A post about a maxi summer dress and two of our rooms

maxi summer dress 2 (1 van 1)You have seen this maxi summer dress briefly before in the post with some holiday photos. I decided to feature it again, properly visible and throw in some photos of our “gentlemen’s room” and our bedroom. (After all, it is a blogger’s privilege to feature whatever she likes.) More about the rooms later, let’s start with the dress.

I bought this blue and white dress on holiday in Spain, as I did my white boho tunic. To tell you the truth I wasn’t so sure about it, but my girlfriends all yelled that I had to buy it. So I did. Which led to another disapproval of husband Ron. Of course it is very comfortable to wear. And I think it is easier to wear flat shoes with maxi dresses than it is with shorter dresses (easier to ME, that is; other women might not have any problems with that). But when I look at these photos I think: “flat shoes might be OK, but these ballerinas with the dress make your feet look bloated and stupid”. I have to look for different ones.

Below: this is in the shop. You can see why I also bought a little underslip. The transparency of this dress was just a bit too much to my taste.maxi summer dress (3 van 5)Below: by night…maxi summer dress (4 van 5)Below: close-up of pearls. The earrings are the ones which my father gave my mother in the sixties.maxi summer dress (5 van 5)

And now onto two of our rooms. Our house was built in 1903/1904 and when we bought it in 1995 we renovated every room. Don’t worry, there weren’t many rooms. It is a small terrace (row) house. I hope you like this little visit to my home.

Below: the “gentlemen’s room” as we call it. This is really Ron’s room and I am “allowed” to use one side of the desk. On the condition this is HIS room, not mine. Fine by me. The photos start at the entrance to the room and then go right in a circle. The pictures were taken with my iPad which resulted in “not that sharp and not all in the right format”. But I took them that one time when the room was actually tidy. It wasn’t before these pictures and it isn’t now…. But …. it is his room… sigh.Gentlemen's room (1 van 5)

Gentlemen's room (2 van 5)

Gentlemen's room (3 van 5)

Gentlemen's room (4 van 5)

Gentlemen's room (5 van 5)

Below: the bedroom. Photos are in the same order, starting with the bed and going right. The wallpaper, curtains and duvet cover are all by Designers Guild, a UK brand which we love.bedroom (1 van 5)

bedroom (2 van 5)

bedroom (3 van 5)

bedroom (4 van 5)Below: close-up of the photos on the dresser. The photo on the top left is our wedding photo haha. We had it taken as if it was 1947. bedroom (5 van 5)If you want to see more of our house, I have already published colourful living room and the garden.

Well, that was different from usual, very little to laugh this time, but I still hope I kept you entertained.


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  1. 19 July 2015 / 18:40

    Wonderful dress, so cool and flattering.
    The pic of the palm trees could be outside my house, ahhhhhhhhh
    Talking about houses I love yours. You can feel the warmth and the the taste of people whio live in.

    • Greetje
      19 July 2015 / 18:51

      Thank you Sacramento. Much praise.

  2. Marianne
    19 July 2015 / 19:43

    I was one of the friends who advised her to buy the dress. What you don’t see is that the dress has two materials, the flower part is cotton and the other part is knitwear which makes it special. I like the dress because it is one of a kind and I think that it is out of Greetjes comfort zone but I like seeing her wearing it. It needs flat shoes and of course a holiday to go with it. Her house is great. It shows what a good taste they both have.

    • Greetje
      19 July 2015 / 19:54

      You make me shy Marianne. A person can get too much praise you know LOL.

  3. 19 July 2015 / 21:03

    I love this dress on you Greetje, but it is a big surprise and so unlike your ‘normal’ style. It is a lovely free breath of fresh air and suits you so much. I also like it with flat shoes. You should wear more dresses in this style, it’s lovely and so are you!
    Great taste in your home. xxxa

    • Greetje
      19 July 2015 / 21:51

      Yes the dress is definitely out of my comfort zone. Normally I don’t “do” boho. But you are on holiday and then you get a bit folly. Glad you like it though.
      And thanks for the compliments about my home. Coming from an artist…..

    • Greetje
      19 July 2015 / 21:52

      Thank you for the compliment on the dress. As for the leather chair. It is usually covered with books, antiques, all sorts. Never to be used as a chair. Sigh.

  4. 19 July 2015 / 21:44

    You already know I love that maxi, you should pack that this week for sure. Some cute sliders would be a perfect match for it. I would be taking over that gentlemen’s room in no time, it’s fabulous. That leather chair is so very rich and inviting. I adore your bedroom as well. See you soon, my friend.

    • Greetje
      19 July 2015 / 21:55

      I am right in the middle of sorting out what to bring to Vancouver. The agony!!!. It will be colder in the evening and especially Saturday night watching the fireworks. So you have to bring summes shoes, warm shoes, black ones, blue ones, white ones. Etc etc. I might have to pay extra luggage.
      Glad you liked the rooms. But you could not take over the gentlemen’s room. It is Ron’s and he guards it.

      • 19 July 2015 / 22:37

        You are a funny gal. I seriously don’t stress about packing, in fact I’m still in NYC and will have to get home to do some house cleaning, Molly playing and then throw some clothes together Wednesday evening. I’ll probably take a pair of flat sandals, my nike’s for running in the morning, which I can use for the fireworks and maybe one other pair. So don’t expect some glamorous Trina to show up, just a fun and relaxed one.

        • Greetje
          20 July 2015 / 05:46

          The best way to go Trina. I gave the same advice to Melanie but don’t follow it myself. Don’t forget to bring something for the swap.

          • 20 July 2015 / 05:49

            Still debating about the swap.

  5. 19 July 2015 / 23:28

    The dress is very pretty and breezy for summer. I’d love to see how it looks with some block-heel sandals or wedges…something to balance out the volume of the dress. The “gentleman’s room” has a very Victorian feel. I could imagine Sherlock Holmes sitting there reading. Your bedroom is so light and cheerful, love the “1947” wedding photo!

    • Greetje
      20 July 2015 / 05:57

      I have a pair of silver wedges, quite flat. They might be right for the dress. Thanks for the tip.

  6. elle
    20 July 2015 / 00:35

    Love the dress, and i am so glad you listened to your friends! it is gorgeous !
    now those rooms: exquisite , eclectic and lovely! Love the stacked suitcases, the gorgeous mantle,
    the beautiful embroired bedding..all of the lovely details!
    thanks for sharing!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      20 July 2015 / 05:59

      We have put quite a bit of effort in decorating the house so I am glad you like it. Trouble is, your taste changes over the years and I would love to make it modern now. Alas…. No money left. As redecorating would need serious money.

  7. 20 July 2015 / 02:34

    What a pretty dress! And those earrings are so sentimental. It’s great when jewelry has meaning.

    • Greetje
      20 July 2015 / 06:02

      Thanks Ally. Lovely to see you on my blog. Looking forward to meeting you.

  8. Happiness at Mid Life
    20 July 2015 / 03:26

    This is a great dress, I am glad your friends convinced to buy it. The colors and the hem line makes it so fun. I really like the tour of the two rooms, I love the stacked suitcases – so much charm!


    • Greetje
      20 July 2015 / 06:06

      The only thing is with the rooms… my taste has progressed in those 20 (….) years and I would love to redecorate them. Like we did with the living room. But that is serious money and I don’t think we are going to spend it on that. Besides, Ron doesn’t want the gentlemen’s room changed and I still quite like the bedroom.

    • Greetje
      20 July 2015 / 10:07

      Fun. Always nice to get new readers. Do you mind commenting in English??

    • Greetje
      20 July 2015 / 21:07

      Yes we are good with details LOL

  9. alice
    20 July 2015 / 18:06

    The dress looks good on you! I agree with the wedge or a platform sandal would look nice. I hope you have a wonderful time in Vancouver! So far we have had a very warm summer here, so your dress would work well to bring along.

    • Greetje
      20 July 2015 / 21:07

      Temperatures are dropping in Vancouver. 12 degrees in the evening… Bbbrrrr.

  10. 20 July 2015 / 18:50

    I probably told you that the dress is very nice on you, now I add that it is in a perfect holiday style and of a delightful combination of colours…the flat are not bad at all ( I am just wondering if you can wear closed shoes in Spain during the day, as…my old feet need sandals )

    Your home is wonderful and very Northern Europe style. love Ron’s studio, your bedroom and also the downstairs!

    • Greetje
      20 July 2015 / 21:09

      Thanks Dan. Well, you know what our home looks like first hand.
      And I always wear closed shoes because I need my support soles when I walk a lot. And you cannot put support soles in slippers. But these shoes are cotton, so no problem.

  11. 21 July 2015 / 17:11

    The print and asymetrical shape of that dress make it a fun summer dress, but the transparency is unfortunate – when it’s hot you don’t really want to wear two layers. I never know what shoes to wear with long dresses but I only have a couple of pairs of summer sandals that are comfortable so I always end up choosing one of them.

    Have a great time in Vancouver with all the bloggers!

    • Greetje
      21 July 2015 / 20:27

      Such a pity you are not coming. But perhaps it is a lucky thing you didn’t book as you are feeling so under the weather.
      And as for the layers.. I can handle the extra layer quite well. Fortunately.

  12. 22 July 2015 / 16:09

    You always entertain, Greetje. Thanks for the tour. I love the stacked suitcases in Ron’s room and the manikin with hat in the bedroom. I can tell that you’ve put a lot of love into your home. My home was built in 1907, so a similar era.

    The dress looks perfect on you. I love it’s filmy nature and the asymmetrical hemline.

    • Greetje
      22 July 2015 / 20:43

      I have seen bits of your house on your blog too and I know I could totally live there. Although it is much, much bigger than ours. The stacked suitcases had a better place where they could shine, but Ron bought these big boxes full of science/physical demonstration stuff. From a former highschool teacher. His “plan” is to sell them off one by one through our equivalent of Ebay. However in order to do this, you have to make photos, upload them and keep plugging them. Which is hard work. And he never sits in this room anymore as the dog is downstairs and they are inseparable. So another sigh….

  13. 22 July 2015 / 21:57

    You have a beautiful home, Greetje. Ron’s room is great. I’d imagine it to smell like cologne, leather and tobacco. I have no idea why. I just equate those with masculine.

    I like the dress. You look relaxed and very artisy. 🙂

    • Greetje
      23 July 2015 / 09:48

      I was afraid it might start smelling like mold with all these old items. Fortunately the room does not smell like anything haha.

  14. 23 July 2015 / 18:39

    Your dress is beautiful, I love this informal proposal. I am amazed to see your house, it’s beautiful. It’s a cozy, warm and elegant home. I imagined a more minimalist and casual home, I still do not know you well. But now, see her, I think it’s your house, an elegant home to an elegant woman.

    • Greetje
      24 July 2015 / 02:13

      I think there is a lot of truth in the saying: “show me your house and I tell you who you are”. I want to be a minimalist but fail hopelessly. Every day.

      • 13 August 2015 / 09:41

        Stop trying, gal. You’re not a ‘more is more’ person like I am, but you’re also not a minimalist like Sylvia is. You’re you and there’s definitely something ‘loud’ in you. That’s fun!

  15. Mel Reardon
    26 July 2015 / 02:31

    So loved seeing your wonderful home! Thank you for sharing!

    • Greetje
      26 July 2015 / 16:06

      Glad you like it Mel. And thanks for taking the time to comment.

  16. Margot Priest
    27 July 2015 / 18:45

    The dress looks lovely and cool. BUT the rooms are stupendous–just wonderful. Great antiques and a great eye: the wing chair! the tall case clock! the fireplace! etc. etc. It must be fun to have the modern bright living room and the calm antiques in the “gentleman’s lounge.” Very kind of him to share the partner’s desk.

    • Greetje
      28 July 2015 / 20:01

      Hahaha, yes isn’t it kind of him to share the partner’s desk? LOL Don’t worry, he does not dominate me in any way. I make sure of that. Glad you like our house. We put in a lot of effort, but it is of course very personal.

  17. 13 August 2015 / 09:38

    I don’t like the dress and I definitely don’t like it on you, Greetje.

    I know you can handle my upfront honesty, so I made no attempt to sugarcoat it. Hahaha… Ah well, you can’t please everyone all the time, can you?!

    What I missed in your reportage of Ron’s room, are pictures of his collections and wonderfully weird finds. Maybe for another reportage?

    • Greetje
      13 August 2015 / 20:51

      Ah well, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. You are with Ron, who doesn’t like the dress either. I am still not sure, but it is sure comfortable on a hot day.

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