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Little House visits Amsterdam – Kattencafe Kopjes

Little House in Utrecht, Kattencafe Kopjes

Awhile ago, Andishe discovered a beautiful little place in our famous neighbour city of Amsterdam, which we thought we definitely have to share with you, especially if you are a interior design and cat lover!

Kattencafe Kopjes is not a normal cafe, which you find next to the main streets of the city centre. The cosy cafe has a twist to it – while you enjoy your delicious cup of coffee or a piece of cake you have the possibility to watch, pet or even play with one of the eight cats, which live at the cafe. You may have heard about this concept before, a cafe where the animals are free to walk and play around, while visitors enjoy their company. While places like Berlin, New York, London and Paris already had opened their own cat cafés, the Netherlands had to wait until April 2015.

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Located at Marco Polostraat 211, it is quite easily accessible by the tram. No matter if you are just in Amsterdam for a day or you live nearby, Kattencafe Kopjes is definitively worth a visit. The cats are waiting for you! The visitor gets the opportunity to visit the cats by paying the obligatory 3€ “cat taxes”. On the card there is a delicious little selection of warm and cold drinks, as well as cakes and other snacks – All fresh and made with love. But keep an eye on your food, if you don’t eat your cakes, the cats will!

Jokes aside all of the cats are very friendly and super cute! Although you may not spot all of them at once, when you first sit down, slowly but surely they will show themselves and play with you (if you’re lucky). The cafe also assures you that each and every one of the cats are trained and used to being surrounded by the 10-20 humans in the cafe. All of them have been adopted from a shelter and chosen based on their open character and behaviour with humans.

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The design and interior of the cafe are also very appealing. The chairs, sofas and tables have an antique touch to them and most accessories are themed around cats. For the animals, the owners have installed playing gadgets, cat trees and provided enough toys in order to make them feel at home. Little cat figures, cute napkin holders or basket chairs, give the room a very comfortable finish.

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We think that a “little trip” to Amsterdam every once in a while is definitely a good idea. So the next time you are in town, you shouldn’t miss out on the one and only Kattencafe Kopjes.

The cafe is open every Wednesday-Sunday from 10a.m.-19p.m.

More information: www.kattencafekopjes.nl

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Night of Light – Unusual night out in Utrecht

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The cold season has returned and with it comes the melancholy, stress and listlessness we all know. We prefer to stay at home, enjoy a hot cup of tea and snuggle into our sheets. This dream of pure relaxation gets often disturbed by work, university or other matters. There is no time to unwind. But what can we do, to let time stand still for a while?
Little House in Utrecht found a way.

 

There are different places in Utrecht where one can sit down and enjoy a moment of peace. Sometimes Home is just not the right place to sit down and have a moment for yourself. (even when it is decorated beautifully and in a way you enjoy it.) Sometimes we need to break out from the mundane and discover new places.

Besides the beautiful canals, parks and streets of the city, the Dom is one of these places that needs to get discovered. (Trust us this won’t be a religious post). People who live in Utrecht or have visited it know, that the Dom is the most famous landmark of the city. With its 112 meters its the tallest church tower of the Netherlands and famous for its stunning gothic architecture. Although both of us have seen many churches and cathedrals throughout the years (believe us a lot!), we can say that the Dom of Utrecht has its own beauty, by day, but especially by night.

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Every third Saturday evening of the month is a special one for the Dom: the Night of Light. The cathedral opens its doors to visitors from everywhere to see the light installations of the Dom. You can light up a candle and enjoy a moment of peace. It is rather odd to believe that a visit to a small tourist attraction will give you the opportunity to relax, but trust us, you have to try it yourself.

When we went to visit the Night of Lights last month, both of us had some stressful weeks behind us and we didn’t expect that this would change. Without any expectations we walked through the streets of the city, until we finally reached the Dom. A man on the street gave us each a candle and told us to light it up, once we are inside. The light installations outside the tower were already beautiful but once we went inside the Dom we saw all the candles and knew it was a good decision to come.

Night of Light, Dom tower, Utrecht

During the Night of Light the cathedral is open for anyone to enter and exit between 20.30 p.m. and 11 p.m. We were obviously not the only ones there. Around thirty other people were also attending the event. You could hear a small choir singing and candles on the ground lead you to the altar of the church, where  most of the candles were lit. People come and go, light a candle and go sit on the wooden benches. Some people were smiling and enjoying the event, others were crying, praying or just starring into the flames, but everyone was peaceful. After we had lit our candles and sat down, we felt all the stress and burdens disappear for a moment. The combination of the silence, the singing of the choir from time to time and the warmth of the flames just gave us a feeling of coziness.

Next to the candles at the altar there were wooden bowls containing pieces of paper. These pieces of paper had written verses from the bible on them.
We decided to stay a little longer to enjoy the atmosphere. On our way out we saw the reverend standing in one corner, offering blessings for those who wished for them.

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When you come to the church by day light you can’t necessarily calm down and unwind. But the Night of Lights gives everyone the opportunity to do so, no matter where you are from, which religion you believe in or what concerns you in life at the moment. Once a month, there is the opportunity to leave all the problems behind and enter an area full of peace and warmth. Although the Night of Light is an all-year event, we would recommend you to go in the cold months. Because in these months we need love and light the most.

On our way home, we both tried to hold on to the atmosphere, which the Dom had created. We knew it was not only the candles that had given us light that night. The atmosphere, the people and the Dom itself, had all contributed to that beautiful feeling full of light and love. I know I will definitely go again.

Will you be visiting the Night of Light?

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More information about the Night of Light

Visit their website for more information and to see when the next Night of Light takes place!

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Dishipline – Not your grandma’s decorative plates

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**This post was produced in collaboration with Dishipline. To find out more about our collaboration policy, go to our about page.**

Decorative plates on the wall. Flowers, charming countryside motives or Delft blue anyone? I had never considered putting decorative plates on my own walls as I thought they were old-fashioned. That was until I found Dishipline.

(Instagram) Crushing plates

Like many others, I have an habit of searching Instagram for inspiration and new accounts to follow. During one of my searches I saw a picture posted by Dishipline and liked it. A few days later, they liked one of my pictures. I decided to check them out again and followed them and that is how this modern Instagram lovestory started.

Not long after that I got an email from Daniela, the woman behind Dishipline, asking if I was interested in working together. A few emails later we agreed to a meeting in Utrecht.

Coffee and light in the darkness

Daniela and her husband Flavio meet me on a sunny afternoon at one of the local cafes  in Utrecht. Daniela and Flavio are both Italian but have been living in the Netherlands for years and while they now sometimes drink cappuccino in the afternoon, to the horror of their Italian friends, they have not lost the Italian affinity for beauty and style.

While sipping our coffees we talk about our shared interests in sustainability, people-watching and good (vegan) food. Soon, however, the tone turns more serious as Daniela starts telling me about how she got started with Dishipline. She had always been creative and loved art but as it often does, work had taken her away from her hobby. It was during this busy period in her life that Daniela found out she had cancer.

The news came as a shock and Daniela’s whole world stopped spinning. Faced with things such as 5% survival rate and intense cancer treatments she could have given up and let the cancer win but Daniela decided to focus on the positive. “If 5% have survived, then why can’t I be in that 5%,” she told herself.

Daniela cut down her work hours, became vegan and started creating art using vintage dishes and pictures clipped from books and magazines. Her light in the darkness, being able to create something beautiful even when her own reality was shadowed by the illness. Now, after a couple of years that she was not supposed to have, Daniela is still smiling and creating her art.

Living room full of Dishipline

After we finished our coffees we headed to the Little House in Utrecht. I am extremely happy to live in a house where I get excellent light conditions in the afternoon. With a little help from the Dishipline crew, I turned my living room into a photo studio. Daniela had brought a selection of her collection for me to photograph and soon I was arranging them into little groups.

As I was taking pictures Daniela told me how she looks for beautiful dishes everywhere she goes. She also has tons of old magazines and books and when she has a picture and a dish she combines them using decoupage. She loves using fashion magazines as a source because when taken out of their original context, the models often tell a completely different story. Daniela also uses the shape of the dish not just to frame the pictures but also for depth and perspective. There is a lot of movement in her dishes. Even though Daniela uses vintage plates, the contrast between modern and old is in balance. The pieces are quirky, beautiful and they will make you smile and think. Where is family traveling? Why are the couple chasing each other? What is going on in the blue-coated lady’s head?

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Gallery wall addi(c)tions

Eventually the photoshoot was over and it was time to pack up the dishes for the train trip back home. I was having a hard time letting go of one the dishes, as I had fallen head over heels in love with it. Daniela had noticed it too and as I was opening my mouth to ask her how much she wanted for the piece, she told me it was a gift. Humbled, I said my thanks about a million times and even now every time I see my little dish hanging on the wall I smile. The piece is a part of my gallery wall but lately I have been thinking that it feels a little lonely so I am probably going to end up buying another one. (especially now that I have seen the new collection on Instagram)

If you are also a fan of the Dishipline art, you can go to their website or their Instagram and see the pieces for yourself. Each of them is unique so if and when you fall in love with a particular piece, make sure to email Dishipline to secure it for yourself!

Were you already familiar with Dishipline? Plates on the wall, yay or nay? Let’s hear it in the comments!

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Scandinavian bohemian – Our living room

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Our living room is currently undergoing some major changes (well, additions) so I thought I would share these pictures I took a few weeks ago. This way you will see what a massive change the new things are going to make. (okay, I will stop teasing for now)

The living room is quite small but cozy. It’s still not quite finished or perfected (you can spot unfinished surfaces from renovating and some wild wires for the mister’s sound system) and the perfectionist in me shudders at showing the unfinished product to anyone. However, as anyone who has done any decorating in their own home, or better still, renovations, they will know that it’s a process and this is the current state.

A mix of Ikea, second-hand treasures and handmade items from the family, Finnish design items and trendy rotating accessories. That’s our living room in a nutshell. I like to call our look Scandinavian bohemian, mainly because I don’t quite know how to describe the mix of styles that are going on. The living room is definitely not the white, modern and sleek Scandinavian style but it’s not strictly bohemian either. Hence Scandinavian bohemian, as seen on Apartment Therapy and on my own Pinterest board where I pin my inspiration.

I love that the room always invites me to sit down and relax. I have intentionally kept things soft and comfortable. The large wool rug was something I never thought I’d like but now I quite like having it under my feet even if it is too big and requires a lot of vacuuming to keep it from turning white from all the cat hairs. (I should note that otherwise wool rugs are excellent for cat households! Poop, vomit etc is easy to just wipe off with a moist cloth as wool doesn’t absorb liquids as quickly as other fabrics)

You may notice that most of the seating is white and yes, the cats are the main reason for it. With two furballs living in the house I love that I don’t see the cat hairs until I sit down in my black pants. White is also a surprisingly easy colour for seating, especially with washable sofa covers. I also just happen to like white as an interior “colour.” I guess that is also a part of the Scandinavian bohemian style.

As I mentioned, there are things changing in the living room so I hope to share more pictures of the process soon.

What do you think of our living room? Are you a fan of Scandinavian bohemian? What is your own decorating style? Let’s hear it in the comments!

Nederlands: Dit is onze woonkamer van paar weken terug. Hij is klein maar ik vind hem erg gezellig. Veel ikea, veel second-hand. Ik noem onze style “Scandinavian bohemian” omdat ik weet niet precies hoe ik moet hem noemen. Hij is niet strak Scandinavisch maar ook niet helemaal boho. Er gaat ook nog een hoop veranderen (wij zijn er al bezig mee) maar de style zal niet veel veranderen… misschien wordt het een stuk strakker maar ik ben echt voor zacht en gezellig en warm dus kaal wordt het niet.

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Kaan en Co Opening Party

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**This blog post was written in collaboration with Kaan en Co. All the opinions expressed by me are mine.**

Just over a week ago I was invited to the opening of Kaan en Co to take a look around the merchandise. It also gave me an opportunity to interview the owner Eva Kaan. Eva is an interior-lover and a mother in her early thirties. She started Kaan en Co initially as a webshop but around six months ago on a holiday in Thailand she heard that a shop location was becoming available. Eva took the chance and the shop opened two weeks ago on Lijnbaansgracht 292 in Amsterdam, just a little walk away from Rijksmuseum. Eva also writes a blog called Mrs Anchelon with a team of women wanting to inspire other women.

The opening was on Sunday the 10th, and I went there after my quick visit to the Swan Market in Utrecht. Eva greeted me herself and after getting a glass of sparkling wine to celebrate the occasion I got to explore the shop. There was a lot to see so it was lovely to have the opportunity to browse at my own pace. At one point Eva’s mother came to discuss the shop with me, and the whole time there were a lot of Eva’s friends and family around, supporting her and celebrating the opening. “People ask me ‘Who’s the &co?’. I don’t have an official &co, but I mostly answer the co’s are all my ‘kornuiten’, which in my case means friends and family who help me with the shop,” Eva wrote to me later when I mailed her my questions. 

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The products at Kaan en Co are all carefully chosen by Eva. Her own decorating style, “ethno-chique” as she calls it herself, is reflected in the colourful fabrics and patterns. “In my house, almost all the walls are bright white, but almost all the items have color or a good story. I try to avoid Ikea as much as possible (although some things from Ikea are absolutely fantastic!), because I want my house to be different. Just like in my own house, the shop has quite a lot of color plus it’s a mix of different styles. . . .  After the opening on Sunday, my friends told me the shop is really ‘Eva’, so maybe we should just rename it to ‘Eva’s style’.”

Finding inspiration from instagram (she has over a 1000 screenshots on her phone!) Eva sources the products from several smaller (European) brands, some of which produce their items in Asia. She also works with a manufacturer from Thailand who makes the specific items Eva designs herself. Eva has visited the manufacturer’s factory in the northern Thailand to make sure that the working conditions are good and to get to know the people she works with.

Along with the small brands, Eva works with a vintage wholesale company that source quality vintage and antique items that are used to display items in the shop but some of them are also for sale. To me this makes Kaan en Co an almost irresistible shopping destination. Unique vintage items, carefully curated brands, in many price ranges… can’t stay away!

Eva says that for her it’s important to have a variety of prices in her shop. “I have cushions for 15€ and I have cushions for 160€. I adore the 160€ cushions, but I’m well aware of that not everyone can pay prices like that for ‘just’ a cushion. When I buy items for the shop, I take a close look at the price and when it’s high, I ask myself whether I would save up for a product like this. If the answer is yes, the item is welcome in the shop.” As someone with a student budget, I appreciate that. I love splurging on beautiful things for the house but I can’t do that all the time so it was lovely to go to the store and find gorgeous items within my budget.

Finally I ended up buying some little things for the house: a small copper basket that I put in the kitchen and a small glass and copper box for containing all of the earrings I always end up leaving next to the bed. Pictures will follow later although I already featured the little box on my instagram. I also received a pair of absolutely adorable earrings from Eva, as a small thank you for coming.

So if you ever are in Amsterdam and find yourself close to the Rijksmuseum make sure to pay Kaan en Co a visit! They are open from Thursday to Sunday from 11 o’clock to 17 o’clock. Most of their products are also available online in the webshop.

Have you already visited Kaan en Co? Do you have a favourite shop I should visit, either in Utrecht or Amsterdam? Let’s hear it in the comments!

Nederlands: een ruim week geleden was ik in Amsterdam voor het openingsfeestje van Kaan en Co. Kaan en Co is een superleuke concept store vol met verschillende interieur en lifestyle producten geïnspireerd door reizen naar Thailand en instagram. Kleurrijke patterns en unieke vintage-vondsten voor verschillende budgetten, ik voelde me helemaal thuis! Ik heb paar dingen gekocht, een kleine kopere mandje voor in de keuken en een kleine glazen en kopere doosje voor oorbellen en andere sieraden die anders naast mijn bed liggen. Het adres is Lindengracht 292, Amsterdam, geen vijf minuten lopen vanuit het Rijksmuseum, ideaal dus voor een dagje Amsterdam! Kaan en Co heeft ook een webshop dus ook als je net iets te ver woont, kan je die leuke producten gewoon naar huis laten bezorgen. 

Ben je al er eens geweest? Zijn er nog andere leuke winkels die ik móet kennen? Ik hoor het graag!

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