Moos and Fiep

On a sunny Sunday morning I drove to Haarlem for another shooting. Always a bit nervous, it still is such a weird social experiment, walking into the house of strangers with a bag full of clothes,  (and when I say big I mean BIG, I now just bring ALL the clothes).

But from the moment Tjarda opened the door with a big smile I knew this was going to be good again. There was strong coffee, a delicious cake, made by Moos and his mama, and this gorgeous light family house.  Moos and Fiep totally got the ‘non-posing ‘concept (and immediately stole our hearts) But above all there was such a sweet and warm atmosphere again.

Family life, the small things, a hug from your mama when you feel grumpy, reading a Donald Duck magazine, riding your home trainer with your roller-skates on. You know the small, normal stuff.

Please watch below the beautiful No Place Like Home of Fiep and Moos!

All pictures are by Madelon

All clothes can be bought at Mio Meraki


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Jans and Ko

Another edition already in this series, this time with Jans and Ko. The idea started the first time I felt I had to do a photo shoot to promote Mio Meraki. I wanted pictures that were not styled, not posed, just kids playing and being themselves, at the place where they feel the most comfortable, their own home. Wearing clothes they like to wear (I always bring almost all the clothes I have in their sizes to the photo shoot and let them choose what to wear. I am not making sets for them, because I want to show (and sell) clothes children want to wear, and I always find that kids can make the coolest sets themselves).

And now it’s our fourth edition. Such a beautiful one again. Jans and Ko (don’t you just love their names) were amazing. Such cool kids, and I think you can see they had fun too.

So please have a look at this edition of the There is No Place like Home series. I think it is so amazing how it really became a series. While looking at the pictures we realized it’s not the style or the interior that is the common factor. They are all very different in that way. It’s the colours, the fun (!) and most of all the love that shines through the pictures. That’s the connection. That’s the common factor and that’s why this series is so precious to me. And even better then what I had in mind.

All pictures are by Madelon 

All clothes can be bought at Mio Meraki


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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



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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,




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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

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