From Place To Space: Amsterdam

15 January 2012 0


Yes, it’s Monday. Ok, my virtual suitcase is packed. My craving for new discoveries and inspiring interiors is set high, as usual. So are you ready? Yes, cool, then buckle up. We are traveling again. Destination today: Amsterdam!

I was lucky enough to be invited to travel to Amsterdam – it was a birthday gift. So I set off to the vibrant and inspiring Dutch capital with a little tour guide and lots of expectations. And believe me when I tell you: My expectations had not been met. They’d been exceeded! This city was one of the most vivid places I’ve visited in Europe. Plus Amsterdam’s lifestyle is so unique and unlike in other European capitals. Forget traffic jammed boulevards, forget stressed faces running around, forget huge office buildings limiting your views. I think the Dutch were smart enough to remove all that to Den Haag or wherever. Fact is, Amsterdam is everything but a stressed country capital. 

The numerous canals, the so-called ‘Grachten’, create an easy-going, constantly surprising and loose atmosphere. And they are one of the must-sees when you’re there. I recommend a double approach: Take one of the organised boat trips through the most famous Grachten and see some of the most remarkable buildings and sights along your ride. Second, rent a bike (yes!!) and do your own tour discovering adorable little shops (like my favorite cheese store ‘De Kasskamer’ and many cute little interiors stores) and cosy cafés. Make it a ride-and-stop experience and enjoy to the max. 

Don’t miss the famous ‘Anne Frank House’ to get a notion of this touching and tragic story. Enjoy a movie in the stunning Pathé Tuschinski cinema with its eclectic mix of style dominated by Art Déco. Take a walk around the bustling port, stroll down the main shopping streets like Damstraat, visit one of the inspiring city markets like Noordermarkt and try some yummy food – go from Dutch traditional to exotic dishes from the country’s former colonies like Indonesia. Visit the red-light district to get an idea of its ‘popularity’ and round your trip up by visiting the fascinating Van Gogh museum and enjoying some of the world’s most famous art pieces. To round up this little blog trip I want to present you a very inspiring example of interior design in an Amsterdam townhouse. Judge by yourself, but I love the dominance of white and natural light combined with surprising, colourful details to accentuate the owner’s personality. By the end, I am sure you’ll conclude like me: Amsterdam, I’ll be back!

Photography: Interior pics via Dizain i Dekor; other pics by Igor Josifovic.

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  • Reply Anna@MyDesignEthos 15 January 2012 at 23:37

    Ooo that vignette with the matt black pottery against the white wall is stunning. Both beautiful homes!

  • Reply Fenny Setiawan 16 January 2012 at 02:31

    I really wanted to visit the netherlands one day, and Amsterdam is my dream place to mingle. I have few relative and friends from Indonesia (my home country) who migrate there long time ago, and def is worth to reunion with them. I love your rented bike, cute. Also love the idea to hang those cute lantern on the branches. I have craze of branches decoration :0.
    Thanks for sharing Igor, Love this post.

  • Reply dressed by style 16 January 2012 at 09:34

    Love the interior with soft grey, chocolate and flashes of hot pink! A stylish home indeed!
    and who can resist cheese, right?

  • Reply Julie-White Tapestry 16 January 2012 at 12:58

    I love, love, love Amsterdam. The charm, the bikes (which we rented too). Amsterdam is definitely on the top of my list for best cities. Between the two of us and our travels, we would have one rockin’ travel blog! Hmmmm…..xo

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar 16 January 2012 at 13:41

    I would gladly make the trip for the orange bike alone! So fun!

  • Reply vosges paris 16 January 2012 at 16:36

    I typed something about tourists on their bikes…. haha but nevermind.. Thank you for writing about my city in this way 😉 I love you felt the laid back atmosphere and enjoyed everything so much you want to come back.. You might want to add/check out my personnel city guide with all the shops and areas we amsterdammers like to go 😉

    from AMsterdam with love


  • Reply Shop Sweet Things with Jeanne 16 January 2012 at 20:26

    Amsterdam sounds so relaxing. I don’t hear much about that city so it’s nice to hear it from you! Those white interiors are so calling my name… and that bath, I wouldn’t normally think that’s my style but it still looks very inviting… must be the use of the white and gray. feels so clean and serene.

  • Reply jon 16 January 2012 at 20:27

    I second that black on black vignette! lovely!!

  • Reply Menthe Blanche 18 January 2012 at 14:13

    Thank you for sharing! All my friends told me it was a great city. And your pictures make me want to go … soon!

  • Reply Ada (new york) 19 January 2012 at 19:56

    Thanks for the virtual tour!!!! I love the orange color frame in the bike 🙂

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