My name is Yvonne Eijkenduijn. I live with Boris (who I affectionately call Bo) our cat, Moose (short for Pompelmoose) and a rabbit called Whopper, in an old gentleman's house from 1896 in Lommel, Belgium very close to the Dutch border. I'm currently busy to change the house to an old ladies home replacing a lot of brown with pink and white, my two favourite colours. I was born and raised in The Netherlands but since my late teens I've lived in America, England, Suriname and now in Belgium. I've decorated quite a few homes, raised 13 kittens, fell in love only three times and baked a lot of cakes.

I am a blogger, a photographer, columnist and an author. I love cake and Christmas, both equally.

I try to live each day like freshly shaven legs under clean sheets.

The nicest thing ever said about me ...

Yvonne injects color and vivacity into every single thing in her life. Her exuberance and love of home bursts through everything she touches like pure sunshine.
— Lori Pickert


What camera(s) do you use?

I use a Nikon D600 for all my photos. I use the following lenses: Sigma (for Nikon) 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens for food and portraits, Nikkor 28 mm f/2.8 wide angle, Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8 mostly for on the move as it's small and lightweight but not great, I recommend getting the Nikkor 28 mm instead. I shoot only in natural light, sometimes using reflectors but no flash-light. I do minimal editing to my photos but when I do, I use Adobe Lightroom 4 and Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Where did you buy the green and pink pendants?

I've bought them at Cath Kidston in 2006 but they are no longer for sale.

Where did you buy the winter squash poster in your kitchen?

It's illustrated by Claudia Pearson, you can buy it in her Etsy shop.

I'm going to London, what is your favourite Cath Kidston Shop?

Marylebone High Street and Covent Garden

How do I paint my floors/doors/anything, how do I wallpaper?

I advice you to pay a visit to your local DIY or decoration/paint shop as they can advice you how to do these things yourself. You can read about my technique here and here.

I've sent you an e-mail, but you didn't reply?

I do get a lot of e-mail and sometimes it just takes me forever to answer them. In the worst case scenario it may take up to a month, but I do always reply in the end.

Can I (we) advertise on your blog?

I don't like ads on my blog but I do like sponsored posts. Please contact me for information.


Acclaiming Things

You may use my photos without prior written permission. I do however like to know where they go and what they're used for out of general interest, so an e-mail would be much appreciated.

You may not change my photos, not make them lighter or darker or resize them. They should stay in their original format otherwise I get cross and might pull your hair. You should always credit my photos with either my name (Yvonne Eijkenduijn) or my website (www.yvestown.com) Thank you!