Photography by Yvonne Eijkenduijn from Yvestown
This is the kitchen of Yvonne Eijkenduijn. She lives in an old gentleman’s house from 1896 in Lommel, Belgium which is very close to the Dutch border, writes a knockout blog and is one seriously talented lady who knows how to rock colour. I’m particularly smitten with her use of pastel hues in the kitchen space, which is flooded with natural light and filled with generously sized furniture. Here you can see how the room has developed over the past year: the wooden island has been swapped out for a zinc topped unit (which is actually an old door covered in the metal – clever) and the right hand alcove has been wallpapered in a floral pattern (which you might remember from this post). Perhaps the reason I feel so drawn to this space is because it reminds me of the kitchen in my childhood home? That kitchen served me many a happy memory over the years: baking with my mum, doing puzzles at the kitchen table and sat on the sofa talking to my gran on the landline before I even knew mobile phones existed. My favourite elements of Yvonne’s kitchen are pendant duo, the Smeg fridge (one day…!) and whole fireplace area – exposed bricks, wallpaper, plate wall, the lot! What do you like about this colourful kitchen?

Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. How divine, very Cath Kidston! I have a Smeg fridge on my wish list too. I like all the little touches – the little plastic dolls on the mantle piece, the enamel kettle, the garland strung between the lights, right down to the pink egg carton. xxx

  2. What a lovely and fresh kitchen. I just love looking at it and discovering all of the fun touches. Thanks for sharing this one! Cheers,

  3. I love the blue refrigerator and the splashes of red…looks like a doll house. My stove area is similar to this, you've just inspired me on a few things. Gorgeous!

  4. this space is just dreamy, love the pendants as well, the zinc topped unit is great {gives it a bit of industrial feel} and of course the smeg fridge {especially it's colour and the matching door}… gorgeous, have a great day.

  5. I love how bright this is! I would love to spend hours baking in there (and that is not something I would like to do normally 😉 )

  6. I have read Yvonnes blog for a few years and really love her house. She has an uncanny knack of making shabby chic look fresh and modern, cath kidston the Dutch way, love it! I would cut off my right arm to have a kitchen like this!

  7. Hi Will, have read both your and Yvonnes blog for quite a while now. Love thst kitchen style so much that while in Munich last week I was inspired to carry a pink Evian crate all the way back to Dublin. I got some funny looks but it was worth it 🙂

  8. Thanks, folks, I too can't get enough of Yvonne's fresh and colourful style.

    @Clare – Hahaha, I would so do something like that! I went to Munich for the first time a few weeks back and loved it! Did you have a good time? Aren't the Christmas markets just fab?!

  9. Really lovely, so sweet this kitchen. I see a pink egg box with Dutch lettering 🙂 Awesome!
    Love, Claire
    from 24Homes – the Netherlands

  10. That is one of the cutest kitchens I've ever seen.
    I think it would make me happy just to walk into that place!

  11. I love the kitchen… its so cute 🙂 The mind Green lights are lovely… Me want! Her colour choices are so so fun. x

  12. I'd love the middle kitchen island in my studio! It would be such an inspiring piece of furniture to work on!

  13. I think she's done an amazing job pulling this whole scheme together, but for my tastes it's a touch too cutesy, perhaps? I would love to visit and spend time there, but I probably wouldn't recreate it at my house.

    That said there are lots of individual parts & ideas I'd like to steal – the plates on the wall, the pendants, the zinc pails and hanging rail behind the cooker… and more!

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.