We stayed in the best apartment in Amsterdam a few weekends ago. Our host was an artist who travels all over the world and leads a very full and active life, running around the city and spending time with children and grandchildren. She is the sweetest lady.
Housed in a former book bindery, Els's place is minimalist by anybody's standards. The warm, homey touches she adds prove simplicity doesn't mean sacrificing self-expression or creativity. I spent the whole weekend wondering how she keeps those white floors clean.
The loft overlooks a canal and was five minutes from Noordermarkt, where I sampled gluten-free truffles and fudge at the Saturday farmer's market. After our stay, she sent us the sweetest note marveling at the fact that we left no garbage in the apartment :) Thank you so much for your hospitality, Els!