Kees and Dorus

In search of new brands, I always keep my five C’s in mind. Colourful, Creative, Child Friendly, Conscious and Coocoo (humour). It is nice to have a mnemonic aid (ezelsbruggetje) to keep me focused, sometimes I find it hard to keep in mind what the original Mio Meraki flavour is and how I can stick to that.

Actually, I think it’s hard to find your style (and stick to that) in generally. So easy to get ‘inspired’. Before you know it you will find yourself walking the streets in a long boho-chique kind of  flower dress not knowing who is that friendly old female dwarf (kaboutervrouwtje) that is staring back at you from the shopping window (true story)

I love it when people have their own signature style. Very inspiring…;-)  So when we started this series we immediately knew we had to go to Pien. (Talking about having your own signature style!) We had to! You can imagine how happy I was when Pien said yes.

We had a great time last Sunday, Kees and Dorus did such a good job being themselves, ignoring the camera or that crazy lady with all the clothes. I love the result. I think its Colourful, Creative Child Friendly and a bit Coocoo. See for yourself!

All pictures are by Madelon 

All clothes can be bought at Mio Meraki

All karate kicks, laughs and cuddles by Dorus and Kees

All styling by Pien



Roosje, Lieve and Pelle

One of the many things written on my Mio-Meraki-to -do-list is write an ‘about’.

A little piece about myself and Mio Meraki. But every time I began to write something I felt so stupid. “Who cares”it resonates in my head. On the other hand, I always love to see a face behind a brand, shop, Instagram account. Just because I am curious.  And maybe you are too.

So yes, this is me, or better us. And since Mio Meraki is very much a family business (my father brings the packages to the post office, Maarten my husband does most of the administration and taxes (yes, I have told you before I have married the best) and my children are my inspiration and testing panel when it comes to buying and searching for new brands). So in a way this is Mio Meraki too.

We are from the more is more movement 😉 More colour, more fun, more chaos, more roller-skating and definitely more love. I think the pictures reflect us so perfectly.

Probably the scariest post I have ever done, but here we go! Have a look below,

With love,




Ole and Cato

Although I love going on adventures and to travel the world etc, I like being at home a lot. Maybe I like it best. When the whole family is at home, just hanging around, it makes me feel so happy.

And, call me a voyeur, but I also love seeing glimpses of other peoples lives. Just ordinary lives like that of you and me. Being at home with the kids, building a fort out of the cushions from the couch, a little baby brother crawling around the house. It makes me happy. With this series I wanted to make a tribute to the family life at home. Hope you like it!

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our …

I remember way back then when everything was true and when
We would have such a very good time such a fine time
Such a happy time
And I remember how we’d play simply waste the day away
Then we’d say nothing would come between us two dreamers

Father wears his Sunday best
Mother’s tired she needs a rest
The kids are playing up downstairs
Sister’s sighing in her sleep
Brother’s got a date to keep
He can’t hang around

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our street