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About Getting Older

It’s not a lie when they say that one will notice when one gets older. The other day I was chatting with my friends about an ex boyfriend when it dawned to me that the topic took me back 18 years. I totally freaked out at the thought as in 18 years from now I’ll be 58 – almost 60!! Honestly I never thought that age would scare me, but it’s really hitting hard.

I also notice it in my taste for music (it’s mainly classical and the Frozen soundtrack now), I only like to listen to the news channel on the radio and start shouting at it when I disagree – hello dad! Also my decorating style matures. As I really liked bright colours and plastic junk before, I start to tune down to pastels and natural colours and products. I also kind of disagree with trends and plastic mass products. And I’ve stopped buying things just for the sake of buying things. This is such a revolution. I can now selectively buy things I really like.

Even my love for Cath Kidston is fading away as I really do not like their new design aesthetic. I didn’t even renew my 35% off press card, and that’s quite a big deal for people who know me personally. Bring back the CK from 2005 when all was beautiful and clean – my dear lord has this brand turned loud!

The Cath Kidston wallpaper I used to have in my kitchen was getting too childish for me (and for Bo) we were in for something new.

I fell in love with Studio Ditte tiles wallpaper. It so suits the age of the house better as it looks like it has been there ever since 1896, when the house was build. It also suits my personal age better.

We painted over the previous wallpaper with white latex and pasted the new wallpaper over the old one. No one can tell, it turned out great and it saved us a lot of time on awful wallpaper steaming.

This is the start of redecorating the kitchen. As with new wallpaper I need new curtains and I want marble on my island instead of the zinc. And the kitchen is in desperate need of a new floor as this one is cracking open.

I love getting older!

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  • daan
    25/02/2015 at 19:37

    hear hear my dear <3
    smakzoen love de reismeisjesmagneet op je kastkoel, ik nam de mijne juist mee naar Antwerpen x

    • Yvonne Eijkenduijn
      25/02/2015 at 20:03

      Samen worden wij mooi oud xxxx

  • Sarah
    25/02/2015 at 19:51

    Mooie keuken. De oude, maar deze ook! De kleuren passen perfect bij de huishoudtoestellen. 🙂
    Wij zitten nu in de fase van alle gekregen en bij elkaar gesprokkelde dingen te vervangen naar iets dat meer een geheel is.

    • Yvonne Eijkenduijn
      25/02/2015 at 20:05

      Dat is bij mij alweer een tijdje geleden. Ik ben langzaam alles bij elkaar gaan sparen en ben nu tevreden met de spullen die ik heb. Een persoonlijk interieur kost veel tijd en liefde. Succes x

  • Sharon
    25/02/2015 at 20:48

    Ooh, I agree about the age thing. I was told this week that I am now middle aged!! Okay, so I’m forty on Friday but middle aged…forty..? It all sounds too old. Sharon x

    • Yvonne Eijkenduijn
      25/02/2015 at 21:25

      Oh don’t say that forty is middle aged. Women are now getting over 100. So we’ll be middle aged in about 10 years. Help us!!!

  • Elizabeth
    25/02/2015 at 21:03

    Spullen kopen om het spullen kopen, dat doe ik ook niet meer. Als ik nog eens in de stad kom, is het omdat ik iets nodig heb. Ik realiseer me met verbazing dat ik al die spullen gewoon echt niet meer hebben wil. In de Action, Primark, Xenos etc. ben ik al jaren niet meer geweest. Wat een troep! Liever een mooi ding dan 100 lelijke, liefdeloos in elkaar gezette prullen.
    En wat betreft CK: je hebt helemaal gelijk, zo jammer!

    Elizabeth

    • Yvonne Eijkenduijn
      25/02/2015 at 21:26

      Dat heb ik ook Elizabeth!! Zal ik jou wat vertellen? Ik ben nog nooit in een Primark geweest, hoor zoveel horror verhalen dat ik gewoon niet wil en durf!!

  • Caroline
    25/02/2015 at 21:56

    Oh the wallpaper! Takes me back to my time living in Delft. And that was just over 10 years ago 🙂 I start to see what you mean!

  • Kath webber
    25/02/2015 at 22:00

    I’m totally with you on Cath Kidston! I went into the Brighton store at the weekend and didn’t buy ANYTHING. What?! Love this Studio Ditte wallpaper, I’m beginning to de-Kidston my kitchen too. Now on the endless search for kitchen linen that I like, but I’m enjoying the cathartic, therapeutic process of de cluttering all the chintzy China. I’m going back to my Habitat roots! Timeless, clean design. Enjoy getting older, I am!

  • Silly Old Suitcase
    25/02/2015 at 22:03

    Lieve Yvestown, het is prachtig!

    Ik begrijp helemaal wat je bedoeld…het lijkt ook wel of iedereen hetzelfde in huis heeft en koopt,
    of spullen koopt om te laten zien dat ze het hebben en wanneer er weer iets nieuws is het weer wegdoen om
    maar bij te kunnen blijven 😳
    Voor mij moeten spulletjes en woonaccessoires me een fijn en vertrouwd gevoel geven.
    En, sinds ik drie kinderen heb, wil ik de spullen ook kunnen gebruiken.
    Zo ben ik al jaren en jaren trouw aan mijn emaille in frisse kleuren, of het nu een trend is of niet, en gebruik ik het ook gewoon.

    Sommige CK producten vind ik nog wel mooi maar het frisse ‘schone’ is er inderdaad af.
    Ik kocht een tijdje terug nog wel mooie stoere canvas met de vertrouwde rozen en bloemen in
    heldere kleuren om kussens te maken.

    Jouw keuken is echt een inspiratie bron voor mij, heb eindelijk zo’n prachtig oud bovenkastje
    gevonden.
    Ik zeg vaak tegen Emiel "ik wil het zoals bij Yvonne en Bo" ☺️

    Maar om dit lange verhaal kort te maken, ik vind het prachtig!!

    …en je bent zo jong als je je voelt xxxx

  • Sherri
    25/02/2015 at 22:21

    I remember when my mum was in her late forties I used to quote to her that "Forty was the old age of youth and fifty was the youth of old age". I used to think by saying that I was cheering her up, but now I am getting closer to my own "youth of old age", I don’t think it is a very cheering thought. I like your thought better that 50 is now middle age. Unfortunately here in Australia once you turn 50 you can join a seniors club, and there is no way to make that sound middle age!

    I can see why you fell in love with your new wallpaper, it is nostalgically beautiful.

    • Yvonne Eijkenduijn
      26/02/2015 at 10:23

      The same here in The Netherlands! I remember my brother freaking out when he turned 50 and got a letter from the government giving him a list of all "senior" benefits and activities he could sign up for or attend – bless him!

  • Tineke
    26/02/2015 at 07:09

    Hallo, en ik dan? Ik ben 50!!!! Ik word gelukkig altijd wel jonger geschat, maar ik hoor nu bij omroep Max en Plus magazine. Dat is toch ook niet te geloven! Ik doe er niet aan mee! Voordeel is wel dat je makkelijker wordt. Ik heb hiysterisch hortensiabehang in de woonkamer en ik vind het prachtig. Ik houd van de Engelse cottage stijl, gecombineerd met strakke sfeervolle meubels! Ik hoef geen grijs op de muur, mijn man en ik gaan onze eigen gang en ons huis voelt als een warme jas! In de keuken hebben we authentieke witjes op de muur en mijn man heeft samen met mijn vader ( van 76) prachtige keukenkastjes gemaakt. Dat geeft sfeer en warmte vind ik.

  • Corinne Kowal
    26/02/2015 at 09:30

    Hahaha, been thinking quite a bit about age this past days as I attended a language class last week and most of the students were almost HALF my age! Gosh! But then I realized that I had so much more confidence than them and had so much more to tell because I just had lived more things.
    I remember being 18 or so and listening skeptical to my mom who at the time was almost 60 (she had us late), telling me that 40 was young. Now that I am almost there I’ve got to agree. I still feel like I am in my twenties (except for those first wrinkles) but with more serenity :). Love getting older as well.

    • Yvonne Eijkenduijn
      26/02/2015 at 10:21

      I love that line in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, when Kathy Bates’s character is fed up by two young women stealing her parking plot and said “Face it, lady. We’re younger and faster". The character decides to slam her car repeatedly in the car of the young women in which she replies: “Face it, girls. I’m older and I have more insurance.”

      Love that! Reminds me of your language class comment!

  • Caroline Rowland
    26/02/2015 at 11:02

    LOVE the new wallpaper Yvonne! I know what you mean about CK too, I’m not keen on their new designs, too fussy and cluttered. Hope all is well with you. Love, Caroline x

  • earthmama
    26/02/2015 at 11:48

    Oh my goodness! I totally agree! I am your generation too. I am right there with you on the classical and Frozen cd, prefer pretty natural wooden things in my home instead of cheap plastics, natural and light colors and things that will bring me peace and calm (not easy with 4 kids), the news, concerns about health and wellness, and watching all my new grey hairs pop up. by the way, im not dying them, as i am more concerned with the health of my hair rather than the color! (also picked up that philosophy as i got older!) CHEERS TO US!

  • Kat
    26/02/2015 at 13:15

    I will always love your kitchen! It’s pinned the most in my boards! 🙂

  • mintandchocolate
    26/02/2015 at 14:51

    Ohhh I love this wallpape!!!

  • Jacqueline
    26/02/2015 at 19:09

    I guess i can only agree with this. Same here as far as the Cath Kidston sentiment goes….too bright…too hysterical with the designs at the moment…the house is maturing as i am and i find a certain peace in all that. I am even thinking about bookcases. How cool to read your post…i was realizing the same the other day. Carry on 🙂

  • Claire Robinson
    27/02/2015 at 10:37

    A beautiful kitchen wall… Maybe the Cath Kidston designers will listen to the grumbling, or maybe we are just not their desired audience any longer as we have grown older! Look forward to seeing the rest of the kitchen

    • Yvonne Eijkenduijn
      27/02/2015 at 12:48

      It must be that Claire. Again we’ve outgrown the target group or the target group has just bad taste 😉

  • Michelle
    27/02/2015 at 13:34

    Great post! Cath has gotten wayyyyyyy too fugly. I get that brands need to evolve and try new things but eeewwwww.

  • Fê Dutra
    27/02/2015 at 14:00

    Yvonne your kitchen is amazing!

  • Candy Pop
    27/02/2015 at 20:35

    I hear ya! And I had a similar conversation with a friend the other day…. I turned 40 last year and I’ve switched to a minimalist, classic look, but I put it down to the changing of trends, and moving onto the next thing… We’ve been doing the floral, kitsch kitchens for so many years, I think it’s definitely time for change. Your kitchen is looking fabulous by the way – as always!

  • Jen@thecottagenest
    28/02/2015 at 12:49

    I love the look of that new wallpaper. I find my taste evolving as I get older too and I’m also more selective about what I buy but that may have more to do with having a smaller house with not a lot of fabric. I think trends are for people who are trying to keep up with what others have and who don’t know themselves. I’m also really missing the old Cath stuff. The new stuff doesn’t do anything for me. That makes me sad.

  • eva maria
    02/03/2015 at 15:20

    That wallpaper looks smashing, I’m keeping it in mind for my kitchen-to-be.

  • colleen @ hello olive designs
    11/03/2015 at 18:19

    Wow, your new wallpaper is awesome!

  • Charlie Owens
    23/03/2015 at 09:38

    Grappig he, dat je smaak zo kan veranderen. Mijn vrouw en ik merkten ook dat we steeds meer richting hout en natuurlijke tintent gaan (is dat dan wat ouder worden met je doet?). Vooral in de keuken kan het een mooi effect geven, helemaal zoals jij het nu hebt gecombineerd met deze blauwe tinten, erg mooi!

  • Rayna
    23/03/2015 at 10:17

    Aw. It (the new paper) does look lovely, but one of the things I always admired about your style was the fact it WAS so unabashedly girly, but still light and airy and mature. So seeing that eschewed as too childish, makes me ‘aw’ a little bit:) I still love the old wallpaper but maybe it’s because I’m still young!! (Also – despite loving it, not courageous enough to attempt in my own home. In my hands it would end up looking very childish, despite my love of floral!). I love seeing all of your home, thank you for such a pretty blog.

  • Katriend
    23/03/2015 at 11:01

    Niet panikeren over de leeftijd Yvonne! Dat zegt een 57-jarige fan van jou… als je de juiste ingesteldheid hebt (én een goeie gezondheid) blijft het leven sprankelen!
    Ik volg je helemaal over die massaproducties van interieurspullen, al die nep/retro-lantaarns, -dienbladen, -kadertjes, noem maar op… een tsunamie aan prullaria van slechte kwaliteit (in elkaar gestoken met nietjes, oh gruwel)… en vaak met anderstalige opschriften (zijn Nederlanders daar zo dol op?! cfr Rivièra Maison).
    Trends in je huis… oké, je smaak verandert wel, maar toch niet jaarlijks… Allemaal eenheidsworst… Blij word ik dan wel van één melkannetje uit de kringloop of zo’n gecraqueleerde taartschotel…
    Tja, soms vind ik het wel jammer dat ik niet meer blij word in Zara Home of – laat staan – Blokker; maar Dille en Kamille en de Hema kunnen me toch nog steeds bekoren hoor :).
    Een tip misschien: ik koop regelmatig iets in de Hema uit hun ‘eenmalige’ collecties, zo maak ik een voorraadje en geef dit dat een jaar of twee later kado, iedereen opgetogen over dat ‘originele’ geschenk!
    Blijf ons verblijden met je heerlijke blog, Yvonne!
    Katrien

  • Carole
    01/05/2016 at 18:41

    I’m sad to say that 30 hit me really hard. I cried for weeks. lol

    Now I’m in my early 50s, and that is perfectly scary. That said, I do (mostly) like where I am, and I like how my style has matured along the way. When hubby and I started out we were very country style decor, as we had both grown up that way. We transitioned into country cottage style, and although we still like that style (as it’s relaxed and laid back), these days we’re really into calm, relaxed, more modern and streamlined, with accents of favorite colors.