Hello, I am Nina! Welcome to Nina’s Apartment!
I love writing and creating. Nina’s Apartment is my online home where you can find inspiration for your house, your life, your soul. My door is always open!
I was born in the Netherlands, moved to Scotland in 2005 and am now living in Valencia, Spain.
I blog, I design, I take photos and sing in a band. I am also a mother of two little boys and wife to Glenn. I am a positive person, my glass is always half full. I love life.
As a child who always had a pencil and piece of paper in her hand, it was obvious I was going to end up in the arts. I have a Masters in art and architecture history and have worked in the creative industries all my life. I can’t imagine doing anything else. This is me.
I have a passion for mid 20th century design and bohemian style. I loves textiles, ceramics, treasure hunting and discovering new places. I have been collecting old stuff since I was a kid and started the Nina’s Apartment blog in 2008. I even had my own shop selling vintage furniture for four years (until it tragically burnt down in 2016). I have always had a strong resentment over waste as well as over mass produced, throwaway (plastic) products. Buying second-hand or at least lasting quality just feels like a wholesome thing to do. Soulful living.
Making life a bit more beautiful
I find inspiration in many things. Colour, street art, creativity in the way people style their clothes, their homes, their businesses. I admire people with a passion and a drive for what they believe in. Who start up their wonderful businesses as artists or entrepreneurs. By doing what they love or helping others, making the world around them a little bit more beautiful. People who choose not to be a sheep, by staying original. Finding a real purpose. For me this is what life is about. Meaningful living.
What else? I am an eternal optimist who refuses to take off those rose tinted glasses. Perhaps I cannot change world politics, but I can make a small difference in my immediate environment. The least I can do is try and be a good human and teach my children do be the same.
I believe we are responsible for our own happiness and how we live our lives – and life is only short. Don’t keep on dreaming, be brave, some things are only a step away. Make it count.
In addition to blogging at Nina’s Apartment I also run Copy Por Favor, offering copywriting services to other small businesses and blogs.
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