House tours, Kitchens
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Dutch inspiration

By Day…
2pm: Crisis hit us…No more Royal Mail Dispatch Express labels. Over 350 parcels sitting on our packing table which we can’t send.
3pm: Body gives in and neck gets stuck…purely and simply. I can’t bent over, turn left or right without being in excruciating pain
5pm: off to bed to fool my body and make it believe I will relax
9pm: Steve emailed me from Hong-Kong where he and Mila on the first leg of their flight to N-Z
8am: Neck back to normal, off to work
4pm: Call Royal Mail to track down supply order. Get told they may arrive the day after we’ve closed for the holidays. Stress level get a promotion…Email everyone I know at RM including IT and accounts to get someone to help…no luck
4.30pm: Call back RM. Luck strikes…The person on the phone tells me that I should have ordered them before…
And I’m sitting on my chair full of ‘can do/there must be a solution’ attitude…thinking…that’s bound to help me…I have been working from 8am to 11 pm for the past 8 weeks, had our Customer Service Advisor leaving us suddenly for health reasons at our busiest time ever and all this girl can tell me is that I should have planned this…nevermind
6pm: Come up with a back-up plan to print label on normal office labels. Crisis sorted in 24 hours (call me Jack Bauer)
8pm: Order curry, skype Steve & Mila who are now in New-Zealand. Mila has already fed the cows, had ice-cream for breakfast and is watching Barbie…
By night
Since I saw this home in Elle Decoration, it has been the template of what I would like to achieve with our kitchen in London…a simple, yet functional space stripped of the unnecessary…no kitchen units on the walls to keep a sense of space, just simple shelves to display beautiful, organic tableware (mine is Vera Wang’s Naturals first spotted at Merci in Paris and tracked down in the UK), ideally a mix of vintage, wooden furniture with industrial, concrete finishes and a big, big table to have at least 12 people around. So here is more images of one of my favourite homes.


  1. blimey, i hope your back is much better. your customer service is always brilliant and triumphs over royal mail!
    i think that home is stunning too – particularly the kitchen with no units on the walls.

  2. oh I so feel for you…I had nightmares, waiting for packaging material for over a week, dhl didn’t turned up for 4 days, lost parcels sent to USA…but then I received a parcel from you in speedy time with my bag and poster, thank you very much! great service:) hope your back is better…

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