Photo Essay : Amsterdam

So you might have noticed our exquisite windows, or perhaps our over-the-top bed? How about the madhatter tabletops? Those all come from TJ- our visual merchandiser extraordinaire. Wonder where he gets his inspiration from? This month, we were missing him while he traipsed across the globe to the Dutch mainland! Read on for TJ's recap of his trip to the carefree city of Amsterdam, and keep an eye on our displays for that Dutch aesthetic.

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We were lucky to snag an Airbnb on this street, conveniently located on the ground floor of one of these canalside homes.

I'll take the little black house, please.

I'll take the little black house, please.

The whole city is built on pylons, which over time sink causing the canal homes to lean on each other. Despite this, I want to live in the small black home in the center of the photo on the left. I was obsessed with the entrance in the photo on the right, which led right into the service quarters of a former home turned Italian restaurant. Step right off of your boat right into your house. And there was an adorable orange cat who wandered into said Italian restaurant while we were eating there.

Another picture to validate Amsterdam's nickname 'the Venice of the North'. Most people can no longer afford an entire canal house so each home's floors have been converted into separate apartments with the main floors housing new businesses.

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Now a museum, an interesting floral arrangement sits at the entrance to one of a prominent Dutch family's former home, who made their fortune in shipping,

After a visit to the Van Gogh museum, we observed the many cyclists in the park. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are 400km of cycle paths. i found out when I was there that between 12-15,000 are fished up from the city's canals. Hilarious.

The Amsterdam Central Train Station has it all- ferries, trains, trolleys and buses. You have to have a ticket just to enter the building, but we somehow ended up inside for free as we were looking for the ferry. It all evened out when we saw an extremely expensive Starbucks.

We visited one of the oldest draw bridges that's still used daily along the one of the city's main canals.

This is one of the last remaining churches used for services, others are being turned into galleries and condominiums due to low attendance. The contrast of old and new, clean and gritty is something I could look at all day- and something European cities do so well. Everything was preserved so well instead of being demolished.

Paid a visit to a Dutch staple, the windmill. Visitors can climb to the top but it was packed with tourists.

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We caught the last bloom of the flower fields, if we had come just a few days later all of the petals would have been dropped.

A modern addition to a very traditional Dutch garden, layering old and new. The gardens were a peaceful way to end the trip.