Eye Catching “Hotel Inntel” + Thank You

Hello friends. My week went so fast, I had to hold on to my hat. And getting used to new school routines has been somewhat of a shock to the system. But we are still alive and smiling!

I just had to share this hotel with you. I read about it on my way home from Sweden (via Amsterdam). I have never seen anything like it. Something to talk about at the next  social gathering.

Hotell Inntel in Zaandam, Holland, opened its doors this Spring and is designed by architect Wilfried van Winden. The 12 story designer mashup incorporates everything from traditional workers cottages to a replica of a blue house that Claude Monet painted in Holland in 1871. The architect refers to his style as “fusion architecture”.

Here is an image from the  Tsar Peter Suite. This royal suite is modern, but fully recreated in the style of the Tsar Peter house, the oldest house in Zaandam, with a comfortable box bed.

From new hotels to new thank yous’ — and hopefully some useful information.

First a big thank you to two blog awards for Splendid Willow.

The first one comes from Tina over at Komma Hem. This lovely lady, based  in Sweden, is a super friendly blog friend. You will find lots of information and inspiration as she, with great honesty, takes her readers on a journey to discover what her true style is. Can’t we all relate to that!

Award no. 2 came a while ago from my dear Seattle friend in real life, Ewa, who is a food blogger and relatively new in blog land but who already has generated a lot of traffic. Delishhh  is my “secret” food blog.  And in my opinion THE blog to visit when looking for translated (so you don’t have to figure out grams vs. ounces!), tried and proven dishes from Sweden among other countries. (Like the FABULOUS Swedish Oatmeal cookies with Nutella below. Try them!). I also go here for great restaurant reviews in Seattle. I know this lovely lady well. She has excellent taste.

And from awards to a splendid giveaway. It came my way via my close friend Charlotta and her lovely blog Space For Inspiration. It was a day for major sumersaults!  The giveaway was a gift certificate to the on-line mega store CSN. I was fairly conviced that I was going to order a Creuset tea kettle but at the last minute I changed my mind and decided to order a pair of wall sconces instead. I desperately need some in my foyer, but there are many limitations at my house as far as width and style,  etc.

After literally browsing through thousands of sconces at CSN (I seem to remember that they have over 10,000!) I settled for these. Both classic and modern. And I think they look a lot more costly than the $59  each (on) sale that they cost. Don’t you agree?

I absolutely love them! And I can’t wait to show you what they look like installed!

And finally, out of the blue, came a package from my old and dear blog friend Manvi over at Mochatini. She sent me a box of loveliness from the NY based company Sabon that offers luxury bath products. “You need to pamper yourself after your vacation”, read the lovely note. People, I don’t even dare to open the beautifully wrapped soaps! They are way too elegant! What an unexpected treat that made me smile for days.

Thank you ladies, from the bottom of my heart! You are all wonderful friends and give so much to me personally and to the rest of blogland.

Happy weekend to all my readers! See you on Monday!

And don’t forget to enter my giveaway here!  You can win a key cabinet or lovely crayfish towels, hand picked by me in Stockholm. The giveaway ends on Tuesday.

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  • Di Overton says:

    Hi it’s me, did you think I had evaporated? Just been mad busy. Hope all is well with you my friend

  • What an amazing place! I would love to stay there, thanks for sharing!

  • Style Attic says:

    I can’t stop staring at the 1st picture! That is just awesome!! I totally understand the back to school routine. I haven’t been able to visit as often as I I think to. As for your mailbox of goodies and rewards…you are just getting a little back of the lots of love and beauty you give!!! XO, Kelly

  • My you have been in somewhat of a whirlwind, but looks like all kinds of good things are happening with you as well. Well-deserved, I might add. Have a great weekend. Mona

  • Janell Beals says:

    That hotel does not look real!! Strange but delightful all at once.

    And that sconce!? I love it so much I put it in my master bath redesign last year…take a look at the next to last image…I ADORE these fixtures and after using it myself used it in a couple of clients spaces.


  • Delishhh says:

    Monika – THANK YOU!! You are so sweet and nice and deserve it all! See you Monday!

  • heather says:

    what an amazing inntel!! and so much yumminess! happy weekend!

  • Piper says:

    WOW, I’m speechless! I can’t believe that hotel is real – it’s strange and cool all at the same time!!

    And I’m with you – I keep finding myself checking out Delishh for the yumminess (and I don’t even cook! :)

    have a wonderful weekend!

  • Kimberly W. says:


    Love the hotel, am ready to pack my bags and go to Holland; also that I am going to shoot you for making me crave chocolate and goodies at 7:30 in the morning. LOL. The cookie looks delicious and I love Nutella. It was a favorite from my Germany days. Finally, I adore that blue lamp. It would be perfect for my bedroom! So….not yet 8:00 AM and I am ready to travel to Europe, bake yummy cookies, and redecorate my bedroom. It’s going to be a busy day! :)


  • I was so happy to find out you won Charlotta’s giveaway – and I can’t wait to see a photograph of those sconces installed in your foyer..!

    It’s getting late here on my side of the country, but I wanted to pop in and say hello. I am sending you a huge hug, dear Mon.

    Have a beautiful weekend.

    much love,

  • liza says:

    You deserve your awards, Monika! And I love your sconces and your beautiful soaps. Perfect for you, I think! And I feel the same way about new schedules… I’m happy for the weekend! I hope yours is restful.

  • Hi Monika ~
    Hope you and your family
    are sleeping in this morning
    as I laughed {and related to}
    your words about the first
    week of school being a shock
    to the system….yes, indeed!
    I am looking forward to exploring
    the blogs you mention, above.
    Delish left me a comment but
    I am out of town at the moment
    and haven’t had a chance to
    repay her visit! Love your
    sconces ~ isn’t CSN amazing?
    Enjoy the weekend.
    xx Suzanne

  • Charlotta says:

    Hej hej hello from Thailand! (stopping over for 2 quick nights)..

    Love that hotel! Looks like a ‘Lego creation’ in that photo!
    And the contrast of the outside to the inside.. I am so interested to see more of this fab place.. Thanks for sharing.

    Congratulations on all your awards, the gift from sweet Manvi and of course the fabulous give-away.. haha! 😉
    I love the scones dearest and think they will look great in your foyer! Please share the ‘after pics’.. x I love that your love for ’round things’ is coming through here too..!

    Re Tina. Yes isn’t she a sweetheart! Love her blog and her gentle, honest and genuine personality. And not to forget her great eye for design and style!

    Ok – 10 mins left on my purchased wi-fi connection.. I spent a lot of it on you.. xx

    Hugs from

  • maryann says:

    amazing architecture! thanks for sharing. hope you are having a great weekend! verbena cottage

  • Leigha says:

    That hotel is amazing. I am off to find some more eye candy.
    P.S. I love all your new loot!

  • heidi says:

    that hotel is something else. It looks ike something from a storybook made real. Now I want to stay there.

  • Good morning, Monika :) I love your posts — they are so full of beauty, wonderful bits about your life and of course, inspiration. First, getting back into routine is so hard — especially in the beginning, isn’t it?

    Second, that hotel is unreal — one day I would love to stand there and actually look at it. Very interesting shape… I’m pretty taken with the interior spaces. Also, I will have to visit your friend’s blog, as it looks so amazing, though I fear I might have the unforgiving desire to bake something today :) yesterday, we had a large family celebration + I ate two desserts. (yikes!) Lastly, that wall sconce is fabulous! It’s going to look so sharp in your place. I cannot wait to see pictures when it’s all complete. I really like the shape.

    I hope you have enjoyed this weekend, my friend, to snuggle with your little ones and have some great family/friends time :)

    much love,

  • Carole says:

    That is one mad hotel Mon.
    I love the wall sconces – looking forward to seeing them in situ.
    Hope you had a lovely weekend.
    Carole x

  • Hello,
    So glad to have found your lovely blog! and thank you for you kind comment on mine!
    The hotel looks really amazing! My mother’s cousin lives in Amsterdam and we plan to visit her one day.
    Your sconces look beautiful and I love Delishh.

    Will be your new follower!


  • Tina says:

    How nice of you Monica! I so appriciate your kind words!
    LoL to you!

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