GUEST BLOG – JET VAN DER GRAAF (5/5)

Geschreven op 20 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Jet van der Graaf (in her daily life she’s a designer at a magazine) has a dream: traveling the world in an old camper with her boyfriend and her two sons. The nineties camper van has been purchased and work continues day and night to pimp the in- and the outside. Over the next few weeks Jet will share her tips, doubts, decisions and moments of bliss with us. You can also follow her on her blog  Nomadfamily.nl

It’s a wrap!

We’ve finished our camper van! In the end it’s been painted red and it has bunting all around the top… Everybody’s happy!

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Yay, time to celebrate! It was Michiel’s birthday, the sun was shining and we have discovered such a great campsite. All the ingredients in abundance for celebrating the beginning of summer with friends and family. We’re going to our favorite campsite: De Lievelinge (‘the sweetheart’).

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The tastiest morsels are brought along and our friend illustrator Wouter Gresnigt together with our two kids adds a cheery birthday illustration to our camper van’s door.

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All day long we’re eating, drinking, laughing, swimming and having a great time… and in the end a few of us sit around the campfire until very late, looking back on a wonderful day, with wonderful people in a wonderful place.

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A promise of all the great things yet to come this summer and for the rest of our No-Mad Family adventures…. Because life is just the greatest party, so remember to always put up the bunting!

Have a great summer!
Wave!

Jet

(ps you can keep following us on Nomadfamily.nl!)

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GETAWAYS – HOLIDAY HOTSPOTS

Geschreven op 18 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Every week we feature a fun getaway on our blog. Selected by and approved of Flow. A hotel, campsite, B&B or some other great place to spend a night away, or a weekend, or a bit longer. Always special, always in the Netherlands or Belgium (or slightly further afield now and again).

This week: ABCyou Bed & Breakfast in Valencia (Spanje)

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What’s so great about this place?
This B&B is right smack in the middle of Valencia and that makes it the ideal base to explore the city. Run by Wouter and Daphne, a young Dutch couple who swapped Utrecht for the sunny south. Their ABCyou bed & Breakfast is a special place where as a guest you are made to feel very welcome. Their authentic house has 12 rooms, all of them a little different:  a mixture of traditional tile floors and hip details. Start your day with a lovely breakfast and end your day with a drink in the courtyard garden.

What’s for breakfast?
During the week the locals use the breakfast room as a coffee bar as well. Every day you’ll be presented with a full breakfast with a new twist. Fresh fruit from the local Rufaza market, home baked goodies and freshly ground coffee.

Our tip
Discover the up and coming area of Rufaza, just around the corner from ABCyou!

Great food
Our personal favorite is the Canalla Bistro (www.canallabistro.com) by star chef Ricard Camarena at the end of the street. The bistro and his Michelin-star-restaurant share a kitchen and you can certainly taste that. Be sure to book a table.

Nice to know
Visit Valencia on the last Wednesday of August during the annual Tomatina (tomato fights).

Price per night: starts from  € 39 per room, excluding breakfast. If you book via ABCyou’s own website, there’ll be a bottle of cava waiting for you upon arrival.

www.abcyou.es

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SATURDAY MARKET (189) : IMAKIN

Geschreven op 16 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

When you occasionally feel like doing a spot of DIY, the DIY-kits made by Jinske Verpalen from Utrecht could be just the ticket: all the satisfaction of homemade, but without having to fork out for a whole load of paint, fabric or other materials.  

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Why did you start a web shop and how do you like running it?
“I started my web shop because there just weren’t that many DIY-kits available for adults. As I got such a great response to my idea I took the plunge. Running a web shop to me means freedom: if I’m feeling inspired late at night, I can simply get going immediately. And if I’d rather go and have lunch with a friend during the day, I can.”

What do you enjoy making the most yourself?
“In my spare time I am always working on some creative project, from sewing to revamping furniture. My favorite thing is to work on my house. Among other things I have a growing wall of art, I just keep adding more and more (vintage) frames with art, pictures, illustrations and quotes. I also have handmade pillows, lampshades, and handmade furniture to add a bit of personality to my house.”

Did you teach yourself new handicrafts to be able to open this shop?
“I’ve learned how to knit and crochet. Took me quite a few long nights on the couch to practise. I am currently learning how to tackle some more complex projects (sneak preview: a knitted sweater). I would also like to learn how to screen print, to be able to print on paper and fabrics. And one day I’d like to open an IMAKIN-shop where you can buy the DIY-kits, but also take in a workshop and do some cozy DIY over tea and cakes.”

Imakin-store.com

 

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GUEST BLOG – JET VAN DER GRAAF (4/5)

Geschreven op 13 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Jet van der Graaf (in her daily life she’s a designer at a magazine) has a dream: traveling the world in an old camper with her boyfriend and her two sons. The nineties camper van has been purchased and work continues day and night to pimp the in- and the outside. Over the next few weeks Jet will share her tips, doubts, decisions and moments of bliss with us. You can also follow her on her blog  Nomadfamily.nl

Party on wheels
The inside of the camper is really almost finished. We only need to fix the floor and we’ll just leave it ‘open’ so the inside can ‘grow’ and become more personal by all the things we will come across on our travels.
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But then there’s the outside… The original factory exterior doesn’t go with the interior at all. Time to go for some rigorous plans! And we didn’t go about that lightly. The basic color, are we going for bright or pastels? Fact is that our little camper van doesn’t have any retro shapes, so pastel colors make no sense.

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We need the color to make up for the not-so-sexy-shape.  Orange maybe? Hmm, too ‘soccer-y’. The remainder of the black board paint?… Too ‘doomy’, so let’s not.

And then we decided that all our vans – both now and in the future – will be red. We started out with a red and white VW old timer van after all. And we always loved the color, so this one will be red as well. And as it probably won’t be our last camper van, we’re already promising to make the future ones red as well. Great, this color-choice-stress-moment has been dealt with.

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But…. shall we go for a hippie painting or just let the kids have a go with paint? And are we using foil or paint? Luckily we can photoshop together some previews. In the end, the Orla Kiely pattern doesn’t make the cut. We really like the Orla Kiely wallpaper inside the bus, but it mustn’t get too much, too ‘slick’. Let’s keep it a bit ‘loose’, a bit more flower power.

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So shall we add flowers… Or is that too jolly… Bunting maybe? In the end we got ourselves a real ‘party on wheels’, painted in a good quality acrylic high gloss paint. The result? You’ll just have to wait until next week to see in the final No-Mad Family blog.

A summery salute,

Jet

 

 

 

 

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SATURDAY MARKET (188) : MADAME VOLT

Geschreven op 9 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Sophie Janssens simply cannot sit still. Kinda useful when you are as creatively gifted as she is, because you can make even more wonderful stuff.
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Tell us a little about yourself?
“I’m 33 and I grew up in Antwerpen. I got the name Madame Volt back when I was 16, my friends used to call me 2000 volt because I could never sit still. Together with my boyfriend Dimitri I have bought a little house in Borgerhout earlier this year. That is also where I have my small work shop, where I love making my jewelry and illustrations. I adore lots and lots of light so whenever the sun comes out I immediately drag my table onto the roof terrace. My materials are always ready, so I can get started whenever I feel like it… Savoring and working at the same time. Making the most of life is the thing I like best: going for cups of coffee with friends, riding my bike around the city, getting inspired… ‘Playing’ is a central part of my creative process and that also goes for my everyday life.”

How did you get started with your shop?
“Apart from Madame Volt I also work part time as a kindergarten teacher. I am always trying out new things and creating stuff for that. After my studies I traveled for three years and after that I took a lot of evening classes. First three years of photography, followed by two years of sewing, and a basis course in drawing. I am currently in my second year of ‘applied graphics’. I seriously cannot sit still. It was all just a hobby until I set myself a deadline by getting a stall at a creative market. The shop has existed ever since.”

What kind of development have you seen in your work?
“I have made pretty much everything. A while ago I enjoyed upcycling charity shop finds, most of my products had a bit of a retro vibe. Currently I am influenced more by the graphic and geometrical look. But colors and playfulness will always be key to my designs.”

Madamevolt.bigcartel.com

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GUEST BLOG – JET VAN DER GRAAF (3/5)

Geschreven op 6 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Jet van der Graaf (in her daily life she’s a designer at a magazine) has a dream: traveling the world in an old camper with her boyfriend and her two sons. The nineties camper van has been purchased and work continues day and night to pimp the in- and the outside. Over the next few weeks Jet will share her tips, doubts, decisions and moments of bliss with us. You can also follow her on her blog  Nomadfamily.nl

Honey… it looks like Dynasty in here!

Yep, that’s the first thing that came to mind when I saw our internal spa… (yes, we do have a shower and a toilet on board!). It’s this kind of marbled pattern which reminds me of the glamorous lifestyle of Alexis Carrington Colby Dexter, including ‘dressing room’ lamp. It made me want to dig out some huge shoulder pads to add to my travel outfits…

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Luckily we see our tiny bathroom as a fun challenge, we can make it much nicer. Let’s get out the adhesive foil! We were aiming for some nice Piet Hein Eek-esk walls (Piet Hein Eek is a Dutch designer famous for his scrap wood furniture). We felt a more beachy, and less bitchy, vibe would suit our happy trails better.

Sticking the stuff on was supposed to be easy as pie. Get a bucket of soapy water and a squeegee and Bob’s your uncle, right? Well, as I’ve mentioned before… I have some patience issues… When I tried it everything just stuck to everything higgledy-piggledy. Luckily my guardian angel Michiel came to my rescue. In less than an hour he managed to get our little bathroom plastered tip-top. Turned out that putting up the towel hooks was more my cup of tea, and after adding a nice crisp blue shower curtain Dynasty was a thing of the past!

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While we’re on a roll, we really get going, yes you can… The Orla Kiely wall paper has arrived and the last layer of white lacquer has been applied. Suddenly everything is moving really quickly and within a week the end result is starting to shine through…. wow… it’s going to be so cool!

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At the 11th hour we remember that we have some blackboard paint left over from a wall in our living room and it would be perfect for the inside of the camper’s door.

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Now that our interior is coming together bit by bit, it’s time to start thinking of the outside, as so far it’s very ‘unsexy’! I have stocked up on bottles of sticker remover and my hair dryer is at the ready, because the twenty year old original Hymer stickers are still on it. The doors of the cabin and the back of the camper will get their very own No-Mad Family-logo and the first designs are popping up on my computer screen… decisions, decisions… Are we going to use wrapping foil or sand down and paint? But first let’s go on our trial & error weekend. The sun is shining, it’s about time to sip wine  & smell the campfire!

A summery salute,

Jet

 

 

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SATURDAY MARKET (187): PASSI PASSÉ

Geschreven op 2 August 2014 door Flowmagazine

Ellen De Ly’s shop and web shop are her personal play ground, a marvelous place where the past isn’t quite past at all.

170714_Saturday_Market_ PASSI PASSÉ Who is the woman behind Passi Passé?
“I have two kids, two dogs, four cats and a horse and I’m married to Niko, a soccer journalist. I love music, fine arts, cooking, reading and collecting things. And I love my big garden. My ‘proper’ job is as a translator and a copywriter, but two years ago I took the plunge and started working full time in the shop and the web shop. I’ve been obsessed with all things old ever since I was a little girl: old movies, old music, old furniture. Someone I knew had to sell her flower shop in the village five years ago… At first I also sold plants next to gifts and vintage knickknacks, but it soon became obvious that I don’t have much of a green thumb..”

What kind of shop is Passi Passé?
“Passi Passé derives from the French: le passé n’est pas si passé que ça. Which means something like: the past isn’t quite past. It’s my personal playground: I get to look for and buy as many vintage items as I want. And the occasional curiosity as well, I do pick some of those up occasionally :-).”

Did you start your web shop right away as well?
“I started a web shop pretty quickly so I could attract clients from outside the village. At the same time I got into the whole web shop fairs and market scene. That really helped getting the shop noticed quickly. I also got to know the owners of other web shops. These days my shop is a concept store where other specialized web shops and creatives can temporarily hire space. They get a place where people can actually see their stuff and I get to offer my clients a lot of new things more often. I’ve been profiting from the product knowledge and the specialization of my tenants. I’ve been doing it like this for the past two years and it really works for me. Truly a win-win situation.”

Passipasse.be

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GUEST BLOG – JET VAN DER GRAAF (2/5)

Geschreven op 30 July 2014 door Flowmagazine

Jet van der Graaf (in her daily life she’s a designer at a magazine) has a dream: traveling the world in an old camper with her boyfriend and her two sons. The nineties camper van has been purchased and work continues day and night to pimp the in- and the outside. Over the next few weeks Jet will share her tips, doubts, decisions and moments of bliss with us. You can also follow her on her blog  Nomadfamily.nl

And then you find yourself staring down a big, brown hole…

…Which is the interior of the camper van you’ve just bought. And if, like me, you haven’t been blessed with pots and pots of patience, you can easily loose heart at moments such as these. How can we ever turn this into something? Where do we even start?
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Luckily Michiel simply got started: the best way to tackle ‘big obstacle’-fears. Ripping out the stuff that needs to go, getting all the grease off and putting a first coat of paint on everything that needs painting… Which is pretty much everything! So if you walk into the camper halfway through all of these demolitions it can kinda freak you out, aaaaaaaaaargh!

We got some advice from a real painting pro, which is why we opted for a high quality base coat and water based two-component lacquer. A lacquer so strong it can actually handle my family of men on these few square meters ;-)

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We’re turning the alcove, the double sleeping area above the cabin, into the boys’ room.  And to give the camper van that homey feeling we’re painting it the same light blue color as the kids’ room in our apartment. It makes it feel bigger and it’s a nice fresh color for this relatively small space. I’ve painted grass and stuck on some stickers depicting woodland creatures all around, just above the mattress… A little of the outside inside. Our eldest son Roemer was very taken with his new diggs and is proudly showing off his new bed to his friends!

3.We’re also sowing herbs in two ‘hanging balcony bins’, the kind we can easily hang out of our camper’s kitchen window (only when we’re stationary, obviously ;-). Roemer especially enjoys sowing and growing stuff and it’s a great, playful, way to increase his involvement in this project. In a while he’ll be able to make his own pesto on the road. Personally I put a lot of stock in healthy eating hea;thy and organic food, and getting our own mobile herb garden makes it easier for me to keep track of that…

4.And I imagine that once we’re on the road, and the kids are tucked away asleep in their forest beds, Michiel and I will just linger outside under a balmy, starry sky, nice and romantic at our picnic table! So I needed to tackle that as well ;-)

Luckily there are scores of cute types of oilcloth to cover the table and the seats. Very easy to do with a staple gun and, oh lucky me, very fast results. Candle (or moon) light, an olive or two, glass of cava… I am completely over the moon with my camper van plan again.

Summery greetings,
Jet

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