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I made the decision in 4 seconds flat while reading an article about the rising cost of vintage furniture – to go to Amsterdam in February to a trade show dedicated to the design icons of the 50-60s! So I found a super low cost flight and searched for a place to stay for 3 nights.
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I usually do these things late at night, in moments of quiet pleasure at my computer scrolling through images of hotels or apartments on airbnb. It feels like my trip has already begun. Wherever I go, I always try to find some unusual angle. This time I had no doubt, I would look for a houseboat to rent.

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Found it, booked it! It was a houseboat on a canal north the center of Amsterdam, close to the location of the vintage trade show — a big living room on two levels, well-equipped kitchen, fantastic bathroom, comfortable bedroom and lots of light, and for less than a hotel.

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So far, so good. But as I boarded the plane at 6 in the morning, I began to feel a soreness in my throat and started to cough, to the displeasure of those sitting around me, the first signs of a really bad cold. When we got to Amsterdam, soaked by the frigid rain and blown around by gusts of wind that made our umbrellas quite useless, Howard and I decided to seek shelter at the very next cafe or bar on the street.

 

Speaking of rain, did you know that Dutch schoolkids draw their rainy scenes with the rain falling at a jaunty 45 degree angle?! That's something I learned on this trip.

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As soon as we were seated in a warm little vegetarian restaurant, we ordered a pot of tea, hot soup, crusty bread and took advantage of the wifi to do some work. We were curious as to why there were no prices on the handwritten menu posted on the wall, and when we ready to leave we found out why. In this restaurant, you pay whatever you feel the meal was worth ... unbelievable! It's a wonderful place filled with smiles and an easygoing atmosphere.

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Despite the cough syrup and acetaminophen, my days in Amsterdam were spent mostly in bed, on the houseboat. On the positive side, I discovered how truly pleasant life on a houseboat can be — the soft sound of the water mixed with the silence, the nearly imperceptible rocking of the boat, the gray tones of sky, the rain, wind and cold outside, the warmth and soft light inside. Even though I was sick, I was quite content staying there for hours observing the slow pace of life on the canal. Relaxing. Fascinating.

 

I ventured out to the trade show and saw some exceptional furniture, lamps and small objects. Unfortunately, due to increasing demand and limited supply, prices have really climbed. At least I was able to confirm the fact that I've got a good eye as I discussed the items on display with various vendors. I'm still hoping to be able to find great pieces at reasonable prices. Watch this space.

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Each month I usually have some news about the latest lines of products that you can find at dep design store, and this newsletter is no diferent. This time it's Nomess Copenhagen, a company dedicated to the enemies of chaos. They are focused on products that help you keep your things more organized in Danish style, true to Benjamin Franklin's maxim, "a place for everything, everything in its place." If you're interested, I've included some images and a link to their brand video, below.

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I would also like to thank the many of you that have sent me emails or commented on Facebook in response to these newsletters. You have pleasantly surprised me with your interest and are helping me to work better and even more enthusiastically. Thank you.

 

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