A shout out for holidays*!

I am so sorry for being so quiet these days, peeps.
Things are quiet for a reason however…


No, it’s not that I am enjoying yet another holiday…
(although I have spend an awesome time on a Dutch island enjoying a festival… more on that in another post)


Nonono, I am actually working my bloody behind of to get ready for the Woonbeurs!


holiday urlaub woonbeurs


The Woonbeurs is the largest interior design fair in the Netherlands.

Attentive readers will know that I am opening up a shop! Now that I wrapped up the process of writing a businessplan, making up moodboards and having delicious lunches with inspirators, it is time to get things going!

At this moment all the focus will be on finding a good space. For the time being you can check out the one page website just to give you a sneak peek of the feel of the concept and to give you the opportunity to subscribe to the newsletter, so you’ll be the first to hear when Urlaub will open!

Another sneak peek will be carried out at the Woonbeurs. Not only will Urlaub be selling lots of products (hence the hard labour!), you will also find me and some fun colleagues in live action: screenprinting and teaching cool workshops.


holiday urlaub woonbeurs

holiday urlaub woonbeurs


Now… for the word Urlaub…


Urlaub means holiday*!

To me the core of being on holiday is enjoying little things everyday, feeling excited, being open to new experiences.
This is exactly the kind of spirit I encounter in being an illustrator and in working together with other creatives.
And, this is also the feeling I want to transfer to all of you, the Urlaub customers!
You will hear all about it in the near future… (*mysterious music in the background*)


For now:

Check the website here. Via the website you can subscribe to our newsletter. Urlaub will inform you about our search for a space and the eventual opening. Fingers crossed for a permanent offline residence!

You can also check Urlaub out on Twitter and Facebook.

Or, just come to The Woonbeurs!

Road Trip Part I

This summer Mr Rockstar and I took a four week break (hallelujah!) to cruise South West America. I was never really attracted to the idea of an American Road Trip. New York has been my only beau, for I was one of those ignorant European people that thought the US would be nothing more than a bunch of skyscrapers, malls and people playing it cool in their New Balance sneakers.


Was I wrong!


I have been completely blown away by the vastity of American nature. So many nature reserves, the one even more beautiful than the other. So much open space!


In my following posts I will show you some of the pics I took of our travels.

(Unfortunately my pictures have turned out a bit dissapointing to me. I haven’t been able to capture the magic of it all. Will have to practice my photography skills again, this apparatus has been laying around doing nothing for too long. Also bummed I didn’t get shots of all the amazing people I met. Probably because I was too caught up in the moment, not such a bad thing, right? I will try to work out some sketches for you to enjoy my cultural observations too ;).)


First up in this photo series: San Francisco, Napa/ Sonoma Valley, Yosemite/ Sequoia, Death Valley, Las Vegas and Zion.

(Part II:

Part III:


road trip usa

road trip usa

road trip usa

road trip usa

road trip usa

road trip usa

road trip usa

road trip usa

road trip usa

road trip usa

Home again

Nothing better than coming home, after four weeks on the road, to a mailbox filled with good-news-cards and little presents!

(still making little improvements on this website, from now on: bigger images)



(first time ever ever I won a giveaway! thank you, Octavie!)

ellen vesters kim welling

Kim Welling

ellen vesters tattly



The downside of traveling to the other side of this planet: after missing just one night, Mr Sleep decided he needed some time apart…

Jetlag. Pf.


If Mr Sleep will ever decide to return to me (come on, I am on my knees here!), I will post some of my holiday pics in the coming days.