Brrr… a blanket please!

I admit it; one of my favourite hobbies this time of year is to snuggle up in my leather chair with a great book, a cup of tea and a blanket – or two. My white wool blanket has been with me for over 20 years, now that’s what I call a great investment! Yes, I […]

What’s under your feet?

When the days are getting shorter and colder, it’s time to think about what’s under your feet. Having lived with floor tiles (and without floor heating) for quite a few years, I now feel for a really fluffy, cosy and welcoming carpet. Carpets are great for reducing the acoustics in bigger rooms, they’re soft to walk on […]

It’s written on the star

I found an old French book at the market the other day. It was not in its best shape, but I liked the old paper and the fonts. It didn’t take me long before I decided to transform the book into Christmas ornaments. Here is how you make a star… You can of course use a […]

The Great Danes

Ecco, Lego, B&O, Eva Trio, Royal Copenhagen – I guess you have heard the names before. Danish design has a great reputation in large parts of the world. It started in the 1950ies with pioneer designers such as Hans Wegner, Børge Mogensen, Georg Jensen and Arne Jacobsen, taking Danish design outside of Denmark’s borders. Their […]

Lëtz Create – Sandra Wersand-Quell

Each month, Miranda van den Heuvel talks to creative people in Luxembourg and says “look, Luxembourg is creative! Here’s how and where!” The August talk is with jewelry maker Sandra Wersand-Quell. 1. What is CREATIVITY? Creativity is taking things you’ve seen, heard or experienced, turning them around, taking them apart and combining them in a new […]

DIY: Zesty summer

Like many others, I like to spend summer somewhere warm, and most of my summers are spent in Spain, which often means long hot days with sand, salty water and insects. So to make sure I always have my drink clean and cold, I went to the local shop and bought some jars with nice lids. I […]

DIY: Bedroom facelift

Is your bedroom bland and simple and in need of a face lift? Here are two quick and easy DIY’s: 1) Buy a piece of fabric (I bought one at Ikea that looks like old, weathered plank) and simply nail it to the wall with small, black nails.   2) Another easy way to zest up for example the guestroom is to […]

Scandinavian breeze

How about a light Scandinavian breeze in the summer heat? In general, Scandinavian design is characterised by… … a light and pale palette … use of light coloured wood such as pine, spruce and birch … natural materials such as wool, stone and leather … simple design with clean lines … functional furniture There’s a breeze […]

Lëtz Create – Martine Gales

Each month, Miranda van den Heuvel talks to creative people in Luxembourg and says “look, Luxembourg is creative! Here’s how and where!” The May talk is with US-based Luxembourgish designer and founder of Timeless Pieces, Martine Gales. 1. What is CREATIVITY? Creativity eludes clear definition. One of my favorite quotes is “Creativity is intelligence having fun” (Albert Einstein). […]

Let’s move – outdoors

May. Perhaps my favourite month of the year. Green, blooming, friendly sunshine… I spend as much time as I can outside, making my terrace comfortable. Pillows, furs and blankets, candles and seasonal flowers, a book and a cup of coffee – I’m in heaven. I also brought out a mirror this time, an old window […]