After plenty requests, our beloved Emma DID IT. She photographed her too cute to handle studio in Amsterdam East, where she’s set up home a few months ago. And it’s coming together. Let’s take a guided tour!
Emma: “I’d say the dining area, because there you get to experiment with different styles, mixing chairs, or create a cozy nook with a corner sofa. In my case, that is the place where all my ideas come to a plan.”
Where did you get that red chair?!
“It’s vintage, I bought it on Marktplaats, from an awesome Australian couple.”
And the carpet?
“The carpet is by Storebror. Bought it at Sissy Boy.”
How would you describe your interior style?
“Hmm… tough one! I actually don’t like to stick to one specific style, simply because I just love so many different things. But, if I have to name something, I guess I can call it eclectic? Which is specific for its mix in materials, colors, and styles.”
Tell us about the art prints above your bed, where did you get ’em?
“Well, two of them (the two in the back) are actually just (wrapping) papers I bought at a craft store. The pink one is by Hotel Magique, the ‘golden potato man’ is by Cate Adriana (my business bestie). The ‘flying cirque tent’ print is by Laurent Chéhère (I’m loving the dreamy vibe here). Then the big one with the eyes is a print by Olle Eksell – a few years ago I saw it on Pinterest, fell in love with it and had to have one, too.”
First thing you do when you get home?
“I walk straight to my closet, where I have this special department called chill clothing, full of fluffy socks, leggings, and oversized sweaters (I’m quite the shivery one). After that, I’ll pour myself a glass of wine, put on some relaxing music and clean up the home a bit (no, I don’t like a messy apartment).”
What house from the movies do you love best?
“Eh… I had to google that… But! During my google search I stumbled upon this incredible film location, and though I have absolutely NO clue what movie is filmed here, I WANT (NEED!) IT!”
Where do you love to go when in need of things for the home?
“Jumble sales! Since my parents live close to the Belgium border, I used to go to Antwerp a lot. Also, I like to shop online, I love Etsy and Marktplaats. Now I’m planning a little road trip to Paris with my mum for vintage markets, I’m a real treasure hunter!”
D’you perhaps have a favorite interior architect, blog, or book?
“O yes! Yolanda Vilalta and Helena Jaumá are the designers behind my favorite hotspot in Barcelona, which is called Bananas (already a plus) and is a mix of funky animal prints, vintage treasures, and high-end design. I love checking out this blog called The Socialite Family and could spend hours scrolling trough Airbnb homes from all over the globe.”
What piece of furniture are you saving for at the moment?
“I’m saving for The BIG Balcony Project. I’d only shown you a tiny piece of my balcony (because: not finished yet), but it’s actually quite big and on hot summer days a very welcome extension of my studio! I’m looking for a big disco ball, too, by the way, loving the sparkly light effect when the sun is shining through my window.” (Check)
What’s still missing?
“A cat! I’ve been surrounded by dogs and cats my whole life, and I loved it. I’m a real animal lover and I miss a fluffy cuddle buddy.” I already spotted this adorable cat-tipi and I can’t wait to create the cat area.
Apart from the cat: future house goals?
“Haha, do you have a minute or two? I could talk for hours about future house goals! No, but, focusing on this apartment: since I bought it, I can basically do anything with it. For the walls: I’d like to see them in a light grey tone. As for my bed: I’m thinking about lifting it up, because my ceiling is very high – and so there’ll be more space to create a real living room with a couch and stuff. Enough to do…”
Portraits by: Danielle Siobhan Mol, interior shots by: Emma Peijnenburg