hello! i feel like i owe you an explanation as to why the blog is so quiet these days. so, if you’re interested, read on – or just skip to the fun stuff while i get a little bit wordy.
i temporarily shelved my working life during Axel’s first year, as we decided i would be his primary caregiver while Anton worked. it was both joyous and tough for me. to be able to spend so much time with him during such an important phase was a real privilege, but it also meant that i lost my grip on some parts of my life.
before having a baby i could sit at my computer in the morning and by 2pm realise i hadn’t had breakfast yet because i was so busy. i could work late into the night and it wouldn’t matter because i could sleep in the next day if i wanted to! that’s how i churned out so much blog ‘content’ (hate that word ?) and managed to keep up with all my freelance design work. now, oh my, anyone who has had a child will tell you that your time isn’t your own anymore. especially if you work for yourself – you have to adapt, be stricter with what little working hours you have, be able to take your mind away from what’s going on with your kid and focus.
turns out, focussing is hard. this blog has been my virtual baby for so many years, how could i keep it going when i was practically consumed by an actual real life baby who had happily turned my life upside down? the answer is, i didn’t. not only didn’t i have the time, but i started feeling out of touch with anything beyond my little baby world. i could feel myself receding into the background, scrolling the internet at weird hours of the morning and wondering if anything i had to say would just be… irrelevant.
at the same time i’ve watched the blogging landscape waxing and waning – mostly waning. it doesn’t feel like there’s a lot of space for solo bloggers like me anymore. i don’t have an editorial team to create content and i’m not hustling on or (where a lot of people have moved to, wrestling with algorithms all the live long day). this blog was never about that. some people tell me, “don’t be stupid – monetize and make the most of your audience!” but it’s not the direction i ever envisioned for myself or this space.
so, that’s where we’re at. only now a year and a half into this motherhood journey am i starting to find my feet. (also my respect for working mothers has increased a thousand fold!)
i think ultimately i also have to adapt to this new weird online space, but i don’t know what that means for the blog just yet. some days i just feel like calling it quits, but i hope i can at least keep old Genietenvangeuren ticking away… if you’re still out there reading, thank you. you’re the reason i do this, you know?
. i know terrazzo is the millennial pink of design materials right now, but i’m into it.
have you guys been watching ? Anton and i are obsessed – we already binge watched all of the first season – it’s such a good show. the late seventies styling is killer (pardon the pun).
i found this vintage editorial in a and just thought it was super cute. did you know: the literal translation of Marimekko is “little dress for Mary”.
posted about the who photoshops classic painted figures into modern scenarios. SO GOOD.
a couple had their with their cats in mind. they can walk up the bookshelf… and pop up through a trapdoor into the bedroom!
this by Stokperd is ace:
is a South African born NYC based label making nice threads and home things. into (sold out though! ?)
so much good stuff coming out of South Africa right now, including – an exquisite lingerie line:
is fiber art still cool? well i love these by :
i love this painting by :
here’s another painting i like, by
can relate to these illustrations by :
in an ideal world i would be wearing :
i could also totally see myself in the Oyster dress by Portland based designer :
i like these non-cutesie ( and ):
these mobiles by are hella cute. a and a snorkeler.
. photographer François Halard photographed the East Village studio & apartment of Saul Leiter after his friend had bought it. in it are some things Leiter left behind. beautiful, read the !
new work by the superb :
is this the you’ve ever seen?
also, a very