This cosmopolitan Swedish apartment is home to stylist, make-upartist and founder of miloii, Karolina Vertus, and her family.
Take a look around!
How wonderful that we have crossed paths.
My name is Manon Valesca Maria. I'm Dutch with a drop of Indonesian blood. The Life Traveller is established in 2014. I had this vision of creating an online relaxing place for positivity, spirituality, inspiration and mindfulness. A space where you can take a deep breath from the long way you have come. The Life Traveller is a meeting point, where other inspiring travel companions share their experiences. You can get some ‘take-away’ inspiration for the continuation of your journey and personal help is offered to get going, when it’s unclear which direction to go. I also share some of my daily adventures. Motherhood is a huge part of that. The Life Traveller travels light and follows the light on its journey into eternity. Have a magical trip. Thank you for stopping by. Feel free to follow my trace!
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I have had work experience for more than sixteen years in the field of Dutch magazines as a fashion, beauty & health director, image coordinator, editor, stylist and text writer. Beside motherhood, the most important role of my life, my days are filled with charity work and sharing light. Feeling good and sowing the seeds of love are my main goals. Beside that I combine writing for magazines with this blog. I am also the creator of Naramatisho, a Kenyan handicraft label. Additionally, I have a healing and coaching practice for awareness and personal growth. I support other travel companions as a life coach through aura reading, chakra balancing, healing techniques and coaching. Everyone deserves to be happy.
I'm a very blessed mother of a wonderful rainbow family. I'm married to a brave, supportive Dutch sun warrior, Michel, and mama moon to a beautiful African sonshine, Micah, and a sweet Welsh corgi dog named Vos (Fox in Dutch). We have been living in Kenya and are now dividing time between Kenya and our home in Amsterdam.
I live simply and am down-to-earth and spiritual all-in-one. And I like seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Travelling is in my blood. I love exploring the world, hiking in nature, walking barefoot, yoga, meditation, dancing and music, watching Indie and art house movies, having fun with friends and preparing pure, organic vegan dishes..and capturing moments in a picture. I get inspired by nature, animals, the sun, the moon, the stars and trees. I collect stones, gemstones, feathers and Native American Kachina dolls..and positive thoughts.
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It will be three years ago this month since Dutch artist Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht passed away at the age of 100 (1912 – 2013). She had lived such a fascinating life.
As a child living in the USA she played with Punka-Indian friends, eccentric uncles and aunts dominated everyday life at the Austrian family castle, she made numerous paint glass windows for churches, ships, and monasteries. She provided shelter to Jewish Germans during WWII, befriended great artists and writers like Max Beckmann, Adriaan Roland Holst, and Aldous Huxley. For years she lived and worked in Greece, but returned to her canal house in Amsterdam. She found herself wondered by this world. The key to youth and creativity. Take a look in her beautiful, inspiring studio.
This story was featured in the book of freunde von freunden: Friends. And on their website. Pictures: Jordi Huisman.
Fair news! For its new Limited Edition Spring Summer 2017 collection, Baobab Collection, consisting of the breathtaking smelling candles and diffusers, continues its work in Madagascar with an amazing collection inspired by the ancient Mikea tribe.
The brand collaborated with the women of the Malagasy coop for the creation of the stunning new items, made entirely of crocheted raffia (loooovveee!).
The Mikea tribe has been forced to settle, as it is no longer able to inhabit the forests it once called home, now being exploited for rosewood.
The beautiful tribe is the oldest one of Madagascar, from the dry Mikea forest, just north of Tulear. Many scientists have speculated that they have inhabited this region for over 4000 years, although the exact figure is still undetermined. They are originally nomadic hunter- gatherers who have lived in harmony with a forest that has no natural water source. They are the only aboriginal tribe that lives in such extreme conditions. The secret of their survival has been traced back to the Baboho, a root that stores large amounts of water and sugar, pronounced “Baboo.”
The Mikeas have always lived in the forest, in keeping with their ancient traditions. Today, there are only about 10 Mikeas who still live in the forest. The others have been forced out and are now subject to extreme poverty. They are caught between a natural habitat that no longer supplies enough food, and a Malagasy population that doesn’t accept their presence in their villages.
Baobab will be donating a part of the sales to the Mikea people, in the hope that this collection will shine light on their dire situation.
Photographer Serge Anton captured the workers and tribe in a beautiful series of pictures.
For more information visit baobabcollection
I love this authentic Australian Fremantle home of Adrian and Fran Welke. A unique, multifunctional space, housed with a 1500-square-metre factory in an industrial area in Western Australia. The lovely decor is inspiring and worldly and makes me wanna buy a ticket to my mother’s birth country, Indonesia.
Take a look around!
To see the whole house tour visit The Design Files.
In Kenya we have been living outside; even at night the sea breeze from the Indian Ocean blew through our bedroom, which has no glass windows. We could hear the palms wave while their shadows performed a magical dance on the walls.
Once in Amsterdam, one thing was clear: we wanted to create an oasis in the house. We had quite some plants already, but some appeared so happy in their accommodation that we let them stay there. Slowly we created a new haven; this time not filled in an African garden with monkeys, bush babies and parrots, but within four old Amsterdam walls.
The plants mainly come from organic farmers, markets or we find them on the street. We also have been receiving green ‘donations’ from people who want to dispose their plant.
We do not have green fingers, although the winter does require some extra care; additional humidification and being careful with the heating system is a must to keep our green friends happy. What we also do: lots of singing and providing good vibrations. Furthermore, it is live and let live.
For those who love plants as well or do not like to take care of them: looking inside houses that are full of green somehow always does the trick.
Three inspiring books that I love, that full of exquisite interiors filled with green friends:
Indoor Green: Living With Plants by Bree Claffy and photographed by Lauren Bamford.
House of Plants: Living Succulents, Air Plants and Cacti by Rose Ray en Caro Langton. Photographed by Erika Raxworthy and illustrated by Alicia Galer. (picture cover in this post: by Haarkon)
Urban Jungle Book by Igor Josifovic en Judith de Graaff. Photographed by Lina Skukauskė and illustrated by Saar Manche.
Midweek’s cosy home moment!
You can feel the difference between something that’s made by hand or has had several owners and something that’s disposable right away. The first two have a totally different energy; they have a spirit and most likely a very personal story.
Needless to say why I love this Venice Beach (California) family home, owned by two vintage lovers.
Images: by Max Wanger for Freunde von Freunden
This is the wonderful home of stylist and store owner Marina Burini. It is located above her Brooklyn store OROBORO (a must visit!).
What I love about this home is that there is authenticity everywhere. It feels like you know the owner right away just by looking at these pictures.
I love it when a home is not just a space perfectly decorated with things seen in a magazine but really breaths personality. Tells a story or mood. It doesn’t have to be a certain style. It just makes me happy when the people who live there radiate happiness and are inspiring by being their unique selves.
And oomph, those textures and plants!
For anyone who, like myself, loves ceramics (you can never have enough, right?), take a look in the online shop Tactile Matter of illustrator and ceramist, Kenesha Sneed.
Influences drawn from her desert and coastal roots of Southern California are shown in each piece, which are all hand-crafted with love in the Los Angeles studio of the talented artist.
Makes me smile.
Three of my ‘favorite’ table book of the moment. I call them table book because I don’t have a coffee table. I put them down regularly open as a form of art and decoration on our long dinner/work/create table, which gives me the opportunity to read it and admire the images while taking a short break.