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Echinacea stole my heart

You must have a favorite flower. Everybody does. Some love tulips or sunflowers, others melt with the scent of roses. For me they are too average. It’s Echinacea or Cone Flower that stole my heart. They just do it for me. I think they are embedded in our genes since every child draws a coneflower if they are asked to draw a flower. They are the flowers amongst flowers. Their fair shaped paddles, their bright colors, their yellow to brown cones. They resemble the architype of a flower.

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Oudolf’s Gardening Inspiration

If you spend a lot of time in your garden, you know: Gardening is therapeutic. It liberates, revitalises and de-stresses. Whether it’s the flowers, the green or the dirt, the humming of the bees or the combination of these facts, we will never know. Being outside, picking weeds, seeing flowers bloom and seasons shift, I think it’s fantastic. You recreate nature to indulge in its beauty.

One man who is currently a rising star in landscaping knows how to recreate nature. This weekend I’ve visited his gardens in Hummelo, the Netherlands. It’s a must see for garden fanatics. His view on gardening with unimaginable combinations of Continue reading

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Finding Furniture

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The renovation is getting somewhere. Walls start to appear. Electricity pipes pop up everywhere. And the layers of insulation are helping to make the mill feel comfy even in this bare cold winter of 2010. Reason enough to start exploring the next level of our journey … decorating.

Furniture
We’re looking for a good and stylish yet easy to match in most peoples tastes and habits. Not an easy job because Design is fragile and robust is ugly. So Droog Design is off as is IKEA. We’re seriously thinking of Gelderland. We grew up with Gelderland sofa’s at my parents. Somehow Gelderland has this perfect mixture of decent, style and class without being boring or uncomfortable like other modern furniture.

Beds
Sleep is absolutely underrated in most homes. Some people say they can sleep anywhere. We discovered years ago that it ain’t true. One day we made a decision to buy a box spring bed base after sleeping in a hotel where they had the absolute dream beds. Now beds come in many shapes, versions, qualities and prices. We’re thinking of Lavital, a great Dutch brand in box-spring beds.

Art
We’re into modern art – sorry for the romantic among us. We’ve been collecting photo art for some time and certainly we’d like have a few at the Mill. One Dutch photo artist –Lard Buurman– will be decorating the masters bedroom with a picture one of his Chinese journeys. For the other rooms we’re thinking of Hendrik Kerstens or Tom Lawrence.

Paint
Colors are a struggle and they always have been … what to pick, where to paint, which colour will it be? … We’re all just pointing fingers at a Flexa stripe but we never think of the different lights through the year. A color might be fresh blue in summer but turn a dirty grey in winter. So – i think i can tell you … most paint in the house will be either a white with a slightly off tone and a grey like grey grey .. glossy .. sharp, classic without being too bright. Loving it. The shutters? Ciel d’orage an Astral.

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