INSIGHTS_ furnishing my home

INSIGHTS furnishing my home - hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles

In this second post about my collab with Ikea, I’d like to give you a closer look into my studio.  As you can see in the image above, it’s quite a small space, where you enter straight into the living and sleeping area, with a small bathroom and narrow kitchen on the left.  Despite the limited square meters and the lack of a separate bedroom, I immediately saw the potential of this studio: there are big windows on both sides of the space where light floods in thanks to the studio being located on the 4th floor and the arches divide the space into a sleeping and living area, while adding a bit of character.

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COLLECTION_ small homes

collection tiny homes via au pays des merveilles

As I’ve mentioned a couple of times before, I’ve finally moved into a place of my own this year.  After sharing a house with others for many years,I felt it was time to take the plunge and get my own apartment, so that’s what I did!  As of January, I’ve been living in a small studio in Antwerp and I’m totally thrilled about it.  Moving into a place of my own for the first time, also meant that I needed quite a few new items of furniture to turn this studio into my dream appartment.    With a little help from Ikea I’ve been trying to do exactly that, and this month I’ll be sharing the process on the blog.  Today I wanted to show a few inspirational images for small homes.  My studio is not big, nor does it have a separate bedroom, so it’s not that easy to achieve the rather minimal look that I adore, while still finding space for all my things.  I’ve lined up a few images of studio apartments that manage to combine different functions in one space while still looking clean (1 – 2 – 6 – 8 – 9) and others (3 – 4 – 5 – 7) that represent that clean look with a bohemian touch that I’d love to achieve.  Be sure to check back here next week for the next post in this ikea x au pays des merveilles project!

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EXPLORED_ Cantine in Vilvoorde

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Vilvoorde might not have the reputation of being the hippest of cities, one particular place is certainly trying to make up for that.  As part of co-working space Firma, Cantine is the place to be for a delicious lunch in a stunning decor.  Their carefully selected (vegetarian!) menu is complemented with daily specials and weekly suggestions, making sure that even the most regular visitor won’t get bored.  Besides food, Cantine also offers a selection of  lovely Vitra goodies, which will soon be expanded even further.  For those who can’t make it to Vilvoorde for lunch during the week, Cantine also hosts a tasty brunch every last Sunday of the month, invites you for an  after work drink (or two!), every second Thursday of the month, and you can even book this gorgeous space for a private dinner club.  And gorgeous it definitely is, but what else did you expect from the talented ladies of BRNSO. aka Baroness O.?

Cantine, Schaarbeeklei 636, 1800 Vilvoorde - website - facebook - instagram

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INSIGHTS_ Paulien Herbots II

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It’s been over a year since I posted my first INSIGHTS blogpost, which featured the home my dear friend Paulien Herbots.  I’ve fallen in love with her interior more and more with every change she made, so I figured it was about time I paid her a second visit with my camera!  So, what’s changed?  A few items have been moved around, some furniture has been added while others have disappeared, even more plants have been added to the mix and let’s not forget about those stunning bedside lamps.  Handmade by her father (with a marble base!), these are surely the eye-catchers in her  bedroom.  Want to see for yourself what her interior looked like before, and read all about Paulien’s interior choices?  Head over here!

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COLLECTION_ workspace

collection workspace via au pays des merveilles

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some interior inspiration, so after showing you my favorite bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and dining rooms, today is all about the workspace.  While the studio I’ve moved into is rather small, I still need a corner where I can focus on my photography and the blog, without turning my entire home into a workspace.  There’s more where this collection of pretty workspaces came from, on this pinterest board to be exact!

  1.   Designer Tess Guinery’s home in Sydney, see more photos by Alex Caryle here.
  2. The 101 Woonideeën collection for Leen Bakker, styled and photographed by Wendy van Woudenberg of BeeldSTEIL.  Find out more here.
  3.  An oven rack used as an office organizer by Antonia from Craftifair.  See more here.
  4.  Designer and art director Sarah Sherman Samuel‘s computer station in studio.  Find out more here.
  5. The office of Hans Verstuyft architecten, photographed by Frederik Vercruysse.  More photos here.
  6.  Designer Jessica Comingore‘s studio in Los Angeles.  See more here.
  7.  A secretary desk in a Madrid apartment designed by Juan Carlos Fernández.  Find out more here.
  8. Berlin apartment styled by Sarah from Coco Lapine Design.  More photos here.
  9. Workspace in a small apartment, photographed by Jonas Berg.  More info here.

EXPLORED_ Kapbar in Leuven

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 If you’re in need of a new haircut but don’t feel like wasting time sitting around waiting for your hairdresser to be done with the previous client, I recommend you to pay a visit to De Kapbar in Leuven.  Owner Lisa might still be young, but she damn sure knows what she wants!  This gal launched her very own hairdressing salon, where you can enjoy a drink in the bar while you’re waiting for your turn.  Sipping on your cup of coffee surrounded by brick walls, white wooden floors and vintage furniture, you’ll feel at home instantly, but most important: Lisa won’t mess up your hair.  I wouldn’t dare to recommend something I haven’t tried for myself, so I took the plunge and let Lisa work her magic on my hair.  I can honestly say that you’re in good hands with Lisa, so if you’re locks need some help, De Kapbar is the way to go, and while you’re in Leuven anyway, give these places a try too.

De Kapbar, Naamsestraat 55, 3000 Leuven - facebook

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INSIGHTS_ Adriaan Tas & Lien Peeters

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A little while ago I paid a visit to Adriaan Tas and Lien Peeters’ stunning home in Brussels.  Just like one of the previous Insights subjects, Adriaan and I met at Interieur Kortrijk, where he was presenting his shelving system Tschichold.  It’s hard not to love his work, so combined with a few teasers of their new home on the Instagram profile of his girlfriend Lien, I had more than enough reason to kindly ask if they wanted to share their home on this blog.

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EXPLORED_ Copain in Hasselt

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After the hype of the gourmet burger and the haute dog, it is time for the croque monsieur to shine, at least if you ask Nele from Copain in Hasselt.  Whether you like to stick to the classics or enjoy a rather surprising combination, the seasonal menu of Copain has got your desires covered.  Even if you’re not craving a croque during your visit, you’ll surely leave with a smile on your face as the menu also offers delicious granola (approved by yours truly!), a cup of coffee and sweet treats.   Next to the menu, Copain also impresses with their interior.  Lots of wood, a few mint green accents and fresh flowers bring a little bit of Scandinavia to the city Hasselt and form the perfect backdrop for your lunch break.  Eat, drink, smile, repeat is Copain’s tagline and I advise you to do exactly that.  I know I will.

Copain, Zuivelmarkt 38, 3500 Hasselt - website - facebook - instagram

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COLLECTION_ stationery

collection STATIONERY via au pays des merveilles

Stationery is one of my weak spots and something I can never get enough of, so for today I’ve rounded up my most recent discoveries.  It’s a selection of both Belgian and foreign design, and both young designers and established brands, but all of have simplicity, interesting details and monochrome prints in common.  Hopefully you like them as much as I do!

  1. The Daily Fiction collection by Normann Copenhagen.  More photos here, the collection is available in Belgium at Espoo. bütik and La Fabrika.
  2.  Brassing ballpoint pen by Ystudio, on which you can create a personalized brassing effect by removing the paint on the surface with sanding paper which is attached in the product’s package.  More info here.
  3.  Wynnie notebook by Monki.  Get it here.
  4.  Spring scissors designed by Lex Pott, available here.
  5.  Notepad created out of waste paper by Re_Do,  find it here.
  6.  Geometric paper clips by Fundamental.  Buy them here.
  7.  Moon poster by Mayken Craenen, only today still available here, so be quick!
  8. Oversized paperclip that can be used as a staple, bookmark or paper weight, designed by Carl Auböck.  Get it here.
  9. Notebooks by Selma Lamai.  Get your hands on them here.  (Photo by Riika Kantinkoski.)
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