in Sweden! 

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It all started Friday morning when Renée arrived at my place. We brainstormed about what to cook for our gathering on Saturday, but also for dinner that night. After making up our minds what to make - that truly was hard, we had a million ideas! - we went shopping at our favorite spots. In the afternoon we paid the atelier a little visit to prepare the table and setting for Saturdays gathering.

We got home just in time to welcome Sif and Signe for a spring dinner. We popped the prosecco and ate all the good food Renée and I had prepared. Soon I'll share the recipe of spring risotto we made, filled with spring veggies like peas, green asparagus, fennel, courgette and loads of fresh herbs!

Saturday Renee and I did some final shoppings in the morning (like getting the best croissants in town at Le Fournil), before heading to my atelier. We'd set the table already the day before, so the only thing we had to do was fill it with good food and wait for our friends to arrive and eat! And so we did, it truly was a gorgeous gathering, we had so much fun together, I can't wait to meet up again with all of you again.

Ps, a special thanks to Pantoufle for the lovely table linen and plates.

coffee and plans with rena

It has been a while since I've spent an entire day at my atelier, days go by so fast that I couldn't find the time to go. But today I was looking forward to meet up with Rena Noordermeer from Studio Hear Hear. Rena creates beautiful ceramics by hand (like this cute little jar on the picture) and she was interested in teaming up with me to create a look book. I love these kind of collaborations! Soon I am able to show you more of the result. 

XMarie