6 best interior shops

Lately I am trying to swap clothes for interior accessories. It’s probably the worst luck in the world to shop for home decoration before you even have your own home, right? Yes, I thought so.. Still, I love my little place in the city centre of Amsterdam which I share with two other girls and even though I am not exactly a decoration expert, that doesn’t stop my excitement. So, that’s why I’d love to share some of my favorite interior shops on my blog.

DR Wonen
This is one of the best, especially since it’s located in the Nine Streets in Amsterdam which is where you will find me most of the time during the weekends. This place always feels like home to me and I can highly recommend it. From cosy pillows and marble lamps to pretty canal house tea holders and ceramic vases, they have everything you’d wish to have in your home.

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Last weekend was actually the first time I visited this interior shop but it made a lasting impression on me. I even bought a white knitted pouf for my bedroom for a cosy look and feel. Anyone who knows me knows I have a soft spot for calm and serene rooms with lots of light colors so this is the perfect interior shop for me.

Pluk
Ok so this may not be an interior shop – I mostly come here for the tasty smoothies and banana bread – but they do have some very pretty home decorations. From marble plates (here we go again with the marble obsession) to fruit bowls, I simply love everything they have.

The Loft
When I visited the incredible Loft a few weeks ago I was blown away by the lofty space and atmosphere. I felt right at home with its combination of natural materials with soft colors and inspiring accessories. Here, you will find decorations from the most talented artists and craftsmen of the world.

JAN
This is the most stylish place to buy gifts for your loved ones. To me, it feels a bit like a Parisian pied-à-terre, not too big and not too small – and the home decorations are so inspiring and calming. It has literally everything: design interior items, soft toys for the little ones as well as candles and cook books.

Sukha
I’ve been to this place many times and always left with a little something to spoil myself. Whether it’s a ring or little flags made from lokta paper with a cotton string, I never come home empty-handed after a little trip to this interior shop.

Travel guide Bali

A homemade life | Travel guide Bali

Some people prefer to trek mountains and explore the wilderness while I like to relax on a white sandy beach with the waves lapping at my feet. That’s why Bali has been on my travel list for ages. When I think of Bali I think of long walks on the beach, the sound of waves crashing on the shore and the feeling of sand between my toes.

The first four days I spent at this lovely little place called La Cabane, with ocean views, tasty food (I had the best poached eggs with fresh fruit and pineapple juice for breakfast) and a lush tropical Balinese garden. After the first week I spent two nights in Sal Secret Spot, which I can highly recommend. This intimate eco boutique hotel is tucked away in the stunning Bukit region and it’s the perfect place to unwind, take a swim in the pretty pool and enjoy a Balinese massage. It’s also close to the beach where you can enjoy fresh fish at one of the many beachside restaurants and watch the incredible pink sunset.

A homemade life | Travel guide Bali GIli Air

I decided Gili Air was worth a trip as well (think blue waters, palm trees, white sands and beach side huts) so I booked a boat ticket to visit this amazing island. I stayed in a bambu cottage right next to the beach which was perfect since I enjoy a morning swim and dinner on the beach. I rented snorkel gear and enjoyed the underwater beauty of this island (and even saw a sea turtle!).

After two days on the island I went back to Bali and stayed in Seminyak, a lively and vibrant place in Bali with the best spas and restaurants. I went to Spring Spa for a charcoal facial and a pedicure and it was simply the best I’ve ever had. This place is definitely worth a moment out of your day with its effortless fusion of beauty, design and lifestyle.

A homemade life | Bali

For the best breakfast and brunch in Seminyak I visited Sisterfields, an Australian cafe that attracts the island’s in-crowds and traveling foodies. Think quality homemade ingredients cooked from scratch each day. I had the pancakes with rhubarb and strawberry compote, vanilla bean ice cream and maple syrup. So yummy!

Another favorite place of mine in Seminyak has to be Sea Circus. This charming place has the best blended juices, smoothies, salads and lots of other healthy food. A place definitely worth visiting!

The best morning recipes

Best Morning Recipes

Photos by Foodista, Swap and Wear, The Gracious Pantry, Bakers Royale, Pane Burro, Two Peas and Their Pod, Ana Rosa and DesignEatRepeat

 

I love mornings, especially Sunday mornings when my alarm clock sleeps in as well and doesn’t wake me up at 6.20 am. Mornings are the beginning of a brand new day with new challenges and new exciting things. I prefer to start my day with a tasty and healthy breakfast and that is why I want to share my personal favourites when it comes to breakfast in the morning.

  1. Yoghurt with strawberries, blueberries, bananas and oatmeal.
    I love to start my day with this delicious and healthy breakfast. It’s easy to make in the morning and it gives me lots of energy. Perfect for a day at the office!
  2. Mango, banana and oatmeal smoothie.
    In need of a quick and tasty breakfast that will travel with you in the car or on the train? With a simple travel mug, you can have breakfast ready in a few minutes and be on your way to work. A refreshing smoothie with plenty of protein, fiber and flavor!
  3. Strawberry, raspberry and banana smoothie.
    This lovely pink smoothie is almost too pretty to drink. Almost. It tastes amazing and you feel healthy and energized right away!
  4. Belgium waffles with whipped cream and strawberries.
    Ok, I completely agree it’s not the most healthy way to start your day (apart from the strawberries). However, it’s oh so tasty and always makes my day! Perfect for a lazy weekend!
  5. Raspberry Almond Scones.
    Sometimes I think I should have been born in London. I’d absolutely love to have scones with clutted cream and strawberry jam for breakfast every day. Yes I know, most people in the UK probably do not have scones for breakfast every single day, but I like to think they do as I like to think French women eat croissants every morning at one of those cute Parisian cafes.

My Favourite Blogs About Paris

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As you may have noticed I am in love with Paris. A lot. Every time I visit this charming city it feels like home away from home. As a little kid I always spent my holidays on the Côte d’Azur together with my family. I remember my visits to Saint Tropez, Monaco and Cannes vividly and I can’t wait to hop on the plane to these magnificent places again. Since I do not live in Paris myself I try to follow as many Parisian bloggers as I possibly can to enjoy the City of Lights through their incredible photographs and posts. Here are a few of the bloggers who live in Paris that I’m drooling over the most at the moment:

TrésorParisien

Aisling Greally is the chic and lovely lady behind TrésorParisian. This blog gives the best tips of what is happening and where to go in Paris. A perfect guide for anyone who wants to see more than the Arc de Triomphe or the Sacré Coeur. Through this inspiring blog the incredibly talented Aisling directs you to some of the most charming and intimate places in Paris. Take a peek and get inspired by her incredible photographs, lovely posts and the best tips to explore this romantic city.

Paris In Four Months

This charming photography blog always makes me day. Carin Olsson, the face behind Paris in Four Months, is incredibly gifted and her love for Paris (and tasty macarons) shines through on her blog. She shares her everyday life with ever-inspiring photographs and lovely little posts. From Dior Haute Couture Show and the latest collection of Chanel to caffe lattes and cozy coffee places in Le Marais. If you are interested in her story, here’s a little blog post I wrote a while ago.

Will She Love Paris?

Yes she will! Who does not love Paris after all? Her time in Paris may be over (she moved back to Sydney) but her blog and way of life still inspire me. During her stay in the City of Lights she documented her everyday life in the city, from cozy dinner places to picnics with her friends. I can highly recommend to visit her lovely blog!

Journey Into “La Ville-Lumière”

A journey into the City of Lights. I could not think of a better name to describe this magnificent and chic Parisian blog. Hana is the face behind this blog and with her pretty photographs she proves that Paris is more than worth a visit (or two!). In addition to writing and photographing Paris, she also travels to other incredible places in France, like the French Riviera. Her photos always put a smile on my face.

 

Making Magique

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Making Magique

If there is one thing Haleigh Walsworth and I have in common, it is our love for storytelling and the magnificent city of Paris. I love to write stories. Even as a child I loved every fairytale story, from Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty to Harry Potter and A Christmas Carol. For a moment, I forget everyone and everything and I’m a part of the character’s life (I still wish I could go to school at Hogwarts, marry a handsome prince and have a Christmas dinner together with Scrooge).

If you have been following my little blog for a while, you probably know by now I am in love with Paris. This city always feels like home away from home. It’s always on my mind and I simply can’t wait to visit the City of Lights again and enjoy the cozy dinner places, macarons from Ladurée and the Parisians walking by every day. That is why I love Making Magique. For me, it’s a place of magic, stories and pure bliss.

Photographer, blogger, writer and filmmaker Haleigh Walsworth (Is there anything she can’t do?) is the pretty face behind Making Magique. At the age of twenty, this incredibly talented lady moved from California to Paris, a city where she did not know anyone. After her Bachelor’s Degree from the American University of Paris and learning to speak French, she began her career in the French capital. She worked at a branding agency for two years. Being a digital native, she enjoyed the infinite possibilities of marketing online (another thing we seem to have in common). She pursued opportunities in social media and worked for some of the most leading luxury brands in Europe and some top film production companies in the States.

Somewhere along the way, she decided to start her very own blog, Making Magique. This became a place where she shares the most incredible photography, stories of beauty and travels and her everyday life in Paris. Haleigh believes that life can indeed be magical and for her that is having a camera in her bag and a pen in her hand while making pretty things along the way.

In addition to having a very successful blog, she is also the official blogger of Lancôme’s Paris Rendez-Vous and she even photographed for brands such as Nina Ricci and Bumble & bumble, directed a mini documentary for the Italian Board of Tourism, and is currently at work authoring a Paris Guide Book to be published in 2015.

From the moment I stumbled upon Making Magique, this lovely lady has been an incredible inspiration to me to make the most of my life and enjoy every moment, even the little things (I know this might seem a bit cliché but I can’t help myself). Thank you Haleigh, for your storytelling and photographs of Paris (and Italy and all the other places you visited along the way). They make my day, everyday.

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Winter Days in Paris

Last weekend, I hopped on the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris for a lovely winter weekend. The moment I arrived – along with my suitcase and a list of all the things I wanted to see – in the City of Lights I felt so happy and excited. It was quite cold and freezing so the moment I left my hotel to stop by Maison Ladurée and La Carette to have some breakfast I bundled up in my oversized scarf and put on some cosy gloves to keep my hands warm.

Being back in Paris made me feel so blissfully happy. Especially this time of year. Paris looked so magical with all the Christmas lights and markets. That is why I love to show you some photographs of my weekend trip to this romantic city. Even though I was on my own this weekend I never felt alone and I had the most incredible time shopping in Le Marais, walking along the Seine, having lunch at La Carette and taking photographs of every Christmas tree in the city. I know, I am a bit obsessed with the holidays but I can’t help myself!

 

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