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Sunny Sunday and a lovely Castle

The medieval castle Schaloen, located in the south of the Netherlands.

Morning little birdies of the flock, want to come on a little walking tour in my proverbial backyard, just around the corner one town over? Visit a real castle and walk up and down some hills? Get our juices flowing and those tired winter muscles tingling again? Okay then, let’s walk.

See the Windmills spin at Zaanse Schans in Holland

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Wanna play tourist with me? Shall we go explore a beautiful part of my country that I have never visited before? Wanna go see the windmills spin in the wind? And I mean really see them spin? Okay then here we go.

This is part three of our little mini vacation I took with my Love at the beginning of Oktober. On day 1 we went hunting for design and decorating inspiration, on day 2 we visited Amsterdam and on day 3 we went to explore what might be the most touristy bit in our country outside of Amsterdam: the Zaanse Schans.


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The Zaanse Schans is a piece of the Netherlands that is about as Dutch as it can get. It is a flat landscape with lots of water, quaint little wooden houses and lots and lots of windmills. You might say it is a bit of an industrial area from days long gone by that has been preserved. Those mills used to work hard for the woodworkers who were building ships close by, grind ingredients for paint colors that Rembrandt himself used and generally provided the power for lots of things that people needed power for.

But before we go wander around the little town that is still there. Can I show you the hotel we were staying in….

Come on over and see the windmills spin for real, and marvel at the most fun hotel I have ever stayed in: CLICK HERE


Our one Day Amsterdam Trip

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So, I was telling you about our mini vacation we took at the beginning of Oktober….

Day one was hunting for inspiration and scouting trends and styles  at the home decor event “Woonbeurs”. Day two was spent wandering around Amsterdam.

Come along as I take you on a little Amsterdam trip and show you some of my favorite spots in our capital city.

CLICK HERE for the full tour.

Interior Design Trends: getting my home decor fix

Interior design trends and home decor inspiration at the "Woonbeurs Amsterdam" a residential living event. Get inspired and see what the five hottest design trends are right now.


Hello friends if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you might have caught wind of a little mini-vacation I took recently with my guy. It was glorious, wonderful and such a treat. The sun shone on us that weekend, quite literally actually because Fall is treating us very kindly this year.

On the first day of our three day trip we went in search of inspiration. Home decor inspiration to be exact. Taking a look at how the professionals were doing things. What is hot and what isn’t anymore. Where does my style fit in these days? And what should I absolutely do/change/ have right now.

In other words, we visited the Woonbeurs Amsterdam. I looked up the proper translation of that and found “Residential Event Amsterdam”, but basically it is a show/exhibition/market of all things living and the home. You’ll find vendors of floors, paint, furniture, accessories etc,; interior designers showing off their latest styles; home decor magazines have show houses that incorporate new trends; you can get all the information for your upcoming kitchen/bathroom or garden renovation etc.

And of course you get a whiff for what is in style and trending over here when it comes to furnishing and decorating your home.

So let’s go visit, and see what’s hot, shall we…..


Design trends and home decor inspiration at the "Woonbeurs Amsterdam" a residential living event. Get inspired and see what the five hottest design trends are right now.


The entrance set the mood: natural colors, homemade, a bit rustic, a dash of modern, lots of denim and natural elements.

But let’s not linger here too long, there are three halls to discover and conquer.


CLICK HERE to take the full tour and get some ideas and be inspired.



Fields of Heather and musings of a busy mind

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I learned something during my summer break: make time to do fun stuff! Stepping away from the computer during the summer has been so good for me. I definitely was heading toward a little burnout. Burnout from work, from blogging and mostly burnout from myself. Much has changed in my office life this year and it has made it a lot busier in my life and most of all in my head. And my head has  never been a very quiet place to start with. I am always in awe of the people that can meditate. That can just sit still and be still. I can sit still very good, but I need a book or a tv to grab my attention. I can loose myself in a book quite easily, following along in the chase of a murderer. But be still just with me, myself and I? Not so much. But more and more I have come to realize that I need still in my life, I need quiet, I need nothing.

So I am working hard on adding more of nothing (isn’t that a nice contradiction…)

Stepping away, taking it easy and make sure that life doesn’t pass me by has been a firm resolution for this new year (working in education gives me a ‘new year’s start’ twice a year).

And my Love is so on board…..


To see more of this beautiful Sunday morning and some close encounters of the lovely kind CLICK HERE


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