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This article is in Dutch. You can find an English summary at the end of the post.

De meeste mensen die mijn blog lezen, houden van mooie huizen en inspirerende interieurs. Ik droom zelf regelmatig weg bij het zien van de mooie huizen op een van de vele blogs die ik lees. Waarschijnlijk heb je je weleens afgevraagd of zo’n droomhuis financieel haalbaar is. Of misschien droom je ervan om je huis grondig te verbouwen en wil je weten hoe dit gefinancierd kan worden. Een advies van een goede hypotheekadviseur biedt duidelijkheid of dromen werkelijkheid kunnen worden.

Toen wij zeven jaar geleden op huizenjacht waren, hebben wij ons uitgebreid laten informeren over de diverse financieringsmogelijkheden. Hierdoor waren wij in staat ons droomhuis te kopen. We zijn nog steeds blij met de keuze die we toen gemaakt hebben. Maar omdat de huidige rentestand veel lager is dan zeven jaar geleden is het verstandig om eens goed naar onze huidige hypotheek te laten kijken. Met de lage rentestand kan het namelijk voordelig zijn om de hypotheek over te sluiten. Hier komt een aantal kosten bij kijken (bijvoorbeeld een boete voor het ‘openbreken’ van de hypotheek tijdens de rentevaste periode) maar in sommige gevallen kan het onder aan de eindstreep toch geld opleveren.
Het staat al zeker twee jaar op mijn to-do lijst om een afspraak met een hypotheekadviseur te maken en onze hypotheek onder de loep te laten nemen. Maar door tijdgebrek is het er niet van gekomen. Met een druk leven is het niet altijd mogelijk om tijdens kantooruren tijd vrij te maken, bovendien is er geen bankkantoor bij mij in de buurt. Ik was daarom blij met het aanbod van ABN AMRO om hun nieuwe dienst uit te proberen. Met ‘Webcam Hypotheekadvies’ biedt ABN AMRO de mogelijkheid om via de webcam op de computer of op de tablet snel en gemakkelijk hypotheekadvies te krijgen. Je kan advies krijgen over een nieuwe hypotheek maar ook, zoals in mijn geval, over het eventueel oversluiten van een bestaande hypotheek. Het grote voordeel van deze moderne manier van adviseren is dat ik de deur niet uit hoef en het gesprek ook buiten kantooruren kan plaats vinden. Dit maakt de drempel een stuk lager! Het oriëntatiegesprek is bovendien gratis. Wij hebben overigens onze huidige hypotheek bij een andere bank afgesloten. Dit is voor het adviesgesprek met ABN AMRO geen probleem.
Volgende week hoor je van mij wat mijn ervaringen zijn met het verkrijgen van een hypotheekadvies via de webcam. Ik ben heel benieuwd hoe dit in zijn werk gaat! Wil je alvast meer weten, dan kan je hier een demo bekijken waarin in 1 minuut wordt uitgelegd wat ‘Webcam Hypotheekadvies’ is.

Deze post is gemaakt in samenwerking met ABN AMRO. Tekst en meningen zijn van mijzelf.

English summary: Most readers of this blog love beautiful houses and interiors. Perhaps you sometimes wonder if you can afford one of the houses you have seen on the blogs you read. Or you might dream about renovating your home and you wonder how to finance this. A consultation with a good financial advisor can offer clarity whether your dreams can become true or not.

When we were house hunting seven years ago, we went to a financial advisor to get advice about suitable mortgages for us. We are still happy with the choice we made but the financial market has changed since we got our mortgage. For instance the interest rate nowadays is much lower than seven years ago. Although there are costs involved, it might be wise to change our mortgage. Getting an appointment with a financial advisor has been on my to-do list for about two years. But with a busy life I just could not find the time to make an appointment during office hours. When ABN AMRO offered me to try out their new mortgage advice services I jumped at the chance. With their Webcam Mortgage Advice service ABN AMRO offers the option to get information about financing a home or a renovation. The great thing is that you can do this from your own home and that you can schedule the appointment during evening hours or on Saturdays. Besides, the first orientation meeting is for free! My appointment with ABN AMRO is scheduled for next week. In a next blog post I will tell you about my experiences with getting a mortgage advice by webcam. If you would like to know more in the meantime, you can see a demo here (which is in Dutch).

This post is created in collaboration with ABN AMRO. Words and opinions are my own.




When I started my blog in 2006 there were just a few interior & life style bloggers out there. Decor8 was one of the very first interior blogs and over the years this blog has grown into on of the largest and best blogs in the field. So if you want to learn about blogging and social media Holly Becker, owner of Decor8 and author of several bestselling books, is the best person to teach you. With her e-course Blogboss she teach you the best and most timely blogger topics trending at the moment. This class is for all levels but best enjoyed by those who consider themselves intermediate or advanced bloggers who are ready to move beyond the basics. You can find more information about the course and how to enroll here on Decor8.


And there is more news from the blogging world. Bloesem has recently launched the Bloesem Gazette and has opened a shop and studio where you can follow workshops.

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First of all I want to wish you all an amazing year 2014! I hope a lot of love, good health, happiness and laughter will come your way in this new year. I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting my blog and for all your lovely comments and messages. Regular readers may know that the last couple of years weren’t easy for me. In a nutshell: I had a difficult pregnancy and was very sick for almost nine months which made me very weak. In 2012 my mother died of cancer and in 2013 my father unexpectedly passed away. During these difficult times I received many heartwarming messages from you which I cherish and reread during difficult moments. I know that many of you are in similar situations and are dealing with grief and pain. With all of my heart I wish that 2014 will be a better year for you.


I have many ideas and wishes to improve my blog but because all that has happened, and as taking care of & spending time with my 3 year old is my main priority, I had little time to carry out my aspirations. Many of you have asked me to show you more of my own home, but with a very active toddler and a limited amount of good day light here in The Netherlands there never seems to be a good time to take photos. But I have made it my goal for 2014 to show you more of my life and home. Again, thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you will be there in 2014 as well!

Credits: these will be added later today.



Wishing you all a very merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful time with your loved ones.

Image: Free People.



In Haus Press is always a great resource if you are looking for (Chrismas) cards. This modern letterpress brand of paper goods slow-printed in San Francisco combines modern technology with age old printing methods to create pieces that represent their minimalistic style. Their products include small batch social correspondence, note cards, and limited edition prints that feature a mix of original hand-drawn typography and historic wood type. Everything is designed, printed, photographed and packaged in their San Francisco studio, thus the name “In Haus Press”.



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What is your favorite decorating style for Christmas? I personally like to keep it simple and not use too much color. But a little bit of Christmas red is essential, isn’t it? Today’s holiday inspired post shows examples of Christmas decorations with just a tiny amount of red. I hope you are all enjoying the pre-Christmas fun!



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It might not come as a surprise, but I personally prefer natural style Christmas decorations. What about you? Today I show you some examples of how stylish a ‘colorless’ Christmas can be. I will be adding some red to the Christmas decorations at our own home. And as my son loves colors (his favorites are pink, orange and purple!) we will have a smaller tree in our hallway with lots of color!



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Last week on Wednesday night I came back from holiday and at 8:00 the next morning I was in the train to Utrecht for the Masterclass Styling & Photography organized by Meet The Blogger. The workshop was given by AnoukB, a well-known stylist, interior designer and fashion & interior consultant, and photographer, stylist and blogger Wendy from Beeldsteil. The location, De Toonkamer in Utrecht, was wonderful. I loved the industrial style setting (aren’t those exposed walls beautiful?!).The first session I attended was the styling class. We were given a winter hat from YaYa and some magazines. The assignment was first to make a mood board and then create a styling set. The theme for the set was ‘easy winter’ and the winter hat should have a (prominent) place in this. During the photography session in the afternoon we got some great tips which I used for photographing my styling set. Here you can see the result: images 1, 2, and 5 show my styling set. On the fourth image you can see Desiree from VosgesParis in action.


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Remember this post? I can’t belief that already three years has gone by, time flies! Our sweet little boy has turned three a few days ago. That helpless little baby is now a big boy with with a mind of his own and lots of willpower. The Early Rider learner bike that we gave him for his birthday was a big hit! Not only is the wooden bike very stylish (I love the leather saddle!) but the bike is perfect for developing balancing skills. Happy birthday Kick!!