amsterdam: some more boutique lovin’…
Posted in amsterdam, pia's photos, stores November 8th, 2008 by piablog

I know, jaw dropping right? But wait, there is more…

Welcome to interior designer Odette Welvaars antique boutique, and her daughter, artist Julie Arphi’s atelier…

This special place is tucked in on the prinsengracht, just around the corner from the main antique quarter (the street that leads from the Rijks Museum, as you saw here). Everytime I walk into this antique + atelier I am transported into a wonderland of yesterdays – Odette sources the most incredible antiques around Europe, most coming from Sweden and France, while Julie’s art takes my breath away…

I have fallen head over heels for her wood paintings, and her studio out the back of the storefront is a dream.

I look down and gasp – these stools are so beautiful, I nearly fainted when I first spotted them…

I look up and gasp again – magnificent chandeliers dangle from the skylight…

There is no website for the boutique so you will just have to be satisfied with this little sneak peek for the moment, until your next visit to Amsterdam! By now you must be getting a good idea of why I love my new hometown so much. Amsterdam honey, cheers to our one-year anniversary! xx


PS. If you’d like more info about Odette or Julie’s work, you can contact Odette on 020-662-4062, or Julie on 020-620 4074. The address is Prinsengracht 827, and the store is open from 11-8pm from tuesday to friday, and then 11-5pm on saturdays.

PPS I’ve had the pleasure of having a sneak peak through Odette’s home above the shop. All I can say is this: gasp!shriek!sigh…it’s incredible. Perhaps I can show you one day.

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  1. nadia says

    how incredible. I am completely captivated by her work and the things that surround it, your absolutely right-jaw dopping for sure!! wow

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  2. Yoli says

    Pia that is STUNNING! I must have the ship!!! and one of those wood paintings!! I must!

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  3. sofia says

    wow that atelier is a dream, the chandeliers with a sky background is just beautiful, dreamy… sigh

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  4. kosenrufu mama says

    that is so stunning, amazing place!!!

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  5. Anna says

    I love reading your blog and wanted to pass the ‘hooked on your blog’ award along to you! Best!

    November 9th, 2008 | #

  6. Carol says

    Oh how I would love to spend hours and hours browsing through all of that. And with a lot of money on me to spend hahahah!

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  7. Mary-Laure says

    Just fabulous! I wish I were in Amsterdam to check it out. More please!

    November 10th, 2008 | #

  8. tig says

    Overwhelmed with how stunning these images are, especially the chandeliers and vintage ship — Amsterdam looks like a wonderful place and will definitely be on my travel list.

    Have a great week, Pia!


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  9. nyla says

    i could get lost for days in here. that deep blue wall with the paintings (and the white couch) is smashing!

    November 11th, 2008 | #

  10. stacy says

    You make me want to travel. Odette’s looks wonderful!

    November 12th, 2008 | #

  11. Zaker says

    I know Julie since long. I remember how introverted she was and I suppose her successively works are the buds of those periods.
    The complexes in total makes a genius person. Zaki

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  12. Mirjam van Urk says

    Monday I went with my mother tot Bosch & Duin in Bilthoven and was deeply touched by the painting of Julie, hanging in Dr. Tusenius office. It was a portrait of an African Woman painted on wood. I love beautiful things with a soul and was really moved by this painting.

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