G’day friends. Here I am, as promised with some pictures from the day My Love and I spent out and about on Saturday. It felt so great to spent some time together again. Some quality time I mean, when it is just us doing the thing we love to do most, just hanging out together. My Love behind the steering wheel and me giving him directions on which way to go.
This time I directed My Love to go north by north-west, which for us means that we drove into our own country, the Netherlands for a change (any other direction usually means crossing at least one border). I had a special place in mind to visit.
A pretty famous ‘junkyard’ shop, called “Uitdragerij Arie de Boer”. I heard of this place from Lilli M (from Lili M’s Adventures) who knows this ‘shop’ well because she lives in the area. The first thing you see when you drive up there is this balcony, leaning against the building. The building itself is pretty old too, so at times you can’t be sure what is keeping what up, balcony or house?
Inside are four floors of old doors, windows, furniture and lots of mystery objects. And on the top floor they have even built a small museum. I fell in love with the sweet little grocery store they had up there, but somehow all my pictures of it turned out really bad. Maybe next time.
There were tons of things I would have loved to take home, if I had the place for it. So instead of bringing the real deal home I took a lot of pictures. It is my way of shopping these days, I still get the fulfillment of ‘taking’ something home with me but it is a lot easier on the old checkbook.
Some of my favorites of the day:
This repurposed wood little set. Wouldn’t that look perfect in your breakfast nook.
Outside where endless rows of iron gates. I loooooooved these. We are so looking for one, and I have the perfect spot for it in my garden. But halas although we could wander around in this area, the sale department was actually closed. Just as well, there was so much choice that I wouldn’t have known where to begin to look for our beauty anyway.
And this is My Love’s favorite. A little junking humor on four wheels.
We spent a good couple of hours here and all that junk staring made us hungry. So we went in search of another one of LiliM’s tips. Villa Augustus.
Villa Augustus is now a hotel and restaurant, but it used to be part of a water installation. This tower is now the hotel and in some former water pump station on the other side of the garden is the restaurant.
This is real industrial history and it doesn’t get any better than that in my opinion.
This is the restaurant where we had our lunch. I love that you can still see that it used to be an industrial building. I don’t know what those tracks were for, but they look great in the floor.
All the walls were still concrete, but painted with very fancy patterns.
The contrast between the concrete and all of the Venetian mirrors that were hanging everywhere was truly inspirational.
And wanna know what else was inspirational? Look what I was staring at all during lunch:
An awesome chandelier. Chock full of the most outrageous combination of things I have ever seen on a chandelier.
Want a close-up?
Besides lamps I spotted, teacups and teapots, plastic birds, cutlery, crystals, Christmas ornaments, cookie molds and so much more. It really made a big statement.
After having replenished our bodies here, we were ready for some more shopping. So off we went to another big home décor store I had read about: Loods 5.
This store was huge, carrying a very broad selection of just about everything we fill up our houses with, in every imaginable style (as long as it is a currently trendy style).
Again I showed amazing constraint and only did my shopping with my eyes and my camera.
I was glad to see this lamp. I think I unknowingly was following a hot trend when I made my feather wreath. Too bad the lamp wasn’t burning, would have loved to see how it looked lit up.
Here they also carried a line of repurposed wood furniture. We couldn’t see if this table was a Piet Hein Eek original but is sure was a beauty.
And inevitably on days like this I came home with a ton of pictures off pillows. Seeing what pillows cost these days, I can never bring myself to paying for them. Especially when I know that I could make them myself. That I would actually enjoy making them myself. If I just had the time…..
These grey felt beauties are definitely going high on my favorites list.
Ok, I hope you enjoyed coming along to our day of inspirational shopping. Do you do virtual shopping? And do you always ‘steal’ pictures in stores too? And do you think it is ok to copy those designs yourself (I do, as long as you are not selling them).
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