The Shopkeeper's Home

My friend Caroline Rowland of Patchwork Harmony and 91 Magazine wrote the most amazing book. A book that was on my wish list months ago as I was so excited about the content. Don't you have that? It's like how I felt when a new Harry Potter book was released.

It's beyond my expectations. There's nothing better in this world than peeking inside someone else's home or shop, this book is all about that.

The Hambledon in Winchester UK

The Hambledon in Winchester UK

The book starts with decorating tips on how to display objects in your home inspired by the shops and homes in the book. At first I thought; "oh oh, where are all the shops and their homes?" but it all turned out wonderful as after a few page flips the fun begins. I love that about this book. It's organised and all the photo's belong to the rightful owners, making this book not a jumble of photo's and styling tips but a proper home and shop tour guide extravaganza.

I'm quite fed up with over-styled unrealistic interiors. I want to see the real thing as I believe that home-owners of homes that are published in books are already living in styled homes. It's all in The Shopkeeper's home. Beautiful shops, beautiful homes and addresses. It makes me want to travel the world just to shop!

The Hambledon in Winchester UK

The Hambledon in Winchester UK

There are shops in this book that are totally new to me and some of them are very familiar as the lovely Hambledon in Winchester, one of my favourite shops and people in the world. Check out the Pinterest board I'm curating for them.

Loop London UK

Loop London UK

Also my trustworthy yarn shop when I visit London, Loop, is in the book. And the quirky home of shop owner Susan Cropper.

Susan Cropper's home of Loop London UK

Susan Cropper's home of Loop London UK

The Shopkeeper's Home by Caroline Rowland, published by Jacqui Small, £25 Hardback.

It's a book that inspires me and comes at a good time in my life as I'm about to open my own brick and mortar shop, right here in my living room. It's all going to happen in March 2016. I'll keep you posted but if you want to make sure you are not missing out on all the fun sign up to the newsletter below.

Kitchen Styling at{mine}

Today I'm kicking off October with a kitchen styling challenge with at{mine} and Bodie and Fou and you can participate!!! The winner will receive a £250/€350 gift voucher to spend at and the 10 top entries will get a copy of my cooking book Yvestown in the Kitchen.


  1. follow @atmine @bodieandfou and @yvestown on Instagram
  2. Upload a picture of your kitchen on in the 'My Kitchen' category
  3. Post your kitchen styling on Instagram tagging @atmine @bodieandfou @yvestown using #styleatmine

Entries accepted: Oct 1 to Oct 31 WORLDWIDE ENTRY!!!

You can read an interview with me on at{mine} and you can follow me at{mine}

My Storefront for Villa ArenA

Remember way back when I told you I had to fill a storefront at Villa ArenA shopping mall in Amsterdam? Well the moment is here to reveal it to you.

I don't really know much about styles as I really don't care that much, I just went for all the stuff I liked. I started off with an inspirational mood board on Pinterest. After that I went to Villa ArenA and browsed through the 50 shops to find items to match my mood board. I just mixed and matched and had a really good time.

Buy this month's VTwonen magazine if you want to read the whole article and if you want to find out where you can buy all the beautiful products. That little vintage cupboard is already sold to yours truly and I believe Bo has an eye on that bird.

There's a really nice interview with me in the Villa ArenA magazine, you can read it here.

If you want to see the real thing; my store front is open to the public until December 31 at Villa ArenA Woonmall in Amsterdam on the 3rd floor. My friend Desiree from Vosgesparis is my neighbour.

Posted in collaboration with Villa ArenA - all views are my own

My in-between Bedroom

As you read last time we had to do an in-between renovations bedroom makeover as IKEA Family Live was shooting our home for their spring issue. They gave us a good bargain: a PAX wardrobe for a bedroom to shoot, how could we refuse as my clothes were still hanging everywhere as I've owned a sweatshop.

It's just structurally that everything will change as I'm quite happy with all the furniture and where everything is right now. I do want a nicer bench at the foot of my bed and as the floor will be white I'm going to buy an Armadillo rug from my sister's shop.

I keep referring to "my bedroom", well I'm not going to be funny about it but Bo and I have separate bedrooms and this actually is my bedroom. Ever since we moved to the house with the many bedrooms we started sleeping separately as I'm a tosser (in a nice way) and Bo is a snorer. Basically we keep each other awake at night and I really need my sleep. And we are also people who both need a lot of space in bed. When we stay in hotels we always get a super king or a twin bedroom. It works for us and makes us healthier and happier.

I never have enough space for all my stuff on a night stand so I'm using this chest of drawers as a night stand. Now I don't have to put a lot of junk on top but I can store them neatly in drawers and out of sight.

I'm not yet revealing the number of this paint colour as I'm working on my own line of chalk paint. The paint will be available in my brand new online and offline shop early spring 2016. So watch out for that one!

I want to keep the PAX wardrobe for another post as I just love to show you how I've done it and how I've organised it. But at long last my clothes are in a closet!

I wish you all a lovely weekend, I'll be in my bedroom x

Soup Pots on the Go

Over the weekend I wrote about lunch in pots and boxes in my weekly SJIEK column. I promised the readers to show the mixed version of the lovely soup pot lunches. Prepare them at home and just add hot water when you're ready to eat it.

Preparation Chicken with Noodles

Bring a pan with a little water to the boil. Dissolve the stock cube in the boiling water. Grind the salt and pepper on the bottom and top of the chicken and place the chicken in the pan. Fry the chicken with the lid on the pan and heat to the lowest setting for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the noodles in boiling water.

Use this order to the pot:

  1. chicken broth paste
  2. peas
  3. onion
  4. noodles
  5. chicken
  6. dill

Add 250 ml of boiling water. Stir well until all ingredients are mixed.

Preparation Tikka Masala with Coconut

Use this order to fill the pot:

  1. tikka masala
  2. corn
  3. onion
  4. spring onion
  5. shrimp
  6. coconut milk
  7. cilantro

Add 200 ml of boiling water. Stir well until all ingredients are mixed.

Easy Peasy Party Snacks for Kids

And adults of course ...

Banana with Peanut Butter Tufts

1 banana
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp chocolate sprinkles
1 tsp disco dip


Cut the banana into thick slices. Use a knife to paste the peanut butter on the banana. Pour over chocolate sprinkles and disco dip.

Popcorn with White Chocolate

1 bag of sweet microwave popcorn
150 g white chocolate
1 tbsp disco dip


Pop the popcorn in the microwave, follow the instructions on the packaging. Heat the white chocolate in a bowl that's placed in a pan of boiling water until the chocolate is melted. Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn and mix the chocolate and popcorn. Let it cool for 5 minutes and then sprinkle the disco dip over the popcorn.

The plates, cups and straws are by Meri Meri.

An in-Between Bedroom Makeover

We still need to renew the roof of our home but we're still mentally not ready for it. As our house has a French roof, with renewing the roof we'll also have to sacrifice our attic and second floor. And I can't yet deal with all that mess in my life and being roofless for a week or so. We'll do it next year, or the year after that, or .... We REALLY do need a new roof as this one is leaking and rotting. But for now the bats and mice and creepy crawlers can live happily and in peace between our rafters.

In about 2 weeks there will be a major photo-shoot for a serious fun magazine in our home so we had to patch up one of the four bedrooms on the second floor. We have been living in "brown land" for the past 7 years and it never really bothered me until today when all of a sudden the brown room was shiny bright and white. It's not done the way it should be done but for the photo-shoot it works well enough.

When we are going to do it for real the ceilings will go up so that the beautiful windows are exposed. The ceiling will be replaced with a slicker tongue and groove and instead of having white windows, doors and skirting-boards they'll be a contrasting colour as I believe in contrast. So this is an in-between bedroom makeover as you like.

Next up; in-between decorating.